I'm calling my first modified toy instrument completed. I finished it last night. Originally, it was built from the "Micro Jammers" 6-pad ultra cheesy drum machine thing. I am still amazed at some of the sounds this thing can create. Hopefully, I'll take a few pics (of the outside anway, there's no way I'm opening that back up!) and create a little page for it under the art section. Yeah. And I'll take some recordings of the various noises this thing can make.
I think the next thing I'll bend is this little toy piano that Dean gave me a while back. I don't plan on doing too much to it. I really want to mount it inside this old cordless phone, but it's going to be a tight squeeze.
Well, I saw "A.I." on Friday. What a complete disappointment. While I will admit that my expectations were quite high, this movie failed to live up to any of them. Apparently, the film began as some kind of Kubrick project and was handed down to Spielberg. Unfortunately, this film didn't have that true feel of either director.
I think that my two (of many) biggest complains relate to the music and the improper handling of the subject material.
The music was just horrible. It wasn't interesting. It was used improperly. And often. What's the point in having music constantly playing in the background with frequent violin swells to try and tug some emotional response from viewers? It just doesn't work.
Even worse, I feel that the subject matter was handled improperly. More to the point, Spielberg took a really good idea (admittedly, I like the idea behind the story) and fucked it up. I waked away from this film feeling like Spielberg has no idea what it really means for a machine to posess true intelligence/consciousness. I felt a little sick when the close-encounters-alien-meets-contact-father anorexic futureborg muttered that crap about "space time continuum stores information blah blah traversing a path changes things". Whatever. Poor writing.
I just got back from seeing ohGr in Dallas!!! That show absolutely rules! I plan on doing a short little write-up review type thing so that you can get my full unwanted opinion...but until then you can check out (via my photos section) some of the great pics I took.
The trip was a total success in my opinion. Totally worth the 10+ hours driving time (ALONE I might add!). Definately worth my while...I had a fuckin blast.
To top it all off, I got to meet Cevin Key, my all time musical idol. And yes, I've got the autograph and photos to prove it. :) That was most certainly one of the greatest shows I've ever been to.
A couple of buddies of mine and I have started studying for the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in the fall. This is going to be one of the first major steps in working toward a PE certification, which I'm quite excited about. It's going to be a lot of work, but I think it's worth it.
Anyway, my point is, I was on Amazon last night shopping for a review guide. I found the book, but thought it was hilarious that it says ""Popular In: Lubbock, TX". Neat.
I saw "Requiem for a Dream" last night on DVD. That was an amazing and depressing film! Don't go looking for happy endings and walks into the sunset on this one. I won't give away plot details (you have to watch this one on your own), but it basically examines the downward spiral of 4 people looking for happiness despite their addictions. Don't miss this film.
It was directed by Aronofsky, the same guy who directed "Pi". It's a really different style, but you can still get the same feel from a great director. His use of music was really amazing. Kronos Quartet did much (most?) of the soundtrack...I dig those guys.
I think it's great to see such young, talented directors doing new and innovative things with the film media. This film reminded me of an interesting combination of Fight Club, Go, Magnolia, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (mind you, Gilliam isn't exactly young). Aronofsky's use of "hip-hop montages" was fuckin intense. It made me wish I had a better sound system. :)
Woah. We just experienced the most fucking insane hail storm I've seen in my life. Mass quantities of hail comes flying down at high velocity, makes a very loud noise for a very long time, and covers the ground in white stuff.
I capped this picture of the drift in front of my front door after the storm had died down. CRAZY! That blocky part is what fell off the door itself when I opened it to get outside.
As much as I hate this hell-hole-of-a-cow-town, I do have to admit that they have really impressive storms. I watched an amazing lightning storm the other night...lots of big bright cloud-to-cloud for a really long time. Quite amazing.
I've finished the majority of the work in bending this micro jammer monster. I still don't have a 9v battery connector hooked up for power, no human contact bends on outside of case (yet), and no LED for cap switch-in...but for the most part it's nearly complete.
The web page for it still hasn't been touched and I still haven't recorded any samples to mp3. It's on the TODO list.
I'm pretty happy with the results thus far. Some of the things aren't operating exactly as intended, but I guess that's part of the enjoyment in this whole process...figuring out new things and getting new sounds.
I'm already looking forward to my next bend...the Mega Mouth Jam'n megaphone.
Never underestimate the power of a black epoxy blob.