alan.sondheim's blog

I'm thinking too much - another night around 5 am and I can't sleep. I'm going over: What on earth am I going to put together for NYFA when all my videos are different sizes? How do the physical models of avatars - which are tiny - relate to the enormous mesh models in Second Life? What constitutes scale when the latter are based on nothing but screen graphics and all that entails? How can I get on with my life when the family's seriously and probably permanently split? How can I stop obsessive thinking from dominating me at this point? What really is the nature of paleolithic art, and how cannot it contain religious elements when bear altars for example have been discovered? Why haven't we met with the new director and the board, at Eyebeam, so that we can talk on and on as footsoldiers so to speak - this is what I'm doing here, for example? In my case, why would anyone want to listen at all? How can art-making in the older sense relate to the cessation of life on the planet?


transparent avatar interlocks meshed from below,
virtual museum installation in empty space

mater stills
mater video

the enormity of these figures... hard to convey in virtual worlds...
you don't have to take my word for it... check it out, you'll see...
you can sense them looking down at you... guardians... working for
your benefit... whether you like it or not... it doesn't matter...
one at a time and it has to be night... broken into pieces always
reassembling... you can swallow them whole... their mouths big as
the universe... at least this universe... i'll tell you more, i'm


megalithic distortions of figures, sky island
dolmens and idols, cromlech and obelisk


Last Night's Music at Unnameable Books::

Alan Sondheim, oud
Chris Diasparra, baritone sax

This is a fair amount to watch, but it gives a good idea of the labor
involved in music production, something I've wanted to emphasize.
The oud is plugged in. To 'play like this' requires hours of practice
and an exactness that's difficult for me; I've only been playing
fretless instruments for maybe two years now. So the speed involves
quick stopping and starting (with all the issues of accelerating and
inertia involved), as well as hopefully minute adjustments to bring
the position into tune. Fingers, wrists, arms are involved. To get a
greater reach it's sometimes necessary to move the hand from under
the neck, fretting from above; I gain at least a fourth from that,



The Residents and a Dance

Following is the text of the toast by the President of Suriname, Runaldo:
"unable to write, president bush, #4422:laugh, at presidents, line 5:
Invalid indirection &cat=eb k true two presidential killings and their
effects on us history. (pause) (normal) Dear Mister President you are
CHARIOT CHARIOT. Dear ..... watched the president on tv 0.03user 0.02sy-
stem 0:00.05elapsed 100%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k 0.03user
0.04system 0:00.18elapsed 38%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresident)k
0.04user 0.05system 0:00.22elapsed 40%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 0maxresi-
dent)k :prepared to support the president whole-heartedly, not with any
<HotPent> I have to do something presidenty today!!!! so I will shower!

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