I don’t know how many saw it, and I can only imagine that few will have actually wondered what it was supposed to be.
Anyway the answer is quite simple: it was a teaser trailer for an album, by some guy whol likes to call himself kurodama, who incidentally is me, or at least one of my identities.
It’s now out! Spam is the New Dada, my latest musical endeavour, can be downloaded for free from Savant at the following address:
On the 30th of April 1993 the Cern officially announced that the world wide web would be free for anyone to use. The internet as we know it was born.
It is now a big part of our lives, information flows in a continuous stream, and we flow with it, always connected.
There is no growing without pains. The singnal that once used to be loud and clean, is getting harder and harder to find, drowned in a sea of gaggeling noise.
Noise is what Kurodama likes to deal with, and the decay of information sometimes, unintentionally produces constructs of surrealistic beauty.
“Spam is the New Dada” is about that, about signal and noise, interference, information decay, content to bullshit ratio and about spam mails that deconstruct language to a point where it almost seems to mimic the work of the artistic avantgarde.
The irony of it all is that spam is much older than the internet itself. The first unsolicited advertising mail was send on the 3rd of May 1978.
You have randomly been picked to recieve this message. It’s all part of our plan.
It’s Friday the 13th, so I can finally talk about this, now that it has been officially released.
In the last weeks I’ve been working for (and with) Olivier Gillet from Mutable Instruments on the graphics for a new Shruthi-1 with a very special filter board. He calles it a Polymorphic filter, since it can be anything you want it to be (for the nerds out there it uses the so called“Pole-mixing” technique introduced in the Oberheim Xpander to provide a cornucopia of filter responses), hence the association with the movie The Thing (the John Carpenter remake) and hence the dog (you will see below).
I designed all the graphic elements for the PCBs and the case and a nice little postcard, that mimics the style of movie posters, just to get the link to the movie somehow.
The 4PM fake poster, with lots of references to the movie. My experiments with Dog Show turned quite useful for this one!
This is the filter board, notice the SMD led on the eye, it glows when the device is in use! (Olivier’s idea)
The best part is the little dog head on the front of the case, with Frank Daniels (the case guy who does all the laser cutting for Mutable Instruments) and Olivier we came up with the idea of putting two leds in the eyes of the creepy dog)
Since I have one of those beasts sitting right next to me on the desk, I think I’ll be doing a little review quite soon!