A different bit of news is that I’ve been involved in a music project. A 12” vinyl record has been released which includes a printed conversation between musician Florian Meyer and me. The record was released last month under its full title:
Arthur Boto Conley’s Music Workshop Presents “Don’t DJ / Metasepia”
Travel By Goods TBG06
Listen to the record on Travel By Good’s Bandcamp page or on the SoundCloud player in this article. See the record’s information on Discogs.
Music and computer programming
Berlin based musician Florian Meyer creates complex poly-rhythmical electronic music under the name Don’t DJ. To perform and to create his music he uses a software program that I developed.
Next to painting I’ve always been interested in music and computer programming. Five years ago I had an idea for a software program that generates complex rhythms in a visually clear and simple way. Rhythm patterns that sound like traditional African or Latin American rhythms but that are actually generated by a mathematical formula.
The idea started with a paper I read by Canadian professor Godfried Toussaint about using the Euclidean algorithm to generate musical rhythms. It made me think of a way to turn this theory into an easy to use software program. I wrote the program and used it to make music. I also made it available online as freeware for anyone to download.
Read an article about the Euclidean rhythms idea on my old programming weblog.
For the coders: Source files on GitHub.
Travel By Goods
Last year artist Thomas Baldischwyler who runs the Travel By Goods record label contacted me. The next release on his label would be music by Florian Meyer. As Florian used my software for two of the three tracks on the record, Thomas had the idea to include a printed conversation between Florian and me with the release. A conversation between the musician who uses computer software to create his music and the computer programmer who invented and created the software might be interesting, he thought.
This summer we met in Berlin and recorded the conversation
Now, at the end of 2015, the record was released and is available in record shops and online. It’s a beautiful printed gatefold cover with triangular cutout in the front that shows the folded poster inside. The vinyl record itself has a hidden extra at the end: a locked groove!
Art Against Society is a weblog that I like for it’s choices on the stranger side of art. I’ve visited it regularly over the past year and I am often surprised by the weirdness of the artworks. Surreal, lowbrow, abstract and gothic is what curator Cali Vasaturo calls it.
2015 ended for me with my painting “Office” on the Art Against Society site! See it here:
The Burning Ear, a music blog based in Los Angeles, selected my painting “Square” to accompany a post about the rock band Spirit Animal. It’s really great how well the written description on the page fits the painting:
Time to lace up the walking shoes and get out there in the fall air with some headphones and no particular destination. Let the music buoy your spirits and guide your steps as you wander in thought, observing the wild and weird world around you.
Art People Gallery created an album of my paintings on their Facebook page. More than 1000 likes already in the first week!
Have a look at the Facebook photo album here.
Cross Connect Magazine this week posted a nice selection of my paintings in an article on their website. The article is titled ‘Digital Collages’ and can be found here:
Cross Connect Magazine is a website maintained by an international group of artists, designers and enthousiasts presenting new art, music and design. New articles about interesting artists and designers appear on the site daily.
In their own words:
Cross Connect is a vibrant community comprised of content curators and artists. If you’re searching for a place to discover new art, illustrations or music, look no further. Every day we curate an assortment of content based on submissions from our readers, as well as recommendations and findings from our staff. We take pride in discovering new artists.
BLEND IMAGES stock photo agency from Seattle featured my paintings on their weblog in a post titled “Collaged Spaces” I like that title a lot. Although they are a photo agency, their blog has a lot of posts about painters, illustrators and designers. Their love for images clearly goes much further than photography alone. The Collages Spaces post on the Blend Images weblog:
About Blend Images:
Blend Images is the world’s leading multiethnic commercial stock agency. Founded by a consortium of the most talented and respected photographers within stock photography, and managed by key industry veterans, Blend Images has established itself as the premiere destination for ethnically diverse business and lifestyle imagery.
Booooooom Artist Spotlight
Booooooom.com today posted an “Artist Spotlight” that features my paintings! It’s a site I’ve been following for quite some time because I highly value their choice of artworks, so I’m very proud to be featured in a post.
About Booooooom, from their website
Booooooom was launched in 2008 by Vancouver-based artist Jeff Hamada. It is now Canada’s highest traffic art blog, and one of the largest on the Internet. The site is an authoritative voice in the new contemporary arts scene, highlighting emerging talents, and launching the careers of many young artists internationally.