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Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Fri Apr 17 03:58:12 CEST 2020



elsewhere

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<again, if anyone wants to collaborate please backchannel>

some things on the music borne (for esp-disk website, 2010)

i or so

avoidance of noise ,then how to schedule fury
or furious ,how to subtend silence

i don't want this thinking: that this is exploring instrument,
instrumentality ,nor a field ,subtended by fingers or mouth ,no
more than body

but the joist of particle physics ,muons on a sense of virtual
particles on another

(a b) (a, b) (a / b) (a : b) (a | b) (a f(a, b) b)

it is all resonance ,surprising ,metallic overtones ,ringing: i
remember just several sounds slowed into what seemed right even
then

foreign names touched by cultural illiteracy ,materials ,soundings,
emptied virtuosities

stringed, it is stringing ,perfect tautness ,resistance of parallel
field ,tension of endpoint separation ,tension of separation

i do not want to duplicate this ,i do not want to duplicate an
other

something informing ,hypnagogic as if you might dream this ,an
other or dream an other this

but not tiring ,tirade ,more of a space of a sounding or what might
be 'some of a sound'

of mewling ,howling ,whimpering ,murmuring ,seething ,then this
amazing release

neither to be where you have been nor will have gone there ,here is
one alone ,playing music ,playing music together

tending the wood ,nylon ,skin ,metal ,plastic ,catgut ,horsehair
,wax, bamboo ,bone ,or tending the wires

the absence of metaphor ,wires ,no paralleling ,the difficulty of
absence ,no equivalence ,no identity ,just as everything else is,
or remains ,inert

sound of the obdurate ,sound of the inert

ii or so

learning to play these ,evenings or nights' mornings ,but with all
respect ,coaxing ,no world music ,no world but what ,are we
brought, to

here's an idea ,so i'll do it ,hear what happens ,when new ,then so
it is brought

always writing in silence ,always playing in silence ,playing
silence, listening silence ,enormous roiling ,slow extinction of
the planet, these last sounds ,instrument making ,them

she got up from the music ,he got down to the music,
he got up from the music ,she got down to the music

you'll be telling me specifically what you want to know,
i'll be telling you specifically what you want to know

allowing myself the courtesy of being-deaf,
allowing yourself my fingering you ,of being-sound & of mind & body

listing ,yayli tanbur ,ukulele ,cobza ,hasapi ,cura cumbus
,hegelung, rababa ,electric saz ,valveless chromatic harmonica
,parlor guitar, classical guitar ,alpine prime zither ,alpine elegy
zither ,like the emptying of names

unknown on my fault ,something else of shameful ,refusing abjection
in the moment when nail and steel ,flesh and wood ,collide

unknown ,everywhere i look ,unknown

iii or so

i'm not giving you what you want ,that is ,an entry into this
sound, some of an anecdote ,or at the very least, an explanation
,as in, 'you owe me an explanation'

i wouldn't know how to begin ,perhaps in eternal sorrow ,mourning,
every minute of the life

or the slightest peaks of joy

or stories about failure quantum-tunneled into music of unutterable
beauty ,or musics

or something about how these instruments came about ,what do i know
of their arrival ,or this i know ,their attraction for me ,sounding
of the world through them

fretless ,they are teaching me how to listen ,place each finger in its
rough exactitude

or fretted in narrowed intervals ,what might be ,for others ,or
those places of others ,a difference in this world

or numbers of worlds ,worlds without number ,over and over again,
desperately listening ,listening ,as if something might come about,
occur ,just by the sheer force of it

or the slow sweep of the bow as left hand fumbles for tone or tune,
begins its slower repetition ,rasa ,the savoring

iv or so

it is more you want ,more you ever want ,this savagery ,this lack
of mine ,of yours ,one more word ,phrase ,sound or tune ,book or
text, of book and of sound ,of tune and of text ,that will do it
,completion, or suturing ,the fullness of the world ,fecundity,
repleteness, lathering ,or foam of planck mass ,length ,time ,of
vacuum and an energy ,of particle and fray

this savagery a savagery ,silence a quiescence, calmness ,the
piercing

of things ,of some things ,on the music ,on the music borne

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