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Bain Music and Media

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The Bain Project has garnered its fair share of attention and brought together an amazing array of artistic and journalistic support.  It also crossed and melded artistic media in an extraordinary fashion.  The installation itself captured sights, sounds, smells and memories in a unique way, and a fitting emblem of this is the Bain Music Project cd, which will certainly stand the test of time as a valuable record of the Bain Project experience and a fascinating album of boundary-pushing music in its own right.

The cd offers short interview  excerpts with a former Bain employee, mixed with cuts of local bands recording inside the Bain space.  The remaining pieces constitute primary Bain Project work by Lee Moore, whose maternal condition precluded extensive on-site participation.  Lee and her husband (and longtime musical partner) David Crawford put together some amazing sets of sounds as Le Machine, and also did me the great honor of building cut # 12 with an old water-based poem of mine.  I recorded it with Jen Coon, and then Lee put it over ocean sounds and her newborn baby’s heartbeat!  I could never have dreamed that a piece of my writing would have such a stunning setting.  Thank you Lee.

I enjoy every track of the cd, especially Crowmeat Bob’s highly Bain-ful sounds and Xopher Thurston’s string interpretation of Dana Raymond’s pipe symphonies, but am totally un-equipped to remark on the local popular music.  I just know my 20 year old daughter was thrilled to see me on the same album as the Rosebuds!  I also know that the cd cover is masterful and fits so well with the project, thanks to Ladye Jane of New Raleigh fame.  New Raleigh published the cd, and was a tremendous support to the Bain Project overall, including provision of the Bain website.

Bain Project page

Starting from the website, let’s trace the main branchings of media and online response to the project.

NPR

May 09  “State of Things” interview with Dana Raymond, Marty Baird Sarah Powers and JenCoon

SpokenWord.org archived radio link

New Raleigh

Volunteer call  hosted by New Raleigh

January 09  Missing Plaque Mystery

February 09  Music Fundraiser

March 09  David Millsaps essay

May 09 Ladye Jane’s Q & A

May 09  State of Things alert with links to Sarah and Dana

May 09   Toxic Lead Alert with Bain concerns

Independent Weekly

March 09  Music Fundraiser guide 

April 09  Indie Blog article

May 09   Calendar listing

May 09  Site and project description by Hobert Thompson

May 09  Indie blog Q & A with organizer Daniel Kelly and others

NandO

 May 09    Art to suit city’s fluid identity

 NC Museum of Art

May 09  blog interview with Museum staffers Jen Coon & Stacey Kirby

NCSU

DESIGNlife news with listing of the numerous alumni  involved

Bain credits

Bain credits

Blog  Reactions
30 Threads feature
Raleighwood,NC  John & Clydes visit with informative links
Queen of the Pavement – huge and lovely pics
 Digital Photo Project  with another,  and one more – nice photos and text by Kevin Greene

almost two weeks – wonderful blend of Bain and life

 a weed is just a flower out of place – just one nice photo but who can resists that title?

Bain poster critique – proof post-Boomers do not read 🙂 actually a nice post

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youtube   Triangle Rock excerpt

353 Flickr results

Mike Legeros’ Firefighting blog listing

The following  excerpt from an email sent out by SWCAC Chair Mary Bell Pate for the Caraleigh neighborhood.

The Bain Project, located in the SW CAC area, is all about the E. B. Bain Waterworks/Water Plant that once was the source of water for Raleigh and now is on the Historic Register. What was a beautiful Art Deco building had been ignored since it was “de-commissioned” as our water plant and now needs massive amounts of money for restoration. Empire Properties came to the rescue by buying the Bain and saving it from total destruction. Within the next few years a street will connect South Wilmington and South Saunders Streets (needed for years as an efficient cross-access between the two streets) and will go right by the Bain.
With lots of help from many people the Bain Project will become another outstanding asset for Raleigh and especially for our southwest part of Raleigh. Right now it needs your interest and participation in events designed to create awareness of this beautiful, old building opposite the Eliza Pool Park. From time to time I will be giving updates on Bain Project activities and encouraging your participation.

and last but not least

National Park Service  Bain site page

Artists survey pre-installation site

Artists survey pre-installation site

 If you’ve made it this far I’ll remind you that here at Raleigh Rambles ALL my work to document and preserve the Bain Project is organized and referenced on my Bain Page.  The list above grew out of a reference post on the Bain Project website, which has obviously been a rock for me in this project.  We can all thank  Daniel Kelly for conceiving of and effecting this project, and I personally appreciated his encouragement as I participated in and documented the project.

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May 24, 2009 Posted by | architecture, art, music, Raleigh downtown, Raleigh history, reflection | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Person Street rambles out to the big wide world!

     Lee Moore presents to students   at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh NC        

Here we go and you are welcome for the ride. Raleigh Rambles. A Raleigh native’s rambles. Raleighites making art and making good. The city of Raleigh rambles out to the big wide world.  The big wide world rambles into Raleigh.  All of the above.  This is my personal blog – mostly art and culture, but whatever else as well, because it is all good, all is good.  Everything we do is art – or can be. Welcome to my new blog.

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This online world is a hoot and a holler, isn’t it?  It’s been fun to watch and even more fun to join.  I’ve been very lucky.  My school had a Nando account, allowing us to use gophers and ftp’s to look at a few data bases, before the World Wide Web came to exist.  I have watched my buddy Clyde take the Net by the horns and shake it like a money tree for some time, while building his hip hop web empire.  My friend Richard has been hand-rolling a blog since before there were blogs – I guess that means he helped create the blog culture. Blogs seem very much to be the universal multi-media uberform that Clyde and I dreamed about in the late seventies.  I like them very very much.

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 Raleigh is blessed with great local blogs.  Raleighing was fun while it lasted.  New Raleigh does a most professional job, as recently with their slideshow of Rebusfest, and a review of my new neighbor, Rosie’s Plate.  And RDUwtf, of course, has my biased adoration, and is back in business after a nasty spamlink attack.  Here, I’m not trying to review Raleigh – I’m portraying myself and my cultural mileu as a native Raleighite.

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A fine cultural mileu indeed!  World class museums, enough of a city to be a city but rural scenes a ten minute drive away.  Greenways galore, which I blog about at Raleigh Nature. A decent music scene, I understand, but you will not read much about any music other than jazz here.  My favorite piece of Raleigh is the whole scene anchored by The College of Design -with  Sadlacks’s as its lodestone.  I love to run into old friends or find out what young art entreprenuers like Sarah Blackmon are up to.  And I still get to enjoy catching somebody up on The Paper Plant and being reminded it is still remembered.

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So here goes my personal take on Raleigh, old and new, work and play – living the examined life in the New South.  Join me when you have a chance!

June 14, 2008 Posted by | art, Raleigh downtown, reflection | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment