Deep Listening to Revolutions and Death

“Walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears.” Pauline Oliveros


Tom Service’s profile of Oliveros was published in 2012 and is a superb introduction to her music. He cautioned that the deep listening concept is nothing about soft-focused meditation. “Her deep listening encompasses the whole world, it doesn’t separate you from it; the noise of politics, identity and representation is part of what she hears.” One of her works, a 1971 “sonic meditation” called Native, contains the instruction: “Walk so silently that the bottoms of your feet become ears.”


check out eliot fisk’s pink moccasins as he plays his transposed versions of bach’s cello suites on guitar, on a curious ‘proto-stage’… positioned and slightly elevated in an ‘extra-stage’ space, where his feet have a possibility of existence to become ears.

and then, fisk and paco pena playing flamenco together in a deliberately ‘unstaged’ setting:

and once again thanks to amy goodman, we get a complex view of castro:

and if there is a virtuosic difference between fisk’s transposed, classical bach and oliveros’s own accordion proving grounds, and there is a difference, it’s not a matter of virtuosity.

as for fleming, she speaks for herself, with serious wit, as the best artists do. art is knowledge, after all.

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-2-39-40-amLinda Fleming

see above: Experimenta de Vacuo Spatio

Deep Listening to Revolutions and Death

charles sanders peirce

if man were immortal… [which he isn’t]


Peirce’s logic is unassailably historically verifiable. Peirce was rendering into mathematical and linguistic ‘logic’, Nietzsche’s genealogy of morals – the philosophy of beyond good and evil. and that leaves ‘us’ in the ‘present’ with a massive ethical dilemma and a series of peardoxes.

the only certainty is that, ‘in place of “this” we have death.’

by ‘death’, CSP means the literal cessation of political/ethical/lawful life. but he’s also suggesting the death of memory, historical memory, including the memory of history. Death is the death of historical continuity.

For a Peirceian account of Peirce, i HIGHLY recommend  one of the first ‘scifi’ novels ever written – by the U of Birmingham moral philosopher – Olaf Stapledon – Last and First Men, 1930. a book for this era, if there ever was one. [i also recommend with equal enthusiasm, Stapledon’s other scifi – including his moral critique of religion, Star Maker, 1937, and for those interested in PK Dick [Dr. Bloodmoney], his critique of the human-animal relationship as allegory and more, of human hubris, his book about a talking dog, Sirius, 1944]



charles sanders peirce