It’s been a bit of a busy week for me, fellow fen! However, here’s some stuff that didn’t pass by my radar unnoticed:
- In Japan, this and that hits the streets. Says Thomas Marrot: “the plot happens in Frank Zappa Street where human and animal characters live together in a “funky & pop” city.”
- A Zappa Music Map
- Soundpainting: “the live composing sign language created by New York composer Walter Thompson for musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation.”
A bunch of clips, again via Thomas:
- Some books we ordered from Amazon.co.uk finally arrived!
- Armed America — portraits of gun owners in their homes.
- Painting elephant — this is nothing short of mesmerizing.
.. and then there’s this:
…have a great weekend!…
Stanley Zappa writes, and does so admirably well.
On moving from Portland to LA (among other things):
Long after the radio had been turned off you could still hear construction dudes singing “yo soy back on el chain gang, “aaaaaaaaaa yiiii yiiii yiiiiiiiii !” and “los boys are back in town, back in town, “aaaaaaaaaa yiiii yiiii yiiiiiiiii !” as if they all had Tourette’s syndrome and Thin Lizzy and the Pretenders were their tics.
Believe it or not, that always started my day with a smile, even if that smile only lasted 10 to 15 minutes.
Barry’s latest pick: It Is Not Mean If It Is True.
Be sure to check out Stanley’s 2003 album Visions by the way:
Abridging customary delineations of foreground/background, or concerto grosso layout, the group has found means to telescope complex interactions into brief and concentrated spans.