When you close your eyes, music emanating from speakers takes on its full 3D form. Physical vibrations reach your muscles in invisible waves, aiding in relaxation. The laser arc of a new sound being introduced pierces your mind’s eye and opens visions; it is possible to recreate an entire scene, part imaginary, part from memory. An isolated ocean in a desert, palm trees swaying against an open horizon. Circuits producing not only the sound of wind, but the feel of it brushing up against your skin, the filling of a vast expanse of sky…
Above: A teaser from this episode’s live set by special guest ARP (aka Alexis Georgopoulos), who recently released his LP The Soft Wave on Norway’s Smalltown Supersound. Order it in the US here.
NOVEMBER 8, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
DUNCE DAY. Tunisia: TREE FESTIVAL.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 8 IN HISTORY…
1674 — “Paradise Lost” poet John Milton dies.
1801 — Robert Dale Owen born, Glasgow, Scotland.
1895 — X-Rays discovered.
1897 — Catholic Worker Dorothy Day born, Brooklyn, New York.
1929 — Museum of Modern Art opens in New York City.
1931 — “Fluxus” founder George Maciunas born, Kaunas, Lithuania.
1898 — Surrealist painter René Magritte born, Lessines, Hainaut, Belgium.
1974 — U.S. Freedom of Information Act passed.
SEPTEMBER 5 — TOM LYTTLE
Cybernaut author, publisher, gourmet chef, conspiratologist.
Tom Lyttle, Easy Rider Redux. Printed on non-impregnated blotter paper. Signed by Peter Fonda.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Ancient Rome: CIRCENSIAN GAMES in the Roman Circus, originally
a one-day event of athletic competitions which grew
to a week-long festival with many entertainments.
ALSO ON SEPTEMBER 5 IN HISTORY…
1569 — Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder dies, Brussels, Belgium.
1791 — Masonic conspirator, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies, Prague.
1877 — Great Sioux war chief Crazy Horse murdered by U.S. soldiers, Fort Robinson, Nebraska.
1912 — Anarcho-musicologist John Cage born, Los Angeles, California.
1964 — “Rebel Girl” Elizabeth Gurley Flynn dies, Moscow, USSR.
2008 — Psychedelics researcher Tom Lyttle dies, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
August 12 — William Blake
Major English romantic poet, mystic, subversive.
August 12, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Surrey, England: MITCHAM FAIR. A “Charter Mayor” is selected, who
opens the three-day fair with a four-foot key to unlock the joys of the
fair. A great variety of games and amusements.
Scotland: THE GLORIOUS 12TH opens grouse-hunting season.
ALSO ON AUGUST 12 IN HISTORY…
1653 — First police force formed in present U.S., in New Amsterdam.
1812 — Lady Ludd leads English women in riots over bread prices.
1827 — English romantic poet William Blake dies, London, England.
1843 — First Fourierist phalanx founded in U.S.
1896 — Klondike gold rush begins, Yukon Territory, Canada and Alaska.
1955 — German novelist Thomas Mann dies, Kilchberg, Switzerland.
1992 — Anarchist composer and musician John Cage dies, New York
Dublab has done it again! California’s favorite non-profit radio collective has been bringing choice, culturally responsible programming to the Los Angeleno airwaves for around ten years now, but its mission to foster “the growth of positive music, arts, and culture” takes place both on the air and off. Among the many live events on the Dublab calendar this Spring, the TONALISM mini-fest in Big Sur on May 28th is bound to knock your socks off– or at least lull you into a smiley, sound-drunk dream-state.
A description of TONALISM from the Dublab family:
Inspired by La Monte Young’s “Dream House” as well as the work of musicians and composers such as Terry Riley, Yoko Ono and John Cage, Tonalism combines harmonious textures with visual elements to create an atmosphere where the audience is encouraged to bring pillows, cushions and sleeping bags to lay down, listen and watch for an extended period of time. DJs, live musicians and VJs play and perform throughout the night; starting at sunset and ending at sunrise. Complimentary tea and water are provided to all who attend.