I recently heard a great physics lecture that suggested “a good explanation is one that can’t be varied.” For example, if I say Zeus made the world, I can change an almost infinite amount of details about it and it has the same explanatory power. I can say he wears a hat or a beard, or he made the world in one day or one year, and it has the same explanatory power. Good explanations, on the other hand, for example, the Big Bang Theory, have variables in which the smallest fractions of change are argued over for decades, as the smallest discrepancies in numbers changes the explanatory power. When Kepler found the orbit of Mars to be elliptical rather than circular, it was a matter of mere millimeters of difference in (Earth’s) observation.
Anyway, I think the same concept works for art. I hear so much music and see so much “art” on the internet now that at first glance it all seems relevant. In fact, it seems hyper-relevant. It’s polished and perfect, or ironically-grungy and virtually raw, or pseudo-honest. But why do I still listen to David Bazan or Tom Petty over (insert trending internet band here)? I think I’ve found the answer. Good art, like good science, is not arbitrary. Rimsky-Korsakov poured over single lines of melody for his whole life. Hemingway distilled prose to it’s molecular level in a meaningful way. When I see eye-candy or hear ear-candy I often find that I’m reveling at the state of aesthetic technology over the meaning or beauty of the work. It’s easy to confuse the two. But a simple test you can perform; how often do you go back to it? Could you change a color here and there, a reverb effect, a drum part or bassline, without changing the power of the piece?
Tune in every Sunday for a weekly comic strip! I’m going to draw comics of real events that happen in my life. An American Elf or American Splendor wannabe. I’m surrounded by unbelievably funny people and strange events (at least, to me) and it’s high time they’re put down on paper.
My laptop was stolen so I can’t mess with these and make them look pretty this week. Also, I don’t have a scanner. I plan to get better and better and this though. Maybe even go buy some pens and stuff. Anyone know of any comic-making/inking/scanning guides? How does Kochalka do it?
Later my dad yelled, “GENTLEMAN, START YOUR ENGINES!” when we were sat on a roller coaster about to depart.
Here’s a nice cover of Baby from Stan. Here’s a great interview with Ted from Craig’s Brother, my favorite band of all time. Ted talks about our recent collaboration, which I hope I can share really soon. Here’s a cute video for Dance Karate, and the original demo version of Dance Karate, too!
Send me a text at (801) 683-9826 (8016 TEXT CM) and I’ll answer any questions you have next week! They can have to do with music, science, daily life, or how to get girls. I don’t guarantee good/accurate/not dumb answers. Alternately, you can send me a Tweet or come to my house.
Friday is set aside for stuff from YOU! I haven’t quite figured out what that means, but I’ll post things about….mail. Sound boring? Well, maybe it is, jerk. MAYBE IT IS. I don’t know. Fanmail, funny voicemails, nice letters, etc. I have some ideas.
Today we have something nice sent in from Jake Thro (bassist extraordinaire). Ironically the first From You Friday is all crap from me due to my giant ego. I oft leave Jake Thro (bassist extraordinaire) asinine voicemails. He’s had some saved and he emailed ‘em to me. I don’t know why he’s still my friend.
So tell me – what kind of message-leaver are you when you call your close friends? Quick and to-the-point? Rambling? Over-serious and anxious? Silly? Are you intimidated by that awkwardly-timed BEEP that signifies your turn to speak? Do you sing to any of your friends? I leave strange messages. I view the answering message as a blank canvas. And then I throw crap all over it.
Firstly, if you received a Deluxe Virginia Is For Hoverers package of goodies and didn’t get posters, or only got posters, hold tight, you should have everything soon. In some of the early mailings we were sending two packages out separately. If you haven’t received an order or have an issue with your Deluxe Hover, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I hope everyone enjoys their VAIFH discs, posters, Tues Tapes, and bonus material – there’s some good stuff in there. And also some bad stuff. Like this from the commentary:
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