04 08 2010




Around Perception (1968)
Duration: 21 min.
Director: Pierre Hébert
Year: 1968
Time: 16 mins
Music: Pierre Hébert

04 08 2010

The Forgotten Kingdom



Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI
The new CD/Book release from Alia Vox:

The Forgotten Kingdom:
The Cathar Tragedy - The Albigensian Crusade
(Le Royaume Oublie: La Croisade contre les Albigigeois - La Tragedie Cathar)

3 CDs with 500 page book
Playing time: 3 hours 50 minutes
Booklet languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Catalan, Occitan

Who remembers Occitania and the Cathars ?

Catharism was a name given to a Christian religious sect that appeared in the Languedoc region of Southern France and flourished in the 12th and 13th centuries. Catharism had its roots in the Paulician movement in Armenia and the Bogomils of Bulgaria with whom the Paulicians merged. The Cathars saw matter as intrinsically evil, they denied that Jesus could become incarnate and still be the son of God. The Catholic Church regarded the sect as dangerously heretical. Faced with the rapid spread of the movement across the Languedoc region, the Church called for a crusade, which was carried out by knights from Northern France and Germany and was known as the Albigensian Crusade.

The anti-Cathar Albigensian Crusade, and the inquisition which followed it, entirely eradicated the Cathars. The Albigensian Crusade had the effect of greatly weakening the semi-independent southern Principalities included in the area of Occitania, such as Toulouse, and ultimately bringing them under direct control of the King of France.

Occitania, which had the misfortune of being the collateral victim fo the Albigensian Crusade, used to be the crossroad of many cultures : Arabic Al-Andalus, Northern France and Flanders, Italy and even Constantinople. From this melting pot emerged a very refined culture, which culminated with the troubadour tradition : it subsequently spread into Italy, Spain, and even Greece. Under the influence of the troubadours, related new movements sprang up throughout Europe: the Minnesang in Germany, trovadorismo in Galicia and Portugal, and that of the trouvères in northern France.

This 3 CD recording does not only explore the "classical" period of the troubadour school around the turn of the thirteenth century, it also provides a comprehensive historical and artistic background of this Golden Age. It is time we remembered this “forgotten kingdom”, from which so much of Western culture emerged.

03 08 2010

New records playlist





Really enjoying these new and old albums these days.

anbb: alva noto & blixa bargeld "mimikry"
Swans " My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky"
Roberto Cacciapaglia "The Ann Steel Album"
Sppoky Tooth & Pierre Henry "Ceremony: An Electronic Mass"

02 08 2010

new solo work cassette on Editions Mego


from Editions Mego

Stephen O'Malley: Cocon & Oiseau de Nuit Cassette

Release Date: 01.10.2010
1 track:

Cocon & Oiseau de Nuit Cassette
Time: 40:44
program repeats both sides

Recorded NOV06 NYC 10025 SOMA.
Reamped through 2 x SUNN2000S w/ Oekel custom cabinets / G12M speakers JUN10 PARIS 75010 Turzi.
Mastered AUG10 KÖLN 506070 Piethopraxis.
Photo by GV MAR09.

Cocon & Oiseau de Nuit is a recently excavated longform piece from 2006, 40+ minutes of minimalist guitar work relating to O'Malley's work on "Keep an Eye Out" (Table of the Elements 2009) & "Salt" (Ideal 2008). Pure guitar saturation and amplifier feedback is the name of the game here. A sub shifter monster of a track.

This release is the first in a series of 3 Cassette releases that Stephen O’Malley will be releasing for Editions Mego.

Edition of 250

Pre-order : HERE.

Copies ship early September 2010

02 08 2010



** Authoritarian State Occult **

Matthew Barney & Brandon Stosuy invite you to:

WOLD - first Public Performance

with action by Collier Schorr

DJ sets by Carlos Giffoni + Mark McCoy

+ guests

Sunday, August, 15, 2010

4-40 44th Drive
Long Island City, NY

** Police State Youth Camp **

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