the dead cities

Cthulhu in the Kitchen

In a previous experiment, I let a neural network trained on the complete works of H. P. Lovecraft finish phrases from cookbook recipes. Now, I tried it the other way around, in which I gave phrases from Lovecraftian horror to an innocent neural network trained on 30MB of cookbook recipes.

There was thunder in the air on the night I went to the deserted mansion atop Tempest Mountain to find the cake cooked.

I was not alone, for foolhardiness was not then mixed with the ham slices.

Now and then, beneath the brown pall of leaves that rotted and festered in the antediluvian forest darkness, I could trace the sinister outlines of some of the cooking pancakes.

For I, and I only, know what manner of fear lurked on a cookie cutter.

The pitiful throngs of natives shrieked and whined of the unnamable powder served with the flour and red pepper.

Everything seemed to me tainted with a loathsome contagion, and inspired by a noxious alliance with the steamed chicken.

All was in vain; the death that had come had left no trace save the steamed red peppers and chicken broth.

Sometimes, in the throes of a nightmare when unseen powers whirl one over the roofs of strange dead cities toward the grinning chasm of Nis, it is a relief and even a delight to make the soup.


2017 Album-A-Day List (June 18th)

Here it is!! The list I have been talking about, these are the albums that I have listened to so far this year. I am slowly making my way through an annotated version so that you can know my feelings on each record. That will be on here shortly enough. But for now, here’s the list as of the 18th of June. Check them out!!

Alphabetical Order: As of 6/18

A:

Actress - AZD

Anderson .Paak - Malibu

America - America

Angel Olsen - Half Way Home

Animal Collective - Marriweather Post Pavilion

The Avalanches - Since I Left You

B:

BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG

Beach House - Depression Cherry

Blank Banshee - Mega

Big L - Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous

Big L - The Big Picture

Bob Dylan - Empire Burlesque

Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded

C:

Capital STEEZ - AmeriKKKan Korruption

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION

Chance the Rapper - 10 Day

Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap

Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book

Charles Mingus - Mingus Ah Um

Childish Gambino - Because the Internet

Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love

Clarence Clarity - No Now

Crosby, Stills, & Nash - Crosby, Stills, & Nash

Crywank - Tomorrow is Nearly Yesterday and Everyday is Stupid

D:

Danny Brown - The Hybrid

Danny Brown - XXX

Danny Brown - Old

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism

Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs

Death Grips - Exmilitary

Death Grips - The Money Store

Death Grips - No Love Deep Web

Death Grips - Government Plates

Death Grips - Fashion Week

Death Grips - The Powers That B

Death Grips - Interview 2016 EP

Death Grips - Bottomless Pit

Denzel Curry - Nostalgic 64

Denzel Curry - Imperial

E:

Earl Sweatshirt - Earl

Earl Sweatshirt - Doris

Earl Sweatshirt - I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton

Everything Everything - Get to Heaven

F:

Father John Misty - Fear Fun

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

Feist - Let It Die

Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up

Flying Lotus - 1984

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

Frank Ocean - Nostalgia, Ultra

Frank Ocean - channel Orange

Frank Ocean - Blonde

Freddie Gibbs - Shadow of a Doubt

Freddie Gibbs - You Only Live 2wice

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Piñata

G:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Life Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven

Grizzly Bear - Horn of Plenty

Grizzly Bear - Yellow House

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

H:

Harry Styles - Harry Styles

I:

Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted

Ice Cube - Death Certificate

Isaiah Rashad - Cilvia Demo EP

Isaiah Rashad - The Sun’s Tirade

J:

J Dilla - Donuts

J. Cole - 2014 Forest Hills Drive

J. Cole - 4 Your Eyes Only

Joey Bada$$ - 1999

Joey Bada$$ - B4.Da.$$

Joey Bada$$ - All-AmeriKKKan Badass

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

Joni Mitchell - Ladies of the Canyon

Joni Mitchell - Blue

Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark

K:

Ka - The Knight’s Gamble

Ka - Honor Killed the Samurai

Kamasi Washington - The Epic

Karriem Riggins - Alone Together

Kendrick Lamar - Section.80

Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, m.A.A.d City

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.

Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music

L:

The Long Winters - Putting the Days to Bed

Lorde - Pure Heroine

Lorde - Melodrama

M:

Madvillain - Madvillainy

Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On?

MF Doom - Mm.. Food

Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]

The Microphones - Don’t Wake Me Up

The Microphones - It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water

The Microphones - The Glow Pt. 2

The Microphones - Mount Eerie

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

Mount Eerie - “No Flashlight” Songs of the Fulfilled Night

Mount Eerie - Lost Wisdom

Mount Eerie - Dawn

Mount Eerie - Wind’s Poem

Mount Eerie - Clear Moon

Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar

Mount Eerie - Sauna

Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked At Me

M83. - Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts

N:

NAO - So Good EP

NAO - For All We Know

Nick Murphy - Missing Link EP

Nas - Illmatic

The National - The National

The National - Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers

The National - Alligator

The National - Boxer

Neon Indian - Psychic Chasms

Neon Indian - VEGA INTL. Night School

Neutral Milk Hotel - On Avery Island

Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

Noname - Telefone

Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death

O:

Oddisee - The Iceberg

P:

The Pablo Collective - The Death of Pablo

Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It

Perfume Genius - Too Bright

Perfume Genius - No Shape

Phoenix - Ti Amo

The Postal Service - Give Up

Q:

Quelle Chris - Being You is Great, I Wish I Could Be You More Often

Quasimoto - The Unseen

R:

Radiohead - Pablo Honey

Radiohead - The Bends

Radiohead - Kid A

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Ratt - Out of the Cellar

Red House Painters - Down Colorful Hill

Run the Jewels - RTJ3

S:

Sampha - Process

(Sandy) Alex G - Rocket

Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

The Shouting Matches - Grownass Man

Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Spoon - Hot Thoughts

Squarepusher - Feed Me Weird Things

Squarepusher - Music is Rotted One Note

Squarepusher - Go Plastic

Substantial - The Past is Always Present in The Future

Syd - Fin

T:

Thundercat - The Golden Age of Apocalypse

Thundercat - Drunk

Todd Terje - It’s Album Time

Tonedeff - Polymer

A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory

A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders

Tycho - Past Is Prologue

Tycho - Dive

Tycho - Awake

Tycho - Epoch

Tyler, The Creator - Bastard

Tyler, The Creator - Goblin

Tyler, The Creator - Wolf

Tyler, The Creator - Cherry Bomb

U:

V:

Vagabon - Infinite Worlds

Van Morrison - Astral Weeks

Vince Staples - Summertime ’06

Vince Staples - Hell Can Wait EP

Vince Staples - Prima Donna EP

W:

Warren G - Regulate… G Funk Era

Wavves - You’re Welcome

X:

X - Los Angeles

The xx - I See You

Y:

YG - Still Brazy

Young Pappy - 2 Cups Part 2 of Everything

Your Old Droog - Packs

Z:

Language shows clearly that memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theater. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging. This confers the tone and bearing of genuine reminiscences. He must not be afraid to return again and again to the same matter, to scatter it as one scatters earth, to turn it over as one turns over soil. For the matter itself is only a deposit, a stratum, which yields only to the most meticulous examination what constitutes the real treasure hidden within the earth: the images, severed from earlier associations, that stand—like precious fragments or torsos in a collector’ gallery—in the prosaic rooms of our later understanding.

My work finna be there <3 { Glitch Art is Dead: Minneapolis // an exhibition uniting the international digital art community curated and organized by Aleksandra Pieńkosz (Krakow), Zoe Stawska (Warsaw) and Miles Taylor (Minneapolis)

An international artistic project which started in Krakow, Poland in 2015, Glitch Art is Dead kicked off at Teatr Barakah with an exhibit of 30 artists and a day of workshops. Hosted by Gamut Gallery, the 2017 Minneapolis installment will feature an exhibition of more than 90 artists from around the world running March 11th - 31st; a three-day weekend of Glitch Art workshops March 17th -19th; and a “Noise Night” exhibit finale on March 31st with performances curated by Alex Kmett.

For a project, I had to create a map. I picked my favorite band from each state (or where the majority of where the members are from), filled with the image with each’s best album (in my opinion). Done in illustrator. 

Memory is not an instrument for surveying the past but its theater. It is the medium of past experience, just as the earth is the medium in which dead cities lie buried. He who seeks to approach his own buried past must conduct himself like a man digging.
—  Walter Benjamin, Berlin Childhood Around 1900

Timeline of the 41st Millennium : 672-990.M41

* Segmentum Tempestus experiences a sudden and severe rise in warp storm activity, afflicting even the most reliable Warp routes. Natural and unnatural disasters plague the worlds of the Orpheus Sector. Psykers report recurring nightmares of dead cities and rising darkness. The Ordo Hereticus and Ordo Malleus ruthlessly suppress knowledge of this nightmare epidemic. Only the vigilance of Battlefleet Orpheus and the Angels Revenant keep the sector from falling out of Imperial control.

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I covered my mouth to muffle my laughter as my friend typed in the name. He grinned as he contemplated what to put next. “We’re a millionaire…”

“Mike!”

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“I walk through rooms of the dead, streets of the dead, cities of the dead: men without eyes, men without voices; men with manufactured feelings and standard reactions; men with newspaper brains, television souls and high school ideals.” - Bukowski