Sunday, December 30, 2007

Komar and Melamid & Dave Soldier
The People's Choice Music (The Most Wanted Song/The Most Unwanted Song)

" The most unwanted music is over 25 minutes long, veers wildly between loud and quiet sections, between fast and slow tempos, and features timbres of extremely high and low pitch, with each dichotomy presented in abrupt transition. The most unwanted orchestra was determined to be large, and features the accordion and bagpipe (which tie at 13% as the most unwanted instrument), banjo, flute, tuba, harp, organ, synthesizer (the only instrument that appears in both the most wanted and most unwanted ensembles). An operatic soprano raps and sings atonal music, advertising jingles, political slogans, and "elevator" music, and a children's choir sings jingles and holiday songs. The most unwanted subjects for lyrics are cowboys and holidays, and the most unwanted listening circumstances are involuntary exposure to commericals and elevator music. Therefore, it can be shown that if there is no covariance—someone who dislikes bagpipes is as likely to hate elevator music as someone who despises the organ, for example—fewer than 200 individuals of the world's total population would enjoy this piece."

-David Soldier, 1997

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

A big ATLLT shout-out to brother Jim - currently under the knife at Monterey Hospital.
Christopher Brayshaw, Readers, 2007-8. Panel 2 of 6.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Monday, December 10, 2007

Jeff Wall (AKA The Puppet Master) planning his SF MOMA retrospective.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

All The Little Live Things proudly presents the online premiere of the work of "modern swiss" painter Erhard Jacoby, courtesy my mass market paperback of Man and His Symbols.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Literally hundreds of homemade Boards of Canada music videos floating around on youtube now, an amateur phenomenon more interesting for its breadth than its depth, but a fitting response to the group's early oblique strategies with regards to identity, authorship and fame.

Pete Standing Alone


Macquarie Ridge

One Very Important Thought

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A snapshot of my favorite picture from Mike Grill's show at CSA a few months back (the second best thing I saw all year, after Roy Arden's curated selection from the VAG vaults.)

Christopher Brayshaw, examining a completely different picture by Grill, summarizes the work as " image of fragments, held terribly and precariously together."