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Q&A – Ilyas Ahmed 1

1: Analog or Digital?
analog static with some digital haze

2: What time did you wake up today?
5:45 am

3: Last thing you read?
shelter by jayne anne phillips

4: Whats your first memory?
being underwater

5: Tea Or Coffee?
coffee, most days

6: Last thing you cooked?
roasted tofu stuffed with chopped kale / mushrooms / garlic / brown rice with a red miso sauce

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
a piece of string

8: What inspires you?
love & electricity

9: Last record you played?
king tubby’s “meets rockers uptown”

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
the fingernails on my right hand

11: Last movie you saw?
some kenneth anger films late last night

12: Who do you love?
erin, my friends & family, some others

13: Do you have any pets?
not anymore

14: Are you useful?
doubtfully

15: Biggest fear?
being eaten by a shark & being left behind

16: What do you value the most?
being one with nothingness

17: Famous last words?
see you on the other side

Ilyas Ahmed has lived all over the world, but currently calls Portland, Oregon home. His latest release, a Record Store Day split 7″ w/ Steve Gunn is available from Immune. His next full length, With Endless Fire, is set to be released sometime this summer.

Zerkalo & Stalker 4

Edward Artemiev
Zerkalo & Stalker
Toei Music CD, 199?

zip

 

Inside 0

Music by Stephan Mathieu. Video by Caro Mikalef.

Solaris 21

Edward Artemiev
Solaris
Toei Music CD, 199?

zip

All music composed in 1972 on a Russian ANS Synthesizer.

 

 

Q&A – GROUPER 2

1: Analog or Digital?
Analog

2: What time did you wake up today?
8:30 –but got up at 10:00

3: Last thing you read?
The last one I started (finishing them is another story) was Crises of the Republic by Hannah Arendt. I just got Richard Youngs’ vegan cook book (thank you Ali.)

4: Whats your first memory?
Laying in my crib staring at the ceiling; trying to get in to a bath that was too hot; summertime, out front of the chicken coop we lived in, heat waves rising in front of our duck Max and dog Sparky hanging out in the dry grass.

5: Tea Or Coffee?
Tea

6: Last thing you cooked?
Tempeh with zucchini, kale, onion, carrot, ginger, coconut shreds and lots of garlic.

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
A human living on the Point Reyes peninsula 1,000 years ago.

8: What inspires you?
Fear; paradox; sadness; water; patterns.

9: Last record you played?
Pulse Emitter’s meditation music series; Biosphere – Substrata

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
Wurlitzer 200A; blank tapes.

11: Last movie you saw?
Boy (http://www.boythemovie.co.nz/)

12: Who do you love?
My family, my dog, my friends.

13: Do you have any pets?
Yes, see attached.

14: Are you useful?
I hope so.

15: Biggest fear?
#1-human beings
#2-Demons being real

16: What do you value the most?
Honesty, compassion, humbleness.

17: Famous last words?
Call the person in charge.

Grouper’s A  I  A, a double release that includes the full-lengths Dream Loss and Alien Observer is out today on LP & digitally via her own imprint.
Three shows on the east coast with Zelienople start later this week.

 

John McCracken – R.I.P. 0

Obit here.

Excerpt from an interview from Art in America, reproduced online at E.L.F. Infested Spaces, a “Journal of Possible Paradigms“ 
JM: We think we know what time is, but we don’t. There is what could be called “real” time, which is really all time-past, present and future-rolled into one fantastic, simultaneous pattern. And there are “raying out” all around us just about numberless futures and numberless pasts, and numberless parallel and alternate probabilities. All, as mind-boggling as it may seem, are real dimensions of existence.
FC: When you talk about the simultaneity of real time, I’m reminded of the story you once told me about an experience you had in high school, which seems to summarize what you’re talking about.
JM: It happened on my last day at high school, after graduation. I lived about 20 miles from the school in the country in Northern California. That evening when I got off the school bus, my mind was full of thoughts about where my life might go next. I was thinking big, wondering thoughts. “Is there a God?” “What is the nature of everything?” I stood next to the almost-deserted highway for quite a while, looking off to the west toward the mountains, where the setting sun was turning the sky into a beautiful riot of color. And a strong, curious feeling came over me: I felt like I was being watched from behind, from up in the sky. It unnerved me a little, but it was kind of a spiritual and good feeling, as if God were watching me. And that, for a while, was that.

Then one evening about 15 years later, I was in a contemplative state, remembering things, and I remembered that experience. And in remembering, I did what I think people often do, which is to remember from the outside, as if viewing a photograph of the event. So I saw myself standing there by the road, looking at the sunset, with the countryside spread out all around me. I drew the scene into focus in my mind, pulling it closer into view, moving closer to it. As I did this, I suddenly realized that I was “coming into” the scene exactly at the point in the sky from which I had felt I was being watched 15 years before. I was utterly shocked. Something like a lightning bolt snapped between me and my past self, and I felt myself rubber-banding perceptually back and forth from one location to the other-from one body to the other. In a flabbergasted state I realized I had been watched then, and that the watcher was me, my future self.

Pandit Pran Nath 0

Lord of the Drone: Pandit Pran Nath and the American Underground
By Alexander Keefe

excellent article about pandit pran nath from bidoun magazine.

Q&A – TOM CARTER 1

 1: Analog or Digital?
digital with a judicious helping of vacuum tubes.

2: What time did you wake up today?
9AM

3: Last thing you read?
past master by r. a. lafferty

4: Whats your first memory?
Waking up in my crib surrounded by weird 70s cutout corkboard animals
& next to a puddle of my own vomit

5: Tea Or Coffee?
both, and lots of it

6: Last thing you cooked?
baked balsamic/tamari marinated tofu with steamed kale, walnut rice
pilaf & caramelized onions

7: If you’re reborn who or what would you like to be?
a hunter/ gatherer in an isolated land of plenty

8: What inspires you?
people who know no other way than their own

9: Last record you played?
suzanne langille/ neil murgai _wild & foolish heart_ LP

10: Favorite piece of musical equipment?
my lone axe, ’78 ibanez pf200 alpine white les paul copy

11: Last movie you saw?
T:O:U:C:H:I:N:G by paul sharits

12: Who do you love?
family, friends, bo diddley; roughly in that order

13: Do you have any pets?
nope

14: Are you useful?
i hope not

15: Biggest fear?
becoming trapped in someone else’s nightmare

16: What do you value the most?
stillness

17: Famous last words?
safe as milk & twice as nice

Tom Carter has a blazing new tape out on Root Strata that you can see, hear & order here.

VISITOR – JEFRE CANTU-LEDESMA – INDIGNANT SENILITY – HOLOCENE – PORTLAND – APRIL 7th 1

more info here

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