Friday, September 29, 2006

Photoshop Blues

So I am finishing my first full week of classes and after much wrangling, I feel like I have arrived at a good situation, though I am still not certain pursuing graduate school is my best course. (There is a LARGE part of me that doesn't think I have a shot in hell to get in to an Art and Technology program, BUT, I am forcing myself to learn and keep on keepin' on).

That said, I am learning how to layout web pages in photoshop. Today I created my first banner as seen below.

I took all the pics in NYC last Thanksgiving. One of my goals this quarter is to create my own layout for this blog site, so hopefully this banner will be the predecessor to a new banner for my scootking blog.

Wish me luck!
PS Being an undergrad at 36 is no easy task.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Thursday, September 14, 2006

I will be ready.

There are things that one keeps in the back of the closet, underneath the bed or in the furthest reaches of the attic.

These are the things with which we are unable to part.

Rational or not, these things move with us from dwelling to dwelling.

They do not require an explanation.

If asked, however, I will simply say "I am ready for the return of Doctor Martens."

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

This is killing me

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another attempt at Origin of Love

The Origin of Love (experiment)

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Attempt to make this text from Soundbook visual. The process didn't go as expected. All kinds of problems with video, imovie wouldn't read my camera, I don't really know how to make this visual right now anyway, etc. So, watch only the first 10 seconds, then, just listen all the way through the end, including a clip from the song used under Fair Use.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Introduction to Soundbook

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A reading of the introduction to "Soundbook," a project done for the "Infiltrate" show by the Sparke Artist Collective in October, 2003. The book is best experienced when read while listening to the soundtrack for the book (a collection of the 10 songs that inspired the writing found in the book). I don't know if the book is going to work well as an audio piece because the songs and so critcal to understanding the stories, but I will try for the sake of figuring out how to get this work into a portfolio.

That said, I am also in the middle of trying to turn one of the texts from the book into a video piece. Finally, this wretched day off is turning into something.

Oh, and by the way, the book was printed on staff paper, my nod to the fact that all music starts out as written text, or at least has a written element.

War Drums

Audio from a piece I wrote for the Columbus Alive after the 2004 Republican National Convention. This piece may become a part of the portfolio I am assembling to apply for M.F.A. programs in Art and Technology and/or Creative Writing.

PRACTICE is what this has been like pulling teeth to get it out of me. UGH.

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p.s. photo credits to Liv Gjestvang