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Future Speed Future 2

terz improvisation and key to terz improvisation

terz1 as fast and untried as possible
terz1key deconstructing terz1

work for upcoming cd
unearthly ungodly, 1917 Martin terz

Future Speed Future 1

Working on a new cd - Sure I play as fast as possible By every
means possible Working in ways in which I try not to repeat
things I already know But to try to harness speed without being
That much aware of what I have done before So that it is future
speed future and this is future speed future one And so I am
riding the contour I am riding the contour of what I am hearing
And my fingers flailing about As if I wear under control Or that
the music was with in control Which the music is not and I am
not and this is the result And I can think of a whole CD which I
am working on now Which will have this as its content As its
fundamental or basic content And that's what I will be doing In
terms of music for the next few months period so this . This
period an attempt To work with violin And in this case a 5
string violin And also a cure a sauce With kurista rings Tu nhi
.  a cura saz with cura strings / to be sure i play / as if i
were under control / music was within control // 5 string not so
fast / too much wandering / consonance //


(for those still interested btw, here's the final elo paper -
supercedes the others - )

Crystal City Sonic Beacon

crumble criante cricket crisper crypter cubilot cubique cuboide
ciao ciel cime cine cinq cire cixi clam clan clap clas clay clic
bayard bayern bayeux bayrou beagle beance beante beaton beauce
solon sonal sonar sonde songe sonne sorbe sorel sorgo sorte

audio w/ camera coupled to plate glass, and in other situations
hollowed murmurs, machinery, occasional vocalizations, city
speech. c'est chic and swell

deflections displacements deferments detours detainments
from where / to where? there are ghosts in these machines in
each and every tongue, pierced and coupled

: the language which shattered the tongue of the body's tongue
against language itself. my tongue deconstructed by placid
Europe's frozen assets, liquidities of assignations. a beacon
of hope. a secret message. eye to ear.

Crystal City


my thoughts turn to animals floating and turbulent in whatever
sky and water floating and projecting no one else can see what i
see what i have seen what ghosts what miasmas attracted from my
brutal birthplace where i cannot count the uncountable where i
cannot ascertain the unaccounted-for where i am bereft where the
sun refuses its character of nightly assignations

from the hollow world into the hollow world sky fractures where
i am bereft where the floating projects itself into those who
are stationed there where the humane land must reject our
violent american ways

My talk (audio) at ELO, Montreal

Davin Heckman moderated; Talan Memmott also talked.
It was a grand session!

(discussion of both of our presentations omitted)

Now in Montreal Rue Sanginuet

Now in Montreal
The story 38 years ago
I walk here now.
Now I walk here.
Now I cannot pass, beneath here.
Above here.
I cannot pass. I passed before.

(Or [In this contingent fact. I passed before.
Of one or another I passed before.
Of the light in the loft. Of the images.])

Never. Our lives are not in our lives.
Not by the short shot. Nor the long.
Not a bit of it.

Memory fills with the death of memory.
Memory has no name.

Then in Montreal.
I walk in Montreal. I pass.
I pass someone. Someone has no name.

And memory?
Memory has no name.


Legs ~~ legs are wide are edited in this machine in Montreal
where it is almost impossible to see or hear what I am doing
near the place where I live in 1980-1980 And then from that
moment on there was always a shuttering When I thought Of what I
might do Was thinking about Psycho analytical theory And its
application To a groundwork of the signifi Groundwork of the
signifi Of the signifier. so that is what Is happening in this.

Legs x, Thinking x, Montreal x

indo european rebab crossroads

Maria Damon, voice
Alan Sondheim, rebab

Word islandings of interrelations apparently crossing indo-
europeans and their indo-european origins wandering from the
islands. around here somewhere, clamp or clump, viscosity and
bulging, "Let's Extend the 'it' beyond the indo-european to
endings" - from indo-european to the absence of the subject in
the sentence, or not - "the introduction" possesses roots
looping back even to the indo-european clusters / constellations
- the spread of phenomenological number systems, schisms. indo-
european thought and the "introduction" developed first in early
India besides concrete and confused examples earlier on needing
"introductions," and in spite of massive clusters or what were
considered "false introductions" (leaving the reader hanging) or
constellations - the spreading of dismal phenomenological worlds
that later ended up in Luxembourg.

Problem fixed! Turned out it was a server-side issue, no idea what!


Best!, Alan

It appears that my speaker's page at the upcoming ELO conf. has been hacked (or 
web error? the page info looked clean?)

- if it's cleared up, here's the original hack -

No idea why - none of the other pages I looked at had this problem.

I'm talking a bit about hacking, maybe this is an early response?


- Alan, wondering if this has to do with my recent texts -

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