Dealing with Content Stealers

I had been sitting on my glitch of the Flower City Logo for awhile before sharing it to the Rochester community. I submitted a print to the RoCo 6×6 fundraising show and posted it just to the r/Rochester subreddit.

I had the design up on the Threadless shop for awhile but it didn’t gain any traction. I decided to grab one for myself to wear around and maybe gain some interest. Once the shirt arrived I shared a picture of it on the subreddit again and got a *lot* of folks interested in the design. Not wanting to annoy the mods, I did not post a link where the shirt was for sale. Instead, I decided to DM each person who showed interested and provide them with a link to buy the shirt.

Not long after that, someone stole my design and posted it on another POD site. This person posted the link saying “In case anyone want this” and received a bunch of upvotes. I quickly replied to the comment saying it was a scam listing and it was not from my store.

The mods were quick to remove the link, however, the scammer decided to post it again. I reported that link again and it was also removed. Also, I filed a DMCA claim with the POD’s parent company that the content was infringing on my work.

The POD stated the item was only listed for a few days and I was worried that the listing would stay up for a long time. Luckily, the site responded to my request within 24 hours and the offending content was removed.

It’s incredibly frustrating to see someone steal your content and try to sell it in the same thread you are also trying to promote it. Whoever did it obviously has no shame. If you’re interested in grabbing the shirt from my Threadless shop, here is the link

Exploring Synths

Music has been a part of my life since I was very young. I was always interested in it and would pretend to play on a stage in front of an “audience” on a pull-out sofa bed and a toy guitar my parents had got me. Around the age of 15, having a real guitar became a reality and I never stopped practicing. Even today, I play out pretty regularly at a local open jam with a variety of other musicians.

Electronic music had interested me a bit but never to the point of me every getting equipment. I remember visiting Alto Music once and being fascinated with a blue synthesizer that made the most bizarre sounds I had ever heard. Sadly the price tag was well out of the reach of an 18 year old, but it is something I wish I could find again.

When scrolling on Facebook one day, I saw a mention of the Moog Sound Studio and a demo video; I don’t think it was an ad but it was someone posting in one of the groups I was in. It caught my attention as compact and modular, so I started researching the product and modular synths in general. What caught my fascination was the ability to transform the sound in almost endless ways. I immediately saw potential of pairing this type of music with my glitch videos to create a sonic and visual experience for people in a live and recorded setting.

The Moog Sound Studio is a three piece bundle that includes the Moog DFAM(Drummer from another mother), Mother-32, and Subharmonicon. I watched countless demos and started reading how to even operate these things to make sure it would fit well into the vision I see for myself. Satisfied with what I found, I ended up buying the complete set when they were on sale to save myself some money.

This system is amazing. I’m able to shape the sound in so many unique ways in what seems like a never-ending rabbit hole. The creative potential with this set outshines many of my other ventures and it has become a regular go-to for me to produce music. Since starting exploring this unique area of music, I have made it a personal goal of myself to release a 6 track album every month for the remainder of the year. It is an ambitious challenge but something I’m using to push myself musically in new and uncharted realms.

5 albums have been released already with 1 more planned. Search “Psycho Moon Project” on all streaming platforms, links to a few are below:

Main Street Arts Sprawling Visions 2023

Sprawling Visions was the first exhibit for 2023 at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, NY. It ran from Jan 7th to Feb 22nd 2023. I had found them while looking for galleries that have open calls for art and hastily applied. At the time I was only doing digital glitches based on my black and white photography. One of the pieces was a photograph of an old red wagon and the other was taken at Ontario Beach Park.

At the time I was incredibly new to the art world. I hadn’t even branded on “Distorted Reality” yet and was still finding my way. I knew it was a bit of a long shot to get accepted, but there’s rarely any harm in trying. To my surprise, my work was accepted and this became the first art gallery to accept my work for display.

I had large format prints done by WhiteWall and when they came in I was completely in awe at the quality.

I made it to the opening of the show with my wife and milled around the gallery with the other artists and viewers. Seeing my work up on the wall, alongside other artists, was a complete surreal experience. Also, they have amazing bread.

I consider this a pivotal part of my artistic career and validation that what I am doing has wider appeal. Glitch art isn’t just a niche; it has a way to transform how we view the world and challenge perceptions of reality.

I’m actively working on submitting my pieces to other galleries and hope to expand my reach in the coming year. I want to thank Brad at MSA for giving my art an opportunity to be viewed by the public.