Gaybraham Lincoln at Thespis!

Hello!

Sorry I haven’t posted the concluding thread on Iceland, I have a bunch of video I’ve been editing for it, and the preparation that went into this announcement has been thorough as well:

Gaybraham Lincoln will be have three performances at the Thespis Theatre Festival in New York City this July! We were honored to be accepted into the show, and look forward to getting the play back up with the many adjustments and additions that have happened in its interim.

To that effect we’re raising money through an Indiegogo campaign to fund the production. If you can, please give!

 

  • “The Smell of Rebellion” from Matilda
  • “Apenglow” by Nightwish
  • “He Wanted to Say” from Ragtime

Artistic Residency in Iceland: II

This one’s a little late, I’ve been busy!

We just returned from the local pool, and a lot has happened since last posting. Initially, it wasn’t clear how much work I would be able to get done, but as time went on, various stopgaps, fixes, and equipment came along and I’ve been working hard. Most recently, the digital piano I had been waiting on has arrived!
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Artistic Residency in Iceland: I

I have arrived in Iceland! The journey was a bit of an experience, though mostly a pleasant one. It began with the consolidation of everything I could use for work at a residency, while still being able to pack those obnoxious luxuries, such as clothing. After thorough and exhausting packing and organization, I wound up with just two bags.20160131_081128

Since accepting the Iceland residency, several massive technological failures have occurred with my already dated equipment:

  • My “Work” Macbook Pro’s hard drive has crashed, and mandated data recovery, which was completed successfully.
  • My “Play” Macbook Pro has a few keyboard keys losing function
  • My “Work” Macbook Pro has one USB slot that has failed altogether, while the other requires externally powered devices to function.

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Artistic Residency in Iceland: Prologue

Hello! It has been some time since I have posted on here, but it has also been some time since something musical or artistic has really jumped for me lately. I’ve been living in the city with an incredibly generous and tolerant relative and working in the noble business of cooking food for wealthy people.

That will change for the upcoming month. Due to a combination of my own small artistic value and someone else being unavailable, I have been generously offered a grant for a month-long residency at the Gamli Skóli artists’ house in Hrísey, Iceland. I will be stepping on a plane in just under two weeks and heading to the Keflavík international airport, where I will attempt to bus my way out to Akureyri, then to Árskógssandur, where I hope I will be in time to catch a ferry to the lovely island village of Hrísey. This is intended to be equal parts a headfirst tourist jump into the country, and parts a serious artistic residency. I intend to stretch my travel to from Keflavík to Hrísey out over a day, maybe two if I find a youth hostel I like, and at the end of February I’ll try to find a different way to get back to the airport for my flight.

While in Hrísey, I hope to complete some new music work, of course. Preferably something relating to nature that can then be contributed to the locale as an installation or at least archived. I’ve been doing research on ocean organs and various naturally activated instruments, and am entertaining various woodwind-ish ideas. In any case, now is the time to obtain winter gear and figure out how to pack in the most minimal fashion possible.

The location I’ll be in has a digital piano as well as a guitar, so I’m intending to bring nothing in the way of music gear beyond my laptops, Mbox Mini, and a microphone. That with my clothing can easily fit into carry-on luggage, and can be backpacked around on long walks or hitchhikes. I’m trying to learn how to pronounce some of the towns in Iceland (though I have to learn how to read them first), and looking up various information about their laws and locales. If anyone has any recommendations for inexpensive things to do in Iceland, let me know! I will try to provide regular updates as it goes, and share whatever work I can. Well, back to the catering grindstone, you’ll hear from me again once I set foot on the island.

Skál!

  • “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” by Nightwish
  • “What A Game” from Ragtime
  • “Short People” by Randy Newman

Film Scoring on a (non-existent) Budget

In the past month, I had been working on a film score for a fellow Ithaca alumnus, Ryan Shuler. Any of you familiar with my work in the short movie-musical The Art of Adjustment will recognize Ryan as the tap-dancing, Star-of-David-tattooed inmate “Spaz.” His wonderful short film, Salty Corn, is a humorous mockery of the “hipster” phenomenon (as well as a nice commentary about people’s unnecessary fear of odd/absurd cultural junk they don’t understand). Over the course of mid/late June, I was in the process of moving into housing provided by my current theatre job, and as a result, I had very little in the way of technological or musical resources for most of the scoring process. This mandated some haphazard improvisation on the part of the score, which was ultimately far more rewarding and informative than expected, and yielded some enjoyable “hipster” music. I chose to document a decent amount of the process, and created this video, a loose collection of clips from my initial creation of the film’s theme, set to the resultant music.

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