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#1 Jody Kruskal

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 07:39 PM

I’ve been watching and listening to a brilliant Maccann player and video artist on youtube who goes by the name of JONATHAN BADNESS. He presents a dark, surreal world, mostly in black and white, starring himself, his daughter Poppy and her stuffed animals. He’s a clown with a gentle sadness reminiscent  of Charlie Chaplin and a childish absurdist wit that reminds me of Lewis Carroll. His great atmospheric playing is not distracted by any spoken words, but there is lots of text and dialogue to read. All 30 of his videos are here on his channel:

 

https://www.youtube....XD2uDi-g/videos

 

If you like his brilliant work as much as I do, please comment on youtube. I think he needs encouragement... not very many views. Here are a few of my favorites.

 

CHIQUILIN DE BACHIN - JONATHAN BADNESS.

 

3 - BEARS OF BADNESS - MINIONS OF JONATHAN BADNESS

 

16 - Gyrating towards Badness - JONATHAN BADNESS


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#2 Łukasz Martynowicz

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 07:57 PM

That is something I call "the edge of the internets"… and is absolutely brilliant! Thanks for sharing!


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:31 PM

Awesome - love it!  Thanks so much for sharing this!



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 02:00 AM

Fantastic stuff.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 03:17 AM

Hi Jody - I'd already discovered this unique guy on the net. I'm surprised too that he is not better known . His combined use of  clowning, concertina-playing, text and  crude, but effective,  animation is almost an original art form in itself.  I am sure if he entered one of his " shorts" into  a film festival somewhere he would get much wider recognition



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 12:05 PM

Cuckoo, my ears are burning (in a good way). Im Jonathan badness and would like thanks you for all your kind words and encouragment. It really means alot. I just uploaded an album to soundcloud. theres 18 solo concertina pieces (mostly from my films) all free to download. hope you like them and thanks again. xxx

https://soundcloud.c...-huntergatherer



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 12:22 PM

That's terrific, Jonathan - commented on your SC....  :rolleyes:

 

Best wishes - Wolf



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Posted 19 August 2014 - 01:07 PM

Brilliant Jonathan, the music and the videos too!



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Posted 20 August 2014 - 11:51 AM

cheers guys. I just turned 41 last month and had one of those evenings when i thought maybe i was wasting my time with the videos and stuff and just by chance saw this thread. Its really cheered me up. thanks again



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Posted 22 August 2014 - 12:05 AM

Hi Jonathan, Congratulations on your birthday. Is there any way to get alerts about new vids you make? I think I've watched them all but I'm not sure.



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Posted 28 August 2014 - 08:40 AM

cheers jody, Im not sure how it works but i think i could send out a pm to all my youtube subscribers before each vid goes online. the last three vids have all been longer ones around 9 mins each. 'hearts of badness', the art of badness' and 'dying for badness'. not sure if the longer formats really working though



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 12:08 AM

I just spent a delightful 1/2 hour exploring your deranged world. Thanks for inviting me into your mind. I like the longer format but I wish you would play more concertina and less... whatever those electronic repetitive sounds were. Don't take it to heart. Do your thing and never say never.



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Posted 29 August 2014 - 03:40 PM

:) The electronic stuff is a bit of a mystry to me too! Blame it on me buying a samsung tablet and having long train journeys to work. Dont worry im sure ill get it out my system sooner or later ;) Im doing an electro pop album at the moment (definately a midlife crisis) and hopefully next month when its finished Ill get back to my maccann



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Posted 30 August 2014 - 11:33 AM

I did the same thing when I bought my MacBook in 2010, Jonathan - the first thing I recorded in GarageBand was an album of jingly-jangly indie guitar pop. Of course that should have got it out of my system but I'm sure I'll end up doing something similar again...

 

Your Maccann stuff is great though - you have such a clearly-defined style. I look forward to hearing more.



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Posted 16 September 2014 - 11:48 PM

cheers stuart i love your playing too. I hoping to get another concertina album together over the next few months (tango). Heres a link to the latest video. https://www.youtube....h?v=jnij3hPfv1g the concertina tunes are 'deep purple' and ' si tu savais' the video is about drunkeness.


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 01:45 PM

Great Jonathan.



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Posted 20 September 2014 - 03:53 AM

cheers stephan :)



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Posted 20 September 2014 - 04:08 AM

Hi again Jonathan - I've left a comment about your latest video on your youtube page. keep squeezing !






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