#foto (Muted) Snake River, Contrasts
& #Dutch Gerrit Achterberg, 3 poems . . .
THREE POEMS, by Gerrit Achterberg, translated
from the Dutch, some of the best poetry I know
from the Netherlands….”No death manifests in the number/
that connected the two of us./Nothing is in the apparatus/
other than the hissing of eternity.” All very beautiful,
all very moving miniature elegies to a lost beloved.
Here’s a shorter version of longer electroacoustic
soundpoem….mp3 [6.7 Mb] http://bit.ly/YHbmcz
Words going backwards
are on their way to you:
so that you may hear
your ears are gone.
Sentences inside out
because your knowing is gone.
Song to surround you
stone against stone.
Against the sounding board of the night
your words still move.
Everything that you have said
remains alive in the sound of chords
that I encounter only in darkness
when the silences hear
that have been put up between us.
No death manifests in the number
that connected the two of us.
Nothing is in the apparatus
other than the hissing of eternity.
Perhaps that the opening of an eye
will repeat itself, a trembling
of silk, that has not yet passed away,
and that still wishes to be audible,
o sign, that you have survived,
to have found a place in the ring
figures of my assurance.
Gerrit Achterberg (1905 - 1962)
(all tr. CLIFF CREGO)
♫ CARTER: Duo #Violin & #Piano (’74) w/ Arditti & Oppens http://bit.ly/GS5lEz Fun to play, but listening, for me, is
like chewing on rocks…
[NOTE: totally, t o t a l l y, lost in soundspace,
w/ total disregard of what the sounds MEAN, somatically,
how they FEEL, qualitatively, in the body….To think this
music is in anyway significant is only significant insofar
it’s an artifact of the culture of collusion that says it is
♫ GIOVANNA MARINI, rehearsing vocal quartet #mp3
http://bit.ly/1afVgs0 Show me a composer who can
sing her/his NEW MUSIC w/ this sostenuto energy
[NOTE: sostenuto = sustained, the breath
of life…w/o this energy, music falls
flat dead on the floor]
Control imposes order from without by projecting the prede-
termined thought, conditioned by the past, of what should hap-
pen. The need to control invariably increases as the disorderly,
unexpected, side-effects of past efforts accumulate, which
results in ever-greater unnecessary difficulties or complicated-
ness. In contrast, limit allows order to emerge from within by
determining only what at any given moment should not hap-
pen. Limit is therefore open to the future, and tends strongly
towards ever-greater simplicity and freedom.
[NOTE: Control is a key feature of mechanical systems;
Limit is a key feature of natural systems.]