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May 31 2015


...  "This is a double-bodied Harmonics Guitar that I constructed out of two 3/4 scale standard guitars last year. The first version of this guitar was created in 1982 for use in my Symphony No. 2.  Since then I’ve done a number of variations. This one was made to be used like a standard guitar that can be played standing up.  The very early models required being seated.  The main purpose of this guitar is to bring out single harmonics or clusters of harmonics that exist on the length of a string up to the limits of the range of hearing or the amp being used.  Up to 32 to 64 different harmonics on each string depending on how it’s tuned.  The guitar facing away from your body plays mainly just harmonics.  The one against the body sounds the same as a slide guitar.  You can use either one or both guitars balancing them the way you want.  When using 2 amps you can get an extreme stereo guitar effect. The fret positions do not correspond to the pitches since the strings are longer than usual. The guitar can only be played with a slide bar.

This particular guitar was used in four solo shows that I did in Europe last year.  The photo is from the show at La Machine du Moulin Rouge, Paris.

I will include an instruction sheet explaining how I play it, string it, tune it and other pertinent info.  You can play it, string it or tune it any way you want of course.  Also included here are a long glass slide bar (which I prefer), a tuning wrench for the dulcimer pins that are used instead of machine heads and a strap that is screwed in with sheetrock screws.  It is adjustable or you can screw in a different one if you like.  It runs from the back of the body on one guitar to the front of the other."  ...

No-Wave pioneer Glenn Branca is auctioning off a beautifully ridiculous guitar | Dangerous Minds

February 14 2013

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She’s outraged by the president, inspired by Occupy – and loves to compose for canines. Queen of the New York avant garde Laurie Anderson explains what drives her

You’d think there’d be a revolution in every single little town,” Laurie Anderson says. “You can do what? You can arrest people for no reason? And put them away with no notification, and no trial? The best would be a military trial. Why did no one say a thing? Why didn’t artists say anything?”

Anderson – performer, composer, artist and all-round superstar of New York’s downtown avant garde – has spent decades probing the bizarre customs and rituals of American life. But what has her worked up on this ice-cold New York morning is a specific piece of legislation: the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which Obama signed at the end of 2011. The act gave the president the power to order the military to detain anyone, American or otherwise, without trial, for life. “On the face of it, unconstitutional,” Anderson argues. “That made me crazy. That’s why I wrote Dirtday!” …

… Anderson herself played an unusual gig during that Sydney festival: a concert for dogs. “It was probably the most fun I have ever had doing music. We thought a couple hundred dogs would show up. Thousands. Overflowing the area. They were all over the steps of the Sydney Opera House. You looked out and it was just a sea of dogs: a lot of rocker dogs, but also some droolers in the front row. And there was not one dog fight!

“It started out with an invocation for whales, ‘cause the whales are right there in the harbour. And why do animals sing? For whales, it’s to find each other in the ocean. And for dogs as well: it’s a kind of geolocation system.” She punctuates this with an impressive variety of barking sounds: a little spaniel yip, a St Bernard growl. …

Via Laurie Anderson: music for dogs and Obama | Music | The Guardian

January 19 2013


November 17 2012

Brian Eno
Before and After Science (1977)

We're sailing at the edges of time
We're drifting at the waterline
Oh we're floating in the coastal waters
You and me and the porter's daughters
Ooh what to do not a sausage to do
And the shorter of the porter's daughters
Dips her hand in the deadly waters
Ooh what to do in a tiny canoe

Black water
There were six of us but now we are five
We're all talking
To keep the conversation alive
There was a senator from Ecuador
Who talked about a meteor
That crashed on a hill in the south of Peru
And was found by a conquistador
Who took it to the emperor
And he passed it on to a Turkish guru

His daughter
Was slated for becoming divine
He taught her
He taught her how to split and define
But if you study the logistics
And heuristics of the mystics
You will find that their minds rarely move in a line
So it's much more realistic
To abandon such ballistics
And resign to be trapped on a leaf in a vine

November 12 2012

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Brian Eno has a new album out. How best to explain it? By hooking up with radical economist Ha-Joon Chang to debate everything from finance to free jazz and dogs in parks. Caspar Llewellyn Smith joins in

(via When Brian Eno met Ha-Joon Chang | Music | The Guardian)

November 11 2012

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Erik Satie’s A Day in the Life of a Musician:

Here is the exact timetable of my daily activities.

Get up: 7:18 am; be inspired 10:23 to 11:47 am.

Take lunch: 12:11 pm; leave table at 12:14 pm.

Healthy horse-riding out in the grounds: 1:19 to 2:53 pm

More inspiration: 3:12 to 4:07 pm.

Various activities (fencing, reflection, immobility, visits, contemplation, swimming etc.): 4:21 to 6:47 pm.

Dinner is served at 7:16 and ends at 7:20 pm

Then come symphonic readings out loud 8:09 to 9:49 pm.

I go to bed regularly at 10:37 pm. Once a week on Tuesdays I wake with a start at 3:19 am

I can only eat white foods: eggs, sugar, scraped bones, fat from dead animals, veal, salt, coconuts, chicken cooked in white water, rice, turnips, things like pasta, white cheese, cotton salad and certain fish.

I boil my wine and drink it cold mixed with fuchsia juice. I have a good appetite, but never talk while eating, for fear of strangling myself.

I breathe carefully a little at a time.

My sleep is deep but I keep one eye open. My bed is round with a hole cut out to let my head through. Once every hour a servant takes my temperature.

I have long subscribed to a fashion magazine. I wear a white bonnet, white stockings and a white waistcoat.

My doctor has always told me to smoke. Part of his advice runs “Smoke away, my dear chap. If you don’t someone else will.”

- Erik Satie

If only that kind of routine would work for me…

The poster of Erik Satie was made by The Keep Calm-O-Matic. ...

Via my BF & Dangerous Minds | Erik Satie: A Day in the Life of a Musician

October 30 2012

Kandy Korn
Captain Beefheart
Strictly Personal (1968)

Yellow and orange and
Well they look so good I want to eat 'em
And they taste so good I get to need 'em

Candy corn
yellow and orange and

candy corn

yellow and orange and

be reborn
be reformed
stay stay warm

April 26 2012

Smelly Tongues
Meet The Residents (1973)

I had this picture disc. I musta worn out the grooves, I played it so much.

April 13 2012

Sing Swan Song
Ege Bamyasi (1972)

April 11 2012

Perfect Love
from Commercial Album

There's something I must tell you
There's something I must say
The only really perfect love Is one that gets away
Reposted bysiriusminerva siriusminerva
from Commercial Album

Life is just a situation
Life is just a game Life is just a whirlpool
And it's calling out my name Amber were the autumn leaves
And amber was her skin
Amber was the evening
When the whirlpool pulled her in
It was irresistible
Was what she used to say Like the sound of running horses
Early in the day
Picnic Boy
from Commercial Album

She called my friend a picnic boy
I never could stand that
Oh, she called my friend a picnic boy
And said he was too fat

I left her in the early morning
Looking at the rain
I found I could not take the pressure
So I took the train
Red Rider
from Commercial Album

Cellar doors were open
For the storms were out that night The night reflected from the leaves
The sky was still too bright
I saw her passing as the wind
Was rising in the air
She rode upon a red bicycle
And she had red hair
Die in Terror
from Commercial Album

She said she wished to die in terror
Screaming in the night
To feel the crawling flesh of panic
As her hair turned white
She also had a pretty little
See-through negligée
I often wonder where she went
And if she got her way
My Second Wife
from Commercial Album

Yesterday my second wife fell in the afternoon
Slipped into hysteria and talked about the moon Well this was only temporary so the doctor said
So I watched a football game and she went off to bed
Reposted bydontmakemeangry dontmakemeangry

Suburban Bathers
from Commercial Album

Suburban bathers own the sea
But just between you and me
The sun has never fully set
That’s seen the bather fully wet

I see the sea,
The sea sees me

They seem to run to morning light
And crash the boards between the night
If they’d learn to love themselves
They might survive the murky depths

I see the sea,
The sea sees me

If I’d learn to love myself
I might survive the murky depths

April 08 2012

from Commercial Album

Some are into silver Some are into gold
Some are into having

Something nice to hold

Some are into silver Some are into gold
Some are into having
Something nice to hold
Commercial Album

Someone saw a strange amount
Of moisture on her lips
And it was also seen upon
Her arms and on her hips

No one knows exactly
Who she was or how she died
But when they opened up her purse
They found a snail inside
Nice Old Man
from Commercial Album

Something smiling sweetly
Something tall and thin
Something deep within my heart
Reminded me of him

He was not my lover
He was not my friend
He was just a nice old man
Who played the violin
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