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Grayson Fiske (Human Ottoman) rotogif


A crude gif of Grayson Fiske playing the vibes. I’d like to do a gif of their new cello player Julian kosonovic next!

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Human Ottoman

This band has a new Cellist! Julian Kosanovic, who also plays in Portland Cello Project! I played with them at the Eugene Cider Festival and they are playing November 17 at the Doug Fir with Three for Silver!



I made some kaleidoscopes out of my drawing. They look so trippy and cool! 

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Human ottoman rotoscope project.

I’m working on animation for a music video for Human Ottoman. I am attempting a style known as “rotoscoping.” This was used by Disney artists, in the Beatles film,  “Yellow Submarine” and Ralph Bashki in his film “American Pop.”

Click here to see it in action?

and Here! 

Here are some pictures   

Basicallly, I put a projector on a keyboard stand pointing down onto my desk.

 From there, I bring up the movie I am tracing and go frame by frame. Then I will edit the drawings in Photoshop. The layers tool allows me to stack them by assigning different layers more transparency. Then I think I will use Apple iMovie to put them together and “print” as a moving image.

I can do wild weird effects to the drawings, color them, or cut them up and move them around stop motion stlyle. I will post more here when I finish.

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Human Ottoman, Bustin Jeiber, and Jeff

Human Ottoman play weird beautiful ethereal math rock. They call it polyrhythmic world metal. They say they are influenced by Brazilian rhythms, Fela Kuri, Mr. Bungle and they sing in Spanish and English. Susan loves Dave King from the Bad Plus. Matt loves folk music including Bob Dylan. They were all U of O music students. 

 I would color them, but they are cool as black and white drawings too, no? Print them out, make your own coloring book!

St. Lucia, the goddess of percussion! 


Bustin Jieber call themselves a sister group to Human Ottoman, but they are much more free form, improvisational and  silly. Andy plays sax, alternating between cacophonous squonks and howls, and melodic John Coltrainesque splendor.


Dustin seems to be quite skilled on the Primus slap style, but there’s a healthy dose of Tom Waits and off kilter Zappa here too. They sing about nipples and gravy. It sounds silly, but it’s performed by virtuosos! Long live Jeiber! I’m a belieber! The bands also share a drummer, the marvelous master of rhythm Susan Lucia.

The bands combined at the end of the night to play some songs as “Jeff” including “Bonobo Greeting.” It was a thrill. members will be traveling to Peru and relocating to Portland, so I do not know the future of these talented, enigmatic collectives. Andy also plays with Eleven Eyes, The Cherry Poppin Daddies, and The Tim Mclaughlin Project, so catch him tootin sax somewhere!

SOOO many handsome musicians on one stage!

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Grayson Fiske and I working on a music video!

  We transformed a living room into an animation studio. When it’s finished, we will post here and at the Human Ottoman website.

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Weezer, Human Ottoman

I haven’t been able to go to as many shows this semester as I did before, but I still make it to a few and of course, I am always drawing.

It was awesome to see childhood heroes Weezer play in Portland. They played a few old gems, including “she’s all I got and I don’t want to be alone!” Great show, the lights were fun, the choir and extra guest performers kept it mixed up and exciting! Weee! oh and I painted with coffee because that’s what was lying around.

Weezer at the Roseland Ballroom in Portland

Weezer at the Roseland Ballroom in Portland

One of my favorite local Eugene bands that combines math rock with jazz and a bit of everything: Human ottoman. Their songs are available to listen free online here.

Human Ottoman at Sam Bonds

Human Ottoman at Sam Bonds

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