Tycho is on the road and we’ve still got plenty of dates coming up. Last night was Chicago’s Lincoln Hall — thanks by the way to everyone there, we had an incredible time. Tonight we’ll be playing one of our favorite venues, The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, MI. This will be our second time playing the Crofoot and if last time was any indication, this should be something special.
I just finished up programming the lighting on a new rig we had made (an Arduino-controlled LED array designed by Michael Potvin. We debuted the system in Chicago last night and everything seemed to work well. Should look really cool tonight with the Crofoot’s already amazing lighting system. We also built a custom 20ft. screen for this tour so all visual elements should be really solid tonight. If you aren’t anywhere near Pontiac, we still have a string of dates coming up, hopefully one in your town:
JUL 07 – The Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, MI
JUL 08 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
JUL 10 – The Hoxton – Toronto, Canada
JUL 11 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, Canada
JUL 12 – Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME
JUL 13 – Camp Bisco 11 – Pattersonville, NY
JUL 14 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
JUL 16 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
JUL 17 – Ace of Cups – Columbus, OH
JUL 18 – Turner Hall Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
JUL 19 – Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
JUL 20 – The Outland – Springfield, MO
JUL 22 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
We’re heading out again in September so if your town is not on this list, hopefully we’ll have you covered next time around. We’ve also go a couple surprises coming up overseas so stay tuned. Hope everyone is having a great summer, see you soon!
After a short break I’m on the road again, this time we’re out for a 4 week run through the US and Canada – see all dates here. The new visuals are coming along nicely and a lot of it will be included in the upcoming shows.
Been a while since I posted here I know, been slammed with work lately. Just finished up a couple remixes (details TBA) and my first outside design gig in years (album cover / poster art). All that stuff and some more will start to see the light of day later this year I’d imagine. Planning on finishing up the next couple tours then heading back to the studio to get the next Tycho release started.
JUN 25 Reno, NV
JUN 27 Salt Lake City, UT
JUN 28 Fort Collins, CO
JUN 29 Denver, CO
JUN 30 Colorado Springs, CO
JUL 02 Lawrence, KS
JUL 03 St Louis, MO
JUL 05 Minneapolis, MN
JUL 06 Chicago, IL
JUL 07 Pontiac, MI
JUL 08 Cleveland, OH
JUL 10 Toronto, Canada
JUL 11 Montreal, Canada
JUL 12 Portland, ME
JUL 13 Pattersonville, NY
JUL 14 New York, NY
JUL 16 Pittsburgh, PA
JUL 17 Columbus, OH
JUL 18 Milwaukee, WI
(probably adding a few more dates at the end, stay tuned)
I don’t usually go too deep trying to interpret films and videos simply for the fact that I’m not good at it. Can you really ever truly determine the intentions of an artist? True, some are pretty forthright and wear it on their sleeves as a sort of art-form in and of itself, but for the most part art and expression are purely personal exercises, the products of which can’t be expected to be faithfully interpreted by others. And that’s the beauty; that others are free to take the form and mold it to their own experience, to derive a more personal meaning from it. I for one hope that the majority of people who consume my work perceive it in a completely different way than I do. I know that by and large that’s not the case, but I’d like to think it could be if properly framed.
But this video struck a chord with me as an artist and as a human being in general. How can we reconcile our passions and goals with the biological imperative and our desire to find true meaning in life? Is our work the true meaning? On your death bed will you praise yourself for the things you’ve achieved as an artist, be fulfilled because you followed your “dream”. Or will you be thankful for the the relationships you’ve forged and the lives you’ve touched? Hopefully both. But as I grown older and learn more of myself and my work, I begin to fear these goals are mutually exclusive in some respects.
Curious to hear other’s thoughts. And I’m not missing the lighter side of this, it’s downright hilarious in it’s own way. But on a more serious note I think this is outlines some conflicts we all must face as artists striving towards our self-oriented goals.
While doing a completely unrelated search for “Dinaric Alps” I came across this wonderful collection of vintage photos from an “overland trip” made by Tony Stead from England to NZ in 1962. Stead’s son has posted the images along with excerpts from his father’s written account of the journey.
In 1962, my father travelled from England to NZ. He wrote a diary (B5, hardcover, blue) and shot his first rolls of colour film.
The slides sat alongside the journals in the attic for the last few decades before being digitised.
The details of the trip are fascinating, the Intro portion is a must read. Love the tone and exposure of these. And that Land Rover makes pretty much any picture amazing.