Jeff edits many of these podcasts…and now it is time for him to speak!
Jeff is a prolific musician and artist — creating in a variety of genres and formats. His works appear as stand-alone albums, as complements to performance art, and on pirate radio stations.
I wanted to talk to Jeff about the differences between creating for “the art world” vs creating as a musician, as well as the role of improvisation in his process. Jeff also has some wild and hilarious stories about the variety of things that can go wrong when making art.
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Learn more from Jeff here:
- [01:59] Did Jeff inspire the Nathan For You sketch about smoke detectors?
- [18:40] How does creation differ between “making sound art: and “making music”? How does composition change when complimenting a performance vs “making an album”?
- [37:50] The crossover between punk, skate culture, and high art — and Jeff’s background in BMX
- [45:24] Jeff’s record with Zeena Parkins — and the role of improvisation in music and dance.
- [01:07:47] Jeff’s radio project Radius — and using radio as an “art form”
- [01:14:27] How the live performance of “Ditch” resulted in Jeff at the New York City police department at 6am
- [01:24:00] Check out Jeff’s Bandcamp and listen to Radius
Links and Resources Mentioned:
- Nathan Fielder
- Nathan For You “Nathan’s Band”
- Nathan Fielder Trolls Austin Police Department with Fake Thank-You Cards
- “Smoke Detector” by Jeff Kolar
- Circuit bending
- Creation is Crucifixion “Gameboy AKA This is Where Technology and Anarchy Fuck”
- Jennifer Monson
- Zeena Parkins
- Ben Frost
- Dark (TV series)
- Chernobyl Soundtrack
- BMX Tabletop
- The High Line
- Brian Eno
- Five Finger Death Punch
- “You Coulda Called Him Al” from the Miami New Times