goodbye, Honey Ramka website

Honey Ramka, the Brooklyn gallery where I had my last couple of shows, took down its website recently.

:(

This must have been tough for all the artists who had had their work so lovingly displayed and carefully documented.
I still appreciate the shows and thanked the gallery for their support. (The physical space closed in 2018.)
The Wayback Machine has the URLs but the pic-loading is sporadic.
I kind of suspected this was coming so I saved all the pages and made my best shot at reconstructing the Pre-Post-Internet show (my last solo).

earcon Sampler: Tom Moody Edit (new Bandcamp release)

earcon Sampler: Tom Moody Edit by St Celfer and Tom Moody

[Note: embedded players -- which I basically hate -- are replaced with links when they move off the blog front page]

This release appears on St Celfer and Tom Moody, a collaborative project page for St Celfer (stcelfer.bandcamp.com) and yrs truly.
Liner notes for the release:

earcon was an earlier alias of St Celfer (aka John Parker). For this sampler I chose tracks from earcon's catalog and edited them into the above mix. The songs are discrete, not faded together, offering what I hope is a cohesive "take" on earcon's music.

The earcon project is discussed a bit in our interview at www.tommoody.us/archives/2020/12/04/on-breaking-the-square-a-conversation-between-john-parker-and-tom-moody/.
Parker made the songs over a several year period with the Elektron Monomachine instrument, then saved the individual "stubs" (tracks within the song) as .wav files and further edited them in a home computer.

For this selection I've narrowed the range of the work to short-ish songs with straightforward beats and melodies to try to give the flavor of what can be done with a sophisticated beatbox.
At the same time this is very much a collaborative project, where I have imposed my taste and preferences on John''s music, shortening and occasionally layering tracks, DJ-remix-style.

The releases I culled for this mix (over 50 songs in all) came from four earcon CDs: Party Lion, Funkiller, Funkiller 2, and Funkiller 3-4.
One additional track came from this earcon EP on Bandcamp:
earcon.bandcamp.com/album/earcon-with-tom-moody-vs-st-celfer. John's own compilation of earcon material can be found at earcon.bandcamp.com/album/best-blips-the-funkiller-years
Only three songs overlap in our two retrospectives!

from the recursive vault

Was thinking about recycling some older posts and fixated on this one from 2006, about computer artists' "make a Pollock" utilities.

Before posting I did an online search for some dead links and realized I recycled the same post six years ago (albeit sans photos, which have now been added back in).

File under: "You know you've been on the internet a long time when..."

link rot central: IMDb reviews

IMDb hasn't been quite the same since Jeff Bezos bought it. But until recently you could link to specific comments; now you can't.
I have several posts linking to comments by Ted Goranson (tedg) that are dead links.
This post, A Tale of Two Film Critics, quotes some tedg language re: one of the Michael Bay Transformers movies. The only way to find the source now is to go to the movie page [Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)] on IMDb, sort comments by "prolific reviewer," scroll down, and pray. Now there's progress!
Goranson has made a couple of attempts to archive all his reviews on his own site. The current archive has no mentions of "Transformers" prior to 2010.

link rot central: "the weak universalism," "in defense of the poor image"

When you call yourself e-Flux you have carte blanche to change URLs whenever. It's like, flux, man.
Many links on tommoody.us to Boris Groys' essay "The Weak Universalism" recently went dead. :(
That's because e-Flux changed the URL of the article, without a "redirect."

The old link was

http://www.e-flux.com/journal/view/130

The new link is

http://www.e-flux.com/journal/15/61294/the-weak-universalism/

You may recall that e-Flux made a bid for art world power by trying to buy the .art domain -- it paid $185,000 to apply, and lost.
Given its level of cyber-competence we dodged the proverbial bullet in more ways than one!

Update: Also changed with no redirect was Hito Steyerl's essay, "In Defense of the Poor Image."

The old link was

http://www.e-flux.com/journal/view/94

The new link is

http://www.e-flux.com/journal/10/61362/in-defense-of-the-poor-image/

It's ironic, of course, that this cyber-failure occurred with respect to two essays about poor and weak art. As noted a few years back (the links don't work):

exhibition idea: the Poor Image ( http://bit.ly/5AwXpU ) vs the Weak Universal Gesture ( http://bit.ly/apxW6f ) - which is paltrier?