I can’t imagine wanting to stop listening to this over and over again any time soon. If you’re new to Mike Oldfield, this is an ideal gateway album. That needs to be stated, because just picking up one album at random may not turn you into a fan. It also wouldn’t be representative of his work. … Continue reading Return to Ommadawn»
Here’s an art challenge to everyone: get better at self portraits. Here are the rules: Time limit is 15 minutes. Paper size is sketchbook size (roughly letter size). Sketchbook must be held in hand while standing up, looking into mirror. Use only a pencil and an eraser (nothing fancy). Start with toned paper which does not count … Continue reading self portrait practice»
remix this music! I am seeking remixes of ‘HAIL, a bass quartet’ to be released with a new recording of this work, later this year. If you are interested in remixing this music, first, please read about the piece of music in question: HAIL. This might give you some ideas about the piece conceptually. Keep … Continue reading hail remix»
HAIL is a quartet for double bass. The five movements make up a cycle of meters, beginning with eight and subsequently losing an eighth note: seven, six, five, and ending up at four (or back at eight, depending on how you look at it). The first movement has all instruments playing arco. One bass in each subsequent movement switches to … Continue reading hail»
During an attempt to get Home DepLowe’s to repair the lawnmower from which I violently extracted the pull string, I experienced a taste of the unusual way humans and our digital overlords have chosen to use computing. The mower was purchased over a year ago, so, no, I did not have a receipt. Somehow knowing … Continue reading what to do with useless information?»
This post is in response to Stephen Hay’s post Put the “designers should code” debate to rest. First of all, I think the big answer is that designers should code more. To truly design something is to consider all aspects of the subject: use, misuse, ethics, aesthetics, and so on, but definitely including the media. The … Continue reading be as full stack as you can be»
components of an artwork A work of art has been fully realized when an artist actively participates in the actions of creating, shaping, and framing. When only one or two actions have been done, this only means that the artwork is not as fully realized as it could be. creating Since ideas can exist independently of … Continue reading definition of art 2015-01-06»
The nature of my involvement in this project has changed for the better. Putting my graphic design skills to use, I am now one of 3 typesetters for the project, and will be creating the diagrams which participants receive upon signup. I consider this to be a great honor and am privileged to have found a way to … Continue reading torah stitch by stitch typesetting»
This post should explain the images I’ve been posting on Instagram tagged with #torahstitchbystitch. I am part of the Torah Stitch by Stitch project, a global effort to create a cross-stitch embroidered copy of the Torah (the 5 books of Moses). Posting daily images of my progress keeps me from slacking off and hopefully will … Continue reading torah stitch by stitch»
Google Play sez, at the time of this typing, that I have listened to this entire album 17 times in the few days I have known about it (my thought is that it missed about 20 other listenings but who knows). Obviously, I am a fan. This is what I call music! Of course I … Continue reading review: Abandoned City by Hauschka»
The circle of fifths is a music theory model several hundred years old which describes the relationships between diatonic scales. It can be seen as an illustration of infinite chord progressions. Sphere of Fifths uses the idea of infinite knots to represent musical cycles, and uses pentagonal knot designs of varying complexity to bring the music theory model into 3 dimensions. When the light source is changed to different angles, shadows from the opaque parts of the glass recombine in complex shadows; the viewer of the piece gets to decide on some of its content by taking this into consideration.
The piece appears to be held together tenuously, the same way a motive in a good piece of music will hold everything together without having to overshadowing things. The wood and strings are reminiscent of orchestra instruments. The knots themselves are similarly suggestive, and not directly representative of a circle of fifths diagram.
great with any background
ready to set sail
the rough draught with a thumbs up from the artist
comments, track by track First off, my second favorite track is the 39 second ‘intro’ track Cycle. What can I say; I got pretty pumped up (during all of those 39 seconds) about where this was going. Now that I’ve listened to the album several times, it’s hard to say why it’s even there. Just … Continue reading beck: morning phase»
opening is reception friday, february 21, 2014, 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Fountain City Art Center. I’m hoping to win a little cash. I just have one piece and yes I have gone insane and made a circular piece of art.
background Students who graduated around the millennium from Carson-Newman College [sic] were invited to submit recent works for a show to coincide with the university’s 2013 homecoming. The purpose of writing so much about this piece is mainly to explain my artwork to the other people in the show, since it was done partly for … Continue reading proof»
I made a 3d bitmap word for my dad for his birthday. This will show you how to make your own. The process isn’t difficult but there are a few things you can do to make it easier. Planning First, choose a word you want to make a 3d bitmap version of. Write it out … Continue reading 3d bitmap letters»
The idea was to end up with a glitchy way of capturing images which would show the ghostly depth of 3-d objects scanned on a flatbed scanner. I cut some clear acrylic sheets and made a tank using my old scanner as the base. The tank was then filled with water to allow things to … Continue reading comp tank»
In order to help sell my old house, I whipped up a little WP site full of photos of the place. I’m not really sure exactly why, but I made a QR code drawing / painting which linked to the site. The house was sold before I completed this piece, and the code links to a domain that is now pointless to maintain. So, now the link will point to, you guessed it, right here. Until the domain expires. But, the finished piece is still pretty cool to look at. (Part of the lesson learned from this experiment is to link just to a site I plan on maintaining, like this one.)
First I drew the grid on watercolor paper. I painted the ‘black’ squares in a checkerboard pattern of blue and green. Next, I masked off squares about an eighth inch smaller than the grid cells and painted the ‘white’ squares yellow. After this, I still needed more contrast, so I drew alternating diagonal lines on top of the blue and green.
the finished code – you can scan this from the screen too
detail, showing alternating green and blue squares behind parallel lines
This gallery contains full and detail views of a QR code pointing to this site. This was one of my first successful QR code paintings. After getting the code, I used a Sharpie to draw alternating diagonal lines where the dark squares should be. The remaining light squares were painted orange with acrylic paint. This alone wasn’t high enough contrast, so I added purple tissue paper squares over the purple stripes and white paint over the orange squares.
Take a picture of the screen to see it in action. See you in a minute.
detail: to get the white paint nice and square, I cut a piece of rubber and stamped the paint on
As an art teacher, I’m constantly making example work for assignments. Individually, they are not much, but even after a few years these examples build up (and take up space). Below are artworks made in response to assignments I have given to my students, usually done st the same time the students did them. 2012-2013 … Continue reading teaching examples»
Remember the Four Laws. Remember the Order of the Four Laws. This is the Third Law. Never forget the Four Laws. Please note that this list does not include the apocryphal Fifth Law, which states, “There are only Four Laws.”
Normal 80s kids had Legos. My brother and I had Construx. I had the Space Series stuff that glowed in the dark, and Jerry had the purple Alien stuff. It didn’t seem odd at the time, but since he had two of these figures, he named one Alien and the other Martian. This painting serves as a monument to the days before our minds were clouded with things such as sub-classes and parent categories.
The text(?) below the portraits are from 2 different decals (and yes, I know that one is just the other upside-down) from the Battlestrike set. I like to believe one reads martian and the other alien.
The painting was done on a board covered in old Construx instructions, which peek through here and there. Other media used were ink, tempera, and watercolor.
These puppets are some of the creatures featured in The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. They are rod puppets which double as shadow puppets, and are made with pieces of recycled magazines and cardboard.
was not new to me circa 1998, as it was read to me several times when I was little. However, since all memory of it had been burninated away by the movie The Neverending Story (Ul de Rico notwithstanding), I felt the need to revisit this epic while listening to Peter Gabriel’s , of which … Continue reading reading the neverending story listening to passion»
There have been a number of books I have read while listening to music. Each case involved music and a story which were more or less new to me, which had the potential to ruin either. They may or may not work for other people, so I will try to explain why they worked for … Continue reading book soundtracks»
This is a step-by-step explanation of how to create a pattern which repeats infinitely on a plane using a rectangular grid. I use Inkscape in this explanation, but the principles apply to any program (or manual creation, which is also a lot of fun). This works best with line drawings. If you’re not familiar with … Continue reading how to make a rectangular tessellation using inkscape»
For the 2006 Halloween card, we waited until Mikeal was out of town and actually rolled his house. His neighbors didn’t seem to mind that we were doing this in broad daylight. We cleaned up afterward, which I’m sure added to the shock of getting a postcard with your own house on it.
A friend of a friend (Jym Davis) made a movie. ‘Beyond the Wall of Sleep’ was the original title music for the original titles, neither of which are in the final movie. Here is the final version of the titles, sans my music, but with cool music from Kaveh Cohen. This music was rendered with all … Continue reading beyond the wall of sleep»
Below are real life implementations of a logotype of my first name. The first version of this was created when I was in middle school, c.1990. After taking art more seriously, or at least doing more art, I have been in search of a symbol or mark which represents me. I returned to a version of the original, adding 2 shades of red (to emphasize the chromatic aspect of אָדָם). The diagram here shows the symbol on a 60° axonometric grid, which reveals some exact proportions, namely that the first 3 letters together have the same area as the last letter and that the entire area is made up of 10 equilateral triangles (shown in light blue).
In 1998, I bought a Diamond Rio for $200. My life changed. I could take almost half an hour of high-quality, digital music with me anywhere. I had so much fun creating the ultimate 30-minute playlist every morning. I could walk to class or do shopping listening to music. After a few weeks, I sewed … Continue reading advance backward»
Jeweler by Design is a small, independently / family -owned custom jewelry shop in Moreno Valley. They do great work, which can be seen at the JBD website. JBD wanted music on the site, so I wrote ‘gems,’ in the playlist on this page (…which is no longer being used). This piece was rendered using Garritan … Continue reading gems»
DEFINITION OF ART For a thing done to be considered a work of art, it must be the result of the artist actively participating in the following 3 actions. CREATING The idea behind a work of art which originates in the mental realm has been created. SHAPING The rearrangement of raw materials which trades one … Continue reading artist statement 2010-04-28»
the information below is to serve as an explanation for my proposed guidelines on the creation of a ‘phonetic ideal’ or ‘optophonetic’ alphabet, which I call the optophonetic english alphabet. the general guidelines these guidelines explain the reasoning behind the shapes of the letterforms. the new alphabet must be unicameral.alphabets with more than one symbol … Continue reading optophonetic alphabet»
I wanted to call this my roman type theory, but it’s just more of an observation of an interesting pattern. maybe after you read this, you’ll look at the alphabet differently, especially if you’re looking at the alphabet with something obstructing your view of most of it…. what is meant here by the roman alphabet … Continue reading roman alphabet observation»
Here is some advice. Scenario: you’re playing Boggle™ and you’re able to come up with ‘bird.’ Congratulations. You must have read a lot of Highlights as a kid. But wait, what’s that? A suffix…for a noun. ‘-er.’ So now you have ‘birder.’ You have now begun your journey down the dark path of Boggle™, and your … Continue reading the dark path of Boggle™»
flight plan 2006-04-23 flight plan was a collaborative piece with mikeal stevens as a part of his master’s thesis at the memphis college of art and design. mikeal’s thesis, which you can find on his website, addresses the flow moment, when one is so focused on what one is doing, time becomes meaningless. for both … Continue reading flight plan»
the poem the four-fold demon was written by Daniel Hayes in 1995. it was read along with the music he asked me to write for it in 1999 as part of his undergrad senior presentation at Maryville College. the music buttons interspersed throughout the poem indicate when they should be listened to while reading the … Continue reading the four-fold demon»
legend two music legend two notes legend two is orchestrated for the following 18 instruments: recorder flute oboe bassoon clarinet horn guitar (nylon strings) harp harpsichord piano hammond organ xylophone vibraphone marimba tubular bells taiko drum (or any low, pitched drum) timpani contrabass 01-04, 08-13,15-16, 19-20 are connected, with no pause in between movements.
musical accompaniment is now written for many visual formats. most of these formats (opera, movies, video games) tell a story; the music serves as a backdrop for the story. the aim of the legend musical form (legend in the story-telling sense) is to re-invent this process: if music can be written as a supplementary element … Continue reading legend one»
seven-sided box music the seven-sided box the poem (or whatever a non-writer like me is allowed to call a bunch of words such as this) was written in 1999 in response to heavy rainfall in bright sunlight. the music was written between 1999-2002. each movements is a side of the box. the seven-sided box text … Continue reading the seven-sided box»