I wrote this song for the show Bee & PuppyCat. The creator Natasha Allegri sent me a tragic story about an octopus who falls in love with a lost princess. She wanted a song for it and I came up with this one. Watch the full scene here (at 1:20).
Well, if this isn't lovely I don't know what is:
Last night I stumbled across Joan Jett's "Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah)" song which I had never heard before (it's great!). I watched the video, saw Joan Jett in a bikini (weird!), and then discovered the song was originally by Gary Glitter. All I knew about Gary Glitter was that he made KLF's Doctorin' the Tardis song possible and that he gets thrown out of countries for raping children. Anyway what I'm saying is that in this context, holy shit this video of Gary Glitter performing "Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah)" is the most psycho thing ever:
I mean that's like a musical number in a movie about a horrifying child rapist. Who looks and is named exactly like Gary Glitter.
Anyway I'm conflicted because the song and performance is bad-ass and I feel like a Gary Glitter fan now.
I got asked if some folks from Germany could use my music in a sport DVD. I said yes. Then they told me it was for Sporthockers (sport stools) and I said double yes. Here's what it looks like:
I love any sport where the goal is to become successfully seated.
Long ago I received an email from a nice young Spanish lady named Elisa who asked if her and her friends could use my song Dropping out of School for a lipdub (aka lipsync) video contest for Citroen. I said yes because I say yes to everything. They did this video:
Which I thought was so awesome. Then I got word that they won the contest! And they won a cruise across the Mediterranean Sea! To which I was invited since I technically participated in the project. But Citroen did not offer to fly me over there so I declined because I am not rich. Then the awesome group of Spanish folks asked me for a photo of myself so they could take it to the award ceremony. And they've sent me a bunch of photos:
Here's me and Elisa (I think) hanging out by a car. Hey car, what up. Hey Elisa. Thanks for holding me.
I'm always awkward at social functions and this one manages to be no different.
Is that dude trying to pick my nose?
Hanging out by the snack trays is why I don't fit into those tiny jeans anymore.
We're going on a cruise! I'm going to get so drunk. On the Mediterranean!
Not sure what I had for dinner but it's pretty clear I've been ditched. That centerpiece is interesting.
There is nothing about this Spanish lip dub of Dropping out of School that doesn't make me smile:
From Elisa, one of the authors:
We hope you like it! :D I'm sorry, the dubbing itself it's not really that good -_- first of all the audio is not well synchronized and second one is that Spanish people are not that good at English lipdubbing, I guess ^^U haha! But we hope you enjoy it anyway!! :)
Been hacking around trying to get some nifty synced visualization stuff going. Best (and cheapest) visualization seems to be Milkdrop in Winamp, so I got it responding to MIDI signals sent from Ableton Live on another machine. Here's a quick demo:
I'd like to be able to trigger video clips next, then I'm not sure about combining them all onto one display and swapping between them.
Yep, this is awesome:
I loved this TED talk by Elizabeth Gilbert about creative genius:
Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius.
It's very inspiring and I really admire how she's reconciled her creative expectations.
A point I think is also missing from most discussions about creative genius is context. The time and culture a work is released in have a lot more to do with being considered genius than the work itself.
If I had a time machine I would travel to the past and play some electronica on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Had to do this to get it out of my head. Now I can move on.
Over the holidays I had a look at all the entries for the Fake It cliche video. They're sweet, but I think we still need some more, so I'm going to extend the deadline out indefinitely.
A few people suggested I put together a Youtube video begging for more submissions, so my crappy beard and I have done that here:
Welp, my Fake It cliche video project is officially a success. Oh we still don't have enough videos, no no. But this was created:
And by any measure it is now a success.
(But I would very much still like more entries. )
Well, there were some real good last-minute submissions for the Fake It cliche video project (thank you!). But I think we need more to make a truly cliche video so I'm going to extend the deadline out for another month (September 15th). And I'll try to dream up some way to force more people to submit with my mind powers.
Holy cow, there's only a week left until the submission deadline for â€œthe most cliche video everâ€ video for Fake It. So far there are only TWO submissions! Set sail for failure!
I'm not sure if it's apathy or shyness or what. Soâ€¦ I guess we'll see how this last week goes. And maybe I'll try to find my rocker wig.