Apr 7, 2014

Album Design

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.

If you want to buy any of these albums directly from the artists just click their link above the image. Most recent first.

Johnny Hunter Quartet – Appropriations
ink drawing on paper

This is the cover.
This is the back (left) and the cover (right).
I’ve left the template layer on so you can see how it folds around.
This is the inside tray area.

Silence Blossoms – Lady White single
ink drawing on paper
printed as 6″x 8″ 400gsm postcards
Lady White single postcard

Amp/Al from Richard Craig
Linocut prints, clay, and ink
album concept and execution
90 handmade
Here’s a  mention of it in an interview Richard gave in the Glasgow Herald (a little shout out in the last paragraph)


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Mar 13, 2014

Everything. Everything At Once. Once. 2

Linda and I helped Rod make this video…

Jan 21, 2014


Here’s another watercolor


Jan 14, 2014

You and me and us and me and you

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


Dec 14, 2013

Surfaces of Emergence


I shot this for Scott Mc Laughlin. It’s a piece he composed called Surfaces of Emergence. Here’s what he wrote on Vimeo about it: ”surfaces…” is for a group of electric guitars (six in this performance) playing feedback only. The feedback pitches are all harmonics of whichever string is vibrating: which is in itself indeterminate as for most of the piece all the strings are free, in the opening 6 minutes only the low E string is free (see the felt “mutes” on the guitars). The guitars change feedback pitch by moving. Changing the relative position between guitar and amplifier alters the phase relationship and allows a different harmonic to emerge. The score does not specify pitches, but simply asks the players to (1) allow a pitch to emerge and hold it, (2) very slowly change to a new pitch, (3) try to return to the previous pitch. Players keep trying to set up slowly oscillating pitch patterns but the indeterminate nature of the feedback interferes with this. The players are also detuning the strings intermittently throughout the piece: players work to an grid of approximate timings, with rest points built in for detuning. What starts as a unified E harmonic spectrum slowly denatures into an inharmonic mass.

Dec 10, 2013

Its Fleece Electrostatic

This is a work by Mauricio Pauly for violin + looper (and uses Rod’s Party Van Max patch). This is Linda Jankowska playing it:

Nov 23, 2013


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.

Nov 14, 2013


I was looking through old files and found these:

This is the painting inspired by a dream that birthed the name Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern. I painted it in 2006. I immediately gave it to Raul Takahashi to make amends for whatever it was I did that caused him to unleash that nightmare on me.

Takahashi's Shellfish Concern

Here is a collection of the little draft anaimations I made of Rod playing the piano in 2005.
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Oct 31, 2013

Red Instruments

Here are two improv sets I filmed for  Rodrigo Constanzo and Linda Jankowska.

I used a 50mm lens, a shoulder rig, and DMX lights which I manipulated/obfuscated during their performances. Here they are.

Linda Jankowska: Snare-Feedback-String Pattern

Rodrigo Constanzo: Everything. Everything Once. Once (three in an ongoing series)

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My Projects (with their own sites)

Push Pull Pony - I make videos
Takahashi's Shellfish Concern - my performance art group