I have been in Norway for 10 days at Henie Onstad Art Center, a guest of Lasse Marhaug who is curating the music for an art exhibition called To Be Heard is To Be Seen / HOK Live 09. I worked on a 75 minute modal piece titled "Petite Geante" for contradoublebass, doublebass, halldorophone, sine wave, tape machines and piano. Had great players there, including Daniel O'Sullivan (Ulver, Mothlite) on the Steinway. The contradoublebass player was Michael Duch, a Scottish-Norwegian dude whos played with Tony Conrad a bunch... guy is fantastic. Double bassist was a jazz player named Per Zanussi, also a great player, intensifying timbre ability! Hildur Gudnadottir (Múm, Angel, Pan Sonic) played the halldorophone, a new cello type instrument with acoustic feedbacking abilities. Highlights included, doublebass beating tones, sinewave and halldorophone duo, cake for the bassists and pianist, shifting mood and timbre throughout, and the piece ended in a 12 minute absolutely brutal and spectral intensity. Amazing reaction from the audience, especially considering the concert was at 3 PM on a sunday at a museum opening a new exhibition. Quite invigorating. We are honored and humbled, thank you.
Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell! I never get enough of these guys. I heard War Pigs on the radio in San Diego after I had quit playing music for a few years. The song brought me to tears and reminded me why I loved music so much to begin with. This song brought me back to music and creativity again thus ending a four to five year period of not being inspired. I am grateful for these guys and many more bands and some of you fellers here in these emails that have inspired me and helped me to dust off my guitars. Thank you.
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# posted by jdg @ 9:47 AM
I've shared plenty here about feral dogs; I have heard people here use the word "feral" because so many of Detroit's strays learn to survive long-term on their own. Feral, used in this sense, means they have reverted to a wild state, as from domestication. Our world feral comes from the Latin root fera, or "wild beast," but it also has a connection to another Latin word, feralis, literally: belonging to the dead.
I've seen "feral" used to describe dogs, cats, even goats. But I have wondered if it couldn't also be used to describe certain houses in Detroit. Abandoned houses are really no big deal here. Some estimate that there are as many as 10,000 abandoned structures at any given time, and that seems conservative. But for a few beautiful months during the summer, some of these houses become "feral" in every sense: they disappear behind ivy or the untended shrubs and trees planted generations ago to decorate their yards. The wood that framed the rooms gets crushed by trees rooted still in the earth. The burnt lime, sand, gravel, and plaster slowly erode into dust, encouraged by ivy spreading tentacles in its endless search for more sunlight.
Like some of the dogs I've seen using these houses as shelter (I followed a whole pack into #9 last week), these houses are reverting to a wild state, as from domestication, a word derived itself from domesticus (the Latin for belonging to the domus, or house). Now these houses are feralis. They belong only to the dead."
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