Butter Projects is pleased to be starting off the exhibition season with an exchange with our friends from the Philadelphia-based curatorial collective, Grizzly Grizzly

Writing Lessons is a group exhibition inspired by a set of instructions found in the textbook, Manual of Fundamentals in the Teaching of Handwriting in the Public Schools, published in 1918. In the book, author, Tom Sawyier instructs students through the finer points of cursive penmanship using cryptic directions such as this one, for writing the letter “A”:
 Around-up-down-up; around down; roll-pull; 1-2. 

Intrigued by the concept of using words to describe the making of words (and the multiplicity of meanings created by that effort), members of Philadelphia-based curatorial collective Grizzly Grizzly offer a group exhibition of works related to text and the kinesthetic and visual relationship of the mind and hand.  

Please join us this Friday, October 3, from 7-11pm for the opening reception and meet Grizzly Grizzly member Mary Smull, along with participating artists, Mike Richison and Christopher Powell, who will be in attendance. 

Writing Lessons will be on display through November 7, 2014. During the run of the exhibition, Butter will be open Fridays from 1-5pm and Saturdays from 1-3pm with additional hours by appointment.

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About Mary & I’s collaborative piece Sample(r):

Sample(r) is a soundscape generated using biorhythmic MIDI information gathered from the movements of both artists during the process of producing a handwritten alphabet.  Just as a stitched sampler would have been executed in 18th and 19th century girlhood embroidery, to show evidence of both the literacy and stitching skill of the maker, Sample(r) attempts to translate the underlying bio-chemical information from the writer’s mind and body knowledge of the alphabet in a “representative” work.

Spaceship Aloha opening set in Philadelphia on Tues Oct 7th, 2014 at Johnny Brenda’s with Sinkane and Helado Negro.

Doors 8PM - Music 9PM - $12 - Ages 21+ 

Info here:


New free Bonaparte bonus track Under Construction now online:


This Saturday, Aug 2nd 2014, I’ll be performing at The Philadelphia Museum of Art for the Data Garden curated #ArtSplash event, inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Three Musicians.

The “Three Musicians" in this performance will be myself, a snake plant and the collective interactions of the audience.

I’ll be performing original electronic music incorporating sounds generated live by a plant using custom biosensing technology (via the new Data Garden MIDI Sprout). Visitor participation is encouraged. Interaction through touch will be translated into computer commands that will become a part of this collective musical experience.

Performance starts at 1PM sharp.

More info here at Data Garden's website:


Tues May 27th 2014

Spaceship Aloha in Philly at Johnny Brenda’s


Oumar Konate (from Mali!) and Norwegian Arms

$10 - 9PM - Ages 21+ 


Hot off the press!

I just did a new short composition for Greg Pizzoli’s wonderful new Number One Sam book trailer.

Animation, Video Direction and Production by Jimmy Simpson


Summer 2014 via Data Garden

The Kickstarter for Data Garden’s MIDI Sprout is now live!

If you’re at SXSW in Austin TX this year, please stop by the Ableton Spaces event (March 12th-14th) and say hello!

The lovely Ableton team invited Data Garden to set up the MIDI Sprout during their three days of workshops. 

More info here on the Kickstarter:


I’ll be performing a solo set as Spaceship Aloha in Austin next Tues (March 11th) for SXSW 2014. Info here:

Hometapes and Team Clermont
Official SXSW Showcase

Tuesday March 11, 2014
Trinity Hall @ Old School - 401 E. 6th St. Austin, TX

8:00pm - Star Rover
9:00pm - Spaceship Aloha (Chris Powell of Man Man) 
10:00pm - Landlady
11:00pm - Leverage Models
12:00am - Pattern is Movement
1:00am - Pontiak

A Sonic Invitation: http://bit.ly/HTTCSXSWMUSIC

Facebook Event Page:

Brand new ultra LIMITED EDITION Pow Pow & Fabric Horse Collaboration Drumstick Bags now available:
These handmade, vibrant Limited Edition Drumstick Bags are a collaboration between myself and Philadelphia bag/clothing designer Fabric Horse (AKA Carrie Collins).
Handmade in Philadelphia.
Two styles NOW AVAILABLE! ONLY 6 made of each!
More info & ordering here:

The new Bonaparte record out May 30th, 2014. This was a crazy fun session from last year. Got to work (and eat dynamite tacos) with the rad engineer Andy Baldwin. Favorite snare sound ever btw. Thanks, Andy!

Here’s a quick video preview

My fams at C & C Custom Drums just made me a new 10” snare drum. Color direction? I asked for “Miami-Themed”. Word.

I had the pleasure of working on the new Bonaparte record out May 2014.

Here’s the first video called “ME SO SELFIE”, featuring our good friend (and video director!) Tim Fite.

Hot off the press:

Hot off the press:

Man Man Lyric Video for “Loot My Body" off of Anti- Record’s On Oni Pond

Video by Andrew Joffe

Today our newest Man Man record “On Oni Pond" is available everywhere, out on Anti- Records.

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