alan.sondheim's blog

@Eyebeam I meander, would love an honorary residency, continuation of what I work on here, inner flesh, self-doubt, criticality, apotheosis of a Theory of Everythings: title of the book manuscript I'm working on. But I fit in awkwardly, unclear, problematic, messy; my connections are more to universities than digital media conferences or urban institutions. I do know I'm working more slowly than I'd like; the performances are occurring late in the residency, due most likely to family issues I couldn't control. My work deals more with internal psychic structures than anything else, theory without Lacan or Freud or Ettinger for example, so a kind of wandering that's at the heart of everything. My music/soundwork is the same - it's music without "music," I can't take a song or anything else for granted; every time I play it's an extension that could go horribly wrong and a lot of the resulting music is a suturing of that fragility - it's a kind of cover-up music.


what i remembered when it was so poor out

what i remembered when it was so poor out
i could not think and my body wandered
somewhere a link faltered and hindered
and cauterized my throat and thought throughout

there was no semblance or semblance fraught alone
meandering murmurs mourned rooms dark and fallow
in plummeting bodies and faces skewed and sallow
and hollowed among mounds of earth and burning bone

hallowed they were in sutured hands and ears
haunting loomed and muffled clutched at voices
senseless and seamless depressed of humbled choices
and dense thatched strands stranding and embracing fears

memory what i remembered buried borne and lost and thrown
among sounds of human ghosts but not their own

People: Alan Sondheim
Research: Sound
Tags: memory, mourning, Life, death, ghosts, noh


Hallucinations, of the dream- or virtual-world: no errors are intentional,
from what now would be considered the virtual, introjection and the tensed
body, half-virtual, half-'real.' WHO CARES ABOUT death in virtual worlds,
coupled with issues of virtuality and pain, not to mention incredible
arousal and sex? My RESEARCH GROUP on virtuality and philosophy deals with
this, as well as vicarious trauma, virtual trauma from the psychoanalyti-
cal aspects of virtual interiority; it's something I've been - ether -
representing the universal radiations of the virtual from virtual reality
interaction software, through software itself which is online or offline
in relation to 'virtual' worlds - OR OR CARES? of of OFFLINE, OR WHO
Hallucinations, of Hallucinations, WHO OR OFFLINE, of of CARES? OR OR
CARES? of of CARES? OR OR WHO Hallucinations, of OFFLINE, OR OFFLINE, of

People: Alan Sondheim
Tags: real, virtual

(edited from Adam Tobin at Unnameable Books)
Meanwhile, a ragtag gang of roving musicians has stumbled into our
basement, creating a space we never knew was there before, and making
sounds we'd like to hear again. This Sunday evening, for one, our very own
ALAN SONDHEIM plays the oud and pipa with EspDisk's CHRIS DIASPARRA on
baritone sax and JUDY of Caspar the Holy Ghost. WHAT? Improvised music.
They are amazing, and I'm not just saying that because I love them. They
start making music at 7pm on Sunday, and may they never stop.  That's
Sunday the 4th, at 8 pm.
Much love,
yours at Unnameable Books
600 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn NY 11238
(718) 789-1534

People: Alan Sondheim
Tags: music, sound

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autumn in New York

Slava's gifpumper with events, video

Slava's gifpumper with events, still

Eyebeam window installation at night behind closed shutters


Coupled and Resonating Crystal Radio Circuitry with Analog Recording

"install3, a remarkable soundwork in which voices flot through the
(metaphoric) ether, representing the universal radiations of the virtual"

In the installation, two crystal radios (one loose coupler with double
diodes replacing the crystal, and one with honeycomb coil and single air
condenser plus single diode) are coupled together, along with a variometer
and early aerial air condenser. The coupling is designed to detune the
broadcast band, so that the maximum number of stations are piled on each
other. The resulting output is fed to high impedance earphones in parallel

Projects: Alan Sondheim
Research: Urban Research
Tags: sound, urban research, virtual


Flotsam is floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo. Jetsam is part of a
ship, its equipment, or its cargo that is purposefully cast overboard or
jettisoned to lighten the load in time of distress and that sinks or is
washed ashore. Lagan is cargo that is lying on the bottom of the ocean,
sometimes marked by a buoy, which can be reclaimed. Derelict is cargo that
is also on the bottom of the ocean, but which no one has any hope of
reclaiming. (Wikipedia)

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:

Ligan \Li"gan\ (l[imac]"g[ait]n), n. [Cf. L. ligare to bind, to
tie, ligamen band, bandage, E. ligament, or ligsam.] (Law)
Goods sunk in the sea, with a buoy attached in order that
they may be found again. See {Jetsam} and {Flotsam}. [Written
also {lagan}.] --Blackstone.


some older theory that might be of interest here, on real/virtual:
some characteristics of organic and emanent life - see


the stirring dance of ossi oswalda with ossi the cat solo oud

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