Green Smoke

Upcoming Lectures

ok, time for some news:

together with ulli lust i'll be lecturing away with utter disregard for any audience that might be getting in our way:

on saturday, april 19th 2008, 19h
at the kunsthaus dresden
rähnitzgasse 8
01097 dresden

in an event tied in with their comics exhibition "kopfkino"

the lecture will be in german, the best language in the world.
while the next one will be held in the most language in the world, which is, of course, english:

small press expo

saturday, april 26th, at 3:30 pm
kulturhuset stockholm
sergels torg
10327 stockholm

serieteket, the library for comics and graphic literature in the kulturhuset stockholm is holding the small press comics festival spx for the tenth time this year. serieteket is headed by kristiina kolehmainen, who kindly invited us to the festival.

among the many other guests are edmond baudoin, stan sakai, top shelf publisher chris staros, japanese art group NouNouHau, german manga scholar jacqueline berndt (teaching at yokohama university), or knut larsson and amanda vähämäki, who both have published with electrocomics.

me and ulli lust will be in stockholm from april 24th till 29th (the spx festival ends on the 27th, but we will be held in stockholm for two more days for reasons yet unknown. we already are intrigued and a little frightened!).

and here's the info blurb for the lecture: digital picture writings
Electrocomics, based in Germany, has established itself as the arguably most consequential web publishing house for graphic literature in e-book format, and made its name notably amongst creators. Thus, Electrocomics soon became the web publisher of choice for important protagonists of the comics avantgarde from Italy, France, Hongkong or Finland to make e-book versions of existing, as well as new graphic novels.
Ulli Lust, comic artist and founder of Electrocomics, will speak about strategies and formal approach, as well as future projects of her publishing house, and present an array of its e-comics, which span from the autobiographic, through the autofictional and reportage to the channeling of kinky medieval beastmen.
Kai Pfeiffer, author, comic artist and editor of the anthology series "Plaque" and "flitter" (both: avant-verlag), takes us in the second part of the lecture on a commented walk through his "pictures for readers", paying visits to his documentary comics, drawn essays, ficitional stories and graphic realms resisting definition – not without, in passing, shedding some flickering light on a few fellow picture writers.

UPDATE: the kunsthaus dresden exhibition was really nice, and our lecture sufficiently less than embarrassing, but instead of going to stockholm, i prefered staying home with my friend, the novo virus, while ulli lust performed our lecture alone, which means the quality of the delivery might have easily doubled. and that lecture keeps on touring: next, comic-salon erlangen, may 25th, 11 am.
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finally, after almost a year of fine tuning, macro fiddling and late night whirlpool sessions with stanley lieber's attorneys, here it is, organized by dzima and silenceinspades

Labile Styrene - Not Really A Stanley Lieber Remix Album

i'd like to add here a little graphic extravaganca i had done to go with my tracks for the compilation, and a short information text:

egobone plays stanley lieber: nostalgia for mud

nostalgia for mud pt. 1 (happymushmush)
nostalgia for mud pt. 2 (shaking off the crumbs)

written & performed by kai pfeiffer after stanley lieber
recorded nov. 12, 2006 in berlin

i, personally am not too fond of that whole concept of "remixing" - or, more precisely: i do like the concept, just the results of most remixing efforts i came across to date seemed of doubtful value to me. i prefer the concept of "interpretation". so, i set off to play a cover version of stanley liebers piece "nostalgia for mud". only, in the process of working, adding and removing layers to my interpretation, i ended up with two new companion pieces to stanleys composition, parts one and two after his part zero: the origin.

to download these tracks, please go to the link at the top of this entry, leading you to the complete stanley lieber remix album. by chance (?), some notable contradictions to my prejudice against remixes in general are to be found on this very album.
Green Smoke


here's a little account of some more recent activities:

my comic book "urban elphes" got printed in a special 11-pages remixed version in #14 of "nosotros somos los muertos", the spanish comics magazine edited by max. looks very fine in there, next to quite promissing works by newcomers like jim woodring, chris ware, dave cooper, or nicolas mahler. sadly, this great magazine will fold after its final, 15th issue, which should be out now. at least i managed to sneak a page into that one as well.

french fashion & culture magazine "standard" reprinted drawings from my flash projection "halle-neustadt" in #15, and i'm going to do a page for their upcoming issue.

together with benjamin aman (a.k.a. "lucy huck") i have a new duo called "flechsig". in march we recorded our first album, soon to be published, most likely on benjamin's label, razzle-dazzle.
more on upcoming book projects soon (one of which even already has a release date!)

some photos from the group event "synaesthetisches konzil 1.1", at gallery "parterre" in berlin-pankow (exhibition & musical performances, already a while back, on february 24th):

the postcard i made for the show

first public performance of the "rudolf steiner olde time jazz trio"

rudolf steiner olde time jazz trio, left to right: henning stahnke, kai pfeiffer, dylan pierce.

the contemplative crowd – hey, i thought we rocked?!

marc groeszer, artist and organizer of the event. in the background: dylan's daughter.

ulli lust and paz boira

two views from my contribution to the group show, a "medley" entitled "meine schoensten melodien" ("my most beautiful tunes"):

and i was lucky i attended the first berlin concert by the mighty sun city girls on january 25th – which, sadly, was also their last, the group being discontinued after the passing away of drummer charles gocher on february 19th, 2007.
here's a little movie clip i took at the concert. appropriately, charles gocher already had vanished from view, as only his drumsticks appear in the movie ...
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egobone: études hyperboliques 1-23

étude 1
étude 2
étude 3
étude 4
étude 5
étude 6
étude 7
étude 8
étude 9
étude 10
étude 11
étude 12
étude 13
étude 14
étude 15
étude 16
étude 17
étude 18
étude 19
étude 20
étude 21

total playing time: 51:25 format: mp3, 192 kBit/s
recorded & mixed by k. pfeiffer in berlin, october 2001 - february 2002
published by polybone records

cleaning the vault: here are my "early recordings". there's quite a bunch of stuff i recorded before, but these are the earliest i decided "worth" publishing.
since those are indeed "études", i present them here without too much polishing, warts and all: i even left in the beep from the minidisc recorder at the end of two or three tracks. the digital production was entirely done with "sound edit", a nice little programm, which unfortunately didn't get updated for os x.
(i doubt my girlfriend listened consciously to these pieces - so, no quote from the lady this time).
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egobone: shadel ep

01 left out let be
02 dimm under
03 hushing curtainers
04 thinking at smallsite
05 slomo woolshake
06 stoikrêverieee

total running time: 13:33, format: mp3, 192 kBit/s
recorded & mixed by kai pfeiffer 23.10.2006 in berlin
published by polybone records

well, ok ... since i fancy myself amassing tracks for a growing list of "LPs", "EPs" or "Mini Albums", with each of them missing a last little track here, a slight remixing there, a cover, or even simply a decent track title that refuses to hop into my mind ... so, here's the latest thing i recorded, yesterday evening, and mixed it right away, so it doesn't fall into this loop outside the time continuum, like my other recordings apparently did.

my girlfriend hates these tracks, mostly because of the slow, hesitating, dreamy plucking (some blisters on my right hand's fingers, due to overplaying the day before, obviously had some influence on the esthetical decisions for these tracks). "at least you don't fuck that way", was her most positive comment.
Green Smoke


flash movie - 4,5 mb

drawn, recorded, mixed, programmed by kai pfeiffer
in halle-neustadt, september 2005

this file is suggested for download (right mouse click, save target as ...).
open the file (you need the flash player), set view on 100% first, then on "full screen".
the soundtrack is, like all decent sonic works, not to be listened to on the built-in speakers of some notebook. nothing should be listened through them, really.

in 2005, i was invited by bauhaus-dessau to teach together with ulli lust at their summer academy , held in halle-neustadt, and stay as artists in residence for three weeks.
halle-neustadt was the biggest satellite town of the gdr, consisting entirely of plattenbauten, built mainly for the chemical workers of the buna-leuna werke. until 1989, it was considered very attractive to live in halle-neustadt, because of the "modern comfort" of the plattenbauten. in fact, it was an honour to get an apartment there, which is hard to believe now, but back then was granted foremost to comrads which passed as true believers of the system. accordingly, the "stasi" (= staatssicherheitsdienst), the secret service of the gdr was strongly present, and didn't have any trouble finding enough informers: ca. 10% of halle-neustadts population was feeding the stasi with informations about their collegues, friends, relatives ... which the stasi amassed to grotesque piles of files.
today, the picture changed somewhat. living there is not exactly an honour any more. halle-neustadt was built for 100 000 habitants, now there are only ca. 50 000 left. most of those who stay, are elderly people, and most of those few who move there, are those who have no other choice, many of them unemployed citizens of another part of halle, which will get raided.
halle-neustadt, too, is becoming smaller. as the number of habitants crumbles, more and more plattenbauten vanish. maybe, one day halle-neustadt will be the swamp again, which it was before. all the so far 40 years of its existence, the water had to bee pumped away from halle-neustadts grounds continously.
Green Smoke

EGOBONE: me and greybird watch the swimming land

EGOBONE: »me and greybird watch the swimming land«

be warned: this humble little musical piecette weighs 43.6 mb and plays for 47:40 minutes.

recorded and mixed in berlin, most likely somtime near the end of the year 2004.

published by polybone records 2006

the working title of this track was "MonsterDrone", presumably referring to it's shameless length. but the track feels, i think, not really monstruous. it is quite dense, though. but monstruous drone music would be phill niblocks thick, bombastic sonic blocks, or charlemagne palestines physically exhausting solo piano workouts. or lamonte youngs really long pieces.
originally, the track was about 65 minutes, but the first 18 minutes luckily could get cut to get rid of some annoying parts. i let this thing lay in a shady corner for quite a while. when i finally listened to it again, i was surprised that it didn't bore me to hear it through several times. which probably isn't a strength of the track, but a weakness of my mind. do i suddenly have such a long attention span, or is it early dementia?
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egobone: »nullthreat«

recorded 2004 in berlin

polybone records, 2006

(this track was made from elements of some music i did for an audiovisual piece by a trio called "angstrom": in that, i did the music, while two other guys would mix and manipulate videoclips in real time - vjing, so to say. one was a sort of "video activist" & vj, the other an avant-comics artist, making clips from his drawings. we played two concerts and recorded the aforementioned li'l movie piece. but the energy of my dear colleagues petered out before we got any good - we had some interresting moments which could maybe be called "promising", but anyway, since i fell out severely with my fellow draughtsman a while ago, for all things audiovisual i rely on myself now, which i did before, and which plays to my "control freak" urges. the interaction, while not always pleasing me in the results, was a worthwhile experience in itself, though ...
i called the track "nullthreat" because the "movie" was called "threat", and now the trio's state is "null" - and, i don't think it sounds really threatening in its new version, so that's "null", too.
it is a bit dark, though. that bothers me slightly for my first official release, being currently more into the bright, light sides of existence - but my mind changes directions every 22 minutes, and this track is by no means representative, anyway ... i guess nothing is ...)