GeneralI am also a painter. It's all animals and abstacts. used to work with acrylics and then I discovered the vibrancy of pastels. I know work digitally but the process feels no different at all to me. Paintings (and some music) can be seen (and heard) on my website musicandthebird.com I am quite the animal guy as my art makes obvious. I live with 7 parrots and 2 dogs. (One day I'll put pictures up...) They are my kids, basically, but I like them better than the human kin (n offense to those of you with kids-I love them.) I'm fascinated by cognitive ethology and by the relationships that form across the species line. It speaks to something very high. And to put the final nail in the geek coffin, I am an otaku. I love anime and I really love Japanese robots and toys and I colect them. I build models obsessively and am totally in to it. One day I'll put pictures up...
BooksHouse of Leaves, Only Revolutions, Weaveworld, The Dream Hunters
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About me:.. jamescarney.com for more info.) I also played with the wonderful Larry Karush which was always a great hang and a dance on the edge. I started as a rock drummer and then went nuts for music from India, Africa, and Brazil, as well as the aforementioned jazz and contemporary concert music. However, the rock never left me. I played in more bands than I can remember but some do stick out. In 1998 I played with a little group called The Smashing Pumpkins, an experience that certainly changed me. It was a thrilling nightmare for most of the time. But it was fun to play rck star for a little while. (If you want to see the ugly truth, go to YouTube and type in "Smashing Pumpkins 1998." Good for a laugh. I see those clips now and I feel like I'm watching another life. After that year my career as a studio musician really took off and I found myself doing a lot of movies, commercials, and records. I got to work with some incredible talent-Danny Elfman, John Debney, and some lesser talent that was just a lot of work and bad attitudes all around as well as bad movies. I taught a lot. I loved it. I loved my students and they loved me. I was committed. teaching taught me a lot about Zen and held up many mirrors that led to some keys that unlocked some important doors for me as far as seeing where I needed to go. Backing up just a little, I started composing in 1996. I begun a collection of pieces that I had in mind for a record-MY record. During and after the Smashing tour I finished the material and began recording it with Dan Pinder (my top-shelf-bro) in 1999. We completed mixing in 2000. Last Novemeber it came out on the Zero Genshi label, whom I'm still with. It is called The Soul The Crow Stole and it is available through the itunes music store, msn music, and Hear Music. There was a nice tour with Rufus Wainwright, who was a great player and a gentleman. And then I made the record that made everything up to that point really worthwhile which Noe Venable's The World is Bound By Secret Knots. Magic, sweetness, strong bonds of friendship, and some amazing meals were made and consumed that week. And then we toured twice for around 3 weeks. And that was it. The bright candle that burns fast. (One of the most ironic, and often hideously dissapointing things is that much of the press that followed "Secret Knots" often referred to the "programmed drums" and "loops" of which occupy less than 8% of the record! There are 2 loops I believe, and with the exception of Andy Borger's brilliant playing on "Mid-Summer Nights Dream", it's all me. All of the parts just happened and we knew instantly what to do-it just happened and felt right. I do pride myself to a certain extent on my accute sense of not just time but feel and the subtlety of the spaces in between notes and their relation to time. I'm not sure if me fooling so many people into thinking it was programed/looped speaks to a strength or something less savory, but it is one of a small handful of nearly 60 recordings I've made that I still listen to and regret nothing what so-ever. Few things in my life have been that sincere. Todd's production was brilliant but the whole thing was completely organic, collaborative, and spontaneous, which to me, makes the depths that it swims in all the more deep.) And then back to the drudgery of doing sessions for beasts without ears or spines. So I finished a book that Peter Erskine had asked me to help him write (Drumset Essentials, Vol. One) , did a few more terribly depreessing sessions and gigs and decided that I needed to go elsewhere if I was to keep music in my life. This took some figuring out. But with the support of my old friend and wife Marie as well as the above mentioned Pinder the Great, my man Butch, and my oldest friend Katz I did make it through. I've been an avid gamer since I ws about 8. I just loved video games to death and never stopped playing them. I felt nobody was open anymore in the world of music (or I just couldn't find those people) or I was just burnt out. And then I saw a world where music was still young and Wonka factory was/is the video game industry. So now that's what I primarily do-music and sfx and all things audio for Activision Publishing. Oh, and somewhere in there I became an engineer and editor. I produced and recorded a band called The Cheat, who by the way are great and just got a record deal. You can find them on myspace. I now am working on my 2nd recording called BloodFeather. I'm very excited and I'll be sharing more about this soon.
Who I'd like to meet:Ringo and the Beatles, Andy and XTC, Stravinsky, Ligeti, and some other dead folks
- Status: Married
- Hometown: Los Angeles
- Ethnicity: White / Caucasian
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Children: I don't want kids
- Smoke: No
- Education: Grad / professional school
- Occupation: Sound Artist