Friday Music

First half of the concert on 2003-10-02 at Ferguson Hall in Tampa, Florida.

Ahead of its time, if you ask me. Haven’t listened to this in years and must say that there are lots of very cool things happening. And Canton’s rig was totally homegrown… (((will look around for some pics!!)))

You can download the 320kbps mp3 here.

OL – guitars
Jon Gagan – bass guitars + synthesizer
Ron Wagner – percussion
Canton Becker – laptop DJ

Here is on photo of Canton’s set up. Battery-powered closet lights modified into switches to start and stop loops – light on = loop on, light off – loop off!:

And here he is in action with Ron – I shot this during their drum-duet:

Friday in L.A.

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Sunrise on the way to L.A.:

New sonic barrier around the drumkit. Don’t tap the tank! Don’t feed the drummer! Works really well as it blocks much of the sound of the drums from getting into the guitar microphone. Result better sound for everyone!!!

Yesterday’s Tweets

  • … A bird cries in the distance – my only consolation … Ryokan (via @dpk9) #
  • Drum tank makes huge difference. Sounds great. #
  • Mankind "extinct" hooey, just a massive dieback in a planetary dustbowl (via @bruces) #

Wednesday Afternoon

Getting ready to leave this evening. New photoblog at – non-flash, and therefore iPad and phone-friendly. Very simple, without navigation or archive or tags or titles… just scroll and stroll and discover.

Humans will be extinct in 100 years says eminent scientist
Eminent Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner, who helped to wipe out smallpox, predicts humans will probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change.

Thanks SM.