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Thomas Bey William Bailey
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
Another massively belated update from me here. Believe it or not, my ability to provide long-form updates as such is inversely proportional to my level of activity. I realize it shouldn’t be that way, but here we are. Book #4 update A couple weeks ago, I handed in the first... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2019 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
It strikes me now, at the end of the year, that it’s been over a year since I have sent out a newsletter update. Due to developments which I’ll mention below, these will be coming with greater regularity in the future. Though the passing of another arbitrary marker in time... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
This past week, I was part of an excellent showcase shared between the local Austin audio institutions Elevator Bath and Somatic. I've finally gotten to the point where I have played enough shows in the friendly confines of Austin that I can't photographically remember them all, but this one was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
live in Prague, 2003 A while ago, I had an idea to release a sort of “live archive” of my live audio performances, spanning the entire duration of time that I’ve been making such recordings (roughly 2000-present). It would be fairly easy to put this out on a high-volume storage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
After going through a couple different iterations, and multiple record labels, I at last have 60 minutes' worth of new work to share with you. My new album La Production Interdite, available for a limited time as a pro cassette and digital download combo from Austin's very own Elevator Bath,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
I'm finding myself once again in a position where I'm thinking of more worthwhile issues to discuss, yet having an increasingly limited number of 'official' media outlets that want or need to have those issues aired out. As I steer a little further away from discussions of media (and music... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
OK, let's try this again! A little over a year ago, I posted here that I'd be receiving physical copies of "Super Sensor," a genuinely interesting and immersive magazine on the sonic arts curated by Francisco Lopez and published on USB card. Due to some technical errors beyond our control,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
Me (barely visible) at far left, w/ Tara Bhattacharya-Reed, Rick Reed & Brent Fariss The year 2018 is proceeding well for me so far, and - even with my wallet emptied by automotive and health expenses - I’m still optimistic about my ongoing opportunities to stay active in the cultural... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
It’s been a long time since I’ve been so eagerly looking forward to the coming of a new year, and a long time since I’ve pinned great hopes upon that year being different than the previous one. Just looking back on my very sporadic posting history here will reveal that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at Thomas Bey William Bailey works
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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