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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Subject:At least the song is done.
Time:2:25 pm.
I still have a ton of things to circuit bend, so it looks like I am taking the soldering iron with me to NYC. I hoped to have it all done and tested by this point, but it seems like little things always get in the way.


Well, at least I finished the track. I whipped it out last night and did some light mastering this morning. I would still say that this is at v1 stage, it isn't quite how I like it, but it will suffice. Generally, I prefer 1.5-2 minute tracks with multiple variations, but given its purpose, I had to make sure that it was slightly consistent. As a result, the track is bit more repetitive and drawn out than I usually prefer. I also wanted to make sure it was around 5 minutes with some lead-in time because I am not sure when the dj will cue it (assuming that there are no breaks in between contestants and it is a mix straight from one song to the other.) Let me tell you, because I work outside of standard song structure most of the time, filling 5 whole minutes is like dental surgery. It just isn't the way I think.


Here it is:
http://www.box.net/shared/frtno1a4lr


I used a real recorded heartbeat and same of breathing through a SUBA apparatus. I initially planned for the rate of both increase during the song, but found it was too boring. Plus if my toys short out, it would not be able to stand on its own. So I ended up making the heartbeat more irregular.


Oh, and here is a blast from the past. A picture of me circuit bending with a shitty cold iron (I prefer the traditional soldering irons, myself.) It was used in the first article I wrote for Alterati on circuit bending:
Photobucket
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Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Subject:I am walking in Tragedy on the Catwalk . . .
Time:11:43 pm.
I am walking in Tragedy on the Catwalk . . . . . .and I am probably the only person who has to solder their outfit for round 3. Which leads me to a somewhat funny story.

It occurred to me that maybe I could make my shirt out of a large circuit board from salvaged an old CD player. My first idea was to boil the board in order to soften the board to bend it into a concave shape. After about 10 minutes and inadvertently inhaling some fun cancer-causing agents, it dawned on me that most circuit boards were built to withstand extensive heat. Since the board was pretty much soaked and shot at this point, I just chucked it. Although I have once again brought myself closer to unexplainable dark patches on my lungs of whose likeness is often seen in those who work in 3rd world factories; I consider it a valuable learning experience all the same.

Which brings me to innovation 2: multiple circuit boards which I need to solder together. The funniest thing about it all is that I am kind of disappointed that I am wasting perfectly good circuit boards.

Besides this, I am working on some circuit bent toys I can actually affix to me. (The main concern though is how to affix the mini mixing board, effects pedals and possibly a practice amp to my back.) I am also making my own “walk song.” Too bad my good music rig is still down for the count and I will be faking it with this computer and it's not-so-musically inclined sound card.

Basically, I am showcasing all of my nerdy talents. Since the event is being filmed as a television pilot/series I thought that maybe I might be lucky and someone who needs sound effect work might see what I do and take an interest. I've never been one to seek fame or fortune, I am just looking to eventually be the guy (gal, actually) who makes the strange sounds for a living.
flier for Tragedy on the Catwalk NYC belowCollapse )
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Monday, March 17th, 2008

Subject:“United Kenyan Federation of Underwater Basket Weaving” and other ridiculous answers.
Time:2:51 am.
(alternate title: put the flat-chested girl into the finals.)

So back in July on a half whim/half joke, I filled out an application for Maxim’s “Hometown Hotties” contest. I gave some bizarre, whimsical answers to my bio, involving the dewy decimal system and underwater basket weaving. Lacking at least a foot in height and only sporting a 36B, I did not expect to even make it into the first round of a 1000 finalists. But here I am:

http://www.maxim.com/hotties/hotties_profile.aspx?key=1529&picKey=0&hottieId=1659

If you want, you can vote for me. If you don’t, that is fine too. But at least check out my bio. And if you are a music nerd, take a look at my favorite karaoke song. I think I am going to enter every year and see how outlandish my bio answers can get.
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Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Subject:Play until the gear breaks
Time:9:51 am.
Here is the tally of what Neitzsche’s claimed:
-One vintage faux pearl and diamond earring
-One violin bow
-Two knobs off my distortion pedal (which somehow made it through 20+ years and various previous owners unscathed, but could not make it through one harsh noise performance with me.)

Now imagine this:

Farthest stage left- a man in a dyed-pink wife beater and a ski-mask creating noisy bass tones (Ski-Mask), Farthest stage right, a man with a long beard wearing a silver veil over his face making harsh noise (Greggreg), slightly stage right and a little back, a boyish 20-year-old playing a violin strung with guitar strings so intensely he is ripping his horse-hair bow to shreds (David), and in the front, slightly stage left is a diminutive girl dressed to the nines in 1940s style clothing and jewelry, fiercely beating the hell out of a collection of circuit bend toys and pedals, rocking back and forth while violently stamping her feet (Me).

We were scheduled to play at 1:00am, but didn’t go on until about 2:00am. It went well and although it had no official ending time, we wrapped it up when we all began to notice that David was standing there, holding up his shredded bow and looking around, contemplating what to do now.

Since the last ride out of town long since left by the time we finished, I arranged to stay at David’s. We got back to his place around 4:30am, walking from Allen Street, where the club is located, to Putnam Street, where he lives. I woke up Sunday morning in time to catch an early bus out and drop off the last of the props at New Phoenix Theatre for the upcoming production. My eyes were swollen, I think from an allergic reaction to the make-up remover I used. Then I went home and slept the majority of Sunday away.

Woke up Monday and thankfully, my eyes were no longer swollen and my ears no longer ringing.
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Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Subject:Get Bent.
Time:3:46 pm.
My column on Alterati is up entitled Get Bent.

This column will mainly deal with topics such as circuit bending and DIY instuments.

First article here.
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Friday, April 20th, 2007

Subject:Last night's shoot with Ron Douglas
Time:1:09 pm.
I said to Ron something to the effect of, “It is amazing that you never have any of the lighting umbrellas or photo equipment in the pictures on accident . . . ”

So he took this one just for me:

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

I cannot wait to see the rest of the shoot.


See other work of his here
Ron’s Myspace
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Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Subject:Trouble with Dreams
Time:12:23 pm.
You don’t need a thing from me
But I-
I need something big from you
‘cuz you know I’ve got a lot of really big dreams . . .
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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Subject:Looking forward to 2007. . .
Time:3:56 pm.
There is an old superstition that says how you spend New Years Eve is what is in store for you for the rest of the year. But in the grand scheme of time, where you slap the mile marker which separates one year from the next is pretty arbitrary considering that there are at least half a dozen forms of calendars each dictating the new year begins on a different day. That being said, New Years Eve and New Years Day (which flowed into each other) for me was great. I spent the Eve in one house full of creative, interesting people, and went to another house, also filled with creative, interesting people (some whom I’ve known for quite a while) where I stayed until around 5pm on New Years Day. So as the superstition goes, if how I spent my New Years eve is indicative of the upcoming year, I have no complaints.

2007 is going to be a great year. I can feel it. Things have started to turn around for me. My life has become peaceful and I’ve grown pretty content with it. I’ve started to put the ideas I’ve had for the past few years into motion. And if all goes as planned, something big is going to happen in the spring.
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Sunday, October 29th, 2006

Subject:I’m an adult now. . .
Time:9:24 pm.
So I bought a ton of Halloween candy because I live in a residential neighborhood with kids who will trick-or-treat and I plan to leave it out on my porch in a bowl (yeah, free candy at my place Tuesday. Take what you want, just leave me the bowl) because the doorbell is broken and I will probably be working or unpacking anyway. But I was thinking, what if I just turn out my lights and eat the candy? (well, some of the candy. It would peobably last me 3-6 months) Decisions, decisions.

And I almost forgot my yearly LJ trick-or-treat tradition:

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
vyl8 goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as a werewolf. . .but not on the full moon.
damiana9 tricks you! You get a dead frog.
distillate gives you 7 red cola-flavoured pieces of taffy.
engquist gives you 16 pink cinnamon-flavoured nuggets.
heroprotagonist gives you 16 milky white grapefruit-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
llipschutz gives you 15 dark green tropical-flavoured gummy worms.
noblesirrus tricks you! You lose 43 pieces of candy!
poeticdream gives you 6 mauve banana-flavoured nuggets.
riffraff tricks you! You lose 13 pieces of candy!
shok tricks you! You get a rock.
skyes gives you 11 red-orange grape-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
vyl8 ends up with 15 pieces of candy, a dead frog, and a rock.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.

Where would a vegan get a dead frog?
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Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Subject:Posted using LJTalk...
Time:10:28 am.
chatting with chatbot frank 10:26:51) vyl8@livejournal.com/Gaim: hi frank
(10:26:51) LJ Bot (Frank): hi
(10:27:03) vyl8@livejournal.com/Gaim: are you a chatbot
(10:27:03) LJ Bot (Frank): I don't know what that means. I'm actually pretty stupid. Type 'help' for help.
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Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Subject:Google yourself.
Time:9:46 pm.
You know that article for deep fried rice I wrote a while back about the “Beer Goggles Phenomenon”? Well, I googled myself and found it here.

It was about this time (maybe in October) that I was brought on as a staff writer. Unfortunately, the site grew faster and became more popular than initially expected. I guess they were banking on a slow increase of readers over time, instead of immediate cult-popularity. Since about January Sid and the other co-editor/founder have been working out the bugs and kinks. Although the website has been up there hasn’t been any updates. I hope it will be up and ready again by next year but who knows.
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Monday, September 11th, 2006

Subject:Moving date: September 29th
Time:7:02 pm.
see subject.
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Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Subject:OH NOES AN OMEN!!!!
Time:1:59 pm.
A book I ordered Sunday night arrived today in the mail. With it were complimentary bumper stickers from the person who sent me the book. One of the bumper stickers: “Eat a pizza with Satan”. Obviously on 06/06/06 it is an omen—but not because of the sticker, because something I ordered took only two days to get here being shipped via USPS media rate. TWO DAYS! The warning labels under media rate say to expect your book(s) to take 7-14 days and at times they’ve even taken up to a month to get to me. This must be a sign from the great beyond telling me to parade the streets and hand out “the end is near” leaflets.

Sadly, I ordered these three months ago “express shipping” in preparation for this grand 06/06/06 occasion and they’ve yet to arrive.
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Thursday, June 1st, 2006

Subject:If I forgot to say before, I'm back.
Time:11:44 pm.
On Sunday night the airports were graveyards. The passengers that would have flown that day delayed their plans for the Monday-long weekend. Not me, though. "Day off" is a relative concept when you are primarily self-employed. All I could think about was noise and acrylics, the way the wheels rolled over dirty tiles on the way to the x-ray machine . . . and the 5 pound bag of soybeans in my checked luggage. The small comforts that only a big city can provide.
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Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Subject:Travel.
Time:1:26 pm.
I will be in NYC from Thursday, May 25- Sunday May 28th.
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Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Subject:I'm not short. . .
Time:12:52 am.
Photobucket - Vertically challanged
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Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Subject:summertime rolls.
Time:10:43 am.
It’s getting really nice out. I wish I had the stuff I needed to repair my bike.
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Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Subject:No shit.
Time:3:05 am.
First "On The Road" now Factotum. I love Buke’s work but I am kind of scared to see it (possibly) ruined on the big screen. But obviously, unlike Barfly there will be no cameos from the man himself. . .unless they dig him up.
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Saturday, February 18th, 2006

Subject:Fortune Cookies.
Time:12:44 am.
I’ve always liked fortune cookies, but I would have to say my love for them started when on trips to Chi-Town in Boston I would buy a pound of fortune cookies in a giant bag for $5.00 ($2.50 if you find the right place.) Since then I would say I developed an amusing “kitsch” attraction to them and became a collector of random fortune cookie paraphernalia.

A while ago I made a very simplistic mixed media piece out of old fortunes. Last night I framed and mounted this piece on foam board (photographed below without glass):
good fortune

Close up of the cookieCollapse )

I’ve since put the glass in the frame and all I can say it will look stellar over this:

'Confucious Say' electronic fortune cookieCollapse )
I just won it off eBay. This quirky weirdness will look great in the living room of my apartment (provided I can find one I like/can afford soon. If not it goes in my parent’s garage.)
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Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Subject:meld with me. . .
Time:9:53 pm.

Get your own spectral analysis from Area 23®


And it is orange. I hate the color orange, by the way.
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