“Jiangshi” – new fashion/ music /art video

“Jiangshi” is a new track I created this summer in a spurt of music making- basically I got really into the Chinese folk instruments and normal orchestral bits on my iPhone’s Garageband and went to town.  About a dozen tracks were made, and the cream I put together as an EP, “The Haunting of Three Gorges”.  
“Jiangshi”, specifically, has Alina Lee vocals as a few of the instruments, and is an industrial trip hop stomper with a lot of melodic Eastern orchestral bits.  I’m super proud of the song and the video which used Alana Schoen and Sky K Blue and features makeup fx by Crissy Stardust.  
The $7 EP, containing 8 songs and 2 remixes, is available here now! 
This video is actually a very short edit of the actual “Jiangshi” which clocks in at around 4:30.  Just enough to give a sense of the full song- videos like these are equal parts fashion/ beauty, art, and music video, and I love when it all dovetails in this way!
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New Skillshare Class: Clean Up Your Voice!

Clean Up Your Voice sign

Just posted a brand new Skillshare class, “Clean Up Your Voice!”  This one covers editing a voice in Adobe Audition and Adobe Premiere.  Great for singers, podcasters, tutorial teachers, etc!

This class (and my other ones on Skillshare) free for the first 25 signups- no need to be a Skillshare member.

PWEI – “They Can’t Take…” Music Video

I had the pleasure of filming and animating this music video for English industrial/punk/rap/indiedance combo Pop Will Eat Itself for “They Can’t Take (What You Won’t Let Em Have)” off of their 2015 LP Anti-Nasty League.  All footage of the band was shot on my phone, making me one of those slime that everyone complains ruins live concerts.

Waveform – New Video Art with Cacia Zoo

This was created during my May trip to NYC in collaboration with model/ performance artist Cacia Zoo.  I knew she’d be a great person to work with based on her energy in other videos I’d seen, but also by the fact she used the Future Sound of London as backing music in her posts- one of my favorite groups of all time.

The music was something I’d been toying with a couple months prior to the video shoot.  I asked Cacia to contribute some random sounds, then gave her the iPad to record on in the hallway for 10 minutes.  It was interesting for those of us still in the studio to hear the weird noises and shouting through the closed door, and could only imagine what the neighbors were thinking.

Footage shot between my Fuji X-T1 and GoPro Hero Black 4.  If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it!  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.

New video art “Shapeshifter”

“Shapeshifter” is another slice of video art featuring a model, this time my old friend Percolate.

There were a few things I did differently with this one:

1. it was shot in my backyard largely on my Fuji X-T1, as opposed the GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition;  the main reason was manual exposure control which I have on the X-T1.  At nighttime, and inconsistent lighting conditions resulting from me swinging the lights, the autoexposure on the GoPro would’ve gone haywire.

2. I also composed the music the night before I shot any footage, rather than scoring a soundtrack or using a pre-existing piece of my music and plopping it into the piece.  It’s a small distinction but the turnaround time for this video was much shorter, about 4 hours over 2 days, than the week or so I spent on “Unity” and “Exile” thinking about the footage and what shape it should have.

3. I had a bit of a storyboard to my usual scribbled shot list, and a few shots done as a mockup for the model to see before we shot the video.

There were cosmetic differences of course, but the 3 items above were key process differences that helped this get made.  The more I plan and prepare, the less time I have to spend trying to sort out a mess of footage after the fact.

If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it!  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.

Photoworks Trailer

Youtube encourages people to have a short trailer on their channel, so here’s the one I made for mine!  The music is borrowed from my 2015 music project.

If you’re a kind of person who likes subscribing to channels- or like the kind of work that I show on my tumblr- I encourage you to like/ subscribe/ share anything! Independent arts can’t exist without your support!

Influence + Inspiration: Sinead O’Connor

When I think of artists who “walk the walk” rather than merely “talk the talk”, Sinead O’Connor immediately comes to mind. When I was a teenager she was more famous for ripping up a photo of the Pope than being a singer, but the reason for it- the Catholic Church’s long history of covering up sexual abuse of children- is, in my mind, a noble and righteous reason to tear up a photo of someone who essentially enabled the crime. I’d be interested to meet the person who actually believes the Pope and his church are correct for the heinous actions against innocent children.

Every moment of Sinead “controversy” seems to be like that- people bark at her, tell her to keep her opinions to herself, call her screechy or bossy in the manner that strong women are often derided. From an objective point of view, she’s standing up against the exploitation of women and children, against hatred towards the LGBT communities and other minorities, and pro- love and artistic integrity. Nothing that really actually should be controversial, just common sense!

It’s this melding of morality and integrity with well-crafted tunes and a love of specifically cultural music (reggae and Irish folk) that get me excited when I listen to a Sinead O’Connor track. It feels like “purity”, mainlining straight to the artist’s soul.  A lot of my recent work is being edited while listening to Sinead, and hopefully some of these good vibes are making their way into the images.