Cultural Appropriation vs Appropriation of Art

Appropriation in art is the use of pre-existing objects or images with little or no transformation applied to them. The use of appropriation has played a significant role in the history of the arts (literary, visual, musical and performing arts). In the visual arts, to appropriate means to properly adopt, borrow, recycle or sample aspects (or the entire form) of human-made visual culture.

Inherent in our understanding of appropriation is the concept that the new work re-contextualizes whatever it borrows to create the new work. In most cases the original 'thing' remains accessible as the original, without change.
Something to have in mind is that a cultural appropriation may have a totally different consequence. A common example of cultural appropriation is the adoption of the iconography of another culture, and using it for purposes that are unintended by the original culture or even offensive to that culture's mores. A cultural appropriation does not respect, therefore r…

Becoming 'batteries' for the machine

The movie Matrix's prophecy of us becoming 'batteries' for the machine is truer than ever, but in ways that wasn't predicted when the movie came out.

In a world governed by the division of labor and ultra specialization, mechanization and the law of profitability, social bond has turned into a standardized artifact. It behoves the powers that human relations should be channeled towards accordingly planned outlets, and that they should be pursued on the basis of one or two simple principles, which can be both monitored and repeated.
In other words, some of us go places so they can take a picture and post it on social media, with the sole purpose of being validated of both the activity and themselves.

"Sharing" on social media is really no longer about 'sharing' the experience, but an act of collecting validation that the experience was indeed meaningful in the eyes of others.
The relationship between people, as symbolized by goods or replaced by them, …

Analog (hands-on) workflow or Digital (mouse click) workflow...Which is better?

Whether one prefers the sound of an analog oscillator over a digital plug-in that emulates them or not, is naturally very subjective. It's not a matter of fact but a matter of taste. Of course, being able to twiddle knobs and bang pads are more tactile experience than 'penciling-in' midi data on a DAW, but at the end of the day, if the artist can produce great sounding music then the process doesn't matter.

The more important questions to ask are:
1. Does it sound good to YOU?
2. Do you enjoy the process (Is the workflow actually working for you)?

If the answers are yes then you are succeeding!

If your music is already a success, then why would you need to share it and be judged by someone else?

-Art needs audience-

Here is a thought to entertain: Making money does not have to be the measure of "how successful you are" especially with the art of making/playing music. HOWEVER, let me ask you, are you trying to get money/make substantial living out of your act…


ALMA - A story about the murder of man's spirit -
Animation & Illustrations by Senor Danger Story written by SRCFLP Co-written by Rigel Yaluk Vocals by Aimi Shibata Directed by Rook Murao

138 Million

Los Angeles
“We are here to end the homeless problem” said the man in the high position. His announcement was coming from a public radio news coverage. 
At this point of June 2nd of 2017, they've spent half of the $138M proposal to end homelessness in Los Angeles. The other remaining half was suppose to come from selling properties owned by commercial businesses and government sector. None of them have been sold so far (The news reporter said, those in charge were not able to sell them like they expected).
A thought crosses my mind.
A homeless person not having the will to work (perhaps due to drug addiction or psychological illness), cannot be able to take full advantage of an opportunity. Even if it were handed to them like “Here you go, here is your new house”, it is likely to get trashed up, not taken care of, if they are still abusing drugs; they may decide to go back out on the street and score, not even live in the house.
What would be more effective then?
One way I see mo…

Clockwork (Part1)

Time... does it work against us or for us?

First, there's the linear concept of time.
It moves forward; everything is in chronological order.
The perception is, time does not stop for anyone. We are all treated equally, whether you’re rich, poor, man, woman, child, elder, sick, healthy. Whoever, whatever.
It is fair.
But it can also seem very cold; time keeps ticking until comes the time to die.

Now, death can be a scary event for anyone. It is when everything ends as we know it.
But because it is the realm of the unknown, some people believe death as the beginning of an "afterlife". That could be true or false. Nobody knows for sure. Even science has yet to prove its  realm; as for now, it's open for the vast plane of imagination.

It is no coincidence that time, is often viewed as the grim reaper, the bestower of death, where time is the ominous enemy, the ender of life. Time becomes something that instills fear in us.
If it had a physical form, it may look somethin…

Organizing Vibrations is Making Music

Music, they say, is organized sound.
And we know sound is vibration. So in turn, music is organized vibrations.
Following that logic, "good music" then, is a collection of organized "good vibrations" and that case would be true for a pure mathematical equation. But just as there are many people, there are just as many different ways of interpreting. If we suppose that there are "good" types of vibrations, we must also suppose, there are the not-good ones or "bad". Interestingly, “bad vibrations” to some are “good vibrations”, so it's a matter of perception, the precise reason why music is subjective.

Taking reason into account, a preference prefers good over bad. So this begs another question, how do we let what we perceive as a bad vibration, pass thru us quickly as possible, so we can let the good ones in?

By not lingering or clinging onto "bad vibes" within ourselves, it will eventually move on because vibration comes from ener…