A Musical Education: Neutral Beatles

I asked people whose musical tastes I trusted for their favorite albums to absorb and here I am taking notes.

Modest Mouse – Sad Sappy Sucker Full Album – YouTube.

Summary: As far as I know, classic Modest Mouse. I think of them as The Decemberists with more snare. Tamborine usage is nice towards the end of the song. “Do you connect?”


Fun parts: I liked the solo vocal where it sounded like someone talk/singing through a static hand radio. One song starts with a thunder storm. Yes.

Notes: I want to do a cover of Australopithecus

[HQ]On Avery Island – Full Album – YouTube

Summary: Everyone wants to recommend Neutral Milk Hotel to me, so I have heard some tracks. I like jingle bells and what sounds like a chainsaw effect.

Analysis: Jeff Mangum, like Bob Dylan, has a distinctive singing voice. Lately, I’ve been thinking if I have some intuitive singing voice that naturally comes out, where I don’t feel like a fake.

Fun parts: Carousel music on scratchy guitar

Notes: I love towards the end of the album, it’s just slow walking notes in an eerie whoawhoah type noise. A great warning that the album is about to end. Sad about its own demise.

“the Banana Album by the Velvet Underground” The Velvet Underground and Nico Full album vinyl LP – YouTube.

Summary: The start is wonderful. I immediately smiled. “oh, yes. This.” Suunndaayy Mornin’.  Femme Fatale – YouTube. Sounds like Christmas with Maple Syrup. I love it.


Fun parts: Crisp high pitched xylaphone sound carpet

Notes: Sounds like the 50s, but an ironic note, like celebrating nostalgia more than anything

Yes – Tales from Topographic Oceans Full Album – YouTube.

Summary: This is a story album. It starts off slow, establishing a setting. Chanting is beautiful.

Analysis: Hippie Circle in the best of circumstances, channeling some really great messages that shouldn’t be missed.

Fun parts: Almost like slow disco with the wailing guitar. Great section towards the ends with bells like a psychedelic alarm

Notes: Some of the female vocals, it’s a husky richness that I would almost say was “Bjorkian” but so straight. No tricks.


David Bowie – Hunky Dory full album HQ – YouTube.

Summary: I’m very familiar with these works. Hard to imagine them in an album. It’s been a wild Bowie pastiche in my memories through collage of references.

Analysis: Very grandiose, at times, big personalilty

Fun parts: Was there an ending where there was a gentle bass drum fading out, yes.


THE BEATLES – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band [Full Album] – YouTube.

Summary: “I have to admit it’s getting better.”


Fun parts: Droning, violin and a harp sounds right, then some psychedelic crooning. I dig.

Notes: I need more laugh tracks on my stuff.

The Thermals – The Body, The Blood, The Machine [full album] – YouTube.

Summary: “I have to admit it’s getting better.”


Fun parts: Droning, violin and a harp sounds right, then some psychedelic crooning. I dig.

Notes: I need more laugh tracks on my stuff.

Björk Vespertine Full Album 2001 – YouTube.

Summary: “I have to admit it’s getting better.”


Fun parts: Droning, violin and a harp sounds right, then some psychedelic crooning. I dig.

Notes: I need more laugh tracks on my stuff.

Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar
Eels – Electro Shock Blues
White Stripes – Get Behind Me Satan
Weezer – Pinkerton
Beck – Mellow Gold
Tool – Aenima

The American Analog Set – Know by Heart
The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Seabear – The Ghost That Carried Us Away
The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema
This Will Destroy You – Young Mountain
Broken Social Scene – Self Titled
Wolf Parade – Apologies to the Queen Mary
The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree
Los Campesinos – Hold on Now, Youngster…
Carissa’s Wierd – Songs Aboout Leaving
The Field Mice – Where’d You Learn to Kiss That Way?
The Hold Steady – Separation Sunday
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Why? – Alopecia


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Video: Technology, Uh… Sort Of

ASMR: Technology, Uh… Sort Of By Prismatic Ventricles – YouTube.

This was a mix of a lot of talking. This was a mix of most of my videos in quick succession. Some sped up. Pretty disorienting. No flow. I do like ambient laughter of children. There’s some of that. It might be a great demo reel of my video editing inclinations if the audio was a little more polished.

This was before I switched from longform (20 minutes) to something under ten minutes. I can imagine someone getting a little impatient when there’s no story to follow. Great for an installation in a gallery setting, maybe?

The audio

Recorded on a 3Dio Freespace Pro Binaural Microphone: An event in Town Hall. A slice of kaleidescopic pie. Layers of searching for more sound.

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Video: Sunday Morning, Wake Up

wakeup2ASMR: Prismatic Ventricles Present Sunday Morning, Wake Up – YouTube.

I spent the afternoon with Melanie. We went to Seattle Center for the CroatiaFest. There’s always a multicultural turn out at Seattle Center on a nice day. Children are adorable as well. I am not sure about the ethical considerations of recording sounds without permission. I consider it like taking tourist photos. People happen to get into the shot and there they are. Beautiful voices of beautiful strangers.

There’s also some fascinating architecture there. I enjoyed the fountains and covered walkways very much. The kaleidescopic video is strangely haunting. The way that the sheet of reflected videos slowly rotates to reveal that there’s more like an endless plain of video is very intriguing, but I think the center inset stole the show with its feathered edges and its scale pulsing, getting a little bigger then a little smaller, like some kind of alien morse code.

Youtube commenters:

“Wow! I haven’t seen one of your vids in a while… This i really cool ! I feel like I just had the experience of meditating as an extraterrestrial being lol. Loved the darkness moment! The breaks/pauses really enhance the high energy parts :)
Great job- I can’t believe you don’t have a million followers! “

“Love this one Kat, it’s kind of eerie and perfect for a  walk through the cemetery!
Is Halloween in your mind?”

The audio

Recorded on a 3Dio Freespace Pro Binaural Microphone: walking around Seattle Center and going to the Croatian Fest at Seattle Center where Ženska Klapa Ruzmarin was playing. I got a few snippets of their wonderful harmonies and essentially pulled it apart until it was the haunting tones in this video, Melanie and I also found a bell to yell in and water fountains gurgling.

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Video: Two Dances

chefkatASMR: Blossom Creature and Chef Cat’s Forks and Prismatic Ventricles Present Two Dances – YouTube.

I was inspired to create masks when I saw the promotional material for Beats Antique’s Creature Carnival. I noted the symmetry of the masks and thought, well, that’s definitely in my scope of capability. At this point, I’ve been reflecting images for so long that when I see symmetry in media, it’s for me. I can do that.

I painted the masks to scale with acrylic paint and a chinese calligraphic paintbrush on newsprint then scanned it and reflected it in Photoshop, printed the mask, glued it on some scratch watercolor paper I had lying around. Then, cut it out and attached some string and voila! Unique mask for something like a couple of dollars. Durable, yet disposable.

These masks inspired the Two Dances. Melanie and I filmed each other dancing in the lab. I drew strength from my improv classes and did the live voice over, giving the dances some context and texture. I enjoy the storytelling aspect, creating myth and legend. Melanie Blossom is a sweet dancer and then I come in and Melanie in her skilled translation of my behavior/fashion.

The mask, the pillowcase, the scarves, the forks, deemed me Chef Kat. And well, there’s a whole character in there and I was happy to elaborate on some fork dance moves and then using the binaural microphone to create a surround sound experience of forks. Most people will never hear forks grinding against each other around their head, but you are lucky to have Chef Kat to help you out with that.

The collage overlay: I discovered visual feedback loops spiral depending on the angle of the camera. The effect is a cosmic fern that unfurls and refurls and it’s mezmerizing. Try it at home when you have a chance. So that’s one piece. The other is my field trip to a garden fountain showroom. Architecture and water texture are my two favorite things to kaleidescope, so this video is one of my favorite things to look at.

The audio

Recorded on a 3Dio Freespace Pro Binaural Microphone: the clanking of forks, voice over, slowed down piano and some other clicking,

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Video: Vlog- Artist-Designer Label


ASMR: Vlog- Artist-Designer Label – YouTube.

Lately (and always), I’ve been trying to figure out who I am. I wanted to capture this moment in my life where I am making things that I love and wondering where does the “profession” come into play.

The audio

Recorded on a 3Dio Freespace Pro Binaural Microphone: the sound of making a label using the label machine slowed down and soft spoken me talking about where I’m at.

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Video: Transposing Empathy


ASMR: Prismatic Ventricles Present “Transposing Empathy” – YouTube.

A weekend hanging out in Portland made this video what it is. It’s collaged with some footage from Volunteer Park Conservatory.

The audio

Recorded on a 3Dio Freespace Pro Binaural Microphone: Rattles, light metal rods, an electric guitar, Proust, whispering, monologues, a trip to the conservatory in Volunteer Park, Seattle and to Jamison Square Park in Portland.

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Video: Lake Wenatchee


ASMR: Lake Wenatchee – YouTube.

A good scrape on a camping trip to Lake Wenatchee. Yes, this is the same trip where we set out rafting a little too late on an Autumnal day and ended up getting out of the river halfway through, too cold and too dark to continue.

The next day we went to bask by a lake and it was a lovely time.

The audio

Recorded on a 3Dio Freespace Pro Binaural Microphone: the sound of  hiking, water and conversation

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