May 18, 2015

Last night a dj saved many lives. #feministdj

May 16, 2015

Lower East Side, NYC

April 16, 2015


Dailies from the next installment of Kate Brown's film series "Vilas Kortas." We shot and recorded sound in Long Beach by the ports. The strike ended a week earlier but container ships were still waiting to come into port. #shootfilmdontkillit



April 14, 2015

March 28, 2015


Worlds collided spectacularly yesterday at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo where my friend Gary Miyatake's portrait of the late great Cesar Chavez was gifted to the Smithsonian. Gary is the grandson of Toyo Miyatake, the seminal Japanese American photographer who documented Japanese American internment at Manzanar. In 1993 during a 30th year anniversary celebration of the United Farm Workers, Gary took what turned out to be the last official portrait of Cesar Chavez (he passed just a month later). Paul F. Chavez, Cesar Chavez' son (top left), shared with everyone in a heartfelt speech that Gary's portrait was the only photograph taken by a non-family member that hangs in the Chavez family home.

Gary is also a fellow student of the Venerable Wangchen Rinpoche. Rinpoche gave a beautiful blessing at the beginning of the ceremony that set a spiritual tone ("May you all be blessed by the enlightened ones.."), echoed later by a speech by actor and activist, and longtime Chavez family friend, Edward James Olmos ("I owe everything to Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.") Needless to say my heart and mind exploded when Admiral Adama and my teacher hugged in mutual respect. Worlds colliding spectacularly indeed...


March 17, 2015


Krystal Krunch meeting today at Machine Project. Meeting notes by Mark Allen who says, "I actually know exactly what I mean by that."  : D


March 11, 2015


The Delta Airlines Terminal carpet at the Seattle Airport. Giving casino carpets a run for their money...


March 1, 2015


February 25, 2015


Thank you Reader's Chorus for indulging me and making "Japanese George Clooney takes American Ken Watanabe to Get Sushi" a hallucinogenic reality! The short piece was written for our March 1 performance at the Velasvelasay Panorama at 7pm which also includes pieces by Todd Lerew, Jordan Biren, Heather Lockie, and Robert Lax's Black/White Oratorio.


February 16, 2015


Paris 2012. Layers.


February 13, 2015

It wasn't the "Ramen Pot Pie" that got me...it's those darn chopsticks that are crossed for affect (I certainly didn't see that spoon/fork turned crazily upside down in the second photo)...chonchorama...you see, the only time I see chopsticks like that are when they fall on the floor...Be proud of your crazy pot pie creation mr. foodblogger Peter Pham and lay those chopsticks side by side!! #subconsciousfoodstyling

February 5, 2015


Flying forks of my childhood...Kappabashi magic and the 100+ year history of "Shokuhin Sampuru" - fake food sample making.

January 20, 2015


Gearing up for our March 1st performance at the Velaslavasay Panorama. Rehearsing at The Public School in Chinatown, trying out new group reading pieces by Heather Lockie and Jordan Biren. Next week we'll be taking a crack at my piece for group oratorio Japanese George Clooney takes American Ken Watanabe to sushi. Yeehaw!

WALK #4: ADAMS TO (LITTLE) ARMENIA


14.8 miles, our "Adams to (Little) Armenia," walk took on a "C" shape. From Adams Blvd./St. Pedro Pl., down West Adams- an extraordinary walk with views of the Hollywood sign to the north and a straight shot view of the Baldwin Hills to the south. Churches on both sides of the street, every few feet, old giant mansions turned yoga ashrams and meditation centers. A stop by LACMA and then back north/east to Little Armenia.

January 11, 2015


December 25, 2014


December 19, 2014



On the heels of our walk "Vernon to Hermon" and "Commerce to Compton" we successfully completed "WATTS TO WALTERIA (Torrance)." 
14.5 miles with just a paper map and good companionship. 




December 16, 2014


I present, 'Found Book Pile.' And in case you were wondering- the front cover of "Investing in the Racetrack" says- "An absolutely phenomenal achievement, a race-selection system that not only works, but works more often than not, and works at all tracks...A completely new and proven program that can produce handsome profits without the need for knowledge of horses of gambling luck." Why thank you Mr. William L. Scott.

December 11, 2014


Krystal Krunch will be on the web waves this coming Wednesday, December 17 at 9:30pm. We'll be on Alan Nakagawa's show Ear Meal psychically reading original works of art!

November 27, 2014


October 28, 2014


On the heels of our wildly successful walk, VERNON TO HERMON, we embarked upon our next walk, COM MERCE TO COM PTON. 14.5 miles, 7 hours. Above: A common conversation that arises, "What is that? What is it for?" "Hmm, must be some sort of silo for...milk..." "Probably vegetable oil." "Oh..." 

And then we saw this tiny little window, with a way skinny pipe shooting out of it. How could such a small pipe be responsible for filling that entire silo? That must be one hell of a corner room up there...


September 8, 2014

September 5, 2014

Ceci n'est pas un chat - Deux


    Ceci n'est pas un chat avec un pipe.

September 2, 2014



Car thoughts this evening: well if she's not a cat, then she's not a pipe either....

Ceci n'est pas un chat....by Hagritte

August 29, 2014


August 9, 2014



30 years and 9,000km later....dreams do come true. Finally learning to play Mr. Sakamoto's "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence."  I still haven't seen the Nagisa Oshima film (starring David Bowie), but like many people who grew up in Japan in the 80's, the music is written into my dna.

July 27, 2014


Where there's a tiny closet, there's a recording studio.....But not enough of a studio that it blocks out the sound of neighbors rolling out their trash cans to the curb...sigh....can't have it all....but can wait in between takes in the dark with the headlamp on... : D



July 23, 2014

VER NON TO HER MON


We (Kate Brown, Sara Roberts, and yours truly) did it! We walked from the city of Vernon to Hermon. 13 miles in 6 hours, with periodic detours to walk up to the banks of the L.A. River. Here we are in Downtown L.A., just off of Santa Fe Ave, walking towards the river. We were met by a 4x4 and motorbike who had just gotten done with some joy riding. The river was surprisingly peaceful. We got to see a lot of different cityscapes and ways of life. When you see things on foot, every place, every corner, every window, every driveway, becomes present and worthy.

Next walk...COM MERCE to COM P TON!






July 3, 2014

from Adjunct Underground:

"Just released!!! KCHUNG Radio's Adjunct Underground presents an collectively read audiobook of Joe Berry's Reclaiming the Ivory Tower: Organizing Adjuncts to Change Higher Education! 69 current or former adjunct instructors (including yours truly, and Krystal Krunch cohort Asher Hartman) have banded together to each read short portions of the entire text. Adjunct Underground has made the entire audiobook available for download. Listen online, listen in the car while driving from campus to campus!

Adjunct Underground is a KCHUNG Radio broadcast and movement dedicated to the trials and tribulations of adjunct instructors in Los Angeles, and throughout the universe! Underground broadcasts feature stories, conversations, interveiws, rants, and more from a bunker-full of adjunct djs and hosts, many of whom risk their livelihoods meeting with Adjunct Underground to share their stories and insight on the precarity of today's contingent education professionals. Adjuncts Unite! Underground! on KCHUNG Radio!"


June 29, 2014


Up next...

June 7, 2014


Organized by Sara Roberts, a chorus of us will be performing Black/White Oratorio, a poem by Robert Lax & John Beer at the Dog Star Orchestra 10 (experimental sound festival) at the Wulf next week. Chanting colors has never been this fun fun cool!!!

UPDATE: Listen to the performance here at the Wulf website (scroll down to 6.10.2014, 8pm Black & White Oratorio by Robert Lax)


May 22, 2014

From The Soroban and the Present


May 20, 2014

In El Parque de Mexico / Lincoln Park by the Bell of Dolores.  Photo by Kate Brown

The Wisco crew (Kate Brown, Seema Kapur and yours truly) reunited this past Sunday to shoot the last segment of The Soroban and the Present. Now it's time to make all the non-sync sound parts of the film...gulp.....


May 16, 2014


As the old adage goes, "It's like editing on a flatbed...you never really forget." Back to it at the super awesome Echo Park Film Center! Putting together The Soroban and the Present, my first 16mm film in 10 years!

April 22, 2014


April 21, 2014

Recording sound for Seema Kapur's new film. By the Mullet River in Plymouth, Wisconsin
Last week was spent in the town of Plymouth Wisconsin with my grad school buddies and frequent collaborators Kate Brown and Seema Kapur to make Seema's new film. This was an idea that Seema had back during our CalArts days a decade ago. This past Easter weekend, it came to be true!! The moral of the story? All nagging ideas eventually get made so don't sweat it!!


April 14, 2014


This past Sunday was spent recording sound for Kate Brown's next installment to her 16mm film series Vilas Kortas, Vilas Kortas Long Beach Grand Prix. That's "Guraaaahn Preeee" btw. After 40 years, organizers of the event want to go whole hog classy (they've had "prix" in the bag for a while) and embrace the snazzier pronunciation of the event by silencing the "D." Oooooh bon dieu!! Oh and here is a link to Kate's soundcloud with a short clip of some of the heart pounding sounds from that day.....


April 8, 2014

FOUND FRIENDS: Kate Brown, 4x3, Exchange Place, NJ, looking onto Manhattan, found April 1, 2014


It was a happy and awesome revelation to find a see through Kate Brown 4x3 "X" in the scaffolding of a building at Exchange Place in New Jersey, right on the Hudson, looking onto Manhattan, and specifically the new World Trade Center building at Ground Zero. 

February 17, 2014


February 3, 2014



Suddenly one morning, after a year and half of watering, the African violet plant bloomed its elusive bloom. Surprisingly, the petals of the flower are actually just like its leaves, but in a deep violet color. Kuanyin and Kannon stand by.


February 2, 2014

Something borrowed, something blue

Something borrowed - 
My friend and 16 Yokai : A Super Natural Sampler of Demonic Possession cohort Chris Candelaria lent me this book yesterday. Apparently the film adaptation starring David Bowie is equally excellent. Scariest passage so far - right on the first page - "When you read this incredible story, do not be too skeptical: somewhere in your own past there may be some lost hour or strange recollection that means that you also have had this experience."

Something blue - 
From my dear friend and snail mail pen pal Chen Tsien in Japan. A handmade bookmark.

Together, they feel like a cozy blanket. 




February 1, 2014

Final poster (with final red thread touches by Seema)


A One Woman Nutcracker comes to life in this moving, non-ballet meditation on relationships past. Seema C. Kapur sets out on a love story in three parts. Through moves, pacing, and holds,  she stirs her heart and your imagination. Brought to realization at the Mystery Theater by Haruko Tanaka, Sara Roberts, Seema C. Kapur, and Kate Brown.

Friday, February 14, 2014 at The Mystery Theater at Machine Project




January 31, 2014


Sara's touch!

January 29, 2014


Kate's touch!





For our One Woman Nutcracker poster each member of the lady gang of four will contribute a layer of artwork. The bottom layer black and white photo is by yours truly : ) Next up is Kate, then Sara, and the top layer will be Seema.

January 26, 2014



A "heartbreak jam" (names and sounds of past loves...) by Sara Roberts, Kate Brown, Seema Kapur and yours truly...recorded on Sara's sampling/looping/recording invention "earbees" while rehearsing for our upcoming production One Woman Nutcracker.


January 7, 2014



A kid singing their heart out (00:38) at New Year's Day morning mass in Puerto Vallarta.


December 18, 2013




December 17, 2013



Checking out Vilas Kortas dailies at Fotokem. Like all our Vilas Kortas dailies viewings so far, we giggled and gasped with joy the whole way through. We just might go back to the tracks to shoot more footage before they close for good this Sunday.



December 16, 2013


A day at the races shooting the next installment to Kate Brown's 16mm film "Vilas Kortas." We made it just in time (1 week) to say farewell to Hollywood Park which will be closing its doors and stables next week on December 22nd. We had a super fun time, the crowd was great, and we loved the awesome horse names. A few of our favorites from the 100+ horses that ran that day- -

HOTRADAMUS, ECONOMY OF MOTION, SENATOR BOB, SHEZA SMOKE SHOW, ICE CREAM TRUCK, USBEK THUNDER, SHEIKINATOR, FILLI VANNILI, PAPA'S FLASHY GIRL, AND SNORT'N MATILDA. 


December 5, 2013

It's been almost 2 weeks since we had our final Group Movement performance on the Isamu Noguchi Plaza at the JACCC in Little Tokyo. The vision was to always have the performance on the plaza so it was wonderful that it actually happened!! Photographs and video from the entire month of group moving are currently being edited and printed and will soon be added to the installation that is currently up as part of the group exhibition Home Away at the Armory Center for the Arts.