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Greenland Skull

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Should we laugh or shiver at artist ViVaDa’s Greenland Skull art?  Blond braids adorning this probably bovine skull with wide set eye sockets not quite aligned might suggest a laugh.  The golden locks, fashioned it seems as viking horns, angle down left against eyes angling right.  Swirling mosses and grasses in the digital background complete the rendering’s dizzying effect.  So after staring for some time at this image (and how can we not but hold with the image for some time as we are likewise captivated by the hypnotic Joe Kramer/Burton Philbrick audio track), the mind begins to spin a bit and the stomach slightly to turn.  This is good, for we are inclined then to contemplate more serious implications of this skull art.  The rich yellow hair braids speak of course not of death but of attractive youth and life that once was.  Joe’s lyrics speak directly to this:

Once I had a life
Once I felt so great
Once I had some good times
but now . . . I am dead.

Audio can guide us beyond initial reactions to images (in this case chuckles) to potentially more complex responses (in this case feelings about our mortality).  At the most fundamental level, a thoughtful bit of audio may keep us engaged with the painting a little longer than otherwise might be the case, and as a result there is time to think more deeply about the images.  Our audio provides an explicit narrative, even animates the image.  We visit with not only the remains of the deceased, but with the ghost as well, who shares with us her story of a life loved, now lost.

As a painting, this bit of skull art is impressive and deserves a place in every skull art collector’s portfolio.  We are please to offer a fine 13″X10″ art photo print of ViVaDa’s Greenland Skull.  Please be in touch if you are interested: midisparks@yahoo.com

Dan Goldstein

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Edwardian Haunted

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Even as we admire this red-haired Edwardian beauty something unsettles us. Look carefully at her eyes. Or should we say her eye and her glass eye? The effect of one eye looking directly at the camera and one eye at nothing is haunting, suggests some eerie narrative, some spooky backstory.

But let us at least acknowledge and admire what we plainly see before us, an attractive young woman with fiery red hair decked out in grand Edwardian style. She presents in a turtle-shell evening wrap and a wide brimmed hat of the same turtle-shell material. Her neck is elegantly wrapped in a fur muff. Silver gloves cover her hands, one of which is occupied with a small brown clutch bag.

We might imagine that the single rose fastened below the muff shines some some light on her perfect peaches and cream complexion, and we are thus drawn to the face, and as a result again to the troubling aspect of the glass eye. The response we have to that lifeless orb is at least two-fold. Of course we sympathize with obvious loss. But we are creeped out as well. For though the eye does not look outward at anything, we might imagine yet that it “sees”. It suggests some mystical, spiritual knowledge and awareness.

Composers Burton Philbrick and Dan Goldstein pick up on this eerie, metaphysical theme with a cinematic audio track relating a seance. The composers imagine our Edwardian beauty as a medium, convoking a gathering for the purpose of communicating with the deceased. Goldstein’s whole tone harp counterpoint creates a mysterious ambience, spellbinding, over which Philbrick lays a bowed cigar box guitar and several seance sound effects.

We believe that the audio narrative deepens our appreciation for this beautiful colorization of a vintage Edwardian era photo.

Prints of Edwardian Haunted are available upon request.  Please drop a line if interested to midisparks@yahoo.com

Wordpress blogger, Harrisburg, PA Dan Goldstein

Nice to find free stuff like this now and then

 

Autumn at Wildwood

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Winding around the central marshes of the Wildwood Nature Conservancy is a tree sheltered and hilly hiker/biker path. Every now and then, and unexpectedly, you will emerge from a wooded portion of the path into a gorgeous view of the nature preserve’s central marshes. And without calling upon too much additional good fortune, you will discover a loon, or egret, or heron, and countless smaller birds, posing along the shores or flitting upon the surface of the water. The hum of insects, especially on a hot summer day, is something akin to a loud alternating electric current. Chirping and screeching offer soprano and tenor layers to the bass drone.

The effect of photographing this scene is to create an emphasis on the stillness of the scene and the warmth of autumn’s gently changing colors. But this emphasis belies a co-existing reality of unseen energies and activities – the ecosystem busily engaged. Here the audio steps in to complete the story. Composer Dan Goldstein uses synth sounds to simulate insects buzzing, frogs croaking, birds screeching, in a blended way which speaks of the active system in play. Goldstein contemplates, for an extended audio track, what a wildlife midnight dance might sound like in these Harrisburg marshlands.

Prints and greeting cards of Autumn at Wildwood are available.  Please drop a line if you are interested to midisparks@yahoo.com

 

 

First Kiss

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Young boy and girl share the wonder of their first kiss in this colorization of a 1920’s photograph by Carney’s Colour Photo Creations. Carney’s is in Australia, but the boy’s stylish Gatsby flat cap was certainly a fixture of the period in the United States and European countries as well.

Known also as a newsboy cap, it is made of 8 triangle panels that meet at the top with a covered button made in the same material. It has a small brim that the top rests on. The baggy look was standard. In the summer these caps were made of a light colored linen or cotton poplin material, lined in silk to breathe. In cooler weather the caps came in tweed, herringbone wool, and corduroy as well. Darker colors were worn in the winter- blues, greys, and browns-in solid, plaid, and check patterns
All classes of men wore these hats, even boys selling newspapers on street corners hence the newsboy hat name. It was mostly a working mans hat from working class origins as a fisherman’s hat.

Given the relative lack of clues, other than a hat ubiquitous to the era, about the location of our young couple’s first kiss, we can happily rely on the audio to offer a suggestion. In this case, a happy accordion melody places us easily in some Western European country, France perhaps, or Italy. That there is not certainty about venue only makes it easier for us to transport our own memory into the picture, to fill in the gaps with our own sweet experiences from early youth. We hope the happy music encourages equally happy reminiscences in our viewers.

A print can be had of First Kiss.  If you are interested please drop a line to midisparks@yahoo.com

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Terranova 1

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Serbian artist Danijela Jovic paints a dense cluster of colorful, tubelike strands. There appears to be some struggle, some striving. Individual strands have emerged. They assert themselves, reaching upwards to connect with sisters above. Danijela’s abstract speaks to the process of creation, an evolution from chaos to order. Perhaps the assertive tubes reach not to sisters above, but to a physical manifestation of their Creator.

What is this dense cluster?

We might imagine purple sea urchins clustered about a golden yellow formation of kelp.

purple sea urchins hover around a dense cluster of golden yellow kelp

We might imagine a cluster of dahlia tubers resting upon a seabed.

a dense cluster of dahlia tubers rests upon a stone-paved surface

The nature of the tuber might be instructive to our understanding of the painting.

Tubers are enlarged structures in some plant species used as storage organs for nutrients. They are used for the plant’s perennation (survival of the winter or dry months), to provide energy and nutrients for regrowth during the next growing season, and as a means of asexual reproduction (Rooting cuttings of tropical trees, London: Commonwealth Science Council, 1993, p. 11, ISBN 978-0-85092-394-0).

Like tubers, Danijela’s otherworldly, tubelike strands contain the pent-up stuff of creation. They hold the raw material and potential for physical generation.

The independence dance of the tuber cluster is underway! They stretch. They flex. They prepare for the hop and the drop. This seems to be the joyful message conveyed through appropriately alien sounding tones in the brilliant audio track by Urezy. The intonation of the strands is frightful and joyful simultaneously. It is somewhere between a lion’s growl and a buddhist monk’s chant. ‘Let us reach for the sky’ The music speaks of joyful competition. The reward is release from the cluster, independence and self-identity.

Prints of Danijela’s painting are available.  Please drop a line if interested to midisparks@yahoo.com

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Curious Houses

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A-frame houses are nestled comfortably behind shrubbery in greens and reds and purples and yellows.  Windows of sky blue panes suggest more stylish solar panels than views out.  The choice of salmon pink for the facades is fanciful, mostly involved in a gentle mix with foreground greens and blooms.

The audio track by Dan Goldstein offers a gentle nature ambience of chirping bird and croaking frog.  Layered upon this, and a subtly tripping bassline, a relaxed flute sings a happy song of harmony between house and tree.

Prints of the painting are available.  Please drop a line if interested to midisparks@yahoo.com.

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Horsehead Nebula

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How can we best describe, or animate, with music the outline of a horse in a red nebula? Well, if that horse is formed by a cloud of red gas and dust, and appears to be galloping ahead, we might suggest an active plucked synth, heavy on the delay and reverb, to give both the sense of energetic motion and also of space ambience. But Composer Promenade2239 provides us with more than an energetic ambience for artist Rafael Kempter’s red horsehead nebula. His music also emphasizes depth in the painting. His audio panning left and right, forward and back, resonates with the bright bursts of white and blue, close to us on the canvas. Then again, distant audio echoes draw us to small white star patches, placed further back in the painting. The music adds a sense of mystery and of dimension to the visual work. It heightens our awe at the formation of recognizable imagery, in this case the horsehead, in what we might think of as random formations in space.

Prints and greeting cards with the horsehead nebula rendering are available.

If interested, drop a line to midisparks@yahoo.com

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