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Thomas Bey William Bailey
Interzone
specializing in investigations of meaningful uselessness and creative life beyond the extremes.
Interests: architecture, biophilia, post-humanism, experimental music, noise, absurdity, techno, synesthesia, audio art, filmmaking, military strategy, manipulation, Japan, Eastern Europe, d.i.y. technology
Recent Activity
It has been a very stressful past couple of months here at TBWB Forward Base Austin - I continue to burn the candle at both ends and hope that I'll eventually be able to spend a greater percentage of my time thinking about issues other than income-related or employment-related ones.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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I am pleased to announce that a digital download of my new full-length album, "A Desperate Expediency," is now available via Seminal Records in Brazil. This version is nearly 50 minutes in length, features illustrations by Leif Elggren, and comes with a brief info booklet outlining the 'inspiration' behind each... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
This past couple of months, I've been revisiting the archives with the aim of giving certain audio & video pieces another chance at being received by an audience. One of the benefits of being here in Austin, which somewhat counterbalances the crushing cost of living, is the ability to network... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Ukrainian apartment blocks - still from Ulrich Seidl's "Import / Export" When I first landed in the Czech Republic over a decade ago, it felt like I had just landed on a planet that was the perfect inverse of what I had just left behind. Gone was the Japanese pop... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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The official art market may continue to gloss over surrealist artwork in favor of new modes of social realism (particularly the waves of confessional art unique to this age of networked communication), but this shouldn’t be taken as a wholesale repudiation of the ideas that informed the former movement. Take,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Does there exist, anywhere on the earth, a being conceived in the joys of fornication and born in the throes of motherhood, who is more dazzlingly, more outstandingly beautiful than the two locomotives recently put into service on the Northern Railway? - Joris-Karl Huysmans, À rebours J.G. Ballard famously stated... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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note: this was originally intended to be submitted to online outlets like Thought Catalog last year during punk rock's 40-year anniversary. For reasons I can't remember, I decided not to do so. Nonetheless, I feel this is still relevant as yet more social movements (e.g. 'conservatism') claim to be "the... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Mika Vainio, one of my favorite musicians since the mid-1990s, passed away on April 13 at the age of 53. As of now, I have no details on the situation other than the simple fact that he’s no longer with us. Nonetheless, I’m compelled to say a few eulogistic words... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
One of the side effects of my setting up a presence on Facebook (for this first time in some eight years) has been that I often forget to post updates via other channels. I apologize for any who use this weblog as their main source of info about my work,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Once again I apologize for the short notice. For anyone in Austin (for the many-tentacled SXSW festival, or for any other purpose), I highly recommend for you to visit the all-day Resistor event at the Vortex, as curated by electronic music enthusiast and all-around talented guy Richard Ricardo Acevado. It... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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It's hard to believe I first announced this in mid-2016 (around the time the film High Rise saw release in theatres), but my Spanish-language critical essay on J.G. Ballard is now available via the magazine Détour. This was an extended meditation on the virtual space that "Ballard-topian" writing, something that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
Here for you is some audio documentation of my show this past Monday at the "MeMerMo" avant-music salon in Austin, my second appearance as part of this series. This was done to accompany a live screening of Spanish cult director Ivan Zulueta's rarely seen, yet highly intriguing 1976 Super 8... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Some more good news for 2017: Super Sensor magazine, whose "physical" edition comes in a USB stick form, will soon be available as soon as I receive my copies in the mail. This is good news particularly because this archives some of my pieces that have not been available in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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TBWB interviewed by Carl Smith / Fresh Goose A couple interesting items for you all today: first and foremost, I've recently conducted a discussion with local Austin artist and all-around good guy Carl Smith, which has been converted into an episode of his "Fresh Goose" podcast. It can be heard... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
It’s officially the dawn of a new calendar year, and, against all odds, actually cold in Austin. So, it seems as good a time as any to stay indoors and send out my first update of 2017. I have another fundraiser pitch to discuss with everyone, but first let’s talk... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Having just become the beneficiary of a job layoff before the holidays, I now have plenty of extra time on my hands, and I do plan to make good use of it. Of course, I also have extreme austerity to look forward to for the near future also, but that’s... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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You win some, you lose some: as I play the waiting game to see whether or not I will still have a paying job come the holidays, things are looking up in other areas. My first live talk on the new book To Hear The World With New Eyes, officially... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Things have admittedly been quiet on this journal page, although that doesn't imply any kind of lack of activity in my personal life. Those aspects of life that I see as compulsory (work, further education, etc.) are taking more precedence than they have at any point in the last five... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Well into the 21st century, artwork based on scent is still faced with the same challenges that it has struggled with ever since the artist became a distinct social category. When the scents in question are appealing, the olfactory artists who conceptualize or implement them are often dismissed as being... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Three years’ worth of hard work on my new book To Hear The World With New Eyes is finally at an end. My preliminary batch of authors’ copies has arrived from Spain and I’m happy to say, holding the books in my hands, that a lot of work has gone... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Note: this post re-edited as of August 10 with video added below. Less than 24 hours after sweating out several liters of water within the sauna-like confines of Austin’s Museum of Human Achievement, I’m happy to say that the “New Tongues” event referenced earlier here has been a terrific success... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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TBWB manipulates machines as Rick Reed peeks in to make sure it's safe to enter My return to live performance activity kicked off this Monday with a successful show at Austin's Volstead Lounge, part of organizer Melissa Seely's always well-assembled Monday night music series. What begin as a potential disaster... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Despite the questionable conclusions of Steven Pinker in The Better Angels of Our Nature[i], the Anthropocene world remains a very violent place. This fact seems to be unintentionally supported by thinkers like Ian Morris, who notes that humans now stand a 1% chance of dying violently at another human’s hands,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Though this was promised as long ago as 2014, my adventures in sonic creativity are now resuming in earnest. The first fruits of this are going to be a pair of rare August concerts in Austin, Texas (I’ll be cautiously optimistic here and announce that these appearances will be less... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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I’ve long suspected that torture, as a method of securing sensitive information, was faulty because of a fairly common assumption of torture opponents, i.e. individuals undergoing torture will simply say anything that they believe their tormentors want to hear. I’ve also felt, though, that this was only the tip of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works