I overthink the unthinkable, I’m anal retentive, I say more than necessary, enjoy having my understanding of the world turned upside down while trying to understand it in forevertime, I rub people the wrong way (but I don’t mean (to)), I’m a lot more complex than reality, at the same time, more simple than reality. I debate the word “reality.”
I have a lot of respect for nature without whom I wouldn’t be, and live life trying to unlock my clouded understanding of its magnificence.
I am particularly fond of cats, and at one time I owned five of them. While us humans feel so superior to other species because we can make a computer or a nuclear bomb, I often feel they are so much more on the level. Before the tsunami hit India, all the animals fled the land well before any human was aware a disaster was forthcoming. Sometimes I think we’re so caught up in ourselves that we forget the rest of the Earth around us.
In lieu of this respect I have for nature, I have given up eating murdered animals since 2001. I don’t know if that decision was the best one for me in terms of health. I have not felt unhealthy since then, but I pay a lot more attention to my nutritional intake, and often make my own meals. That has become necessary, since most restaurants won’t make food without the parts I find ethically objectionable. In this regard, I’m a minority among my friends, but understand that I have no issue with those who do not live the same lifestyle. To each their own.
I believe in freedom to live your life the way you wish to live it. I do not like it when government makes those decisions for you. I suppose I’m politically more of a libertarian when it comes to government, foreign policy, and spending.
I am a fan of experimental audio art, and enjoy participating in its creation.
In 1997 I founded the Press The Button radio show with Sam Harmon (Glacial 23.) January 1, 2006 was the last time I participated. This radio show was composed of found sound collage based around an agreed upon theme, usually 3 hours, weekly, 100% live, very improvised, and required several hours of pre-production and preparation. Near the end of my involvement with the show it was becoming a lot more musical, which is when I realized where my head was going and decided to stop to get more involved in musical composition. The show still airs today, hosted by Sam and his wife Amy (Widget.) It is now 2 hours long, and is more off-the-cuff spontaneous, usually without adhering too closely to a theme. I’m glad it is still on the air, and while it is not always assembled the way I would prefer, I appreciate the fact it is being created live. I don’t know if I would do it again, but from time to time I again find myself enjoying the creation of audio collage. Anything is possible. I will say I found it very challenging to keep up with the standards I set for myself. I still listen back to these shows and am very proud of most of them.
In 2004, I co-founded the band Colorforms with J. Kyle Moyer, and ultimately left PTB to give more of my heart to this band that fascinated me. Its line-up has gone through a few manifestations, but is now currently a more musical 5-piece. I am still with them today.
Since 2002, me and Dirtgoddess have hosted the Recycled Rainbow events in our house, providing an outlet for other experimental artists to gather, collaborate, exhibit, participate, meet, and mingle. We were inspired to create this one year when we couldn’t afford to go to the Burning Man festival in Nevada. In order to allow its growth, we moved Recycled Rainbow outdoors. A much larger community now controls the event, which is both necessary and preferable.
I don’t mind admitting that I’m an avid user of psychedelic substances, sometimes consuming risky amounts against my better judgment, then creating art. They may be the death of me, but in many ways, have been my birth.
I have a goofy insane side of me that a lot of people see, and assume that is who I am.
I have a very serious side, where I sit and watch the world without a word for hours. I get like this in public places.
Personality tests suggest I’m a psychologically depressed introvert. I think I’m the opposite, but my friends disagree.