Video footage from The Ticket That Exploded

Multimedia artist Jason Ponce and I are working to create a DVD of our 2011 collaboration The Ticket That Exploded: An Ongoing Opera. We spent a number of days at the end of 2012 editing this footage–  a first draft of what will be the opening 10 minutes of a DVD that is around 50-60 minutes total.

Premiered at Issue Project Room while I was Artist in Resident in 2011,  and based on William S. Burrloughs’ 1962 novel of the same name, The Ticket That Exploded takes all its text directly from the novel. I wrote the libretto and composed the music, which was then exquisitely interpreted by some of the greatest musicians in the New York area. Jason Ponce collected a massive array of bizarre visual materials and innovative digital processing programs to perform the visual component of this work live onstage at the premiere.

This video assembles excerpts of live performance footage with Jason Ponce’s direct video art.  We hope that you can enjoy this material while work is being completed on the full DVD release of this opera, which is due in 2014.

Everything Starts With An Accident

By this time tomorrow the parasaggital meningioma resting behind my skull will have been removed.  I am scheduled for operation tomorrow at noon, and I am working right now to make sure that I am properly prepared mentally, physically, spiritually, and otherwise.


I’ve been asking myself how best to prepare for something like this, and I’ve  been eager to start sharing thoughts here.  With no clear idea where to start, I turned to these images.  I have so much to say about these images and this topic, but for the moment I want to let the visuals speak for themselves.

Posts to this blog will start coming regularly tomorrow, mostly for the sake of keeping folks updated on my status, though ultimately I am finding I have a lot of other thoughts and images (visual and otherwise) that I am looking forward to sharing.


Thank you for your time, your attention, your support.


New Website

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