My Musical Family Lives in the Basement

September 3, 2008

ChopChopCheese Video Meditation

July 19, 2008

Who Let The Dogs Out_giftcard remix:1

June 19, 2008

Radiohead’s Nude: The Let’s Get Physical Mashup by J. Houston

June 17, 2008

Very interesting project related to the Radiohead Nude remix thing that I partook in a while back. James Houston missed the deadlines for said “contest” but decided to though some stuff together….Very nice. Like he says:

“Based on the lyric (and alternate title) “Big Ideas: Don’t get any” I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they’re trying their best to do something that they’re not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there. It doesn’t sound great, as it’s not supposed to.”

I actually built one of the Sinclair computers that he uses in this project back in the summer of ’81,a trip to see it used here. He certainly made better use of it than me. Check it and give it some time, it really does not kick in until about :45 sec, it is worth the wait:

Big Ideas (don’t get any) from James Houston on Vimeo.

Counting Herring at the top of a fish ladder

May 9, 2008

Fish Ladder at the Wapping Dam Herring Fish Ladder at the Wapping Dam Herring Fish Ladder at the Wapping Dam

It is a 10 minute shift. You stare into the water focusing on the somewhat white board at the bottom of the top of the ladder. Don’t look away. Don’t wave at the passing vehicle on the one-at-a-time bridge to your left. Focus. Watch for a herring. Count. How many herring will cross the board. How many herring can make it up the ladder and be caught by your counting eyes. You are but one person of a volunteer pool of 50 or so people showing up at the ladder for a 10 minute shift. The herring use to swim up this small stream to lay their eggs before swimming back to the ocean. Herring population in the freshwater ways are nearly depleted in these parts. 10 minutes. Focus. Listen. Observe and document in the log.

Hey! Did you notice that the three images at the top of this post look different even though they are the same ? Optical/human perception illusion with the repetition and the white space. Did you see any herring? How would you know?