6 SUN: REVELATION (CACHED MUSIC)

 

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materiality of thought / affect / sound

 

matter of matter

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Calving refers to glaciers falling away and also giving birth to a calf. Like the buffalo, herds of icebergs once roamed the earth until human domestication nearly drove them out.

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A similar phenomenon in Italy: snowmelt from the mountaintops reveals bodies buried since World War I. Strategy was to blast the mountain with dynamite, to bury soldiers in an avalanche.[i]

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Compare with Richard G. Woodbridge III, wanting to discover the true intent behind the making of pots and paintings. Excited by new technologies that promised to “ferret out signals buried in noise,” he tested for gods. He hoped that they would sing.[ii]

 

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(Sometimes, in pursuing the unknown, we hope to uncover what someone else already knew.)

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Woodbridge termed the study of unearthing music from dead matter archeocoustics. I watched with glee / while your kings and queens / fought for ten decades / for the gods they made / woo woo woo woo.[iii]

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Woodbridge scratched the painting as the artist brushed it, as an archeologist brushes a cochlea from a mass of large bones—careful not to ruin it, as if his treatment of the dead made him worthy of living.

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He heard a word, “the word was ‘blue’ and was located in a blue paint stroke, as if the artist was talking to himself or to the subject,” to the gods he made / blue blue blue blue.

 

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No one who has tried to recreate the experiment has had a similar result.

 

[i] Gravino, M. “A Century Later, Relics Emerge from a War Frozen in Time.” National Geographic. October 2014.

[ii] Woodbridge, R.G., III. "Acoustic Recordings From Antiquity.” Proceedings of the IEEE. vol.57, no.8, pp.1465-1466. Aug. 1969

[iii] Rolling Stones lyrics - “Sympathy for the Devil”

M. J. Gette / March - April  2016 Issue