Five Two

Jun. 30th, 2017 05:28 pm
Picked up what should be my last (full) paycheck from Cook this morning. Also my first with the most recent raise (thanks for that three month delay there, jerks). But it's nice for now. Still haven't gotten my offer so I don't know exactly what it's going to be when (if, but it should be happening, darnit, I hope) I get switched over to Servicemaster. I guess I'll get that info sometime next week. Went and had lunch with Zachary today to give him back the Nonconnah merch. We had some Five Guys and a good little talk about music and cats and shit. I wore my Memphis Concrète shirt and Sterling did too so not only were we twins but twins of the most awesome thing possible! Yeah! Okay, that's enough patting myself on the back for today. Otherwise work today was pretty frustrating. The ui portion of the angular thing I'm working on came together really quickly (with a lot of help from copy/paste). But the functionality isn't happening and I'm trying to figure out what's going on. Hm.


Jun. 29th, 2017 05:42 pm
ateolf: (me and Leala)
Last night Mary Beth and I went to see an Indie Memphis screening of this movie called Kedi, a documentary about cats in Istanbul. It focuses on several of the cats in the city and their personalities and the people they interact with and the relationship they have with/place they have in the city. It was quite good. Today at work I started getting into some angular 2. We'll see if I get an idea of what I'm doing. Otherwise that's about it.


Jun. 28th, 2017 05:30 pm
ateolf: (id)
Work was alright today. Trying to get this angular 2 junk installed and working. We had Mempops again. This time I got pineapple coconut and it was good. My manager talked to me and, while I still haven't gotten my offer, he said someone from hr will be doing it soon and that I'm going to be bumped up straight to application developer 2 (originally he'd said I'd come in at level 1 and would have a chance of going up after a year, but since I'm a tech lead they're trying to have us all at level 2). So that should be having a positive impact on my salary offer when it comes! That's pretty exciting, I must say. But I shouldn't get all over-excited if I haven't seen anything yet. I forgot that apparently yesterday, one of my songs was played on wevl on the Bubblegum Trash show. Didn't know that it's hosted by Amy who does the Sonosphere podcast. That's pretty awesome. A couple friends told me about hearing it. It was "Somnolent Machinery" (the one I'd put on the Memphis Concrète playlist (speaking of which, I should give that another listen, been a while and it's so good!)). She played a few others off it from other people playing the festival. So yeah, cool stuff. Oh today ended kinda annoying with the most obnoxious teeth-pulling meeting (following an obnoxious teeth-pulling email chain) about a deployment where someone who has nothing to do with it at all is putting on these obnoxious restrictions and we kept having to repeat the same thing over and over and over. But that's done.

After Ish

Jun. 27th, 2017 10:02 pm
ateolf: (Robert points the bone at you)
So yeah, mind blowing fucking weekend. Oh, we had Matt go get sandwiches for Sunday so people were fed. Um. I picked up a bunch of merch. On Saturday I picked up these cds: Argifelx: Throatless, Argiflex: Cybersmog, BlanketSwimming: The Ringing in Your Ears Is the Cricket in the Stars, NEPTR/Pas Moi: Split, Merzbow: Sha Mo 3000, Merzbow: Dust of Dreams, and Terre Thaemlitz: Trans Sister Radio (the last three are from Luis's Thisco label from back in Portugal as well as any future ones from artist that didn't play the Memphis Concrète). On Sunday I picked up: Pas Moi: ...And the Body Has Memory, Riyaz Master: Machine Readable Data Made in India / Part 001, and Antibothis CD Volume 4 (which came with Antibothis Occultural Anthology Vol. 4 magazine). And after the show on Sunday this older guy came up with some flyers and some cds to give me. He ran electronic music labels going back to the 80s here in Memphis so that's pretty awesome. In a similar territory, my former scrummaster Melissa's ex-husband is the guy who ran Manifold records (who put out those crazy and crazy awesome Aube albums in the themed packaging: metal, stone, water, etc). Anyway, the guy gave me: Larb: The Story of Larb and Kuwahara: Kandyheartafghan. Also later I found the Nonconnah box and grabbed Nonconnah: The Gloom & the Glowing. Oh yeah, and Curtis of Argiflex brought up this computer and game she'd developed (sort of an interactive music video to a song) and had a little demo station and that was a pretty nice touch. Brought it Saturday but didn't really have a place to set it up plus was a bit hectic before the movie. Brought it was a real nice table on Sunday and it worked pretty well, I thought. Oh, this dude who works at Crosstown and was there for a good bit of the event, we were talking about the festival and how it's crazy it's here in Memphis and he couldn't believe there were that many musicians of this type here and he's from Providence so I asked if he was there when The Body was and he's friends with Lee. Pretty crazy. He's really cool too. Still tying up loose ends with merch. I kinda dropped the ball there. Had shit ready with a system and all but forgot to communicate it to the people doing merch! Doh! There may have been some inconsistencies in recording it. At least I had the square app to account for a lot of it (and I'd pre-organized the bands' stuff in there so it could be sorted and accounted for...when actually used right). I think I puzzled it out okay. Oh fun story. I ordered the square reader like weeks ago and then it never shows well past its due date. So Friday I finally go out and buy one (at least they refund one you purchase one time). Well, of course what shows up in the mail later that very day? But not that bad since I did get it refunded and ended up with two readers. Still it was a little funny when I saw the package. Oh more merch I forgot. I got some shirts. Saturday I picked up an Argiflex shirt and Sunday I picked up a Vexadrem shirt. I sold a good bit of Memphis Concrète shirts (though not enough to make bank...yet! but they ARE so awesome). Al the musicians seemed really into the whole experience which was great. I think there was a pretty good vibe going on. The audience seemed into it. It was pretty great. Oh, had planned also on taking chairs down after the movie but left 'em out. I mean it was all so long people sitting down was really the best choice. Anything else? I'm sure there's a ton of shit. Maybe if I remember I'll include more later.

Took Monday off of course. Day of rest! More or less. Last night on the couch. Said farewell to Cain and Ryan. They were really awesome. Bonded a lot over hoarding cds and movies and the same interests in both. Oh, I may have missed labeling him as from Knoxville in my last post. Monday ran errands. What else? I caught back up with the last Twin Peaks episode (episode 8...and HOLY SHIT!). Okay back to work today. Tying up last bits of financial loose ends and I think I should have money to share with all the bands. Profit! Did I actually throw a fucking experimental electronic music festival in Memphis and it actually happened AND it got a little bit of a profit!? Was NOT expecting that. Was not expecting anything near the level of success we got. I know a lot of it was help from people like Alex at the Flyer (by the way, still haven't even picked up that issue yet!). And just awesome people with awesome mouths to spread the word. Oh and I saw Natalie from Nots there. It's cool she came out for it. Didn't even end up needing Nots to play to make it a success. I mean, that still would have been awesome but it really was awesome on its own. Ah! It's sort of hard to process it all! I'm just gonna keep exclaiming shit I should stop now.
ateolf: (the goat...BITCH!)
So it happened! It motherfucking happened! And it went well and was pretty damn well-attended! Setting the fucking thing up I was sure it was just going to be a money pit for me and I was fine with that as I was interested in having a great time and making connections. But it was pretty much a success from every direction. Jacques and Paul came over to help load and we got going only a little late. Though on my way there I realized I'd forgotten the wad of cash I'd gotten for it so I had to turn back around. We get there and start setting stuff up. A little behind but not too bad. I had my raspberry pi and python script ready to go and that worked alright. A lot of people were there in the beginning for that, surprisingly enough. Talking and hanging out so it was a little layer in the background of all the voices with the overlayed repetition of the talking and a little of the room feedbacky sound. One kinda shitty thing about the first day. I had plugged the recorded into the wrong outputs (monitor instead of record) and everything that day recorded way overdriven and clipped. I'll see if there's something I can do for it, but it might just be fucked up a bit. Also it meant the movie recording picked up the movie sound as well as our performance (the movie sound wasn't set to go out through "recorder", sigh).

I was getting a little nervous as the movie started a few minutes behind (and we didn't have a ton of time between the movie and the first set), but things went smoothly. The sound for the movie was me and Cain (Tatras) and Zach (of Nonconnah). As expected, good crowd for the movie, but the surprising thing was it kept up for most of the day on Saturday. The movie seemed to be a good crowd-pleaser which was nice. "The movie," christ: Forbidden Planet, motherfucker! Yeah!

Few things that went differently. Brought Dominic's PA speakers and mixer but only used his mixer to the house speakers. That worked out for the best, as the venue's ipad mixer wouldn't've cut it and their speakers are conveniently hanging from the ceiling. Also brought that screen (to make a kinda backstage) but didn't use it at all, just used the hallway that's actually kind've almost a real backstage. That worked out much better anyway. I'm running around trying to make sure everything's happening as smoothly as possible. Also, I shouldn't be trusted with cash. I dropped wads of cash out of my pocket SEVERAL times like an idiot. Thankfully people kindly returned it and I eventually had the brains to move it to the pocket with a zipper.

In spite of my worries the first set started on time and every other set transitioned according to schedule! I'll happily claim my crown of guy who keeps stuff running on time. I'll also say that every goddamn set was astounding! It was so incredible to be a part of it all and to have it all happen successfully. Fuck, I put on an experimental electronic music festival in Memphis. It fucking happened, how insane is that!? Had a few cancellations but we made it work. Oh, the goddamn food truck cancelled like an hour before it all started. Was really pissed about that. Mary Beth went out to pick up pizza from Midtown Crossing just around the corner. So that saved us a bit. Three acts cancelled but we made it work seamlessly anyway.

Aster was first and had his nice, beautiful modular texture. Revenge Body (Jacques) was next and he had awesome industrial beats with noise. Next was BlanketSwimming (from Hattiesburg, MS). He had some really nice noise. The guy from that is also in NEPTR so when his set was over the other two guys just came up and joined in on the same setup. They were both awesome sets, though a little hard to remember where one began and the other ended now. Ben Bauermeister was next. He had some awesome modular stuff with a little bit of a beat smattered about. Division of Labor (also Hattiesburg) had stuff based on prepared guitar with lots of tabletop effects. Nonconnah was excellent as always. This time I got to see 'em with Denny (she had to work the last show I was at and Dominic filled in). companyofquail never showed up (had a bit of a feeling as he never responded to any emails once I started sending 'em out, I mean, lots of people don't respond a whole lot, but he never did). So I let Nonconnah extend their set and Belly Full of Stars (Nashville) extended hers as well and meet in the middle. Her set was really good. Very ambient. Not sure if I mentioned how snwv couldn't make the drive from Pittsburgh due to some stuff that came up last minute but he still wanted to play so he worked out a livestream (using software called "butt" seriously that's what it's called). The livestream was successful. I ran it from my phone. He set it up so it was real easy to connect. His set was awesome as always, even if he wasn't around. Count Zero Interrupt had his Buchla and his sound is pretty awesome. A bit of early industrial hard-hitting noise (that description doesn't quite feel accurate though, maybe more heavy than noise-noisy but a little bit of noise, just not like power electronics harsh noise). Qemist closed the night and turned it into a dance party. Here's the thing. I was up and dancing. I don't dance but I did. It was a whole fucking lot of fun too.

Cain and Ryan (his friend who travelled with him as a kind of roadie) stayed at our place. So I ended up sleeping on the couch. Got up early again to get ready (well, earlier than I'd planned and figured I might as well start getting ready). Had to repatch my modular for my set since I'd changed some stuff for the movie (luckily I drew my patches out!). I got pedals ready for the exhibit. I'll go right out and say it. Sunday's exhibit was a bust. Nearly completely. Thankfully Alex (who wrote the amazing feature in the Memphis Flyer) lent his theremin for it and that was our saving grace. That was the SOMETHING we had. So there was a theremin there to play. And it was fun. Dustin brought Daphne and she was really into it. Was setting all the other shit up and realized that by the time we'd finish anything it would be time to take shit down and start the show (if not longer than that). It would've been cool but a bit complicated I guess. Which is sad 'cuz when I was working out some of the contact mics through distortion it just sounded SO cool. Oh well. We gave up when we realized the futility and went straight to setting up for the show.

It was another day of things going smoothly. Not as big a crowd as expected but it was still pretty darn decent. More than I was expecting. Bruiser (Zach) was first and his set was really good. First time he'd ever played a show of any kind. He had really good ambient sounds. I was next. Felt like it wasn't very good at the time. Lots of things didn't go right. I think a label fell off one of my cables so I wasted time searching for it. Some things didn't go quite right. It's probably fine though. Ara Hanissian was next. He's the kid who's in high school I met at that other show. He had a friend playing with him. It was good. Wasn't sure what to expect. He played guitar and the friend played synth and there were lots of pedals. It was folk music based (the guitar which dominated) but gradually started to get buried in noise and dissonance. Oh, since I was playing I didn't think to have my video cued up so I played with no video. I ran my video during Ara's set though. Most of the artists played to the video Josh made, he had three hours and we looped it all throughout anyone who didn't provide their own video. It was pretty awesome. manualcontrol was next and they were really good. Had light sensors controlling instruments stuck up on the wall. They were a little worried about the setup 'cuz there was a good deal of sunlight in the room even with the curtain and the shades. But it worked out pretty well. Argiflex (Cleveland, MS) killed. Really bangin' experimental techno. Lost Man (Josh!) cancelled as well. Sad face. He said he wasn't able to get it ready in time. We told him he SHOULD have just made shit up like so many of us (I mean, I "wrote" a score but it was pretty loose and since things were going weird I ended up rushing through it on accident and finished not much more than halfway through and fell back on a good sounding drone, from a part that was supposed to be a short burst). Anyway, we did the same thing as before and Argiflex extended her set and Cheap Spirits extended his to meet in the middle. Cheap Spirits was really good again. Vexadrem (sort of Cleveland, MS/sort of Memphis) was really good as well. Similar sound as Argiflex. Ben Ricketts (Oxford, MS) had a really good sound. A bit musiqe concrète sounding though with toy instruments (oh he did have tapes too). Very different from his singer-songwriter stuff. Still relatively quiet compared to some others, but very abstract. Tatras was fucking fucking incredible. Probably my favorite set of the festival. Though my memory of Saturday was a bit fuzzier. I was running around a lot more. Sunday was much more laid back and I was able to focus some more on the music (though I still focused Saturday too). Very dark heavy drone. He bowed a cymbal too. Then there was a fucking one-two punch. The second best set was right after. Pas Moi (Cleveland, MS) had some awesome noise. Samples and shrieking oscillators. This was power electronics or close. It was the same kinda thing as his recording, but live it was just so much more and so...fuck yeah! Ihcilon was incredible as always. minivan_markus also cancelled but his labelmate Qemist suggested filling in. At that point I was just like sure, whatever. He wanted minivan's pay (which the Rare Nnudes artists had an agreement for a certain amount). A little kinda funny but whatever. There was diminishing returns though. I mean he was good again, but seeing it nearly twice in a row didn't have the same impact. Plus by that point we probably didn't have the adrenaline to run on to get dancing again. I'll wrap up shit in another post.


Jun. 27th, 2017 08:28 pm
Wow. It's been an insane week (plus). I wasn't meaning to be gone this long, but our internet went out last Monday (and then by the time it got fixed again the festival was steamrolling over everything!). I guess I'll go back to the beginning, as best I can. I never mentioned getting this cd I'm listening to (Crockett Hall: Tanglewood) from Daniel up at that Ghost River show last week. Okay, but back to stuff. I think I got stuff for the "I Am Sitting in a Room" styled exhibit (You Are Standing in a Room) working and tested on the raspberry pi. Did I do other things? I think I ran through my set a couple more times. And wanted to other days this week and never got around to it. So never really even practiced for the movie. But whatever. I know I watched the episode of Twin Peaks that night.

So then there's last Monday. Came home after work to find the internet out. There was a comcast technician outside working on our upstairs neighbor's stuff. Well, then he leaves and it stays off (til Friday).

Tuesday I went up to the Crosstown Concourse for this Iceberg composers series concert (from New York) performed by the Blueshift Ensemble (from here). It was really really good. Mostly classical instruments and various degrees of experimentality in the compositions. My favorite was one called "Photons" (Drake Andersen) and it was a duet between flute and clarinet and the musicians were on the floor above (oh, I didn't mention the whole thing was performed in the atrium which was a spectacular setting, their actual new space in the Concourse is still under construction). That piece was the most reminiscent (stylistically) of early electronic music in its fragmented, stuttering approach. All of it was really good. It was nice and relaxing and cleared my mind.

The rest of that workweek was pretty much just getting stuff ready for the festival. Running around and whatever else. I don't remember. All a dang blur. I took Friday off from work. Definitely needed it to get ready. Felt like I should've taken Thursday off too! Got up early and got cash and lots of beer and some more cables and some drumstick and brushes. What else did I do? More blur. I was mostly feeling okay about the whole thing. Things were feeling ready (a step up from just the weekend before where they kinda weren't) but it was still a bit hectic feeling and I was continually not getting enough sleep. At least starting Friday. Another comcast technician came out this time to our place and he confirmed, sure enough, that the previous technician disconnected a wire and never connected it back. The other dude broke it! But then we got it fixed (by then I was on a roll being too busy to post!). It'd been really obnoxious trying to plan and do things from home only having my phone at my disposal!

Got up early Saturday to finish wrapping things up (also just kept waking up earlier than I needed to). It was the goddamn day of! It was happening! Mary Beth and I took a break and went back up to the Concourse for Iceberg's thing on deep listening (Pauline Oliveros!). That was a lot of fun we did a few of her meditations. Walking around and singing and sitting down and closing our eyes and listening. It was a pretty awesome coincidence that this of all things was happening the day of the festival! The festival! I'll go off and get to that in another post!

A Doodle

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:04 am
ateolf: (zoo and you)
Did a bit of running around to get things ready for next Sunday's sound installation. I think I have a solid idea of the materials to be used, so really all that's left is to actually hook everything up and try it out! I also picked up a bathmat to replace the wooden one that's been breaking off in pieces for years or months or whatever. Mary Beth came home real stressed due to car stuff as she was out to a party last night so we washed each others' feet and it was very nice and relaxing. My dad just wanted us to go to church with him for fathers' day and I was at first like, that's too early (he's a eucharistic minister at the 7:30 mass out in Germantown). Anyway we decided we would go and surprise him, it being fathers' day and all. So I sat through some damn church for the first time in a while. There was one amusing thing that happened where this guy's phone went off really loudly in an obnoxious and persistent rooster noise alarm and he couldn't turn it off (he was trying) but it kept going and going. He eventually ran out embarrassed after a bit and the priest had started giving him the business. Anyway, so here we are with an early start to our day!


Jun. 17th, 2017 12:15 pm
ateolf: (Robert points the bone at you)
Went over to Memphis Flyer editor Alex's house yesterday for an interview about Memphis Concrète. It went pretty. We talked for just a bit before and after and the interview part just kinda flowed from the conversation. He was really nice so it was pretty laid back. He showed me his studio. And afterwards he played a record he did with Luis before the show. I thought I said stuff pretty well for the most part. But man, even under the best, most relaxed conditions where I'm talking about something I love so much, talking is difficult even if it feels mostly effortless at the time. I came home and my face just felt like it was going to explode from all the blood rushed into it. My head was just in this stratospheric place sort of like a headache but somewhere in my jaws. A lot of it probably came from actually talking about things I got excited about where I'm getting into it and the blood is rushing to my head or whatever. Anyway, I was wound up for a good while. I worked off and on on the written interview I got from Chris who does the Sonospheres podcast. I got really overly verbose on it, but I wanted to answer well. Anyway, did eventually finish it into the later part of the night. Sent it off this morning. So much interviewing! Okay, I need to stop thinking about it before my face gets worked up again!


Jun. 16th, 2017 04:27 pm
ateolf: (Zelda)
Last night I went up to the Ghost River taproom to see Ben Ricketts play a show with Crockett Hall (Ben is playing Memphis Concrète). This was more of his regular type of show, acoustic and semi-folky. He and Daniel (Crockett Hall) played together. Alternating between covers and each others' songs. There weren't a lot of people there. Well, for the first half there was a group of people playing Cards against Humanity at the table next to where they were playing then they left after a while and it was near empty. I also got to talk to Emma a little bit who I hadn't seen in forever. Work was pretty alright today. Some of that production issue but they had found the cause and it wasn't so bad. I left work early to make up for the time I'd worked on the issue (also went in a little late). It was good timing 'cuz my Memphis Concrète were ready to pick up and they're only open til 5! So I picked 'em up and they look REALLY damn good! I mean, like, really good. I'm pretty fucking happy with it. Okay. That's really about it for now.

An Appeal

Jun. 15th, 2017 05:01 pm
ateolf: (Robert points the bone at you)
So that production call went on a few hours and then picked up at work today. I was pretty much in a "war room" all day about it. Even went through lunch (they ordered Jimmy John's but I'm not eating that shit, I did eventually eat the lunch I brought, though I thought I'd eat it after we finished, but it kept going). I left a little early, but I still have extra time built up from this stuff. Mike McCarthy had gotten me in touch with John Beifuss (the film writer for the Commercial Appeal), well he got back and asked me to call him today. So I did and we had a little interview about the festival! Wasn't really expecting that. Also, he didn't just approach the film angle (which is what I'd talked to him about) but he interviewed based on the whole thing (I mentioned I had been talking to the music writer for the Flyer but no one for the Appeal). It'll be online next week and in the paper next Friday (still before the actual festival so for something unexpected that's pretty cool). My brain's a little jumping all around the place over that now. Also got some right angle patch cables in the mail today. Yesterday or the day before I got some patch cables that are half right angles and half straight. I ordered them all 'cuz after installing my reverb tank in my lid, my bottom row has less room and the cables don't fit when I close the lid, so if I use right angle cables on the bottom row, they should fit just fine. So many complications! Okay, now my brain must process shit and catch up.


Jun. 14th, 2017 07:38 pm
ateolf: (METAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Went over to Jacques's last night to watch Forbidden Planet with him (he's going to be managing the movie audio during the performance so wanted to rewatch it). So that was some hanging out. Mike McCarthy (of The Sore Losers, etc fame) responded to my message about the festival and movie while I was over there and actually seems pretty excited about it. That's pretty cool. Been really fretting over a food truck. One had seemed promising at first but didn't get back to me after saying they'd check their schedule. One responded today (I got a bit more spammy) and said they can do it both days. But I'm getting scared they're gonna do the same thing and stop responding. We will see, damnit. I went over to Paul's tonight and he gave me some big metal things for the Sunday sound installation. Really need to do a lot of work to figure out how the hell that's gonna go. We shall see. Now here's work comin' at me with some production issue. We'll see what that's damn about.


Jun. 13th, 2017 05:25 pm
ateolf: (Mission of Blurma)
I finished reading Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel at work today. It was alright. Maybe liked the movie better, but it's been many years since I've seen it. It has a very light flow (and reads pretty quick). The best part is the way it works in the recipes. Not a whole lot else. I keep getting delayed in what I'm trying to work on at work 'cuz of stuff coming up. One had to do with a production deployment being pulled back. It took me what felt like longer than it should have to figure it out. But at least I did right at the end of the day. Okay.


Jun. 12th, 2017 05:32 pm
ateolf: (zoo and you)
Did some more practicing on my Memphis Concrète set. I also copied out all my patches, just in case. After running it through, I think I'm going to scale it back a little bit. I feel like I'm rushing from one bit to another and not giving some parts enough time to breathe. Mary Beth and I went up to a going away party for someone she knows (and only a little bit). There were a ton of people there, a very popular couple. We knew a couple people there. Otherwise we just had some good grill food (and I busted up someone's wooden, oh, what do you call it? the thing that demarcates the edge of a garden but not a fence, ground level, whatever it's called, the path was overflowing with children as ice cream was distributed so I went to the side to get by and stepped on it and pulled it down, nice). What did we do later? We watched the latest episode of Twin Peaks, that's what! Really good. And rounded off the night watching a little Sense 8 with Mary Beth. Didn't see the beginning, but I was catching on.

I got a message from someone at Cook today and they're saying that Servicemaster is going to hire me full time. A little weird I didn't hear it first from Servicemaster, but I guess that's good news! I guess we'll see where that's going in a few weeks. Something I forgot to mention in my last post: as we were hanging out on the patio outside of Canvas after the show, we had a conversation with another friend of Luis's. This guy was an associate producer on this movie we was at Indie Memphis called Free in Deed that was really good. So that was pretty cool. Oh, and I got a couple things in the mail: the remaining wristbands for the festival (the color for performers and volunteers, felt I needed to add that) and a little usb audio adapter for the raspberry pi so I can actually hook it up to sound!
ateolf: (Mission of Blurma)
Tried to set up my raspberry pi yesterday, like I said, first with ubuntu core but that didn't seem to work so I went ahead and did raspbian. The micro sd card I had wasn't big enough though. Later in the day I went out to run a few errands. I went to home depot and picked up a couple small sheets of metal for the other sound exhibit. I also went by office max and picked up another micro sd card. So I took that home and was able to successfully install the operating system. Now I just need to set up my python script as a service that runs on startup (and wait for that audio adapter to arrive in the mail so I can test it out). At night we went up to Canvas for a show. Luis was playing. I hadn't been inside the building since it was the guitar shop (where I bought my current main guitar, the K that I love so dearly). That was quite a number of years ago. The place seems alright, though the crowd seemed a bit broey. The EGGG (Luis's band) played first. Turns out the other guy in the band is Alex, the music editor from the Flyer who's going to interview me about the festival. They were really good. At times a bit Tangerine Dream-ish. Here's my scary thought for the day: Memphis Concrète is technically next week. Holy fuck. Having difficulties getting a food truck to respond to me right now. I may have waited too long on that... We'll see.


Jun. 10th, 2017 09:03 am
ateolf: (synth & boobs)
Did some modular practicing last night. Think I settled on a few sounds that'll be the basis of my set and I even wrote a very rudimentary symbolic score. Maybe soon I can start practicing to it. I at least can fuck around for twenty minutes and I guess it won't be HORRIBLE. But it'd be cool if I could work out timings and all that stuff. Currently I'm trying to install the operating system on the raspberry pi. It's going very slowly. Like, it'll sit there for forever and then eventually it'll move onto the next thing but it's hard to know if it's working or frozen. We'll see where that all ends up.


Jun. 9th, 2017 05:58 pm
ateolf: (Robert points the bone at you)
Last night Mary Beth and I went up to Theaterworks to see Sarah's troupe do a performance they created called Unseen City (it's very loosely based on or inspired by Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities). There's a king and they each go through and describe different parts of the city in different ways. It was still the sneak preview/practice run so that's cool we were invited. It ended with a choice of options. We picked the one that was a guided historical tour through Overton Square. Knew a lot but they had some bits that were new to me. Anyway, that's about it for me.


Jun. 8th, 2017 06:02 pm
ateolf: (the goat...BITCH!)
Last night was pretty good. Mary Beth and I went up to Crosstown again for an Indie Memphis shorts thingie. This was from the New York Japan Cinefest (as it sounds, a film festival in New York featuring Japanese and Japanese-American movies). The shorts we saw were almost all really good (the last one, an animated one, wasn't as good but it wasn't outright bad either). I enjoyed 'em a lot. The nonverbal one with dolphins and people swimming with 'em. The documentary about war brides. The introspective animated one sort-of about glasses sort-of. The weird one about a girl who works a porn-chat job. After that we went up to Murphy's for the Ihcilon/Nervous Curtains show. Sat around talking and catching up with people for a little bit. Ihcilon played and it was a little funny for that set in a bar with people watching a basketball game and shouting regularly. He was really good as always (if not a little short). Nervous Curtains were good and a similar experience to the last time they played here. I picked up a couple of their cds after the show: Fake Infinity and Low Defender EP.
ateolf: (Zelda)
Mary Beth and I went up to Crosstown last night for a shoot & splice discussion on film criticism. Primarily from the perspective of newspaper reviews as the panel was guys who work or worked as film critics for local papers. And a lot of the discussion was about how all that's pretty much dead now (professionally speaking, as in something that newspapers still employ and pay people to do for the most part). But overall it was good stuff to listen to. Andrea moderated (nice to see her as she so recently left the Brooks). Today was kinda exciting. (Also timely, on the subject of local journalism.) The music editor for the Flyer reached out to me about doing a feature on Memphis Concrète. So that's got my brain all awry. I'm sure it won't be a huge thing, but it's still pretty cool. He'll be setting up a time to talk with me about in the next couple weeks. It's planned to come out for the issue just a couple days before the festival. Jacques is friends with J.D. who's a music writer and he had passed it along to the editor. Didn't think much would come from it, but thought I'd give it a try. Well, it seems at least something may come from it. Anyway, I got a little excited about it today. Oh, also I showed up at work and Mike had left a couple NES cartridges he had duplicates of for me: R.B.I. Baseball and Fester's Quest. That's also an exciting and nice thing. I brought a smile to my face as I arrived in the morning.


Jun. 6th, 2017 05:32 pm
ateolf: (badd ddudde)
Today I took a late lunch break and went up to Crosstown for a little meeting with the events director we'd scheduled. I first get there and the doors are locked (on both locations) and I knock but there's no response or anything. So I'm wondering if they're across the street in the new concourse. So I drive across the street (took longer than it would to've walked with the parking) but the area that Crosstown Arts is gonna be in is still completely under construction. So I went back and by then she was available. But we went over stuff and worked out the price for all the extra shit I'm doing and I think my plan's gonna work. She was nice and we talked about a lot of the other shit that's going on too and I have a pretty good feeling now. Now I just need to make it HAPPEN!


Jun. 5th, 2017 06:50 pm
ateolf: (synth & boobs)
Did a bit of errand running yesterday. Got some shower curtain rings from the dollar store. Yeah. Now my little "backstage" simulator is complete. I spent most of the evening working on music. I think the sort of music that I have in my head (very serialist, very disconnected, disjointed, with a vast array of different sounds and tonalities) won't be possible (really most music like that is studio and tape made), at least with the resources I'll have available at the time. So I'm rethinking my approach, at least to some degree. But I played with my modular for the most in a long time. Not sure how much I did was usable at least for the time being, but it is good to get some practice in just using anything at all. Watched the latest episode of Twin Peaks last night! Now I have to sit back and...wait for more! I got some festival planning stuff done. Have a spreadsheet out there for people to sign up to volunteer for shifts for things. I have had at least someone other than myself sign up for something. That's a start!

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