This site used to be where I announced the projects and performances i was involved in.
Right now, I’m renovating my sites after migrating them to a new hosting company, as Media Temple turned into a headache.
You might enjoy starting with the site that has more active writing content and photos on it:
Once all the images and posts are restored, I’ll resume posts here again.
I recently played bass in Nomi Lyonn’s show at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood, the third incarnation of her evolving cabaret performance that I’ve participated in. The previous two performances were at the M-Bar in Hollywood. I think one-woman shows are a real challenge to pull off, and Nomi did a great job. It helped that she chose some great music to weave the story of her political, yogic, and ecological obsessions into. She added two dancers to this performance, and I think they strengthened the show even more. I got to back up Ron Snyder, who is a wonderful accompanist, and drummer John Puhara helped carry us through. It’s not every day that you get to play in a fun & enjoyable performance like this one. Nomi plans to take the show to a variety of venues in Candada (she’s from Vancouver) and elsewhere.
I’ve just started a blog at The Whole 9, an online community for creative people. Stop by, read through my blog and others, and sign up to check out the community. It’s free. They’re great people. Hope to see you there!
So the doctor at LA County Hospital was giving me advice about my broken toe and how to take care of it. He looked like a death-metal rocker dude in a lab coat; long scraggly hair, beard, tattoos, rings and all. He was nice though, and used lots of big vocabulary words to prove that he really was a doctor. Then when I said I’d love it if I could get a copy of the X-ray, he went and printed two out for me.
Then he said he was gonna show me how to “buddy tape” the toe. I wasn’t so sure it wasn’t some new S&M thing people around LA were into these days. I knew I shouldn’t have watched the first season of “Californication.”
So, I updated some of the artwork on my Closet Thespians line, and then the next day got an email from Cafe Press:
“We recently learned that your CafePress.com account contains material which may not be in compliance with our policies. Specifically, designing, manufacturing, marketing and/or selling products that may infringe the rights of a third party, including, copyrights (e.g., an image of a television cartoon character), trademarks (e.g., the logo of a company), “rights in gross” (e.g., the exclusive right of the U.S. Olympic Committee to use the “Olympic Rings”), and rights of privacy and publicity (e.g., a photo of a celebrity) are prohibited.”
“Accordingly, we have set the content that we believe to be questionable to “pending status” which disables said content from being displayed in your shop or purchased by the public.”
I’d waited until I could take the photo of the statue myself so I didn’t violate any copyright holders. Well, I guess it’s time to investigate other companies with similar offerings to Cafe Press or maybe (god forbid!) I’ll have to get some printed up myself and distribute them in person.
So here I am holding an Emmy for Graphic Design. Apparently it was only given for a couple of years. It felt nice. I’d like to have you think I won it, but that isn’t the case…yet. “I’d like to thank Kevin and Matt McCarthy, my mother and father for their support and encouragement, and of course, Apple Computer… who still haven’t figured out how to include a substantial DVD burner in their computers that will last for more than a couple of months but make a fun computer none-the-less.”
So one of my long-time dreams is to see the Schillinger System of Musical Composition get applied within current computer music systems. It’s obviously well-suited to it, but somehow no one has ever put the pieces together. It seems like a place where I have some expertise that no one else seems to have. So if I don’t do it, nobody may.
I also have been interested in computer-human interaction design within music software for ages, but haven’t acquired the professional experience yet. Curtis Roads told me it was a field that was open for me to dominate as an expert if I wanted, so I’m starting up this blog to try to get the ball rolling. I’ve done some research in the area, but haven’t undertaken a, um, “concerted effort” to move forward with it.
Visit the blog and jump in with suggestions.