Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday Downstreams (the Green Man returns)

For my schooling between the ages of 5 and 12 I went to a Lutheren Church of Australia primary school. We had a lot of bible study and prayer. I remember they had Salavador Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross (1951) in the assembly hall where we had church services and I spent a lot of time looking at it trying to work it out. Getting lost in it I suppose. It really had an effect on me as it seemed like Jesus was flying away on his cross and the two fishermen, who seemed to be very baroque, were ignoring him. I still consider it a very hallucinogenic painting (like many of Dali's). I included it here as an Easter gesture. And now to the few nice things I found on the web this past week:

UbuWeb Sound - David Cronenberg Presents Andy Warhol
Recorded at The Art Gallery of Ontario
Friday, May 19. 2006
In July, he is curating an Andy Warhol exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. "Andy was making underground films when I was making underground films," the director said. "And I was more inspired by him than by Hollywood. He created himself: He was an outsider, a Slovakian, Catholic, gay, an artist, poor; an outsider in his own family, a triple outsider like Kafka, with his nose pressed against the New York window. And, he became the ultimate insider, the center of his own world, and drew people to him. He became a huge example of the invention of an identity." In fact, a Cronenberg character.
Conceived and narrated by renowned filmmaker David Cronenberg to accompany the exhibition Andy Warhol/Supernova:Stars Death and Disasters, 1962-1964. Commentary by David Cronenberg, Mary-Lou Green, Dennis Hopper, David Moos,James Rosenquist and Amy Taubin

UbuWeb Sound :: Tellus #23 - Paul Bowles
Curated by Claudia Gould and Stephen Frailey
Released 1989
Till the age of 40, Paul Bowles (1910-1999) was a composer and music critic, composing for Broadway musicals, Hollywood movie scores, incidental music for ballet. He once aknowledged to be a composer of ‘hotel music’, though his serious music calls to mind that of Copland, Virgil Thomson, Francis Poulenc or Satie. It is actually when he get tired of writing easy music that he turned to writing literature.
Curated by Claudia Gould and Stephen Frailey, ‘The Voices of Paul Bowles’ is an audio portrait combining some of the composer’s music with readings from his own texts, Morrocan traditional music and location recordings from Tangier and Morroco where he lived from 1947. The most striking device is the handsome and warm voice of Bowles reading through his writings. Also notable are the lively field recordings of folk local music Bowles made himself in 1959 (tracks #01, 03, 06 & 09). The simoon (my conjecture) heard at the end of ‘The Garden’, track #08, is a short but evocative recording of a North Africa typical wind. Bowles own compositions are exquisite vignettes full of humour and wit.
A microcosm in itself, a day in the life of Paul Bowles, the tape starts with the muezzin’s morning call to prayer and ends with dogs barking at sunset, an amazing barking chorale recorded amid the rising desert wind. A poignant conclusion to an utterly beautiful tape.

UbuWeb Sound :: Tellus #13 - Power Electronics
Maybe Mental - Look At The Clown (3:50)
Merzbow - Gamma-Titan (6:05)
Amor Fati - Will To Live (3:40)
If, Bwana - Umm... (2:35)
Rhys Chatham - Excerpt From XS (2:20)
Psyclones - Excerpt From Between Space (5:00)
Blackhouse - One Nation Under God (3:00)
Joseph Nechvatal - How To Kill (0:50)
Master/Slave Relationship - The Heaviest (3:30)
Maybe Mental - Memories Of My Birth (4:37)
Architects Office - AD 301.5 (1:00)
Controlled Bleeding - Clotage (5:15)
Mojo (3) - The Fighters Distance (Excerpt) (2:40)
Coup De Grace - Your Children (2:40)
Le Syndicat - Putrefied Brain (Excerpt) (2:10)
Mitch Corber - The Sirens (4:50)
F/i - on off (8:30)

UbuWeb Sound - Michael Taylor on Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi [55:25]
Recorded on March 6, 2008 at The University of Pennsylvania.
Includes Q &A with Penn students.
Michael Taylor was born in London in 1966, and received Master of Arts degrees from both the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Courtauld Institute in London. Dr. Taylor also received his PhD from the Courtauld Institute where he wrote his dissertation on Marcel Duchamp's Fountain and the critical reception of the artist's readymades from the period of 1913 until 1968. He is a key member of the curatorial team responsible for organizing the upcoming major retrospective Salvador Dali (February 16-May 15, 2005), working with the distinguished British scholar Professor Dawn Ades, as co-editor of the major volume that will accompany the much-anticipated exhibition in Venice and Philadelphia. Dr. Taylor has recently organized the exhibition Jacques Lipchitz and Philadelphia (July 27- August 22, 2004) and is author of a new Museum Bulletin devoted to the eminent 20th century sculptor. Previous exhibitions organized by Dr. Taylor at the Museum include Henry Moore: A Centennial Salute (July 30 - November 29, 1998), and the critically acclaimed Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of Ariadne, (November 1, 2002 - January 5, 2003) which traveled to the Estorick Museum, London, and examined more than 60 works drawn from all phases of the artist's career. He was also curator of Howard Hodgkin in Philadelphia (March 22 - May 20, 2001) and co-curator, with Ann Temkin, of Dorothea Tanning: Birthday and Beyond (November 24, 2000 - January 7, 2001).

Red vs Blue- Season 1 1 hr 11 min 20 sec
The entire first season's episodes of the machinima classic Red Vs Blue. It can be downloaded from the site as well so its the ideal gift. Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles, often abbreviated as RvB, is a machinima comic science fiction video series created by Rooster Teeth Productions and distributed primarily through the Internet and DVD. The series chronicles the story of two opposing teams of soldiers fighting a civil war in the middle of a desolate box canyon (Blood Gulch), in a parody of first-person shooter (FPS) games, military life, and science fiction films. Initially intended to be a short series of six to eight episodes, the project quickly and unexpectedly achieved significant popularity following its Internet premiere on April 1, 2003. Rooster Teeth therefore decided to extend the series; the fifth and final season ended with episode 100, released on June 28, 2007.

Move Under Ground by Nick Mamatas
Nick Mamatas's 2004 novel Move Under Ground. He decided to release it under a Creative Commons license for a number of reasons. The first is simply that he wishes his novel to be more widely read. The second is that he is currently a student at Western Connecticut University's MFA program in Professional Writing, and this site is a project for its class on publishing technologies. The third is a bit more mercenary: if you like this book, perhaps you'd like to buy either the hardcover or the trade paperback. You may also wish to check out his most recent book, a novel for young people called Under My Roof, which is about neighborhood-level nuclear proliferation.

First Paragraph:
I was in Big Sur hiding from my public when I finally heard from Neal again. He had had problems of his own after the book came out and it started being carried around like a rosary by every scruffy party boy looking for a little cross-country hitchhiking adventure. They'd followed him around like they'd followed me, but Neal drank too deeply of the well at first, making girls left and right as usual, taking a few too many shots to the face, and eating out on the story of our travels maybe one too many times. Those boozy late-night dinners with crazy soulless characters whose jaws clacked like mandibles when they laughed are what got to him in the end, I'm sure. They were hungry for something. Not just the college boys and beautiful young things, but those haggard-looking veterans of Babylon who started shadowing Neal and me on every street corner and at every dawn-draped last call in roadside bars; they all wanted more than a taste of Neal's divine spark, they wanted to extinguish it in their gullets. Neal was the perfect guy for them as he always walked on the edge, ever since the first shiv was held to his throat at reform school when he was a seven-year-old babe with a fat face and shiny teary cheeks. He wanted to eat up the whole world himself like they did, I knew from my adventures on the road with him, but I didn't learn what was eating him 'til I got that letter that drove me to move under ground.

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