sound – intercession re: the brilliant bassist, tina weymouth

one of the talking heads who gave the early TH the sound it had: her bass  playing. inevitably the clash with DB’s ego sent tina off into her own zone, with her truly brilliant playing not recognized generally. a new band was formed with former TH band members called, No Talking, Just Heads. For which D Byrne sued them for their name… and they you have it. power over principle. power over friendship.

yet, tina went on to record at least one memorable album with the new band, the best song of which, for me, was/is:

hard to call actually, so i’ll include the following because of it’s deep pathos and musical reinvention, rather than by the poetry of her titles: great resonant depths of musical history coalesce here.:

sound – intercession re: the brilliant bassist, tina weymouth

john roloff and ships of the night

first draft:

\well, there are too many works that roloff has created to reflect on simply. so below see some early versions that still stand up. but in keeping with his principle of wild, coleridge and liebniz associative thinking, the following make their cases in their own terms: JR is a university trained geologist, who became a ‘ceramist’, then major sculptor and innovator an many media, post-60s, working at that time with Arneson and others in the CA assemblage tradition, from which he broke, radically.

i’ve not met may artists who recite from memory the work of Dunn.

what follows are images of a  fully fledged epistemological manifesto.  Liebniz’s wigs in sulfur and iron.

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and yet, they continue to be reincarnated in different places and in different contexts.


roloff’s work may have hit an unintended audience for his work, but that only proves it’s universal value. that is, it’s defeat of stereotypes. [insufficient commentary yet, but tbc.] my point being, that, the new siting of roloff’s work outside the gallery world that never understood it, has achieved a brilliant new context.

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john roloff and ships of the night

Google censorship in Israel?

We’ve heard now about Google’s plan of building a censored search engine for China. But we’ve not heard about how many censored search engines it may have already built.

I was attempting to determine the exact distances between Tel Aviv and Gaza City, and then from Gaza Center to Jerusalem. I’m currently living in Mexico, so the response I received was in Spanish:

“Lamentablemente, no pudimos calcular cómo llegar de “Gaza City Centre, فكتورهوجو، gaza strip” a “Jerusalén, Israel” .”

Easily translated as: Lamentably, or, Unfortunately, we are not able to calculate how far it is from Gaza City in Gaza Strip to Jerusalem, Israel.

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this might be a google mexico issue. but that seems highly improbably. and even if it were strangely so… it raises the issue of how much google is tailoring it’s searches to various nations, like it’s been reported doing for china. i’m not suggesting that mexico has requested this sort of censorship, but it could well be a place where Google is testing it’s censorship algorithms…. who would bother to look at mexico? far more importantly, it raises the question of how extensive is Google’s censorship on a global scale? I would not be surprised to learn that they are involved in censorship on a massive geopolitical scale… yet to be determined. particularly after net neutrality was killed by the trump administration.

[does anyone remember the moment when Google was sued for scanning every book on the planet in order to be able charge of access to it? no? Google. at that tome commented, well, fuck you. we’re doing it. and there was never any challenge to them. so know what was formerly knowledge in the public domain, available for free, has now been hoovered up by google and privatized behind a pay wall. just as ALL images have been similarly privatized by getty and microsoft. so, who gives a shit about the exploitation of humans anywhere around the world?]

okay… so in the meantime, my test of google maps search has been tested again, by a highly techno-savvy source in the US. who responded:


I get the same result. I’m not sure why this would be the case but it could be national security related. Google has been under pressure from governments around the world to modify/limit the maps.
Interestingly, you can use google maps to navigate within the boarders of the strip. I was able to map the distance between the two hospitals listed prominently on the map within the strip. You can get a close approx of various distances by summing the distances from points within to points inside the region.
Maps are inherently political. Always have been.
[evidence provided by expert, NB. ]

and there is of course the question: why would Israel want to suppress such information? the answer is not difficult to find: the distances between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem or Gaza City are less than an hour drive. So the Palestine-Israel conflict, to put that 60 year old war in banal terms, is like Boston declaring war and then occupying, and then, fencing off Providence, Rhode Island. and then cutting off their water, electricity, food, trade, free transit in and out of the city, quality of life, and in general, all the human rights ‘guaranteed’ by a democratic government.  And then using snipers to kill the residents of Providence for protesting against being forced into such an open air prison camp. The problem with my Providence analogy is that the population of Providence is 180,000; while that of Gaza is 32 million people. Though, the numbers should not matter. one death is as egregious as 5000.


Google censorship in Israel?

so to whom do you listen? and when –hinge goes wrong

pauline oliveras?

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or, anonymous soldiers in holland during world war I?

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the following should have been covered by Boulez, if was willing to cover Zappa’s Naval Aviation in Art? though, it’s best that he didn’t. he’d have smoothed out it’s intensity and anger way to much, even more than this studio version has, and sanitized it with classical strains. which is the problem with Boulez’s versions of Zappa. thus, –hinge is not always good.

there is no youtube version of quality that captures his brilliance.

but at least this poor quality audio/visual youtube version of  his woodstock version of the star spangled banner gives a hint. imagine if youtube were willing to provide high quality audio, which they could do if they so chose.

so to whom do you listen? and when –hinge goes wrong

sound and mathematics and another genre of minimalism – f(x) – therefore, hinge music

not unusual in production, in composition, see many posts below. but mathematics surfaces rarely in lyrics. but it does here: and if one knows anything about algebra, it’s audible, even if he’s being, which i doubt, ironic. he’s a minimalist, with a minimalist voice. therefore, his scores are algebraic repetitions of the same key function, (f)x, plus or minus a particular note. that gives him musical integrity with great density that goes directly to the heart of… something.

thom york has, rarely, done that.

A self-fulfilling prophecy of endless possibility
In rolling reams across a screen
In algebra, in algebra
The fences that you cannot climb

The sentences that do not rhyme
In all that you can ever change
I’m the one you’re looking for

It gets you down
It gets you down

There’s no spark
You’ve no light in the dark

not unlike, the other heads, the Talking Heads, at least thematically, but also, somewhat rhythmically both visually and sonically, though through the compositional technique of inversion…

not unlike supercolider:


and the live performance of his early work, ‘cymbal rush’, here re-titled, in 2018: but algebra all the way.

his audiences, i suspect, understand very little about what they hear… yet, the question remains, why do they listen? his music is as austere as the most esoteric of indian musicians playing ragas. so what are they listening for? not rock & roll, certainly.

yet, why do western audiences listen to yorke, but not to Indian musicians? a simple question. not an identity appropriation concern, necessarily. yet, it might be.

for a practiced context see: he may or may not, come off well… i think he fails.

whatever one thinks, one should remember that colonization flows in multiple directions, at once. power, conceived as a one way, flows in only one direction of course. but that’s rarely the case. but even assuming that one way street, the question of ‘power’ is not so simple. power is always multiply held, historically speaking. so where does any ‘authentic’ culture begin and end? atoms of peace, musically, is brilliant in its own terms, no matter where it comes from. and, it’s India origins is made explicit. so, must it not be conceived as an homage? inspired by. but not subservient to? ?

Above: Lamont Young on the far left. Terry Riley also studied with and was highly influenced by Pandit Pran Nath. And there is no traditional or world music more mathematical than Indian.

sound and mathematics and another genre of minimalism – f(x) – therefore, hinge music