StudioWorks, Julie Baldyga: January 6th, 2016

Happy New Year listeners. I hope everyone is having a nice winter so far. I hope you’re all staying warm, staying safe…

Today we’re getting even deeper into my series of StudioWorks artists with guest Julie Baldyga. I feel that most of Julie’s work centers around her interest in how things work—be it people or machines.

Julie’s body of work is mostly made up of oil pastel scenes of mechanics working on various machines. The figures in her pieces tend to be women engineers, scientists, and mechanics. She says her interest in machinery came from her father’s job working in a whiskey bottling plant, when she was a child.

Julie’s work also consist of many three dimensional pieces, like her life sized sculptures called ‘Heavenly People’.  ‘Heavenly People’ are sculptures of friends, family, and celebrities as Julie imagines they will look in heaven. Many of the first sculptures came with skeletal systems, arteries, and organs that she made from various wire & found materials. Julie has made numerous sculptures like these (as seen above in the video courtesy of Tom Stagg via Youtube.)

Julie at work. Photo via The StudioWorks Facebook page.

Julie at work. Photo via The StudioWorks Facebook page.

To learn more about Julie, you can check out these links:

StudioWorks Facebook page

‘The Expressive Art Of Julie Baldyga’

Julie guest appearance on LVA’s radio show PUBLIC, from their archive

Zoomgroup.org

Of course, once you’re done with all that, listen to our chat below.

Enjoy.

 

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A little end of the year gift….2014

Hello listeners.

Happy New Year!

As we close out 2014, I thought it would be nice to give you guys a little something. I constructed a Youtube playlist of tracks from some my ‘Holy Grail’ records. When I say ‘Holy Grail’ records, I mean records I desperately seek (or have sought out triumphantly.) Obviously, there is sometime the options of MP3s, CDs, or reissues but it isn’t quite the same for whatever reason…maybe pretension, who knows….

Anyway, have yourself a blast with this strange assortment of music I constructed. Below that is the playlist.

Welcome to 2015!!

Bruce Haak – Requiem (from Electric Lucifer)

Ya Ho Wa 13 – Yod He Vau He (from Penetration: An Aquarian Symphony)

Popol Vuh – Gemeinsan tranken sie den Wein (from Sei still, wisse ICH BIN)

White Noise- Love Without Sound (from An Electric Storm)

Fripp & Eno – The Heavenly Music Corporation (from No Pussyfooting)

Selda Bağcan- Meydan Sizindir (from Selda)

Warning – Wild Roses For The Exit (from self titled)

The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights (from Nite Flights)

Klaus Nomi – Total Eclipse (from Klaus Nomi)

Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets (from Here Come The Warm Jets)

June 11th, 2014

Hey listeners.

As I mentioned last week, today you’re going to learn what ASMR is. I first heard of it from the NPR program ‘This American Life‘ (which I have to admit is a huge inspiration for Blind Date.) And much like today’s guest, I was shocked to learn this sensation I’ve experienced all my life had a name…and others felt it too.

So, to start, ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. ASMR is a tingling sensation some individuals feel that usually starts at the crown of the head, trickles down the spine, and for some throughout the body. This usually results in a calm, relaxing state which varies in intensity from person to person. ASMR ‘triggers’ can be aural, touch, or visual based. Most triggers seem to be something that brings a sense of comfort to the individual, but the specifics differ on an individual basis. Many people do seem to share the trigger of whispering.

And in this day of instant communication, the online community surrounding ASMR has grown rapidly, Youtube being the center of it. There are hundreds of videos made by what is referred to as ‘ASMRists’, which are essentially video makers who set out to invoke ASMR in others. I was fortunate enough to Skype with one of the larger voices within that community, Ilse Blansert. Ilse is an ASMRist hailing from Canada with three very popular Youtube channels, the most well known being ‘The Water Whispers‘. Ilse is heavily involved in ASMR awareness to the point that she’s devoted full time to it.

Ilse and the rest of the community are continuing their efforts to spread the word through an ASMR tour and International ASMR day, on account of there isn’t a lot of research being done on this subject; mostly due to the fact ASMR proves difficult to measure.

You find out more about Ilse and her efforts at her website. Above is one of her videos (my personal favorite).

Here are other ASMR related links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_sensory_meridian_response

https://www.facebook.com/ASMRisland

http://www.whispercommunity.com/

https://www.facebook.com/InternationalAsmrDay

Enjoy.

Summer of….

Hey readers.

June is looking to be a pretty great month for Blind Date, and things all related. It’s kind of like the ‘Summer of George’, but for me…

So question, do you by chance know what ASMR means? The video above may help provide a little insight. Art in all its form is context sensitive, so I understand if it will seem odd without the details. Worry not, by this time next week, it will make much more sense. I am super excited about next week’s episode; it will be one of my most unique guests yet. I leave you with a mystery till then….

June 12th, Cutter Williams will be having a release party for the long awaited Issue 4 of Cavalcade Magazine and the new Jonathan Glen Wood’s album, ‘Ballad of Jon’. It will be hosted at Decca (812 E Market St), at 8PM. Free to the public. Readings will begin at 8pm featuring words by Jonathan Wood, Brian Manley, and Joey Keegin. At 9pm, Grayson Hall will graciously play a set followed by what will certainly prove to be a moving performance by Jonathan Wood.

Pick up a copy, and if you look hard enough, you’ll see some familiar names.

Of course, June 20th is the Blind Anniversary party…birthday party…celebration, what have you. Ben, with maybe a little help, is cooking up something interesting. Chervon says she’s pumped! Max Moore will be on LVAA’s ArtxFM radio show PUBLIC, to help promote. Erin will be reading poems, some of which from her newest Bruce Springsteen-centric book of poetry. And Tristan Palmer of Weirdo Beardos fame, will be contributing words from his body of work.

Closing out the month on June 25th will be my discussion with Alexander W.G. Rickel. Besides being one of the members of the Dream Eye Color Wheel live band, he sculpts, illustrates, and generally creates how & when he can. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on.

Music to my ears

Good afternoon, readers..bloggers, what have you…

I feel like my favorite kind of music is the kind that creates more of an environment…a place, instead of a song. My next two coming up guests do just that, but in different ways.

Alex Koenig’s latest work through his music project NMesh are dense soundscapes of audio pulled from various media of the 80’s & 90’s. I told him it reminded me of a ‘haunted Youtube loop’. His newest release, Dream Sequins, has been getting a pretty healthy dose of positive press.

You can listen to it, as well as his other many albums, at the NMesh Bandcamp. Alex’s episode will air May 7th.

Coming up May 28th will be the force behind Phourist, Nick Hill. Phourist sometimes has a ‘dark concert hall sound’, and others a rock structure with narratives that will get you daydreaming. You can hear his work at his website or catch him at The Rudyard Kipling tonight. The show starts around 8, with a five dollar cover charge.

Possibilities for the upcoming months….

Maybe a retro-futuristic sculptor, with heavy symbolism.

Possibly filmmakers of a different variety, who make videos created with the goal of invoking some kind of feeling.

Definitely a crazy event showcasing creative folks worth celebrating.

If you’re lucky…a pretty familiar face, for those eccentric record nerds hanging around the city.

I’ll leave you with these encouraging words.

Cheers!

January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year, listeners!

Unfortunately due to unforeseen illness, I don’t have an interview for you today. I understand it’s not exactly the way to start a new year, but you can’t tame nature…or the flu. I’m slowly getting back to my normal, motivated self. I promise you something next week.

Above is an awesome video my friend Colin showed me. The clip is from an installation that was in The Curve, Barbican, London. The artist, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, created a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape.

My small gift to you…

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December slowly comes to a close, listeners. And being this late into the month, so too does 2013. I decided to give you a guys a little something different this week due to this fact. I put together a little playlist of songs that have struck me for whatever reason this year…along with a small description of why. Below are a couple clips of some of the music that didn’t make the it on there, but I still like to share with you.

I discover Fever Ray just this year…I feel a little behind the times. I’m very draw in by the percussion heavy atmosphere of  it. She definitely has a kind of psychedelic, ceremonial sound, using Laurie Anderson inspired techniques.

I recently heard an interview with this artist on NPR. It was pretty interesting; I was definitely more intrigued when I heard Dev Hynes has Synesthesia (the same neurological condition as Vladimir Nabokov.) I’m excited to see more soulful music like this popping up. One last thing, if you get a chance, check out the cover art for his album Cupid Deluxe. It really struck me, and was ultimately the reason why I sought out his music.