Just saw the film, Rip! A Remix Manifesto, last weekend. The movie explores new creative modes of music-making (and other art forms) enabled by present day technologies and cultural interests. It also uses this path into the creative world to cover most of the present day struggles with copyright and notions of ownership of “intellectual property.” Continue reading “Rip the Movie”
Lots of news lately about Radiohead offering its newest album as a download (choose your own price). Saul Williams and Trent Reznor decided to do the same with their new album. Continue reading “Radiohead and Co. Help the Industry Catch Up”
UnKindness Of Ravens recently may have been heard by way of CKDU 88.1 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ron Bates’s The Threat is an “eclectic show of noise, jazz, indie rock, and other avant garde weirdness,” which presented (among exciting bits of thumb-piano joy from Konono No.1 and well-placed rock) some UKOR too. Fortunately for those who missed it, there is a podcast (episode 35 from 19 Aug 2006). It’s not just back-scratching that I’m recommending downloading the The Threat podcast (more like skin flaying), Ron’s put together a solid history of interesting music.
UnKindness Of Ravens is slow but alive and well.
A subtle note to the reader. UnKindness Of Ravens (UKOR), while a little slow is far from dead. Material in the works will provide a double album within a year (or longer).
Sitting on a Bench Preview Clip (mp3)
Splinter me out the jewel of a juicy black lime, lime, lime… (as it echoes off) this eruption came–brought us running, red-footed, across a molten earth, which bloomed in motion. We could see the pregnant future and drank to our loosening legs. We could youtheneyes our impulses and telekinized the seedling smokes hovering above our homes. We could architect monuments to melt back into their molten beginnings. After all, we vibrated a circle which revealed itself.
Continue reading “From the Mess of Our Orgiastic Heavens:”
Unkindness Of Ravens musical aspirations transcend normalcy once again, even cell phones will bleed with aural anarchy! Continue reading “UKOR Ringtone!”
An informant lively calling himself the enthusiasm of winds breathing (a natural spy.) The rubber scrap that declares its wayside potential amidst playground brawling; a bloody nose the sustenance fountain eternal.
Continue reading “The Songbird is All Around You”
UKOR performed a surprise show in California’s old-town Eureka. Everyone was enthused with the high-energy improv (and few bathroom breaks) expected as an integral part of any UKOR performance. The instruments were dusted and some new tools joined in the notational surgery. Unfortunately (due to a flaskfull of other commitments) the standard full UKOR lineup was not present. However, the band’s most recent addition, Ms. Momb, took up the slack (without using slacks even). A treat to some of the best brine and orgapulp from UKOR’s upcoming album, Panasonic Songbird.
Happy New Year! We are all alive and well. Some of us go by different names. We don’t know yours.
A bit of a travelogue. Continue reading “Caves and Tropics Tour”
The history of UnKindness Of Ravens (UKOR) is manifest in the Caves and Tropics album. Caves and Tropics is a result of a group of close friends, cohorts, and collaborators between the years of 1991-1999. This is about that. Much more happened later. Perhaps some day, documentation will be forthcoming.
Continue reading “History of UKOR – Early Days”
Tragedy!! Lost masters! UKOR loses its foundation and pleads to the blood in its veins (or sweat on its brows) for a resolution. But none will come. Continue reading “Tragedy”