Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Peter Schmid Trio

Here are two recordings made this summer by my buddies The Peter Schmid Trio.

The trio is:
Peter Schmid, piano
Cornel Reasoner, bass
Luis 'Pulpo' Jolla, drums

The Peter Schmid Trio Plays Work For Food  (339 seconds)

The Peter Schmid Trio Plays Too Poor To Be A Whore  (579 seconds)

Recorded at Aphrodita Japonica Studios, Pasadena, California
Produced by David Ocker
Copyright © 2011 - All Rights Reserved

Let us know what you think.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Frustration Etude Number One

Here's my guarantee: none of the words in this post will be the F-Word itself.  However, you should be aware that The Word is essential to my subject.  You'll have to think about The Word if you read more.  Now is the time to quit reading if you're offended by even thinking about that particular profane taboo word.  (Yeah.  You know that I know that you know what it is.)

Be warned: the guarantee is limited to written words only.  It does NOT cover the short musical composition, Frustration Etude Number One.  You'll find the listening link below.

I've engaged in a form of f-ing self-censorship by not using The Word directly, only referring to it euphemistically,  because I'm trying to be sensitive to the feelings of my readers.  The Word has previously appeared casually elsewhere in Mixed Meters.  (Click here to see where.) I'm sure it will again.  I'm confident that those people who actually click through to hear my music are strong enough to withstand the onslaught of profanity to come.

I hear you asking, why did I compose a piece where the only lyric is ... The F-Word?

Because I too often find myself using That Word for a particular purpose and I would like to stop using it that way.  The particular unwanted purpose is to scream F*** at the top of my voice as an expression of my frustration.  I only do this in private - like while I'm driving.  Sometimes in the shower.

However, there's a problem with this behavior: screaming F*** at the top of my voice doesn't really salve my frustrations.

So I attempted a very personal compositional experiment.  I theorized that featuring "The Word" in a piece of music would help me give up using it.  Writing music has to be good for something, right?  Maybe it can help me deal with my frustrations.

So far the experiment seems to be a qualified success.  Of course there is no way to test the theory scientifically.  All the evidence is anecdotal.  To be safe I added "Number One" to the title because I expect future doses of this musico-linguistic medication, in the form of other similar etudes, might be required.  I have not composed a Frustration Etude Number Two ... yet.  (Send in some recordings of you or your friends screaming/singing/saying The F-Word.  Maybe that would inspire to compose a second etude.)

Frustration Etude Number One contains The F-Word over 30 times.  This is one of those pieces which I've described as being "my finger in your eye".  It also has a lot of microtonal disonances and untempered intervals.  Whats more, this piece quotes in vain a certain famous American folk melody, one many people might consider sacred or spiritual.  Consider yourself warned.

If you do decide to listen to this etude, you should be very concerned whether other people, for example co-workers or children or Republicans, can hear it.  This is the essence of NSFW - Not Safe For Work.

Click this picture of the rusty thing on a telephone pole to hear Frustration Etude Number One
Copyright © 2011  by David Ocker - 100 seconds

Here's an interesting article on the history and legal aspects of saying THAT word in public.  Some of the stories are pretty funny.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Facelike - Part 2

The previous post Facelike - Part 1 showed pictures of some faces I've noticed as they keep tabs on me.

Today, more faces.  These pictures show which faces were produced either by non-human behavior or by human-caused random accident.

The tendency to see patterns (not just faces) in random data is discussed in an article Finding Meaningful Patterns in Meaningless Noise by Michael Shermer. It was published in Scientific American so you know it has to be good. Here's a quote:

Such patternicities, then, mean that people believe weird things because of our evolved need to believe nonweird things.
We begin with a kindly tree-bark face, a face-on-Mars face on a sidewalk and an African mask leaf.

Now let's look at a Barney-ish dinosaur-head paint splatter, a conspiracy of sunglasses and a leaf in the grass and a tree trunk wearing lipstick.

Click the pictures.  They get bigger.

Here are a couple more tree-bark faces:  Sunburned Bamboo Face, Profile Tree and Scarface.  A previous Mixed Meters "I see faces in trees" post (from way back in 2006) was Make Like A Tree and...

Here's a post from some other blog showing faces in bread.

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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Facelike - Part 1

There's an old joke: Just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean they're not following me.

This post and the next will document some of the faces I've caught checking up on me. These faces may be cleverly disguised, but I'm smarter than they are.  Yes.

Today we feature face-like objects which were clearly designed by nefarious humans. Next time I'll show you faces more cleverly hidden within supposedly natural objects.

I can offer no explanation as to why the 3-wheel 4-eye Predator motorcycle has an electric typewriter for a sidekick. I also get a Darth Vader vibe from this bike.

You can see some of my previous face-like pictures posted at Mixed Messages - a deflated soccer ball and a ventilation shaft with decaying hexagonal tiles.

But my favorite man-made face-like picture is this Happy Button Face:

If you click on the pictures they might enlarge. Try it.

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