More Or Less is a 15-minute personal diary slideshow movie with dictaphone assemblage soundtrack by Hal McGee. Recorded January 2-9, 2020, in Gainesville, Florida. Contributions by Rafael González, Leslie Singer, Chris Phinney, Dylan Houser, and Stanley. Some photos by JoAn McGee. Audio photographic folk art. High Definition picture and sound.
Hello Friends, my new slideshow movie, More Or Less, consists of 650 iPhone photographs paired with dictaphone recordings of four Sony ICD PX-470 stereo digital dictaphones. I think it looks and sounds great! The 17-gigabyte video file took about three hours to upload to YouTube. Please, if possible, watch the movie in Full Screen viewing mode, and headphones are recommended.
I play Monotron synthesizers and 2-string pink dumpster guitar in the soundtrack, plus you will hear me interacting with co-workers and neighbors, traffic sounds, emergency vehicles, birds and aircraft, machines, and spoken word cut-up type stuff.
Below I will show you a selection of stills from the movie.
Please visit Hal McGee's Perpetual Scrapbook Slideshow — http://www.haltapes.com/perpetual-scrapbook-slideshow.html
At the present moment there are about 1250 photos in the scrapbook slideshow, and I will add more every day. Each time you visit you will enter at a different random access point. Please visit for a few seconds, a few minutes, or for however long it pleases you. It will take approximately 60 minutes to view the entire slideshow. There are controls to pause, play, go forward and back.
Below I will post a few selected photos from the slideshow:
Hello friends! up close and personal is my newest album of audio folk art dictaphone assemblage stuff for your enjoyment. There is a fair amount of synthesizer sounds on this album, along with the usual everyday sounds and spoken wordage. You can stream it in the Bandcamp audio player above, and visit a special page where you can view a slideshow containing more than 200 photos, here — http://www.haltapes.com/up-close-and-personal.html
up close and personal is also available on CDR and cassette. Send me an email to inquire about prices.
Also, I will trade a CDR copy of the album for your audio and mail art items. cassettes are available for trade only for people in the USA because overseas postage for one cassette is $14!
My address is:
4230F SW 20th Lane
Gainesville, FL 32607
Also available is an album I issued in early July titled Junely. You can stream it in the Bandcamp player below, and visit a 600-photos slideshow page here — http://www.haltapes.com/junely.html
Junely is 102 minutes in length so I guess that I could offer it as a trade too, but it would be a double-CDR so inquire first before sending something in trade for it. It is not available on cassette.
Electronic Cottage Compilation 5: CHANCE ENCOUNTERS
collaborative partners will be chosen by drawing names out of a paper sack at random
On July 12th I will draw names two at a time from a paper bag to determine collab partners.
I will then contact the collab partners by email
You and your partner will then create an audio piece and will submit a stereo WAV file no longer than 2:53, via WeTransfer or Google Drive, by no later than August 15th.
Audio contributions must be new, original, and created specifically for this purpose.
You must accept the partner who is chosen for you. Do not sign up for the project if you are not willing to accept ANY partner.
The compilation will be published online only, on my HalTapes Bandcamp site. Participants will be given free download codes and will be welcome to create their own hard copies of the complete compilation, if they want.
Participants can also contribute artwork, if they want, on the theme of “Chance Encounters”.
People who are not audio artists can also contribute artwork, on the theme of “Chance Encounters”.
Here is a list of all of the 29 collaborative duos in the compilation project.
Jonas Juuso — Bert Vanden Berghe
I.v. Martinez — Juan Angel Italiano
Tim Kaiser — Eduardo Gozne
Jay Peele — Neal D. Retke
Colette Penelope — Amoraim Amoraim
Michael Cosma — Michael Ridge
Chris Phinney — Jim Barker
Shaun Robert — William Davison
_ — Andy Ortmann
Jeremiah Paddock — Joe Billingsley
Karel De Goede — David Nadeau
Niniji Chen — Meghan Eliza
Scott Bazar — Rafael González
Butch Canfield — Penga
Claire Furchick Pannell — Osvaldo Cibils
Carsten Olbrich — Per-Arne Hognert
Lord Litter — Al Margolis
Josh Boutwell — Dan Jackson
Sara Nicole Storm — Aimee Naworal
Oscar Absurreal Fanzine — Bret Hart
Adam Naworal — John M. Bennett
Patrizio Pica — Massimo Magee
Phillip Klampe — Emmy Lou
Trevor Luke — Leslie Singer
Austin Rich — Aaron Abrams
Dylan Houser — Boyd Nutting
Bill Northcott — Hal Harmon
K.r. Seward — Harold Schellinx
Mike Nobody — Al Conroy
THIS IS A DRILL is my newest audio folk art dictaphone dream assemblage. In this 26-minute video you can listen to the audio and watch a slideshow of 324 photos, featuring Lumen K (Trevor Luke), and of course Stanley The Loud Mouth. Sights and sounds of my daily life from June 7th through 13th, 2019.
Two more assemblages will follow this one in the next couple of weeks and will be published together as a Bandcamp album titled JUNELY. I hope that you will enjoy this celebration of daily life. Audio was recorded with four Sony ICD-PX470 digital dictaphones, most of the photos taken with my iPhone XR. You will also hear the sounds of my Korg Minilogue synthesizer, a Casio SA-47 keyboard, and Trevor's Hologram Infinite Jets re-synthesizer pedal.
I think it looks and sounds great. I think it looks especially good in full-screen viewing mode on my desktop computer.
I Have A Theory
audio folk art
recorded May 2019 in Gainesville, Florida, USA
with three Sony ICD PX-470 stereo digital dictaphones
while you listen, view a slideshow containing 255 photos, below
1. Red Lipstick On Your Robot Lover
2. Hop Skip And A Jump
3. What's Going On In Hal's Head
4. FTA DBC
featuring Stanley and Lumen K
plus circuit bent Casio SK-1
with contributions and inspirations by:
Judith Pauly-Bender, Special Agent Martha Singer,
Special Agent Rafael González, Mark McGee
You can view a slideshow with larger versions of the photos here:
On April 29th I sent a letter to all of the EC Community members via Blind Carbon Email. Everybody who is a Contributor received the identical, same letter. I have received an emotional outpouring from the members as a result of that letter. I apologize that it hurt your feelings or upset you. I do NOT apologize for what I wrote because I think that it needed to be said. Community-building is hard work. It's tough. It's not easy to do. Let's find solutions together. I am going to paste the text of my letter below and I will give you an opportunity to comment freely. Just keep it as civil as possible, and keep it constructive! tell me what you think and let's work it out. Okay?
Hello EC Community Contributors and Participants,
I will not accept any new contributors to the EC Community unless I am convinced that the prospective contributor will actually participate in the Community beyond just submitting articles.
Participation by the current group of EC Contributors is poor and inconsistent. By participation I mean taking an interest in the articles by the other contributors. For EC to survive it is necessary for you to read the articles by your fellow EC members and provide feedback in the form of Comments on the articles.
- It is my feeling that EC is redundant. 43 of 55 EC Contributors are active in social media on Facebook. These people (including myself) continue to use Facebook, in spite of its obvious drawbacks and negatives, because it is more immediate and easier to use than EC.
- Many of you have written to me saying that you are too busy with other things to be able to participate actively at EC. Believe me when I say that I have more than enough to keep me busy with my own creative projects!
If you as a group are not able to participate more actively and consistently I will not be sufficiently motivated to continue the Electronic Cottage website.
It could very well be possible that EC is not necessary, and I am willing to accept that. I am going to give this matter consideration until September, and I will then make a decision about whether to continue.
Do not flood me with a bunch of new articles!
Take the time to read what is already at EC, and make Comments.
Every day during the month of April 2019 Rafael and I recorded sounds of our daily lives with Sony ICD PX-470 stereo digital dictaphones.
We also took photographs of sights of our daily lives.
a CONFIDENTIAL report
by Special Agents
Rafael González and Hal McGee
a collaborative online installation
documenting and celebrating
the quotidian, everyday found sound and art, coincidence, happenstance, and friendship
by two best amigos who live 3925 miles (6320 km) apart
data collected in:
San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife,
and other locations in The Canary Islands;
Gijón, Asturias, and Madrid, Spain;
and Gainesville, Florida, USA
April 1-30, 2019
with contributions by Stanley and Lumen K
listen to the seven assemblages in any order you wish
view a slideshow consisting of more than 650 photos, below
was a fanzine published by Chris Phinney from December 1982 to January 1985 and was the root from which the Harsh Reality Music cassette label grew.
I have scanned and uploaded all nine issues of Malice to the HalTapes website.
In Part 2 of my intro to Malice Fanzine you can preview issues 6 through 9.
Below each zine cover I have pasted clippings of my personal favorite parts.
Click on the zine covers below to view the complete zine issues.
I urge you to check out the full zine issues themselves
because there are lots of historic news and info items.
Visit the Harsh Reality Music Home Page
Visit the Malice Fanzine Home Page
Malice Fanzine #6 late 1983
Malice Fanzine #7 early 1984
Malice Fanzine #8 Summer 1984
Malice Fanzine #9 January 1985