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Last week on empyre: ISIS, Absolute Terror, Performance


See the empyre email list archive for November 2014:

http://lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au/pipermail/empyre/2014-November/thread.html

moderated by Johannes Birringer, Alan Sondheim

This is an important topic, perhaps the most important, I
think, given the increasing chaos and stress in so many
regions of the planet.

To join: http://empyre.library.cornell.edu/join.php


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The initial precis (abridged):

The world seems to be descending into chaos of a qualitatively
different dis/order, one characterized by terror, massacre,
absolutism. Things are increasingly out of control, and this
chaos is a kind of ground-work itself - nothing beyond a
scorched earth policy, but more of the same. What might be a
cultural or artistic response to this? How does one deal with
this psychologically, when every day brings new horrors? Even
traditional analyses seem to dissolve in the absolute terror
that seems to be daily increasing.

We are moderating a month-long investigation on Empyre into the
dilemma this dis/order poses. We will ask a variety of people to
be discussants in what, hopefully, will be a very open
conversation. The debate will invite the empyre community to a
deep and uncomfortable analysis of abject violence, pain,
performance, and ideology [taking further the October 2012
debate on Pain, Suffering, and Death in the Virtual], looking at
the ambivalences of terror, incomprehensible emotions, and our
own complicity in the production of 'common sense' around
terror.

The format this month will be slightly different; participants
will be announced on an organic basis, and we hope that many of
the subscribers will chime in. We are all facing the anguish of
political situations that seem out of control. We are interested
in topics such as, How does one deal with anguish personally?
How can anguish be expressed culturally? Can such expressions
make a difference at all? We have all read political analyses of
the causes of this descent; here, we're interested in the
cultural and personal responses to it.

[...]

- Alan Sondheim

Wood!

http://www.alansondheim.org/nny119.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/msoud0.mp3
http://www.alansondheim.org/msoud1.mp3

returning from NY, finding the humidity below 20% and all the
instruments untuned, even with a large-output humidifier going.
so tuning up again - violin, oud, the sazs, suroz, gambus, all
were wildly loose and luckily nothing cracked. the oud has been
the most difficult to tune up again; at one point the twelfth
(unused) peg fell out and I jumped; I thought it had broken. I'm
now trying to adjust wood and string, keep the qin happy, set
the humidity as high as possible in this dry place in a dry town
(even though by the water), keep the temperature low, anything
so I can stop running around like crazy, resetting the pegs,
worrying the string tension, etc. tomorrow it's the hasapi and
suroz, and that will leave the cranky bowl-backed mandolin for
the last. meanwhile here are two oud solos, each played with the
oud in a different position (traditional, or with the soundboard
upright), each trying something different. with the dry air and
the air dry, with the dry dry air, it's difficult to keep my
hands from slipping, the oud from slipping, the pegs from
slipping yet again, and so here we are; msoud0 is even a bit
lyrical, a relief from the mourning music I often produce. msoud
= Maurice Shehata oud, the name of the maker, the oud originally
from Dubai.

I would play wood! I will play wood! I would play wood!
I would play wood! I will play wood! I would play wood!
I would play wood! I will play wood! I would play wood!

Wood!

http://www.alansondheim.org/nny119.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/msoud0.mp3
http://www.alansondheim.org/msoud1.mp3

returning from NY, finding the humidity below 20% and all the
instruments untuned, even with a large-output humidifier going.
so tuning up again - violin, oud, the sazs, suroz, gambus, all
were wildly loose and luckily nothing cracked. the oud has been
the most difficult to tune up again; at one point the twelfth
(unused) peg fell out and I jumped; I thought it had broken. I'm
now trying to adjust wood and string, keep the qin happy, set
the humidity as high as possible in this dry place in a dry town
(even though by the water), keep the temperature low, anything
so I can stop running around like crazy, resetting the pegs,
worrying the string tension, etc. tomorrow it's the hasapi and
suroz, and that will leave the cranky bowl-backed mandolin for
the last. meanwhile here are two oud solos, each played with the
oud in a different position (traditional, or with the soundboard
upright), each trying something different. with the dry air and
the air dry, with the dry dry air, it's difficult to keep my
hands from slipping, the oud from slipping, the pegs from
slipping yet again, and so here we are; msoud0 is even a bit
lyrical, a relief from the mourning music I often produce. msoud
= Maurice Shehata oud, the name of the maker, the oud originally
from Dubai.

I would play wood! I will play wood! I would play wood!
I would play wood! I will play wood! I would play wood!
I would play wood! I will play wood! I would play wood!

Repetpetition Compulspulsion

http://www.alansondheim.org/spewspew09.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/murkmeat.mp4

like any other illness, a compulsion to write, to rectify, to
bring down force majeure, an "irresistible compulsion" within
the ligaments and ten- hardly a memory, something on the order
of repetition-compulsion, perhaps is my compulsion, and if I
don't feel I've completed work for the day - the compulsion has
to be be coupled with necessity, the 'natural' continuation,
repetition, the neurotic compulsion to repeat, is essential;
these force majeure, an "irresistible compulsion" within the
ligaments and tension - compulsion. The narrative of and through
the gap is an addictive one, primeval, drawn out of the
compulsion to speak the spell or rite that will exhaustion of
it. the drug the addiction the obsession the compulsion of and
type into the night; it's my compulsion; it's my obsession, my
like any other illness, a compulsion to write, to rectify, to
bring down sive compulsion to return again and again to the
terminal as a guarantee the hysteria is brought about by a
neurotic compulsion which cannot else. i have to leave my mark
everywhere. i recognize the compulsion. i write about the
compulsion and against the compulsion. i'd like to see bush
dead. his compulsion ruins the world. i see my ugly is my
compulsion, and if I don't feel I've completed work for the day
- The compulsion has to be be coupled with necessity, the
'natural' hardly a memory, something on the order of repetition-
compulsion, perhaps wryting spews through sexual fantasy,
obsessive thinking, compulsion spews through sexual fantasy,
obsessive thinking, compulsion, again always is my compulsion,
and if I don't feel I've completed work for the day -
repetition, opens mad, driven repetition, and of compulsion
Fifth, feet, repetition The avatars of or no compulsion part
tion, his compulsion ruins the world. i see my ugly looms. do i
need feeling you're seduced i'd bush dead. his compulsion ruins
disint like any other death, compulsion to write, to like
neurotic-obsessive compulsion mirror-stage which transforms,
problematically, to a compulsion to return again and again to
the terminal as a guaranteed reterun, again and again.

Repetpetition Compulspulsion

http://www.alansondheim.org/spewspew09.png
http://www.alansondheim.org/murkmeat.mp4

like any other illness, a compulsion to write, to rectify, to
bring down force majeure, an "irresistible compulsion" within
the ligaments and ten- hardly a memory, something on the order
of repetition-compulsion, perhaps is my compulsion, and if I
don't feel I've completed work for the day - the compulsion has
to be be coupled with necessity, the 'natural' continuation,
repetition, the neurotic compulsion to repeat, is essential;
these force majeure, an "irresistible compulsion" within the
ligaments and tension - compulsion. The narrative of and through
the gap is an addictive one, primeval, drawn out of the
compulsion to speak the spell or rite that will exhaustion of
it. the drug the addiction the obsession the compulsion of and
type into the night; it's my compulsion; it's my obsession, my
like any other illness, a compulsion to write, to rectify, to
bring down sive compulsion to return again and again to the
terminal as a guarantee the hysteria is brought about by a
neurotic compulsion which cannot else. i have to leave my mark
everywhere. i recognize the compulsion. i write about the
compulsion and against the compulsion. i'd like to see bush
dead. his compulsion ruins the world. i see my ugly is my
compulsion, and if I don't feel I've completed work for the day
- The compulsion has to be be coupled with necessity, the
'natural' hardly a memory, something on the order of repetition-
compulsion, perhaps wryting spews through sexual fantasy,
obsessive thinking, compulsion spews through sexual fantasy,
obsessive thinking, compulsion, again always is my compulsion,
and if I don't feel I've completed work for the day -
repetition, opens mad, driven repetition, and of compulsion
Fifth, feet, repetition The avatars of or no compulsion part
tion, his compulsion ruins the world. i see my ugly looms. do i
need feeling you're seduced i'd bush dead. his compulsion ruins
disint like any other death, compulsion to write, to like
neurotic-obsessive compulsion mirror-stage which transforms,
problematically, to a compulsion to return again and again to
the terminal as a guaranteed reterun, again and again.

Africans for Norway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5opSsAYQ3k

Africans for Norway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5opSsAYQ3k

World-wide Weaving

http://www.alansondheim.org/www0.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/www1.mp3 Dydo, Sondheim, qin
http://www.alansondheim.org/www2.mp3 Sondheim, short solo qin
http://www.alansondheim.org/www3.mp3 Dydo, qin, Sondheim, flute

Stephen Dydo, Alan Sondheim
Stephen is brilliant on the 2 and 3; I'm gnarly as usual
On 2, I have a short solo (Stephen was out of the room)

I dedicate my part of the music to Lionel Messi and his hat
trick breaking the La Liga record and then some!

And dedicated to Stephen, who has taught me so much!
And to Azure on her Birthday!

World-wide Weaving

http://www.alansondheim.org/www0.jpg
http://www.alansondheim.org/www1.mp3 Dydo, Sondheim, qin
http://www.alansondheim.org/www2.mp3 Sondheim, short solo qin
http://www.alansondheim.org/www3.mp3 Dydo, qin, Sondheim, flute

Stephen Dydo, Alan Sondheim
Stephen is brilliant on the 2 and 3; I'm gnarly as usual
On 2, I have a short solo (Stephen was out of the room)

I dedicate my part of the music to Lionel Messi and his hat
trick breaking the La Liga record and then some!

And dedicated to Stephen, who has taught me so much!
And to Azure on her Birthday!

Short interview about the Blue Tape *


http://aaroncutler.tumblr.com/post/102914166319/blue-tape

* Kathy Acker and myself 1974

- by Aaron Cutler

This doesn't take much time up.

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