CD- 2012 - Invisible - RZ201205 - US
The Residents present
A Bobuck Contraption
Codgers on the Moon
Music Album and Web Site
Created by Charles Bobuck
Produced by The Cryptic Corporation
Pale Pachyderm Publishing (BMI)
CD package by Sammi Selmo
Thanks to Randy, Chuck, and Bob for inspiration
Thanks to Big Brother, Miles, Paulie, and Roman for support
Thanks to Hardy Fox and Homer Flynn for encouragement
A special tip of the toupee to fellow moon man, Randy Rose
©℗ 2012, The Cryptic Corporation
All Rights Reserved
“Invisible, with liberty and justice for all”
1. Banana Fanna
2. The Great Seal
3. Hitting Things
4. Synth City
5. Sinking Solo
6. The Voice of a Man with Nothing to Say
7. Months are like Moths
9. The Obvious
10. Boxing with Godot
11. Codgers on the Moon
It has happened again. While we peacefully slept, The Residents have molted.
A magician likes to appear as though he is doing nothing. It is the magic that is cool. Penn and Teller have always performed a classic "magic" trick involving cups and balls. P&T replaced the normally opaque cups with clear ones. There is no such thing as magic, only the amazing skill of the humans who make it appear they are doing nothing, while actually doing everything. The addition of the human only makes the cups and balls trick more magical and enjoyable.
The same with The Residents. There is no magic. In this era, releasing recordings is not enough. Multifaceted projects became the norm a few years ago, and now that too is no longer enough. What has emerged is a major upheaval in Residents personification. Randy, Chuck & Bob.
Randy Rose's relocating to Hollywood is not a matter of leaving The Residents, but to extend its reach. Maurice & me, Randy's excellent blog, is designed to use his adventures as a storytelling device for our enjoyment. It is a personalization of Roger's fictional Bunny experience (The Bunny Boy web series), only it is happening in real life and real time, and we get to go along with him. Randy may perform his Sam's Enchanted Evening, and it stands as a worthy work, but it exists to provide content for the story telling. It becomes a modern form of a play-within-a-play. The bigger art is the adventures of Randy who does art within this bigger framework.
Following Randy's outing is Charles Bobuck. Yes, Chuck has a new album, Codgers on the Moon. We are being tricked once again into thinking that the CD is the art, that it is the music that counts. We have a hard time breaking our long-established thought patterns. But no. What you are starting to read now is the bigger art that embraces the music. The music is the cup and balls. This web site is the magician using transparent cups, and the reveal turns out to be the best trick of all.
Read his web site, listen to his music. Remember, we are all very deep within an illusion, and the bread crumbs we dropped have long since been eaten by crows.
- Big Brother, 2012