Seamonster "Baldessari" LP
As 2011 came to an end, and 2012 began, Todd Webb (aka Seamonster) wrote and recorded eleven songs. Together, these eleven songs make up a record he decided to call Baldessari. The album is named after John Baldessari, an artist whose creative appropriation of discarded materials to make new and interesting art was a huge inspiration to the process of making this particular group of songs. The following instruments were used to create this record: Casio Sk-10 toy keyboard (which he received as a Christmas present in second grade), Yamaha PortaSound PSS-130 (thrifted), ukulele, an old iphone (purchased from a friend for $50), a Campbell’s soup can, and a broken Danelectro guitar. In addition, a freeware program called AudioPaint was used to convert the images of paintings referenced throughout the record into sounds that were then incorporated into the songs to make something new and different out of the old and familiar.
The songs on Baldessari are named after works by or about the following artists: Paul Gauguin, Pierre Bonnard, Arthur Dove, Raoul Dufy, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Franz Kline, and Howard Finster. Vincent van Gogh and Georgia O’Keeffe were the only artists to become subjects/inspiration of/for multiple songs on this record. For example, the song “Georgia, 1931” is not based on a painting, but on a letter written in July of 1931 from Georgia O’Keeffe to the art critic Henry McBride (though this letter also references her painting “The Lawrence Tree” – itself the subject of another song on this album).
Warren Craghead III, a good friend of Seamonster, was kind enough to provide album artwork. Multiple references to various works of Baldessari are incorporated throughout the packaging, including the yellow color of the record itself. The front cover depicts "I Am Making Art" - a video of Baldessari's from 1971. Additional, Warren has created a special liner booklet to accompany the album. You can download, print, and assemble it yourself here.
"Whether I make them or not there are always sounds to be heard and all of them are excellent."
- John Cage
For Fans Of: Neutral Milk Hotel, Sufjan Stevens, Jeff Mangum