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May 24th, 2006

frio ambiental escuro

Today the work day choreographed itself, dancing like a top from start to stop. The ducklings in the pond get bigger every week. A mockingbird mocked our dogs. We watched American Idol, as to which my favorite of the two finalists is Taylor Hicks, but I never call and vote, thus forfeiting my karaoke franchise. Tomorrow the "Crammed Discs" remix contest at www.ccmixter.org draws to a close. This contest featured the chance to remix the work of Brazilian artists--lots of great samples of congas and bongos and stringed instruments that are not guitars. I tried to do a suitably Rio de Janeiro sounding song, but my track came out something like concrete under construction in the newest sprawl of Brasilia.
It was fun. One of my myspace friends sent me the necessary spoken word track for a collaboration--her reading of that Robert Frost poem about the bird that is some metaphor for something or other. I'm looking forward to working up a song around the track. I read some of Voltaire's poetry, but have no witticisms to share about them. I'm eager for the weekend to arrive, but not until I've had three productive work days first.

I must go buy children's books on tomorrow,to take to a library back in Arkansas.

Gurdonark--"Frio Ambiental Escuro (featuring a remix of Crammed Discs artists Apollo Nove and Cibelle)"

The least goth gothic film-maker ever

My myspace friends Echochild, a gothic synthesizer band from Essex in that magical place called the United Kingdom, put out a call, asking their listeners to create music videos for them.

I had some time to kill the other day, and created an animated film to accompany their song "Unknown"

The result is posted over at this youtube.com site. The lyrics of the song are mildly not work-safe, as they use, in the gothic way, a common obscenity to describe life in general. Still, the video is a suitably odd watch.

This animation took 102 frames, but is still quite simple. The next animation I do will be completely different. But I had fun doing the video, even down to (during the end sections when I had run out of animation) slotting my own picture, playing the scowling middle-aged man, into the
last few moments.

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