This week Stacey and I debut something we’ve been cooking up for a little while. Aside from creating Griffin (pictured with us to the left) we have been looking for a way to collaborate artistically and feel we may have hit on a somewhat novel approach.
Regular visitors to this site may recall this post where I called into question my own “album release” mentality as being totally at odds with prevailing trends. Well dear readers we have seen some great artistic challenges to this notion and have been inspired to produce something manageable that will satisfy our urges and hopefully entertain some of you out there.
The Included Middle is a tumblr blog for sound/image/text we create. Each fortnight, or thereabouts, I will create some audio, Stacey will write some text and one or both of us will provide an image. There is no set topic each week but a title will be shared across the elements. While they might loosely inform one another, there is no denotative reading required. No element dominates, it is a negotiated experience where the audience is free to construct meaning.
While I think, in a similar way to N4rgh1l3, this form of collaboration extends naturally from our abilities, there is most certainly a current inspiration. Rabbit Rabbit Radio has been established by Carla Kihlstedt and Mathias Bossi (both ex-Sleepytime Gorilla Museum) as an outlet for creativity from their relatively isolated hermitage in Maine. Immensely interesting this is a subscription based service similar to those trialed by Einsturzende Neubauten. While I was not privy to that experiment I can say RRR is simple and at times fairly raw but I find very rewarding. For $1-5usd per month you get a new track downloadable in multiple formats, video stuff, some classy instamatics and some great links, recommendations and other personal stuff that helps bridge the gap between artist and audience.
When Brian Eno talks about a “living art reborn” this is where I can see it happening. Compared to RRR, The Included Middle is more of a construct, a conceit of the medium. We don’t intend to show you who we really are, but that might leak out. We’re not going to ask for a subscription, however if you find our weird music and tales edifying we’ve provided a “donate” button at the bottom of the page. Looking forward to it.