Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Firmament Presents: NF #7

New Firmament Presents: NF #7


***Firstly, let's see what making Vital Joint a "No Phones Area" feels like. This means everyone entering VJ for the performance will be asked politely to turn off (not just silence) all phones/internet devices and to keep them out of view for the duration. This way we can see how it feels to build and live in an experience unintruded upon by the outside world for a few hours. Alive in the heart of foundation.***


HUNTER HUNT-HENDRIX Performing Messiaen

DEL JUDAS (Charlie Schmid of Vaura/Tombs)


DJ "Sets" by:

Hellyn Teng - synths, electronics

Sophie Lam - synths, guitar

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Brief Breath

In order to form a more perfect union our playlist activity will be suspended for this immediate future. The regular and increased research/listening habits it's been a main goal of this playlist to facilitate are immense and wonderful. The weekly work has undeniably trained, shaped, and affected my "listener's life" and I hope to resume it in the future. For the time being we have vowed some semblance of silence in the aid of another work. It is towards this cause I'd like to devote the increased level of focus and energy afforded me by this past three years of work. It is our hope that, upon completion, you'll investigate this next step with as much continued enthusiasm and vigor.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016


To Whom It May Concern:

I write in great faith that we have, at some point, shared in experiencing the profound sense of connection to what we work for and towards.  That in highest esteem we hold, and with our deepest devotion aim to preserve, this ineffable truth we've glimpsed.  To facilitate its natural growth and share the yields of this, work we deem to be of the utmost importance to us ourselves as human beings.  As we work in our respective fields we interface with elements that serve as pollutants to our direction.  This accumulation occurs in all things.  It is great and capable of grossly upsetting our work's trajectory.  Between the identification of garbage itself and its conversion into toxicity a most crucial point exists.  It is possible, through great effort, to intercept these pollutants and to flush the clots from the arteries of our purpose.  In very rare and quick moments we experience this unbroken flow.  It comes through as missed opportunity, intuition, shock, epiphany, and inconsequence alike.  To learn sensitivity in these moments one must work constantly, maintaining focus on that connection that calls us to work.  Whoever you are I hope that you will help me (and I you) in maintaining the bond.  May this be the root of our future together.

"How could the very great glory and honor that was given to you go unused as if they were nothing and not motivate you at all?  Gold ought to be tried in fire and precious stones ought to be cleansed and polished.  Likewise, all things ought to be searched for eagerly in all things"

Hildegard von Bingen


Address to Grantors, Arts/Music Organizations, Labels, Musicians, Listeners:

There is a type of worker, with focus undeterred and whose work is most pure, serving only the connection.  These creators we ought to regard most highly with respect to the alignment of our purpose.  Their creations exist too for us to observe in brief moments.  In such direct coupling work begets work in order that we may experience.  Deceptively simple is their plugging into purpose and abundant and available are their creations.  There are two individuals whose work profoundly challenges one in this way and to whom I implore you to make a significant commitment in investigating their lives: as creators, as workers, as individuals.  An endless beacon for how one must work and go forth into the world.  Please use their light as your rubric, support them, and in turn yourself. 

1.  ANDREW SMILEY guitarist/composer
2.  DEREK REINHARDT guitarist/composer