muted tones

october 02

this entry is from october 02. click here for more information about the curator, and to hear the finished work.

today on the SRB show: commitment! wrestling! defining thematic limitations! It’s a must see!

july 22nd, 2002

hey everyone. i just read Andy’s first two entries in the log. You should too. And if there are more than two entries there…read all of them - he’s a smart fella.

I’d hoped I could get some kind of coherent introduction together to post here today, but I’m just not feeling very well. I almost decided not to even post, but I want to keep myself in this game here. What I mean is, the project is going, even if I don’t feel well. This is a pretty big deal for me…this project, and this idea of sticking with it. Not to say that I’m a quitter, I just have problems with following through sometimes. I had planned on posting here as soon as I could. Josh just emailed all of us to say it was up and ready; so instead of putting it off, I’m here. Hi!


1.I know very little about recording. This is my fault. I’m going to learn a lot doing this project.

2.I know very little about making music that is not semi-acoustic vaguely singer-songwriter folkish music (that’s what Atlas is-if you were wondering). or whatever. Attempting to branch-out, I’ve been playing in this rock band for about 8 months, learning the keyboards, learning about electricity and amps and whatnot, and learning how to be loud. I’ve also been playing with an experimental group. This has tested my basic music skills in a way that hasn’t come up since I was singing classical stuff. Now with this muted tones project, I have the opportunity to explore new corners of the musical spectrum. Can a spectrum have corners? I don’t know. I guess we’ll find out.

3.I went to a wedding this weekend (Congratulations Lori & Jared!), and have two more (Congratulations Susie & Craig!) (Congratulations Dan & Christina!) to attend in the next few months. I’ve been thinking a lot about my own issues/questions/confusion/etc. with marriage, weddings, all that stuff…and some other issues related to them like ritual, priviledge, and uh, well, commitment. I’ve been tossing around ideas about how to tackle this with music. I’m thinking of going with a full nelson. More on this later.

4.For a few months, I’ve tossing around ideas for an exciting way to play ping-pong. One of these ideas includes maple syrup and wasps, but that’s for another project (see also: swollen, sticky, antihistamines, and Illegal Activities in the State of Nebraska). Another idea is one of those dealies where you send a recording back and forth accross the country with one of your friends and come up with something brilliant and spectacular. The problems with this are: we’d need to set some thematic as well as stylistic guidlines, I haven’t a clue what those should be at this point, I’ve never worked with this person before, and postage keeps going up. more on this later, too.

that’s all for today. I think. yes. I have work to do. If anyone wants to give me ideas, or thoughts, or rants, i’d love to hear them.

much love,


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