November 30, 2010

It has been the best of times, it hasn't been the worst of times, but we've been busy, even though you wouldn't guess, from reading this page.

Work continues on the artwork for Trail of Dead's upcoming album. One would think that after turning in the art, you'd be done. But no, there are numerous formats to be considered, and T-shirts, and stickers and posters that go up on the side of advertising zeppelins that float over the city.

I'm currently recruiting some help from friends to redesign the Trail of Dead site. I 've been asking my designer buddies how to make a site 3D. They said that's not possible yet, but I'm pretty sure it is. I want the site to be like box, and you reach into your computer screen and pick up objects we've left for people, like a hot cup of tea, or buiscuits and sandwiches. If anyone knows how to do this, please let me know.

In the meantime... What does that mean? In the mean time? Mean, meaning angry and anti-social? Or Greenwich Mean Time?

In the meantime, I've been listening to WKCR 89.9, it's the Columbia University station. Although I don't live in Austin anymore, I still like to tune into KMFA on the internet, still one of the best classical stations around. Because I play in a jazz band, people are often surprised to hear I listen to classical music, but it's true. It doesn't have to be Cole Porter and Glen Miller all the time, you know!

I'm going to write something later on that's going to be extremely relevant, so I just want you all to hold on to your hard hats for that eventuality.

 

 

September 15, 2010

Hello to all my friends, far flung and near, who have patiently awaited my promise of redoing my website, here it is finally.

 

Many creative things are underway as of late, and so it's been difficult for me to turn my attentions to things like writing a bio and coming up with link lists, but these minor details with be forthcoming. In the meantime, feel free to make things up and email them to me.

 

As for the creative endeavors which I mention, I am currently working on my first comic book for the upcoming album - although I feel that calling it a "comic book" is rather deceptive. I prefer to think of it as a visual storybook novella, as I eschew many of the typical comic book conventions in favor of something that allows for more text. If that sounds confusing, it will all make sense when the record and accompanying artwork is released, but suffice it to say that I was very inspired by the artwork and story-telling style of Nell Brinkley.

 

I am also currently working with a New York-based film maker on a documentary about the making of the artwork, which will be released initially as short webisodes (yes, that is now officially a portmanteau), then hopefully as its own complete animal in and around the time of the record release.

 

As for the album, all I can say at the moment is that it's currently my favorite, so I'm very excited to share that with all the old and new fans of our music. It was produced by Frenchie Smith, who since his work on our first release has gone on to become an amazing force in the studio. In a secret side note to those interested, Frenchie Smith has also completely remixed our first album, which is slated for re-release.

 

In other news....well, that's really all I have. We took a trip to DC recently and re-visited the National Portrait Gallery on a reference-collecting expedition. I was especially excited to find many excellent references for 19th Century military epaulettes. We also visited the Aerospace Museum, which proved to be somewhat of a disappointment, as it seemed to focus primarily on real-life aircraft, and was sorely lacking in exhibits featuring make-believe fantasy airships. 

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