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Signal Culture Residency: Day 7

October 26, 2017

Yep, same morning routine.

Today I’m heading home, my birthday, and I have a party to attend! Pack up, I’m on the road by 9am, smooth sailing all the way up I88 to Albany, where it starts raining. It rains the rest of the way to Lowell. The good news is I arrive early, at 3pm, plenty of time to unpack and get ready for the party 8^)))

North Avenue, looking north

Packed up, ready to go

Kitchen window and all-important coffee maker

Kitchen door to back porch

Living/dining room & research library

Lab & Hank’s office

Front door

Back in Massachusetts

A nice red tree

All in all, a productive residency, I had planned to –

– work with my Processing sketches
– try to get a descent hires video recording of the AVSynth
– research links to ‘improvisation in hypermedia’
– space notation

I got to the first two, accomplished 50% of my goals and was 50% successful. The Processing sketches turned out nicely, the hires video recording did not. However, I have a lead on a ‘device’ that should do the trick.

Signal Culture Residency: Day 6

October 25, 2017

Habitually up early, coffee, scrambled eggs!

Quote of the day –

“Good morning boring art!”
~ Nam June Paik

Spent the morning on administrivia including email, messages, updating my blog, etc. I’m still processing videos from the day before yesterday, compressing to H.264 takes hours and hours.

Al Margolis

At 11:30am Al Margolis arrives. We tour the facility, a full house, Charlotte Clermont is in the Artists’ Studio, Hank Rudolph and Matt are in the Research/living and dining room. We return to the Toolmakers’ Studio and set up to record a couple tracks as ELKA BONG: Al Margolis – viola, objects, contact mics; Walter Wright – AVSynth –

track 01
track 02

We toured around this time last Fall, the first time the AVSynth went ‘on the road’. Looking forward to touring again soon with the enhanced rig and Processing sketches.

At 1:30pm we go for lunch at the Taqueria, after lunch a short walk along the river, then back to the studio. Al packs up, heads back down Rte17 to Chester.

North Street Re ords

North Street

Taqueria on Front Street

Deck overlooking the Susquehanna River

I ate a whole burrito!


I’m still processing video, sorting audio files. Listening back. Success, the AVSynth looks and sounds great!

Signal Culture Residency: Day 4

October 23, 2017

Up early, coffee, scrambled eggs!

Started downloading video from last night, takes awhile. Spent the morning on administrivia including email, messages, updating my blog, etc. A routine developing?

After lunch more Projektor sketches, b&w, input to the AVSynth –

– 170605a circles, squares, vertical bars, and horizontal lines
– 170622a Lowell mills, the same images as used in the crossfade
– 170916a Ben Hersey, the same images as used in the color sketch

A new setup, the AVSynth is now ‘in the loop’.

Click for larger image

I named the first sketch ‘Geometry’, 2-D shapes, and some neat timing. This sketch and the ‘Leaves’ video loop work well with the Jones’ MVIP. The shapes change color as they fade. The vertical bars contrast with the horizontal bars generated by the AVSynth.

In this patch the Mikrophonie module controls the Brightness on the MVIP, and the 2 SWOOP modules control Hue 1 and Hue 2. I can match the ‘speed’ of the animation using the 2 SWOOPs, the low frequency oscillator in FOURSES, the Chaos output of the SPROTT, and/or the oscillator on the DENUM module. Some of these can be set directly, by ‘knob-twiddling’, others are more random.

I spend some time tweaking the second sketch, adding layers and, of course, a flicker. Again color and effects change as the images fade.

The third sketch, a portrait of Ben Hersey, just works. Not a finished piece, it’s more of an idea …

Tonight I turn in early, around 1am, I’ll record these sketches tomorrow.

Loup-Garou miniTour, August 2010

August 15, 2010

photo by Setheyny Pen

Loup-Garou: [Werewolf]

Setheyny Pen – toy piano, percussion

Walter Wright – electronics, video

“Loup-Garou [Werewolf] is collaborative group consisting of Setheyny Pen of Ralph Eats Dynamite and Walter Wright of Apocalypso Trio. The pairing of sound sources can at first seem unlikely or perhaps unsettling. The introduction of melody from the damaged primitive sounds of the toy piano jars some peoples idea of free improv sound. The result is playful and disarming at times, conflicting and challenging other moments.” — Josh Baker

Sunday August 1, Sara’s Best Minds show. Mary Ann, Setheyny and I drive to Beverly, MA. We arrive early, unload and check out the art in Sara’s apartment then set up outside in the backyard. Stephanie’s band arrives. The lineup is Psychic Tiger, The Sneaky Mister, Loup-Garou, Stephanie Lak Band and Daijel White.

Up first, Anthony Palocci and Judith Shimer, acoustic. We’re next, outside without a ‘room.’ It’s different. We lose the quiet stuff to the ambient sound of the neighborhood. We lose detail. We play loud (perhaps too loud, hard to tell). Stephanie Lak Band plays a short set. A neighbor complains about the noise. Daijel White start their set. The neighbor calls the police. At 8:30pm the police arrive and shut down the party.

Tuesday August 3, Umbrella Gallery, Fitchburg, MA . We unload as UNUNI start their set. Next up, Ditch Mimes, rock ‘n roll with a mustache. Black Steel Peacock then us. We move downstage nearer the audience. We’re inside, much better. Good set. We toss out miniCDs.

pics by Setheyny, UNUNI on the left and Black Steel Peacock on the right.

Located in a storefront on Main Street. Filled with refinished furniture, objects and art on consignment. An office and cafe to the side, performance space in the back, workshop and recording in the basement. The gallery reminds me of Manifesto, Boyd Nutting’s space in Niles MI. Similar look and feel. Thanks Ryan for inviting us and for the 17 BSP CDs!

Thursday August 5, Whitehaus Family Record, Jamaica Plain, MA. There’s a Red Sox game,traffic backed up. We arrive late along with Vic and Steve. A group in the dining room glued to the TV. Setheyny goes out for something to eat and bottle of wine. The audience drifts in.

Ben Bennett plays first followed by Jack Callahan. Both solo, both acoustic using found objects and deconstructed instruments. Both very good! Next up Vic Rawlings and Steve Norton perform Symptomatic, a piece exploring the “simultaneity of disparate languages.” They are very good. Next up us with Steve, on bass clarinet (& a weird drone instrument he found on top of the piano).

Here’s our set, recorded live –


Follow the Whitehaus link. Read a little about their history. A great place to experience creative music, poetry and performance. Thanks Adam!

Friday August 6, The SPACE, Lowell, open mic. With the gallery closed for the month, finally, we get to do this! Mary Ann and I go over early to an opening at WAS [Western Avenue Studios]. The SPACE is a recording studio, decidedly more commercial and mainstream than our usual venues.

I sign up to play early, going to Montreal the next morning. Tim Bergeron featured, it’s vocals and acoustic guitars. We play a short set. The MC likens us to “an acid trip from the ’60’s.” Is this as a compliment?

Saturday August 7, L’Envers, Montreal QC, Mary Ann, Setheyny and I leave at 6:30am. We stop in Vermont for coffee, then lunch. At the border they wave us through. We arrive in Montreal around 2pm, to the Musee d’Art Contemporain. We walk up and down Boulevard St Laurent. We load in at L’Envers then head out for dinner with Ellwood.

Here’s some pics of the space –





The show starts late, around 9:30. Ellwood Epps and Emilie Mouchous play first, trumpet and hurdy-gurdy with electronics. A great set. I enjoy the range of sounds produced and, especially, the responsiveness with which they interact. We play next. A good set. The first track is tentative but the second and third take off. Finally all of us play together. We end with Emilie setting fire to her talking statue while I respond, Theremin-like, on the Board Weevil.

Pics by Setheyny, Emilie on the left and with Ellwood on the right.

Here’s our set, recorded live –


It was close to midnight. The party starts at the loft then moves on to a bar at 2-3am. They close the bar, return at 4am and move out to the railroad tracks behind the building. By 5am everyone is asleep.

Ellwood, Setheyny and I are up at 9am. We go shopping for bacon, eggs and potatoes. We make breakfast. By 12noon everyone’s up and we are on our way. They wave us through at the border. End of the summer miniTour, thanks Ellwood and Emilie. Let’s do it again this Fall. 8^)

Kit’s Studio, February 2010

April 20, 2010

It’s a nice morning, sunny, not too cold. Mary Ann, Setheyny and I drive to Kit’s Studio in Parsonfield ME. Here’s some pictures –


From top left, clockwise – view of the backyard from the studio, Ivy’s glass, Kit’s helmet from Sacred & Profane, more of Ivy’s glass.

Loup-Garou plays with Mike Dailey that afternoon. Mike heads back to MA for a gig. We play with Kit that evening. We drink wine and sit around the fire with Ivy and Kit. Here are the sound files –

Loup-Garou: [Werewolf]
Setheyny Pen – drums
Walter Wright – electronics
Kit Demos – analog synth

Loup-Garou: [Werewolf]
Setheyny Pen – toy piano, percussion
Walter Wright – electronics
Mike Dailey – guitar

Next morning we have coffee with Kit and Ivy. We head home, stopping at a diner for breakfast. Nice moose!


From top left, clockwise – the ‘solarium,’ backyard, Mary Ann & Walter, the diner moose.

Monastery July 17, 2009

August 20, 2009

photo by Jeff Brussel.

Shayna & I performing at the Monastery in Manchester NH. Also on the bill Birdorgan, Qfwfq Duo, Id m Theft Able, and Crank Sturgeon. The screen is Qfwfq’s the video Shayna’s.