Studio

DSC_5625An extension of skin, bone, circuit boards, paper & vinyl – my work studio is a co-mingling of the obsolete and the cutting edge.

Picture a simultaneous overlay of a web dev/design shop, a recording studio, a used record & book store, a pawn shop & an antiques store, and that’s this place – a Collyer Mansion for the modern man.
(photo: David C. Kennedy, the Washington Post)

Time-Lapse Experiments & Original Video Shorts

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The Secret of Happiness and Virtue.

Time lapse sampler, Winter/Spring 2014. Photography experiments shot in and around Washington DC, the Maryland Eastern Shore and Ground Zero, New York City. Turn on your speakers.

This collection is meant to be what they’re all meant to be: funny, strange, interesting…. and ironic.

Look for hints of French impressionism, Soviet constructivism, American pop art, Japanese Imperialist re-education and the global surveillance state.

The narrative tying it together (written 1931, recorded 1955) echoes complaints about where this doltish culture is headed.

Photography + soundtrack © John Carmody 2014


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Resolution No. 1

Thinking about Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Edward Hopper, the goal with Resolution No. One was to create something that reflected brooding mood and intensity, solitude and anonymity. I wanted to shoot and edit time-lapse footage with live 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 + soundtrack © John Carmody

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The Arms of Venus

Time-Lapse Sampler, Fall 2013 – photography experiments shot mostly in my studio.

This is largely a stream-of-consciousness collection mostly of 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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The Grand Old Flag

Happy Fourth of July!

Please enjoy this clip on the proper care and nurturing of the US flag, in luxurious time-lapse…photography © John Carmody | “Youre A Grand Old Flag” © George M. Cohan, 1933.

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I Still Remember My TV

Audio extracts from ‘Network’ – an outstanding 1976 film – serve as a narrative invoking God, electricity, fate, physics and ultimate clarity (found by living as a hermit.)

I shot the video, wrote the words and music, arranged the string quartet and played all the music, except for the drums and cello.

The Sugar Dance

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

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Original Music & Sound Collage

I can’t read or write a note of music, I am self-taught on numerous instruments by ear. The following selections are a small sampling of the music I’ve written & recorded over the years. These include work I composed for instruments I can’t play, such as violin, cello, baritone and tenor saxophones and others.

I used Adobe After Effects + custom Flash ActionScript3 programming to create the live wave form animations.

“I Really Didn’t Mean It!”

I was trying to go for a Buck Owens meets the Rolling Stones in 1965 as interpreted by The Jam kind of thing – this song was performed by one of my bands, The Revellaires.


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“…the lady vanishes”

This instrumental selection was influenced a lot by the Stone Temple Pilots, Soul Coughing & Cheap Trick – it’s performed by one of my bands, Down With Meyers.


words+music+arrangement © John Carmody

“Mailbox”

A pretty waltz written in a moment of bleakness. I composed & arranged the string quartet despite not being able to read or write a note of music. This song is performed here by one of my bands, Casey’s Brain.


words+music+arrangement © John Carmody

“Olde Town Crier”

This song was influenced a lot by Supergrass, ELO & later-career Beatles. it is performed here by one of my bands, Down With Meyers.


words+music+arrangement © John Carmody

“Goodbye My Baby”

People of a certain fortunate generation grew up idolizing the guitar riff and guitar solo. This power-pop rocker is performed here by one of my bands, The Revellaires.


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“A Real Moral Let-Down”

When I wrote this, I was listening to a lot of Louis Jordan, the Pretenders and Patsy Cline. It’s performed here by one of my bands, Casey’s Brain.


words+music+arrangement © John Carmody

“Mary What’s Her Name”

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


words+music+arrangement © John Carmody

“Pasta la Vista”

SOUND COLLAGE: Picture Amelia Earhardt emerging from the Spanish desert as a Banshee. I played all the instruments except the drums (John Orem.)


words+music+arrangement © John Carmody

“dogHeaven”

SOUND COLLAGE: 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.)


words+music+arrangement © John Carmody

Original Photography

Black & White

The majority of these were taken on an old 35mm Pentax.

All photographs © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

Studio Interiors

Most of these images are from a Washington Post Magazine feature. Photos © David C. Kennedy, the Washington Post.

The rest? Photographs © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

In The City

Usually I carry a camera or other recording device with me around Washington, D.C.

All photographs © John Carmody, Washington, D.C.

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