December 8th, 2009

abstract butterfly

flying into new beginings.

Tonight the last of White Cube remixes will be posted. Thursday I begin getting them in final shape to send in a player to Norway.

Tonight also I flew from San Francisco to Dallas, reading a biography of Elgar most of the way. I am struck by how late in life he gained his fame, and how he had a tremendous vogue, and then fell from favor. He is among my favorites of the post-Romantics. His combination of cryptic prickliness, high-strung melodrama, and mystic bold heart intrigues. I noted that he spent much of his career teaching violin and doing little musical pieces for not much money in provincial towns, until his talent was recognized.

clouds  over california

On these flights I listened to the following on my mp3 player:

A. Spark, A CBC radio podcast/show about technology
B. The Sniffer.ca, a two woman discussion about technology
C. Entertainment for the Braindead, a German woman who sings in English, accompanied by her guitar and household implements.
D. Emilie Lund, a Swedish woman who sings in English, accompanied by folk/pop instruments;
E. C. Reider, a creator of abstract music who created a quite varied exploration of sounds and melodic textures using only an old 808 drum machine;
F. Carl Sagan's Ghost, a wonderful light ambient set of pieces
G. Jeff Pearce, a guitarist/Chapman Stick player from Indiana, whose latest album contains gentle light ambient instrumentals
H. a BBC podcast about science' and
I. A skeptics podcast about science

The couple ahead of me on the way to the plane had a spider monkey. The Transportation Security Administration offical reported that the monkey gave her a hug. This creates for me a new theory that life is one big R.K. Naranyan novel, writ large.