This video updates the progress on my midi-controlled automatic drum player. It can now convert midi data to dynamically control twelve individual solenoid motors.
The central unit, which houses a custom programmed arduino-based micro-controller, has now been sound proofed for a better performance environment. This greatly reduces the fan noise from its 600W power supply.
The studio recording implications include unconventionally perfect component isolation, both through various rooms and/or multiple perfectly synced takes.
This midi automated drum will also be used in a live performance scenario lending to mechanical precision while retaining acoustic room interplay. The tempo precision lends itself to synced effects for audio (delays, audio samples), video and lighting (which can also be directed by the same driving midi file.
Here, the midi data is being delivered via the Music Studio app on an iPhone and out through an iRig MIDI.
These new Magic Missile t-shirts feature an illustration developed to communicate the more mystical side of Magic Missile’s new sounds. I approached the concept of actually depicting the titular magic missile (inspired by conspiratorial claims of a missile-like ancient Egyptian hieroglyph).
An entire sci-fi story behind the missile’s appearance in ancient Egypt was developed. The Egyptian, Phoenician, Proto-Indo-European, Alchemical, Christian & modern imagery fuse together in an epic pictorial.
The illustration’s message is opaque and designed to be somewhere between intriguing and off-putting to the viewer.
My favorite part was converting the Phoenician take on the band’s name to a Eurostile Extended inspired hybrid font.
Below are some details of the design printed on a few more shirt colors.
Here’s the design I put together for Venice is Sinking’s album AZAR. The featured photography, by Courtney Wolfgang, depicts a worn down Atlanta convenience store in it’s even more haggard surroundings.
I’ve been working on a layered painting approach for the past ten years or so. The idea is to create the needed colors and values in an image by filtering the light that reflects off the white painting surface. An artificial depth is created by thickening each of these layers with transparent mediums.
We’ll just title this one “The Living Room”. More paintings will be posted soon. Please contact me if you are interested in a commissioned painting of your favorite person or place.