I Am How I Am

I think this might be my most ambitious music video yet. It certainly contains more raw footage, images and special effects than any music video I’ve made before, and it incorporates years of work and hundreds of hours of shooting and editing. This video was shot on-location in Germany, Sweden, Norway, the Czech Republic and both coasts of the USA, and includes clips of live performances in Germany, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the USA. I like this patchwork video look. I will probably use it again.

I recorded a lot of music this past winter, including this piece, built around a throbbing groove on the electric didgeridoo. I don’t think anyone else plays the didgeridoo the way I do, and I feel very blessed to have discovered/become entranced by this instrument and this sound. You also hear a few of my homemade musical instruments in this arrangement: a zither made from a European car license plate,

a fiddle made from a tin can with a stick through it,

and an overtone flute made from a piece of plastic waterline.

Its a pretty loose jam, but I like the energy of this track and I hope you do too.

In this track I think you can hear how eager I am to get out and perform for a live audience again. If you are booking a show, I am at the top of my game, and I want to play.

Author: john hardin

Artist bio: The writer in me says: “Don’t tell them who you are, show them what you do.” The artist in me says: “It must be strong, simple, bold, yet rich with detail, but above all, original.” The filmmaker in me says: “We need to contextualize your work by weaving the roots of the Psychedelic Revolution, the Environmental Movement, Gaia Theory, Future Primitivism and musical influences from Iannis Xenakis to Bart Hopkin into a narrative that portrays an iconoclast's struggle for cultural relevance from the forested hinterlands of rural Northern California within the greater post-industrial, post-post-modern, post-reality mind-fuck of the 21st Century.” The critic in me says: “Will that guy ever shut up?” The comedian in me says: “It has to make me laugh at least once.” The engineer in me says: “Don’t forget to tell them that you do it all off-grid, with solar power, using recycled materials.” And the improvisational musician in me says: “Cut! Great job everybody!”

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