#8. Dated 25.05.07

May 25, 2007 at 14:00 | Posted in On Sound | 2 Comments

When I took Intro to Creative Writing in my junior year of college I had a terribly egoistic professor. His idea of poetry was rather dated, an fluffy, and he insisted that his way was the right way. Predictably lame. One comment that he made stands out in my min as relevant though. While I don’t think that it’s necessarily true it provides an interesting departure point for discussion. His name was Mr. Sallinger, and he said, “The definition of genius is being able to hold two opposing views or opinions.” It’s a bit reductive, but it makes a great intro for something that I was thinking abou earlier today.

John Cage was a proponent of hypocrisy: “Contradict yourself all you want, just be honest about it.” I’m a proponent of John Cage, or rather I’m a proponent of the contents that John Cage expressed [to be Deleuzian about it (but even Deleuze is not Deleuzian for he is merely a point of articulation for a plane of consistency that extends beyond the temporality of his beginning and his end)]. I tend to work in opposition to sensibility, and consensus. I don’t want to be a radical, but I find the conditions that create radicality to be a pleasing ontology; I’ll not digress on priniciple. It seems to me to be quite useful to find two opposing heuristics (epistemologically) within an ontology and attempt to embody them both. I’m thinking specifically of my proclivity to making rap music and making works of phonography. Both are different ways of understanding the ontological category of sonic presence. They call for entirely different everythings, but it seems a useful effort to continually justify each of them to myself without doing so at the cost of the other’s total effacement.

I feel like there is perhaps a useful degree of architectural ingenuity in constantly killing the self that kills myself.


#1. Dated: 16.05.07

May 18, 2007 at 15:06 | Posted in On Sound | Leave a comment

All of the writings that will appear in the series On Sound are intended to provide new ways for theorizing on sound. These writings lie somewhere between stream-of-consciousness, short stories, essays, narrative non-ficiton, and perhaps poetry as performed writing styles. I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything with these writings. I am trying to to excite discussion of issues that relate to the perception of sound. Many of these writings will not make sense in the I’m-conveying-explicit-facts-or-experiences-to-you manner. They’re demanding in ways. I hope that you can enjoy them.

Yes, but the sense are divided. We can touch an object, but we cannot see it. What registers as ocular sensation is not teh object that is perceived, but the light waves that are absorbed, refracted, adn reflected by that object. An object cannot be seen. As if it were a ghost ship we perceive only its wake upon an ocean of light. It is not that the ocular is immaterial. The material of the ocular cannot be perceived through solely tactile faculties. Our bodies are engulfed in an ocean of ocular material, but it is only the eyes–with their specialized type of tactile perception–that notice the material of the ocular. It is a thin stuff, infinitely thin. It is thin beyond imagination. We cannot touch what we see. We can only touch the objects that create what we see. For the hands to perceive the material of the ocular would be like a fish breathing outside of water; it’s not impossible, it’s evolutionarily sophisticated.

Recent Compositrion

May 11, 2007 at 05:28 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

There is a spelling fla above. Perhaps it doesn’t mater.

Everything an Acronym is the name of this new piece of music. I am going to record it soon. Once I have recorded it I will post it to the world wide web. IF someone else records it before me then they should post it to the world wibe web, and post a link to it. If someone records this piece of music after me they should post it to the world wide web. If someone else records this whil I’m recording it then that person should post a link to the recording of it.

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