• The Face in the Eagle Nebula 2

    If you missed the previous chapter, then you should know that there are mysterious faces in the Eagle Nebula. And I have just begun to uncover them.

    As we saw before, not only does the middle pillar have a face, but it seems to be an entire heavenly creature. I have called this heavenly body the “Uncle of the Pillars of Creation”. We saw him last time. But did you notice that Uncle of the Pillars has a little “dog”, that is standing on its hind legs, and shaking hands with Uncle?

    Coincidence?

    How could it be? The images are so clear. There is no mistaking the Uncle of the Pillars of Creation and his dog. Lucky for them they have Lookout looking after them. Creation is a perilous time, and one needs a lookout.

    There are more! Stay tuned. . .


  • The Face in the Eagle Nebula

    Most of us are aware of the mystery and hype surrounding the fabled “Face on Mars”. Originally photographed by the Viking 1 probe in 1976, this image captured the imagination of science fiction enthusiasts as showing possible evidence of monumental alien architecture on the surface of Mars.


    Wikipedia Article

    When NASA returned to Mars in 2000, they snapped some new photos of the Face.

    New Face Photo


    Scientists have explanations for these geological features, yet the face has been used many times in popular culture as the backdrop for speculative fiction.

    The speculative theory I most enjoy is that the face is an ancient alien artifact, left there by an advanced race millions of years ago. The movie Mission to Mars explores this theme in a worthwhile way.

    So naturally some people have suggested a conspiracy. Is NASA covering up evidence of alien artifacts and architecture on Mars? Their dossier of evidence goes very deep.

    It’s much easier to imagine that the Face is just a geological feature that happens to resemble an anthropomorphic “face” when photographed from orbit with the sun at an optimum angle.

    Anyway, who cares about that.

    More importantly, I have recently uncovered even more mysterious and profound evidence of faces in the depths of the heavens.

    This time in what is known as the Eagle Nebula. In 1995 scientists working with the then-still-fresh Hubble Telescope took a picture they titled, “The Pillars of Creation”.

    As you can see, there are several distinct yet mysterious faces in this nebula.

    The first one I will call your attention to I’ve named “Lookout”.

    This face just happens to have two protostars right where its eyeballs should be. Coincidence? It has a nose, and a slightly downturned mouth, but no lips. Coincidence?

    But that’s not all. There’s more.

    The middle Pillar is not just a face, it is an entire heavenly being:

    TO BE CONTINUED! . . .


  • i ching – the creative

    Several years ago I composed a multimedia piece that used categories from the i ching as inspiration for a musical suite. I performed on piano, harpsichord, and a casio keyboard, operated a slide projector with slides that I created for each i ching category with photos I took in Tahiti. I also precomposed a two-channel tape part and some MIDI music for the Casio to play by itself and in the ensemble.

    The whole piece is here: http://www.ryandorin.com/undersky.html

    Today I came across some of that old music and decided to create an electronic score and a new video. This is the “creative” category. In the piece, the rhythm of the words are used to generate the music, and in the video, the line from the musical score with the words scrolls by on a ribbon.

    The words are:

    the creative – great success benefits the upright and true.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OzFtcx_X98


  • Outsourced. . . Salo

    As you know, my video work has gotten very popular as of late. So much so, that sometimes I find myself spending more time deciding what to work to take on, than actually working on anything in particular! To be or not be for sure.

    But recently I was presented with a rare opportunity that required little consideration. My good friend Ben Gallina, a fantastic bass player, and, as it turns out, a fantastic composer, came to me and said, “Ryan, my band Salo has just completed recording a new album of my music, and I would love for you to make a video animation for one of the tracks.” So I said, “Sure, Ben. I think I can do that.”

    Once we arranged my modest but not insubstantial fee, Ben decided that he wanted a video for his track, “Metamorphistopheles”. To be honest, I only have a vague idea what this title means. I can assume that something is changing into something else. And maybe the devil is involved. But I’m not really sure. What I do know is that the music totally rocks, even though Salo is a “jazz” band. I like to think of it as Ben’s own brand of “acid jazz” – blending jazz instrumentality and sensibility with prog-rock-funk rhythms and harmonies.

    Now, normally when I embark on such an ambitious project as this, I like to have some parameters to work within. As Igor Stravinsky once said, “The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.” In this case I was not as fortunate as Stravinsky. Ben said something like, “Hey man, do whatever you want. I don’t really care. I trust you.”

    So I went deep into my wellspring of creativity and pulled out one of my most natural resources – balls. Lots and lots of balls. Very colorful balls. Spinning and turning and flying and bouncing and dancing and just otherwise carrying on. But that’s not all. There’s a whole fantasy land of adventure waiting for you this at once captivating and spellbinding episode of music turned into motion. The musicians are incredible and the music is hot, and the video is here:

    Credits: Alex Hamlin, Ed RosenBerg, Josh Rutner, Red Wierenga, Andrew Smiley, Ben Gallina, Alex Wyatt. Written by Ben Gallina. Animation by Ryan Dorin. Solos Alex Wyatt – drums, Alex Hamlin – alto sax.


  • Outsourced. . . Aztec Economy

    How many times has somebody said to me, “Hey Ryan! I know you are so busy creating music, videos, animations, art, drawings, fictional worlds, operas, and other esoteric yet enrichening activities. But where can I find your extraordinary creative activities in the outside world?”

    Where do I begin?

    I guess I will begin by introducing to my readers a group of extremely talented and dedicated thespians who I have had the pleasure of working with on several projects over the past year.

    They call themselves “Aztec Economy“, and they are an “experimental” theater company, and I put the word in quotes to help put the word “theater” into a special relativity.

    I met the Aztec Economy on Craig’s List. I was just sitting at my computer one day, wondering what other amazing accomplishments I might achieve if I put my mind to it, when I came across a listing for a theater company looking for a sound designer. I said to myself, “Ryan, sound design for theater is one of the few things you haven’t yet tried, why don’t you contact them and see what happens. After all, few people know more about sound than you do.”

    So I sent them an email, they emailed me back, I emailed them back, they emailed me back, and then we had a face-to-face in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. I could tell immediately that these guys knew what was going on. They were so cool, and at the same time, so out of touch, that I couldn’t resist their charm.

    To make a long story not quite so long, they needed sound for a theater piece they were developing, that had no script and no plot. All they knew was that it was based on a loose combination of Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone With the Wind” and Sophocles’ play “Antigone“. They wanted barking dogs for the Greek chorus, artillery fire for the Civil War, water dripping, footsteps overhead, toilets flushing, traffic and weather reports, and wind.

    I said yes immediately. How could I resist? I love traffic and weather together!

    We worked together for months. I did my small part. And then we put on a show –

    Starring the amazing and talented and nice and beautiful Darcie Champagne. Called, “Antigone With the Wind”. Directed by Cole Wimpee, and “written” by Casey Wimpee (his twin brother!).

    What a wonderful time.

    What slowly occurred to me was that this play was the second in a trilogy called “Battleplays”.

    I was in for more than I bargained for.

    Because now we are making the third play of this epic trilogy, titled “Night is a Tramp”. If you clicked on their link, you see what I mean. It’s not quite out of control, but it threatens to be.

    In any case, Cole Wimpee, Casey Wimpee, Michael Mason, and Darcie Champagne are the stars of this epic adventure and I just got a an alto saxophone on ebay and am learning to play it, in order to fully participate in the madness that promises to ensue.

    So that’s one thing I’ve been up to. Now you know.


  • FREE RINGTONES!

    Not just free, but totally catchy and amazing!

    The RD Orchestra Presents its latest collection of the hottest and freshest ringtones in the world.

    Included in the collection are 10 ringtones from 9 tracks from the latest release of the RD Orchestra. You can download a zipped package of the rings in mp3 or m4r (iPod) format. Sync them into your phone or PDA, and you will be the life of the room, or car, or train, or wherever your phone happens to ring.

    You can listen to the original versions of this amazing music FOR FREE on this site:

    The RD Orchestra “Adventure” 2009.

    I have included music players below for you to preview these most exciting rings.

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  • My Drawings – INTRODUCTION

    I have many of my drawings and artwork already posted and linked from my homepage, and I have even put some of them in photo albums on Facebook. I’m not sure why. Nobody seems to look at them there. But, from time to time, someone will stop me in the street and say, “Ryan, I really love (so and so) drawing of yours. Can you tell me all about it?”

    And I always answer, “Of course, if you buy the drinks. There’s a pub right over there.”

    So, after several years of sitting in pubs drinking and talking about my drawings, I thought a more healthy approach would be to simply post them on a blog, with my own fresh, off-the-cuff descriptions of the multi-layered presentment of the colorful pathos and bathos to be found in these at once contemporary and for later timeless works of art.

    My first presentation in this department is a portrait I drew of the first person who actually stopped me on the street to ask about my drawings. We ended up drinking pitchers for several hours, at which point I whipped out my marker made this portrait:

    This guy was something else. That’s for sure. I don’t remember his name, but he looked just like this picture.

    Now, I don’t normally condescend to doing portraits of actual real people. I have nothing against portrait artists – if it weren’t for them we would have no idea what anyone who died before 1850 looked like. But I am an artist, not a photographer. I get paid good money to freely express my genius. So to sit drunkenly in a bar and draw a picture of some guy who is buying me drinks is not something I relish. But, as you can see, it was a relatively easy assignment.

    When I finished, and showed him my creation, he looked at the picture, then looked at me, then looked at the picture, then leaned back and looked at the ceiling, then burst into tears. He was so delighted that someone had finally recognized his soul. He offered me $4500 for the portrait right there. But I refused. I vaguely remember saying, “Look man, I’ve done nothing all day except for drink in this pub and draw this picture. The least I can do is keep the one thing that proves I was actually alive today!”

    We drank for a few more hours, and then he got up to leave. I never saw him again. Though I have seen a couple other people that reminded me of him. But that’s another story.


  • The Ratboy Genius Theme Song Video

    So many people have asked me, “Ryan, can you please make a short of the Ratboy Genius Theme Song Video?” As you probably know, the Theme Song was originally featured in “The Adventures of Ratboy Genius Chapter 9”, as just one part of a much larger production. But the song has caught on and has since been used in, among other places, “Happyman 12 – The Intermission”. Though Happyman and Ratboy sing new words.

    But what you may not know is that nearly all of the music for Happyman 12 was based on the Ratboy Theme Song! Hard to believe, for sure. All sorts of music theorists and musicologists have been so pleased to point this out to me, (as if I wasn’t aware!), so I have prepared this little video short.

    Remember: Ratboy Genius is on vacation, just chillin’ in Venice Beach, California. He’s got his little red buggy, his roller skates, his surfboard, and his penny whistle, and he’s livin’ the life. Of all the music the Ratboy Genius has composed, he has told me that this is his favorite.


  • Happyman 12 – Intermission

    The episode opens in the office of the Ratboy Genius, in the top of the Castle in Ratboy’s Kingdom. RBG has finally revealed himself as the creator/composer/director/producer of the new exciting opera, “The Adventures of Happyman on the Red Planet”. And he is so impressed with his friends who have been starring in the production.

    It is a day off from shooting the opera, so the Ratboy Genius has invited his good friend Happyman to visit him in his office. They sing their own version of the Ratboy’s Theme Song (originally featured in Ratboy Genius #9). Then they both go down to the pool to pick up the Green Monster, who is floating there. Ratboy can’t resist the temptation to dive off his high diving board, where he scores a perfect 10 with a smooth entry and very little splash.

    The three friends all get into Ratboy’s little red buggy and drive through the magical tunnel over to Kingdom Studios for a tour of the opera sets on the studio sound stages. We see the grand entrance of the Kingdom Studios, and drive down the corridor and into Studio G. They drive the little red buggy through some of our favorite locations from the Red Planet and a grand finale ensues where they speculate on what will happen next in the opera, “The Adventures of Happyman on the Red Planet”.