While you are reading MIFC # 3, you can listen to the rather unexciting soundscape I made this afternoon of our backyard in Minneapolis. I was going to go out to one of the WMA’s, but because we have plans later this evening, I decided there was not enough time. In the recording you can hear some birds1, a truck pulling up, the neighbors talking, squirrels frolicking in the leaves, and then a couple of flies whizz past the microphones at the end of the track.
Here is the second installment of MIFC – and I have still been listening to Monomer’s Labyrinth; it’s solid, and I recommend visiting the band’s bandcamp site and supporting. Currently, however, I’ve switched over to Bernie Krause’s soundscape Desert Solitude, featuring recordings by Krause and Ruth Happel and put out by Wild Sanctuary.
Over the past couple weeks or so, I’ve also been working through Krause’s The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World’s Wild Places (2013) on audiobook while I cook. It’s good, but my one complaint is it rehashes Krause’s other books in spots. For instance, parts of Wild Soundscapes: Discovering the Voice of the Natural World (2002) appear in Orchestra. The points are still salient, particularly when he talks about the human impact on biophonies1, so this is a minor complaint.
# MIFC #2
- Krause defines a biophony as a creature symphony; the whole soundscape of a habit or specific biome. ↩
Far too many years ago I started drawing a comic called MIFC and in a flurry of distraction and too much other shit going on lost track of it. This morning, while shirking work and listening to Kraftwerk and Monomer, I decided to start reposting it.
I have a folder on my desktop called “Write,” which for some time has become a repository for items I feel an inclination to return to.
In January, I started sifting through it. The 5 Stooges meet Frank Perdue was one document I found; a document I won’t be returning too ever again – that one’s on me Hollywood. The folder also has a bunch of pictures, some old, some new, half written poems, gifs of my dogs, a transcript of an off-color conversation between a friend and myself about starting a fanfiction podcast, a year old promo video for Goblin 1, meditations on coffee, and a folder with MIFC comics in it.
Before leaving you with the first installment of MIFC, a friend of mine over at Theology Girl started blogging again. Her stuff is always humorously philosophical; if that is in your wheelhouse, be sure to visit her site. Also, I’ve submitted H.P. Thomcraft’s Game of Pawns to a couple of festivals (9 so far). Some I’ve never heard of, some I have. If anyone has any other suggestions of fests to check out, let me know. I like existential challenges.
From Mike’s Desk
This comic may not make any sense. It is actually a continuation of the other M.I.F.C. comics these many months later. For the truly interested parties, just click on the MIFC tag below and you can read the other comics. Eventually, if Joe and I finish the story line, I’ll post all the comics together in some sort of compendium.