The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

December 24, 2011

Invisible City

the Newtek Toaster was an analog/digital fx unit that
was widely used 15 years ago. it's possible to recreate
the fx in digital with some degree of accuracy. that's
what's going on here. I write with a 'slight fever'
brought on by who knows what. the result is Invisible
City which reverts the real back into the layering of
Second Life. the city dissolves, or rather the always
already dissolved city is reeled back into the apparent.
I insist this is the truth of the city, that everything
else is fiction. my insistence is performative.

foreign voices

well, foreign voices are the swallowing of unaccustomed throats,
taking advantage of vocal apparatus designed around the halo
of a species, everything is built from phonemes and bandwidths,
onsets and denouements, and every language is a language, well,
every sound a language meandering, from the depths of the world,
a tree falls and no one is around, ah well, the tree speaks to
others of its kind, or the tree speaks and speaks, and listens,
there's that failure, of its falling and its failure of hearing,
another language disappearing, another skein, interrogatives and
interjections, nightly murmurs, bamboo, this isn't foreign,
or is foreign, well, palm trees, near an ocean, shells and sea,
ah well i understand you, saying, you are ever so slightly
present, there are unaccustomed organs of speech, and song,
do you have song among you


o.mp3 universe.mp3 !

ending.mp3 and.mp3 after.mp3 everything.mp3
something.mp3 occurring.mp3 again.mp3 all.mp3 memory.mp3
i.mp3 was.mp3 here.mp3 before.mp3 yes.mp3 i.mp3 was.mp3
and.mp3 singing.mp3 singing.mp3 singing.mp3

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