'Official' CAMUs (Cue Activated Modular Units)

In 1990, my collaborator Neil Feather & I started a band that changed its name every time we played. It was intended to be the 'Official' group for all occasions so most of the names had "Official" in them. Its 1st incarnation was as a quartet & we were joined by Brian Wolle & Courtney McCullough. This version was formed to play at a block party where the used books (etc) store that I'd cofounded, "Normal's", was located on E. 31st Street in BalTimOre. Neil & I decided to base the (m)usical structure of the group around cues - as an extension of something we'd done ever-so-slightly at the final performance of a previous group of ours called sometimes called "Something that Dissolved the Shadow of Something that Burned Twice, Once". A movie of that last show can be witnessed here: "Something That Dissolves The Shadow of Something That Was Next to Something That Combusted Twice. Once." (1989.11.04): https://youtu.be/yamGE-mVW8A?t=1h26m51s .

The 'Official' Project went from being a quartet to a duo to a quintet to a quartet to a duo to a big band (to a solo act) in BalTimOre. Then it broke up in 1993. In 1994 I reformed it as a medium-sized band in Berlin. I lived in Berlin for a few months in 1994. There's much footage of the 'Official" Project available online:


146. a. "The "Official" John Lennon's Erection as Blocking Our View Homage & Cheese Sandwich"

- 16mm -> 1/2" VHS cassette

- 25:30

- '90-'92

- YouTube URL: http://youtu.be/z9f7mzn2euc

b. "The "Official" John Lennon's Erection as Blocking Our View Homage & Cheese Sandwich" ("techno-sensualist" version)

- 16mm -> 1/2" VHS cassette

- 25:30

- '90-'93

c. "The "Official" John Lennon's Erection as Blocking Our View Homage & Cheese Sandwich"

- 16mm -> 1/2" VHS cassette

- 1:24:00

- '90-'95

- onesownthoughts YouTube channel URL: http://youtu.be/nRqfWwHAdqA


151. a. "Our"

- w/ Rebecca Barten

- 16mm (silent)

- 11:49

- '92

b. "Our"

-> 1/2" VHS cassette (w/ sound)

- '92/'93

- YouTube URL: http://youtu.be/u4nZGBPPOyM

c. "Our"

-> 1/2" VHS cassette (telephoto circle transfer)(w/ sound)


152. "Official Neoast Chair Didaction"

- w/ Richard Brandow

- 1/2" VHS cassette

- 1:30

- '92

click here to check it out on YouTube


157. a. "Official Tour/Ture - '92" {version 1}

- PXL-2000 & 1/2" VHS cassette -> 1/2" VHS cassette

- 2:00:00

- '92-'93

b. "Official Tour/Ture - '92" {version 2}

- 1:17:00

c. "Official Tour/Ture - '92" {version 3}

- 37:30

d. "Official Tour/Ture - '92" {version 4}

- 28:30

- on my onesownthoughts YouTube channel here: http://youtu.be/EN5U7JANpRA


159. a. ""Official" Retrospective: June 23, '90E.V. - July 28, '91E.V."

- 1/2" VHS cassette

- 30:00

- '91

b. "2 Yrs of "Official" History" (incorporating "a.")

- 1/2" VHS cassette

- 2:00:00

- '92

c. ""Official" Thistory" (incorporating most of the preceding & 155d)

- PXL-2000 & 1/2" VHS cassette -> 1/2" VHS cassette

- 2:00:00

- '91-'93

- on my onesownthoughts YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/ulvzrmlOgXs


260. a. "The Official, November 2nd, 1992EV, Last Man On Earth"


- camera: Rebecca Barten

- editing, etc: tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

- 8mm vaudeo ->1/2" VHS cassette -> DVD

- 1:01:47

- november, '92 / january, '06

b. "Last Man On Earth"

- simplified 'performance' version

- 30:43

- november, '92 / january/february, '06

c. "Last Man On Earth"

- simplified 'performance' version w/ sound from April 2, 2006 premier at Modern Formations

- 31:19

- november, '92 / january/february/april, '06

d. "Last Man On Earth" (triple-projection version)

- 31:19

- developed for performance at Garfield Artworks for july 7, 07

e. "Last Man On Earth" (triple-projection reduced to one screen)

- this version has extensive English explanatory notes & subtitles added

f. "Le dernier homme sur terre"

- this version expands upon the preceeding by adding a complete set of titles in French as well

- English-to-Français translating: Dick Turner

- 31:30


393. "the "Official", June 16th, 1991E.V., Something or Another Beach Party Sand Fleas"

- shot by the Ocean City, MD, based "Beach Party" cable TV show crew

- slightly edited & w/ titles added by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE in mid April, 2013

- edit finished April 21, 2013

- 37:31

- broken into 3 parts for YouTube:

Part 1: explaining & rehearsing individual CAMUs (Cue Activated Modular Units) - 2:45 - http://youtu.be/jIW1mHYX_Xw

Part 2: rehearsal of the CAMUs in their correct fluid rule-governed relations - 18:43 - http://youtu.be/EiBVcmdm09Q

Part 3: interviews & demonstrations for the Beach Party crew - 16:09 - http://youtu.be/c5qvqMGUp8o


394. "the "Official", January 18th, 1992E.V., Fake Partiers"

- shot by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, January 18, 1992; edited finished April 27, 2013

- featuring Neil Feather, John Eaton, John Berndt, Scott Larson, Chris Astier, & "Blaster" Al Ackerman

- 29:11

- broken into 3 parts for YouTube:

Part 1: http://youtu.be/rpYh80gWvpw

Part 2: http://youtu.be/LqBoLNQJEaU

Part 3: http://youtu.be/9BXYWDnxvsE


484. "Das Offizielle, 21 Mai 1994 Era Vulgari Hypothetisches Tagediebetage Mittel-Band/Landesjugendorchester"

- an "Official" concert at the Tagediebetage Festival at the Milchhof in Berlin on May 21, 1994

- featuring tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE (DX27S Synthesizer, Mirage 8 bit Sampler/Sequencer, & Tone Generators), Brad Hwang (Alto Sax), Yvonne Harder (Pretend Bass, Recorder, Voice), Florian Cramer (Alto Sax, Small Keyboard, Flute), Björn Balcke (Guitar), Dr. Meyrink (Trumpet).

- edit made by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE & finished May 13, 2017E.V.

- 720X480 (3/2) SD

- 55:39

- on my onesownthoughts YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/VQELYKRVHF0


After I returned from Berlin, I moved to the Funny Farm in CacaNada for 14 months. Having been dissatisfied with the 'Official' Project's demise, I recreated some of the material as part of my solo electronics project, Triple-S Variety Show. A little can be read about that in my "Sequences" webpage in the "Official" #1 & "Official" "Solo" #2 Sequences sections.

This explanation of those CAMUs is scanned from the "MORE INFORMATION than most people are likely to want to read" booklet that came with our record, "The Official Wafer Face Record". It's not complete because there were a fair amount of CAMUs created after I designed the booklet. Perhaps, someday, I'll add all of those (that I can remember).. but I doubt it. This is enough work as it is & I have newer projects that interest me.

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