What Musicians Can Teach Us About Employment In A Digital World

It was 1998, the Internet came creeping into our lives like the first tendrils of creamer in a cup of coffee.  The first round of CD burners had to be bought separately. They cost almost half as much as the computer itself with a strong possibility of installing an additional port to connect the giant serial cable.  It wouldn't be more than 3 or 4 years before every computer came with a CD-R as a standard drive. Around that time Napster snuck in with file sharing technology utilizing MP3 compression.  Piracy was no longer about the old tape dub paradigm of buying a cd and making copies for friends. Now you could just go find any new album posted up by someone on the other side of the country.

We had record/video stores back then and the harbinger of doom that would eventually put record stores out of business and loose havoc on the Record industry confronted you in tubes of 10, 50, and 150 CD-Rs on a shelf where top ten albums used to live. The big labels mustered all their collect…

Musings On Old Art

Old art and the acquisition of new skills leaves one to wonder whether or not they should go "George Lucas" on old projects and revitalize them or let them go and move on to the next creation, pushing forward once again into uncharted territory.  A third option exists which is destroy it and never ever let it be seen. Ever. 
The great fear is perpetual turd polishing, that yesterdays little baby was in fact a giant useless piece of shit that needs flushing.  The great waste is hoarding work expecting that some day its inherent value will increase like wine in a cask. 
One might consider art an exercise to develop self, but if the past is just training for that which is to come then should the fruit of that labor be disposable or hidden like a dirty secret.  Art created in a vacuum might serve some cathartic purpose of time passage but will doubtful bring the outcome of self expression the artist needs. Art by its nature demands a sacrificial victim to experience the creation. …

The Cooky Creativity of OddBlossom

Strippers, insects, and zombie dogs mashed in old time film against a back drop of experimental pop await those brave enough to face garbage dump wonderlands of collected media scrambled and reassembled under monochrome names like Pop Poubelism. Some time around 2006 an adventure of growing pains was undertaken and attributed to a childish alter ego,  Bram Urban.  OddBlossom became a public archive of audio works discarded in inevitable growth and way past their expiration date.  Eventually explorations in video led back to old musical exploration and once again the child has room to play once again.

Cinema City by OddBlossom  2012 album "4 CM Off Reality. "     production by LogicalCurl.
Drinking on the Job is no good for any performer but sometimes, just sometimes, it works out for the audience.   
DaRk CiTy DaZe by OddBlossom.
"4 CM Off Reality"  Video Edited from Dance Of Life by LogicalCurl.

Armed with the artistic vision and commercial aspirations …

Blanton's Greatest Hits!

In the process of overhauling multiple websites for compatibility with Mobile devices,  I've spent the last two days, and all my background processing,  pooling together samples from my disparate audio projects,  making in essence a "Greatest Hits" record.  It's a little western(Mesquite Treason), a little technopop(OddBlossom), a little ambient(SynaFleur), A little noisy(Mouth of Ash), a little cutesy(kinda sorta like me).  You can listen or download it here.  I call it "Nature Of Being."

Nature Of Being by Blanton Ross

Autoharp Etude

This flashback to the past returns us to the days of The Flora Studio for a behind the scenes look at the madness behind Etudes In Construction Of Timbre

A Demonstration of Electro-Acoustic Digital Concréte

More Flashbacks to the Flora studio, this time for a demonstration and documentation of a recent change in the ImprovMachina version who knows what.  It is a view of part of my process,  program a little,  play a little,  the only thing missing is the edit a little. So here you get raw and untapped from The Flora Studio circa 2013.

An Art Film To Accompany Cheyenne by Mesquite Treason

Using a telescope and a handycam I've created an abstract documenting of
the Joshua Tree Studio and the stick art I'm building on the side. 
This is a Return to Etudes In Construction Of Timbre, The second album Released as Mesquite Treason.