mtvclassic1 is a youtube channel that has nearly 500 music videos from the 1980′s, regarded by some as the golden age of mtv. when i started streaming the internet to my tv i thought VEVO was cool, but it mostly plays well known videos. this channel is cooler because the artists and songs are mostly obscure, and it includes mtv bumpers and 15-60 minute clips with the original VJ’s. the pic above is from the video shopping for dogs by fear of strangers.
it was kinda brisk for mondo beep last friday night, but a few people made it out. thanks to everyone who braved the cooler temps, played carrots, and took fliers. i’ll post video and audio in the next few days.
our crack team of meterologists are predicting a warming trend for the next 48 hours. that means mondo beep will return to the sidewalk for first fridays near 18th and baltimore! if you’re in the crossroads art district this friday between 6-9pm, you might hear something that sounds robotic and chaotic. it’s only me and a few others experimenting with close encounters of the beepy kind.
rob moved in to the village two days ago, nick will be moving in with him soon. their new place is just a couple of minutes from our house. i delivered the first meal to the bachelor pad yesterday: junior breakfast burritos, and coffee.
last saturday jenny and i were listening to a repeat broadcast of casey kasem’s american top 40, from feb 21, 1981. on that show casey reads a letter from greg johnson in joplin, mo. greg wanted to know how many remakes (also known as covers) had ever made the countdown in a single week. if you are curious about the answer you can listen here.
i took a three hour nap this afternoon. sometimes that makes it hard to sleep at night. the older i am, the more memories i have, the harder it gets, and before i know it i start singing like jimmy cliff.
yesterday i synced up a couple of small battery powered synthesizers. it’s cool knowing that i can do this by myself, but it’s more fun when someone else is along for the experimental ride. my ultimate goal is to generate these kind of progressions and engage non-musicians on first fridays. i want them to play something rhythmically or just make beep sounds in the right places. here are a couple of those progressions: weird slow spy UFO shuffle
we had a few people drop by the homer’s conference room for mondo beep last friday. elena and jennifer played twinkle twinkle little star on a casio synthesizer that was filtered through a volca keys synth. it was pretty melodic compared to the racket we were making earlier.
it’s the first friday of the month, and artists in the crossroads will set up their indoor displays in a few hours… indoors. normally i would take my boombox, laptop, and beeping gadgets out to the sidewalk, but it’s too cold now for that. tonight mondo beep goes inside the conference room next to homer’s on 80th street. we’ll start making noise around 6pm and keep doing that until you plus me starts playing at 7:30. if you hear an unearthly howl, and you’re not prone to seizures (we might have a strobe light) come inside and jam with us.