3/31/11

Thoughts on Music #7 (Aldous Huxley)


Aldous Huxley
This is the 7th blog in my "Thoughts on Music" series which feature quotes containing interesting thoughts on music that someone has said or written (or both). This time around: Aldous Huxley.
Strictly speaking the thoughts presented here are not about music (if music is organized sound unfolded in time) but about noise. But if we're talking music in the Cagean sense of the word then this is as much about music as anything else. Worth reading anyways:

The twentieth century is, amongst other things, the Age of Noise. Physical noise, mental noise and noise of desire – we hold history’s record for all of them. And no wonder; for all the resources of our almost miraculous technology have been thrown into the current assault against silence. That most popular and influential of all recent inventions, the radio, is nothing but a conduit through which prefabricated din can flow into our homes. And this din goes far deeper, of course, than the ear-drums. It penetrates the mind, filling it with a babel of distractions – news items, mutually irrelevant bits of information, blasts of corybantic or sentimental music, continually repetated doses of drama that bring no catharsis, but merely create a craving for daily or even hourly emotional enemas. And where, as in most countries, the broadcasting stations support themselves by selling time to advertisers, the noise is carried from the ears, through the realms of phantasy, knowledge and feeling to the ego’s central core of wish and desire. Spoken or printed, broadcast over the ether or on wood-pulp, all advertising copy has but one purpose - to prevent the will from achieving silence. Desirelessness is the condition of deliverance and illumination. The condition of an expanding and technologically progressive system of mass production is universal craving. Advertising is the organized effort to extend and intensify craving – to extend and intensify, that is to say, the workings of that force, which (as all the saints and teachers of all the higher religions have always taught) is the principal cause of suffering and wrong-doing and the greatest obstacle between the human soul and its divine Ground.
-Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy, 1945

3/15/11

Tupelo, Japan

Síðani marrutíðindi frættust úr Japan, havi eg gingið við eini óbehagiligari kenslu í kroppinum. Kenslan var undirstrika av teirri sannroynd, at eg lá sjúkur í vikuskiftinum og hevði so ólukksáliga ilt í hálsinum, at eg fekk hvørki harkað ella hostað. So ja, óbehagilig kensla. Fyrst og fremst orsaka av tíðindafloyminum úr Japan.

Eg veit ikki hvat eg skal gera við alla hesa vitanina. Allar hesar upplýsingarnar. Tað er bara ræðuligt og ræðandi, og so veit eg ikki so nógv afturat at siga um tað. Ikki annað enn at tað hevur funnið sær innivist onkrastaðni har afturi í tilvitinum, og ætlar sær ikki avstað aftur fyrsta dagin.

Fyrr í dag postaði ein facebook vinur so hetta klippið. Eg trýsti á play og í nakrar minuttir høvdu eg og John Lee eina samtalu. Ella tvs. John Lee tosaði mest, og eg lurtaði mest.

"Did you read about the flood today" byrjar hann spyrjandi. Ja, tað gjørdi eg, og eg sá live myndirnar eisini, og tað var ófrættakent og meira fiktivt enn tað mesta av fiktiónini. Tað var kaos, sum uttan himpr og uttan tilvit gjørdi seg inn á tað sindri av kosmos, ið tey hava bygt sær har yviri í Japan.

John Lee sang víðari, og deildi sínar tankar við meg um vanlukkuna. Um flóðina, ið rakti Tupelo. Um regnið, ið skolaði niður. Um neyðars fólkini, ið ongastaðni høvdu at fara. Gomlu s/h myndirnar av flóð og orkan í klippinum talaðu eisini til mín, men fyrst og fremst var tað róliga, inniliga og menniskjaliga framførslan hjá John Lee Hooker, ið fekk meg at tiga eina løtu. Hann kundi tað sama sungi um Japan. Hann sang faktiskt um Japan.

Tónleikur kann eitt ting ella tvey í so máta. Fáa í lag samskifti millum menniskju tvørturum tíð og stað.



Nick Cave hevur eisini ein "Tupelo" sang, ið er bygdur á tann hjá John Lee Hooker. Elvis var føddur í Tupelo, og Cave knýtir føðing Elvis'ar uppí søguna um flóðina. Eitt slag av suðurstats rock 'n' roll mytologi. Tá vit hoyrdu Grinderman á Roskilde í 2008 endaðu teir við "Tupelo", og tá vit árið eftir hoyrdu Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds bjóðaðu teir okkum vælkomnum við "Tupelo". Ikki so gali. Eg hevði viljað hoyrt John Lee Hooker live, men alt ber ikki til.


Annars eru sangir um flóðir ein heil sjangra fyri seg í amerikonskum tónleiki, men eg veit ikki so nógv um tað. Men Meinhard Jensen, hann veit.

3/5/11

Album covers

There's a folder on my desktop called "Album covers". It's for albums that go into my iTunes library.
I was browsing through the folder the other day when it struck me how many beautiful and cool and inspired covers there were in this random collection. I don't know if it's a pity that they will disappear once physical formats disappear (if they ever really disappear). Maybe the visual part will just pop up elsewhere via new technological possibilities.

Here and now, without further ado, a selection of covers that have been lying around in my "Album covers" folder:


The 77's: The 77's

 120 Days: 120 Days

Miles Davis: Bitches Brew

Dead Can Dance: Into The Labyrinth

Brian Eno: Ambient 1 - Music for Airports

Medeski Martin & Wood: Combustication
Arvo Pärt: Passio

The Jimi Hendrix Eperience: Axis: Bold as love

Belong: October Language

Black Mountain: Wilderness Heart

Vangelis: Blade Runner OST (bootleg)

Brandt Brauer Frick: You Make Me Real

Dark Tranquility: Fiction

 Dead Can Dance: Garden of the Arcane Delights

Marcel Dettmann: Dettmann

Donny Hathaway: Live

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced?

Eivør: Larva

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland

ESG: A South Bronx Story

Exploding Star Orchestra: We are all from somewhere else

Hamferð: Vilst Er Síðsta Fet

Herbie Hancock: Headhunters

Hanus G. Johansen: Hørpuspælarin - Hanus syngur Poul F.
Iron & Tears vol. 1
John Roberts: Glass Eights

Lou Reed: Street Hassle

Martin L. Gore: Counterfeit2

Mount Eerie: Winds Poem
U2: No Line On The Horizon

Oneotrix Point Never: Returnal

Onmutu Mechanics: Nocturne

Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz To Come

Papir: Papir

Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa
Pet Shop Boys: Disco 4

Peter Van Hoesen: Entropic City
Plastikman: Musik

Prince and the Revolution: Parade

Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped

Serena Maneesh: No. 2: Abyss in B Minor

Singapore Sling: The Curse of Singapore Sling

Sly & The Family Stone: Greatest Hits

The Choir: Chase The Kangaroo
The Ornette Coleman Quartet: This Is Our Music

The Choir: Burning Like The Midnight Sun

Trentemøller: Into The Great Wide Yonder

Daft Punk: Tron Legacy OST

Trentemøller: Sycamore Feeling

U2: The Unforgettable Fire