Some musical ramblings

What do you listen to? Does it change depending on your activities?

As I write this, I have my 8tracks app open as usual, playing “Purge that Urge”. The tags list “violent urges”, “mental illness” and  “intrusive thoughts”. It’s been a recent favourite. I had stumbled upon it after a period of listening to Bill Cipher-themed playlists (Bill Cipher being an evil demon from Gravity Falls). Scrolling through my favourites, I see ones related to Peridot and Jasper from Steven Universe, and a ton of Five Nights at Freddies. Many of these playlists I have listened to over and over and over again. 

A common theme in my favourite 8tracks playlists are techno and electronica genres, songs that speak to a darker nature, or hold an often violent energy. And honestly, it’s because they relate back to some of my favourite characters – the murdering animatronics of Five Nights at Freddies, or the energetic madness of Bill Cipher, or the anger of Jasper. Peridot seems to be the only exception, with a generally happy feel. 

These are the lists I currently love best for my art. I love sinking into the feeling of working with my clay and paper mache as my mind wanders and creates situations with these characters I adore. 

I think that something I’d like to explore are audiobooks, though I worry about losing track of what’s going on. Until then, I think I should start poking into some Mabill playlists – I wonder how they’d mix the usual swing associated with Bill, and Mabel’s hyperactive feels. 

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Welcome to my studio

Where an artist creates art can be as important as what art is made. At least, to the artist. After all, your surroundings affect why and what you create, either with constraints or influences.

For me, I live in my mom’s basement. It’s a good way to save on rent while in between stages of my life, and I got the whole basement, more or less, to myself! Unfortunately, it’s also unfinished, partly storage, and where I have all of my stuff – including computer, xbox, art studio, and a tarped off area for my bedroom. Man, I am glamorous.

20170312_211248(An unfinished basement with a messy desk covered in various buckets and two lamps; in the background, a stand filled with various art items.)

So, let me list the pros and cons of my studio:

Pros:

  1. Fairly large
  2. Can get dirty – no carpet or walls to destroy!
  3. A blank canvas if I was to actually clean and rearrange
  4. Private space – don’t need to explain to people what I’m making
  5. No roommates
  6. All my stuff is close at hand
  7. Bed is right there omg naps
  8. Unfinished ceilings have a lot of places to hang drying items

 

Cons:

  1. SPIDERS
  2. No money or point to buy much organisation stuff (hopefully moving in a year or so)
  3. Worst light
  4. No socializing, unless digital or dragged in
  5. Messy
  6. Not too much floor space (THANK U BOXES)
  7. Sink & bathroom is upstairs

 

I am quite happy with my space, despite all of its cons and constraints. You see, I have lived most of my art school in an apartment shared with others, and then spent a year in a dorm. Neither had much space, nor would it be good to destroy things with splashes of paint and my general klutziness. School had studios, but I didn’t get my own space until third year – my last year before I switched degrees and schools entirely.

So, I am trying to make the best of what I can. One of these months I’m going to splurge on a light set-up to get better pictures and to work in something closer to perfect light. I also am working on cleaning up and organising, finding ways to keep useful items close at hand while not overcrowding; I rely a lot on dollar store items to help me with this, to some success. I’m also going through boxes and getting rid of things, which will help greatly in the amount of clutter and possibly the amount of money in my hot little hands. I like my studio, and I want to take full advantage of it until I have to leave and possibly have only maybe a small corner of room.

Cleaning this when I move will be fun…