Friday, April 04, 2008

Friday Downstreams (Free Cortex Alignment)

“Ethnologists and psychologists have shown that the ‘oceanic feeling’ of belonging, ecstasy and total participation that many experience when ritualizing, works by means of repetitive rhythms sounds and tones which effectively ‘tune’ to each other the left and right hemispheres of the cerebral cortex (see d’Aquili et al. 1979, Eibl-Eibesfeldt 1979, Fischer 1971, and Turner 1981).”
Richard Schechner, The Future Of Ritual: Writings on Culture and Performance, (1993) 20

And now for some of the “repetitive rhythms sounds and tones which effectively ‘tune’ to each other the left and right hemispheres of the cerebral cortex.”

M.A.Numminen - Taisteluni + In Memoriam, 1967, 1970, Finland
Mauri Antero Numminen (born 12 March 1940, Somero) is one of the best-known Finnish artists, having worked on several different fields of music and culture.
In the 1960s M.A. Numminen was known particularly as an avantgarde/underground artist, stirring controversy with such songs as 'Nuoren aviomiehen on syytä muistaa' (the lyrics of which were taken directly from a marital guide) and 'Naiseni kanssa eduskuntatalon puistossa'. He was also a member of the band Suomen Talvisota 1939-1940. In his early days Numminen often consciously tried to provoke people. Here he succeeded well, for example by his interpretations of Franz Schubert's lieds, sung with his own idiosyncratic singing voice, or managing to create a scandal at the Jyväskylän kesä festival of Jyväskylä in 1966 with his song lyrics taken from a sex guide. Numminen also did music to the writings of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. M.A. Numminen founded in 1966 with Pekka Gronow the record label Eteenpäin! ("Forward!"), which released Numminen's own music. Later on Numminen's records were published under the umbrella of the legendary Finnish label Love Records.

Philip Corner - 3 Pieces for Gamelan Ensemble, Fluxus
"'Gamelan' means for Philip Corner more than the name for Indonesian orchestras. The composer uses the word the way, apart from Europe, someone might say 'symphony'. A basis of making music, adding a few wonderful ideas from the Orient: a precise relation between the scale of time and that of musical space; a simple formal concept, expressed directly through sensual attractiveness; some freedom, or mystery, added to the precision. 'Gamelan' is the name of the first piece. In 1975 at Livingston College where Barbara Banary, who had just constructed the earliest instruments for Son Of Lion, invited Philip Corner to compose a piece. Its opening gong stroke and long resonance has gone through several revivals over the years since, and has come to seem like a 'classic'. This piece is the link to the composer's earlier works, particularly those of struck resonant instruments, like Metal Meditations, which are intensely focused on the immediate presence of the sounds. What is added here is counting, although counting so long a length dissolves again into the intuitive. The second track on this CD is titled 'The Barcelona Cathedral'. The composer Tom Johnson wrote about it in 1978: 'A few weeks ago I attended a rehearsal of New York's own gamelan ensemble, Son Of Lion. One of the works I heard that evening was a new composition by Philip Corner. Corner was conducting in big slow beats that fell heavily once every few seconds. With each beat about ten mallets fell onto the metallic percussion instruments with a tremendous clang. A variety of pitches resulted, and the general effect was much like a big church bell. The piece went on for nearly half an hour, always with that same relentless beat, but with slightly different effects.' These first two compositions, first issued on LP for Lotta Poetica, have been remastered for this CD edition that also features a previously unpublished major work entitled 'Belum'. The author wrote about it: 'There is improvisation within a structure that only reveals itself over many repetitions. The melody is quite difficult, with many syncopations and rhythmic irregularities. We have learned it well, but since no one knows exactly how each will play, there is individual freedom and group chance results. Bringing together different cultures in a new kind of harmony. ...It [the music culture of Indonesia] has added to my previous development sense of music as wonderful-sound, the sense of music as wonderful-measure. Thanks to this, I now love numbers and with no diminishing of the senses...'.-Forced Exposure

Nurse With Wound - Live in Vienna, 2005 (Bootleg)
This was recorded May 7 2005 at the Anatomical Museum in Vienna. There's only one track, a live rendition of Salt Marie Celeste. No cover as it is a bootleg recording.

Nurse With Wound Ensemble - Live in Portland
Recorded December 11th, 2004. As the NWW site says on this show: Steven Stapleton and Colin Potter appear on stage during the 4th Irr. App. (Ext.) performance for a rendition of "Cooloorta Moon". Colin Potter did a solo performance, whilst Steven Stapleton performed a unique DJ set. As it says, there's an Irr. App. (Ext.), Colin Potter, Nurse With Wound and Steve Stapleton solo set. Each is about 30-45 minutes. Again, there's no cover as it's a bootleg.

Terence McKenna Audio
I know how hard it is trying to find terence mckenna audio, and I think EVERYBODY should listen to what he had to say. Below is a list of links to some audio links, I recommend downloading them all and listening to them straight through(or until you acheive enlightenment).
They range in topics, from DMT experiences(the hyper space elves) to Ayahuasca stories and many other things like, time travel and novelty theory. Terence is at least the most advanced thinker of our time. Personally I suggest Metamorphosis to start(near the bottom of the list)

:: Hollow Earth Radio ::
We have two main goals. Our first emphasis is on exposing works that have yet to be unearthed or have long been dormant. We seek out content that is raw and undiscovered such as found sound from answering machine tapes scavenged from yard sales or bedroom recordings that have never seen the light of day or old gospel records found at thrift stores or stories from everyday life from people in our neighborhood, or music from bands that mostly play house shows.
The second part of our vision is to support programs that highlight human experience. We feel that the way we consume music is becoming more and more abstract, where, for instance, it is common to buy a 99 cent song from an online music store that distances us from really becoming connected to the actual people who create the songs. We want to talk to the musicians, reveal the stories behind the artists, and learn about the actual people involved.

Trio Lligo
My friend Erik sent me an email with lots of good music to be downloaded:
Dear web guest!
Thank you for listening to us. We have set up this web site because we want our old songs to be easily accessible. We have put the music into torrent files so that it can be found on e.g. The Pirate Bay. We have also chosen a licence which encourages all who want to share Trio Lligo.

A Tiny Window: Midsummer 2006
From the Dongas Tribe archive: Various lo-fi recordings of improvisational saz collaborations from the 2006 Sunrise Festival and the Avebury area a few days later. Some really beautiful soft trance arrangements here.

South Park Studios
The episode finder provides access to all episodes of South Park with links to watch full episodes and links to the episode guide.


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