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05 27 2024



MIRROR SCULPTURE
I’d seen a work in person by Olafur Eliasson that utilized a spinning mirror, and I was familiar with some of his other experiments with mirrors. But my design was quite a bit more low-tech and moves solely by the wind. The mirrors are 45 inches wide and are welded together to spin on a simple ball bearing. The heavy weight of the mirrors helps stabilize the spin and they are wide enough that only a small amount of wind is necessary for almost infinite rotations.



CODEX SERAPHINIANUS →

I discovered this book a few years ago and was blown away with its originality. It feels like a forgotten text from some ancient civilization. In fact, it was made by an Italian illustrator and designer over the course of 2.5 years back in the late 70’s. Full of whimsy, he even invented a made-up language and alphabet. This video is a great introduction.




NUNO CANAVARRO - PLUX QUBA →

I guess the theme for this week is super original, “alien” art, as this album sounds like nothing else I’ve heard before. It is certainly not for everyone, but it blew my mind and inspired a yet-to-be-released experimental album that I made a couple of years ago. The album was made in 1988 using only a primitive sampler - see this short article about some basic background. If you can make it through the atonal sections, there are beautiful moments of melody that appear quickly and then disappear.











05 20 2024



BRIAN ENO
Eno is perhaps my all-time favorite artist. He’s the Leonardo da Vinci of modern art and music - as his curiosity seems boundless. He’s made incredible music throughout the years but has also worked in many varying visual mediums. There is a new documentary about his life that has been making the rounds at various film festivals. I haven’t seen it yet - but there is a lesser known documentary made about him back in 1989.


GLIMMERS →

I thought this short blog post was interesting and the idea of “glimmers” that it describes is very similar to the awareness I was attempting to cultivate throughout the album making process.




WENDELL BERRY →

There was a quick shot in the NFAQL doc that showcased a stack of books. One of them was called “The Peace of Wild Things” - which I found very inspiring during the making of the album.

Berry is an extremely prolific writer and activist who’s written in almost every sub-genre possible. However, his book of poems mentioned above is my favorite. Not only do the poems discuss the rejuvenating properties of nature, they often also make light of a type of awareness that if we just pay attention in the present moment there is so much beauty and meaning around us. That practice of mindfulness was an important step for me throughout the making of the album and it has enriched my life tremendously. My favorite poetry inspires this sensation. Check out this short animation of one of Berry’s most popular poems.











05 15 2024



KRISTIAN MELOM →
I randomly came across Kristian’s documentary Dear Dreamer about 6 months ago and I was really blown away. I knew I wanted to make a short doc piece about the making of the album and the tone of Dear Dreamer was exactly what I was looking for. Very lyrical and sensitive, and I loved all of the interesting moments incorporating the young students. I was extra blown away that he lived only about an hour away in ATL. Because it was so important to me to have a vibrant spring look, we didn’t start shooting until Mid-March. So it has been a mad dash to the finish line in terms of shooting and editing. Here is another one of his doc pieces called the River.



ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM THE NFAQL DOC →

I felt burnt out from making music right before starting work on NFAQL and I took about 3 months in early 2022 just making really simple, improvised music. It was the first time in a long time that I wrote just for the fun of it instead of being focused on being productive towards a commercial project. I started playing piano a lot and simply capturing the performances via rough iPhone recordings. When it came time to add “score” music to the documentary it seemed like an obvious place to start. So Kristian picked out a bunch of snippets from my archive. He insisted that we use them “as-is” and not re-record so you can hear a lot of mistakes (as well as background noises like my young son Owen). Here are the recordings that made it in the score.




INSPIRATION FOR THE NFAQL DOC →

Kristian and I both are big film fans and have a special love for nonfiction documentary based story-telling. We spent a lot of time sharing inspiration back and forth. These are a few documentaries that we both really liked and that shared some similarity to the NFAQL story.










05 02 2024



NOTES FROM A QUIET LIFE LP
The musical direction on this album felt a lot more minimalist in terms of the production, so I wanted the cover image to mirror that with a starkness and simplicity. The photo was taken by a Korean photographer named Myoung Ho Lee who builds elaborate white backdrops that frame large trees in space. Conceptually I like how this reframing focuses attention on natural elements as art objects. Check out this long-play BTS footage from one of his shoots.


THE POETRY OF MARY OLIVER →

I’ve enjoyed reading Mary Oliver over the last couple of years.  Not only does she capture beautiful images, but she sheds light on beautiful moments that might otherwise be taken for granted.  I’ve tried to practice this sort of mindfulness and inquisitiveness in my own life. This essay by Maria Popova does a great job of describing the magic of her work.




THE HARDEST PART [OFFICIAL VIDEO] →

The first song from NFAQL has a video directed by a filmmaker I’ve been a fan of for a long time, Paul Trillo. It’s also the first commissioned music video created entirely using OpenAI’s Sora text-to-video model. Sora’s not available to the public yet, so it was cool working with Paul to test the limits of what a tool like that could do in the context of a music video that couldn’t have made with any other technology.














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05 27 2024


MIRROR SCULPTURE
I’d seen a work in person by Olafur Eliasson that utilized a spinning mirror, and I was familiar with some of his other experiments with mirrors. But my design was quite a bit more low-tech and moves solely by the wind. The mirrors are 45 inches wide and are welded together to spin on a simple ball bearing. The heavy weight of the mirrors helps stabilize the spin and they are wide enough that only a small amount of wind is necessary for almost infinite rotations.


CODEX SERAPHINIANUS →

I discovered this book a few years ago and was blown away with its originality. It feels like a forgotten text from some ancient civilization. In fact, it was made by an Italian illustrator and designer over the course of 2.5 years back in the late 70’s. Full of whimsy, he even invented a made-up language and alphabet. This video is a great introduction.



NUNO CANAVARRO - PLUX QUBA →

I guess the theme for this week is super original, “alien” art, as this album sounds like nothing else I’ve heard before. It is certainly not for everyone, but it blew my mind and inspired a yet-to-be-released experimental album that I made a couple of years ago. The album was made in 1988 using only a primitive sampler - see this short article about some basic background. If you can make it through the atonal sections, there are beautiful moments of melody that appear quickly and then disappear.








05 20 2024


BRIAN ENO
Eno is perhaps my all-time favorite artist. He’s the Leonardo da Vinci of modern art and music - as his curiosity seems boundless. He’s made incredible music throughout the years but has also worked in many varying visual mediums. There is a new documentary about his life that has been making the rounds at various film festivals. I haven’t seen it yet - but there is a lesser known documentary made about him back in 1989.



GLIMMERS →

I thought this short blog post was interesting and the idea of “glimmers” that it describes is very similar to the awareness I was attempting to cultivate throughout the album making process.

There was a quick shot in the NFAQL doc that showcased a stack of books. One of them was called “The Peace of Wild Things” - which I found very inspiring during the making of the album.

Berry is an extremely prolific writer and activist who’s written in almost every sub-genre possible. However, his book of poems mentioned above is my favorite. Not only do the poems discuss the rejuvenating properties of nature, they often also make light of a type of awareness that if we just pay attention in the present moment there is so much beauty and meaning around us. That practice of mindfulness was an important step for me throughout the making of the album and it has enriched my life tremendously. My favorite poetry inspires this sensation. Check out this short animation of one of Berry’s most popular poems.









05 15 2024


KRISTIAN MELOM →
I randomly came across Kristian’s documentary Dear Dreamer about 6 months ago and I was really blown away. I knew I wanted to make a short doc piece about the making of the album and the tone of Dear Dreamer was exactly what I was looking for. Very lyrical and sensitive, and I loved all of the interesting moments incorporating the young students. I was extra blown away that he lived only about an hour away in ATL. Because it was so important to me to have a vibrant spring look, we didn’t start shooting until Mid-March. So it has been a mad dash to the finish line in terms of shooting and editing. Here is another one of his doc pieces called the River.



ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM THE NFAQL DOC →

I felt burnt out from making music right before starting work on NFAQL and I took about 3 months in early 2022 just making really simple, improvised music. It was the first time in a long time that I wrote just for the fun of it instead of being focused on being productive towards a commercial project. I started playing piano a lot and simply capturing the performances via rough iPhone recordings. When it came time to add “score” music to the documentary it seemed like an obvious place to start. So Kristian picked out a bunch of snippets from my archive. He insisted that we use them “as-is” and not re-record so you can hear a lot of mistakes (as well as background noises like my young son Owen). Here are the recordings that made it in the score.




INSPIRATION FOR THE NFAQL DOC →

Kristian and I both are big film fans and have a special love for nonfiction documentary based story-telling. We spent a lot of time sharing inspiration back and forth. These are a few documentaries that we both really liked and that shared some similarity to the NFAQL story.









05 02 2024


NOTES FROM A QUIET LIFE LP
The musical direction on this album felt a lot more minimalist in terms of the production, so I wanted the cover image to mirror that with a starkness and simplicity. The photo was taken by a Korean photographer named Myoung Ho Lee who builds elaborate white backdrops that frame large trees in space. Conceptually I like how this reframing focuses attention on natural elements as art objects. Check out this long-play BTS footage from one of this shoots.



THE POETRY OF MARY OLIVER →

I’ve enjoyed reading Mary Oliver over the last couple of years.  Not only does she capture beautiful images, but she sheds light on beautiful moments that might otherwise be taken for granted.  I’ve tried to practice this sort of mindfulness and inquisitiveness in my own life. This essay by Maria Popova does a great job of describing the magic of her work.





THE HARDEST PART [OFFICIAL VIDEO] →
The first song from NFAQL has video directed by a filmmaker I’ve been a fan of for a long time, Paul Trillo. It’s also the first commissioned music video created entirely using OpenAI’s Sora text-to-video model. Sora’s not available to the public yet, so it was cool working with Paul to test the limits of what a tool like that could do in the context of a music video that couldn’t have made with any other technology.








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