MP3 Of The Undefined Time PeriodMoonage Daydream (sound test)
Any live performance I do starts with a sound test, which is when I try to figure out how I'm going to perform a song (read: improvised mucking about with pedal effects). I make such recordings at the beginning of the week then listen to them on repeat for several days. I rarely share these tests, and have never done so before the performance. I'm posting this one minutes after recording it because the studio chatter amuses me.
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Venue Songs - 2016 Edition Sat, 09 Apr 2016
Today The Residents start their North American tour of their Shadowland show. As I did with their last major American tour, I am writing and recording songs for every venue because I don't want Miles to get bored with his existing music collection.
Extra bonus fun this time around: I only started this week, whereas last time I started nearly a month in advance so it was pretty smooth sailing throughout. Also, my recording studio computer died this past weekend and I have a new setup, so I'm actually using this project to learn the new software. That can only yield interesting results, right?
So here's hoping I can keep up the pace. I've completed four songs already, but I'm leaving for San Francisco now which means I'll lose a few days of productivity. Ooooh I love a challenge!
David Bowie (1947-2016) Mon, 11 Jan 2016
I remember a "personal message from David" that was posted on his official website many years ago. In it he said that the best thing about being David Bowie is having David Bowie fans. That's a typically cheesy manipulative marketing kind of thing to post to a website, but the moment I read it I knew it was true in this case and that he was acknowledging a connection. Not with me personally, of course, but with what I represented: someone who appreciates and is inspired by his work.
His greatest accomplishment was his creation of various identities. (I wanted to use the plural of "persona" but found that there is a minute difference in meaning between "personae" and "personas" and, as it turns out, Bowie straddles both; the first applies straightforwardly to fictional characters in literary works, the latter to the social facades or roles we play in daily life.) Bowie often allowed his stage character to bleed into real life (or perhaps allowed his real self to be amplified on stage), and that ambiguity changed him from a human into an art concept. He achieved mythical status while he was still alive, and the myth will only continue to grow in time.
His music may fall out of style in the future, but the man himself never will. Mozart hasn't topped the charts in I don't know how long, but he's never going to leave the public consciousness. Bowie is just as important. Years, decades, centuries from now - he will continue to be an influential force in the space where art and music intersects. There will never be a resurgence or rediscovery, because he will never fade away.
David Jones has passed, but the concept he created lives on. It will live on in everybody who is inspired by his work, everyone who experiences it. It's said that you die twice: the first time is physical and the second is when nobody remembers you. It will take the heat death of the universe to end David Bowie, and even then I'm not too sure.
I am not sad that David Bowie has died. I am overjoyed that he lived.