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Art, No Heist

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Here’s a way to lose the rest of your night in one click: Setlist Schematics by Mike Hamad, which are utterly beautiful despite being on Tumblr. His art was featured at a Yale art show this weekend; many students who did not take music theory have complained of being triggered.

The one on the left is 4/2/72 from the Boston Garden, the whole show. There is no Dark Star (Mike schematicizes a lot of Dark Stars), but there is a 20-minute Here Comes Sunshine, which I did not know was an option.

Here’s a better view:

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I love this one: it looks like a bunch of drunk Julliard grads wandering down the street, gossiping about the cellists.

This one’s my current favorite:

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Do you see the dragon on the right attacking the Boston Terrier on the left? I also enjoy the color.

(This is my way of confessing I have absolutely no idea what the hell is going on in any of these. But, luckily, that doesn’t matter with art. Beauty is its own something-or-other.)

Go check it out, but be warned: many schematics are of Phish songs, so you will spend at least five minutes asking yourself “Why would you name a song that?”

There was another piece of art, not by Mike Hamad, at the show; he posted a picture of it on Twitter, but I saved it to my phone, so that means I have the rights to it. That’s the law of the Innertubes.


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I initially thought that someone had stolen the art, and that amused me, but it turns out that inside the box is a doohickey that plays the 12/6/73 Dark Star on a loop, and that also amuses me.


  1. If there’s a device that plays the Dark Star on loop, it should be classified as a weapon of mass destruction and require a license to operate. That is nothing to trifle with. That’s the kind of Dark Star that you cannot CANNOT share with non-Enthusiasts, because they will put you in an institution.

  2. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    June 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    (This is my way of confessing I have absolutely no idea what the hell is going on in any of these.

    You and me both, TOTD! But God bless ‘im for doing it!

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