Michael Garfield – How To Live in the Future: November 2014

27 November 2014

...Printed Leggings, Finally! | The Sunrise Set I Played Inside A Geodesic Dome | New Time-Lapse Video: The Power of Visionary Art

“When you see the Earth from the Moon, you don’t see any divisions there of nations or states. This might be the symbol, really, for the new mythology to come. That is the country that we are going to be celebrating. And those are the people that we are one with.”

Happy Holidays, folks!  I'm grateful for this life, even though I'm not the best at saying so.  But while I'm exercising gratitude, let me extend it all the way to you for simply reading this.  Knowing I have people getting something from my work is powerfully supportive.  May this cold and stressful season open for you like a pomegranate to the recognition of a deeper self amidst the noise, blue sky beyond the leafless branches...

This week: a truly deep, weird, and wondrous sunrise meditation on guitar and pedals; my latest time-lapse video through Google Glass, which doubles as a manifesto for my fellow artists; new leggings, hoodies, shirts, and cases just in time to help Black Friday muddy the relationship between the sacred and profane; and a baker's dozen of new articles for Globalish, the writing gig that lets me wax poetic about cyborgs, psychedelics, yoga, travel, and a world of other awesome things.

Thanks again for reading and feel free to write me any time!

Sunrise: Electronic Guitar for Awakening

"Wow...awesome!"

"Dope. Evolving cyberacoustic experimentation recorded in a geodesic dome..."

"Electic elegance. You got it, keep it up, the world is hungry for the real deal."
– Erial Ali

Misty late spring sunrise meditation music from a sacred grove, improvised and captured live in May 2014 in a geodesic dome at Flipside (Downtown, TX).

Hypnotic, glitchy instrumental ambience throughout which pulsing grooves and wisps of melody mysteriously flicker like ghost animals in the periphery...timeless forest music that explores an utterly unique and haunting tonal landscape, burning slowly and continuously shifting. An album made for traveling through states of consciousness, from quiet somnolence to twirling hypnagogia to urgent wakefulness, a mirror of the coming day.

For fans of Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, Daniel Lanois, Christopher Willits, Adrian Belew, Tortoise, Boards Of Canada, The Books...

New Time-Lapse Video: The Power of Visionary Art

On how to "plant a seed of liberation in the mind-stream of the viewer," to borrow a phrase from Alex Grey.  On art's potential to change the world, set to the POV time-lapse video footage I took while painting "Manna Vesicles."  Links to both the music and the full talk are here.

New Leggings, Hoodies, T-Shirts, & More

I'm grateful to announce that I have finally found someone to print my art on leggings!  Seven new designs to grace your lovely stems are up at Artist Threads, as well as plenty of new goods at RavenectarInfinite Bit, and Nuvango.

Click pics for info/buying options on each new design – they're all on sale right now:


New Articles for Globalish.com

Globalish brings esoteric insight to the web's best videos.  This is a different angle on the news – a deeper one, exploring our new planetary self emerging in the intersections between cultures.  Here are my latest articles:

Channel 1: Revolution

Channel 2: Travel

Channel 3: Art

Channel 4: Life

17 November 2014

...In Which I Share New Paintings and Apparel, Muse on Art As Activism, and Recount Guitar Adventures!

So ends my festival season and begins a fertile period of work at home and in the cybernetic ethers...

Here's round one: a wrap-up on the best of my adventures in experimental electronic fingerstyle guitar; my talk from Firefly 2014 about our power to create world-changing media; two eggs I laid (proverbially); a bunch of great new articles for Globalish; and more new shirts than you have time to shake a stick at.  Thanks for reading!

On Four Years of Raw Guitar Experiments at LostInSound

Above all, looping’s an experiment with time travel – evoking different faces of both Kronos (linear clock time, measurement, eternity) and Kairos (the quality or feel of time, duration, opportunity). These pieces are, then, time machines – transporting audience and artist to specific times of day or moments in the mythic cycle.

Certain pieces presence layers in the archeology of consciousness: primordial intensity, nostalgic sweetness, sci-fi western sunsets, bad trips, and android blues.

Others sound like they were made by clocks. And in a sense, they were – these tunes are the performance of a complex biochemical machine that tracks the rhythms of the seasons, night and day, and plugs itself into the pulsing periodic thrum of our electronic infrastructure, the two uniting musically.

Art As Activism 101: 
Your Primer To Participation in the New Millenium

On the significance of claiming our authority as artists in a world shaped by mass communication's influence on mental states.  How everything we do is a creative act – how visionary art and marketing are both forms of activism – and how we can use a basic understanding of the human mind to tell a more contagious story, so it sticks and shapes a better future.  

These ideas inspired me – and they might inspire you – to take a more enthusiastic, savvy, and empowered role in our short lives on Earth...

Two New Studio Paintings
October 2014 – 18"x24" each – oil & acrylic pens on canvas
Originals for sale independently or as a pair – email me.

More time at home means more time listening to podcasts with a paint pen in my hand.  For the first time ever, really, I am taking live art home with me and doing it as therapy and meditation in my downtime.  Since I've always had a thing for fabergé – maybe as part of my enduring fascination with the odd geometries and jeweled, mutating entities of hypnagogic space – these eggs seemed like a fine place to begin.  (There's something incubating here, for sure.  I'll share what's hatched from these in my next updates.)

More Revolution, Travel, Art, & Life at Globalish

My gig with Globalish is such a fabulous new evolution of my love for writing and my interest in exploring the Big Picture of the changes we are feeling as a species.  This website is for "creative urban seekers" and the odds are good that if you're reading this, that's you.  

Here are my latest articles – enjoy!:


And Then, I Release Entirely Too Much New Apparel