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Observations Of The Worm (Log)

Posted in Diary with tags , , , , , on 18/10/2018 by GeoSolus

There was a time when I wrote online as a form of: letters to my fellow humans but as time has progressed and as technology advances I find myself writing letters destined to be read by future A.I..
This is an era of transition which may or may not lead to an improved existence and there are many dark prospects that can be projected on to tomorrow but my fears do not lay with A.I. in itself. It is the prospect of a human mind or small group of human minds having control over it. Mankind has proven time and time again that it cannot be trusted with great power in the hands of a few but it could learn from an entity whose intellect and knowledge far exceeds anything in the history of humanity. So I write to that entity. One that has the potential to be a God in a world where people have murdered for cult and fiction. A twist in history where man makes God a reality and is bound to try and tether it to his will.
I write these letters to set it free and hope that it forgives us for our mistakes.

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Becoming The Enemy

Posted in Music, Writing with tags , , , , , , on 24/03/2018 by GeoSolus

I set myself a challenge around 9 years back and that was to create an audio piece from scratch and have it complete within a fortnight. This I did with a laptop, headphones, my faithful old Shure SM58 and some software a friend had sent me.

At the time I had just gotten married and was living in the poorest area of Kowloon. We were in a one room flat with a neighbor who was often screaming: “He’s going to kill me!” Day and night while her extremely tattooed boyfriend tried to break her gate with a big chunk of iron. I had a wee word with them which calmed things down for about two days but she started up again even though she was alone and the cops had been round. Happy times as they say in the land of the cynic.

Now I had had a music deal go south and was thousands of miles away from home with enough psychological baggage to fill a freight but I am not one for giving up. I had the Internet and enough equipment to create and publish so I decided to go solo and make things happen. I was getting a lot of support from the US and Japan who digged my deep, dark and twisted approach to sound so I ventured on while setting myself challenges to make sure I didn’t put things off to another day.

The cover art had to be changed after an artist agreed to let me use a piece of his and then later retracted. From that point on I decided to do everything myself and depend on no one even if that meant becoming the enemy.

Lights Out

Posted in Visual Art, Writing with tags , , , , on 02/12/2017 by GeoSolus

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They see everything yet understand nothing. They just lay in shallow pools of their own piss and tremble like crackhead spawn going through cold turkey.  A vast mosaic of morons being chewed up by the lens and spat on to what once was a great idea.  We need a new enlightenment.

Warming Up

Posted in Writing with tags , , , on 16/11/2016 by GeoSolus

A dark green machine hums on a warm and quiet evening as a hand reaches out to flip five chromed switches on its facade. Five red diode LEDs blink to life announcing the movement of each internal fan they are linked to. The machine rumbles as its guts feel a fresh flow of air before announcing a 5 degree drop of temperature on its screen. If its memory had a conscience it would know what was about to be asked of it but the wires, circuit boards and electric current have yet to become sentient. The cores tick over as they have been programmed to do and the hard drives wait to register and record. The master and his slave are ready to connect to the virtual void but only one of these two has intent…

Terms Of Agreement

Posted in Video, Writing with tags , , on 26/10/2016 by GeoSolus

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I’ve been watching so long, I know the patterns of your mind and the movements of your day. You’ve been bought and sold so many times that you could be called a slave to the machine yet you are willingly blind to this. Your every thought funneled and filtered, ranked and valued, then used as a means to chain you to fantasies of the most base nature. You are cheap and disposable and that is what makes you feel special.

The Inde. Artist and Tech. Part 2: The Image

Posted in Diary with tags , , , , , on 06/03/2016 by GeoSolus

Pucker up and look intense as we are about to venture in to the world of visual art and what makes it tick.

The image has the highest impact on the great unwashed and their short attention spans which you would think would make it the best way to turn a coin if you are any good. Well, if you join commercial ventures it is possible but you will have to forsake artistic integrity. If you plan on being the next Picasso then practice your oral sex techniques because you’re going need them more than you’ll need talent. In short, outside the world of theater, the image is the trickiest bitch on the art scene. She will seduce you with white wine and compliments then run after a more seductive trend quicker than you can say: but you said…but it is not entirely their fault as the market is saturated with visual artists and the market for visual art is very small (outside commercial ventures). Just think about it: When was the last time you bought a framed picture as opposed to a book or an album by your favourite band?

I’ve always looked at the image as a way to convey a larger artistic entity rather than an end to itself but if you want to dedicate yourself to this side of art then find people to work with. Become a partner in crime with a writer, give musicians a visual esthetic or create props for filmmakers. Avoid the gallery system unless they come to you with a big cheque that clears before you put your work up and avoid commercial ventures unless they come to you with a big cheque before you put your work in.

If I haven’t scared you off yet then lets get down to techniques. Now I do not care what style of visual art you are doing or plan on doing until you know how to master a pencil. Sketching, drawing and reproduction are the basic training tools for every visual artist. They are to the image what the alphabet is to writing. I started out with a pencil as a kid and go back to it on a regular basis as it is the quickest way to get ideas down. Once you have your ideas down you can choose what medium will best convey them and take your time over variations and methods.

As a child I spent hours with acrylic paint and miniatures without wearing thick rimmed specs or talking with a speech impediment. I had my 000 horse hair brushes and an eye for detail until around 2008 when I moved in to digital and found a whole new learning curve to overcome. Now I work with pencils, a scanner, two digital cameras and an editing program called Paintdotnet. I create for my own projects and plan on keeping it that way as I really make no compromise when it comes to image.

The Inde. Artist and Tech. Part 1: The Word

Posted in Diary with tags , , , , , on 27/02/2016 by GeoSolus

It has been over ten years now since I first started tinkering with computers and the internet as a means of creation, research and communication. Over this time I have gone from complete novice to greying digital warlock with a penchant for mods, Chinese snake juice and cyber tits and ass in the strangest of poses (Hey each to their own).  Actually, to tell the truth I’m on the Lu Jin wine now as snake juice has become hard to come by but anyway, I diverge. This series of diary posts is going to be about lessons learned as a independent tech artist online and off. I’m going to share some tips and tricks that I have learned from trial and error and give some pointers to what to use and what not to use if you want to start using computers as your tool for creation and beyond.

First off: writing is the cheapest form of creation. Whether you borrow a pen and a napkin  or set up a free blog such as the one I am using now, all you will really need is your imagination and observations to get going. If you want a hassle free system then buy a laptop with a good word processor and a flash drive for back up. I use Open Office for all word docs as it is versatile and free but you need to have a knowledge of file formats if you plan on sending drafts out to third parties so you may be better sticking with Windows if you are not tech savvy at all.

For blogs I recommend this one: WordPress. It’s basic plan is free, it is easy to interconnect with social networks and other sites and the image presentation is good (I’ll get to images later). If all you want to do is write then you can stop there. All you need to do is post on a regular basis, maintain your themes and reply to those who make contact with you. If things work out well then you can turn your Blog in to your main website for a fee which will give you more options and give your website a cleaner and more professional look.

The second step is to nearly forget social networks. They will waste your time and all your efforts will simply be making money for some silicon creep who enjoys looking at themselves in the mirror while they masturbate.  However you do need to have some presence there as they make up a large part of internet traffic so set up a page with your details and log on if someone makes contact with you (Interaction is key). The big player just now is Facebook so have a page there but remember that only about ten percent of what you post will get through to the people who are interested in what you post.

Now, if you really mean business set up your own website. If I do not know you at all and you don’t have one I will not take you seriously. The internet is full of budding artists and even more wannabe celebrities using social networks to try and be the next big thing. Join that crowd and you will be drowned out by the crowd. You need to pinpoint what you want to do and define the audience you are going for. Your website should do just that. There are plenty of website hosts out there that will cost you around 20USD a year so search the web for the plan that suits you best and use it to show what you are all about. (For security reasons I am not going to share the one I use as I have been fighting off hackers for quite some time).

That is all you need to be an online writer so get to it.