Pegasus Paradise music video

Last week I posted a new video to the Bionic Eyes YouTube channel. This one is a music video for the title track from the Tone Ghosting cassette Private Jet Experience  on Coffeehead Duck tapes. You can check out the label (and purchase copies) here:

In this video, nymphs and chimera romp across a candy-colored cyberscape as shattered neon waves crumble around them. Plenty of hyperdelic glitch washouts and damaged montages clutter the screen. Everything melts down into a plastic surface where the biological destiny of the body is denied, and the prurient gaze is subverted into an alternate plane of confusion. This is the longest video I’ve posted so far, so hopefully the colors will carry you to the rhythm, and the rhythm will carry you to the end.

“Excuse from Another Dimension” in Futures Trading

On May 16, Futures Trading, issue 5.1 was released into cyberspace containing one of my poems, “Excuse from Another Dimension.” You can find it by scrolling to the bottom of the page in the issue, or by going to the Scribd page here.

Lots of other interesting experimental work in this issue, as well, so check it out!

Flashback: Two poems in GYST

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That time two of my poems appeared in GYST #3, from 1992: “In America” and “Sentimental Grunge.” GYST (an acronym for “Get Your Shit Together”) was a digest sized, DC based literary magazine edited by Art Schuhart, Zach Barocas, and Edgar Silex. Art ran an open mic poetry series at the 15 Minutes nightclub in the early 90’s, which I attended pretty regularly. To be honest, I don’t remember these poems at all!

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Flashback: Rubber Band Ball article reprinted in Utne Reader

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I recently discovered that my article on rubber band balls can be found on the  Utne Reader website. You can read “Rubber Band Balls: The Ultimate Collector’s Item” here.

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The article was first published under the title “The Joy of Rubber Balling” in my music fanzine Mole, issue #12, back in May 1999. It describes my obsession with creating and maintaining a rubber band ball. On the next page, I interviewed my friend David Craig about his own experiences creating a rubber band ball (see below). As with a lot of things, he got in on the trend first. The “director’s cut” version appears on my website here.

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Needless to say, I was rather shocked when Utne Reader picked the article up for reprinting, which they did under the title “Bandarama” (Utne Reader #101, Sept-Oct 2000). Especially nice: getting paid for the piece. In some way, a paycheck helped justify all the wasted time putting together a fanzine. Not to mention the time wasted assembling a giant rubber band ball. (Coincidentally, I found the images of the Utne cover and the my article in an Ebay listing; strange that “Bandarama” was one of the sample pages!)

One of the major differences between the two printings was the title, and the omission of my subtitle. The more professional rag seemed not to like the vague innuendo contained in my version. It’s funny that for their website, they changed the title again.

Yes, you do see Vanilla Ice’s name in the lower left corner of the Mole cover. I interviewed him about an outsider art site in Homestead, Florida, called the Coral Castle. It featured in a promotional photo his record company provided with his comeback CD. Turns out, he was quite an authority on the place. But that’s another post.

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I still have that rubber band ball today, although I’m not as diligent about maintaining it. It’s gotten pretty furry with neglect, so I’ve been doing some serious re-surfacing with fresh rubber. It could still use a lot more bands. At this point the ball weighs 7 lbs 11 oz.

Poems in Ex-Ex-Lit and Sick Lit

A few more poems appearing in digital print:

Poetry blog Experiential-Experimental Literature (aka Ex-Ex-Lit) posted “Trapped by the Pyramid” on May 8. You can read it here.

Online journal Sick Lit–tag line “Bringing the real. Keeping the weird.”–posted four poems on May 5: “Research on the Line,” “Hidden Curriculum,” “At a traffic light, looked up,” and “If the world can get me to sleep.” You can read them here.

Poems published in Otoliths, In Between Hangovers, & Black Poppy Review

Just catching up on some publications after a trip to the Southern California desert: Joshua Tree, Slab City, Salvation Mountain, Mount San Jacinto, the Cabazon Dinosaurs, and the Palm Springs Tonga Hut.

Over the break, three different journals included my work on May 1:

A big group of multi-media material appeared in Otoliths #45, including a textual poem, a video poem, and six stills from the video. “The Earth Remains Flat” is one of the pieces I’ve been working on lately with the theme of “Civilization’s Lost.” I used a section of the text as an overlay in a video poem of the same name, and then pulled stills from the video. Some of the images dig into asemic territory. You can view it all here.

“The Haunting” appeared in Black Poppy Review. You can read it here.

“One for the Road” appeared in In Between Hangovers. You can read it here.

Poems in H& and Streetcake; new video poem on YouTube

Several poems appearing in the blogoverse this week.

On April 25, one of my video poem stills, “Emit Damage-1” appeared in H&. You can see it here. This is a still from the video poem “Reprogramming Cybertopia.” You can see the entire video on the Bionic Eyes YouTube channel here.

On April 23, “Rock Remains Rock” was published in Streetcake Issue #52. You can read it here.

Plus, I posted another video poem on the Bionic Eyes YouTube channel. This one’s called “Succubus Highway” because of all the bikini girls on motorcycles.  The text reads “wherever there are ruins/lives like flames/dance across time.”

“Reprogramming Cybertopia”–New video poem on YouTube

This week’s video poem posted to my Bionic Eyes YouTube channel is “Reprogramming Cybertopia.

This one is something of a science fiction story about a UFO invasion during which aliens reprogrammed our two dimensional reality to create a cybertopia based on disinformation. The sphere of control includes mental processing, advertising, reconfiguration of physical space, and the deletion of individual consciousness.

Flashes of awareness interrupt the flow of kaleidoscopic patterns, glitch erasures, and a thick haze of throbbing video distortion. Humans conduct themselves as normal, despite being embedded in an artificial environment.

Video text: “emit damage/and what remains/to defeat real truth”

New videos posted: “Fire Dance,” “Forbidden” and “Jitterbug Apocalypse”

This week, I finished editing three short videos and posted them to my Bionic Eyes YouTube channel. Click the still images for links.

“Fire Dance”–Psychedelic post-paganism with intense rhythm and noise soundtrack.

“Jitterbug Apocalypse”–Party like it’s 1929! Blinding candy-colored swing revival and wild hunt. Video poem text: “Wherever there are ruins/time like flames/dances across lives.”

“Forbidden”–Erasing gender with heavy, kaleidoscopic distortion and glitch effects. Soundtrack is kind of my homage to Cluster. Video poem text: “This erasure/sets me free/o break once again the bonds of self.”