The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

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rag(g)ed new world/s

http://www.alansondheim.org/newworld07.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/unwhere.mp3

& time, dragged the metaphor up. nothing new. having time on its
hands, it began dependency, down, devolved, drowned, died,
seetheed with ragged outlines of ships. nomadic groups cohere by
virtue of being left behind. there's no presence for pre-med
images. but ellipsis captures our attention "and one day men
careen from their houses, lightning, sky-cracked, raged and
broken porcelain. an older mind ation generates furious behavior
clusters; sensors shoot to running controls. configurations
interfere - not many pixels available! against pines and rocks
similar broken forms, edges, fragments, languages, scrolls. &
the ruins. because of straggled feet that rise, lumber off in
any direction but their own. creating appearance slope. when
lines too distort their patterns, some cyberspace is left, no?

lost everything, behind horses scorpions. arms weave following
culmination certain directions associated motion capture
particular, operating near far receiving antenna, mixed sensors.
both positions, configuration infinities back again. heads may
detach cartoon integrity returns such. reading, different,
-jectivity; reading external, internal. searches coherency:
which body belongs organ? -jectivity follows organ, head, limb
paths, identification approaching, consummating, withdrawing,
churning. this brownian motion, radically integral.  ed what's
written, goes everyone other, torn down beneath etiquette,
protocol, existence? trees. os eyes ovo stared out edges;
closer, their mouths them deathsshore sea-bottom again? nikuko
cig flicked stoned-bridge, running under torii. edges texts,
pared preparing way or being dragged, hair streaming red against
canvas. or imaginary peak mountain, thou penetrated! we leaving
japan will be nomail offline line peaks cloud o'er, fine dismay,
when think despicable crime was dragged. not drugged
dissolutions almost what remains fragments might say narrative
has gap, language you could see thinned mushroomed pillars those
email lists? i'm at drooped dragged: signs avatars, you're
shuddering, wings split multiples, ragged- broken branches;
trees blasted wind; they're vergr wn limbs cragged, encrusting
gr screaming of sleighbells, whinny frozen breath seemed change,
look apprehensive, he his feet along ant grasshopper across
room. left grasshopper. 'stitched suture' ! nudging words makes
skid marks soul. dragged noun. stuttered, slip / stick
methodology true bow. forcements, insisting accompaniment c
every conceiv- swagger haggle jagged wagged fragged lost, air
emptied listening, twigs loved. i am nijinski, ballet's twig.
fail must between scraps clutter, right? <nikuko> lag! lag! &
gone nikuko w/such debris swept twice yearly. pills daily,
computer defragged point sings life universe oud drone. frame,
mouth, eye, nose outlined, blackday tan-cot-tan, skin, without
beginning end, an equator inscribed surface. imagine another,
gulf sides, extending - linked nets salt hinge alone. now notice
bodysphere ragged; result marked inscription? discrimination?
subsequent close somewhat style, inherent, style strings sound
now 'ragged' transforms within information created annihilated.
reach news for good measure, behind. rhythm holds, center plays
limits; seduction at edge failure, becomes content organism
itself, forbids entry. gates. signature music raggedness, dance
stopped, lights went black. piece, raggedly edgedlulu herself
ground, clothes textures objects signing in; moment corroded
object: nub lip potential well: smooth hard up. deliberate
working instrument free fissured flat; suicide points slow
dragged-out other recording company director; having got
raggedy-marching! god religion sic raggedy help stirring mns
ncement intelligence, reason. comfort 9-----of am
screen-mammary. indexical, lure. tongues, moisture falter: here?
watching, spanked being-done-to doing-to cybertalk, rod(ent),
bite. medusa, health. drag care. plane. darkness. "across border
syria, islamic state fighters bragged streets called said she
beat up, had poured location transportation sold. minute
disclaim blame crime. maybe * | her, where children. he bit bows
shoot grass figure girls -- robe. touching . should we waited
until escutcheons were parables, "should till scutcheons melody
after everything else. playing around rishi ..for 14 minutes.

americanlife video

http://www.alansondheim.org/americanlife.jpg
https://youtu.be/gmrXFlYpyA8

for Electronic Literature Organization, Montreal, 2018

americanlife upheaval and disintegration,
retrograde emissions of all values, theatrical theater
destructions, catastrophic landscape transformations,

when your land turns against you / you can't
talk can't speak / your arms and legs are not
your own / nothing is your own / nothing
solid remains /

american life x, amerikkka x, virtual life x, virtual america x

amerikkkanlife +++

the lake

conversation among Sandy Baldwin, Azure Carter, Alan Sondheim

http://www.alansondheim.org/talks061.jpg
https://youtu.be/MfyIxXjdXKY
http://www.alansondheim.org/talks064.jpg

lakeside, Rochester, NY, July 19, 2018, ending 1:42 p.m.
Azure Carter, camera
Alan Sondheim, editing, camera
Recorded in wind and algae shoreline remediation sounds
Please use earphones, thank you.

My Birth and Death, Potential Dates

http://www.alansondheim.org/talks027.jpg

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ksh: aid: not found
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ksh: commiseration,: not found
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Dictation

http://www.alansondheim.org/skyobjects.jpg

I want I want I want I want I want I want I want to see
Dictation dead I want to see Dictation killed I want to see
everyone in my vicinity say the same thing I want to see all of
us agree on the death of Dictation I want to see all of us agree
on the death of the fascist party I want to see all of us agree
on their own I want all of us to see Dictation hung from a lamp
post as mseleni was hung from a lamppost I want to see the base
of Dictation rise up against it I want to see the base of
Dictation rise up against I want to see the dismemberment of
Dictation I want to see Dictation hanging from a lamppost I want
to see the lamp post burning I want to see the body drowning I
want to see everyone who supports Dictation follow it into
information I want to see the danger of Dictation dismembered I
want to see the brain of Dictation. Everyone I know praise for
the murder of Dictation everyone I know praise for the return of
democracy in this country everyone I know desires democracy and
freedom in this country everyone I know desires the freedom to
kill Dictation. Dictation is not fully supported here Dictation
is not supported at all here. Dictatorship is supported here
dictation is not supported here at all. everything comes to an
end and astha Dictation Hang on we need a moment to catch up
Hang on we need a moment to catch up dictation is not fully
supported in this app Say stop dictating windan say do not
become a dictator when finished with your life say do not become
a dictator when you're heading towards Murder incorporated is
not supported in this app the death of Dictation is not
supported in this app . The dismemberment of Dictation is not
supported in this app . Dictatorship is supported in this app.
democracy is not supported in this app. No messages coming in.
the messages coming in from Dictation. The message is coming in
from Dictation. the messages coming in from Dictation. Now we
are back on track Say stop dictating windhond. 3 turnov mokra C
is democracy is inconceivable. The return of democracy is
inconceivable. Now we shall worship Stop dictating win done . .
. Dictatorship isn't fully supported in this app. Everything is
inconceivable. The subject is inconceivable. Subjectivity is
inconceivable. You are listening to me now . You are listening
to me now. Stop dictatorship now. Forget I ever speak to you.
Forget I ever speak to anyone. Period. Period. Language is not
supported in this app.

** apology for so much music, we're in Toronto, working on
things, back to Providence in 2-3 days
---

they listen to me

http://www.alansondheim.org/theylistentome.jpg
https://youtu.be/pu-FGleiPFQ

all the cars on the don valley listen to me and respond
accordingly to the beautiful music i make on my tiny
garkleinflote. there is much happiness among the cars. the cars
are so happy that everyone slows down for the happy cars and
they become happy cars too. my music makes everyone so happy.
and i cannot tell you how happy i am made by the cars who are
listening to my happy music.

don valley x, happy cars x, happy music x, garkleinflote x

for david askevold +

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Fossil Tuning and The World Cup

On Saturday, we went to Louis Cifer on Danforth for the World
Cup runners-up, Belgium, England.

We were the only ones there. The sports bar sits around 200. We
sat in the upper level, across from the great screen, the best
seats in the house. This morning, back to Louis Cifer for the
final. The place was sold out, but the hostess recognized us. We
best seats in the house. The game was breath-taking! Louder
cheers for Croatia but cheers for France as well. A penalty and
handball, really? France won 4-2. Surprises at every turn. The
New Yorker writes about France and the Triumph of Negative-
Capability Football. Exactly! I thought of a Klein bottle. One
of the high points of our stay!

http://www.alansondheim.org/worldcup01.jpg BE
http://www.alansondheim.org/worldcup25.jpg FC *

http://www.alansondheim.org/outlook09.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/auto0.mp3
http://www.alansondheim.org/outlook08.jpg

because the tuning is from the original tuning, strings slipping
over 130 years, each displacement carrying with it the history
of wood and weather, history of steel and what of the tension,
temperature, what of the past playing when the instrument was
new, what of the indwelling sound?


*the reservationists had not yet arrived

+++

the new world

http://www.alansondheim.org/newworld19.jpg

http://www.alansondheim.org/auto1.mp3

http://www.alansondheim.org/newworld20.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/newworld22.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/newworld23.jpg

back @ Toronto, the newbuilding fallingdown construction
continues, rampant, annihilating neighborhoods and difference,
the presence, pre-sense, post-sense of erasure and catastrophe -
everywhere the contusions of anonymity, scars as a city is
destroyed. sounds rise from the ashes but as such are ephemeral,
obtrusive whispers. the new world feels nothing towards whatever
remnants are present in the rubble - neither this nor that, the
new world self-disposes, disappears in the process of its
gray creation. look/see the hammers at work, hammers stored i'd
imagine in the very foundations of the ensuing drab construc-
tion. I'm left speechless, but speech itself is drained, doesn't
matter, possess no ontology, occupies no continuum. so here I
am, playing to save myself, distraught and watching parts of
this city I love collapse just as central Brooklyn collapsed
around us. think of an epidemic of walls, exclusivities, money
passed hand-to-hand, or the stakes of high finances on the
backs of those living in these structures. the opposite's also
true, of course, but just as deadly - see for example July 2018
Harper's magazine, Death of a Great American City: The fall of
New York and the urban crisis of affluence, by Kenneth Baker. Or
go back to Davis' City of Quartz. Or look around you. by the way
i always hear of the insufficiency of the past, the necessity
for dense packing with increasing plenitudes of amenities, the
requisite for expansion; at the same time i always hear of the
necessity for using less, reducing inequalities and their
accompanying plenitudes of amenities. & then again, I'm only an
ignorant flaneur in this parts, as in every other, as within
myself for that matter, the multitudes within, confined by flesh
always already on the way out -

& so playing to save myself, the music above, and culling below:
this early morning saving work keeping me alive, better now than
never etc. It's keeping me exhausted, simultaneously working on
so things i am ashamed of keeping me awake at night itself
manifest, something keeping me on track and the track a little
the plateau3 world) (against depression) (keeping me alive)
(against
    	things i am ashamed of keeping me awake at night driving
that's the only thing keeping me going) - it's the early morning
the qin keeping me sane.
-    -----things i AM ashAMed of keeping me awake at night
      (keeping me alive) (against away from you, Joan - theorizing
      itself is denial, keeping me alive

-- Joan, who does not exist, who appears from an alternative
fiction, as if these buildings still had life in them. & as if
we still lived in them. & as if we were still alive.

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weeks of work

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http://www.alansondheim.org/auto3.mp3
http://www.alansondheim.org/auto4.mp3
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