Archive for the 'Sound' Category

September is Personal Song Writing Month!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

HEAR YE! In September of 2016 I do hereby promise to produce thirty crappy, corny, low-fi demo recordings, one for each day of the month, with which I will thoroughly expose myself in an online public forum … just to see if I can still do that.

I’m committing publicly to this because I absolutely must break through whatever strange inner resistance has been slowly strangling my ability to make music over the last several years. All I want is to sing, to play, and to get some use out of this pile of instruments and recording devices I’ve been carrying around my whole life. That should be easy!
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Bytebots Assemble!

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Even I do not fully understand my robot fetish … but it does feel good to have a fetish!

A bunch of these little yodeling robo-pals were going to be my awesome 2015 Christmas presents. Instead, they are the prototypes for my even-awesomer 2016 presents. I call them Bytebots because the music they play is called Bytebeat — although really it’s a specific approach to computer-generated musicnoise that’s been around for a long time, and is currently experiencing a bit of a revival. More about Bytebeat later — it’s really interesting!
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Robot Overlords … attack!

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Finally I can say I made some robots!

Overlord Manga

I have always been fascinated by noisemaking devices, and for years I’ve been hoarding unwanted speakers, amplifiers and tape decks in my garage. Lately I’m in a closet-cleaning mood, so I conceived an art project around the idea of pushing these beautiful old machines out into the world.
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Snazzy Portland Cometh!

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Hello universe … nice hat! Please lend me your undivided attention for this Public Service Announcement!

There once was a band of malcontent street musicians known as The Bad Mintons, who embarked on a noble quest to serenade drunk people out of their spare change and cigarettes. The Mintons earned their money the hard way, and they spent it on the hard stuff. Whiskey was their muse, tobacco was their breakfast, and the Devil was their personal friend.
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A Letter From Shantytown!

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Freezing Greetings from the 2011 Art Shanty Projects!

The Neighborhood

This is the first moment I’ve had in six days to pause and document stuff since I landed at MSP last Tuesday and dived immediately to work on our contribution to this biannual festival of art, architecture and strange behavior on frozen Medicine Lake in Plymouth, MN.

Early Recordings

Despite all our long-distance planning we got a severely late start on the actual construction of our shanty. By the time I arrived Brady had organized a workspace, tools, materials and a lovely recycled platform donated by members of the 2010 Vista Shanty team. The two of us worked around the clock for three days straight, and with the aid of some very helpful volunteers our Audio Adventure Shanty just barely squeaked in under the official Friday night deadline for installation on the lake.
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Gone Fishing

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

In two days I fly off to my home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota for ten days of bone-chilling, back-breaking, ear-warming good times with my pals Brady Clark and Kelly Peach. Together we are making a piece for the Art Shanty Projects, a recurring winter arts fest on Medicine Lake that I’ve been wanting to see for years.
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LIGHTBAR presents: Words & Music & Snacks & Drinks with Franz Nicolay & Mykle Hansen

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Franz Nicolay

Come visit our living room for a relaxed evening of stories and songs from writers who musician, hosted by Mike Daily, Portland’s maddest word-scientist.
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Invitation to “In C”, In June, In St. Johns

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

At Noon on June 27th, as part of the St. Johns NO.Fest, I will again be curating a performance of “IN C”, Terry Riley’s awesome avant-garde score for any number of musicians.  I first got to play in this piece last February at LIGHTBAR as part of an ensemble of 12 musicians, struggling in the biting cold.  It was fascinating, exciting, difficult, well-received, and left us all longing to do it again, better.

This time around, we’ll be performing in downtown St. Johns, in summer, at midday.  The performance will kick off a day of avant-garde music and arts in St. Johns, and will be simulcast on KBOO FM.  If you’re a musician who can read sheet music and play well with others, I invite you to join our single-serving orchestra!

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Red Night at LIGHTBAR!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

… was great!  For instance:


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In C

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

 

On Saturday LIGHTBAR hosted a performance of Terry Riley’s “In C”, a piece of music that’s been variously classified as avant-garde, modern, 20th century (which used to mean modern), aleatoric and minimalist, and which sparked a revolution in musical hierarchy in 1966 when it was first conceived.  I’ve been in love with this ever since I first heard it last fall.  I had no idea it’s so widely performed, but it’s super fascinating to play and to hear.

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