Another installment of the MssngMrblz recurring event, Prototype 6, was just in time for our yearly summer sun! The hype was big for this one, including vinyl stickers, retro shades, t-shirts, hula hoops, silly string, the regular flashy lights and screens, and certainly stellar electronic music from all the performers rockin’ the stage. Yours truly was there with a last-minute opening performance, then followed by Georgie & JoMo, Elling Lien, MssngMrblz, PotemTole, DJ Alligator (of Rockafellers) and Worker. Click those names above to link up with some hot local music made here in St. John’s, and continue below for some photos of the Prototype 6 action. Until the next one, keep listening!
So now I’ve composed some “new music”. New, as in recent AND in genre. Musicworks magazine has this annual contest for Electronic Music compositions, and I decided to give it a shot. I’ve always enjoyed piecing together found sounds into music, so why not toss one of my monsters into the arena?
A friend and electronic producer who performs as MssngMrblz has been organizing a series of shows called Prototype to showcase local electronic artists playing original material. I made my second appearance at the most recent show, Prototype 5, held at The Rockhouse in St. John’s on February 15. Not only was it a larger venue this time around, but the lights and sound were spectacular to behold. Flat screens, man! I opened the night with some harder-hitting tunes I’d been working on this month (being RPM Challenge season…more to come), and sporting another fun animal mask. The laid-back giraffe. I tried a rushed Mixlr broadcast, and was pleased with the enthusiasm I got for my set offstage. The rest of the evening was stellar, especially when I was able to snap some of the action using my new Fuji X-A1. Awesome performances by all, and a vibrant, excited crowd on the floor.
So the tech world of today is drowning in “content”. That’s what we call media these days…any piece of video, photo, sound, text or other entertaining or interesting tidbit found in the teeming internet ocean that may one day be given a thumbs-up by the masses. It used to be a tangible thing, like full-page magazine spreads and vinyl records. Or cozy on the couch with snacks for prime-time action TV. Now anyone can take their own videos or be a shutterbug, digitally…using their phone! Now called a mobile device. Isn’t it crazy that one of the earliest advances in communicating with others verbally is now used for just about anything you can imagine? This includes capturing digital content to proliferate on innumerable websites. And there’s no shortage of those “content providers”, whether it’s a social site or vid page or photo viewer. They want, or rather need, your content. The populace has a limited attention span, overstimulated by media from all sides, and requires something else to garner amusement or get a smiley from. So if they’re not getting the fix from a giant media conglomerate, it may as well be you.
So why am I going on with this obvious rant? Well, there is some dismay over people glued as phone-zombies, however the same things were said about television or video games. The real point is the creation of content for this blog. It comes down to what kind of life record you embody in the digital ether, and if it can be accessed by the technologically adept. Therefore I’m submitting a few pieces for my digital history, whether anyone notices in the inter-sea or not. The content is largely photo art in nature, recently made from archived pics. I tried not to work too hard on it, because it was about the fun of making more of them. So I will. Maybe next time with my phone…