[NetBehaviour] shakuhachi ghost

Alan Sondheim sondheim at gmail.com
Sun Apr 5 22:11:35 CEST 2020

Hi, just a couple of points - first I appreciate your reply greatly.
Re: Lurie - I'm not in any position to judge his work (which I've looked
at); I'd like to read an account of how fundamental concepts are embodied
and given priority in pure mathematics. Certainly his constructions come
across as baroque; I'm not sure how they apply outside post-category theory
(or even within category theory).

The piece is about contagion, breathing, reversal. The image is a negative
of course.
The shakuhachi is played a couple of inches away from a cold window-pane
with the sun in the background.
Breath from the shakuhachi condenses, then disappears, from the
The breath appears 'like' a dark viral cloud, disappearing. The sound from
the instrument produces the cloud which then evaporates. It's a cleansing
and a conjuration.
The shakuhachi is an instrument for meditation. There are only five
finger-holes and it's end-blown. It's difficult. I had to hold it awkwardly
in order to get the breath to condense in front of the camera, without the
instrument appearing in the image.
So the image seems ab nihilo except in relation to the sound. The sound
might be a viral breath itself, a harbinger of death to come.
Silence cleanses the image of course, evaporation.
So it's bound to the phenomenology of sound and music, Kristeva's concept
of the 'clean and proper body' and so forth.
Jinashi shakuhachi are an older 'natural' style; mine is from around 1930.
It's almost the sound of the bamboo itself. So it's the sound of a natural
order in relation to another, the virus.
The reference to ghost is to somatic ghosting, which I've written a great
deal about, and talked about at London ICA etc.
Panalal Ghosh is one of the most amazing and deep bansari players that ever

This was all thought out over a sleepless night. So I understand you
running in a different direction with it of course; I do feel that the
content, whichis/was already heavy, might have been missed, which is of
course my own fault, for not spelling out the above?

Best, Alan, and thank you

On Sun, Apr 5, 2020 at 3:49 PM Max Herman via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

> Hi Alan,
> I like this video, jpg, and writing today.
> I have mild strabismus, and while watching the video on my phone I saw a
> single eye in the middle of the apartment building, sort of fleeting like
> that kind of image you have mentioned which is kind of like a morning
> hallucination.  I forget the term, apophatic?  No, that is something
> different maybe.  (Will check later; I prefer not to check missing word
> definitions right away these days.)  I read about the morning hallucination
> type in a book by Oliver Sacks called *Hallucinations*, I think.
> In any case, I saw a single eye in the middle of the screen due to
> strabismus, but it wasn't stable and morphed in and out of Visibility as
> the colors of the video changed.  As the video progressed, both eyes became
> visible in normal geometry, and of course normal in the black at the end of
> the video.  I like images (often like imaginary blueprints in my mind's
> eye, like bodies, or really, of the set of all bodies, which is to say the
> original pre-human primate matrix: the set of all bodies in the set of
> bodies in which my body lives, my group of 20 to 40 linked brains) of
> apartment buildings recently, in part due to starting reading Georges
> Perec's *Life, a User's Manual* as part of my study of Calvino's
> pre-emptively proposed syllabi *Six Memos* (*Sei Proposte per il Prossimo
> Millennio*).  I dream about apartment building plans sometimes.  They are
> kind of like grids, matrices, skeletons, or gardens, but with an organic
> and often organically pathogenic ingredient creeping in around the nooks
> and crannies perhaps because to be honest math is about equivalences not
> equality as identity, not about math at all, one might argue if Jacob Lurie
> is onto anything at Princeton with his new redefinition of all of
> mathematics based on his *Higer Topos Theory* of 2009.
> I also like that the bone marrow is part of the immune system, a truly
> marvelous part if I'm not mistaken, while also being the dietary discovery
> that the first pre-humans' tools made accessible thus immediately creating
> our human brains.
> There is also Kafka's story "The Knight of the Bucket," which I haven't
> read, but should look up and get, but is discussed by Calvino in his
> reminder or memorandum for our new third millennium "Lightness."  (It may
> be that in Calvino's composition, the first millennium was that of
> religion, the second that of the book, and the third, that of the
> network.)  In the Kafka story, the speaker goes looking for coal in his
> home city Vienna due to a bitter shortage of heat, out on the street
> freezing, then, amazingly, floating in the air.  He floats with his bucket
> above his landlord and landlady, asking them for coal, so that he won't
> freeze, but floats too high, eventually not being able to hear or speak to
> them.  The story ends with him floating across the landscape in search of.
> The word "basket" prompted me to think of the Kafka, I'm pretty sure.
> As to the corona, the crown, who is more monarchic, mono-archic, than
> death itself?  It is the principle of the emptiness of closedness, also
> symbolized in Calvino by a ring (which caused among other things
> Charlemagne's mythic necrophilia), its singleness and lack of Multiplicity
> (the which being Calvino's fifth and last memo because he died himself
> before writing the sixth, which I hypothesize was to have been about fear,
> the fear of death, petrifaction, and its corollary value, which I take to
> be delight, persistent observation and expression summed up by the word
> Consistency, in the sense of continuing on or not continuing on, which is
> also of course the comic corollary of the tragedy or tragos-ode, goat-song
> which arguably was the first practice of "Western Civilization" in
> pre-ancient Greece).
> Death is a mighty crown which we each get to wear in our own due time, but
> so is life.
> So, thanks for posting today, it is interesting to hear some Japanese
> words and concepts, if that is a correct interpretation, a good reminder to
> self to read up on those.  I know very few if any, the main ones if any
> being my own bastardized tragos-cycle of wabi-sabi-aware-yugen, taconite-
> and Teotihuacan-based, which I now have to also look up, but was able to
> find, link below.
> In any case, here is a marvelous poem from Basho, which today's
> reflections prompted me to find for the first time:
>           the beginning of furyu
>           this rice-planting
>           song of the north.
> All best,
> Max
> Notes and references:
> Wayback machine wabi-sabi project from 2004, titled "The Four Moods of
> Furyu"
> https://web.archive.org/web/20091028070421/http://www.geocities.com/genius-2000/furyu.html
> Perec at Wikipedia
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Perec
> Calvino's six Memos
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Memos_for_the_Next_Millennium
> Jacob Lurie:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Lurie
> Bone marrow's lymphatic role:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_marrow#Lymphatic_role
> Kafka's Der Kubelreiter:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bucket_Rider
> Bartelby the Scrivener (only known topic of the unfinished Sixth Memo):
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Piazza_Tales
> The history of furyu:
> https://shiseidodojo.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/japanese-aesthetics-furyu/
> <https://shiseidodojo.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/japanese-aesthetics-furyu/>
> JAPANESE AESTHETICS: FURYU | Shiseidodojo's Blog
> <https://shiseidodojo.wordpress.com/2010/05/09/japanese-aesthetics-furyu/>
> Ukiyo-zōshi (浮世草子 ) or “books of the floating world” was the first major
> genus of popular Japanese fiction, by and large written between 1690 and
> 1770, primarily in Kyōto and Ōsaka. Ukiyo-zōshi style literature developed
> from kana-zōshi (仮名草子 ) [a type of printed Japanese book that was produced
> largely in Kyōto between 1600 and 1680, referring to books written in kana
> ...
> shiseidodojo.wordpress.com
> The Piazza Tales - Wikipedia
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Piazza_Tales>
> The Piazza Tales is a collection of six short stories by American writer
> Herman Melville, published by Dix & Edwards in the United States in May
> 1856 and in Britain in June. Except for the newly written title story, "The
> Piazza," all of the stories had appeared in Putnam's Monthly in 1853-1855.
> en.wikipedia.org
> The Bucket Rider - Wikipedia
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bucket_Rider>
> "The Bucket Rider" (German: "Der Kübelreiter") is a short story by Franz
> Kafka, written in 1917. It first appeared in the Prager Presse in 1921 and
> was published posthumously in Beim Bau der Chinesischen Mauer (Berlin,
> 1931).The first English translation, by Willa and Edwin Muir, was published
> by Martin Secker in London in 1933. It also appeared in The Great Wall of
> China.
> en.wikipedia.org
> Bone marrow - Wikipedia
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_marrow#Lymphatic_role>
> Bone marrow is a semi-solid tissue which may be found within the spongy or
> cancellous portions of bones. In birds and mammals, bone marrow is the
> primary site of new blood cell production or hematopoiesis. It is composed
> of hematopoietic cells, marrow adipose tissue, and supportive stromal
> cells.In adult humans, bone marrow is primarily located in the ribs,
> vertebrae, sternum, and bones of the ...
> en.wikipedia.org
> Jacob Lurie - Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Lurie>
> Jacob Lurie's results at International Mathematical Olympiad This article
> about an American mathematician is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by
> expanding it ...
> en.wikipedia.org
> Six Memos for the Next Millennium - Wikipedia
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Memos_for_the_Next_Millennium>
> Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Italian: Lezioni americane. Sei
> proposte per il prossimo millennio) is a book based on a series of lectures
> written by Italo Calvino for the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard,
> but never delivered as Calvino died before leaving Italy.The lectures were
> originally written in Italian and translated by Patrick Creagh.
> en.wikipedia.org
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Perec>
> Georges Perec - Wikipedia <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Perec>
> Georges Perec (born George Peretz) (French: [peʁɛk, pɛʁɛk]; 7 March 1936 –
> 3 March 1982) was a French novelist, filmmaker, documentalist, and
> essayist.He was a member of the Oulipo group. His father died as a soldier
> early in the Second World War and his mother was murdered in the Holocaust,
> and many of his works deal with absence, loss, and identity, often through
> word play.
> en.wikipedia.org
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> *From:* NetBehaviour <netbehaviour-bounces at lists.netbehaviour.org> on
> behalf of Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com>
> *Sent:* Sunday, April 5, 2020 11:25 AM
> *To:* NetBehaviour for networked distributed creativity <
> netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org>
> *Subject:* [NetBehaviour] shakuhachi ghost
> shakuhachi ghost
> http://www.alansondheim.org/shakuhachighost.jpg
> https://youtu.be/FAAB7uAm7tg video
> somatic ghost extensions from within without the body playing
> on an off-tuned later afternoon evening sky hoping the virus
> is listening (no, not all they do is replicate or exist) (true
> they have no ears but then... pannalal ghosh perhaps... (true
> enough please note that they have no fundamental vibration)...
> shakuhachi ghost makes all visible, the fleeting moment of
> audible somnolence)...
> "he wants to practice shakuhachi"
> (holeless shakuhachi)
> (shakuhachi)
> (shakuhachi, 1930s jinashi, reverberation)
> * these pieces are no-string pieces for jiari shakuhachi
> - the shakuhachi has already split, but is still playable,
> ..it's after shakuhachi. song was beautiful. I used bone-body
> 1 = shakuhachi; 2 = corona-crown in suspension death
> Today I practice jinashi shakuhachi, and
> I begin focusing more on shakuhachi and will begin and lose
> = shakuhachi = shamisen = shard = sheffer = shimenawa = shinjuu
> A well-made shakuhachi is created from root bamboo, weeks worked
> She plays shakuhachi, whole worlds appear within the moist interior
> and while the shakuhachi is a body-bone, breathing the body, the
> colonies of protozoa in perfect suspension. after the shakuhachi
> is her basket, two robbers approached her. her shakuhachi was made
> from a body-bone, from a bone body, then
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