1.6.22 (UPDATE FROM 3.16.20)
This is a "plague quarantine sign" whose origins seem to have dated around 1683. Sadly, it's also apropos as March 16, 2020 marked "DAY 1" of home isolation in Philadelphia due to: SARS-CoV-2 - commonly referred to by me as "CoVid19" or by many in its simplified form: "Covid 19" or just plain ol' thrilling "Covid". Yes, almost exactly 100 years later, the entire planet is experiencing a rather "lovely"/devastatingly intense, contagious and deadly pandemic these past 2+ year - and horrificly continuing "well" (using that term loosely) into 2022. This is due to a 5th variant called "Omicron". Scientists have created 2 new "mRNA" (RNA messenger therapeutics) vaccines as well as new antiviral medications. "Ah, science - please don't fail us now," I used to think. Unfortunately, it isn't science that is failing us, it is people who don't believe in science. SO, what does this mean for me - Jason Kraley? Well, I prefer to continue "living" as I spin through interstellar space on this rock called Earth. However, this has presented a whole new level of "shit storm insanity" to the already-shit-stormy year that was 2020: The worst fucking year ever. 2021 had the "Alpha" and (the most deadly) "Delta" mutations that plagued us all, and now 2022 has started with the most infectious new version: "Omicron". Several medical inconveniences like, oh, much needed carpal tunnel surgery(ies?), dental work, my first colonoscopy (still on hold), and a plethora of plans-turned-trainwrecks that was the definition of "2020" and beyond. My anxiety disorder combined with 661 days of (at times, mandatory) continuous home self-isolation, is utterly, semi-permanently damaging psychological thing I deal with - still - to get through 2022. Yes, this has also put all efforts and abilities to begin working on my new album until life returns to a "new normal".
*And for you future historians rummaging through our recovered data of this century: Yes, this has been a REALLY SHITTY FUCKING 2+ YEARS, but I believe that our technological advances (so far) have allowed most of the human population to connect with each other in very inventive - and at times, ridiculously bizarre - attempts to keep ourselves "connected" - if not in person, which has proven mostly infectious/deadly, then digitally through our devices, screens, et cetera, all thanks to the connectivity of the Internet - in its commercialized and bastardized form it is currently in at this point in our timeline. Hopefully we continue to exist so that you - the future historians of newer centuries - will actually be reading this... And if so, then indeed my purpose will be fulfilled:
Jason Kraley was here.
Perseverance is a car-sized Mars rover designed to explore Jezero crater on Mars as part of NASA's Mars 2020 mission. Manufactured by JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and launched on 30 July 2020, at 7:50 a.m. EDT (11:50 UTC), I JUST NOW WATCHED IT SUCCESSFULLY LAND (via livestream from NASA during CoVid19 home isolation)! Officially, it was confirmed that the rover successfully landed on Mars on 18 February 2021 at 3:55 p.m. EST (20:55 UTC). It also carries MY NAME along with it! Pictured above is my official "ticket" after my submission to be 1 of 10,932,295 human being's names stenciled by electron beam onto three fingernail-sized silicon chips now attached/mounted onto the Perseverence rover itself!
Click here for more info on what it looks like and how it was created.
11.29.20November 29, 2011 was the official CD release of Still Inertia's album: "Invested". It took 6 years to make, and here we are 9 years after its release!
(And yes, the new decade will hopefully fulfill promise of a new album... I just need to survive this CoVid19 pandemic to make it...
Thanks for your continued support!)
This year, the website is being further updated - slowly - for easier accessibility to older material in my discography. But as for "Invested", if you're looking for a stocking stuffer or just want to share the love, here's how to securely purchase the album or individual songs on CD and/or digitally (MP3 quality on where you purchase this - more to follow in 2021):
"Invested" (Official US Release)
67 Minutes - CD/MP3 - November 2011
$10 (CD) - $10 album/$1 songs (MP3)
Official Sellers: Apple Music, Amazon.com
Official Distributor: CDBaby
Official Rights Affiliation (PRO): BMI
BARCODE: 6 25989 65862 4
10.28.20It is with a heavy heart to announce that my step-father has passed away in the very early hours of October 28. My mother is all alone. I am 435 miles away from her, and, considering we are all experiencing an ever-increasing pandemic with state border restrictions (between PA and OH), as well as my own anxiety disorder (I can't fucking grocery shop without heavy sedation drugs), sadly I cannot be there in person with her and the family. I am, however, helping remotely with everything I can do remotely. Phil Barker was quite a "warhorse" of a musician and human being, even during his rapid decline since the end of last year in the hospital. He will be missed. My heart is heavier with his loss - adding to this most terrible year in human history.
3.16.20SARS-CoV-2, the latest global pandemic since 1918 has begun in Philadelphia.
1.9.20Another year in an ongoing saga of the most difficult years of my life, I've taken several days before my birthday tomorrow to think back on all that I have seen, and I put together my annual/official
"Top 19" of 2019 list in the The Reference section. Explore and enjoy...
1.20.19After one of the most difficult years of my life, I've had 20 days to think back on all that I have watched, and I finally put together my official
"Top 18" of 2018 list in the The Reference section. Explore and enjoy...
6.7.18: Jeff C. Kraley (3.5.1950 - 6.7.2018)
June 7, 2018, at 6:07pm EST, I received the most unexpected phone call informing me that my father was found dead on the living room floor of the house he was residing at. It is a phone call that one never expects. Somehow we never think of exactly why, how, or when we will get this delivery of information, this "letter in transit"... but it seems to almost never come to us when we're expecting it. I've sat, stood, paced, and all while contemplating for hours how to "feel". What to think. There is a ubiquity about death that we all either fear, loathe, abhor, venerate, ignore, revere, or even welcome. My father was a difficult, intelligent, troubled, philosophical, creative, fearless, and ultimately fearful human. He had postulated, theorized, speculated, and questioned many things: his own existence, his indelible mortality, his place in the world, his purpose or function in the "grand scheme" of life, the universe, and everything. People who know me best will undoubtedly recognize similarities of what I am describing as adjectives that align with my own self. I suppose genetics does have a role in the hands we are continuously dealt in the games we encounter in life... but, like gambling, like most all games, the schematics and deconstructions of these highly speculative questions are ultimately a somewhat shared set of ultimate questions amongst us all, from time to time... Some people handle them with grace, manipulation, admiration, or any various ways we manifest our ways of dealing with our existence. My father dwelled heavily in his own existentialism, as well as those of others. He was not a perfect man. Far from it, some would say. He was obviously not a perfect husband... twice, at least. And he was by no means the perfect father... but he was my father. He was someone who contributed something. Not just genetic code in order to initiate my creation and existence. He contributed the best of what he could, when he could: enthusiasm, wonder, sympathy, regard, knowledge and acknowledgment - and most importantly: his intent of love. His love, however, like most of us, was not without its flaws. He was human, afterall. He was not without his shittiest of sides nor without the greatest of intentions, but there was something special... something unique... something we all possess within our own uniquity. He was a father, a husband, a lost (and found) soul, but most importantly he was human. He existed. He mattered. He may have unintentionally caused the greatest of pain and unknowing moments of deepest sorrow - as well as the rarer sides of himself he tried so cleverly(?) to hide. But his totality - the sum of him - will always live on, through his thoughts, his written memories, his photos, even his ramblings (when coherent enough). It is what he has left behind in all who have encountered and/or known him that are the best recipients of the examples of what was strongest within him: his unique impressions which have been touched and left behind by him. For better or for worse: he mattered.
And I am proof that, indeed: "Jeff Kraley was here."
RIP, my father. You caught me (and us all) off guard on June 7th, 2018, but your irony will forever be remembered as long as we are around to remember you.
Love, your only son,
2.3.17One would think a year later, things would be on the mend,
but I do declare, "a disquiet follows my soul," lately...
Meanwhile, in celebratory reflection of 2016,
thinking back to all that I have watched, finally made me put together my official
"Top 16" of 2016 list in the The Reference section... Enjoy!
2.7.16My grandmother, Jane L. Kraley, passed away February 7, 2016. She was one of the only two best grandmothers in my consciously living world, and my world is irreparably diminished by her loss. This song "Grandmother" is my continuing tribute to her beyond 2016... - Jason Kraley (BMI), eldest grandson/writer/composer - aka Still Inertia...
1.16.16This website has been in existence since 1996. Back in its establishment, "The Reference" section originally offered hundreds of sorted, verified website links to musicians, artists, record labels and organizations I supported. However, after 20 years, with the advent of social networking, proliferation of countless websites, and meticulously expansive search engine accessibility, I've rebuilt that section to present informational records of personal interest and reference. This change now allows me to archive all my annual movie lists under the "Visual Consumption" section, along with anything else I choose to collect, sort through and organize.
This perfectly coincides with my latest documented release of everything I've visually consumed in 2015: my "Top 15 of 2015" list! Happy new year!
Click here to view my 2015 list
1.10.16Not much to say except that, today, I'm one year older and, sadly, saying farewell to David Bowie...
1.1.14:"Damocles' Sword" (Official Digital Release)
6m47s - Digital Only - January 2014 - $0.99 (MP3-320)
"Damocles' Sword" was originally intended to be the finale song to the entire "Invested" album (2011). However, due to the CD's length restriction of the manufacturer, this mastered song was not included and became a rare, unreleased "B-Side" (which also sparked the upcoming "Journeys" EP). "Damocles' Sword" is fully mastered and finally released to the public to usher in the new era of 2014's creativities and breaking the writing blocks since the release of "Invested".
Writen, Recorded, Engineered & Produced by Jason Kraley (BMI)
Additional Rhythm Patterns: Jason Popejoy
Mastered by Mike Giffin in Los Angeles, California
Performance Rights & Copyright 2011-2014 Still Inertia (BMI)
Official Sellers: CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon.com
Official Distributor: CDBaby
Official Rights Affiliation (PRO): BMI
BARCODE: 8 88174 49490 6
In March 2013, ABSOLUT Vodka boldly turned its iconic bottle into a blank canvas to inspire creativity and support LGBT Equality. I was gratefully 1 of 50 United States artists in 2013 whom were invited to design an ABSOLUT OUTRAGEOUS Masterpiece 4-foot tall bottle using the classic "ABSOLUT Greyhound" cocktail as inspiration. Nationwide voting took place on Absolut's Facebook page between May 17 - June 30, 2013.
The results? Ironicly, I placed #11 nationally with 424 votes, and, as winner of Philadelphia's competing local artists, I also placed Philadelphia as #11 out of 22 participating cities. Thank you all for your support and votes!
FOR MORE DETAILS, INFO AND "THE MAKING OF" PHOTOS,
I appreciate your interest, your votes, and I thank everyone, including ABSOLUT Vodka (US), SPI Marketing and my fellow selected ABSOLUT OUTrageous artists!
I thank all my friends for your support and belief in this 160+ hour creation!
PLEASE: ENJOY WITH ABSOLUT RESPONSIBILITY®
11.29.11The "Invested" album officially has been released!
"Invested" (Official US Release)
67 Minutes - CD/MP3 - November 2011
$10 (CD) - $10 album/$1 songs (MP3)
Official Sellers: Apple Music, Amazon.com
Official Distributor: CDBaby
Official Rights Affiliation (PRO): BMI
BARCODE: 6 25989 65862 4
For more information and to show your support, visit: facebook.com/stillinertia
Lastly, if you are in Europe or outside of the US, there are EU distribution sellers who have the CD in stock to lessen international/customs costs. Naturally, the price will be higher though, since this album was born in USA.
SPECIAL CD RELEASE & SENSORY EVENT
Thank you to all those who attended this special event on November 29, 2011.
10.10.10WHAT'S THIS ABOUT PEPPER McGOWAN AND STILL INERTIA WORKING TOGETHER?
Yes, indeed, I am alive... And so is Pepper McGowan. What have I (aka Still Inertia) been doing during the winter 2009/2010? Well, working (postulating and mental wrinting) with Pepper McGowan for our upcoming duo album in the coming 2020 decade realm. But what does that mean? Well, we're not entirely sure ourselves. I don't think we have to think of our internet consequences when we are working on what we do to survive, live, thrive, and enjoy. Until then, you just have to accept it. We did our first major recording session in 2009 (right after Thanksgiving) with the Philadelphia Museum of Art's grand piano (Steinway and Sons full-length "grand edition") and makeshift auditorium-curtained/digital studio on stage... Indeed it has been the start equivalent to a far away glimpse of an event horizon in the form of a ground-breaking amount of work and an intensive start as BOTH our lives weave 433 miles between each other and how they intersect at various points in time. We plan to work with acoustic piano recordings, both our vocals, mixed with digital-electronic soundscapes, instruments, textures and building blocks indicative of Still Inertia's instrumental sound mixed with Pepper and her using her analog device: the first portable Pioneer cassette tape recorder - as a journal beyond space and time, recording her vocals to express, mess, meld, mold, and blend over 30-40 years of technology into one presentation. Yes, it's huge. Yes, it's a big endeavor. Yes, if you think we're insane, continue thinking that way.... because we are - or are we? Right now our lives are primary as we tackle our personal day-to-day/year-to-year challenges, as we still communicate on a regular basis across the miles. Right now, we just wanted to make the statement of an inteded start: We want people who are open to the realistic progress of growing maturity with unbridled, ageless passion, believing in the idea that something slow, inspirational, and - at times - quick-no-holds-barred evolutionary metamorphasis "seeping down your arm like honey from a freshly pulled honeycomb" can actually not be a trite made flesh - it will take many years of work, and we will eventually walk away with something culminating in what may very well be the pinnacle of both Pepper McGowan and my own musical careers together as a seemingly offensive, pleasurable and future-proof piece of auditory (part visual) and yet ultimately visceral collaborative piece of artwork which will stand out all on its own. Stay tuned for the long haul... we ain't pushing this out at the ferver-pitch speed of Marvel movies!
Many thanks to the record-breaking numbers of people (friends and strangers alike) who attended the 5th annual Collaborative Art Show ("Bear Art") at The Bike Stop March 12-13, 2010. Though numbers are not to my knowledge, suffice it to say, many children will be going to Camp Brightfeather, a summer camp for children with HIV and children whose families are affected by HIV thanks to all of you! Kind personal thanks go out to Veronica Bound (curator and organizer extraordinaire), The Liberty Bears of Philadelphia (the sponsors of this event), the owners and staff of The Bike Stop (who welcomed the event), my friends who were able to attend (sorry for the rain, but at least it wasn't 70 inches of snow, eh?), and the new owners who purchased three of my paintings. I'm very grateful for everyone's support, comments, observations and newfound acquaintences. Have a safe St. Patrick's Day week!
10.29.08Thank you to all who came to the Voyeur event. We raised over $1800 for the Mazzoni Center's Toys for Children with HIV/AIDS as well as The Keystone boys Of Leather group. DVDs of the silent video will be compiled and given as gifts to the main donors and all acotrs and actresses who participated in my filming project "Voyeur" which was projected throughout that night at The Bike Stop.
I have been absent online for quite some time. I now have more titanium in me, no one would really know it if they saw me, hell: it barely wants to be visible in an xray, but I can feel it and if you look real close, the multiple titanium plate fragments show themselfs only where the open holes and screw bolts are in the plates. One could say I'm the new 50 million dollar Jason Kraley... but it wasn't that much. Sadly, it is non-ferrous, which means it won't conduct electricity, it iwll not expand or contract from heat, and, sadly, it is not magnetic: So I can't do stupid party tricks like people making poems with those silly refrigerator magnets with words and letters... I'm on the mend, doing many things, including working with the lovely government, which actually is now working with me and soon... in the "wheneverywhere" near future... I will be releasing my 4-year album in the works... professionally. Professionally printed, packaged, UPC coded, and maybe, just maybe, in a crappy store near you! Thank you all for your emails, cards, and gifts! Cheers.
The 0-10 pain scale used to be that 10=passing a kidney stone back when I was 28. Accordingly, the surgery, upon waking, was a resoundingly knife-stabbing "35-40" on that scale. It took the most amount of drugs to almost kill a person without sedating them (since the goal was to awake me from surgery, which was 1 hour and 50 minutes). After all they could do, if I turned that 35-40 into an absolute 10, all the drugs they gave me brought it to a 9.5
Thank you to all who have been there for me through it all, especially Stevo, Tosh, and Jason... and that cool nurse who hooked me up with the tastiest farewell meal that didn't include decaf tea and chicken broth soup again as my last meal before hospital departure.
Picture provided by the lovely Luca, whose graduation I am sorry to miss later this week... happy birthday in advance to Steve, the most supportive and understanding person through it all, thank you to Toshio, the coolest friend to ever get ALL my ear and facial jewelry back in place after all these surgical visits, and to people like Mr. Russell and the fine friends in Cleveland who are attempting to stay in contact with my progress through the conscious and unconscious moments of my month of hell.
5.12.08THANK YOU to all who came out supported the Bears On Liberty Weekend event this past weekend and thank you to all those who attended last month's Bear Art exhibition. You all were hopefully entertained, had fun, and you also helped raise money for charity for both events. Thank you to all those who helped out and thought kindly to involve my experience into the fold.
FILM ID: CR-V10
The last night of the 2007 Live Arts/Philly Fringe Festival's Late Night Cabaret (September 15, 2007) projected the premiere of the second annual top secret film Kraley Productions was graciously asked to create in front of the second largest audience ever for a Kraley Productions film. Directed and edited by Jason Kraley, this year the film took on a "mockumentary" version of NBC's (and BBC's) show entitled "The Office". The video is set in the new (and newly high-tech) Live Arts Box Office in Philadelphia. Starring Komal Kapoor, Amanda Grove, Lori Aghazarian, Becca Bernstein, Dom Chacon, Maya Choldin, Mike Dees, Jared Delaney, Jen Dillon, Karen DiLossi, Amanda Ditsky, Casey Gallagher, Tom Shotkin, Kate Tejada, and Jay Wahl, this film was shot in 7 hours and edited over the course of 5 exhaustive days. The ensemble of staff workers, actors and actresses, 2 cameras, 2 wireless microphones, and great improvisational action based on simple ideas written in the course of the previous week made this piece come alive and had the crowd unexpectedly laughing throughout a rather lengthy "spoken word" piece. This piece was musically saved by Toshio Mana and Gooding and edited on Final Cut Pro 4.5 HD. Much thanks to Stephen Keever (Executive Producer and Second Camera Operator/Super-Hero) and Maya Choldin (my first officially degreed Assistant Director). The piece marks Jason Kraley's 10th film, running 14 minutes, plus an additional 4 minutes for credits offering a special bonus of "outtakes" and memorable clips during the "on set" shoot, filmed and edited between September 9-15.
NOW RELEASED FOR FREE DOWNLOAD:
"The Reconstitution Of Roto Visage". Eleven artists came together to reinterpret, reinvent, and reconstitute the work of Roto Visage. Featuring remixes by: I.V.Lab, Pocka, Ahasverus, Conversations About The Light; Defractory, Calyx After This, Retro, Still Inertia, Worms Of The Earth, Anything In Wire, Nostalgia.
I played my hand (well, under my musical identity: Still Inertia) in this new online album by creating a re-version sonata of the song called "Smudge" by Roto Visage off their album - "La Muse Cachée". I spent several hard days creating a 7:32 version called "Smudged." I hope you all enjoy in the infinite vastness of musical appreciation, artistic deviation and expressionism that Roto Visage gave all us musicians such a great honor to explore...
This album guest appearance for Still Inertia has been added to Still Inertia's Discography.
I have been editorially recognized as the featured multi-media artist for the Spring 2007 issue of The Ashe Journal: an explorationally spiritual/artistic publication.
I was asked to do the front and back cover designs as well as write an essay about my life up to this point. Amazingly, nothing censored! Much thanks to Sven Davisson!
[UPDATE: this may now be out of print. Contact Ashe Journal for possible back issues available for download.]
4.21.07Thank you to all those who made it out to see the first public showing of Still Inertia's "Closer To Me" video and another nice viewing of Gooding's "Sunday Morning" at Joe's Coffee in Philadelphia. For those of you who inquired about the new album by Still Inertia, feel free to visit www.stillinertia.com for continual updates. Thank you very much to Joe's Coffee and for your applause. It meant a lot to me..
10.20.06"CLOSER TO ME" (THE NEW VIDEO & SONG)
Of these many songs in the progress for my upcoming third album, INVESTED, there are a few that have been complete and awaiting their final placement on the album itself. One song is called "Closer To Me" and is pre-released with its very own video! I have been working on it (under the Kraley Productions realm) for the past 3 weeks and is now the first video converted to be viewable online.
October 7, 2006 was the official release date of the second music video ever for Still Inertia. It is an exclusively first new music video for a song called "Closer To Me" which is promoting the forthcoming third album entitled "Invested." Using footage spanning over 2 years in Cleveland, Ohio, the final lyrical pieces were shot in a day in Philadelphia, PA. Massive amounts of footage taken in Philadelphia were crunched down during pre-production to workable time-elapsed footage. This video explores the rather ever-changing emotional and mental health of someone who needs to get closer toward their own "within" before they are too far gone. It also demonstrates the continually evolving exploration of the creative boundaries of my music from its previous years. This, of course, combined with the other song "Eileen" only gives you a taste of what is to come on my third album under the identity Still Inertia.
The DVD features the full quality version (29.97 frames per second) as opposed to the 15 fps smaller/compressed version in QuickTime format for viewing across the Internet. Fully edited on Final Cut Pro 4.5 HD and finalized with complete menu design and integration on DVD Studio Pro 3. Total editing time: 3 weeks.
TO LISTEN TO THE NEW SONG:
Written & Produced by Jason Kraley (BMI)
Additional Drumwork: Roto Visage
Vocals, Lyrics, Music: J. Kraley
VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING ONLINE:
VIDEO AVAILABLE ON DVD:
Well the secret is out. The last night of the 2006 Philly Fringe Live Arts Late Night Cabaret (September 16, 2006) debuted the top secret film Kraley Products was asked to create in front of the largest audience ever for a Kraley Productions film debut. Directed and produced by Jason Kraley, the film was a mixture of sharing the daily life of a volunteer at the ticket selling Box Office during the Philly Fringe Festivals, saying goodbye to the head supervisor of 10 years (Lori Aghazarian) and turning her into the daydreaming star equivalent to the relative idea of the movie Flashdance, back in 1983. The video is set to Irene Cara's song "Flashdance...What A Feeling" and the film was shot and edited over the course of 7 days. The ensemble of staff workers, actors and actresses, and 2 choreographers made this piece come alive and had the crowd laughing and screaming all the way through. This piece was shot with one camera with massive tripod movement and edited on Final Cut Pro 4.5 HD. The video stars way too many people to list here, however the credits offer a special bonus of "outtakes" and memorable clips during the "on set" shoot. Film runs just under 8 minutes and was filmed between September 7-11, 2006.
THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORTED THIS PROJECT AND CAME TO THE CABARET!
4.16.06I just installed a huge chunk of memory engrams starting from my birth through 1996, as well as some memories of my last Cleveland apartment, my old car, and memories of the 2004 video shoot for "These Are My Tensions". They are all located in "The Memory" section. Not only am I complying with the Paper Reduction Act of 1990, but you never know what can happen to cherished photographs throughout your life (especially ones from the pre-digital Era). The only certainty is that they all will eventually fade in time; sometimes with the memory itself... except here.
There is a woman who lived over 86 years. Her name was Eileen. She was my grandmother. She passed away on February 5, 2006 at 5am EST. Her death (and life) has had such an impact on me, the only natural way for me to express it was to write a new song. I wrote this song, entitled "Eileen", 4 days after her passing, and will be on the forthcoming album by Still Inertia: "Invested". If you would like to hear it, feel free to click on the link below so that her life may emotionally touch other humans like yourselves in ways she could not have possibly imagined during her lifetime:
1.31.06A big thanks for all those whom I've been told showed up for the movie, "Born Lucky". I apologize for not being able to share in the experience of being with Shahin on stage to introduce the movie, but I was glad to hear there was distinct mention and relaying of my apologies for being far away. I hope you all enjoyed it, casted your votes for the evening, and hopefully the film may travel the country all beause of all of you!
11.8.05I am living in Philadelphia, for those of you wondering why my sea level has changed so drastically. For those of you wondering what I was up to with the "Final Days" painting spark, the entire collection is now on display and for your personal viewing in the newly updated Portfolio under the Art:Paintings section. In other news, due to my irratic mental state, I'm embarking on a project that will turn into the form of a new album, once again only as freneticly different as my brain is at this moment in my life.
Stay tuned for further information.
9.26.05THANK YOU EVERYONE!
Thank you so much for all your support and attendance. I am pleased to have touched so many people in so many differently shared ways. I am also glad to have sold such a variety of selections from my current collection of paintings and photographs. I have been further inspired to continue to create along the style from which my new work is emerging from... when I settle in Philadelphia.
4.12.05Still Inertia: "From The Ancient Center"
(THE SECOND ALBUM)
"From The Ancient Center" is the second official album release from Still Inertia which served as the musical companion to an art exhibition installed April 7, 2005, by native Cleveland artist, Christine Siarka, entitled "From The Ancient Center: Mandala Drawings and Metal Sculptures". Christine translates her own personal, contemporary versions of mandalas from the traditional Tibetan concepts into amazing metal sculptures of mandalas. Still Inertia was commissioned to create music specifically for this exhibit and its installation. Working in the studio with Mike Williams (of MadNote Productions) and the siren-esque voice of Amanda North, this is the first time Still Inertia created an album that concentrates on the human experience during meditation. With such intentions, it is with great hope that the listener becomes aware of the moment in time they create - each time this album is played in its entirety: a moment when nature and technology exist harmoniously...
Fretless bass guitars, Siren-like vocal textures, rich layers of tribal rhythms, tints of pianos, humpback whales, a chinese gong, and even a turntable are all carefully and vividly woven together to create "From The Ancient Center". With meticulous continuity clocking in at 45 minutes, this album exhibits 4 songs (or movements) specifically created for the walking meditation engaged during the exhibition's opening night. The evening was a wonderful success and experience, and the CD was pre-released to those who attended that night. The positive consensus from the participants in the walking meditation was: "I've never heard music like this before."
Curious? Trust your ears:
"Cetus (excerpt)" Listen (MP3, 1.2M)
"You Shed Light In Me (excerpt)" Listen (MP3, 1.2M)
"Vessels (excerpt)" Listen (MP3, 1.3M)
The music was a permanent installation of the exhibit and will continue to encourage the interaction of visitors, connecting the visual art with the music, to create an ever-evolving rock mandala in the center of the room. Photos and video captured its growth and will be released online in the very near future in The Memory section.
Visit www.stillinertia.com to purchase this CD.
Visit the Still Inertia Discography for track listings.
As for Matt Cirino, my personal tattooist (in Ohio): He currently works at his own shop Tried & True in Elyria, Ohio. To contact him personally for appointments and information, please call (440) 281-9996.
12.22.04Thank you for visiting! I am a freelance web/graphic designer, (oldschool/ancient) programmer, artist, musician, and filmmaker all rolled into one person (with 4 websites to help spread the madness). In 2004, this site went through an extensive and complete overhaul since its second version in 2000, and the front page was redesigned for its 67th iteration in 2010. I also create my own music under my record label named CRC-Music (www.crc-music.com), I present my musical indentity through www.stillinertia.com, and all my accomplishments as well as abilities available for freelance/outsourcing needs can be explored through all my sistes including Kraley Productions (www.kraleyproductions.com) or immediate contact via email.
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