Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Mixed review 4-11-12 (WHERE'S THE SWARM)

The Mixed review is a record of my nightly readings. I hope it provides a resource for your own projects and projections into the intricacies of our world.

The First Item tonight is: mothers last word to her son, washington phillips

The music of Washington Phillips is hunting, ethereal, and downright soothing. While all music recorded in his day has that gritty finish Washington Phillips music, a treasure, shimmers through that grit in a way that is hard to understand even while hearing it. The music of Washington Phillips is mystical but not in the way that Gregorian chant or buddest throat singing is, the mysticism of Washington Phillips is the mysticism of a decidedly dead pan traveling preacher man with a fundamentally simple message of grace and eternal life.

Playin' a home made Dolceola twinkling' like the stars of haven he brought the light of the Lord to the people just about a century ago. When I stop and think about this unique voice preserved for all time I really feel tariffed strait to my soul. It’s as if while Washington sings about his eternal life with Jesus his electrified voice is enjoying eternal life with us, the people of the future. It really is a wanders feeling! To me.

The Secent Item tonight is: # PHILOSOPHY /// Pulse Demons by Eugene Thacker (from Léopold Lambert FUNAMBULIST blog)

Un-like its name sake (of Merzbow) Eugene Thacker's Pulse Demons is decidedly disciplined, univocal, self-posseted, concise, and a pleasant read. Thacker asks "are swarms the ‘content’ of music, or are they the music itself?" The swarm here is the signaler identity of a multiplicity of frequencies.

In this essay Thacker demonizes the swarm, but to be fare he wasn't the first to do it, as he mentions Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari first made this assertion in their book A Thousand Plateaus. How Thacker's analysis of the Swarm differs from theirs is his focus on the sound of the swarm and how this sound comes from no-where or to be more precise from no-particular-place.

In the spirit of this claim Thacker uses a myriad of examples from Black-Metal, to Kant's sublime, to Xenakis’ chaos math, to Badiou numerical being all wrapped up in a single voice. But in case you think Thacker is making a Demonology out of the whole world I must also point out that he accredits the original one/many to the trinity: " God as Creator creates many creatures. As creatures they are at once linked to God through the act of creation...But, as creatures, they are also separated from God in being mortal and rooted in the changes associated with temporality."

Ultimately Thacker identifies the swarm as characteristically imminent as opposed to emanating, By this he means that the voice of a swarm doesn't emanate from one center but imminently resonates from no-where- in-particular.

Here's the online version of the text brought to you by THE FUNAMBULIST & myself:

The therd Item of the night is: my faveret Derrida quote

  “must not structure have a genesis, and must not the origin, the point of genesis, be already structured, in order to be the genesis of something?” - Darrida

The Fourth Item of the night is: Xenakis- Persepolis [GRM Mix] (1/6) 

The Fifth Item Of The Night Is: Bernie Sanders The Fed and OCCUPY WALL STREET

Bernie Sanders a known socialist takes Ben Bernanke to task for his high interest rates, and calls for emergency lawns for "small businesses." To be honest not shore how those businesses would be able to pay backs the emergency lawns in a failing economy. I do understand how the boost in production would increase general wages but without real savings how can the new salaries keep pass with the price of new products being produced. The cost of the products would have to come down and with them the wages of the workers and the result would be yet more debt. I don't know I could be wrong. I still think Sanders is a champ for asking these questions I mean it really the inconsistencies that he's challenging here.

Here Bernie Sanders questions Ben Bernanke on the Feds lack of transparency, interest rate inequity, and general lack of fiscal accountability. Ben Bernanke keeps his cool as usual as Sanders drills him on all sorts of corruption, to his credit his answers are pretty candied, for the most part, but the fact that Bernanke was still unable to admit that the repeal of glass steagall was a disaster is quiet alarming.

My favorite moment is when Bernie sanders states: "Let me just say this Mr. Charmin I have a hard time understanding how you've put 2.2 trillion dollars at risk without making those names available those institutions public and we are going to introduce legislation today by the way that demands that you do that, it is unacceptable  to me that that does on." Bernie Sanders, What a champ!

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