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To: the membrane domain
Subject: preliminary questions/responses
HI, I'm getting some cd's done - as soon as I have them I'll send you one.
As for the questions, I'll try to answer them. I'm not that interested in
talking about guitars or guitar playing anymore - when you hear my stuff
you'll understand why. It is really a lot more song & vocal/lyric oriented
- that stuff is just a lot more interesting and challenging for me these
days. That's what I'd *prefer* to talk about - I'm kind of over being a
riff jockey. But like I said, when you get the stuff it will make sense -
there *is* some hairy guitar playing but it's mostly about the songs...
1) how many guitars do you own
2) which is your favorite
A) The Anderson and the Les Paul are my recording guitars. They sound
great. Live, I use an assortment of cheap ones because I am much too
violent - I get carried away and try to get a piece of a monitor, a side
fill or somebody's head. (Long Live Sid!)
I also have a guitar signed by 3 members of Marilyn Manson (Marilyn,
Twiggy Ramirez and Madonna Wayne Gacy). But that's a story in itself...
3) who's borrowed guitar have you enjoyed playing
A) Well, it's not a guitar story, but I played John Lennon's Mellotron once
at the old Record Plant. Only the flute sound worked, and only in 1 octave,
but it was just enough to play the intro to "Strawberry Fields" - believe
me, it made your hair stand on end.
The only guitar that I still get upset about was a '61 Lake Placid Blue
strat that was magic - it was alive in my hands. I think that one is now in
some fucking yuppie collector's vault along with 1,000 other guitars that
will never again see the light of day...
4) we've a friend on tour with the G3 (robert fripp,
steve via, and joe satriani) Do you know any of these
A) I took lessons from Steve as a kid. I got him for $10 an hour...
(PS: if you want to ask about my influences they are Adrian Belew, Mick
Ronson, Page Hamilton and Steve Jones...)
5) picks... what are you thoughts on playing with a pick?
i prefer to play without one... just using the fingers...
how about you?
A) I know that's how Beck does it..(i.e. Jeff Beck, not Beck Hansen). He
does amazing things w/o one. I myself am too much of a spaz... BTW I saw
Beck (Hansen) on SNL last night and he was great...What an incredible
6) it's evident that you play a wide range of styles...
when you're sittin' alone pickin' an acoustical, what
style comes out?
A) Hopefully, fully realized songs, with lyrics and everything. That's how
most of the good stuff is written...on my bed with an acoustic. I
frequently use weird tunings to break out of a rut. Sometimes I play a form
of mutant bastard ragtime, solely for yuks...
7) what are you thoughts on Yoko Ono?
A) I never really "got" her as an artist, but she & John had a true
partnership and I respect that as I respect anything John had a hand in.
"Look out honey, 'cause I'm usin' technology..."
Iggy Pop, "Search & Destroy"
Then we turn the interview into webpages and let Tristan know:
hey there... hi there... and ho there
i've worked up an "innerview" page... it's linked in from
it's also under http://rombox.com/tristan/
(until we gather more content)
hope its ok for ya?
i'll be back to da innerview stage II, too... heehe... II too... dats
kinda funny... you don't do ballet do ya?
Everything appears to be going fine when Tristan replies:
Pretty cool, I like the purple background. How about linking to my page?
I'll link to yours....
Meanwhile, we keep working with Sniffle:
long time no here... what it b?
i've been doin' sum stuph with tristan
your pages are gettin' hammered... i'd say at least
one hit a minute...
Subject: Re: hey there
GOOD TO SEE FROM YA!
I've been real busy Rabbitin' and Doctorin'
Is there a chance you can put up REAL AUDIO on my songs as well?
It takes so long to down load those big files!!!!!!
Thanks for doin' that stuff for Tristan.....real cool!
BTW...we both would like to know how you're able to get so many
listings on search engines! Tristan and I both used submit it, etc.
but Rombox/membrane/ have eight billion listings to our one or two!
How the hell do ya do that??????
After a couple more months go by and the CD / tapes of music
never arrive, we write again to Tristan and receive the following:
To: the membrane domain
Subject: Re: yo
Thanks for staying on it. My CD guy is away in Vermont (grrrrrrrrrr...)
I should have them in a couple of days...
Could you maybe take my last name off the page? I prefer to be known
professionally only by my first name... Thanks.
More time passes...
I just visited my rombox page and I noticed that there is no link to my
page. As your page comes up first on many search engines, many people may
not even know that my page exists! I have a link to your site on my page,
could you *please** reciprocate.
Thanks in advance,
At this time we get into a conversation about the problems that are
created by this types of links. In particular, that the
that donated their efforts in building the Tristan pages has to maintain hundreds of
thousands of links. And, that we feared the longevity of Tristan.
Here's what happened next:
If you can't link the page to my site, it's a dead end. Just
take it down.
yipes... hate to see that happen...
its had such a good response
let me ask da bossmen what to do?
it might help if i could assure them of the
likelihood that the site will live forever...
that is why they are reluctant to put in da links...
cuz the other end often turns into a deadend
First of all merry Xmas and all that good stuff... sorry I didn't get back
earlier, I was on vacation....
OK, maybe I'm overreacting. I'd hate to have to take it down too.
However, the possibility that my site will move is not a good enough
reason not to provide a link. The web is, and hopefully will always be
If "da boss" doesn't see it that way then his site is not a living part of
the cyberspace community. It's a dead end already.
It's every webmaster's responsibility to occasionally check his
links to see if they have changed or become inactive and update them
accordingly. I've been doing this for 4 years. In addition, I always inform
anyone who links to me of any address changes and also re-register the
site with as many search engines as possible.
Thanks, let me know how it turns out -
... several letters go back in forth while we set-up a link to "your" site
... followed by several letters about how much money, time and materials
are spent on the artists by the volunteers.
so, we try to explain what we're about:
we are a cooperative of musicians and artists...
that like to have sum phun doing business
1) we can include your work on promo pieces.
at the moment this includes:
experiments with cdroms, dvd, audio cd's,
vhs and cassette tapes. the promo's are meant to
create networking and exposure opportunities
most importantly, the experiments exposure you to
new friends that will be collaborating on the projects
2) there are joint venture opportunities...
our latest project can be found at http://rombox.com/cd/
with joint ventures, the artists agree on ownership terms
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