My name is Agostino Scafidi and welcome to my homepage! I was born in Montréal, Canada in 1983. I began playing the guitar consciously at the age of 14. Here is a picture of me. If you wish to contact me, my e-mail address is as @ agostinoscafidi . com and you can use that address to make a donation via PayPal or Interac E-Transfer (Canada only) if you wish to do so! I also have a Patreon page which can be found here. By the way! I support PGP encrypted communication. You can find my public key by looking up my e-mail address in a keyserver. If for some reason you don't wish to use a keyserver, e-mail me first and I'll send you my key.
Why is my site text/html only?
I've decided to rebuild my website in this fashion (it was previously built in Wordpress) because I was inspired by Richard Stallman, as funny as that might sound. It made me nostalgic for the times of the early world wide web, when it used to be called that (and the "information superhighway"). Times were exciting back then. Everything was so transparent, communicating with people around the globe was a thrill and HTML was the fun new thing to learn in order to create your very own homepage! In 2019 the internet and the web has since changed immensely. So much so, that a page as simple as this one, to me, is unbelievably refreshing and even exciting in its own right. So I thought about it for a while and finally said "Why not? It'll be fun!" and thus, here you have it. My website, presented in the simplest HTML I could muster. Actually, I am using my web host's (or to be even more specific, cPanel's) HTML Editor which is a tool within the File Manager. I was going to just work in a blank text file and see how much pure HTML I could remember, but my knowledge of it was so basic back then and is likely even worse now, that I thought it would be wiser to make use of this tool provided to me. It is very helpful since I can edit the file directly on my virtual server and refresh the page in a browser tab to instantly see the results. Even as I'm writing this, building my site from the ground up again, I am happy I made the choice.
I have a lot of music for you to download :)
I've been in a few projects and bands over the years but by and large I have more solo output to my name. I am not a fan of streaming, so you won't find any of that here and you won't find my music on any of those services. I provide everything for free and in a lossless format (FLAC). Rarely will I provide an MP3 version, but it does happen. You'll find in my archives dating back to 2014 and earlier mostly MP3 as a matter of fact, because I just didn't know any better and saved everything in that format.
Navigation and download is made easy. It's all in chronological order so you can check in for any new releases at a glance. The music will be provided through a direct link to a zip file. I don't offer a batch download of everything, but if you're savvy enough you can find some tools to help you grab all the zip files at once. Cover art is included inside. A note about my cover art: They consist of photographs taken by me. I think one or two out of all of them are pictures credited to my sister. I think not showing any art here and saving it for when you unzip the file yourself lends to a more fun discovery experience. I hope you enjoy what you find here. It's all honest expression from me to you.
By and large, the genre of music I make is what I would consider free improvisation and outsider music. As you go back a few years you'll find a little more electronic based music (but still containing mainly improvised guitar), and there will be a few instances of rock to be found.
To peruse my music offerings, visit the listing here.
I am also to be found on Bandcamp.
I do love to write. It's a creative outlet for me, of course. Writing has always been a special kind of expressive tool that has been inside me since I was a child. It's a deeply personal thing, more than music I would say. So personal that I've never thought about it in any sort of critical manner, or wondered about the intricacies or workings of writing as a craft. I don't remember ever thinking to myself about putting a conscious effort to improving my writing, or considering any technical aspects of the craft. I've never pondered methods or devices. I never wanted to imitate or model any other writer. I think you get the idea now about what kind of relationship I have with words now, I hope! As a result, I haven't pursued any career oriented goals related to poetry or writing in general. It never appealed to me, and it actually gave me a very strong feeling of repulsion toward any such idea. It's like I would think that writing is for me and it's not for anybody else. It's a peculiar thing, if you compare my relationship to music with writing, they are both personal. However, music was a little different in the sense that I always had a door open to anyone and for anyone to peek inside and see what was happening. Granted, my music is still of a personal nature and I play and create mainly for my own motivations, yet I was never averse to sharing it. So with my poetry although I do share it here on my website, I don't send it out to any magazines or publishers (I have pushed myself to do so on occasion). I've been published less than a handful of times, but nowhere of high repute.
It's a nagging kind of pull inside me that arises every now and then and that's when I know it's time to write a little something new. It's a unique feeling that emerges and I've learned to recognize it over the years quite distinctly. So I scribble some words down on paper (sometimes on the computer, it is not necessarily anything special for me either way regarding which media I choose to use) and I publish here online and I let it fly into the wind. This is satisfying enough to me.
I honestly don't really care whether you enjoy, dislike, or even understand my poetry. But if you do take the time to browse it and you like what you read, I am genuinely appreciative.
Browse my poetry here. Anything new will be posted at the top. The entire list is in chronological order.
In 2013 I had a pull inside of me to write a novel. It was a thought that came to me from time to time which inspired me, yet at the same time dumbfounded me. I really had no idea how to go about writing something that would potentially be hundreds of pages long. I sort of had a knack for organizing myself and that year I decided to just jump into it and see how it went. I remember working out a decent outline after thinking up a few ideas for what the book would be about. I don't think I had the entire story in my head when I began writing. I pretty much just winged it at a certain point. It's too bad I don't remember more about my process back then. I don't have any drafts or outlines in my archives, just the finished works. This first novel I'm referring to is The Anchor That Stopped The World. It turned out to be somewhat of a short novel, running at around 125 pages.
I don't know how my books stand up now. I haven't read through them in some years. The last book I published was in 2015 and was a poetry volume. In total I published 5 books, 2 of which are poetry collections. They are Fancy Pants Poetry and Fancy Pants Poetry Volume Two.
The zip files I am linking you here by the way, contain multiple formats. They include mobi, epub, pdf, and doc. You can also look me up on Goodreads if you want to read each book's synopsis. I'm not going to describe what each one is about here because I'd rather you be surprised.
The remaining two books went into experimental territory. One dealt with stories based on dreams of mine and the other was a stream of consciousness type of thing. They are The Invisible Papers and Dreams, Fiction and Me.
I spent a lot of time garnering reviews from independent bloggers on the web. Thanks to them I got some feedback, encouragement, and exposure. I am still grateful to all those passionate readers who took the time to read my work and share their thoughts about it on their web pages. I saved every review I received and you can look through them all in my Press Archives! You'll notice there are other press materials in there relating to my musical endeavours and photography dabbling. Feel free to browse!
[2020.01.01] If you'd like to keep reading my poetry then send me an e-mail, give me your mailing address, and I'll write something for you. I might just photocopy a recent poem, but it depends how I feel. Or if you just [____.__.__] want to correspond, we can do that too! I'm still dealing with anxiety attacks, especially related to computer usage (working on it!) so I guess my longtime desire to use less of this thing finally came true! But [____.__.__] anyway, I'm also kind of tired and bored of my recording process, so you won't see any new music here for a while (unless someone records and releases it for me!) I still play every day though! So I guess if [____.__.__] you'd like to hear me, pay me a visit or invite me to play somewhere! Alright then, you have a happy 2020. All the best. -Agostino P.S.: I've been really enjoying my Korean language studies! P.P.S.: If you're [____.__.__] reading this, you're a special and wonderful person and I love you and thank you very much.
[2019.11.17] I just uploaded two new releases. One is an EP and the other is a Single. You can see them on the music page, they are the most recent additions in their respective categories. I recommend listening to How To Deal With X followed by Now Resolve It All, as I recorded them in that [____.__.__] order. They will be available for download on my Bandcamp shortly. Thank you for listening and I believe that will be all for 2019! See you in 2020!
[2019.11.15] I posted a new poem today. Look for it on the poetry page, of course. I finally finished my overhaul and re-organizing of my media collection. It was definitely an ordeal, but I am feeling very relieved now and I'm glad I did it. My anxiety is getting better. It's just something I've got to [____.__.__] work through. As they say, I have a big "backlog" hahah. My doctor says if I need help I can get meds or therapy, but it's up to me. I feel like I can do it. I've been well before and I can get back to being well again. Look out for some new music soon. I'm going to be recording [____.__.__] something this weekend. It will be released as an EP and a Single because I haven't put out anything in those categories for 2019 and I'd like to end this year with something new in each category. Thank you.
[2019.10.19] I finally finished bringing many of my releases to Bandcamp. Any of the ones not on there can still be found here. They include some Mono releases which Bandcamp refused, and some stray remixes of mine. Of course, all my archives are housed here only. My anxiety issues are [____.__.__]slowly improving. I've been making use of meditation techniques according to Meditation as Medicine by Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. and I've also revisited Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now which has been an immense revelation for me. It's like reuniting with an old friend. I can't [____.__.__]believe I forgot about this stuff over the years, but it's evident I certainly needed it. Thanks and have a nice Saturday.
[2019.10.02] I had a nightmare last night. I decided to record myself telling you about it. Here it is.
[2019.09.22] The progress of uploading every release of mine to Bandcamp is slow going, but it's going. I'm awaiting eyeglasses which will then improve my general computing situation. I am dealing with intense discomfort whenever I sit down at the computer [____.__.__] for longer than 30 mins, so please bear with me. On a personal note, I am also done with cannabis. It triggers so much anxiety in me. I guess my body finally told me to give it a rest after all these years!
[2019.09.15] New poem up.
[2019.09.12] I have set up a Bandcamp music page.
[2019.09.07] I love rainy nights.
[____.__.__] No matter what I do,
[____.__.__] as long as I do it slow.
[____.__.__] And there has to be words present...
[2019.09.04] Random input: I'm not drinking alcohol anymore. It just doesn't feel good.
[2019.08.31] Completed the importing of all my music releases metadata into Musicbrainz.
[2019.08.27] Yesterday, Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special titled Sticks & Stones aired on Netflix. It's hilarious and you should definitely watch it!
[2019.08.26] Yesterday, Fear Inoculum the new album from Tool is leaked on the internet 5 days prior to its official release date. It has been 13 years since their last album.
[2019.08.21] Oh Hayoung (오하영), member of Apink (에이핑크) releases her first solo mini album titled Oh!.
[2019.08.01] my new poem titled Being Cheeky now available on the Poetry page.
[2019.07.26] my new album titled Keep It Around And Upside Down now available on the Music page.
[2019.07.01] Gfriend (여자친구) releases new mini album titled 여자친구 The 7th Mini Album `FEVER SEASON`.
[2019.06.25] Some thoughts on Townes Van Zandt's Waiting Around To Die.
[2019.05.23] Backup of 2 videos by Soph aka SewerNugget due to demonetization/removal from YouTube. Video 1: Be Not Afraid. Video 2: Interview with Alex Jones.
[2019.03.16] Short review and opinion of Katharine Isabelle's recent TV shows: Little Dog, and The Order.
[2019.03.10] Movie review of The Girl In The Spider's Web.
[2018.06.24] R.I.P. Vinnie Paul.
[2017.10.14] Music review of the Chair Warriors release titled Dawn Of Edo.
[2017.01.17] Music review of the One Ok Rock album titled Ambitions.
[2016.10.17] A few thoughts on the Desirée Goyette and Lou Rawls soundtrack Here Comes Garfield from 1982 composed by Ed Bogas.
[2016.05.15] Reflections upon the film Ai zai bie xiang de ji jie AKA Farewell China from 1990.
[2016.05.10] Promotional piece for Montreal instrumental progressive metal band Unbeing and their album Ceres.
[2016.02.22] I watched the film Double Happiness from 1994. A Canadian film. I loved it!
[2016.02.08] Some thoughts on the film Heavy from 1995.
[2016.01.23] A mention of the Robert Johnson "The Centennial Collection" release.
[2016.01.09] I enjoyed the Japanese yakuza film Ryuji from 1983 very much!
[2016.01.09] A book review of The Point Of Vanishing by Howard Axelrod.
[2015.12.28] R.I.P. Lemmy. "You know I'm born to lose and gambling's for fools, but that's the way I like it baby, I don't wanna live forever!"
[2015.12.25] I read Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption-from South Central to Hollywood by Ice-T and I thought it was worth the read if you're a fan of his.
[2015.09.23] Review of the book The Girl In The Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz. 01 - 02 - 03 Note on 2019/08/23: R.I.P. Michael Nyqvist.
[2015.09.03] Review of the book Nothing To Envy (Love, Life and Death in North Korea) by Barbara Demick.
[2015.08.26] Review of the book Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan.
[2015.08.18] Review of the book Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden.
[2015.08.13] Book review of A Kim Jong-Il Production by Paul Fischer.
[2015.07.22] Book review of Women by Charles Bukowski.
[2015.06.26] Review of the book How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt.
[2015.06.04] My thoughts on the film Barfly from 1987. 01 - 02 - 03 - 04 - 05 - 06
[2015.05.26] Review of the book People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate Of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Parry.
[2015.05.17] Unlikely amplifier choices.
[2015.05.02] Movie review of Montage Of Heck (2015).
[2015.04.24] The fretboard and me. Creating new sounds.
[2015.04.21] Improvisation. Expression vs Musicality.
[2015.03.20] Review of the documentary film Hommes A Louer (Men For Sale).
[2014.07.21] Reflections on the film: 'night, Mother from 1986.
[2014.06.02] Review of the book Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.