Hal wants an intro....here it is.
Mike Damn Nobody is the pseudonym that I use for my noisier work, including industrial, musique concrète, and noise music (I guess). This is another in my RecycleTape series. I dub them on repurposed cassettes of varying quality. But, they also include unlimited digital downloads with purchase, if you want to listen on your iPod or something.
I compulsively produce music & art regularly. I usually don't know what to do with it all and have given away or discarded a TON of it. There is probably a landfill full of it somewhere, under mountains of used diapers and coffee grounds. I just don't have much storage space. My stubborn obsessive-compulsive perfectionist streak often hinders me from completing a lot of stuff. So, unfortunately, that work is typically the first to go.
Creating noise music (or just noise) has always been a freeing outlet for me. Consisting of random chance, there isn't really a wrong way to do it. It either sounds good or it doesn't. So, it is okay to be totally chaotic. Anything that makes a sound is fair game. Audio recordings don't really do this sort of thing justice, though. There is much more energy in a live environment, where anything could happen. Property damage and bystanders' safety be damned.
Lately, I have been expanding the role of my noise releases, as a way of preserving stuff that otherwise would have gone to waste on the trash heap. Even the music gets recycled here, folks. Some of these recordings are decades old. I don't always remember their origins. I may remix or touch them up a little before releasing them. The ones on 666 are from tapes made in the 1990's and 2000's. It seems like there are a lot of found sounds going on here. One is a Christian music tape that I had recorded over long ago. The original album still bled through, though. One is the Beatles slowed wayyyy down, "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "I Am the Walrus" (I think), then mixed together with some other noises. One sounds like a live show in Detroit somewhere that has been cut-up.
Music & art is another world that I live in, far away from everybody. The spectrum that I'm comfortable with can go from precisely constructed to anarchic destruction. Tapes like these are on the latter end.
Well, I am finally releasing something new again this upcoming week. It isn't a SpaceCat zine, unfortunately. But, I am working on that too. It is noise, not rock music. So, if you aren't into harsh experimental stuff this may not be your kinda thing. The title is "Pornolocaust" by Mike Damn Nobody & Grinding Deviance. It will be available on RecycleTape and digital download formats from my Bandcamp page. Downloads are whatever price you think is fair, even if it is zero. I don't mind. I had to remove one track because it was TOO LOUD to successfully upload. Wow!
Making noise tapes allows me to use material that I didn't think would work on a typical Mike Nobody release. So, instead of throwing perfectly good, although incomplete, recordings away I can stick them there. This is part of the creative process that I am trying to adhere to. The perfectionist side of my personality needs to go sit in the corner for awhile and let me and my chaotic side work. "Done is better than perfect."
I usually need a push from someone else to get going. But, social anxiety and stressing out about other everyday shit grinds it all to a halt. Having a measurable timeline or schedule helps me to focus, as long as I don't force it or become too negative with myself. I am trying to break my projects down into smaller bits, working on them one-piece-at-a-time instead of taking it all on at once...alone. I've gotta find some internal balance here, somehow.
Mind you, I have tried to maintain a schedule before. I have made plans in the past that just totally fell through. Everyone got pissed at me. It wasn't always my fault. But, NO ONE CARES. They only want results. So, I am keeping those details to myself. You will see my stuff when it is ready.
Anyway, you should be getting more messages from me if I can keep this up, while I'm still on a roll. So, "Haste Ye Back" guys!
I received a hard copy of the comic book I contributed to, finally. It is called Heartman and was written & published by David Leibe Hart, of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! He invited 48 artists, including myself, to illustrate his story.
Heartman, starring David as the superhero who, along with his sidekick Chip, must save the universe from his evil nemesis Dr. Pain. Every one of the 46 glossy, full-color pages of Heartman was illustrated by a different artist (including David himself), giving the surreal storyline a fittingly unpredictable and exciting look. Each copy is SIGNED by David himself and includes a pinup poster of David’s Heartman canvas painting. $12. Sold by David, himself, on his website.
For his first post here in Electronic Cottage I am going to show you 13 designs that Mike sent to me for possible use as EC logos, banners, etc. Please tell me and Mike which ones you like best, and tell us why, if you want to.
Please note that all of you are welcome to submit designs and artwork for EC.
EC is a site that will be constantly changing and evolving.
Mike's designs, and your designs, could be used by us, now or in the future, in various ways and places on the site.
- Hal McGee, EC Editor.
After reading Carl's comments about which ones he liked best, Mike worked up three more logos, which I will post here below.
Additionally, in the spirit of collaboration, William Davison took one of Mike's logos and altered it, also below.
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