SEA URCHIN NEWS
15.01.2017

German writer Jürgen Ploog (München, 1935) used to work as an airline pilot for 33 years. Transience and the crossing of borders have since been integral to his existence and writings. Ploog’s early literary output gravitated naturally to the cut-up method that William Burroughs and Brion Gysin popularised in the 1960s. His early experiments at cut-ups were published in the satirical magazine ‘Der Metzger’ and in the German Beat magazine ‘Gasolin 23’, which Ploog founded with Carl Weissner and Jörg Fauser in 1971. Since then the cut-up technique has remained an essential component of Ploog’s prose, at first prominently present – like in his hardcore cut-up novels ‘Cola-Hinterland’ (1969) and ‘Die Fickmaschine’ (1970) – and later subdued and overlain by loose episodical structures. ‘Pacific Boulevard’ (1977) and ‘Nächte in Amnesien’ (1980) are examples of those later logbook-like works.

‘Ferne Routen’, published from Schönebeck by Moloko Print, is a compilation of fragments written over the years with Ploog’s alter ego Eddie Grips as a main character. Grips is an anti-hero, a lonely drifter in a cut-up landscape where space and time have defected to non-linear troops. The sands are constantly shifting. The command structures have broken down. Grips is our agent in this unhinged universe. His detached observations from Entropolis trickle in like marrow from the broken ribs of language.

Ploog’s ‘Grips Fragments’ collected in ‘Ferne Routen’ are combined with equally alienating collages by Walter Hartmann, who used to edit ‘Gasolin 23’ with Ploog in the 1970s and 1980s. The book is a new and strong collaboration of two seasoned and expert cut-up artists, beautifully packaged by Robert Schalinski. Order now.


 

07.11.2016

levy-2coordinates1Check out the new Sea Urchin chapbook:
William Levy – Two coordinates on a map of low revelation

Over the years Bill Levy has dug up his Jewish roots a number of times to inspect them and check their viability in the godless soil that he walks. Various pieces in ‘The Fanatic’, ‘Exquisite Corpse’ and ‘Semantikon’, for instance, were written to that end. Another piece, Levy’s probing ’Two coordinates on a map of low revelation’, was published in City Lights Review #4 in 1990. Sea Urchin has now re-published the latter text as a hand made chapbook.

’Two coordinates on a map of low revelation’ are two beautifully written observations in which Levy reformulates the concepts of ‘worship’ and ‘holiness’. Levy discovers genuine worship in a Jewish butcher in the Marais who is about to hack a cleaver into a side of meat, and he finds holiness in an Israeli gangster’s father who volunteers to perform nether tasks in his synagogue as ‘God’s lavatory attendant’. ‘All the ways of earth are paths to heaven’, Levy quotes from Erich Gutkind in his piece on the Parisian butcher to conclude in the second piece through the mouth of the gangster’s father: ‘in order to make the world holy we are commanded to perform God’s lowest as well as highest rituals’.

Sea Urchin’s ’Two coordinates on a map of low revelation’ is a conceptual piece of work in which Levy’s unconventional, almost heretic, views of worship and holiness are combined with artwork by Ben Schot. The letter Yod, the humblest yet most vital letter of the Hebrew alphabet, shines through in the design of this edition. And each copy of the 30 that were put together in this limited edition carries number 10, the numeric value of Yod. ’Two coordinates on a map of low revelation’ is the pisspot we have to empty in order to be filled by golden spirit.


 

16.10.2016

Albrecht/d - Far East And Out

Dead Mind Records is a small label run by Johnny Van de Koolwijk from ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Since 2000 it has released on cassette, 7″ vinyl and 12″ vinyl a fine choice of industrial noise and experimental music. The material on the latest 12″ vinyl was recorded by Albrecht/d for a release on Slowscan in 1990/1991, but the project never happened and the recordings were shelved. Now, with the kind permission of Van de Koolwijk’s friend Jan van Toorn, these obscure and mind-blowing recordings have at last become available on Dead Mind Records. Get it.


 

16.10.2016

Henri Chopin - OH audiopoemsSlowscan vol. 35 is a re-issue on vinyl of the cassette ‘OH Audiopoems’, which was released on Erik Vonna-Michell’s Balsam Flex label in 1978. The black vinyl double LP contains a powerful selection of pieces by one of the key figures of the European post-war avant-garde. Artist, publisher, filmmaker and poet Henri Chopin (1922-2008) bought his first tape recorder in 1955, after which he started experimenting and pushing his poetic output into the realm of sound poetry. Chopin counts as a pioneer in that field, coupling attitudes and approaches of the early 20th-century avant-garde with new technological possibilities and bringing together in his publications international iconoclasts such as original dadaists Raoul Hausmann and Marcel Janco and post-war lettrists, Fluxus artists and Beat poets such as Gil Wolman, François Dufrêne, Ian Hamilton Finlay, William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. Chopin’s pieces are the result of an uncompromising approach of poetry, in which speech itself is taken apart and put together again in raw and anti-aesthetic compositions.

Slowscan vol. 35 is a limited edition (250) black vinyl release that comes in an offset printed sleeve designed by Johnny Van de Koolwijk. Chopin’s explanatory liner notes and a photo of Chopin by Francesco Conz are printed on the back of the sleeve. Get your copy now.


 

01.10.2016

 

 

 
Artist : City Hands
Label : none
Year : 2016
Language : English
C-26 cassette with a laser copied sleeve
 
€ 5.00
Postage & packing not included

 
City Hands (Manuel Padding) released in August 2016 a limited edition C-26 cassette containing two tracks: ’Fold Backwards’ on the A-side is a repetitive and hypnotic psychedelic soundscape’, whereas ‘Altered Awakening’ on the B-side is a more ominous and dark atmospheric piece. The cassette comes with a laser copied sleeve with the liner notes:

Have i been here before / Am i watching myself / watching myself opening doors / into empty rooms / Forgetting what’s there, / forgetting what was. / As timelines intertwine / making new stories / of old memories.