My Studio

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A simultaneous overlay of an art studio, a performance space, a web dev + design shop, a recording studio, a used record & book store and a pawn shop, this place is a regular Collyer Mansion for the modern man.

This is a Creative Environment

An extension of skin, bone, circuit boards, paper & vinyl, my work studio is a co-mingling of the obsolete and the cutting edge.

Antiques, cast-aways, 33 1/3 album covers and open-source software interact with a striking visual experience which never fails to inspire hi-quality work.

Glimpses of my studio in LUXURIOUS time lapse

This time-lapse video has some nice interior shots of the studio over the years.

I wrote the soundtrack to this video. Play this loud - there is a killer guitar solo.

My Studio was Featured in the Washington Post Magazine

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Check out Second Glance - “The Great Wall of Music”

More Photos from My Studio

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Click here to see more photos from the Washington Post Magazine shoot, as well as other photos taken over the last 18 years as this space has evolved.

Genuine Original Compositions

I cannot read or write a note of music, I am self-taught on numerous instruments by ear.

The music selections on this page are a small sampling of the original songs and audio collages I’ve composed & recorded over the years, including work I composed for instruments I do not play (violin, cello, baritone saxophone and tenor saxophone & others.)

I Really Didn’t Mean It!

SONG – When I wrote “I Really Didn’t Mean It!”, I was thinking of a ‘Buck Owens meets the Rolling Stones in 1965 with the drummer from Blondie’ kind-of-thing. This song was performed by one of my bands, The Revellaires – words + music (c) John Carmody

Goodbye My Baby

ORIGINAL SONG: People of a certain fortunate generation grew up idolizing the guitar riff and guitar solo. This song is a reflection of that. A power-pop rocker, “Goodbye My Baby”  is performed here by one of my bands, The Revellaires. (words/music © John Carmody, Washington, DC).

Arbor Day

I was listening to The Jam and The Buzzcocks quite a bit when I wrote this one… …it’s hard to get a song in under 2 minutes, I came close, but… recorded by The Revellaires. (© music by John Carmody, words by John Carmody & Kevin Johnson.)

The Lady Vanishes

“The Lady Vanishes” combines dynamic sampling and a high-octane performance engineered & mixed with a fierce attitude. This instrumental was influenced a lot by the Stone Temple Pilots, Soul Coughing & Cheap Trick. Here it’s performed by one of my bands, Down With Meyers. This version is a live take – play it loud.

Olde Town Crier

This song was influenced a lot by Supergrass, ELO & later-career Beatles. The cello section (for 3 parts) was composed and arranged by me. “Olde Town Crier” is performed here by one of my bands, Down With Meyers.

A Real Moral Let-Down

When I wrote “A Real Moral Let-Down”, I was listening to a lot of Louis Jordan, the La’s and Social Distortion. It’s performed here by one of my bands, Casey’s Brain, and features a couple of smoking guitar solos backed with a tight rhythm section and a girl singer.

Mailbox

A pretty waltz I came up with in a moment of bleakness. I wrote the words & music and composed & arranged the string quartet. “Mailbox” is performed here by one of my bands, Casey’s Brain.

Mary What’s Her Name

A pretty song written by me for Mother’s Day. It’s in 3/4, 4/4 and 5/4, and was influenced by the Beatles, Grant-Lee Philips and Simon & Garfunkel. I played all the instruments except the drums (John Orem.)

Kid From Kansas

This song combines elements of surf, pop & psychedelia in a lamentation about commuting to work and wishing you were in a favorite idealized place instead. Influenced by XTC, The Who, The Beatles, Crowded House, REM and Dick Dale, it is performed here by Casey’s Brain (audio only.) Words, Music, Arrangement © John Carmody.

Half-Carved Heart

A brooding, pretty piece about being a kid during World War II, and then going back to your 50th grade school reunion. Influenced by Crowded House, Simon & Garfunkel & REM, this song was performed by Casey’s Brain. Words/Music/Arrangement © John Carmody, Washington, DC (audio only).

Your Polite Applause

This is a song about not getting what you need when you could’ve used it. I wrote “Your Polite Applause” to be a cross between the Everley Brothers, the Cars, the Osbourne Brothers, The Who, the Byrds and Simon & Garfunkel. Recorded by Casey’s Brain. Words/Music?Arrangement © John Carmody, Washington, DC. (audio only)

The Arms of Venus

Time-Lapse experiments shot mostly in my studio, mostly found moments from x-ray vision to the dancing bat. Soundtrack song was written by me & performed by one of my bands – turn it up loud: there is a smoking guitar solo.

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Most of the video on this page is time-lapse with custom soundtracks, typically created with a ProTools + Final Cut Pro workflow, or a Adobe Premiere + Adobe Audition workflow.

Resolution No. One

ORIGINAL VIDEO: When I constructed this piece I was Influenced by Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Edward Hopper, The Who & others. Resolution No. One reflects brooding mood and intensity, solitude and anonymity. Listen closely to the soundscape: all the water, wind & bird sounds are signals from shortwave and pirate radio stations. (Photography + soundtrack © John Carmody)

Time-Lapse Fourth of July – the Grand Old Flag

Happy Fourth of July! Please enjoy this video short on the proper care and nurturing of the U.S. flag, in luxurious time-lapse. Video © John Carmody. “You’re A Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan, 1933, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa (turn on your speakers.)

The Arms of Venus

Time-Lapse experiments shot mostly in my studio, mostly found moments from x-ray vision to the dancing bat. Soundtrack song was written by me & performed by one of my bands – turn it up loud: there is a smoking guitar solo.

The 2013 Gonzaga Carmody Open in About a Minute

A time-lapsed treatment of the 29th annual Gonzaga College High School Carmody Open – October 6, 2013. The Carmody Open is a 501(c)3 organization designed to raise scholarship funds for fatherless boys to attend Gonzaga College High School in the District. About to begin its 4th decade, the annual Carmody Open Golf Tournament has raised scholarship funds in excess of $1.3 million dollars.

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The Secret of Happiness and Virtue

Time lapse experiments in/around Washington, Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Ground Zero, NYC. Turn on your speakers. Look for hints of French impressionism, Soviet constructivism, American pop art, Japanese Imperialist re-education and the global surveillance state.

It Might As Well Be Spring

This is time lapse video of the start of the first Washington DC blizzard in February 2010, shot in upper NW around midnight…This was in the first couple hours of the storm, we knew it would be big, did not know another storm was right behind it…

The Neon Sugar Dance

Electric Neon Go Go Girls Make A Break For It…This is happened-upon footage I shot during a college football game.

Nothing Is Mundane

18 days and nights in the life of my front porch… I used a cheap infra-red surveillance camera to automatically shoot and upload motionDetected imagery to my server…then I created this spontaneous timeLapse of frontPorch so-called “mundanities”…no video/motion…10,000+ lo-res images.

Anti War Protest – Washington DC

These are scenes from a war protest here in the District. This particular event featured participants both pro- and anti-war, much bitterness emerged quickly on all fronts…

Greatness Comes In Simple Trappings

The US flag, in the background and unwatched at an art show…I was at DC Art-O-Matic and saw a whole lot of good and bad work, but a flag off to the side and outside caught my attention. So much of the USA is going down the drain – people get crasser, stupider and more foolish and continue chipping away at national and individual dignity…listen to the words of the speakers, be mesmerized by more than the flag’s waves….these are good words on the state of the union…

Introduction to Obsolete Media

Intro to a lecture for an Art History class I taught at the Corcoran College of Art + Design: Digital Media Culture. I put together coverage of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster using obsolete media to fuel the discussion: “How will we communicate 75 years from now? To what extent will contemporary modern media be extant then?”

I Still Remember My TV

I gave up TV in 1992. Living without the extensions of modern media garbage is a luxury I urge you to embrace. This video combines physics, dissatisfaction and insanity to represent how those who’ve not yet pulled the plug are utterly wasting their lives. I wrote and played all the instruments except for the drums and cello, and built the samples,

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Original music created with samples, loops and live instruments. These combine elements of all types of music to create completely unique aural soundscapes.

dogHeaven

Audio Collage – “dogHeaven” is a black-humor’d live take on Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial, with Stalinist show-trial overtones and a groovy exotic beat. I played all the instruments except the drums (John Orem) and built all the samples.

The Strange Rage of Boris Yeltsin

This piece is a soul-patch’d treatment of 2 bass guitars and obscure samples from a 1960s record collection. I made all the samples, played all the instruments except the drums (John Orem.)

Resolution No. One

ORIGINAL VIDEO: When I constructed this piece I was Influenced by Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Edward Hopper, The Who & others. Resolution No. One reflects brooding mood and intensity, solitude and anonymity. Listen closely to the soundscape: all the water, wind & bird sounds are signals from shortwave and pirate radio stations. (Photography + soundtrack © John Carmody)

The Arms of Venus

Time-Lapse experiments shot mostly in my studio, mostly found moments from x-ray vision to the dancing bat. Soundtrack song was written by me & performed by one of my bands – turn it up loud: there is a smoking guitar solo.

The Secret of Happiness and Virtue

Time lapse experiments in/around Washington, Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Ground Zero, NYC. Turn on your speakers. Look for hints of French impressionism, Soviet constructivism, American pop art, Japanese Imperialist re-education and the global surveillance state.

Anti War Protest – Washington DC

These are scenes from a war protest here in the District. This particular event featured participants both pro- and anti-war, much bitterness emerged quickly on all fronts…

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I usually have a camera with me (a real camera) and have a strong eye for shooting interesting images.

Original Photography: Black and White

The majority of these were taken on an old 35mm Pentax camera. All imagery © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

Original Photography: Washington DC

Usually I carry a camera or other recording device with me around Washington, D.C. All photographs © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

Original Photography: Nature

Miscellaneous shots of flora and fauna. Photography © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

Original Photography: Portraits

Family, friends and strangers, some pictures just take themselves. All photographs © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

Original Photography: My Studio

Most of these images are from a Washington Post Magazine feature. Photos © David C. Kennedy, the Washington Post.
The rest? © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

Original Photography: Kitchen Sink

A miscellaneous collection of old and new images. The photograph above is right out of the camera, no Photoshop, filters, special lens or anything. All photographs © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

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