The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

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Murnau and Our Place have No Relation

Especially with Harmonica REVREV

http://www.alansondheim.org/conraddress.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/murnau.mp3

- our place (with older street number) in an
1895 schoolbook exercise, coupled with
REVREV harmonica and the sadness of the world
dedicated to Guy Madden (we would have taken
FIRST PLACE) from Murnau's Silent Era with
Isabella Rossellini who would approve
(although we have not SPOKEN to her about
this issue of approval, we are CONVINCED) -

the big film

http://www.alansondheim.org/gran3.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/thebigfilm.mp4
http://www.alansondheim.org/gran4.png

it's not really a big film, it's remnants, loose ends,
things that came out of the margins, glitches and
things that seem like bad dreams, just these four
scenes, there's another storm coming in our direction,
i hate god and hate the weather that god makes just to
thwart me, wouldn't you know, any these things were
seen by my avatar on my localhost, i can't lose hir,
not at this juncture, i'm sure she hates god too but
just because i do, she's really immune from the weather

My Presentation at Brown, Friday Feb. 6th:

TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS ONE EVENT:

Broken World, Steerage

thinking through blankness, terror, and broken worlds

There is material from distorted motion capture employed in virtual worlds;
considerations of terror and genocide in terms of anguish and the unutterable;
phenomenology of blizzards and whiteout; revrev ? live reverse reverberation or
anticipatory music; and practical-theoretical issues of gamespace/edgespace.

Join Alan Sondheim for a talk and presentation at 7pm on Friday, February 6 in
Englander Studio, Granoff Center at Brown University. This event is free and
open to the public.

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Alan Sondheim is a cross-disciplinary artist, writer, and theorist. He recently
completed a successful residency at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York;
while there he worked with a number of collaborators on performances and sound
pieces dealing with pain and annihilation. He also created a series of texts and
3d printing models of ?dead or wounded avatars.? He recently completed a residency
at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and in 2011-2012 was a resident at
Eyebeam Art and Technology in New York. In 2012 he had a book published through
West Virginia University Press, Writing Under, and last year he released two cds
of experimental improvisation. - See his blog:

http://www.alansondheim.org/

He lives with his partner and co-worker, Azure Carter in Providence, RI.

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Talk at Brown University, Friday February 6

http://www.alansondheim.org/annihilation4.jpg

http://www.alansondheim.org/granoff.rtf (rough outine)

Please see the granoff.rtf

I've been working in a variety of media, from virtual worlds 
through the Cave through music improvisation, etc. I'll present 
materials from all of this, within a framework of thinking 
through blankness, terror, and broken worlds. There is material 
from distorted motion capture employed in virtual worlds; 
considerations of terror and genocide in terms of anguish and 
the unutterable; phenomenology of blizzards and whiteout; revrev 
- live reverse reverberation or anticipatory music; and 
practical-theoretical issues of gamespace/edgespace.

I'll go for as long as people are interested.

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Brown University, Granoff Center, Friday, February 6, 7 p.m.
Englander Studio, Room N420
154 Angell Street, Providence, RI

la jeteesonic

http://www.alansondheim.org/colorado08.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/lajeteeson.mp3

jettisoned to lighten the load in time of distress and that
sinks or is rubrics for other things, jettisoned language
jewelry jewel jettison jetliner jet jest jess jersey jerry jerky
jerk jewelry jewel jettison jetliner jet jest jess jersey jerry
jerky kv:jerk jerk jerky jerry jersey jess jest jet jetliner
jettison jewel jewelry kv:jerk jerky jerry jersey jess jest jet
jetliner jettison jewel jewelry rubrics for other things,
jettisoned language

NEW REVREV WITH REVREV PREFORM RETURN IMAGO

http://www.alansondheim.org/perf_20.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/munif.mp3

god dont that just sound like some insane
alternative rock title thats just about to
go down in flames instead of a revolutionary
new way of thinkin about music which every
insane alternative rock band thinks they own
and will dole it out piecemeal for fame and
fortune for a price so that they can look
great with their guitars held out high and a
female singer decked out in hipster cloth
so that you can bet your bottom dollar they
have something amazin to offer when you
just look at the cover art and the little
words below it tellin you something so cool
the kids get it and the rest of us dont so
you might blow an uneasy instrumental on the
sound of this and if you take the YOU out of
sound you get sond and then add german heim
for home but i might just prefer heimat with
that great imperical ring not so empirical
anyway the cool sounds here are what all the
kids in me are dancin to upstairs and a bit
downstairs in the buildin wouldnt you know
the brilliance of the music first try with a
new file thanks to luke damrosch and the
gang down at symposium books and the hipster
gang next door at small point which keeps
all of us hipsters goin full speed in the
scene were gonna showcase our new talent
soon you just wait and see when REVREV opens
up and blows the sun out of the sky and every
milky way knows what im talkin about

Vizoud

Playing oud for the image-music:
"What do I look like playing oud?"
http://www.alansondheim.org/vizoud4.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/vizoud.mp4
Self-conscious poser that I am,
Hoping this is less than spam,
Although I play it's worth a damn,
This isn't music for a jam,
It's fairly skilled, I'm not a ham,
I've studied oud, I've tried to cram,
I've studied here and on the lam,
It's heavy work, it's not a sham,
It's not hard rock, not even glam,
Not background Muzak on a tram,
Not something grating for a slam,
Not quibble-dribble for a scam,
But something for the Court of Cham!

the rink

http://www.alansondheim.org/therink.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/therink.mp4

in hockey, you move from one end of the rink to another
in ice skating, you go round and round the rink

a rink is a plate a shallow a plane surrounded
a rink is a shallow plate a plate-like shallow a plain
a rink has no edges is a circulation a vortex an eddy
a whistling rink is indeed a thin tine a fipple a domain
a rink is the integration of a strange attractor
within the rink negation is without the rink
within the rink there are kindly mothers and fathers
almost one says kindly almost among the cold and cold wind
the cold wind of the rink circulates the rink
the circumambulation of the rink the circumlocution
the circumference of the rink the circumstances

without the rink there is within the rink

in 50 mph winds and -5 windchill we stopped at the Biltmore
at 2:30 in the morning they gave us hungrey-ending bars
we headed back out towards the rink we entered the rink
the rink was tended by men and women
the men and women were working in the rink
they were working in the signifier
they were tending the signifier they were tending the rink
we intruded on the almost holy task of working and tending
it was called a terrible beauty where memories were made
communities were made where memories were circumstances
in the rink memories were circumstances

Blizzard Ballad of the Two Birds One Man


http://www.alansondheim.org/blizz36.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/blizz37.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/blizz.mp4
http://www.alansondheim.org/blizz2.mp4

  two birds leave the roof of the false-front blizzard birds
singing, two birds leave roof of false-front blizzard, they died
because of one man. They died because of a conspiracy. zone
manifests a spontaneously generated tatoo on her inner arm -
Nikuko is gone many months from this talker; Motions pass from
one man to another, not so much by exciting imagination

  two birds leave the roof of the false-front blizzard one man
working slowly on the bricks while the inside is robbed. hunting
the skein. when there isn't. it's one man knowing. the bomb's
here. it's one man to one signal. it's one guy willing. it's a
matter of everyone a except no a one man else alone, mountaintop
gorgeous he man exciting imagination

  two birds leave the roof of the false-front blizzard it's one
man to one signal. he has the signal. he has the application of
Felice, it was time to change, and the one man I will clarify
especially now that the new millennium is upon us, I can think
of one man I one man in Charlotte who is quite sure the Carolina
Panthers' startling exciting imagination

  two birds leave the roof of the false-front blizzard and fare
in poisonous air and misguided weaponry. one man, one woman, one
one man else alone, mountaintop gorgeous she man shall not kill,
bottom line! one man stood and shouted from the front of the
Panther's startling exciting imagination

  two birds leave the roof of the false-front blizzard with, in
everyone ever making sleep love, this everyone man sleep got of
one man. I believe with perfect faith that, just as in astrology
the of realistic one manner of designed the fool and eye, isreal
appears pairs are always one woman and one man, O the Panther's
startling exciting imagination

  two birds leave the roof of the false-front blizzard
acoustically can one manifest this operation of the body and be
called evil windows, eilth/urles, for they have done many an
evil, those Panthers, O those Panthers of the Startling Exciting
Imagination!

  two birds leave the roof of the false-front blizzard
  two birds leave the roof of the false-front blizzard
and O those Panthers, their Startling Imagination!

Avatar Woman review!!!, REVREV Work, An Video and A Image!!!

another great review (we think!) of Avatar Woman! -

http://www.kathodik.it/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=5873

REVREV New Work:

http://www.alansondheim.org/bnb09.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/wash.mp4
http://www.alansondheim.org/wash.mp3

REVREV and Convolution

http://www.alansondheim.org/blizzardb04.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/sazzz1.mp3
http://www.alansondheim.org/sazzz2.mp3

Convolution suite by Luke Damrosch;
REVREV by Luke Damrosch and Alan Sondheim (avatar)
Instrument: solo long-necked saz
sazzz1: half-way through the convolution kicks in
sazzz2: convolution

This is honestly "getting somewhere" and it "feels good"

So now we're getting somewhere. There's a beginning of the music
- feels good to hear back from you again. I guess you aren't
just a number cut off half-way through. I was there, a face
which moved healing, peace, war drugs, then gave a number cut
from a stepping-stone position - it's on its way, it's half-way
towards brillaince, although these half-way markings bridge
sites in the sound willy-nilly..

So death is half-way through life, and men and women are driven
to sleep and dream.

I am not dreaming.
I am the substance of dream.
The curtain falls half-way up.

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