Perry Barking-Mad by Jordan Paul Miles


It’s not as if anyone has never seen a mess like this before.  I remember the sordid days at the private school I went to, all of the arbitrary screaming, crying, and shit throwing.  I suppose that I am now to believe that being out, being there in that place they all pressured me to be in that I’m to behave one hundred percent of the time.  If you really consider the nature of where we all end up it isn’t on our own volition, it’s simply dictated by the firm and unrelenting hand of our parents’ parents’ parents.  Anyway, am I truly to be held fully responsible for this mess I created?  We’re all entitled to a moment’s slip up every once and a while, I pay the mortgage and it stills seems that I’m to always be on my best behavior.  I remember when we used to use my fathers Nautilus equipment to smash the salamanders, stolen from beneath the rock they shouldn’t have chosen that day.  It was fun, but why then and not now?

Despite the world I would like to live in, I am held accountable.  I didn’t even have to clean up.  Good thing too, what I wouldn’t give to take a big, triumphant shit to show off to the room.  Fucking business events.

I should skip town, just to prove how capable I am of becoming the little bastard I used to be.  So what, I have enough money.  I’ll even tell my lawyer so he can pass it on to them, I don’t need  to get out of anything.  I could only hope that they’d all be tilting their heads, they wouldn’t know who they were dealing with.  In one crack of one knuckle I could have them all convinced I was Lex Luthor.

I mean no harm of course, I suppose I do have a lot on the line.  It’s no one else’s fault that I would love to scan every house and decorate my walls with domesticated cat pelts.  Come to think of it, that sounds like a fantastic idea.  Decorate my lounge with cat pelts and smoke the rest into the newest cat jerky.  PETA performs euthanasia on hundreds of thousands of animals a year and still get to bitch out the art community.  Why not cat jerky?  Are cats vital?  Are cats important?  Do we worship cats?  Here’s another question.  Do we eat cats?  I fucking hate cats.

Even if I don’t get fired I think I’m going to quit my job.  No one is going to want to see me around the workspace anyhow.  Every time I think about sitting in that one area I remember the boiling restlessness in my feet, my toes trying to burrow out of my shoes.  Those constricting leather shoes.  What’s their aim, i figure I could make a pretty good case against the mental strain caused by that attire and the gradually forming tumor on my brain stem.

Oh well, I know for a fact that there’s no harm meant.  I suppose if I wanted the derelict lifestyle I could have stopped trying long ago.  Yet again, I must bring up these standards that are finely engraved in my memory.  A resonating set of customs respected by mine own ancestors, which stuck on the foreheads of every screaming, human pup.  I guess I’d better bear up and stifle the fumes of this impending mid life crisis or whatever the fuck it is.  We’ll all be doomed in the end, so have a fucking barbecue.

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Short Film: Generation Loss


This film is the result of my attempt to recreate the style of Impressionism within a completely different medium.

I did this with two main points in my mind. The first is the visual aesthetic. Blurred, gazed, and devoid of detail. This lack of details allows the viewer to visually interpret the scene. It is in this interpretation in which we personalize the paintings to our own, unique, vision.

This personalization by interpretation is what I’ve attempted to achieve. It’s what makes impressionism work.

This is my first attempt. For the reproduction of the “Interpretable style” I turned towards the technique of generation loss. The process of copying a copy in a lossy, analog, fashion. Same practice as copying one image multiple times over on a copy machine.

Instead of a copy machine, I used my video camera and my television.

I shot all of my footage around Philadelphia’s museum district captured, edited and then exported to DVD. I would play the DVD on my Television, and videotape the screen. Rinse Wash and Repeat, until it looks like it does. This video accounts for six cycles of generation loss.

The second thing I wanted to employ is feeling of endless time. Time has always been represented in Impressionistic paintings beautifully. The image has a seamless flow, often giving the illusion of motion.

My biggest challenge with time was that, video, by nature exhibits motion. I needed to find an additional method to embolden the passing of time. To solve this problem I employed the use of diptych. The process of placing two images next to each other to reinforce an idea.

Ultimately, while I feel the project is visually interesting and a valuable learning experience, I have not achieved what I wanted. I wanted to create a film which inhabits the same visual space as Impressionistic Painters. Generation loss, did not lend itself to the goal as I predicted.

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Hacked iPhone 4


I recently decided to hack my iPhone again (first time with iPhone 4). I jailbroke it and went app crazy, I found many apps that make my life 10x easier. Here are a few of them: Continue reading

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The Morning Benders w/ Twin Sister and Oberhofer @ The First Unitarian Church 11/11/10


Last night I went to a show at The First Unitarian Church. Every show that I have gone to at this small church basement has been off the hook, so I expected nothing less from the night. The headliner for the night was The Morning Benders who are on the list of my favorite bands. They were originally from Berkley, California, but have since moved to Brooklyn, New York. They currently have two full length albums out, Talking Through Tin Cans and Echoes. Both of which have a different feel to them, but both which are great albums in and of themselves. You should definitely check them both out.

Oberhofer

(c) Ernest Haines

There were two acts supporting The Morning Benders, Oberhofer and Twin Sister. When I first discovered that The Morning Benders were going to be playing I immediately looked at the two supporting acts to see if they were worthwhile. I immediately fell in love with Oberhofer. If you asked me what exactly I liked about Brad Oberhofer’s music, I would probably say that it was how unfiltered and catchy it was.. and partially the fact that he writes and records all the music himself.

Oberhofer

(c) Ernest Haines

o0Oo0Oo by OBERHOFER.

When I first heard some of his music, I couldn’t stop listening. At the time of writing this, I have probably listened to the EP I bought at the show probably four times in a row. I am so glad I got to see Brad Live. When he plays live, he has a band playing alongside him.

I was fortunate enough to grab a quick interview with him after the show in which I gleaned some nice bits of information from him

He was a really cool guy to interview, and I thoroughly enjoyed talking to him (thanksman!)

I could talk for a while about how I really like his music, but I feel that it really talks for itself and is also really awesome. You should definitely check him out!

He was really awesome live! I really enjoyed the spirit he and his band portrayed when he was playing. After the interview with him, I discovered that he will be on tour again within the next year with a lot of his new material so hopefully within that tour he will hit Philadelphia again. I am personally excited to see what comes from Brad’s mind, and how his music shapes over time.

Oberhofer

(c) Ernest Haines

After he was done, I looked towards the second act to continue my excitement.

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The second band to come up was Twin Sister. They are a five piece from Long Island, New York and they play some chill synth based indie electronic. Eric from Twin Sister met Andrea, the lead singer, when he was 14 and she was 16. They were bored and decided to start writing songs together. Later on Brian, the of the band joined, but when he moved away Andrea and Eric started recording music with Dev, the keyboardist, and Gabe, the basist. When Brian came back from Texas, he jumped back into the group finishing the five piece.

Twin Sister

(c) Ernest Haines

Unfortunately, the lights were turned down for this set so I was not able to snap as many photos as I would have liked. Twin Sister played a really chilled out setlist. Their music was really interesting and chilled out. I would have liked to pick up an album from their merch table after the show, but I was preoccupied at the time.

Even though the lights were down, I put my camera away and listened to the music being played. They played a really good mix of songs…all of which I enjoyed.

The next up were The Morning Benders. Their entire set was amazing. That is pretty much all I can say about it. While I loved the other two acts that played previously, there was a special place in my heart for The Morning Benders. I first discovered them last year when I was looking through my music library. I am not sure when I first got the music exactly, but I know that one day I found them lying in my music library. I listened to the entire “Talking Through Tin Cans” album and immediately fell in love. I can remember telling my friend distinctly “wow man, I don’t remember how I found this band, but they are really awesome!”

Morning Benders

(c) Ernest Haines

Their set lived up to my expectations of the band. They played a number of their slower songs to begin with but slowly turned to a lot of their more upbeat songs.

At one point they played a cover of Sublime’s “Garden Grove.” I was really impressed with the performance by Chris Chu and the rest of his bandmates. They played just as well live as they did on their recorded material.

The Morning Benders

(c) Ernest Haines

They ended their set with the song “Excuses.” It was definitely something else.

Each band that played impressed me in a different way. Oberhofer really impressed me with the fact that a 20 something year old is producing his own music and rocking out with as r5productions calls it “noisy exuberance of youth.” I was impressed by the performance of Twin sister as I was not exactly sure what to expect (because there is little information on the internet), and I was impressed by The Morning Benders Live performance. I had not heard any of the bands playing last night before in a live performance, but they rocked my night and it was worth being at the venue from seven o’ clock till about twelve o’ clock.

The Morning Benders

(c) Ernest Haines

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Whats up, Revolving Door Project?



Ernest

Hi there!

Like pretty much every other other writer on this blog, I cannot express how happy I am to be able to contribute and I wanted to give a huge thank you to Spencer for giving me the opportunity.

I know I’ve already made two posts on this blog (one guest post and one regular) but I wanted to take some time to introduce myself to the community so all of you can get a feeling for who I am as a person, my aspirations, etc.

I grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and lived in that area for the first ten years of my life. I was one of those kids who was pretty abnormal, and I guess you could say that I did not fit in with all the other kids at school. Instead of playing sports in grade school, I enjoyed being in my own little world. I remember being on the soccer field when I was in third grade in the right-wing defensive position. Instead of trying to follow the ball, I made binoculars with my hands and watched the ball move across the field.

I feel that my own little world has helped shape me as a person and an artist. Which I guess is how I ended up attending The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with the hope of graduating with a BFA in Photography.

Photography is a pretty big part of my life. I expect to post quite a bit about it… From concert photography (my newfound joy in life) to maybe gallery reviews/general critiques. My hope is that I will be able to pursue a professional career in it before I am all done and graduated from University.

You can check out my work here

In the future, expect to see lots of posts from me, as I expect myself to use the opportunity to express my feelings and opinions about art on this site to its fullest extent.

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Happy Halloween!


Revolving Door Project would like to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Halloween. Don’t forget to tune in Monday to Revolving Door Radio to hear the winner of our Sufjan Stevens ticket contest. It isn’t too late to enter!

Image Copyright 2005 Blue67Pony (via flickr)

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Short Film: Zeus’ Plateau


Zeus’ Plateau from Spencer Starnes on Vimeo.

It’s called Zeus’ Plateau, a name that somehow stuck to the apartment. It stars myself, and my room mate Jordan. My friend Mickey, has never touched a video camera. He was the perfect DP for this spur of the moment film.

We wrote, rehearsed, planned, shot, captured, edited, sound mixed, and compressed all in 1.5 hours. It is, by design, a flawed film.

It’s a comedy, and the sequel to an earlier film, You’re a Long Way from Home Kid.

UPDATE: This is our 100th post!

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