Sunday, April 24, 2011

Music Project 9

This was done yesterday but I forgot to put it up, I didn't miss the week, I just got occupied.

Dark Side of the Moon:

yes this is for the whole album

Okay, hold on to your butts, this one might get a bit pretentious. That happens when you talk about your favorite band.

I rediscovered music through Pink Floyd. While I frequently will point to another very specific moment that involved The Who as my "musical awakening", I had been secretly stealing my Dad's Pink Floyd CD's for about 6 months by that point. It started with The Wall, and eventually moved on to Dark Side of the Moon. Both albums remain probably my top two of all time. It depends on my mood. If I'm sad, it's The Wall. And to be fair, The Wall has meant a lot to me over the years, it doesn't lose any impact. 

But there is just something about DSOTM. There is a fantastic documentary out there about the making of this album (Classic Albums: Dark Side of the Moon) and in that doc the senior editor of Rolling Stone makes a quote similar to this: "It's the quintessential concept album; the concept is there, perfectly clear, you can understand everything it's trying to say, yet it's also the kind of album that can take you places in a dark room"

Which sounds like it's perpetrating the "stoner" stereotype of the Floyd, which is, and has always been, completely unfair. They weren't a stoner band making stoner music. In fact, compared to other bands of their era, they are quite the opposite. Each band member is very fluent and coherent, well spoken, and respectable. They don't sound like they've been hit by drugs at all, as opposed to other bands from the 70's. 

The point the guy was making with that quote, is that when Dark Side hits you the right way, it hits you hard. Everything clicks and you do have a fantastic experience. The "Climax" of the album is a thing of beauty, and easily my pick for the best ending of any album. It shows that you really can't break the album into parts, to really "get into it" you have to listen to it from start to finish, while paying attention. If you do that, you will feel that sort of transcendence that you get when you experience something beautiful. It's my musical version of a sunset over the mountains. I don't listen to DSOTM very often, in fact, maybe once every 5-6 months, but thats because I don't want to ruin it. I want to be able to experience that forever. 

For the picture, I tried to sort of illustrate the "transcendence" feeling I get when I'm in the album. Everything is circular and building upon itself, lifting you higher into that bliss. You pull in the power from all the details and use it to climb. For me, it's spiritually invigorating. It does more then make me happy, it's kinda like meditation. You come back afterward happy, relaxed, and satisfied. The picture went through several versions, and I'm not entirely happy with the result (It looks kind of silly) but it's a hard feeling to communicate. 

However the one constant of the whole picture was the blue dude (Inspired by a alternate cover of "Pulse", not Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen) and he's easily the part I'm proud of, so I scrapped the BG for this alternate version, which is a little thin, but I think I like it better:

ps. I want to mention at this point I have never tried any drugs at any time in my life, and I never will. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Music Project 8

yeah okay so I missed last week. I have a bigger idea then usual in mind for repentance, but I didn't think i'd finish it this week either, so we get this hold over for now.


When I was a kid, Dad would drive me to school every morning. We listened to the local Baltimore alternative rock radio station, 99.1 WHFS. It kept up with all the sweet 90's rock all through my childhood. For the most part, Dad liked it, and I have a history of following my dad's taste in music. Nothing wrong with that because Mom listens to crap.

But as with all radio stations, they get fixated on songs. Top 40 hit stations overplay modern pop songs, which is why most of them have a shelf life of 2-3 years max, 6 months usual. Classic rock stations ruin older hits, which is why everyone still loves and hates "stairway to heaven".  Modern rock radio really wasn't any better, but due to the surplus of quality 90's rock it wasn't so bad. Until this terrible album/song came along.

I never really cared for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I will never like them now, because when this album came out, it's all I heard. NON-STOP. I remember one day, Dad backed out of the driveway, turned on the radio, and this song was playing. It got played again when we arrived at school, 20 minutes later. Every 20 minutes or so, for MONTHS, they'd play this song. because of this, Screw Californication and Screw the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

This, along with the god-damned "Hotel California" by the Eagles (Which Dad overplayed himself on his tape deck) may have contributed to why I don't like California and moved to Oregon instead.

A few notes on the picture itself: It's obviously a homage to the classic album cover of London Calling by The Clash. A band I care very little about, not being into punk. I just really love that cover, and the feeling seemed appropriate. 

(fun fact: 99.1 WHFS, Baltimore's #1 Rock Station, the radio station of my youth, got abruptly turned into latin music in the mid 2000's)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Post Reboot Part 6: It's Real this time, I promise

There is no April 7th Fools day, so I can't pull that joke again. Have the real thing!

You bet he is.

But our two fruits are stuck in the ventilation shafts. Who can possibly get past all that security to rescue them?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Post Reboot: PART 6!


Not this guy.