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This past Wednesday I volunteered to add something unique to the thank-you gifts we gave to Off the Hook listeners who pledged their support during our final fundraising episode of the season. During the show I drew a series of telephones, all different, all off the hook, one after another in a live marathon. Everyone who donated to WBAI during the show’s live broadcast will be receiving a random one of these.
This was lots of fun. I did better than I thought I might both time and quality wise, and the fundraising was successful with many awesome folks supporting our listener-funded exploits.
You can listen to the episode by going to this archive page and selecting the May 18, 2011 link.
Signed, dated, and numbered series. Archival ink on heavy paper, 7x10”.
A pen-and-ink drawing of a candlestick phone. My separate obsessions with telephones and the design sensibilities of the early 20th century work well together.
Felt pen on 2.5x3.5” bristol board. Incidentally, this happens to be the first ACEO I ever made.
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“Bell Odyssey” - This phone-phreaking-themed parody of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” was written by RBCP for issue 39 of the Phone Losers of America zine, which was released on July 27, 1996. Thirteen years later to the day, I released my own performance of the song.
The release date was entirely coincidental; I randomly got the urge to record the old track, spent a few days putting it together, and just happened to finish and release it on July 27, 2009. RBCP later informed me that it just happened to be the song’s 13th anniversary. I blame the ghost of David Bowie; he isn’t dead of course, but that’s certainly never stopped him before.
Soon after I posted this, my colleagues at Off the Hook surprised me by using it as the closing song on the July 29, 2009 episode while I was away from the show. RADIO AIRPLAY!
The genuine phone company recordings used in this track came from ThisIsARecording.com.
This song is downloadable as an MP3 from PLA’s songs page.