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Blind Mime is the audio and visual arts studio of Bryan Baker, publisher of GAJOOB Magazine, Discover Sounds and the founder/developer of Tapegerm and Homemade Music.

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RIP Greg Stomberg


By blindmime, 2017-09-05
RIP Greg Stomberg

Greg Stomberg was a renaissance man of sorts with creative interests ranging from homespun folk/rock (GW Smith and Family) to electronic and experimental recording (Syberite). His Beatle covers compilations ran for years with many home tapers participating all for fun. His collaborations with Dan Susnara explored altered conscious streams using spoken word and music. Greg was also a prolific author and has several books available on Amazon and elsewhere. His gentle and curious soul left the world way too soon (and suddenly) this August 2017, leaving behind many artist comrades and his lovely wife, Misty. Greg will be missed.

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About Blind Mime Studio


By blindmime, 2017-02-24
About Blind Mime Studio

Blind Mime has been recording music for many years. It's probably only with the perspective of having done it for 35+ years and living 55 that calling it "absurd" has true meaning.

The recordings here are mostly one-off recordings, never meant to be collected into an album, really. But albums happened as musicians are wont to do.

And now hearing it here it seems as if there was a plan all along, which itself makes it even more absurd.

So here we are exploring an absurd world that we've found ourselves immersed in, and the more we explore, the more absurdity we find and we find it absurd that more people don't see it.

But a few of you will and become friends and share in our pointless quest. You'll find a forum where we shall discuss such matters and more.

Life is funny.

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Roll the Dice


By blindmime, 2017-02-23
Roll the Dice
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Planning my future


By blindmime, 2017-02-23
Planning my future
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Drivetime Underground Podcast


By blindmime, 2016-12-24

I really enjoyed this program. Well done!

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The Theater of the Absurd


By blindmime, 2016-12-23
The Theater of the Absurd

I was searching the web for information about some of the past work I had created in collaboration at Tapegerm Collective, typing in "Herr Elsewhere," a composition I recorded in 2002 ish.

 

The phrase is not a common one. It's a play on words, having lost a good portion of my hair. Google turns up on a reference here from blindmime.com and then comes up wanting.

But sometimes an interesting idea floats to the surface of a search and provides some insight into a tangential thought and takes you somewhere else. I guess that's the idea of the Internet being a world wide web.

The tangent this search led me toward was the Theater of the Absurd in the form of a book of the same name written by Martin Essline and published by Pelican in 1963 whose complete text is now housed on archive.org.

https://archive.org/stream/TheTheatreOfTheAbsurd/The_Theatre_of_the_Absurd_djvu.txt

The following is from the preface:

"Moreover, an understanding of this kind of theatre, which is still misunderstood by some of the critics, should, I believe, also cast light on current tendencies of thought in other fields, or at least show how a new convention of this sort reflects the changes in science, psychology, and philosophy that have been taking place in the last half-century. The theatre, an art more broadly based than poetry or abstract painting without being, like the mass media, the collective product of corporations, is the point of intersection where the deeper trends of changing thought first reach a larger public. There has been some comment on the fact that the Theatre of the Absurd represents trends that have been apparent in the more esoteric kinds of literature since the nineteen-twenties (Joyce, Surrealism, Kafka) or in painting since the first decade of this century (Cubism, abstractpainting) . This is certainly true. But the theatre could not put these innovations before its wider public until these trends had had time to filter into a wider consciousness. And, as this book hopes to show, the theatre can make its own very original contribution to this new type of art. This book is an attempt to define the convention that has come to be called the Theatre of the Absurd ; to present the work of some of its major exponents and provide an analysis and elucidation of the meaning and intention of some of their most important plays; to introduce a number of lesser-known writers working in the same or similar conventions; to show that this trend, sometimes decried as a search for novelty at all costs, combines a number of very ancient and highly respect- able modes of literature and theatre ; and, finally, to explain its significance as an expression - and one of the most representative ones - of the present situation of Western man*"

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WMG Serves blind mime a Youtube Takedown


By blindmime, 2016-12-11

I was just going to post a video I made a few months back with the composition "An Introduction to Something and Nothing". However, when I went to my youtube video page I found this:

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My video is made up entirely of content found in one video from the Prelinger Archives called All About Polymorphics published in 1959 by Thompson Ramo Wooldridge, Inc. and now in Public Domain.

The Obits video contains some of the same public domain content.

So I just sent Youtube/Google a nice letter per their instructions here:https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6005919 , requesting they reinstate my video since my video only contains the public domain video also found in the Obits video and nothing else.

I'm guessing Youtube has a bot smart enough to match video content, but stupid enough not to know that the content is public domain. Or the bot is plenty smart, but WMG failed to include that bit of information in their data.

I shall keep my agitating fans (judging from the 4 views the video has currently received) updated on any results blind mime receives.

At least someone or something noticed me.

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