MANIFESTATIONS I

Preterite (JH+GB), St-Alphonse Rodriguez, QC, 2021.VII.03. Photo by S. de la Moth

Recent medication

Books:
J.G.Ballard | The Crystal World | Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Philip Best | Alien Existence | Infinity Land Press
Unica Zürn | The Man of Jasmine | Atlas Press
Carlo Emilio Gadda | That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana | NYRB
Kato David Hopkins | Rumors of Noizu: Hijokaidan and the Road to 2nd Damascus | Public Bath Press
Richard Johnson | Grudge for Life: A Book About Ramleh | Fourth Dimension
Izumi Suzuki | Terminal Boredom | Verso Books
New Juche | The Worm | Infinity Land Press
Ann Quin | Berg | And Other Stories
C.G.Jung | The Black Books | Philemon Foundation

Films:
Sharunas Bartas | Frost
Lucile Hadzihalilovic | De Natura
Bertrand Mandico | Living Still Life
Bertrand Mandico | Y’a t’il un vierge encore vivante?
Solveig Nordlund | Journey to Orion
Solveig Nordlund | Low-Flying Aircraft
Wiktor Stribog | Cellar
Athina Rachel Tsangari | Attenberg
Athina Rachel Tsangari | The Capsule

Music:
Kaoru Abe generally
Takumi Akaishi | Memoria | Art Into Life
Albedo Fantastica | Culvert & Starry Night | An’archives
Banetoriko generally
Keiji Haino + Suishou no Fune | Live at Penguin House, February 24, 2005 | Otherside
JH | APEIROZOAN master in progress | Kg.org
Hijokaidan generally
Kousokuya generally
Nisennenmondai generally
Plinth | Music for Smalls Lighthouse | Clay Pipe Music
Ramleh | Be Careful What You Wish For | Sympathy for the Record Industry
Tamio Shiraishi generally
Third Ear Band | s/t | Harvest
Shizuo Uchida & Takayuki Hashimoto | UH | An’archives
United Bible Studies generally
Masayoshi Urabe | What hasn’t come here, COME! | Relative Pitch
Fuji Yuki, Harutaka Mochizuki, Michel Henritzi | Shiroi Kao | An’archives

ARCHAEOLOGY IV | The Pines post-mortem

The Pines Recording was built in an unassuming building on Murray Street in Griffintown, Montreal by David Bryant and Brooke Crouser in the early 2000’s. Apart from being a working recording studio (apart from David’s own groups Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire to Flames and Hiss Tracts, a diverse variety of people passed through over the years) it was also a residence for up to three people at a time. I lived and worked there from 2012 to 2018 and continued to store my instruments there and use the live room after the dismantling of the studio in November of that latter year. In 2020 the current residents finally gave up the lease and so the space was finally completely vacated. Apart from those otherwise noted, these photos were taken on the day I moved my Hammond organ and amplifier out for good in November 2020. An incredible amount of Montreal music history took place within these walls – I sincerely hope that the ghosts of these things will manifest in some way to whoever inhabits the now reconfigured space… Things I recorded and mixed there include the two Keraunograph Ensemble LP’s (the second still unreleased), Preterite’s ‘Remembrancer’, my solo recordings Xenolith, Rapacious Sky and Contagious Spaces, as well as my contributions to recordings by John Duncan, Ingenting Kollektiva and Un Festin Sagital. Much that I begun hadn’t the time to be completed, and waits for a new venue to be found.

Thanks to David for inviting me to be a part of things, and my former co-residents Drew Barnet, Kier-La Janisse and Michaela Grill for making life better in one way or another.

The Creature awaiting interment

The Voice Box of the Creature awaiting interment
Ye Olde very broken Farfisa Professional Duo, abandoned to an uncertain fate
The former control room
The Restoration Wing, empty
The Restoration Wing, empty
The Restoration Wing, empty
Ghosts I

The empty nest
Ghosts II
Recording “Writings of Earth”, 2012
Rehearsing “Contagious Spaces”, 2016
Rehearsing “Contagious Spaces”, 2016
Control room, 2016
Recording “The Great Diagonal”, 2016
Mixing “Xenolith”, 2017
2018, with Bodie (RIP)
Last recordings with the Creature, October 14th, 2020

ARCHAEOLOGY I | 2014.05.23

A sun to read the dark

“Imitation is an existential mistake. So, to escape from the trivial cycle of relationships in music, the musician, the artist, must be absolutely independent, which means absolutely alone.”
— Iannis Xenakis

A breath of fresh air from an old lung

So what is this, exactly? A space for writings and rantings about the entire sea of all things, or specific areas of interest therein. A watcher for  all the other eyes.

“The worse your art is, the easier it is to talk about it.”
-John Ashbery