I bought the album for some reason. Mott the Hoople Live. Probably, before I'd boughten it, I'd only heard one song from it on FM radio. Undoubtedly the front and back covers made an impression. Anyway, the first song on the first side was called All the Way to Memphis. It's great, with a tinkly, funky, sad, happy and powerful little piano riff on the front. The piano was played by Morgan Fisher. The song is about going to Memphis, obviously. That song was my favorite.
So, about 25 years later, I was in Tokyo and thrilled to be asked to photograph the American South, for a Japanese magazine. The same day I learned of my flight confirmation to Memphis... Morgan Fisher called! He lives in Tokyo and we had plans to meet, but it was still one of those synchronistic little events that make one wonder.
Sent a telegram to Rolling Stone magazine in New York City. Elvis photos. Please advise. 1978, April. Elvis at Royal Oak. Detroit. The Attractions. B 'til open the late show doors. Smell of paint on animal leather. First time, Faster than Normal. 'Good night', spat out. Stormed off.
The hotel room window back cover. Accidents will happen. Hasselblad stand-up in my room.
a. Rochester New York, Imperial Bedroom. Talk Talk.
b. Fuji Rock,with only Steve... at the piano above the sea.
Roppongi hotel room, the Residents tour. A yakitoriya, Snakefinger eloquent about Pete.
Back home in Toledo, my mom played Burt Bacharach records, especially on weekends.
Singapore: A Good Year for the Roses... Days.
Silent State is the name of a new musical project by Amith Narayan, Wilson Goh, Justin Bannister and Siva Saravanan. The following are simple tests made with MS Paint. At some point I hope I can invest the time to learn Pshop or the equivalent, but for now the following do the job as starting points for discussion.
The last one is, perhaps, the most exciting. It also requires a delicate sensibility and the experience to combine a handwritten word with an authoritarian block font.
Amith had suggested that green or grey could be used. Those choices could work, but with the following I was, obviously, just working with the idea of negative space... as well as a limited selection of fonts and the bare bones positioning capabilities of MS Paint.
Re: the music. It is a treat. For those of you who don't know, Justin is a keyboard genius from the great state of Michigan, Siva has done outstanding work as a percussionist and composer of award-winning movie soundtracks, Wilson is an award-winning choral singer and Amith's band The Unseen Guest continues to get more fans and praise for their two albums. And then there is 3how...
the first blog post of this series is here.
I have been involved with bands, musicians and music production all my life. My last "proper" project was co-producing The Riverwalk Session by 3how.
So...Picasso. Music... I am working on a piece of interactive fiction that combines my original story ideas with factual information about a painting Picasso painted in 1921.Here is a great description of interactive fiction, as well as the Interactive Fiction Competition which I am determined to enter.
At the moment, I am focusing on music/a song which would be heard beneath the end credits.
I would prefer to create something new, working with musicians, vocalists and other people. I am now in Singapore/Bali. The music should be finished in the next three weeks. I have started work on lyrics and can suggest types of music, instrumentation, etc. that would reflect well on the story and the painting itself.
But, although I am fortunate to have talented friends here, there is probably not enough time to create something new. Which means using existing music.
The pluses to using are existing music are:
It is completed and I know exactly what I am getting.
No schedules to co-ordinate, no studios to book.
No possible personality clashes.
The legal side of things is simpler.
The synergy of someone who has a "new" following/fan base.
The minuses of using existing music are;
Difficult or impossible to use lyrics created to specifically reference the story.
There is no creative process.
Solitary, brief-lived enjoyment
I should also mention that that there is no budget for this project. Later, when it is finished, it will become a game for sale as well as an ebook. There are other possibilities as well.
I don't like asking people to do things "for the publicity". I would pay people if I could. But the best is working with people who are excited and focused, whether paid or not.
Posted onFebruary 22, 2016|Comments Off on Contemporary Music made in, or influenced by, Bali
A book called Bali Wave Ghost.
I have selected the following pieces of music/videos with the hope of starting something. What is it I want to start? Not sure exactly, yet, but some type of promotional collective. The goal is simple: I would like to promote music made in, or influenced by, Bali and my book, Bali Wave Ghost.
Hopefully things will be positive and expand and other creatives and businesses can join as well. For now, though I would like to simply share the music. I post the following links with a great deal of respect and have contacted, or will contact, all musicians... Hopefully there will be additions, changes and growth…
Please let me know about the musicians I have missed...
Ryan Teague is a UK-based musician and composer who has studied Javanese gamelan in Bali and Yogyakarta.
Cellomano/Algimiro Cesarino A Venezuelan who has played and recorded in Bali. I had the privilege of having Algimiro spontaneously performing while I read from Bali Wave Ghost. Here is his Soundcloud page.Here is a video of the last part of our completely improvised performance.
Gilles Saïssi is someone I've seen perform several times; he is not easily categorized. Here is a sample with video. Gilles' musical pages are The Isaïs Metaphysical Project and Persahabatan Project.
The first public reading of Bali Wave Ghost took place in Ubud, Bali Indonesia at an open mike session at Casa Luna. Cellist Algimiro Cesarino played as Stephen Black read a passage about a man wearing the head of a goldfish as he drove a luggage cart an airport.
Wow! Open Mike sessions are extremely unpredictable in terms of quality, but last night at Casa Luna the musicianship, songwriting skills, vocal expertise AND the sound system were MOST IMPRESSIVE! There were the musical sounds of an African thumb piano, melodies from Eastern Europe (I can only compare it to klezmer), healing songs, love songs and audience participation.
When we walked in a cellist was on stage and he was superb. Once he finished and was seated, I asked if he was interested in a collaboration. He was, and asked me what kind of atmosphere would support my text. I said that I would read a funny story told by a man who was about to explode with rage. The story involved a baggage handler at an airport who drove a luggage cart while wearing a giant goldfish mask.
Leeli was up after us and she said she enjoyed the story and reminded me that Ozzies say "prawns" and Americans say "shrimp".
a collaboration: AC on cello, SB reading
Here is a video of Algimiro at a place called Betel Nut...