February 20th, 2005


Reading List

- An Unlikely Prophet: Revelations On The Path Without Form, by Alvin Schwartz

- A Literate Passion: Letters of Anais Nin & Henry Miller, 1932-1953, edited by Gunther Stuhlmann


Arbeit Macht Frei / side b


Arbeit Macht Frei / side b

01. Empathy and Abstraction 20:29 minutes, 29mb
02. The Chinese Room 5:06 minutes, 7mb
03. Isola 3:05 minutes, 4mb
04. Hegel, Tulpa 11:29 minutes, 16mb


My very first finished recordings, presented as Eve, were assembled with a big stack of LPs, a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard, a really really really crappy guitar, and the strung-together guts of several consumer stereo systems. Between then (1994) and now, I've mostly done live instrumental recordings (though generally one track at a time, in a multi-track setting) and eschewed automated assembly strategies. Mainly from ignorance of and/or inability to afford the technology, rather than out of any mere (!) aesthetic objection. I am a classically trained pianist, and fall back on my reflexes. Though I've worked with computers and networks for a decade, I've never been able to get my head around the confluence of digital machinery and the creative impulse.

Arbeit Macht Frei is my first collection to consist entirely of 'edited' sound -- absolutely no live playing at all; though some of the samples and loops that were used here were birthed from scraps of live samples created in my studio, or from pieces of my old songs, bent towards the future.

Soon, I will be posting an illustrated (photographed, that is) explication of the process behind the creation of 'The Chinese Room.' No two songs here emerged through the same method.

Finally, bluecalico wrote, with no knowledge of the tulpa or its significance, the following prose while riding in the car earlier this evening, listening to the final track of the finished album:

    it self animates then collapses
    called up from the rhythm
    dreamed background

    trees, empty of life, grass still as night
    false sky

    empty of life but sound
    it breathes artificial life
    then dies realistic death

Arbeit Macht Frei / side a


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