I will be reading from Sassere – forgotten trees as guest poet at the library’s Stand Up Poetry Launch. The open mike poets will do their thing, then I’m going to read from the book with a slideshow of the photos on the bigscreen with the soundscape playing over the PA. Excellent.
I’ve put up a new Venus Vulture video on YouTube . It’s a more blocky thing than the earlier videos, with some drum patterns built across the drifty soundscape.
Moire patterns (there’s an acute over the e, and I guess there’s some way to put that on here, but I can’t figure it) are interference patterns created by intersecting sets of lines – say when you’re passing a wire fence and the lines of another fence beyond interact to create highlights and lowlights. In the video the striations on the blocks seem to bend a flicker a little as the pixels of the image can’t quite manage to show the details. Some artifacts from various compressions through the process, but still intriguing.
Trying to reduce the number of projects I have on the go at the moment, but I am working on a new soundscape with images, and some animation. I’ve uploaded some preliminary images in a gallery here. Still working on the sounds – will update here as things progress.
Yay! We’ll be having a proper book launch for forgotten trees Bruce McKenzie Booksellers! I’ve invited Helen (Lehndorf) and Tim (Upperton) to come and read some of their poems as well, so it will be a great night. 6pm, June 12th Bruce McKenzie’s, George Street, Palmerston North.
Very excited! The package from the States arrived last night – the book and CD look great together. I’d forgotten (no pun intended) that I’d ordered silver CDs … wow they’re so shiny! Now I’ll get to planning the book release party with Bruce at the bookshop.
I been changing and tweaking the poems and I’m now in the process of finishing off the book. I’ve whittled over 60 of the best poems down to about 45, culled about 50 photos from over 200 I liked. The document is almost ready to go to press, just waiting on our isbn.
I had some poems I’d been working on and I’ve decided to make Forgotten trees into a three-level piece: music, graphics and text. There will be a 100 page book of photos and poems to complement the CD. Get both, read the book and look at the photos (which are new, not available electronically through the website) and listen to the music in the background (with a cup of herbal tea, perhaps). Intended release date is April 19th – at the moment just working through a sizing problem with the CD tray insert.
This is the cover.
I’ve finalised the tracks for the album too – here is the list.
1. If ever we encountered birds 4.03
2. Ahead, a clearing 0.19
3. In the distance, chainsaws? 4.06
4. A meadow, a stream, a spiderweb 7.52
5. Near dusk, a campsite 7.52
6. We thought we saw a rainbow 0.55
7. Dawn, new life 7.32
8. Distant smoke, a logging camp? 11.34
9. Ahead, another clearing 1.20
10. Follow the streambed 4.12
11. Forest edge, cities 11.36
Track 7 contains samples from Suicide (ft Hannah Harniss), 2008 Hannah_da_masta
Licensed to the public under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Check the website for more details about the release.
The first shipment of the Venus Vulture Currents CDs arrived yesterday and they look great. I’ll spend the next week or so getting the sets prepared, then make them available from the website. I’ll put a photo up of how the set will look – slim DVD case, two disks and a photoset.