September 2, 2014
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.
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July 27, 2014
July 23, 2014
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!
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July 3, 2014
"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!"
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June 29, 2014
June 7, 2014
UPDATE: Listen to the performance here at the Wulf website (scroll down to 6.10.2014, 8pm Black & White Oratorio by Robert Lax)
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May 22, 2014
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.....
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May 16, 2014
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!!
Posted by HT at 12:51 AM
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.....
Posted by HT at 7:36 PM
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.
Posted by HT at 12:46 PM
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.
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February 2, 2014
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February 1, 2014
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January 31, 2014
January 29, 2014
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.
Posted by HT at 2:54 AM
January 7, 2014
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.
Posted by HT at 10:37 PM
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.
Posted by HT at 11:00 AM
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.
Posted by HT at 8:54 PM
November 20, 2013
Week 2 awesomeness!
Super group movers ~ (back row; left to right) Irene Tsatsos, Kris Kuramitsu, and Seema Kapur (front row; left to right) Amy Inouye, Ellie Viray, Kate Brown, and Sara Roberts
Posted by HT at 11:55 PM
November 14, 2013
In black and white to mark the historic occasion of the beginnings of shudan koudou (group movement) in Los Angeles!! From left to right - Sara Roberts, Kate Brown, Jasmine Orpilla, Melanie Nakaue (not pictured), Irene Tsatsos, Bia Gayotto, Kris Kuramitsu, Ellie Viray, and Amy Inouye.
Posted by HT at 8:46 PM
November 8, 2013
On the eve of when it will all begin......and when ideas turn into action. While checking and reviewing notes, scrutinizing the movements in the video, one can't help wonder if this is what it was like in the 70's and 80's when folks outside of New York had started to hear about hip hop and break dancing; as they reviewed snippets of videos trying to glean a way to move their bodies the same way. No rules. Only the willingness to try. Group Movement here we come.
Posted by HT at 12:01 PM
October 11, 2013
|Left: Movement and call chart Right: Shudan Koudou performance by students of Nippon Sport Science University|
Hello friends...that like walking and like doing things together...won't you consider becoming a "GROUP MOVER" this November? I'm trying to bring the Japanese phenomenon of "shudan koudou" (group movement) to Los Angeles!!! I'll be introducing the project at the Armory in Pasadena tomorrow, Sat, 7-9pm, and/or online athttp://groupmovementla.blogspot.com/ Let's move together!!
Posted by HT at 3:55 PM
September 20, 2013
September 19, 2013
|Found Waldo-Nijmegen, The Netherlands, September 2013|
In case you're wondering, Waldo is walking down a wall by the Waal River in the 2,000 year old city of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
Posted by HT at 10:52 AM
September 12, 2013
|Popular lady, Rijks Museum, September 10, 2013|
It's kind of wonderful to think that just 48 hours earlier these eyeballs were looking upon 500 year old homes and canals, Rembrandts and de Hooch's, and the place from which ships and men of the Dutch East India Company sailed off to reach the shores of Hirado, Japan.
Holland's oldest town of 2,000 years, Nijmegen is home to Extrapool, an experimental art, performance, and print space founded in 1991 by a brave and committed collective of artist squatters. They still run the space to this day. The expression "power to the people" rings true in the tradition and prevalence of squatting.
Eindhoven (the other city of light - bulbs that is), a working class city, bombed extensively during World War II, home to the Phillips factory and laboratory through which some notable pioneering sound engineers passed (Bose, Hanso Henricus Schotanus a Steringa).
Tomato soup and sandwiches, andijvie stampot (mashed potato with vegetables), softer "g" pronunciation in the South, and mini home installations in window sills (flowers in Nijmegen, objects in Eindhoven).
Just one wish- that I may be as graceful a host to future visitors to Los Angeles, as Lilia and Lars and everyone at Extrapool were to me. Thank you for such "gezellig" company and time. Until we meet again...
Posted by HT at 11:06 AM
August 31, 2013
|Venice Beach Biennial stall curated by Kate Brown and Monique van Genderen, July 2012|
Tonight at 8pm! Kate Brown is screening selections from the Venice Beach Biennial at the Echo Park Film Center. Admission $5. Films by Margo Victor, Dave Tucker, Isabell Spengler, Joe Sola, Laura Owens, AnitRa Menning, Laida Lertxundi, Seema Kapur, Tuni Chatterji, Kate Brown, the 99¢ Chef, and your truly.
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August 25, 2013
August 21, 2013
August 9, 2013
On my last morning in Brooklyn I hopped down to the 7th Av Q station to make one last trip into the city. While walking down the stairs, the gentle sounds of a guitar and two voices singing in harmony drifted up. On the platform about 10 people in the beginnings of their morning commute all had smiles on their faces, completely enchanted by these musicians. Their melodies made everyone's Wednesday morning worlds seem so much larger, so much more heroic. Most everyone made contributions, and for the first time ever I bought a CD on the spot.
Back in L.A. I had put listening to the CD on hold, figuring that the live experience of hearing the magical musicians surely would not be replicated in their studio sound. Much to my relief and gratitude, the CD took me on an epic journey full of strong gusts of wind and the sound of trees moving, all from my tiny little room in Alhambra. Bird Courage, your music gives me courage!
Posted by HT at 10:54 PM
August 4, 2013
Above: Asher Hartman in search of our designated performance site at the Sepulveda Wildlife Basin. The rest of us got to hang back in the shade. For "Confusion is Sex 3" Asher & Marcus (Kuiland-Nazario) pulled together a cast of 7 to perform their piece "Som'em Like That." Check out the documentation that Kevin McCarty and I photographed here: THE CAST / THE PERFORMANCE / BEHIND THE SCENES /
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July 16, 2013
July 15, 2013
June 25, 2013
The most awesome stamp ever! The $10 stamp from Canada (top right). It's so much fun to send packages with good old traditional stamps : ) I can't wait for my parents to receive this package in Japan.
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May 31, 2013
May 17, 2013
April 24, 2013
A very unexpected moment of homesickness today walking down Hollywood Blvd......Having lived here so long, I take what I can get....really...non-Japanese Japanese restaurants and gas station sushi do not upset me. Just grateful. Domo arigato Hollywoodo Boulevahdo.
Posted by HT at 10:29 PM
April 19, 2013
April 1, 2013
Hoover dayum.....standing over Lake Mead, that is totally what went through my mind. The audacity to imagine and engineer such a project right smack dab during the Great Depression is mind boggling. Over 100 lives were lost in its construction and the total cost of building the dam was around $50 million in 1931. As of 2008, that apparently is the equivalent to about $690 million.
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