music

listen to this\/\/a performance exercise

July 14, 2010
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this is where the music comes from

Performance art is bad when artifice takes precedence over the performance. At best it’s kitchy and at worsts it’s a waste of everyone’s time.  Artifice: a manufactured thing. Performance implies a body, moving and engaged. The thing made should not come before the body, the thing making. The general (the body) should always come before the descriptive. Otherwise the audience is left bored or confused. Previously I talked about the importance of sight and perception in creating/experiencing performance. As someone who sings like an amputee, I often run the risk of forgetting my voice and relying on other media to express what I want the audience to experience. I remedy this by recording sounds with my pen. It usually looks something like this: (tilt head at a 45 degree angle and shake slightly and sporadically) ker-ush-sehkrgsh kerkirkersh That was the sound that my feet make as they climb up a rocky path. That’s my sound of summer.  Now, if we listen at any given moment of our day, we will find an endless number of sounds, all of which can be recreated more or less accurately using only our body. However, this requires a great deal of commitment and concentration. [...]

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in the background

July 13, 2010
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The most grievous offender, Thomas Kinkade.

Every night at the restaurant where I work I dread the same moment.  It occurs when the dinner crowd arrives and the ambient music switches from mellow indie rock to Brazilian music.  I desperately hope that tonight, this one night, the manager will forget to make the change.  I could even deal with Iron and Wine–SPEAK UP, sir.  Anything worth singing is worth singing louder than that–over the Brazilian tripe.  Not that it’s especially bad music.  It’s just so dreadfully innocuous.  And it is for this reason that management has decided it is the perfect “background music.” Where did this concept come from, that some songs are worthy of our utmost attention and others simply serve to fill in the silences while we chew?  I ask this from the perspective of a busser, a member of the background myself, expected to smile but not to talk.  What do we ask for in our backgrounds?  And I refer here not only to music, but to art, décor, etc.  (I have some experience in this area from my one-day stint selling hotel art door-to-door).  Obviously, the quality of a background is not strained, there are no wild guitar solos or daring splashes [...]

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summer sounds in winter grass

July 13, 2010
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tallis in the tall grass

December 12th, 2005 I found Thomas Tallis in the dried winter grass today, a 40-voice motet devoid of chlorophyll, building a glass cathedral of its own. I have never put my hope in any other but in you, O God of Israel, who can show both anger and graciousness, and who absolves all the sins of suffering man. Lord God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, be mindful of our lowliness.

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the k team presents\/\/kapeesh

July 10, 2010
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Photograph by Kathryn O'Shields-Blackman, 2008

A little known fact is that The Godfather taught The K Team most of what we know about making knuckle sammiches.

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the k team presents\/\/k-train

July 3, 2010
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The K Team Album Cover

For this week’s theme, ‘Keep your fork there’s pie,’ The K Team invites all aboard the K Train. The best is yet to kome, so full steam ahead! Please enjoy by clicKing below. Become a fan of the KTeam on Facebook

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the k team presents\/\/karamel

June 26, 2010
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Photograph by Kathryn O'Shields-Blackman, 2008

Everyone knows caramel makes cinnamon buns better. The K Team invites you to get your cinnamon buns moving to the deliciously sweet groove of Karamel. Go K Team GO!! Karamel Become a fan of the KTeam on Facebook

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the k team presents\/\/kaligraph

June 19, 2010
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Photo by Kathryn O'Shields Blackman

Klackity Klackity Klack. The K Team presents this week’s song for “the creative life.” It’s the TYPE of song that even cures writer’s block. Thanks for listening!  Go K Team GO!!! Become a fan of the KTeam on Facebook

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introducing the k team\/\/konehead

June 12, 2010
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Please hit play to listen to Konehead, our take on how to be a perfect stranger. The K Team is a long-distance music collaboration between Tamagotown and K.O.  Our music files travel between New York and Okinawa (now Georgia) before being combined to make some of the sweetest sounds on Earth. When we’re not serving up knuckle sammiches we play bass, bells, cello, guitar, piano, percussion, and sing. Then we get back to making knuckle sammiches. Go K Team GO! Become a fan of the KTeam on Facebook

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take the corporate option and shove it\/\/the 2010 vision festival unleashes the creative option

June 5, 2010
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take the corporate option and shove it\/\/the 2010 vision festival unleashes the creative option

Muhal Richard Abrams is to jazz like Ché Guevera was to revolution.  He never stops moving and he never stops imagining and striving towards the impossible.  It’s no wonder then that Abrams life work will be celebrated at this years Vision Festival.  For the last 15 years the Vision Festival has celebrated jazz greats while at the same time creating a venue that encourages pushing the boundaries of what is possible in jazz performance.  Over the course of his life, Abrams has worked as a performer, educator, composer and advocate for jazz music. For me, jazz stands as the paradigm for revolutionary performance.  As Terry Eagleton notes, “though each performer contributes to the greater good of the whole, [one] does so not by some grim-lipped self sacrifice, but simply by expressing [themselves].”  By becoming better at the thing [they] love, the jazz artist learns from and enhances the abilities of [their] co-performers.  If this isn’t a model for revolutionary activity, I don’t know what is!  A revolution occurs not because one person decides a revolution should occur, but because a group of people are driven to see the world as it might be, and not as it is.  One person [...]

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blogpost on nothing

May 28, 2010
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blogpost on nothing

“I am here and there is nothing to say.“ -John Cage “Lecture on Nothing” ~~~~~~~ I am somewhere, and everyone has too much to say. Tune in next week for chicken flava ranting about the oil spill. Cause that’s what everyone needs. A loosely informed hack. In the meantime become fan of Chicken Flava on Facebook or you could even follow him around the Twitter. Have a happy Memorial Day people. Don’t drink too much Rolling Rock. OK drink too much Rolling Rock. Image credit: Ruby Quincunx

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