Skip to main content

i can see the music

i mentioned that last sunday i was attending a performance of my good friend eric boivin at the laboratoire phenomena event at the casa del popolo. he was accompanied by fellow sonic artist fourthousandblackbirds [not a literal description] and dom did a video piece to accompany the performance. i agreed to take some photos of the set for posterity, but i've noticed that the one point on which my still new camera struggles is with taking photos in low light without a flash.

since i didn't bring the big camera, i ended up with a lot of photos that were very out of focus and quite psychedelic. in fact, as i was working, i realised that the photos i was taking that were technically "bad" were actually way better than the sharper ones. which got me to playing around to make them even weirder.

in fact, when i saw what i'd done, i had to admit that the "bad" photos did a much better job of conveying the atmosphere of the performance.

so at dom's suggestion, i played around with some basic filters and amplified the weirdness of some of these images even more and now i'm sharing them with you. here is my visual experience of eric boivin + fourthousandblackbirds + dominic f. marceau live.



















clearly i should never be hired as a live photographer. but to be fair, this is what the set should have looked like, if you were able to point one eye backwards to look at the inside of your brain, while keeping the other pointing forward. 

Comments

as long as you're here, why not read more?

mental health mondays :: the war at home

what's worse than being sent off to war when you're barely old enough to order a drink in a bar? making it home only to get poisoned by the government that sent you there. 
although it's certainly not a secret, i don't find that the opiate/ opioid crisis happening in america gets nearly the attention it deserves. at least, what attention it gets just seems to repeat "thousands of people are dying, it's terrible", without ever explaining how things got to the state they are now. there's mention of heroin becoming cheaper, of shameful over-prescriptions and dumping of pills in poorly regulated states/ counties, etc. but too much of the media coverage seems content to say that there's a problem and leave it at that.

one of the things that might be hindering debate is that a very big problem likely has a lot of different causes, which means that it's important to break it down into smaller problems to deal with it. and one of those problems conne…

jihadvertising?

i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

digging for [audio] treasure

my computer tells me that i need to cut down the amount of music stored on my overstuffed hard drive. my ears tell me that that would deprive me of some wonderful listening experiences. 
halifax, nova scotia was not the easiest place to find out about music with limited appeal. it was a very music-centred city, to be sure, but, being smaller, things like noise, industrial, and experimental music struggled to gain a foothold, even as the alternative rock scene exploded in the early nineties. i was lucky enough to have some friends who were happy to share music that they loved, but i knew that there were lots of things that i was missing out on.

with the dawn of the internet, and various types of music sharing, i found myself able to discover bands that i'd heard about, but never managed to track down, from the days of underground cassette culture. and, to my surprise and elation, many of them do very much live up to what i'd imagined from reading descriptions of them in catalo…