i was inspired to create decoloneyes, a cross of the words (and concepts) ‘decolonize’ and ‘eyes’ and pronounced thus, as a result of a trip to the deyoung museum with leslie kneisel. at the end of our excursion, i came upon some inuit snow goggles and was awestruck by their brilliance. i then began to collect scraps of wood from hikes and carve these goggles with my grandfather’s hand tools, later adding bands made of woven canvas strips as a tie-strap. all have been given away as gifts. they work really well, and alarm people. once i was asked if i was wearing a baguette on my face. inuit snow goggles would normally be made of bone but are sometimes fashioned from wood. i’ll make you a custom pair if you contact me. or even better, you can make them yourself!
in 2006 i began compiling cultivated incompetence as an attempt to create hip hop without rappers, instead utilizing public speeches from famous and semi-famous people, including: laura huxley, william s. burroughs, henry miller, ahrundati roy, steve jobs, alex jones, michael talbot, angela davis, abbie hoffman, e.e. cummings, and derrick jensen. cultivated incomptence, much like elaborate, is crafted out of samples from mp3s and vinyl, and marked my departure from a singer-songwriter style. click here to download the whole album.