JOHNCARMODY.COM ★ Full Stack Development + Interactive Design + Teaching ★ Sculpting Order From Chaos
Sculpting Order From Chaos
★ JohnCarmody.com Full Stack Development
★ Interactive Design ★ Teaching
In my 18 years @ 4 colleges & universities I've taught web development & design; graphic design; audio & video post-production; animation; art history; & plenty more.
WordPress dev; interactive web design; project management; new media storytelling with data-driven maps, charts, galleries & timelines; audio & video editing; much more.
Museums & galleries; foundations; law firms; journalists; restaurants; thoroughbred stables; energy companies; pro rock bands, & many others.
Upon being expelled in December of senior year I became a high school drop-out; before that, aptitude tests reported I was best suited to be a farmer.
I threw out my television nearly 30 years ago, which leaves me plenty of time for reading only real books, mostly based in the humanities. Average year of publication? 1969.
Musical instruments, computer screens, vinyl LPs, xrays & mannequins: this is a Collyer Mansion for hermited souls placed between the obsolete and the cutting edge.
It took me awhile to go digital – a penultimate apostasy in my book, but I missed taking pictures. Take a look and see some lovely shots taken with cheap-o cameras.
I cannot read or write a note of music — I taught myself by ear to play different instruments and to write songs in sundry styles & genres. These are some of my songs by different bands.
Mostly time-lapse & frame-by-frame experiments, some audio découpage too. I shot the imagery and composed the soundtracks and performed virtually all the music myself.
Can You Solve
“The Great Wall of Music”?
As workspaces go, my studio is an installation evoking the better elements of a New York loft, a Berlin nightclub, a London used record store and an LA book shop. All in a Washington cellar.
Découpage & Time-Lapse The pandemic has given me time to continue documenting my studio's evolution, as well as the projects built therein, inlcuding
time-lapse & animated video assemblages of mixed-media découpage pieces being built, set to fresh remixes of music I composed, arranged & performed.
The Spirit of ’59
“The Spirit of ’59” is a mixed-media découpage exploration of the days back when popular music was good.
“Seer/Sucker” aka “The Illustrated Man’s Guitar” is a mixed-media découpage exploration of better days in the USA.
LP Or Die
I made the mistake of leaving for college w/o laying down some ground rules, and my folks tossed my vinyl collection in the trash.
“Chucks Reduxe” is a time-lapse of my studio shot in late-fall quarantine20 on a cheap-o camera with a soundtrack composed and performed by me.
Leon Loved The Snaked Girl A different type of quarantine project, “Leon Loved The Snaked Girl” is a salute to Directors of Photography who knew how to set-up a great shot.
The video's title comes from the soundtrack I wrote & performed for it, named for characters in the film Blade Runner.
Musically, it was influenced by MMT-era Beatles + scifi gloom 'n doom. Maybe some Stone Roses, too. You can
read more about it here.
SOME CLIENT, FACULTY & PERSONAL WORK
Working with clients of all sizes, I am highly skilled at creating custom database-driven interactive solutions using WordPress, PHP, mySQL, jQuery, AJAX & Bootstrap. Database management is a specialty.
Most people in my field do web development *or* web design – I do both back- and front-end. I am well-versed in creating innovative applications serving up API-driven rich content from Scribd, Flickr, SoundCloud, YouTube, Twitter, Google Custom Search, Disqus, Wufoo and others.
I specialize in creating interactive storytelling experiences through integrating custom programming and open-source APIs in WordPress
Partial List of
The National Trust for Historic Preservation
The American Gaming Association
The National Press Foundation
The Smithereens – NJ
The Corcoran Gallery of Art
The Corcoran College of Art and Design
The Catholic University of America
George Washington University
ACLU - DC
Amtrak - DC
YMCA - GA
Chadwicks Restaurants - DC
Hawk ‘n’ Dove Restaurant - DC
AgIS Agricultural Investing – MA
Labokay Natural Resources – TX
Siena Farm Horse Stables – KY
United States Government Accountability
Office - DC
Louise Nevelson Foundation – PA
Vietnam Photography – VA
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP – DC
Cameron-Hornbostel, LLP - DC
Organizing For Innovation - VA
Fund Love: I Am More Than Cancer - NY
The Cary Group - DC
American Banking Association
National Association of Federal Credit
Credit Union Stuffers
18th & Red Bar and Restaurant
New York Alternative Film & Music Festival - NY
Randall Hagner Realty
Media Arts & Technologies: Fundamentals of Graphic Design, II
Media Arts & Technologies: Professional Website Development
Media Arts & Technologies: Advanced Professional Web Technologies
Media Arts & Technologies: Web Portfolio (Capstone Course) George Washington University
Graphic Design: Layout and Design of the Book
Digital Media Design: Frame-By-Frame Animation
Digital Media Design: Interactive Web Design I The Corcoran College of Art + Design
Art History: Digital Media Culture
Graphic Design: Junior Studio Core, Graphic Design III
New Media Photojournalism: Graduate Program, Audio Production: Speed of Sound
New Media Photojournalism: Graduate Thesis, Directed Study
New Media Photojournalism: Senior Thesis, Directed Study
Digital Media Design: Senior Thesis, Digital Media Design IV
Digital Media Design: Junior Studio Core, Digital Media Design III
Digital Media Design: Interactive Web Design II
Digital Media Design: Interactive Web Design I
Digital Media Design: Sound Design
Digital Media Design: Flash Animation The Catholic University of America
Interactive Media Design: Audio Production & Design
Interactive Media Design: Video Art w/Final Cut Pro
Interactive Media Design: Intro to Dreamweaver
Interactive Media Design: Intro to Flash
Some Of My Custom Designs @ TEEPUBLIC
Custom Face Mask Designs, Too
Examples Of My Photography
SOME OF MY ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS
I cannot read or write a note of music.
I taught myself by ear to play numerous instruments and write & arrange words, music and melodies into songs.
This is a small sampling of original songs, audio collages, time-lapse videos and photography I’ve composed, recorded, shot and otherwise created over the years.
This includes musical work I composed for instruments I cannot play (violin, cello, piano, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, others.)
I played in a lot of bands, made recordings, saw some parts of the USA that whet my appetite for travel seen through the windows of a band van.
All words | music | arrangements | videos | photography copyright John Carmody, Washington DC © 2021
Original Song: “I Really Didn't Mean It”
When I wrote “I Really Didn’t Mean It”, I was thinking of a
'Buck Owens backed by the Stones in '65 with the drummer from Blondie ' kind-of-thing, with a bouncy Buddy Holly-type guitar solo too.
Original Video: “RESOLUTION NO. ONE”
“Resolution No. One” was influenced by Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Edward Hopper and The Who.
The goal was to create something that reflected brooding mood and intensity, solitude and anonymity. I wanted to shoot and edit time-lapse footage with people and animals and nature.
Listen closely to the soundscape I built for it – all the water, wind & bird sounds are signals from shortwave and pirate radio stations.
Photography + Audio © John Carmody.
All You Need To Know About Me
I went and pulled the plug nearly 30 years ago, as an experiment in essential living.
Since 1992 I have been studying American heritage while living a pop culture hermitage.
That means: no TV; no Facebook; no Twitter; no Instagram; no texting; no celebrities; no sports; no video games; no crummy music; no credit cards; no debt; no logos; no smart phone; no trends...
You get the idea.
37 Books Read, 2016 The Gutenberg Galaxy The Making of Typographic Man 1962 - Communication Theory Longitude 1995 - History Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? 1968 - Fiction Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo 1943 - History On The Beach 1957 - Fiction Thinking With Type A Critical Guide 2004 - Art & Design The Wayward Bus 1947 - Literature Crossing To Safety 1987 - Literature Off The Record With FDR The War Years 1942-1945 1958 - History Specifications Grading Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students & Saving Faculty Time 2015 - Education Finale The Reagan Years 2015 - Fiction The Bell Jar 1963 - Fiction The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 1793 - Biography & Memoir The Big Picture On the Origins of Life, Meaning & the Universe Itself 2016 - Physics Six Amendments How and Why We Should Change the Constitution 2014 - Law Death of a Salesman 1949 - Drama & Screenplay Notes From A Dead House 1862 - Literature Real Peace 1984 - Foreign Affairs & Political Science Stars In Their Courses The Gettysburg Campaign, June-July 1863 1963 - History Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 1973 - Journalism Zero K 2016 - Fiction The Johnstown Flood The Story Behind The 1889 Disaster 1968 - History A Walk on the Wild Side 1956 - Fiction The Jungle 1906 - Literature Working People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do 1974 - History Hells Angels The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs 1966 - Journalism Babbit 1922 - Fiction Don’t Wait for the Next War A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership 2014 - Foreign Affairs & Political Science Here, There and Everywhere My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles 2006 - Biography & Memoir Sound Man A Life Recording Hits with The Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin 2014 - Biography & Memoir Waiting For Lefty And Other Plays 1937 - Drama & Screenplay The Big Rock Candy Mountain 1943 - Literature Voices From Chernobyl The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster 1997 - Literature The Executioner’s Song 1979 - Fiction Claudius The God And His Wife Messalina 1935 - Literature The Imperial Presidency 1973 - History Women’s Diaries of the Westward Journey 1840-1870 1992 - History
444 Books Read:. January 2010 — June 2021
1 book every 9.45 days or 3.22 books a month for 11.5 years.
Every title on this list is a 100% genuine book, of course:
not *one* was consumed on a device.
Average year of publication?
Click Here for the big list of books.
Aptitude tests in high school reported I was best suited to be a farmer.
Expelled my senior year from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, I was a high school drop-out for awhile, living the life of a musician, playing shows and trying to get my bands signed to record contracts.
Eventully I was accepted by the Catholic University of America despite having neither a high school diploma nor GED or SAT scores. I made Dean’s List and graduated from CUA with a BA in American History. >>
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For nearly 30 years, I have been studying American heritage while living a pop culture hermitage:
no crummy music
no credit cards
no smart phone
no video games
no consumerist wastage
Back before the modern Internet took-off, I was a hoarder of the radio airwaves. That was when information was more valuable, of course.