i live in los angeles & am a composer & programmer of electronic music & a performance poet. check out myspace.com/zedmizar or soundcloud.com/cyberwack to hear some music & view my trippy space rap. i also do freelance music programming & production.
i am a california space cadet & a product of cali culture. i love music & am constantly going out to clubs, theatres & concerts to enjoy live music & dance. i have been vegetarian most of my life & pursue a healthy lifestyle & spiritual growth. i am tall, thin, straight & have always been single.
i mainly like classical music & electronica. i like contemporary composers of music that is dissonant & strangely beautiful, especially those who use both acoustic & electronic instruments. the minimalists like steve reich do that a lot & i hear their influence in a lot of art rock such as radiohead & sigur ros. in electronica i prefer funky breakbeats & trip hop grooves for dancing more than the straight four-on-the-floor house-type stuff, but i like it all including cloudy ambient & even textured noise stuff. the best electronica for listening is song-oriented music though, you can't beat a great song with good lyrics & fine vocals. i definitely admire the art of songwriting & composing & respond to poetic lyrics. i don't like anything that sounds too much like everything else, i look for creativity & uniqueness. i like a lot of rock music: alternative, new wave, psychedelic & art rock. i don't care for heavy rock or any really angry, negative stuff. i don't like politics & i don't think it mixes well with music @ all. for me if it's propaganda then it's not art, it's more like a commercial jingle selling something. i may like a song despite the politics but it soon wears thin. i like punk music that has a sense of humor & doesn't take itself too seriously. i love the funky new rock like beck & gorillaz. i like intelligent hip hop, funk, jazz & world music. i'm getting more & more into r&b, especially contemporary jazzy stuff. i listen to r&b when i want to get into a groovy, sexy urban feel. i can get into some balinese gamelan music, some juju music or global electronica, some conscious reggae/dub or multi-ethnic dance rock. i can definitely chill to some ambient synth washes, or get silly behind some mozart or some debussy. some beck or some roots usually suits my mood. my favorite artist is probably bjork, who is in a class of her own. she combines electronic music & classical influences with acoustic instruments in an amazing synthesis & she's a fantastic vocalist. i think she's classically trained & can sight-read, rare in pop musicians. i've been told there is a recording somewhere of her doing schoenberg's "pierrot lunaire," one of the gnarliest atonal 20th century pieces ever composed. talk about weird. i am also very interested in the music of birds & insects, i collect discs of birdsong & use bird & insect samples in my own music. my favorite composer, olivier messiaen, was an ornithologist & could notate birdsong on the fly as it were. he said that musicians could learn a lot from birds as he did. i'm lucky to have a lot of mockingbirds living in trees right outside my 2nd story window, they are fantastic singers & actually riff on some of the music they hear coming out of my window. since i started listening to insect music i understand electronic drone & noise music a lot more. i highly recommend a wonderful book/cd combo called "the songs of insects" by elliott & hershberger.
i avoid television but there have been occasional good shows. i have the complete "twin peaks" box & still admire the balance of creepy horror & ridiculous farce of that show. i love the classic SCTV comedies. i occasionally catch up on the latest science fiction shows on hulu.
my favorite movie these days is "the fountain," a mystical sci-fi movie about love between two people that spans across centuries & galaxies. it is both mind-boggling & deeply moving. i love "mirrormask" because it's so beautiful, unique & visionary. I really like "a scanner darkly" & "waking life," both very trippy & funny. i like obscure cyberpunk movies like "eXistenZ," "avalon," "casshern," "immortal" & "johnny mnemonic" as well as obvious ones like "blade runner" & "matrix." i like jim jarmusch films like "coffee & cigarettes," "mystery train" & "down by law," which says something about my sense of humor. i'm very fond of the movies of spike jonze: "being john malkovich" although it was a little disturbing, but espeially "adaptation" & "human nature." "zoolander" is hilarious & "idiocracy" is a very funny, prophetic film with an edge. romantic movies like "swingers" & "wedding crashers" are good. i like david lynch, terry gilliam & tim burton. "mars attacks" is a hoot. i like old w. c. fields movies like "my little chickadee." sometimes i get into sexy european movies like "the unbearable lightness of being" & the italian sex comedies of tinto brass. i like "the big lebowski," "pleasantville," "stardust," "constantine," "the science of sleep," "goodbye lover," "lord of the rings," "sky captain," "12 monkeys," "donnie darko," "serenity," "groundhog day." for pure entertainment i really enjoy marvel superhero flicks like "fantastic four: rise of the silver surfer." there are good chick flicks like "before sunrise." my favorite documentaries are "theremin," "the wild parrots of telegraph hill" & "winged migration."
the latest book to stimulate my neurons is "lynchpin" by seth godin. i recommend it for anybody trying to understand the shifting global economic situation & how one can adjust their headspace to dealing with it. i read a lot of fiction, science, poetry, spirituality, sci-fi, music, art. i'm interested in cutting-edge physics & astronomy & the psychology of sex, artist bios & naturalistic stuff about birds. my favorite writers are philip k dick, william gibson, neal stephenson, jack womack, lewis shiner, jonathan lethem, steve erickson, haruki murakami, m. john harrison, jonathan carroll, neil gaiman, jeffrey ford, don delillo, umberto eco, c.s. lewis, lewis carroll. some favorite works of fiction: "the divine invasion," "ubik," "valis," "neuromancer," "idoru," "virtual light," "snow crash," "the diamond age," "amnesiascope," "the wind-up bird chronicles," "american gods," "stardust," "light," "amnesia moon," "gun with occasional music," "slam," "deserted cities of the heart," "white apples," "glass soup," "vaccum flowers," "space trilogy" (perelandra), "shroud of the gnome," "worshipful company of fletchers," "night journey." some non-fiction faves are: those nancy friday books about women's sexual fantasies like "my secret garden," "the science of orgasm," "why birds sing," "the singing life of birds," "the metaphysics of virtual reality," "the artful universe expanded," "warped passages," "the elegant universe," "the botany of desire," "strange angel," "this is your brain on music," recent bios of dante, bach & hendrix & the mystical works of emanuel swedenborg (older translations, not the corrupt new ones). i like modern american surrealist poetry & french symbolist stuff like baudelaire & mallarme. i also like williams-sonoma cookbooks & try my hand @ california cuisine from time to time.