Devin Smith


I'm a musician by trade, but work in many other areas (coding, esoterica, etc). Recently I've been doing a lot of nonfiction writing. I occasionally play with live bands in the Bay Area. I'm 35 and a “morning person.” Feel free to drop me a line.


Note: In 2018 I got pretty disorganized on the internet. In 2019, I'm planning on cleaning up and paring down a bit.

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[Bandcamp] Miracle Cat
[YouTube] RIP Braids live 2018-06-21
[YouTube] RIP Braids Live 2018-06-14
[Bandcamp] Braids
[Bandcamp] Astronaut Blood

Recent Notable Works

The Prelinger Library Stacks Explorer
2018-12-29. Web Interface, 300+ photos, documentation
The Stacks Explorer is a web interface for the Prelinger Library. It's built around photographs of each of the Library's shelves, and includes rough descriptors (tags and titles) for each shelf. This project involved a lot of different working procedures (including writing several custom programs in Processing) and took over a year to complete. I also took the request for "documentation" somewhat liberally, and produced a zine (of sorts), which covers the creation of this project in a much broader way.
"Twin Peaks Falls..." The Battle of Vista Francisco
2018-04-09. Article for, Reprinted: FoundSF, SF Apartment Magazine
These days, the neighborhood where I live (over on the East side of Twin Peaks), is a sleepy collection of somewhat nondescript apartment buildings. But the story of how Vista Francisco came to be includes shady campaign contributions and backroom deals at the Board of Supervisors; the election of Jack Morrison, a key political firebrand from the environmentalist camp; and the eventual involvement of the NAACP and the Catholic Interracial Council, speaking out against the exclusionary racial policies of the developer — all with nearly half a million 1960s-era dollars of annual tax revenue on the line.

This piece has since been re-hosted/printed with (with additional photos from the site's editor), and in the November 2018 issue of SFAA Magazine (with some cuts for length).
Miracle Cat: Slow Year
2017-11-21. 5-Track EP
Written and Recorded March – November 2017, in Singapore and San Francisco.
Hijacking and Escape
2018-07-20. Article for Full Stop
This article concerns the 1985 book "D.B. Cooper: What Really Happened" by Max Gunther (co-author of the seminal midcentury suburbia panic tome "The Split Level Trap," and rakish magazine journeyman). Though this book is now generally viewed as a hoax by Cooper enuthsiasts, it's none-the-less a dynamic and unique read, and connects to our present moment in unexpected ways.
The Bells At Lau Pa Sat
2017-09-13. Longform Article
This article is about the planning and policy changes which powered Singapore's post-Independence development boom, alongside the history of an ornate Victorian market which happened to be located in the city's pilot redevelopment area (...among other things).