Drogo the Ugly — February 15, 2014

So, our artist’s salon, currently myself, Nick Papas and Alan Richards, now has an official release date for our debut event.

There is the obligatory Facebook “Event” page, and if you are in the area, or can get to the area, we’d love to have you join us.

For those of you who aren’t the FB type, know that the details are as follows

February 15, 2014 @ 6:30p

N P Studio
913B Mckee St.
Houston, TX 77002

Soundscapes: Jim John Marks
Canvases: Nicholas P. Papas
Guitar Expressions: Alan Richards

So there you go. Please save the date, please stop by if you have the opportunity, and please spread the word, either by sharing this blog post or sharing the FB event. If you’re local to Houston, we have flyer cards we’d love help getting distributed.


Nothing But Time v3

[The link below is broken because Soundcloud allows limited space and I don’t pay for more. Go here for the final version of this track which won’t get removed.]

After some great feedback from iconographer Nick Papas, my non-liturgical art collaborative partner, the third version of Nothing But Time is available on Soundcloud.

Nick pointed out that the underlying synthesis sounded more like a calliope than a church bell, so I made some changes there. It still isn’t 100% church bell, but we’re getting closer.

Sight and Sound, a Partnership

I can happily report that I had a fantastic meeting today with Nick, and that, God willing, we intend to publicly display sight and sound installations as efforts by those with an Orthodox liturgical function engaging in non-liturgical art.

Whether this does or does not ultimately fold into my Orthodox “science fiction” idea is yet to be determined, but insofar as the primary goal of that is to compile art which attempts to answer the question “what is a human person” from the Orthodox perspective, I’d be quite shocked if it had no relevance at all towards that goal.

Can’t Do This Alone

Yesterday I spent some hours playing a rousing game of “your song made me think of this song” with a friend who is likely to become a significant partner for collaboration on this project. We have very different musical taste and the connections we made were quite distinct. I think it bodes well for being useful sounding boards (ha ha) for one another during the arrangement and recording phases.

I also think I found where I want to record vocals. This same friend has a sun porch that is 90% glass walls, a stone floor, and a high ceiling. The room’s nearly 20 feet long, but less than 10 feet wide, and so it has a great sound that resonates easily. It will be fun to experiment with different mic positions in the space.

I’m looking forward as well, this coming week, to time in the studio with my good friend the iconographer Nick Papas who agrees with me that artists feed artists, regardless of the media or the intention. He has some painting he does aside from rendering icons (see how deftly I side-step the ‘write’ vs. ‘paint’ debate there?) and I have my soundscapes which I do aside from more structured songs and we’re going to see if these things complement one another.