The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

September 28, 2015

making dew

bricolage 4-string instrument found discarded on the
lower east side delivered to Stephen Dydo by a friend,
because it's Chinese and fretless, but so poorly made,
hardly playable, so I did the following, dreaming of
Johnstown and a new otherwise piece called For the jump rhythm


for Stephen Dydo
for Azure Carter
for Stephen Holtje
for Ellen Zweig
for Michael Metz
for Nancy Haynes
for Jason Weiss
for Susan Altabet
for Mitchell Clark
for Chris Diasparra
for Bernard Stollman
for Perry Yung
for Monty Levenson

.. . but this isn't the piece; the piece involves hundreds,
thousands of Fors, and the whose name might I spell wrong,
who might be forgotten, who should be definitely included,
who left behind, who becomes resentful, who becomes grateful,
who stops speaking to me, who begins, . ..

. perhaps not a good idea to do this piece, perhaps to do
something else, full of infinite gratitude towards friends
and yes, even enemies, and the forgotten .. .

the jump rhythm bricolage ferocity takes over, something in
the distance humming, Tibetan, the Qin Society, guqin, China,
Chinese, Buddhism, Tsongkhapa, free jazz, ESP, backroom
gardens, 1000 Character Essay, cd production, shakuhachi
restoration, Chinese television characters, flute, viola,

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