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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
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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
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Directory of Elgaland-Vargaland citizens (TBWB contained somewhere therein) To reprise what I announced a little while ago in my newsletter, I have a new home base in Austin, Texas as of this week. For those who didn’t receive that communication, here are some of the more relevant bits. In many... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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As promised a little while ago, my long essay "Welcome to 2084: The Aesthetics of the Overload Age" is now available via the Spanish cultural website Détour in a version beautifully translated by Isabel Arquero. For my Spanish-language readers curious about the links I propose between audio noise, "vintage" arcade... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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I'm happy to announce that I have a couple of new written pieces that reflect on one of my favorite writers, the late J.G. Ballard, to coincide with the filming of his 1975 novel High Rise. The first of these, "Foundations for a High Rise", is now available via the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Very soon...very soon now... The production stages of my next book, To Hear The World With New Eyes, are just about complete. So it's with great pleasure that I share the following front cover and rear cover designs by the always reliable and insightful Susana López. Front cover imagery has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Denki Soba interior photographed by Suguru Saito, 2016 Ever since my long-time Osaka contact Junya Hirano tipped me off to it, I have been fascinated with "Denki Soba" (literally "electric noodles"), a singular venue in Osaka that mixes traditional Japanese cuisine along with the sounds of pure electronics. Even for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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For my Spanish-language readers, I'm happy to report that a couple of my personal favorite essays from the past few years (Welcome to 2084 from 2011, and last year's Why Low-Information Art Matters) have been translated into Spanish.The latter can now be found via the intriguing Sonikka website, while the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Z'ev performing at Parukařka Bunkr, Praha - photo by Jan Dvořak Readers of my past work have probably noticed references to Z'ev, the uniquely talented and genuinely shamanistic percussionist who has been one of the earliest and most consistent contributors to the "Industrial culture" aesthetic as we now know it.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Canary (detail), 2013, 2-channel HD video installation, climbing ropes, carabiners, dimensions variable, 5:00 min. loop. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Anhava, Helsinki. © Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Courtesy Galerie Anhava It's my pleasure to once again redirect you to the Hyperallergic site, where my review of the outstanding Finnish... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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Mumbly Wolves with Alan Courtis (third from right) Since the day that the term "alternative music" first took root in the public imagination, there has never been a definitive answer to the question of "alternative to what"? Was an ethic of musical "difference" being declared based on purely sonic and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works