I was sitting outside in May and saw –just as so many people must have thought before me–that if you spend some time looking into these things that are growing that you could find deep whirlpools for your interest (the geometry of growth, the why of this or that, etc) if you wanted that, or you could just sit and more passively have an experience. Either way you could never touch bottom. Lately, when I feel myself getting pulled such a little–really, unassuming–whirlpool, I’m trying to make it a point to draw that thing that acts like a nexus, and follow it in. Though I don’t think there is anything more authentic than interfacing with its face. It is the face of reality, infinitely authentic at every level. And also not drawing it for the sake of the depiction, but as a method to spend time out there with it. Out there….within….I want that contour to dissolve.
Then I made a print so I could share something of it with other people. It’s a separate idea maybe, but coming from the same place. It’s like I’m pointing to the same thing the nexus opened to. Not restricted by location…a non-local…node…connection…. (And now this idea disintegrating into my own uncongealed thinking/feeling about it.)
This post is that too.
If you’d like me to apply myself to a project you’re working on just email me so we can discuss what you want, compensation, and timelines. Here are some of the album package designs/concepts I’ve created for some very talented musicians in the past. I’ll update this post with any new album designs I do, but only the FOUR most recent will appear. Please click the ‘continue reading’ link below to see the full post with all the designs.
If you want to buy any of these albums directly from the artists just click their link above the image.
Silence Blossoms – Silence Blossoms
As an alternative to the physical CD of their album, I also made a poster (that comes with a download code for the album). I used stippling to create the explorer/spaceman in the image, and used micron 0.3 to 0.8 pens to do it. Take a closer, zoomed in look. It’ll be worth it!
Silence Blossoms – Silence Blossoms
I made 300 of these by hand! Each one linocut print with hand-painted red ‘atmosphere’, and some with hand-painted silver ‘spaceman’
The inserts look pretty good too!
I made the originals using watercolors and ink
And here I’m mentioned in a little Swedish press. It translates to: “Angela Guytons pictures also have an important function in the musical context” “It (Silence Blossoms) is art-music, music which is art”
Silence Blossoms – Rememberance single
ink drawing on paper
printed as 6″x 8″ 400gsm postcards
I live with a very talented and prolific composer/musician, Rodrigo Constanzo. Here are some videos I’ve made for him. I’ll update this post as and when a new video is made. but only the FOUR most recent will appear. Please click the ‘continue reading‘ link below to see the complete post.
July 20, 2014 – This is the second video that features the Grassi Box. Here I’m using my new slider. For more info on what is happening, visit Rod’s blog post about it.
April 28, 2014 - with the Grassi Box he had designed and built by Dan Wilson (of Cicuitfied). I make the most ridiculous and unintentional cameo in this!
April 8, 2014 – Skipping CD + Drums
April 8th, 2014 – Tuning forks and hard Drive
In the collection of able and honest violinst, Linda Jankowska. 33.5″ x 23″
a teacher encouraged me to make more. as much as possible. if possible everyday. and if not possible to see why not. and eliminate the situation(s) that would inhibit this way of being. With this to learn. see. experience. that the scope of my tendencies.ideas are not as significant as just doing if the two things are in conflict. constant doing. this is what to do as my practice. I saw myself seated at the same wooden table day after day. and then lived and felt that vision. and really it said it didn’t even matter when a work was done, because that is decided from within the scope of my inclinations.
I’m going to make something else now. This work is the latest of it’s line. perhaps last the last?…perhaps for now…really this decision is no matter.
Friend, Mauricio Pauly invited me to make this documentary of a project he was a part of with two other composers and two performers. This experiment in collaboration shows the early stages of the process that would eventually birth three new contemporary music works.
Here is the post I made November 23, 2013 for the teaser…
Here’s the teaser for a video I’m making that documents the interaction between three composers and two performers in a sort of experiment in collaboration.
I made these a year ago but I wasn’t ready to let anyone see them. I worked on these everyday for a while then. They’re a dialogue I was trying to open up to. Between me and me…or the universe and the universe. They are both, and they are silly. They’re little drawings, because as it turns out the universe is ridiculous sometimes.
That’s Helmut Lemke. He was my teacher for a while.
That’s my husband, Rod. We don’t always see eye to eye.
Here’s what happened when I asked Rod to interpret these drawings
Silence Blossoms is one of my favorite bands, and they’ve made me their fourth member! Here are some vids I’ve made for them. I’ll update this post as and when a new video is made, with the most recent appearing first.
April 26, 2014 – Dancer, with a guest appearance from Rodrigo Constanzo performed at John Rylands Library in Manchester.
and Sonnet, also performed at John Rylands Library with Rod.
Silence Blossoms in the Studio. I’m putting together a short video that will include footage from one of the recording sessions for the new album.
This teaser is the first time I use After Effects.
Richard Craig is arguably the best in the galaxy (go ahead, look into it!). Here are some videos I’ve made featuring this creative blower. I’ll update this post as and when a new video is made, with the most recent appearing first.
Richard Craig‘s set at The Noise Upstairs. Here is the first piece from that set:
Bass Flute (1 of 3)
2 of 3
3 of 3
ialreadyforgotyourpussy.com by Rodrigo Constanzo – Here’s a live performance of that work from Richard Craig and Rodrigo Constanzo at the Amp/Al CD release party hosted by Distractfold on August 29, 2013.
Me & You is a duo which includes Rodrigo Constanzo and Sam Andreae. I make tons of stuff with both these guys and here’s another one of their projects. I’ll update this post as we make new videos, but only the FOUR most recent will appear. Please click the ‘continue reading’ link below to see the complete post.
Glitch Beat from the same set:
and Yo Momma:
This is them in the studio. Glitch Beat:
This is a long night of letting go.
I need to trust that if a part of it is magic,
it is all magic.
I want to hold on,
but instead I need to release.
I offer up even this part.
most damaged part of you,
that I wanted nothing more
than to hold and heal.
So I release even this part.
I offer it up to nature
And put my trust in it.
I hope you thrive
and grow towards love
even if without me.
“The offering up or cleaning up ego stuff is called purification. Purification is the act of letting go. This is done out of discriminative awareness. That is, you understand that you are an entity passing through a life in which the entire drama is an offering for your awakening. You see that the life experience is a vehicle for coming to God, or becoming conscious, for becoming liberated. And you understand ultimately that’s what you are doing here.”
Excerpt from Ram Dass’ book “Polishing the Mirror”
I believe “I Release” is my first (and only) alchemical creation. I cannot remember any others.
In the hands of able and honest violinist, Linda Jankowska.
Here’s another watercolor
In the collection of the clarinetist with the bestest, Rocío Bolaños.
About a year back I decided I wanted to make work that I could just make on my own, spontaneously and anywhere. I was reacting against the Takahashi pre-performance preparation that had to happen. At the time, they required other people, stretching canvas, setting up electronics equipment, a projector, and then having all the things communicate with each other. It was hard to do spontaneously. So I decided to just draw. White paper. Black pen. And me.
In tandem with those drawings I started becoming curious about color. There was shift in the Takahashi performances from paint to [colored] light, and this set up no longer required me to stretch a canvas or use a projector–another move towards pre-performance simplicity (though pursuing this colored light stand wasn’t done for that purpose specifically). I could just plug in and go. Though it’s still very technology heavy, spontaneity and technology are not in opposition. So now, working in the muck of the Takahashi lights and the ink drawings, it felt to me like I was exploring two things: precise line work (absent of the consideration for color), and expansive pure color.
Yesterday, during a Takahashi rehearsal with Linda Jankowska and Rodrigo Constanzo it occurred to me the water color works are actually perfect for use in the Takahashi light set-up. It’s like one part of my brain has just let another part of my brain in on what it’s been working on. I think these works are somehow perfect populators of the Color Picker sample space (the color granular synthesis max patch), which before only had a “place-holder” image. I really want everything to be personal, and resonate with me. The body of line drawing work I’ve been doing, now with the addition of water colors, are hugely significant to me and this period of my life–creative and personal. So here we are.
I just want to make beautiful things…and it feels like an explosion.
(above work owned by Rocio Bolaños)
The following images are stills from video shot by Linda Jankowska during our wider performance collaboration that day
Sam Andreae wanted to hold concerts in his basement for upload to the web. Sam’s Basement is so small that only the guest artist, he, and I are often the only people that can attend the performances live (good too, cuz we have to record it.). I’ll update this post as new episodes emerge, but only the FOUR most recent ones will appear. Please click the ‘continue reading‘ link below to see the complete post.