after june

multimedia fabrications

"CK" is a conglomerate of personal artistic projects by a Canadian chameleon.

The 12 Reindeer of the Apocalysmas

Last night Chris I went to a contemporary-classical CD release concert. He knows one of the composers, so we chatted for a bit at the reception, and inevitably it had to be said:  "You know, I used to play piano very seriously-- I composed something recently-- it's a hip hopera about aliens..."

It feels somewhat blasphemous to mention electronic, comedic, rock, etc, music in such a setting. I know it shouldn't, really; there are many different approaches to music, and I don't believe any one genre has a monopoly on the noblest or best ones. (Besides, for myself personally, since I used to play classically and made the switch, I exempt myself from all purist judgment.)

That being said, I'm not going to pretend a song about aliens killing Santa's reindeer on Christmas Day is necessarily the most inclusive sort of conversation to have in a crowd of members of the Naxos music library. Or any crowd, really. 

While we're on the topic of dubious art projects and blaspheming Christmas! I had this impulse two years ago to draw 12 comic reindeer in the days leading up to Christmas. I got as far as Strudelph and Nudelph, the pastry- and pasta-lovin' chefs, and then tapped out because no one was paying attention to me. Well, that's not going to stop me this year! Something else might stop me (most likely Dragon Age: Inquisition), but that's not the point.

Here is the handsome devil who kicked it all off:

"All I want for Christmas are your two front teeth, your eyeballs and spiiiiiiine"

"All I want for Christmas are your two front teeth, your eyeballs and spiiiiiiine"

And initial sketch of Herr Strudelph.

And initial sketch of Herr Strudelph.

And here is the official list of their brethren candidates from 2012, but LOOK AT ALL THAT EMPTY SPACE! Shop is open for suggestions.