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1024, 2016, 2M0M1X1VII7, 2027, 2029 ...

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:11:31 +0100

[April 12, 2017 | #470]
(image) Celebrating ookoi's 1024's 10th birthday, this year's weekly oki doki 10 minutes and 24 seconds podcast, and 2M0M1X1VII7: a new prime year's 10-seconds-a-day audio diary, the follow-up to 2011's 'Seventy Seconds.

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Nicolas Collins - 2 april 2016, La Generale, Paris

Thu, 4 Aug 2016 12:31:43 +0100

[August 4, 2016 | #469]
(image) A pretty much complete transcription of the audio recording of (mainly) Emmanuel Rebus and (a little bit) myself interviewing American composer Nicolas Collins (a student of Alvin Lucier's, circuit bender, bricoleur, early adopter of personal computers in live performances, in the 1990's visiting artistic director of STEIM in Amsterdam, a DAAD composer in residence in Berlin, and currently editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal, and a professor in the Department of Sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), after lunch on Saturday April 2nd 2016, at La Generale Nord-Est in Paris, during the set-up for the Sonic Protest Festival.

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unPublic #18 - Daebu-do, 14 june 2015, by Ian-John Hutchinson

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 22:11:33 +0100

[June 14, 2016 | #g.002]
(image) This SoundBlog guest contribution by Ian-John Hutchinson is an article written not long after the 18th unPublic, which - one year ago, on June 14th 2015 - had him perform on the beach of the South-Korean island of Daebu, together with Taewon Lee, Samir Abdelhamid and Emmanuel Rebus. Afterwards Ian-John interviewed all of that unPublic's participants, and wrote things down, thus providing some interesting insights into the processes and intentions at play during this episode, and the unPublic series in general.

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In Praise of Slowness

Sat, 7 May 2016 17:04:29 +0100

[May 7, 2016 | #467]
(image) Second in a series of succinct reports on our last year's kreativen vikend, a sonic residency in the mountain village of Lazaropole (in the Republic of Macedonia), our passages through Skopje and a subsequent visit to Belgrad (Serbia).

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Statues, Lenin, Dogs and Ruins

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 10:14:36 +0100

[March 21, 2016 | #466]
(image) First in a series of succinct reports on our last year's kreativen vikend, a sonic residency in the mountain village of Lazaropole (in the Republic of Macedonia), our passages through Skopje and a subsequent visit to Belgrad (Serbia).

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Trust Us

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:12:26 +0100

[January 25, 2016 | #465]
(image) About Michael Ghent's powerful cardboard installation "Trust us", at Mains d'Oeuvres in Saint-Ouen: "... like black magic spells, cooked up to charm us into belief and conviction that all is solely meant and created for our good, and will hand us the one and only key to health, fortune and happiness. or to god. to all."

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Situasonnisme: the City Sonic Festival

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 19:12:26 +0100

[November 22, 2015 | #464]
(image) On the 13th and other editions of the yearly recurring sound art - in a very large sense - festival, whose 'core p-art' took place in the second half of September in the Belgian city of Mons. But many also of our this year's summer activities were signed 'City Sonic' and Transcultures...

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SQWWO live in Brussels (Elastic Lecture Nr. 3)

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:31:36 +0100

[August 30, 2015 | #462]
(image) The first full 24 hours live rendition of the 'String Quartet with windows, open' took place this summer in Brussels, in Recyclart's 'Vitrine 5', from 20h on Thursday July 9th, 2015, until 20h the next day, Friday July 10th, 2015, underneath the tracks of the Belgian railways leading to and fro the Chapel railway station.

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Bridges, troubles, water

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:41:16 +0100

[July 15, 2015 | #461]
(image) We were lucky enough to hook up twice with Jodi Rose in Paris, where we celebrated indoors and outdoors for the sake and the love of bridges. Tasting champagne and more on the Pont Neuf, then constructing and playing an improvised bridge, during our 19th unPublic, on June 17th at La Generale, where Rebus, Jodi and I were joined by Kaspar Koenig.

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Elastic Lecture Nr. 2 (for Namhee)

Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:42:16 +0100

[April 17, 2015 | #460]
(image) Text and images from the lecture that I delivered as part of the 3rd and final session of Nadege Derderian's The image is an elastic object-project, on Easter Saturday in La Generale, Paris XI.

An image that is endlessly mapinaluble.
Agimes maybe lessendly manupilated.
Oh, how the boy bleeds!

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Mal-la--colise dans l'espace et dans le temps (L'i-m-a-g-e E-s-t U-n O-b-j-e-t E-l-a-s-t-i-q-u-e, pt. 1)

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:42:16 +0100

[April 14, 2015 | #459]
(image) An evening at the Friches, Paris-Belleville, on mal-localisation in space-time, with Rebus and Namhee. A Toy-Orguanisation and a lot of aaaaaaaa's lead to a quite logical conclusion: 433Hz should be the new international standard for our concert pitch...

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The men once in green are now writing a book!

Sat, 07 Mar 2015 19:42:16 +0100

[March 07, 2015 | #457]

Oh yes, they are...!

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The eerie symmetry of a perfect ping

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 09:42:16 +0100

[December 01, 2014 | #456]
(image) To make sound 'the ugliest piece of music in the world', a couple of years ago Scott Rickard interpreted a length 88 exponential Welch-Costas sequence together with a Golomb ruler for its timeline as a piece of piano music in which no two directed pitch intervals between equidistant notes are the same. But how 'pattern free' and 'void of structure' is such a 'Perfect Ping' really? A long piece. About permutations, gracefulness, classiness, Mallalieu's all interval 12 tone row, cowbells dropping down the stairs and more... A deconstruction.

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String Quartet with windows, open

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:42:16 +0100

[September 11, 2014 | #455]
(image) SQWWO is a string quartet that lasts 24 hours and is playing in my living room; with the windows wide open. It is an entanglement of random walks that layer two form-ally near to identical soundscapes (a city traffic sound scape and the violins), giving rise to a work without any apparent dramatic development, of an extreme long duration and cycling back upon itself (it, as a matter of fact, is a 24 hour loop). The string quartet evokes a virtually everlasting now: the eternal present, which is our future's past. The full 24 hour set of recordings is available as a high quality download at Bandcamp's.

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Appearance and reality

Sat, 02 Aug 2014 10:42:16 +0100

[August 02, 2014 | #454]
(image) On the morning of Tuesday July 22nd 2014, a mix of predetermination and chance brought Laura Wetherington and myself together inside the American Library in Paris, where we performed un-publicly, quick 'n' rough 'n' dirty, and based - quite literally - on a 19th century metaphysical essay.

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Speculative Dancing (DIKTAT - americana / 2)

Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:42:16 +0100

[july 01, 2014 | #453]
(image) Some words and thoughts to accompany DIKTAT's amazing 5 track/40 minutes speculative Americana video album: "DIKTAT 4 US DANCES", now viewable on YouTube --- "... la lune disparaît et notre planète est enrichie de 5 satellites, en 1953 ..."

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Lecture de Cassette

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 06:42:16 +0100

[june 19, 2014 | #452]
(image) I found a little yellow piece of paper on the pavement not far from where I live. Hand written, on its two sides, were detailed instructions - in French - on how to operate a cassette player. As this knowledge is likely to soon become forgotten knowledge, you may want to bookmark this page for future reference...

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You are NOT Hier!

Mon, 12 May 2014 06:52:16 +0100

[may 09, 2014 | #451]
(image) HIER is a four track EP of localized Future Popp by the ookoi, released as a GPS empowered iPhone application, which limits playback of each of the tracks to a specific European city. The first track can only be heard in Amsterdam (nl), the second one only in Heerlen (nl), the third one only in Kortrijk (be) and the final one only in Paris (fr). A listener who wants to get to know all of HIER, will have to make a city tour. From hier to hier to hier to hier...

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La physicalite du son. Tome 1.

Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:52:16 +0100

[april 08, 2014 | #450]
(image) As part of the quite wonderful 10th edition of the Sonic Protest Festival, Emmanuel Rébus and myself entertained and educated the visitors of the festival's Let's Get Physical-part - à La Générale, Paris XI - with, on and about the phys-icality of sound. Emmanuel did part two, on Monday April 7th. I did part one on the day before that, Sunday April 6th. Here is the abstract...

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"12 - 11 - 9 - 10 - 3 - 6 - 7 - 1 - 2 - 8 - 4 - 5"

Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:52:16 +0100

[march 08, 2014 | #449]
(image) About how we hacked Stockhausen's 1957 paper on musical time (... wie die Zeit vergeht ...) into three time-pass-poems. It explains all the counting in the 5th unPublic session, which makes things - here and there - sort of sound like Karl-Philip Stockglass. (Curiously, the two major examples of 20th century composers that extensively use vocal number counting in their work, indeed are Philip Glass - Einstein on the Beach - and Karlheinz Stockhausen: in Licht you will encounter number counting all over the place)...

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Cassettes, Candles and Champgane

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:52:16 +0100

[december 31, 2013 | #447]
(image) This winter solstice (in the early evening of December 21st), four cassetteurs - Anton Mobin, Blenno Wurstbruecke, Rebus and myself - gathered on the desolate and cold second floor of an old industrial building on the East side of Paris, for a final and unpublic 2013 = C50 dictaphone ritual. With cassettes, with candles, and with champagne.

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De Val van Chroom / The Fall of Chrome

Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:02:16 +0100

[december 29, 2013 | #446]
(image) The Fall of Chrome is a booklet with a collection of images and texts about magnetic tape, edited by Claudio Rocchetti, when, after many years of experimenting with tapes, he started to feel lost; like he had exhausted the subject and all the ideas... "But does it really matter why we use certain tools?" Claudio asked himself. The Fall of Chrome is some sort of an answer. (Lou Ottens's invention turned magnetic tape, quite literally, into a case. And everything that is the case, eventually will fall...)

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unPublic 1,2 (sauf riverains)

Sat, 23 Nov 2013 15:02:16 +0100

[november 23, 2013 | #445]
(image) About tea, ceramics and the difference made by intention. About the idea of 'the concert', that to a large extent is based on a myth. An anachronism. a socio-musical convention that is being continued without questioning its (true) sense. Then introducing the first two editions of our new unPublic-series, each one an ephemeral laboratory, a vertex in space-time for musicians from wherever on the globe to meet in passing. "The difference with a concert is, that is not a concert..."

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The Art of the K7 (prelude)

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:08:31 +0100

[october 25, 2013 | #444]
(image) ... - ... - About the some things that are certain - All the way to Neptune and back - Re/Vival - A justification for many, many, many thousands more words - The cassetteer and the DJ - A poor man's thang - Why to love retro-chic poppers and hipsters - Did I say there is no Hell? - Audio slates - Frank Zappa's '200 Motels' and a Christmas dinner at granny's - Not a one but a many - "Unto emptiness shalt thou return" ... - ...

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"At 19:07 the four helicopters flew over the Pont Neuf"

Sat, 12 Oct 2013 09:08:31 +0100

[october 12, 2013 | #443]
(image) On Saturday October 5th, as part of the annual Nuit Blanche, the Elysian String Quartet performed the infamous Helicopter String Quartet in the skies over Paris. It was not the string players' fault that, as the evening progressed, it became more and more difficult to escape the impression that in this Parisian rendition, Karlheinz Stockhausen's music was merely a sideshow and that what really mattered was the staging of a spectacle to greater glory of the organizing and financing powers...

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Atomic Spies vs. Dancing Men

Sat, 20 Jul 2013 15:48:31 +0100

[july 20, 2013 | #442]
(image) In order to acquire a certain volume of a certain... material... a couple of weeks ago, I found myself in the back of a four-wheel drive, being bumped around a swampy forest in Burgundy, not far from where some 2000 years ago the Roman warlord Julius Ceasar won the Battle of Alesia...

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Break the ice. Play the ice. Melt the ice. (FdE #4 - 2/2)

Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:48:31 +0100

[july 12, 2013 | #441]
(image) 'hin, hin, hin, hin, his, ticque, torche, lorgne, brededin, brededac, frr, frrr, frrr, bou, bou, bou, bou, bou, bou, bou, bou, tracc, trac, trr, trr, trr, trrr, trrrrrr, on, on, on, on, on, ououououon...' E t c ... live at the 4th edition of the Festival des Ephemeres. éTcholalie... "Time past is not just reconstituted; it bursts out..."

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Fish learn from the water that we drown in (FdE #4 - 1/2)

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:58:31 +0100

[july 10, 2013 | #440]
(image) Water! ... was the theme of the fourth edition of the Festival des Ephemeres, on June 29th and 30th in the Jardins d'Eole, in the 19th Parisian arrondissement. Two sunny afternoons filled with fringe art of a particularly fluid dynamics...

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Yiyi's Books

Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:38:53 +0100

[july 05, 2013 | #439]
(image) In a Maastricht thrift store, Argentinian artist Yiyi de la Mota worked for two months on the making of a very pretty and very joyful image, wonderfully sculpted in books. She called it Hola. On the evening of the day that it was finally finished, a week before its presentation, Hola collapsed...

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How to keep devils away

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 09:58:23 +0100

[july 03, 2013 | #438]
(image) The observation by a casual listener that the ookoi's 1024 seriously suffers from a lack of... violins, inspired a double random walk on a grid of 1024 violin sounds. We call it Kris Kras. But all of our friends call it Alaska. It is keeping the devils away.

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A Carcassonne Yodel in Blue [Kunsttour 2013]

Sun, 09 Jun 2013 21:58:23 +0100

[june 06, 2013 | #437]
(image) It was not a joke. It was also not merely some random act. I could not have painted the Carcassonne table in some other color. Not that painting it in blue had some sort of a meaning. Though you of course are free to give it any f**king meaning you like, for me painting the table in blue meant 'painting the table in blue'...

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Mon, 06 May 2013 23:58:23 +0100

[may 06, 2013 | #436]
(image) The 2013 edition of Y, a yearly event carrying the name of the artist Yariv Alter Fin (1968-2007), focused on numbers, art, music & measure - with a series of morning lectures & presentations, and an instructive and entertaining workshop followed by a public presentation at the NASA, the New Art Space Amsterdam.

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"Ma premiere cassette etait vierge..."

Sat, 23 Mar 2013 20:58:23 +0100

[march 24, 2013 | #435]
(image) 2013 = C50! On Sunday March 17th, cassetteurs in New York and Paris celebrated 50 years of the compact audio cassette with a transatlantic event that began in Paris with a 4,5 hour live emission of web radio KKWNE, featuring Anton Mobin, Blenno & die Wurstbrücke and Har$. It then continued in the Silent Barn in Brooklyn, NY, with Aki Onda, G Lucas Crane aka onehorse, Emmanuel Rébus and Rinus van Alebeek ... "My first cassette was a virgin..."

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Higgs singlet decay particles pop into my universe at random times

Fri, 22 Feb 2013 20:58:23 +0100

[february 22, 2013 | #434]
(image) Every now and then I set loose the sounds I find on there. But most of them we'll never hear. Suddenly, without warning, they pop into our universe at random times, like the decay particles of a Higgs singlet traveling in a fifth dimension.

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Culturomics, n-grams and sound artists

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 23:58:23 +0100

[february 14, 2013 | #433]
(image) "Wollt ihr die totale Digitalisierung?" ... It was as of the end of World War II that our interest in Data started to get bigger than our interest in Gold... Data is the 21st century's gold, Babe, Babel, Car and Can - About the frequency of occurrences and the semantics of fuck, sound art and related terms in the 2012 Google Books Ngram Corpus...

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Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:18:23 +0100

[december 31, 2012 | #432]
(image) Iterating mp3 encodings of a recording of Beethoven's opus 133 - up to 30.000 times! - Har$, on the verge of 2013, puts the 'experimental' back into 'experimental music' ... a viola line cut through her, like cheese-wire ... ... An essay in feedback.

Get the album, and

Curiosity, Cubes and Numbers

Sun, 09 Dec 2012 23:18:23 +0100

[december 09, 2012 | #431]
(image) What's inside the Cube? A wacky sci-fi script - all about Peter Molyneux's Curiosity - a truly and unimaginably geeky part - includes an overview of all the fascinating Cube formulas that i am sure all of you have tried, but were unable, to derive... ;) ...

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Audio monitoring the Watergate Hotel (Diktat : americana / 1)

Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:18:23 +0100

[october 20, 2012 | #430]
(image) The first in a series of DIKTAT americana: how a small sticker in the lower left corner of one of the glass doors of the former lobby of the empty and desolate Watergate Hotel in Washington DC became the cherry on our US Dikta-cake.

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Diktat outside/inside the Manufactured Normalcy Field

Sat, 11 Aug 2012 15:18:23 +0100

[august 11, 2012 | #429]
(image) Help the mighty DIKTAT cover the costs of their upcoming stay in America by buying a download of their thrilling new DIKTAT in Berlin digital album, and find out why this illustrious quartet is the happening future of rock 'n' roll, be it somewhat outside of our Manufactured Normalcy Field. 'If this were the 1960's, DIKTAT'd be the fucking Ronnettes...'

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72 Hours of Post-Nuclear Survival

Sat, 04 Aug 2012 16:18:23 +0100

[august 04, 2012 | #428]
(image) July 27th-30th, the 15th grand (post-apocalyptic) Parisian Placard dropped its anchor at four fine counter cultural shelters in the French capital. I sailed along, with my own little post-experimental sub-placard, while Rebus' sound fooding provided both the alpha and the omega.

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UnOfficial Release

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:18:23 +0100

[july 26, 2012 | #427]
(image) On Thomas Bey William Bailey's recent & courageous book about self-released and handmade audio/music (in post-industrial society): a dazzling, be it fragmentary, tour of the history and development of autonomous ('unofficial') music networks since the late 1970's, which played a pivotal role 'in the survival of radical sonic eclecticism into the 21st century'...

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The World As We Found It

Wed, 18 Jul 2012 15:18:23 +0100

[july 18, 2012 | #426]
(image) In Sub071, arguably the world's smallest underground venue (in Leiden, the Netherlands), with the Haarlem 5 piece La Vie De Bohème I did a live pre-view of Het Moet Zo Zijn, a track to appear on the Dutch Smikkelbaard label as part of an upcoming 7" vinyl release...
'A record of utter wanton libidinousness'...

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The Sound Barrier

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 08:18:23 +0100

[july 10, 2012 | #425]
"Futures have to be thought before they can be built or sold..."

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A Forest Hanging from A Tree

Sat, 7 Jul 2012 10:22:23 +0100

[july 7, 2012 | #424]
(image) With E t c ... we performed 3 x 2 x 30 minutes of dark, electric urban (un)nature scapes, at the intriguing (devious, unobtrusive and tentacular) three day Festival des Ephémères in the Jardins d'Eole, a public garden that borders on the dense pack of railway tracks that lead to and from the Parisian railway station Gare de l'Est.. eTcology is the title of the 5-track digital album that I edited from the recordings made on June 30th and July 1st. It is available as a high quality download on Bandcamp.

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Sun, 1 Jul 2012 12:22:23 +0100

[july 1, 2012 | #423]
(image) Citynumberscapes are field/quotidian recordings of urban space, peppered with recited numbers found within the landscape, done as 'artlessly' as possible: just press record, look, walk and speak... Read about the making by Louis Lamp and myself, of 3 one hour citynumberscapes for ResonanceFM's Clear Spot, in London, Amsterdam and Paris.

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A Night at the Museum (One big sweep, iv)

Sun, 24 Jun 2012 21:22:23 +0100

[june 24, 2012 | #422 - sbpc/049]
(image) About an album's worth of juicy Ninja Fruits, Retromania, Big Data Crunchers' colonization of subcultures, the Future of Popp and the ookoi Plus Instruments writing plus-post-retro-ULTRA history, one April night at the Amsterdam STEIM.

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Y.3 = YltrA! (One big sweep, iii)

Sun, 06 May 2012 20:22:23 +0100

[may 06, 2012 | #421]
(image) An extra-ordinary workshop and experience: 30 hours of sound and music making the ULTRA-way, with 13 students of the Rietveld Academy for fine arts and design, in Club Karlsson on the Amsterdam Keizersgracht. From scratch to concert in less than 2 days...

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One big sweep, from ULTRA-modern to post-experimental (ii)

Thu, 03 May 2012 22:22:23 +0100

[may 03, 2012 | #420]
(image) My favorite swarm of houseflies by now also knowing how to u-l-t-r-a, lots of other ding-dong, a brandnew t-shirt, tasty cakes, high expectations, a great many Minny Pops, all sort of liquids and a canceled last New Moons performance... i carried all of it back home with me.

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One big sweep, from ULTRA-modern to post-experimental (i)

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 13:36:22 +0100

[april 02, 2012 | #419 - sbpc/048]
(image) A (1st) ULTRA-craze wrap up, about the author of the ULTRA book becoming a Thai music playing, mice torturing deadhead, and in-cluding an ex-clusive, post-experimental, New Moons track: Back to Nature (based on Hanns Eisler's Rueckkehr zur Natur).

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Flies, not in the ointment...

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:22:23 +0100

[february 27, 2012 | #418]
(image) On how and why I recently became a dedicated follower of a swarm of tweeting houseflies ...

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Magnetic Remanence: Another Paris Tape Run

Sun, 19 Feb 2012 16:36:22 +0100

[february 19, 2012 | #417]
(image) An exciting presentation at the Instants chavirés, richly topped with bourbon, beer & snacks, and a far, far more sober & austere Diktat performance at the wonderful-but-cold-in-wintertime La générale nord-est ...

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The small world daisychain mail tongue tape

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 08:22:23 +0100

[december 31, 2011 | #416]
(image) A fine analogue art tale, that brings several of this past year's SoundBlog threads together, pulls us over into 2012, as always quoting a wise man: you ain't seen nothing yet ...

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Touching base

Sat, 24 Dec 2011 10:36:22 +0100

[december 24, 2011 | #415]
(image) Hi there! Season's greetings! After near to four months of writing, in Dutch, 'Ultra. Opkomst en ondergang van de ultramodernen (1978-1983)', published by Lebowski Publishers, and available as of march 1st, 2012, the SoundBlog is back ...

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R.I.P.-1 The Francis Cook Landfill and other dumps

Sat, 20 Aug 2011 10:22:23 +0100

[august 20, 2011 | #414]
(image) We started our R.I.P. summit and workshop at the Banff centre on July 9th with a field trip that took us to the Francis Cook landfill and Banff's recycling depot. A rocky mountains junk hunt, and lots, lots of great garbage pics...

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(I can't get no) Immediate Satisfaction - Diktat in Berlin [iii]

Fri, 05 Aug 2011 11:36:22 +0100

[august 05, 2011 | #413]
(image) '... and the evening and the morning were the third day...' Diktat in Berlin. On sunday june 19th, diktat sucked orange... third in a series of fine illustrated & sounding underground fringe reports: out on the Tempelhof, and living rooms as a natural habitat.

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'Komm raussi!' - Diktat in Berlin [ii]

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:22:23 +0100

[july 31, 2011 | #412]
(image) '... and the evening and the morning were the second day...' Diktat in Berlin. Second in a sunny series of fine illustrated & sounding underground fringe reports. On the IN-side, and on the OUT-side. Deep thoughts.

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Seventy Seconds [ 30/52 ]

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 11:09:11 +0100

[july 31, 2011] (image)

10-seconds-per-day sound diary for the prime year 2011 in weekly editions, every Sunday on the Dutch hard//hoofd web daily. Each edition comes with a short text taken from my personal diaries (in Dutch) and a picture made by photographer Pieter van Wynsberge at a corresponding hour on one of the seven days...

[ The full series of weekly sound files is available at soundcloud. ]


'Where ist Ausland?' - Diktat in Berlin [i]

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:36:22 +0100

[july 29, 2011 | #411]
(image) And the evening and the morning were the first day... Over the weekend of June 17-19, Diktat went to Berlin. This is the first in a fine summer series of lively and illustrated reports, including extracts from Diktat's Berlin performances.

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Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:22:23 +0100

[july 25, 2011 | #410]
(image) Suddenly, there's pics of last year's Parisian estafette rue cassette on the blog. How come!? They're a prelude to my praise for the new edition of Discuts Magazine, that comes with a fine found tapes interview, and a special limited edition discuts found tapes cassette. Get it now!

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Sat, 23 Jul 2011 23:49:51 +0100

[july 23, 2011 | #409]
(image) Some reflections on a first half year of Seventy Seconds, my 10-seconds-per-day audio diary for the year 2011, which you can listen to - full & unabrigded - as the 10th episode of Chicago based experimental radio broadcast Radius

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Life is A Color Wire 3 (table version/KT2011)

Sun, 03 Jul 2011 14:11:32 +0100

[july 03, 2011 | #408]
(image) A short tour of this year's Kunsttour in Maastricht, for which, in the Hoofdwacht on the Vrijthof, I set up a table version, a miniature, of my last year's Life is A Color Wire installation. Also: a procession, Stichting Intro's Klankpaal and Stefan Rummel's Articulated Chambers, a 24/7 see-hear installation out at the Bassin.

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End of an era

Tue, 28 Jun 2011 23:29:41 +0100

[june 28, 2011 | #407]
(image) A couple of pictures from Jorge Macchi's Music Stands Still, now showing at the S.M.A.K. in Ghent. From there with Paul Devens I drove on to Maastricht, just in time to one more time see Vasiliki Tsagari dance her heart out, at the Last but Least Party, that was bidding farewell to the Art Space Rondeel in Maastricht.

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Listen! (Sound-Art-Music)

Sat, 25 Jun 2011 12:11:32 +0100

[june 25, 2011 | #406]
(image) During the closing day of last month's Listen symposium, David Toop tried to not give a lecture. He reminded me of how many, many years ago I discovered William Faulkner's fabulous writing because of Ian Curtis's t-shirt... About a ghost travelling a half mile ahead of its own shape, lousy music, great art and the nightly tasting of Belgium beer in the private back room of De Dingen.

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Hear It! (Sound-Art-Music)

Sat, 30 Apr 2011 23:29:41 +0100

[april 30, 2011 | #405]
(image) The full and illustrated text, complete and unabridged, of my introductory talk at Hear It!, an extra-ordinary evening full of sound, art and music, that - if only for some hours - turned the, usually so solemn & silent, Stedelijk Museum for modern and contemporary art in Amsterdam into a 'happily noisely' one.

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[Resonance] The Human Measure

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 19:19:07 +0100

[april 29, 2011] (image)

I talked with Dutch sound artist Paul Devens about essentials, control, dead kittens and his recent works: 'Probe', for the Diapason Gallery in Brooklyn NY; and the new Resonance installation 'City Chase', which will premiere next week at the Festival van Vlaanderen in Kortrijk, Belgium.

(Topographic [Table) Topographique]

Tue, 19 Apr 2011 19:11:32 +0100

[april 19, 2011 | #404]
(image) A pittoresque report of A Table!'s eventful recording sessions in the Pianofabriek in Brussels, laying down the sound material for the A Topographic Table album. Two weeks full of musical ambition and sonic extravagance.

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SB Tweet Digest #12 (february 2011)

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 10:29:41 +0100

[march 14, 2011 | #403]
(image) The ookoi's exploring of a Small World * All about Einstein's Errors * Why are Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony and Yes's Tales from Topographic Oceans so very similar? * Silence is a sound, stretched to last forever...

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Found Tapes Exibition: update

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:04:37 +0100

[february 11, 2011] (image)

The Found Tapes Exhibition's latest acquisition, number 119, documents the (indeed, no more than) 6 trashed tapes that I picked up in the months july-december 2010. It brings the total number of documented finds to 706, the total duration of the found tapes audio collage stream to 13,5 hours. The new acquisition includes Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells (found near Hamburg in Germany), Sinita's crossing her broken heart (Amsterdam), The Beatles' Abbey Road (Amsterdam), de Mosselman (in Eindhoven, the Netherlands), the tapes from the telephone answering machine that Roy and Bianca threw away in Maastricht, and a recording of a French amateur rock band's rehearsal, picked up in Paris, France.

"Harold Schellinx' Found Tapes project was emblematic for the best pieces of art in the SHIFT galleries, mining beneath the surface of simple visual appeal to conjure richly suggestive narratives." " - The Wire (february 2011)"



SB Tweet Digest #11 - jan 2011)

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 10:01:21 +0100

[february 10, 2011 | #402]
(image) Esther et Pierre * did Captain Beefheart sell Filter Queens? * Why the bells in Maastricht did not ring this winter * Esther will sell me anything I want * A QR code * The unbearable fleeting of time * The best things in life are utterly useless

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Seventy Seconds ('promise/things/big diamond rings')

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:29:41 +0100

[january 10, 2011 | #401]
(image) Almost seven years ago, in the conclusion of my SB review of the My2k project, I promised that for each of the remaining prime years of my life, I would keep a 10-seconds-per-day sound diary. 2011 is a prime year. I am keeping my promise.

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Happy New Prime Year! (SB Tweet Digest #10 - nov/dec 2010)

Sat, 01 Jan 2011 22:01:21 +0100

[january 01, 2011 | #400]
Hear Audio [ mp3 7.4MB ]

(image) We break the ice with a deviciously poppy happy happy track, all and only for your new prime year's pleasure, meanwhile debunking the Google Translate beatbox... Then read on to find how I managed to beat Marcel Duchamp at his own game. There ain't no escaping it: 2011's gonna be magic!

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Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:29:41 +0100

[december 29, 2010 | #399] (image) A panoply of media formats and media players, from the very old to the shiny new, all fighting for the best of our attention during three days of Obsolescence at the Parisian La Générale Nord-Est, where I retro-projected De Ingenieur and stood in awe before a future without face.

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Compositie met champignons (Composing with mushrooms)

Sun, 19 Dec 2010 12:01:21 +0100

[december 19, 2010 | #398 - sbpc/043]
(image) All about my Mushroom Music, which was given a premiere of Portsmouthian beauty and charm at Schunck's Restaurant 5.0 on November 28th, as part of the grand final of the John Cage 'Anarchy of Silence' exhibition, by 5 brave musician's from village community bands from the south of the Netherlands.

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Fri, 03 Dec 2010 10:29:41 +0100

[december 03, 2010 | #397] Hear Audio [ mp3 7.7MB ]

(image) In the former heart of Philips Electronics Inc., we met up with veterans from the Dutch DIY cassette scene of the 1980s, marveled at the wondrous tape sounds of Prezlav, Tapetronic, Wouter van Veldhoven en Aki Onda and almost shook hands with Ir. Lou Ottens, inventor of both the compact cassette and the compact disc.

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Foundtaping, Maps and Shadows (@ Shift Basel, i)

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 22:01:31 +0100

[november 28, 2010 | #396] (image) I lost my soles in Basel. But also premiered the brand new Found Tapes Map interface and presented an overview of my 8 full years of foundtaping brought together in the Found Tapes Exhibition, that dazzling "siren song of decaying media", at the 2010 Shift Electronic Arts Festival.

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SB Tweet Digest #9 (October 2010)

Fri, 19 Nov 2010 07:29:41 +0100

[november 19, 2010 | #395] (image) Reading out loud in ancient Babylonian * A brilliant future for process music * A Funneling Stone for a tweet * Virtually squatting the Moma * Eartwits * Birth of the terrible Kasettouokuman.

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Noise and Capitalism

Thu, 04 Nov 2010 22:01:31 +0100

[november 04, 2010 | #394] (image) I read 'Noise & Capitalism', a bundle of essays published about a year ago by the audiolab division of Arteleku. I also listened to the 26 minutes piece that noish~ made from the sound he obtained by reading the book.pdf as an audio file.

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Introducing: Resonance - a European sound art network

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 12:59:41 +0100

[october 13, 2010 | #393] (image) Resonance is a European sound art project and network that - for starters - will run until May 2012. I will be monitoring the project, a task which includes editing the Resonance blog ...

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Running Roaming Recorders (flying, bumping, hopping, hking)

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 22:01:31 +0100

[october 07, 2010 | #392 - sbpc/042] Hear Audio [ mp3 9.7MB ]

(image) Lauri Warsta sent a parcel with a recording dictaphone through the European snail mail system. It made me so curious that as an experiment I played mr. postman myself to a parcel with a recording dictaphone. I took it all the way from Amsterdam to Maastricht... Could it be that barking dogs are a roaming running recorder's destiny?

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SB Tweet Digest #8 (september 2010)

Fri, 01 Oct 2010 23:59:41 +0100

[october 01, 2010 | #391] (image) * The SoundBlog Tweets Daily, * a musical instrument of microscopic scale * Matthew Herbert's hypertextual translation of Mahler's Adagio , * 2011 is a prime year, * Vuvuzela blues.

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Bonjour Schiphorst! Farewell Blue Vase! (and then I joined the Avantgarde, iii)

Sun, 26 Sep 2010 18:01:11 +0100

[september 26, 2010 | #390 - sbpc/041] Hear Audio [ mp3 11MB ]

(image) A colorful and re:sounding description of A Table's sunday morning performance at this summer's Schiphorst Avantgarde Festival, and how, by throwing in a tenner taken from their hard-earned fee, the illustrious duo together with Jean-Hervé Péron and his family became the proud co-owners of a freshly sprayed Danner.

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Life is a Color Wire 2

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 15:09:11 +0100

[september 20, 2010 | #389] (image) How with the help of Stichting Intro's technical staff I became a telecom provider: we gave Minckeleers and 't Mooswief a 90 meters long tin can telephone connection, stretching all the way across the town hall from one side to the other of the Markt in Maastricht (the Netherlands).

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Life is a Color Wire [i]

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 23:07:21 +0100

[september 15, 2010 | #388] (image) We get to know Minckeleers and 't Mooswief, two statues on the marketplace in Maastricht (the Netherlands). The one is situated to the north of the old town hall, the other to its south. One holds an eternal burning flame, the other spits water into a pentagonal basin through five metal fish-heads.

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The strange case of the quite honorable Justin Bieber's temporal stretching

Sat, 04 Sep 2010 21:09:11 +0100

[september 04, 2010 | #387] (image) How a recent Internet-meme suddenly doubled the SoundBlog's traffic, about audio time-stretching becoming part of the musical mainstream, a playful yet serious Cupertino pitch and a number of clear-cut promises for the Future of Music Consumption.

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Yi Sang in Seoul: Rebirth

Sun, 22 Aug 2010 20:01:11 +0100

[august 22, 2010 | #386] (image) A distant view on the second part of the Yi Sang project, in the Space Hamilton in Seoul (South Korea): bicycle rides, Read me a Poem, and a streaming pulp performance with a pale red-haired woman, bathing, a strong taste for chocolate hard as stone and a gramophone for a suitcase.

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'And what about Yi Sang?' (... a Paris, iv)

Sat, 14 Aug 2010 18:11:11 +0100

[august 14, 2010 | #385] (image) At the soirée littéraire in La Générale, Paris XI, I introduced three fine ladies who honored the elusive Korean poet. One wore a white mask. They made him blush and sometimes chuckle. A strange/ideal symmetrical translation, a Lego architect, Yi Sang in the box, and the unbearable reversal of time.

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Shake your booty (on the workfloor) [and then I joined the Avantgarde (ii)]

Tue, 10 Aug 2010 15:01:11 +0100

[august 10, 2010 | #384] (image) When up on the Avantgarde Festival's workfloor Lainhart & Zunk performed Messiaen's Oraison, outside even the Schiphorst birds for a moment held their breath. But there also was welding and cutting and sawing and hammering. And our Re:Carcassonne Table that, eventually, had to give in to the Avantgarde's strain, and crashed.

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SB Tweet Digest #6 (July 2010)

Mon, 02 Aug 2010 22:11:11 +0100

[august 02, 2010 | #383] (image) * A German Twietenstelle, * Rietveld graduation show pics, * Chinoiseries d'été, AND * six (6) classic SB-related albums now available as high quality digital downloads @Bandcamp, including the first ever official digital re-issue of two very rare and highly collectible early 1980 releases by the legendary Young Lions.

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And Then I Joined The Avantgarde (i)

Thu, 22 Jul 2010 19:01:11 +0100

[july 22, 2010 | #382] (image) The morning after I slipped out of the bed and had a solitary early breakfast in the cottage's front garden, where I watched a lama and a camel grazing in the meadow just across the street.

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'Die Sonne scheint mit Glitzerstrahl'

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 22:01:11 +0100

[july 19, 2010 | #381] (image) Still on our way to the Avantgarde festival in Schiphorst (Germany): a revelation, misfortune, high way sausages and how a car's loose bottom caused Holland to win miraculously against Brazil... Nothing that a bit of tape won't fix!

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From (h)ear to avantgarde

Sun, 18 Jul 2010 11:01:11 +0100

[july 18, 2010 | #380] (image) On our way to the Avantgarde festival in Schiphorst (Germany), with Maurice JJ we made a stop at (h)ear in Heerlen (the Netherlands), where we went 'A Table!' with Kaspar König and witnessed Vulvax & S.N.O.T., like diver and duckling, set out on a mission of bourgeois revenge ...

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The Final Soundtrack

Wed, 14 Jul 2010 23:01:11 +0100

[july 14, 2010 | #379 - sbpc/040] Hear Audio [ mp3 112MB ]

(image) The SoundBlog proudly presents _Finale_: the full soundtrack of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain, slightly (but ever so subtly) edited [re-composed], for an optimal listening experience.

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SB Tweet Digest #5 (June 2010)

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 08:01:11 +0100

[july 13, 2010 | #378]
(image) * TINT Arts Lab online residencies, * Momus' Hypnoprism uTube album, * Vive la Vuvuzela!

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The Great Johnny Hallyday Meltdown

Tue, 06 Jul 2010 23:58:21 +0100

[july 06, 2010 | #377] (image) On the sunny Sunday afternoon of June 27th with the Wurst-Brücke and Tapetronic I swang, swinged and swung in Blenno's Povera Park down in Viroflay. That very same evening Aux Combustibles yet another Parisian club manager threw a tantrum in view of our public appeal. Still, Ultimate Capitalists was one of our best performances sofar this year.

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Ceremonies [Yi Sang in Paris, iii]

Tue, 29 Jun 2010 16:18:11 +0100

[june 29, 2010 | #376] (image) Est-ce que la ligne a assassiné le cercle ? opened on wednesday June 23rd with a performance composed by daily, incorporating an ancient Korean rite. On saturday June 26th we saw Ryu Biho launching baseball messages among Korean soccer fans watching their team's world cup match outside in Seoul's pouring evening rain.

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Read me a poem, Yi Sang! [Yi Sang in Paris, ii]

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 13:23:21 +0100

[june 25, 2010 | #375] (image) In a small transparent suitcase there is an audio cassette, which contains a copy of 'Read me a poem, Yi Sang!', a one hour sound composition based on my recent reading of French and English translations of Yi Sang's poems.

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'Raise the trumpet, sound the drum'

Wed, 23 Jun 2010 09:18:11 +0100

[june 23, 2010 | #374] (image) After a stunning demonstration of their out-of-the-ordinary use of the vuvuzela on wednesday June 16th 2010 in Amsterdam, the ookoi are currently available for short notice field missions to South Africa ...

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Sunny soundy days [KT2010, iii]

Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:13:11 +0100

[june 17, 2010 | #373 - sbpc/039] Hear Audio [ mp3 1.9MB ]

(image) In Maastricht, along with a tree, I dreamt of Uirapuru, I strummed an electric egg cutter guitar, watched lava dance and then solemnly reflected upon the sense of it all in a room set up to that very purpose by Bonne Knibbe. Afterwards, we had a beer.
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Yi Sang in Paris [i]

Sun, 13 Jun 2010 17:18:11 +0100

[june 13, 2010 | #372] (image) "If one cannot even know oneself, how could one know Yi Sang?" A gentle prelude and introduction to the upcoming Yi Sang à Paris events, that will take place in and around the Parisian la générale from june 23rd to july 4th: Est-ce que la ligne a assassiné le cercle ?

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Jean Borde's Electric Dream

Sat, 12 Jun 2010 14:18:11 +0100

[june 12, 2010 | #371] (image) Friday June 11th 2010, when Jean Bordé presented his electric oc(VIII)tet at La Comète in the rue du Faubourg du Temple, outside in the courtyard we watched the most incredible and mesmerizing of electric colored skies linger over Parisian rooftops.

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