House Expansion 2
"Consciousness Expansion - Phase 05" - 5:05:28 - 1920 X 1440, 30fps, stereo
"Consciousness Expansion - Phase 05": This is the 8th part of my epic series revolving around the building, mostly by myself, of an extension onto my house, the primary purpose of wch was to roughly double the size of my (M)Usic Rm to enable fitting in most of my instruments. This covers April, May, & June - what I'm roughly thinking of as the Spring of 2021. The main building involved was the finishing of the (M)Usic Rm interior & the porch & most of the weatherizing of the exterior as well as substantial clean-up. The finishing involved drywalling, demolition, cleaning, painting, electrical, building shelves, organizing, & installing instruments. Many other subjects are touched upon along the way. I was helped by many friends, most notably Ross Nugent. I reckon most people will find this entirely too tedious but I find that it communicates very well what it was like for me to take on such a big project by myself. One could say that it's an exemplary DIY document. People who've gone through similar experiences might find themselves relating, people interested in a broader social context might enjoy some of the monologs/dialogs, & people interested in (M)Usic might find some of the percussion parts interesting. I know it's 'long' but when you take into consideration that I shot up to 7 hours worth of footage almost every day for 91 days then you'll realize what a tiny percentage of the shots I used. Furthermore, I didn't want to make this movie in a way in wch I just appear to effortlessly breeze through the work. So much of it was hard for me & very, vvveeeerrrrryyyy tedious - especially the drywalling, the installation of the porch ceiling AND EVEN MORE: the demolition of the 13 layers of material of the wall. In fact, it took extreme perseverance to stick with the work AND the documenting of it. I've noticed that online tutorials tend to show rooms with no irregularities: installing drywall is shown on an 8 foot by 16 foot wall with no windows or doors - in other words, conditions that're much easier than any one is likely to ever work under. This is more REAL, hence more exasperating. Why "Consciousness Expansion"? 1st, it's a play off of Building Extension &/or Building Addition, 2nd, I'm tired of consciousness expansion being exclusively associated with drug use - one's consciousness can be expanded in an infinite amount of ways so why not through taking on a big task & seeing it through? - November 2nd, 2021 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
Tags: DIY, building, painting, tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE, experimental music, experimental usic
"In Progress" - 1080p 29.97p Stereo - 38:13
"In Progress": I was having an addition built onto my house, primarily for the purpose of expanding my (M)Usic Rm. The builder I hired said he could get the external wood structure built in 3 weeks for a certain cost, 7 weeks later it still wasn't finished & the cost had been exceeded. I was more or less forced to finish the job myself. 7 MONTHS later I had the (M)Usic Rm expansion more or less finished & I was putting instruments into it. Impatient to finally use the room that I'd worked so hard to create I invited my old friend Ben Opie over to play a free improv duet on July 11, 2021. Partially due to an instrument order being incorrectly filled, I was sidetracked in my set-up by trying to correct the mistake. As such, by the time Ben came, I was far from prepared. Nonetheless, after 9 months of having my instrument access reduced to almost nil because of the disruption to my playing space, in other words, after being dramatically out-of-practice, I got to at least play most of the instruments I'd managed to get set-up, albeit awkwardly & minimally. Ben's playing was as fluid & accomplished as ever. I'm sure there's never been another session w/ this particular selection of instruments. - July 12, 2021E.V. notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
Tags: tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE, Ben Opie, expansion, instruments, free improv
"Consciousness Expansion Kenny & tENT" - 1080p HD 30p, Stereo - 58:38
"Consciousness Expansion Kenny & tENT": I've known Kenny Haney since 1999 when he was a teenager. We met through anarchist activism. We didn't start playing together until 2008 when he joined HiTEC (Histrionic Thought Experiment Collective), my Pittsburgh-based chamber orchestra. He had a knack for Klezmer-influenced Bb clarinet. We collaborated quite a bit over the ensuing 11 years. However, he developed a taste for Old Timey music, something I have limited interest in, & started playing string instruments more than reeds.
I built an addition onto my house, the main purpose of which was to expand my (M)Usic Room to accomodate my increasing instrument collection. This project is still in progress but the Room is built & many of the instruments are placed & ready to go. The 1st session I played in the new space was with Ben Opie ( https://youtu.be/4burrBqGw-c ) on July 11, 2021. This session with Kenny, on August 13, 2021, is the 2nd. I've come to think of these as "Consciousness Expansions": the idea being that expanding the building is also expanding my consciousness insofar as it's enabling me to experiment more with more space. Consciousness Expansion doesn't have to involved drugs.
My intent was to have Kenny play in a somewhat straightforward Old Timey fashion while I moved around him playing some of the instruments that I've placed in the space. Kenny's only been playing the mandolin for about a month but, as with the clarinet, he's a 'natural' on it. The instruments that I play are all tuned differently, some are broken, some I play with reasonable facility, some with none at all.
Imagine us as late shift workers at an Instrument Museum, casually meandering in the storage space fooling around. Maybe our audio is going into outer space, confusing monitoring non-human lifeforms. What kind of culture is this, anyway?! Kenny plays mandolin & banjo; I play Guzheng, Glass Marimba, Spinet, Baby Harp, Ophicleide, Alto Saxophone, 2 simultaneous Harps (tuned differently from each other), detuned Cello, 'Barbed-Wire' Bow, 6 String Electric Guitar, Electric Violin, Xylophone, Tenor/Baritone Saxhorn, Bass Clarinet, Devil's Fiddle, Indonesian Marimba, Toy Piano, Faventia Miniature Barrel Piano, Chime Tree, Steel Pan, Rico Rico, Dinner Bell, Chain, Cymbal, Wind Chimes, Melocipede, Sampler, Korg Kronos, AKAI EWI, Sampler/Mixer, Gong, Tibetan Devil Horn, Electric Kalimba, Psaltery, Antique Cymbals, & Peruvian Whistling Vessel.
- August 15, 2021 notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
Tags: usic, consciousness expansion, free improvisation, old timey music, experimental music, Kenny Haney, mandolin, banjo, tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE, Guzheng, Glass Marimba, Spinet, Baby Harp, Ophicleide, Alto Saxophone, 2 simultaneous Harps (tuned differently from each other), detuned Cello, 'Barbed-Wire' Bow, 6 String Electric Guitar, Electric Violin, Xylophone, Tenor/Baritone Saxhorn. Bass Clarinet, Devil's Fiddle, Indonesian Marimba, Toy Piano, Faventia Miniature Barrel Piano, Chime Tree, Steel Pan, Rico Rico, Dinner Bell, Chain, Cymbal, Wind Chimes, Melocipede, Sampler, Korg Kronos, AKAI EWI, Sampler/Mixer, Gong, Tibetan Devil Horn, Electric Kalimba, Psaltery, Antique Cymbals, Peruvian Whistling Vessel
"Consciousness Expansion - Phase 06" - 5:37:39 - 1920X1440 - 30fps, stereo
"Consciousness Expansion - Phase 06": On October 14, 2020, the building of an addition to my house was begun. For the 1st 7 weeks I hired someone to do it. That didn't work out so I was more or less financially forced to take on the job myself. The 1st 5 phases of "Consciousness Expansion" document the initial 3 weeks that the builder estimated he'd have the exterior wood structure built; followed by the next 4 weeks of him still working on it & still not succeeding; followed by my working mainly by myself throughout December, 2020; followed by my working on it mostly by myself for the 1st 3 months of 2021; followed by my working on it mostly by myself for the next 3 months of 2021. Phase 06 is the following 3 & 1/2 months until October 14th, 2021, was reached & a year had elapsed.
By July I had most of the upstairs building done. This is the (M)Usic Rm extension, the main reason for the building. On July 11, 2021, Ben Opie & I played a duet in it to inaugurate it. By August, I finished making the pants, vest, & sarangi case that were designed to match the extension's painted stripes. On August 13, 2021, Kenny Haney & I played another duet in the extension.
Phase 06 finally takes the whole process beyond just construction & 'decorating' & gets into the deeper purposes that the building was intended for. As such, while it's the longest section of the Consciousness Expansion yet, it's the most varied in terms of the types of activities documented.
- November 26, 2021E.V. notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
Tags: building, DIY, (M)Usic, music, usic, low classical usic, tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE, books, records, CDs, shelves, instruments
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