Just a little something for a Sunday in May.
My run streak that I started in November 2020 ended at day 71. I though of stopping these Daily Loops today, but then realized that the two streaks are different, but also similar.
Ending a run streak doesn’t mean I stop running, I can always run tomorrow. But ending a Daily Loop streak means that maybe a certain beat doesn’t get made, or a riff doesn’t come to me.
What if today’s loop, or loop #45, or whatever – what if that was the one? The one bit of magic captured in time that leads to… something?
I like run streaks, but there’s no real revelation in the moment I guess. But for something like making music, that one day of pushing ahead and creating something can lead to something beautiful.
Not saying you have to make and produce a thing every single day to reach some sort of spiritual enlightenment that this silly post claims to conjure, just relaying my story. Your mileage may vary. Post a photo every week. Publish a poem on the weekends. I don’t know, make it up as you go.
“This is a PSA because the creative world is tearing itself apart. The panicked spread of misinformation and lack of nuance are deeper than crypto art, however. These are markers of untreated trauma,” Danielle Evans
One of the writing prompts for folks is to just write. Fill up that blank page at all costs. That’s how today’s loop felt. Just fill up the space with an idea, with a riff, with a bit, and release it to the world. One never knows where they’ll end up.
My run streak from November ended at 70 runs, but I’m feeling pretty good at loop #70. I’m still learning, adding, growing this thing. It’s funny… I’ve done 70 of these in a row and some people I know on social media aren’t even aware because of algorithms.
“i make looms in the kitchen, my roommate makes tiktoks in the bathroom. we share a 1b apartment. such is life in your 20s,” @saraduit
“Can men stop commenting on threads of women recounting their abuse/harassment. Let them speak and be heard; not everything has to be about you,” @old_rake
Oh, to sit around all day and work on music, right? Or make art. Work on photos.
While a career in creative work isn’t a guanrantee, you can at least fake it. That’s me most every morning (or late night). Pretending for a mere hour or so per day, just 60 or so minutes, I get to create some magic and release it to the world. That just wasn’t possible 20 years ago.
“Another day, another evening spent explaining NFTs to my bandmate and being like “also, we are never doing this,” @useyourtanuki
“When a job listing says the words ‘fast-paced environment’ that means toxic,” @1followernodad (this thread is amazing)
“Stay sane, creative friends. Focus on the long-haul. If you’re spending more times studying this garbage tech instead of making things that people talk about, then idk,” @PaulJun_
Inspired by my pal Jocelyn Aucoin I started drawing a little more in hopes of turning them into animations. Of course I go for the most mundane thing, a fucking flip phone that’s freaking out, but I think it works with the the music.
Trying out a new plugin called Bass Fingers, which you can maybe hear in this loop. Basically some smooth sounding bass tones that you can play via a MIDI controller.
“Art being called content and artists being called content creators has to be one of the worst things to happen in the art space in years,” @KyWilliamsDraws
I tend to name my music files after notable events of the day, and most notable yesterday was purchasing my first coffee grinder. So as I waited for my French press to brew, I pulled out my iPad and Procreate and drew this little boom box, animated, and made it the theme for today’s loop.
“always wild when you stumble onto the parallel world on here of some blue check tweeting “So excited to be able to say I’m starting as Chief Puppy Kicker at Facebook’s new Pain and Suffering Division!” an every other blue check on here replying “OMG they’re so lucky to have you,” @metaltxt
“You never know who is watching, so just keep doing it for you and when they hit you up, you’ll be ready,” @aundrelarrow
“anarchists heroically fought and died for the five day workweek so you could spend the two day weekend getting caught up on email,” @computerfact
Weekends are for singing over loops. Some synth, some reverb, and let it fly. The lyrics and melody were pretty spontaneous (there’s three tracks of vocals), and they made me laugh, so that’s what counts.
Fun experiment in recent weeks is not posting my weekend loops to social media. It’s a nice break from making a few social media assets, but also a nice exercise in the belief that if you make a thing people like, they’ll seek it out. Saving some of the best stuff for weekend posting is the ticket, then. Thanks for reading.
Perhaps I’ll just keep making these videos as weird as I can until someone emails me and asks if I’m okay.
If you like these mysterious “secret” videos I’ve made (I made three so far), check out my SETH ATOM site and sign up for the email list to be notified of very important secret news as it develops.
“A gentle reminder that you are allowed to outgrow versions of yourself that no longer serve you. Its not personal towards anyone. Keep evolving,” @lyssamarielowe
“What’s it for?”
Good question posed by a good friend. You don’t go skiing so you can win an Olypimic downhill event. You’re just fucking skiing.
This is for someone who wants to make music but doesn’t know where to start. This starts the conversation. This gives you permission, just like listening to Primus back in 1991 gave me permission to set out and do weird shit.
That’s what this is for.
“I miss live music so much,” @billmeis
Today I chose day old coffee and putting my phone down to make this loop. This piece of video. This art. This isn’t to land a record deal, or get a billboard in Times Square. This is a signal to other weirdos out there (maybe you).
This is my resume in full display. I can make music. I can make videos. I can make social media assets. And I’m a bit weird.
These probably won’t get me making recruiter clips for HR departments, but hey, if you make music and need some video advice, hit me up. If you make videos and need some music, let’s talk.
Not as some formal big time collaboration thing… let’s talk. Shoot me an email, say hello.