Some Photos

Just some images I took a few years back.

Website Facelift

After having the same basic site design for nearly 5 years, I though it was about time for a new look.  I also wanted to play around a bit with “Texpattern”:http://textpattern.com/ after stumbling across it a couple of weeks back.  I’ve used WordPress on a number of occasions before, but never Textpattern and I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to try it out.

I had some difficulties at first, but have managed to work through my problems.  Things actually started moving a lot more smoothly once I found the “Alphabetical Tag Listing”:http://textbook.textpattern.net/wiki/index.php?title=Alphabetical_Tag_Listing at the Textpattern Textbook website.

Should be a lot of fun…

Plunderphonics

Plunderphonics is an underground musical art form that took off somewhere in the latter part of the 20th Century and entails the re-arranging / re-defining of pre-recorded music in order to create a new expression.

John Oswald is the pioneering artist in the field and when I was exposed to his music in college, I found myself wanting to explore this area more. I was also introduced to some music by another abstract / experimental music artist that brought me even closer: John Cage. (John Cage is well known for his brilliant methods of “creating” new music from so-called “ordinary” sounds. His 4’33” is a perfect example of this.)

For me, plunderphonics isn’t about an act of piracy in order to gain profit or fame. It isn’t about trying to “blemish” someone’s music, or to destroy it. To me, it’s the perfect medium with which to critique trends and concepts that may or may not be invoked by the original music. It’s about taking a familiar song and turning it upside down to force the listener to actively participate and reflect on what was and what may become of something.

Just as life is continually evolving, so too can music. And just as there can be interruptions in time and space, music too can leap forward and backward, tearing through various spaces.

Nothing should ever be stuck in one mode.

Computer Rig

Current Specs
Windy Black Case
MSI P965 Platinum
Enermax Liberty 620
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
300GB Hitachi HD725032VLA360
ASUS DRW-1814BLT
FA405MX3 Multi-Memory Card Reader
2 GB Generic PC6400 (DDR2-800)

Laptop Specs
DELL Inspiron 8200
Intel Pentium 4 1.7 Mobile CPU
1GB DDR
24X CD-RW
8X Max DVD Removable Bay Drive
64MB DDR 4XAGP NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go 3D
30 GB Ultra ATA HD

Current Peripherals
Mitsubishi Diamondcrysta RDT178V
NEC MultiReader 660U Scanner
Canon LaserShot LBP-1110SE
IEEE Ext DVD Writer
A number of external drives
WACOM CTE-440W Tablet
MS Natural Keyboard
MS IntelliMouse Optical USB

Old Computer Specs
Chenbro Genie case modified by coolcases.com
Asus A7V333 Raid
AMD 2000+
1GB Corsair XMS 2700 DDR
Lite-On 16x DVD
Plextor 8/2/20 SCSI
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Platinum
ATI All-In-Wonder 8500 128 DDR
IBM Deskstar 75GXP 46GB
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 6800 27GB
Linksys NC100
Thermalright AX7 w/Vantec 80mm

Old Peripherals
Samsung SyncMaster 760vTFT
IOGear 4 Port USBKVM
SanDisk ImageMate USB CompactFlash Reader
KeySpan 4 Port USB Hub
UMAX Astra 1220U Scanner
MS IntelliMouse Optical USB
MS Natural Keyboard
Gravis GamePad Pro USB

Images of a cactus flower