No - Fi Antimusic 22







MAGBU - I
(Maggie Ledes &  Bubotu Cotumbo 2014)








No - Fi Antimusic 21






ANIMANS - ...an attempt to synchronise the time folds...(live at Flygvapenmuseet II) 2014

 Kamikuma & Half Digested Taco & Maggie Ledes & DJ Soulard



 



No - Fi Antimusic 20






ANIMANS - live at Flygvapenmuseet 2014

 Kamikuma & Half Digested Taco & Maggie Ledes & DJ Soulard







ANIMANS LIVE

 http://nataliakamia.blogspot.com/2014_03_01_archive.html

 

Sunday, 23 March 2014


ANIMANS liVe at the Air Force Museum in Linkoping, Sweden


At Singh Thai, Norrköping, on 10th March, 19.20 CET

- Kosta is coming, Yvonne is coming, Antoine is also coming.

- Antoine? Who is Antoine?

- The guy from Animans who is playing with me. I think I'll recognize him when he enters the room. Googled.

- So you never met?

- No.

- Wow....and you are playing live tomorrow!

- Yes. That's pretty exciting. He is bringing his tape-recorder.

-  Bonsoir!

- Yeah, it's him! Bonsoir!

- Bonsoir!


11th March, Flygvapenmuseum, Linköping.
http://www.flygvapenmuseum.se/
Animans are in the program at around 14.00 CET, among the presentations by Vision Forum participants and guests http://vision-forum.blogspot.se/2014/02/vision-forum-spring-meeting-2014-march.html

Now that the jam is over, I am trying to look back. We had a lot of different ideas about the project: the concept, the message, the medium, the venue. Hard to evaluate the results. It could be better, it could be worse. Reading through our email conversations, I see a chain of key -words, all of them having something to do with "air" and "force". I know that they will never compensate for the failure with the radio stations- we didn't manage to build a chain of them, but to a certain degree they trace the trajectory of our work:

FREE AIR WAVES

AIR........................................FORCE
AIR WAVE...................................................POWER
BIRDS...........................................................DEMOCRACY
FLY........................................FREEDOM
FLIGHT.........................................................REBELLION
LINE.........................................................TARGET
AIRCRAFT....................................................DEVASTATION
WIFI.....................................................BARRIERS
INTERNET................................TRANSMISSIONS
ETHER............................................................NOISE
RADIO.............................................COMMUNICATIONS
TECHNOLOGY..............................................PIRACY
STREAM..................................................INSTITUTION
MEDIUM.........................................................MESSAGE
PERFORMANCE.....................................AUDIENCE
ART............................................................MORALITY
JAM.......................................COOPERATION
BROADCAST...............................................MONITOR
CHAOS......................................................CONTROL
RANDOMNESS...............................................ORDER
POETRY...........................................................WORDS
SOUNDS..........................................FREQUENCIES
TIME.................................................................SPACE
DIY.........................................MUSEUM
LINK.....................................................CHAIN
CONNECT.......................................................TRANSFORM
RECORD...................................................DEFORM
LIVE.....................REMOTE
ON AIR............................................................SECRET
FLOW......................................................................INTERSECT
SMOOTH............................................STRIATED
REAL TIME...............................................................LATENCY
PHONES................................................INARTICULATE
LISTEN.....................................................................DECODE
UNDERGROUND...........................MILITARY

As planned, we were showing a remote jam (two on stage, the third of Animans, Maggie, over the internet, the fourth remaining totally in the background)-crossbroadcasting and even receiving a broadcast or rather a re-broadcast by DJ Soulard from Spiritplants radio (www.spiritplantsradio.com), reading his poetry, all the sounds returning in a different rendition. One of the streams were hidden in a DIY "transmitter box" (a cardboard box with a plastic cup, connected to another one with a thread, passing through to the outside, a recorder, an iPhone and a mascot inside, the sound travelling through the thread, more often than not unsuccesfully). The audience could access it on their smart phones. Those who used them, brought the hidden sounds into the room, and they got picked up by the microphone, creating a continuous loop back into the flow. You can listen to some snippets from it here:http://soundcloud.com/kamikuma/animans-confessing-publicly


I was reciting a fable, written especially for the occasion- "Penguin and Chicken at Flygarns Haga"- the result of some brainstorming via emails. I even made a collage with it (can be heard on soundcloud-

http://soundcloud.com/jucumari/penguin-and-chicken-at

Here is the text:

Penguin and Chicken at Flygarns Haga.

- What kind of bird are you that cannot fly?

- A navy bird, I can swim.
And what kind of bird are YOU, little chicken?
You cannot fly either.

- Oh, mr Penguin, I could before- I mean my ancestors could.
I am what has become of me.

- That's not your fault. Beware, those who walk on two legs...

- Like you, mr Penguin?

- No, those non-birds, who walk on two legs and can fly, they'll see to it that you get in a soup.

- Ay! No no no, I don't want to be in a soup.

- We are in a soup already.

***

AIRMAN'S DEFOLIATING SOUP

Ingredients:

Monsanto Agent Orange (2,4- D and 2,4, 5-T) 1 tbs

PCB's 1 cup

Dioxin 5 tbs

Genetically engineered soybeans 1/2 cups ( from Dupont or Dow)

Genetically engineered corn 1/3 cups (from Syngenta)

Baking soda 10 tbs


Pre-cook soybeans and corn, mix well with the rest of the ingredients and pour into a plastic bag. Shake vigorously.

PFFFKT! PFFF! SHKTTT!.........AY! .....NGM GN GN......HRSSSS!......AY GNMN Ggn pkht pk


(silence)


Ikarus

He was a butterfly
The sunlight was a great attraction
It was a spectacular death
Not a postmodern performance

There was a lot of pathos in his wish
To shine with a stolen brilliance
What was forbidden for a creature of land
Only spurred Ikarus, but wasn't his goal

Alight on his wings- of wax was it
Competing in the air as wings usually do
The right congealed, the left close to a melting degree
He made a casimi and under the rays of sun

And the sun, that radiant solar bird
With a beak, sharp like a laser beam
Ripped apart those belligerent wings
And the toxic wax rain fell on the ground

You think Ikarus fell too
But that's a horrible mistake
He died, but
He learned to fly without wings

***

- Ah, mr Penguin, you scare me.
But I don't understand how he learned it.

- The same moment you forgot how to do it, he remembered it.

- How?

- He made a flying machine...

- Wait, wasn't he dead?

- Yes, he was. He was dead in his heart- it got scorched by the sun.
But please, don't interrupt me.
So, he made a flying machine with wings just like yours and a brain inside a pilot much smarter than yours.

- That's an insult, mr Penguin. You think that if you wear a smoking, you are as smart as them, the two-legged non-birds.

- No, I am smarter and I have to hurry before all ice melts away.



Penguin the Butcher Bird as Ikarus.

He was launched into atmosphere
On an airraft of ice
Illuminating the dark skies like a nova
And leaving meteorologists at a loss

He turned clouds upside down
Over the corn fields of the world
Like buckets of Chemtrail soup
To feed the hungry GMO sprouts

When all the foliage went grey
The temperatures stopped disobeying
Global warming ran out of steam
And ice was winning huge areas

On a kamikaze mission
Penguin the Butcher Bird
Self-butchered to join Laika
As the forces of gravity died
(Some ice splinters are still visible in the extinguished earth's telescopes)


I asked the audience right after the concert to try to imagine space as smooth and sounds from afar meeting no barriers on their way. Then we, who are playing together, while being located in different parts of the world, are not like separate dots, connected with lines, but  lines or separate flows of intensities, intersecting at some points during the performance. Even today I cannot see us as individual perfomers, only as Animans generating conjunction points in a seemingly chaotic flow of transmitted information.
For broadcasting we used a popular streaming platform- Mixlr- but rather unconventionally. We were both streaming and monitoring each other at the same time.

I put our streams together, not trying to correct the latency. It comes rather close to what I remember from my perspective:
http://www.iradeo.com/kamikuma/player/117190

Who are Animans?

http://soundcloud.com/xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

http://soundcloud.com/half-digested-taco

http://soundcloud.com/maggieledes

http://soundcloud.com/kamikuma


No - Fi Antimusic 19







ANIMANS - thewyoffooddrkthetruthofthetruthofthetruthbeyodthetruthofubo
+  underalbum: the bottom of the brightness range2 ( 9 January 2o14 )

Maggie Ledes & Bubotu Cotumbo









ANIMANS - the w y of food    dr  k the truth of the truth of the truth beyo d the truth of  ub     o
+  underalbum: the bottom of the brightness range ( 9 January 2o14:))

Maggie Ledes & Bubotu Cotumbo











No - Fi Antimusic 18






Animans - THE WAY OF FOOD IS DRINK IS THE TRUTH OF THE TRUTH 
OF THE TRUTH BEYOND THE TRUTH OF SUBMISSION

Maggie Ledes & Bubotu Cotumbo


(Pseudo-Edward Davis Wood production)


-forget your critique for a while-






No - Fi Antimusic 17







The Prophets of Lotto & Poltergeist Jazz

"Nachtarbeit"   /SPLIT








ECI-2012-000007









Now that the sun have vowed is light
And bid the world good night;
To the soft bed my body I dispose,
But where were shall my soul repose?
                                       (CRASS)

NOW






ANIMANS - BLACK SQUARE






Four merge into one, one splits into itself and the the void !!!!


No - Fi Antimusic 16






Maggie Ledes & Half Digested Taco & Kamikuma & BTT   2013

ANIMANS - Black Square








Publicity 4

http://nataliakamia.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2013-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2014-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=5

SUNDAY, 30 JUNE 2013

Irreducible Two




Irreducible two.

1. Kamikuma plays Animans, Initiation, while watching videos with Zizek and Dolar.

https://archive.org/details/Btt31-Animans-InitiationFakeDemocracy...neverMindTheBlocks12

http://www.ici-berlin.org/docu/one-divides-into-two/?tx_bddbflvvideogallery_pi1%5Bvideo%5D=14

"One divides into two, two doesn't merge into one" is an old maoist slogan not many people recognize today. Antagonism between the classes, inherent in the capitalist system , unavoidably leads to class struggle and cannot be reconciled within the existing system. The reconciliation is only possible in a new order, in a synthesis different from the initial One.
Why I am referring to that slogan, which is also the topic of the conference I am watching, when my intention is to discuss the album, is understandable: I think the album is a celebration of the split.

01- Bubotu Cotumbo-A March Song of The Furniture Army
02 & 03- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses

2. Kamikuma discovers God, but he doesn't exist.

Hegelian triad of thesis-antithesis- synthesis, summing up what I said so far, can be replaced by " being- nothingness- becoming" , nothingness or the void as the source of movement. When things are pushed closer to the void or virtuality, a becoming is about to take place. Very incorrect to use Deleusian terminology here, as his concept of virtuality never leaves the material plane, while Hegel being an idealist reaches out to God in his statement that the universe is incomplete, but somehow I feel that it's legitimate, as I imagine that universal force called God as feminine, it is not a father-figure, a master, but a mother hiding somewhere among the ordinary things. Nature as mother or Mother-nature...The umbilical cord is severed, but we need a re-link (religio). Nature comes first as Hegel himself would certainly agree.

How two bodies can become one is a mystery that belongs to God. I heard about it at a wedding ceremony in the orthodox church. God doesn't exist, but he rules. By analogy, how two elements are united in perfect harmony in a work of art is a mystery that belongs to the artist. The author of the album I am discussing here withdraws into a role of consumer, granting the priviledge of judgement and acting upon it to the users and the listeners. It will become clear, if you take a closer look. I cannot find a better expression of it than that of Boris Groys: "The artist's insight has become 'disembodied' and all-consuming: it is an insight that can always be 'embodied' again, as often as anyone has the desire to reconstruct the processes that the artist has revealed". ( From the essay The Artist as Consumer)

The gap is in the substance, there is an unrest or disquiet in all being, expressing itself as potentiality of war or madness. Hegel is often criticised for negativity, but actually his negations ( and the album is full of them: anti-music, anti-rhythm) lead to a new positivity by pushing the limits of the thing negated. Anti-music is not the same as not music. And anti- is not only a marker of the alternative, standing ouside of the music market, of DIY aesthetics and cooperative spirit of punk, noise, no-fi, discordant sound. It is also an affirmation of music that misbehaves, acting like a clinamen, a singularity of space.

04&05- Bubotu Cotumbo- The Walkaboots & Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses

3. Kamikuma gets lobotomised.

The problems I experienced with some tracks of Initiation ( which made it a very traumatic passage) were not on the level of time-form, but on that of a musical gesture. It just didn't make sense to me what the combined tracks were doing there in relation to each other- I found none, and when the mind in its attempt of finding a relation fails, it runs into irreducibility of the two . It's Lacanian antinomy of One that splits into itself and the void or the Other ( One already posterior to a split). This is exactly how the songs of Initiation are made- each splits into itself and the x, then a new cut is made and again a split into itself and the x, occupied by the Other. They don't merge into one, but remain two separate lego pieces: so the gap is maintained and I had to find an abstract midpoint in my mind, creating an oscillation between the tracks and finally a new parallax mode of listening.

06 & 07- Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses & Kamikuma- Knas VH
08 & 09- Kamikuma- Knas VH & Half Digested Taco- HV Sank
10 & 11- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Kamikuma- Knas VH

4. Kamikuma's new theory of gender.

I find the support and explanation of my reaction in Lacan's classical "il n'y a pas de rapport sexuel- there is no sexual relationship,...the woman doesn't exist", provoking the anger of feminists, but none the less making me believe in love and in Lacan as well as Hegel as philosophers of love ( It was Zizek who pointed at that), because through the experience of love you have to meet the otherness in yourself - it is something that shatters you out of your own existence. Probably in a woman that otherness occupies the first place, I understand it as universality in relation to a masculine particularity, the conflict of the opposites as a conflict between the universal and the particular within the self, and identity emerging in the gap, depending on where the split takes place.

12 & 13- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army.
14 & 15- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Shepherding Process & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army.

5. Kamikuma gets tired of transcendence and asks Deleuze to come and rescue her. ***

Speaking about the mysterious unity we experience through art, it's difficult to avoid mentioning Kandinsky. There is an indirect reference to his black and white in one song- Deaf White Blind Black. The axiom of 'two doesn't merge into one' or impossibilty of returning to one after the cut is made- that irreducibility of the two- works extremely well in art as we saw it, because art is as obscure as the unconscious and in art an opening to a spiritual dimension allows for transcendence of the experience, it takes the viewer to a higher level , where a synthesis makes sense. Now Beuys has to be mentioned as well. I am more comfortable with immanence, so I would prefer calling it connecting to a flow of forces and intensities .( The same mistake again.)

Kandinsky elaborates a system of correspondences between colour and geometrical shape in his theoretical work 'On Spiritual in Art- it serves as a trampoline, allowing him to make a jump into unknown, and relying on his model, he starts eliminating all the hinders. His "Blue Rider", marking a gradual shift to abstract painting is already a patchwork of colour the viewer can enter and then synthesise. In his later works, he separates colour and shape , opening up even more, and in the black and white paintings he only relies on shape, bringing things to their closure or death or silence of a body, which is the meaning of his black. White is all colour, only unmanifested. Colours entering those black and whites in a viewer's perception seem to come from nowhere, it's ephemere like music.

16 & 17- Maggie Ledes- Societal Resistance & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army
18 & 19- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army
20 & 21- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Bubotu Cotumbo- Deaf White Blind Black

6. Chalk and butter.

What I am describing is a process of initiation with its stages of separation, transition and incorporation in a new order. In other terms it can be called a becoming, like in 'becoming animal' . I already mentioned Beuys and his famous performance. The very first link is in the title: Animans -the word animan (animal-human). In his 'I Like America and America Likes me' he symbolically re-enacts his life experience during the war, when his plane was shot down over the Crimea and he was saved by nomads who smeared his body with wax and fat and wrapped in felt. Beuys gets transported to the place of the performance in the ambulance, covered in grey felt (grey felt is also a depression), and spends several days sharing the room with a wild coyote, using the felt as the only protection. Through this encounter with the other he comes to terms with his past trauma and undergoes a shamanic transformation.
A wound cannot be healed through reconciliation of the opposites by simply patching up the gap, only through acknowledging it and letting the ever changing force of nature nurture you. The symbolic value of organic materials like butter and fat as life-saving substances is that of a healing power of nature Beuys strongly believed in. In another work, Wirtschaftswerte ('Economic Values'), he used a block of plaster that had been in his studio for a long time and was full of 'scars'. To correct them he put butter on it and then it got slowly absorbed by the chalk.

22 & 23- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Maggie Ledes- In Accordance With the Prophecy
24 & 25- Half Digested Taco- Maybe (Bogo 1000 Remix) & Maggie Ledes- In Accordance With the Prophecy
26 & 27-Half Digested Taco- Maybe (Bogo 1000 Remix) & Kamikuma- Dry Wheat

7. The Unconscious is structured like the language.

Animan ( animal/ human) looks like a slip of the tongue. ( There was another one, more Freudian, forniture, corrected in the final version). Usually it's the unconscious breaking in through the cracks in the language manifesting as slips and other distortions. It was one of the reasons of bringing Lacan here.
Sound and language intersect in the split, I am both listening and reading the album and the art work as a text. The concept of the project or a model on which it is build is programmed for deviation. As a cooperative effort it is not vaccinated against mishaps and glitches: it could go wrong -Hegelian totality that includes failure.

28 & 29- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Matchmantra for The Animansarmy & Kamikuma- Dry Wheat
30- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Matchmantra for the Animansarmy

The maker of the project is a (sound) painter, calling herself  Maggie Ledes....................................





SUNDAY, 30 JUNE 2013

Irreducible Two




Irreducible two.

1. Maggie Ledes plays Animans, Initiation, while watching videos with Zizek and Dolar.

https://archive.org/details/Btt31-Animans-InitiationFakeDemocracy...neverMindTheBlocks12

http://www.ici-berlin.org/docu/one-divides-into-two/?tx_bddbflvvideogallery_pi1%5Bvideo%5D=14

"One divides into two, two doesn't merge into one" is an old maoist slogan not many people recognize today. Antagonism between the classes, inherent in the capitalist system , unavoidably leads to class struggle and cannot be reconciled within the existing system. The reconciliation is only possible in a new order, in a synthesis different from the initial One.
Why I am referring to that slogan, which is also the topic of the conference I am watching, when my intention is to discuss the album, is understandable: I think the album is a celebration of the split.

01- Bubotu Cotumbo-A March Song of The Furniture Army
02 & 03- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses

2. Maggie Ledes discovers God, but he doesn't exist.

Hegelian triad of thesis-antithesis- synthesis, summing up what I said so far, can be replaced by " being- nothingness- becoming" , nothingness or the void as the source of movement. When things are pushed closer to the void or virtuality, a becoming is about to take place. Very incorrect to use Deleusian terminology here, as his concept of virtuality never leaves the material plane, while Hegel being an idealist reaches out to God in his statement that the universe is incomplete, but somehow I feel that it's legitimate, as I imagine that universal force called God as feminine, it is not a father-figure, a master, but a mother hiding somewhere among the ordinary things. Nature as mother or Mother-nature...The umbilical cord is severed, but we need a re-link (religio). Nature comes first as Hegel himself would certainly agree.

How two bodies can become one is a mystery that belongs to God. I heard about it at a wedding ceremony in the orthodox church. God doesn't exist, but he rules. By analogy, how two elements are united in perfect harmony in a work of art is a mystery that belongs to the artist. The author of the album I am discussing here withdraws into a role of consumer, granting the priviledge of judgement and acting upon it to the users and the listeners. It will become clear, if you take a closer look. I cannot find a better expression of it than that of Boris Groys: "The artist's insight has become 'disembodied' and all-consuming: it is an insight that can always be 'embodied' again, as often as anyone has the desire to reconstruct the processes that the artist has revealed". ( From the essay The Artist as Consumer)

The gap is in the substance, there is an unrest or disquiet in all being, expressing itself as potentiality of war or madness. Hegel is often criticised for negativity, but actually his negations ( and the album is full of them: anti-music, anti-rhythm) lead to a new positivity by pushing the limits of the thing negated. Anti-music is not the same as not music. And anti- is not only a marker of the alternative, standing ouside of the music market, of DIY aesthetics and cooperative spirit of punk, noise, no-fi, discordant sound. It is also an affirmation of music that misbehaves, acting like a clinamen, a singularity of space.

04&05- Bubotu Cotumbo- The Walkaboots & Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses

3. Maggie Ledes gets lobotomised.

The problems I experienced with some tracks of Initiation ( which made it a very traumatic passage) were not on the level of time-form, but on that of a musical gesture. It just didn't make sense to me what the combined tracks were doing there in relation to each other- I found none, and when the mind in its attempt of finding a relation fails, it runs into irreducibility of the two . It's Lacanian antinomy of One that splits into itself and the void or the Other ( One already posterior to a split). This is exactly how the songs of Initiation are made- each splits into itself and the x, then a new cut is made and again a split into itself and the x, occupied by the Other. They don't merge into one, but remain two separate lego pieces: so the gap is maintained and I had to find an abstract midpoint in my mind, creating an oscillation between the tracks and finally a new parallax mode of listening.

06 & 07- Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses & Kamikuma- Knas VH
08 & 09- Kamikuma- Knas VH & Half Digested Taco- HV Sank
10 & 11- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Kamikuma- Knas VH

4. Maggie's new theory of gender.

I find the support and explanation of my reaction in Lacan's classical "il n'y a pas de rapport sexuel- there is no sexual relationship,...the woman doesn't exist", provoking the anger of feminists, but none the less making me believe in love and in Lacan as well as Hegel as philosophers of love ( It was Zizek who pointed at that), because through the experience of love you have to meet the otherness in yourself - it is something that shatters you out of your own existence. Probably in a woman that otherness occupies the first place, I understand it as universality in relation to a masculine particularity, the conflict of the opposites as a conflict between the universal and the particular within the self, and identity emerging in the gap, depending on where the split takes place.

12 & 13- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army.
14 & 15- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Shepherding Process & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army.

5. Maggie Ledes gets tired of transcendence and asks Deleuze to come and rescue her. ***

Speaking about the mysterious unity we experience through art, it's difficult to avoid mentioning Kandinsky. There is an indirect reference to his black and white in one song- Deaf White Blind Black. The axiom of 'two doesn't merge into one' or impossibilty of returning to one after the cut is made- that irreducibility of the two- works extremely well in art as we saw it, because art is as obscure as the unconscious and in art an opening to a spiritual dimension allows for transcendence of the experience, it takes the viewer to a higher level , where a synthesis makes sense. Now Beuys has to be mentioned as well. I am more comfortable with immanence, so I would prefer calling it connecting to a flow of forces and intensities .( The same mistake again.)

Kandinsky elaborates a system of correspondences between colour and geometrical shape in his theoretical work 'On Spiritual in Art- it serves as a trampoline, allowing him to make a jump into unknown, and relying on his model, he starts eliminating all the hinders. His "Blue Rider", marking a gradual shift to abstract painting is already a patchwork of colour the viewer can enter and then synthesise. In his later works, he separates colour and shape , opening up even more, and in the black and white paintings he only relies on shape, bringing things to their closure or death or silence of a body, which is the meaning of his black. White is all colour, only unmanifested. Colours entering those black and whites in a viewer's perception seem to come from nowhere, it's ephemere like music.

16 & 17- Maggie Ledes- Societal Resistance & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army
18 & 19- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army
20 & 21- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Bubotu Cotumbo- Deaf White Blind Black

6. Chalk and butter.

What I am describing is a process of initiation with its stages of separation, transition and incorporation in a new order. In other terms it can be called a becoming, like in 'becoming animal' . I already mentioned Beuys and his famous performance. The very first link is in the title: Animans -the word animan (animal-human). In his 'I Like America and America Likes me' he symbolically re-enacts his life experience during the war, when his plane was shot down over the Crimea and he was saved by nomads who smeared his body with wax and fat and wrapped in felt. Beuys gets transported to the place of the performance in the ambulance, covered in grey felt (grey felt is also a depression), and spends several days sharing the room with a wild coyote, using the felt as the only protection. Through this encounter with the other he comes to terms with his past trauma and undergoes a shamanic transformation.
A wound cannot be healed through reconciliation of the opposites by simply patching up the gap, only through acknowledging it and letting the ever changing force of nature nurture you. The symbolic value of organic materials like butter and fat as life-saving substances is that of a healing power of nature Beuys strongly believed in. In another work, Wirtschaftswerte ('Economic Values'), he used a block of plaster that had been in his studio for a long time and was full of 'scars'. To correct them he put butter on it and then it got slowly absorbed by the chalk.

22 & 23- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Maggie Ledes- In Accordance With the Prophecy
24 & 25- Half Digested Taco- Maybe (Bogo 1000 Remix) & Maggie Ledes- In Accordance With the Prophecy
26 & 27-Half Digested Taco- Maybe (Bogo 1000 Remix) & Kamikuma- Dry Wheat

7. The Unconscious is structured like the language.

Animan ( animal/ human) looks like a slip of the tongue. ( There was another one, more Freudian, forniture, corrected in the final version). Usually it's the unconscious breaking in through the cracks in the language manifesting as slips and other distortions. It was one of the reasons of bringing Lacan here.
Sound and language intersect in the split, I am both listening and reading the album and the art work as a text. The concept of the project or a model on which it is build is programmed for deviation. As a cooperative effort it is not vaccinated against mishaps and glitches: it could go wrong -Hegelian totality that includes failure.

28 & 29- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Matchmantra for The Animansarmy & Kamikuma- Dry Wheat
30- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Matchmantra for the Animansarmy

The maker of the project is a (sound) painter, calling himself  Half Digested Taco....................................

SUNDAY, 30 JUNE 2013

Irreducible Two




Irreducible two.

1. Half Digested Taco plays Animans, Initiation, while watching videos with Zizek and Dolar.

https://archive.org/details/Btt31-Animans-InitiationFakeDemocracy...neverMindTheBlocks12

http://www.ici-berlin.org/docu/one-divides-into-two/?tx_bddbflvvideogallery_pi1%5Bvideo%5D=14

"One divides into two, two doesn't merge into one" is an old maoist slogan not many people recognize today. Antagonism between the classes, inherent in the capitalist system , unavoidably leads to class struggle and cannot be reconciled within the existing system. The reconciliation is only possible in a new order, in a synthesis different from the initial One.
Why I am referring to that slogan, which is also the topic of the conference I am watching, when my intention is to discuss the album, is understandable: I think the album is a celebration of the split.

01- Bubotu Cotumbo-A March Song of The Furniture Army
02 & 03- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses

2. Kamikuma discovers God, but he doesn't exist.

Hegelian triad of thesis-antithesis- synthesis, summing up what I said so far, can be replaced by " being- nothingness- becoming" , nothingness or the void as the source of movement. When things are pushed closer to the void or virtuality, a becoming is about to take place. Very incorrect to use Deleusian terminology here, as his concept of virtuality never leaves the material plane, while Hegel being an idealist reaches out to God in his statement that the universe is incomplete, but somehow I feel that it's legitimate, as I imagine that universal force called God as feminine, it is not a father-figure, a master, but a mother hiding somewhere among the ordinary things. Nature as mother or Mother-nature...The umbilical cord is severed, but we need a re-link (religio). Nature comes first as Hegel himself would certainly agree.

How two bodies can become one is a mystery that belongs to God. I heard about it at a wedding ceremony in the orthodox church. God doesn't exist, but he rules. By analogy, how two elements are united in perfect harmony in a work of art is a mystery that belongs to the artist. The author of the album I am discussing here withdraws into a role of consumer, granting the priviledge of judgement and acting upon it to the users and the listeners. It will become clear, if you take a closer look. I cannot find a better expression of it than that of Boris Groys: "The artist's insight has become 'disembodied' and all-consuming: it is an insight that can always be 'embodied' again, as often as anyone has the desire to reconstruct the processes that the artist has revealed". ( From the essay The Artist as Consumer)

The gap is in the substance, there is an unrest or disquiet in all being, expressing itself as potentiality of war or madness. Hegel is often criticised for negativity, but actually his negations ( and the album is full of them: anti-music, anti-rhythm) lead to a new positivity by pushing the limits of the thing negated. Anti-music is not the same as not music. And anti- is not only a marker of the alternative, standing ouside of the music market, of DIY aesthetics and cooperative spirit of punk, noise, no-fi, discordant sound. It is also an affirmation of music that misbehaves, acting like a clinamen, a singularity of space.

04&05- Bubotu Cotumbo- The Walkaboots & Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses

3. Half Digested Taco gets lobotomised.

The problems I experienced with some tracks of Initiation ( which made it a very traumatic passage) were not on the level of time-form, but on that of a musical gesture. It just didn't make sense to me what the combined tracks were doing there in relation to each other- I found none, and when the mind in its attempt of finding a relation fails, it runs into irreducibility of the two . It's Lacanian antinomy of One that splits into itself and the void or the Other ( One already posterior to a split). This is exactly how the songs of Initiation are made- each splits into itself and the x, then a new cut is made and again a split into itself and the x, occupied by the Other. They don't merge into one, but remain two separate lego pieces: so the gap is maintained and I had to find an abstract midpoint in my mind, creating an oscillation between the tracks and finally a new parallax mode of listening.

06 & 07- Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses & Kamikuma- Knas VH
08 & 09- Kamikuma- Knas VH & Half Digested Taco- HV Sank
10 & 11- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Kamikuma- Knas VH

4. Half Digested Taco's new theory of gender.

I find the support and explanation of my reaction in Lacan's classical "il n'y a pas de rapport sexuel- there is no sexual relationship,...the woman doesn't exist", provoking the anger of feminists, but none the less making me believe in love and in Lacan as well as Hegel as philosophers of love ( It was Zizek who pointed at that), because through the experience of love you have to meet the otherness in yourself - it is something that shatters you out of your own existence. Probably in a woman that otherness occupies the first place, I understand it as universality in relation to a masculine particularity, the conflict of the opposites as a conflict between the universal and the particular within the self, and identity emerging in the gap, depending on where the split takes place.

12 & 13- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army.
14 & 15- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Shepherding Process & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army.

5. Half Digested Taco gets tired of transcendence and asks Deleuze to come and rescue him. ***

Speaking about the mysterious unity we experience through art, it's difficult to avoid mentioning Kandinsky. There is an indirect reference to his black and white in one song- Deaf White Blind Black. The axiom of 'two doesn't merge into one' or impossibilty of returning to one after the cut is made- that irreducibility of the two- works extremely well in art as we saw it, because art is as obscure as the unconscious and in art an opening to a spiritual dimension allows for transcendence of the experience, it takes the viewer to a higher level , where a synthesis makes sense. Now Beuys has to be mentioned as well. I am more comfortable with immanence, so I would prefer calling it connecting to a flow of forces and intensities .( The same mistake again.)

Kandinsky elaborates a system of correspondences between colour and geometrical shape in his theoretical work 'On Spiritual in Art- it serves as a trampoline, allowing him to make a jump into unknown, and relying on his model, he starts eliminating all the hinders. His "Blue Rider", marking a gradual shift to abstract painting is already a patchwork of colour the viewer can enter and then synthesise. In his later works, he separates colour and shape , opening up even more, and in the black and white paintings he only relies on shape, bringing things to their closure or death or silence of a body, which is the meaning of his black. White is all colour, only unmanifested. Colours entering those black and whites in a viewer's perception seem to come from nowhere, it's ephemere like music.

16 & 17- Maggie Ledes- Societal Resistance & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army
18 & 19- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army
20 & 21- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Bubotu Cotumbo- Deaf White Blind Black

6. Chalk and butter.

What I am describing is a process of initiation with its stages of separation, transition and incorporation in a new order. In other terms it can be called a becoming, like in 'becoming animal' . I already mentioned Beuys and his famous performance. The very first link is in the title: Animans -the word animan (animal-human). In his 'I Like America and America Likes me' he symbolically re-enacts his life experience during the war, when his plane was shot down over the Crimea and he was saved by nomads who smeared his body with wax and fat and wrapped in felt. Beuys gets transported to the place of the performance in the ambulance, covered in grey felt (grey felt is also a depression), and spends several days sharing the room with a wild coyote, using the felt as the only protection. Through this encounter with the other he comes to terms with his past trauma and undergoes a shamanic transformation.
A wound cannot be healed through reconciliation of the opposites by simply patching up the gap, only through acknowledging it and letting the ever changing force of nature nurture you. The symbolic value of organic materials like butter and fat as life-saving substances is that of a healing power of nature Beuys strongly believed in. In another work, Wirtschaftswerte ('Economic Values'), he used a block of plaster that had been in his studio for a long time and was full of 'scars'. To correct them he put butter on it and then it got slowly absorbed by the chalk.

22 & 23- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Maggie Ledes- In Accordance With the Prophecy
24 & 25- Half Digested Taco- Maybe (Bogo 1000 Remix) & Maggie Ledes- In Accordance With the Prophecy
26 & 27-Half Digested Taco- Maybe (Bogo 1000 Remix) & Kamikuma- Dry Wheat

7. The Unconscious is structured like the language.

Animan ( animal/ human) looks like a slip of the tongue. ( There was another one, more Freudian, forniture, corrected in the final version). Usually it's the unconscious breaking in through the cracks in the language manifesting as slips and other distortions. It was one of the reasons of bringing Lacan here.
Sound and language intersect in the split, I am both listening and reading the album and the art work as a text. The concept of the project or a model on which it is build is programmed for deviation. As a cooperative effort it is not vaccinated against mishaps and glitches: it could go wrong -Hegelian totality that includes failure.

28 & 29- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Matchmantra for The Animansarmy & Kamikuma- Dry Wheat
30- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Matchmantra for the Animansarmy

The maker of the project is a (sound) painter, calling herself  Kamikuma.........................................

SUNDAY, 30 JUNE 2013


Irreducible Two



Irreducible two.

1. Bubotu Cotumbo plays Animans, Initiation, while watching videos with Zizek and Dolar.

https://archive.org/details/Btt31-Animans-InitiationFakeDemocracy...neverMindTheBlocks12

http://www.ici-berlin.org/docu/one-divides-into-two/?tx_bddbflvvideogallery_pi1%5Bvideo%5D=14

"One divides into two, two doesn't merge into one" is an old maoist slogan not many people recognize today. Antagonism between the classes, inherent in the capitalist system , unavoidably leads to class struggle and cannot be reconciled within the existing system. The reconciliation is only possible in a new order, in a synthesis different from the initial One.
Why I am referring to that slogan, which is also the topic of the conference I am watching, when my intention is to discuss the album, is understandable: I think the album is a celebration of the split.

01- Bubotu Cotumbo-A March Song of The Furniture Army
02 & 03- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses

2. Bubotu Cotumbo discovers God, but he doesn't exist.

Hegelian triad of thesis-antithesis- synthesis, summing up what I said so far, can be replaced by " being- nothingness- becoming" , nothingness or the void as the source of movement. When things are pushed closer to the void or virtuality, a becoming is about to take place. Very incorrect to use Deleusian terminology here, as his concept of virtuality never leaves the material plane, while Hegel being an idealist reaches out to God in his statement that the universe is incomplete, but somehow I feel that it's legitimate, as I imagine that universal force called God as feminine, it is not a father-figure, a master, but a mother hiding somewhere among the ordinary things. Nature as mother or Mother-nature...The umbilical cord is severed, but we need a re-link (religio). Nature comes first as Hegel himself would certainly agree.

How two bodies can become one is a mystery that belongs to God. I heard about it at a wedding ceremony in the orthodox church. God doesn't exist, but he rules. By analogy, how two elements are united in perfect harmony in a work of art is a mystery that belongs to the artist. The author of the album I am discussing here withdraws into a role of consumer, granting the priviledge of judgement and acting upon it to the users and the listeners. It will become clear, if you take a closer look. I cannot find a better expression of it than that of Boris Groys: "The artist's insight has become 'disembodied' and all-consuming: it is an insight that can always be 'embodied' again, as often as anyone has the desire to reconstruct the processes that the artist has revealed". ( From the essay The Artist as Consumer)

The gap is in the substance, there is an unrest or disquiet in all being, expressing itself as potentiality of war or madness. Hegel is often criticised for negativity, but actually his negations ( and the album is full of them: anti-music, anti-rhythm) lead to a new positivity by pushing the limits of the thing negated. Anti-music is not the same as not music. And anti- is not only a marker of the alternative, standing ouside of the music market, of DIY aesthetics and cooperative spirit of punk, noise, no-fi, discordant sound. It is also an affirmation of music that misbehaves, acting like a clinamen, a singularity of space.

04&05- Bubotu Cotumbo- The Walkaboots & Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses

3. Bubotu Cotumbo gets lobotomised.

The problems I experienced with some tracks of Initiation ( which made it a very traumatic passage) were not on the level of time-form, but on that of a musical gesture. It just didn't make sense to me what the combined tracks were doing there in relation to each other- I found none, and when the mind in its attempt of finding a relation fails, it runs into irreducibility of the two . It's Lacanian antinomy of One that splits into itself and the void or the Other ( One already posterior to a split). This is exactly how the songs of Initiation are made- each splits into itself and the x, then a new cut is made and again a split into itself and the x, occupied by the Other. They don't merge into one, but remain two separate lego pieces: so the gap is maintained and I had to find an abstract midpoint in my mind, creating an oscillation between the tracks and finally a new parallax mode of listening.

06 & 07- Maggie Ledes- And Away They Went with Their Senses & Kamikuma- Knas VH
08 & 09- Kamikuma- Knas VH & Half Digested Taco- HV Sank
10 & 11- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Kamikuma- Knas VH

4. Bubotu's new theory of gender.

I find the support and explanation of my reaction in Lacan's classical "il n'y a pas de rapport sexuel- there is no sexual relationship,...the woman doesn't exist", provoking the anger of feminists, but none the less making me believe in love and in Lacan as well as Hegel as philosophers of love ( It was Zizek who pointed at that), because through the experience of love you have to meet the otherness in yourself - it is something that shatters you out of your own existence. Probably in a woman that otherness occupies the first place, I understand it as universality in relation to a masculine particularity, the conflict of the opposites as a conflict between the universal and the particular within the self, and identity emerging in the gap, depending on where the split takes place.

12 & 13- Bubotu Cotumbo- A March Song of The Furniture Army & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army.
14 & 15- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Shepherding Process & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army.

5. Bubotu Cotumbo gets tired of transcendence and asks Deleuze to come and rescue him. ***

Speaking about the mysterious unity we experience through art, it's difficult to avoid mentioning Kandinsky. There is an indirect reference to his black and white in one song- Deaf White Blind Black. The axiom of 'two doesn't merge into one' or impossibilty of returning to one after the cut is made- that irreducibility of the two- works extremely well in art as we saw it, because art is as obscure as the unconscious and in art an opening to a spiritual dimension allows for transcendence of the experience, it takes the viewer to a higher level , where a synthesis makes sense. Now Beuys has to be mentioned as well. I am more comfortable with immanence, so I would prefer calling it connecting to a flow of forces and intensities .( The same mistake again.)

Kandinsky elaborates a system of correspondences between colour and geometrical shape in his theoretical work 'On Spiritual in Art- it serves as a trampoline, allowing him to make a jump into unknown, and relying on his model, he starts eliminating all the hinders. His "Blue Rider", marking a gradual shift to abstract painting is already a patchwork of colour the viewer can enter and then synthesise. In his later works, he separates colour and shape , opening up even more, and in the black and white paintings he only relies on shape, bringing things to their closure or death or silence of a body, which is the meaning of his black. White is all colour, only unmanifested. Colours entering those black and whites in a viewer's perception seem to come from nowhere, it's ephemere like music.

16 & 17- Maggie Ledes- Societal Resistance & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army
18 & 19- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Half Digested Taco- A Wind Song of The Furniture Army
20 & 21- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Bubotu Cotumbo- Deaf White Blind Black

6. Chalk and butter.

What I am describing is a process of initiation with its stages of separation, transition and incorporation in a new order. In other terms it can be called a becoming, like in 'becoming animal' . I already mentioned Beuys and his famous performance. The very first link is in the title: Animans -the word animan (animal-human). In his 'I Like America and America Likes me' he symbolically re-enacts his life experience during the war, when his plane was shot down over the Crimea and he was saved by nomads who smeared his body with wax and fat and wrapped in felt. Beuys gets transported to the place of the performance in the ambulance, covered in grey felt (grey felt is also a depression), and spends several days sharing the room with a wild coyote, using the felt as the only protection. Through this encounter with the other he comes to terms with his past trauma and undergoes a shamanic transformation.
A wound cannot be healed through reconciliation of the opposites by simply patching up the gap, only through acknowledging it and letting the ever changing force of nature nurture you. The symbolic value of organic materials like butter and fat as life-saving substances is that of a healing power of nature Beuys strongly believed in. In another work, Wirtschaftswerte ('Economic Values'), he used a block of plaster that had been in his studio for a long time and was full of 'scars'. To correct them he put butter on it and then it got slowly absorbed by the chalk.

22 & 23- Kamikuma- Yes Happy & Maggie Ledes- In Accordance With the Prophecy
24 & 25- Half Digested Taco- Maybe (Bogo 1000 Remix) & Maggie Ledes- In Accordance With the Prophecy
26 & 27-Half Digested Taco- Maybe (Bogo 1000 Remix) & Kamikuma- Dry Wheat

7. The Unconscious is structured like the language.

Animan ( animal/ human) looks like a slip of the tongue. ( There was another one, more Freudian, forniture, corrected in the final version). Usually it's the unconscious breaking in through the cracks in the language manifesting as slips and other distortions. It was one of the reasons of bringing Lacan here.
Sound and language intersect in the split, I am both listening and reading the album and the art work as a text. The concept of the project or a model on which it is build is programmed for deviation. As a cooperative effort it is not vaccinated against mishaps and glitches: it could go wrong -Hegelian totality that includes failure.

28 & 29- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Matchmantra for The Animansarmy & Kamikuma- Dry Wheat
30- Bubotu Cotumbo- A Matchmantra for the Animansarmy

The maker of the project is a (sound) painter, calling himself Bubotu Cotumbo..................................






THURSDAY, 3 JANUARY 2013


micro nasties

12 seconds is enough for making a decision- here comes a collaboration album, the starting point of which was a temporal constraint. Micro gestures, both individual and joined, coming from the sound artists with different styles (Kamikuma's naive, simplistic punk baroque, on annoyingly distorted piano, and Bubotu Cotumbo's organic primitivism, noisey, but subliminally beautiful,making me think of Derek Bailey), are put together with a help of a poetic narrative. Their order is not always musically logical and definitely non-narrative, desperately seeking unity and failing every time.
To fully perceive the split i recommend headphones, it is a two channel mix.

http://soundcloud.com/an-im-an-s1/sets/kamikuma-bubotu-cotumbo-nano/




More sounds from BBT here :
http://ratordog.blogspot.com/2012/12/no-fi-antimusic-14.html

Please, take time to visit dogs can read your mind blog, where the album is published as wellhttp://dogscanreadyourmind.blogspot.se/2013/01/kamikumabubotu-cotumbo.html