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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.
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.
Slowscan 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.
Artist : City Hands
Label : none
Year : 2016
Language : English
C-26 cassette with a laser copied sleeve
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.
Aram Saroyan – Between Today (Counter Culture Chronicles cassette, 2016)
Poet, novelist and playwright Aram Saroyan (1943) became famous for his minimal poems, often consisting of no more than one word. In Michael C. Ford’s 2014 radio interview of Saroyan on the A-side of this cassette Saroyan explains that in developing those minimal poems he took inspiration from the art of Donald Judd, Andy Warhol and Ian Hamilton Finlay. Other recurrent themes on both sides of this cassette are his friendship with Beat poet Ted Berrigan, childhood memories and the influence, both positive and negative, of his father William Saroyan, who rose to fame as an author during the Depression. The B-side consists of two parts: one is a cheerful reading at Alias Books, LA in 2014 and the other the performance ‘Sawing Wood’ with percussionist John Densmore at the 2002 Armenian Music Awards.
The CCC cassette comes with a silkscreened sleeve and insert with two poems by Saroyan. Limited edition of 100. Get a copy now.