In a Landscape

We’ve discussed my musical taste here previously. It’s exactly what would be expected: Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, and American patriotic music. Fly Me to The Moon is fine at the office, but I’ve been discouraged from playing John Philip Sousa’s version of The Stars and Stripes Forever. Years ago, when we worked with MTV, I had to nod and pretend I knew who everyone was discussing. Fortunately, Noreen is hip, so she could explain it to me.

There was one music related project, however, that I understood. The Getty Research Institute exhibited a collection of musical notations in 1995. We designed the catalogue. I paid attention in college when experimental twentieth century music was discussed. So I could grasp the idea. Experimental music requires a different type of language to be played correctly. Musical graphic notation allowed for symbols and other forms to convey the information as to how the piece should be played. In some instance, the idea of chance is included with the usage of materials such as multiple layers of acetate.

I may not recognize Nicki Minaj when she is standing in line with me at LAX (I just thought this woman in front of me was oddly overdressed), but I can tell you how the I Ching is an influencer in John Cage’s music.

Airing the old laundry

Noreen Morioka, Sean Adams, the Peoplemover, Tomorrowland

Many people ask how Noreen and I met. I like to tell them it was in prison, but that’s not true. We met in school, at CalArts. We went our separate ways after we graduated, Noreen to Tokyo, and I went to New York. At the end of 1993, we were sitting on the Peoplemover in Tomorrowland and decided that rather than complaining about design, we should step up and have our own firm. Much of that work was documented with transparencies and hasn’t been published for over a decade. So we decided to drag the pieces out of the archives and give them some air for awhile; even if they are a little dated.

Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities

Our first postcard, some were sent back with added drawings

SCI-Arc Building in Los Angeles, 1994

Wired magazine

SCI-Arc Spring Lecture Series

Poster, LA Louver Gallery