billy dalto

I'm an algae enthusiast based in San Francisco.

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I’m still very much in the diatom game. This is Gyrosigma attenuatum.

I’m still very much in the diatom game. This is Gyrosigma attenuatum.

(Source: Flickr / microagua)

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TOTONOKO - Overgrown

If you’ve followed this blog in the last year or so, you may have caught references to an elusive EP I was making for TOTONOKO, the collaboration between myself and Mateo Lugo. Here is some firm evidence that the thing exists, and can someday soon be yours.

TOTONOKO’s first video release, made with our friend Shiran Eliaserov (dancer, choreographer, and video artist), was filmed here in the San Francisco Bay Area, in Berlin, and at the Dead Sea in Israel. Shiran and I share cinematography credits, and Mateo, Shiran and I all make appearances. 

This video and its source material were a labor of love. Mateo and I live and work together, and our relationship is inextricably linked to music, but besides that we’ve been lucky enough to claim the invaluable resource of good friendship, with each other and with people like Shiran Eliaserov and Daniel Wright, who helped us with the EP. It was recorded in Silverlake (in Los Angeles) and its surrounding environs, and includes the chatter of Venice Beach, the neighborhood birds, and the roofers in the canyon behind Dan’s cabin. The songs are mostly about magic of both familiar and outlandish kinds: your well-loved ones, a mountain from which to see, and bargains with sparrows. Making it was transformative for me, and my one great hope is that it goes out there and changes something for someone else.

Overgrown is currently available for download at Bandcamp. You can also pre-order the EP, which is set for release on August 16th, 2014.

Just in case y’all don’t follow Nika.

(Source: textless)

The colonial diatom Chaetoceros debilis. I’m ‘bout that.

The colonial diatom Chaetoceros debilis. I’m ‘bout that.

(Source: nikonsmallworld.com)

You ain’t gotta like it ‘cause the hood gone love it.

You ain’t gotta like it ‘cause the hood gone love it.

(Source: flickr.com)

The coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi is pretty easy on the eyes.

The coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi is pretty easy on the eyes.

(Source: cell.com)

I can never remember which one is filled with caramel.

I can never remember which one is filled with caramel.

(Source: Flickr / casgeology)

BREAKING NEWS: an arrangement of radiolarians, roughly 3mm in diameter.

BREAKING NEWS: an arrangement of radiolarians, roughly 3mm in diameter.

(Source: Flickr / casgeology)

Tags: radiolaria
This is a pennate diatom smooching a cyanobacteria filament. Prokaryotes deserve love too.

This is a pennate diatom smooching a cyanobacteria filament. Prokaryotes deserve love too.

(Source: Flickr / w_lanier)

If anyone needs me, I’ll be off teaching myself to keep my mouth closed when I’m not speaking.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be off teaching myself to keep my mouth closed when I’m not speaking.

(Source: Flickr / casgeology)