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“The class which has the power to rob upon a large scale has also
the power to control the government and legalize their robbery.”
—Eugene V. Debs

“It is not enough, citizens, to have destroyed the factions, it is necessary now to repair the evil that they have done to the country.”

• Louis Antoine de Saint-Just

Vito defunctio

Vito Acconci (1940 – 2017)

Two packed photos and demulsifier (omaggio)

Political Curren(t)cy

Finnegans Wake, Page 46:

“Small wonder He’ll Cheat E’erawan our local lads nicknamed him…
… So snug he was in his hotel premises sumptuous
But soon we’ll bonfire all his trash, tricks and trumpery…”

pincushion socialism

At its core, Socialism calls for social ownership and control of the economy. That means that either the State or the workers or in some instances, both, own major sectors of the economy. Socialists believe that this model allows for basic services to be provided more cheaply and fairly. It is NOT to be confused with communism – a political ideology where there is a total absence of government which, ironically, many of the detractors on the political right seem to favor.

Democratic Socialism is the combination of a political democracy and a socialist or mixed economy. Although Bernie Sanders is advocating for economic reform, he doesn’t want to do away with Capitalism entirely. He believes that the government should pay for health care and higher education, but those services should be provided by a combination of the public and private sector.

Historically, Socialism has been a polarizing term in American politics, but as more people are turning a deaf ear to all of the fear mongering coming from the corporate media, they are also becoming more educated on the facts – especially the reality that we already have wonderful, rather quotidian, socialist aspects to our American way of life: our highway system, public libraries, police and fire departments, the postal service, garbage collection, and dozens of more positive ways that our lives are impacted by a functional Socialism – ways that we take for granted each and every day.

According to recent Gallup survey, 47% of Americans would consider voting for a Socialist as President and according to the PEW Research Center, younger people are also more likely to favor Socialism with nearly half of Americans, 29 years old and younger, having a positive view of Socialism.

chantal akerman: film like breath


Taatquaouinan luxury

A short excerpt from a recording I made of a long train ride –
a train almost entirely filled with Syrian refugees – into München.
Hours later, we, as a group, were greeted by a large number of security personnel and media.

Audio MP3



BEIJING — The Chinese police forcibly seized the ashes of a prominent Tibetan monk whose death in prison this month set off public demonstrations and raised suspicions about his treatment while incarcerated, supporters of the monk said on Tuesday.

Geshe Nyima, a cousin of the revered religious figure and community leader, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, said that four Tibetans transporting his cremated remains to his hometown, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, for Buddhist funeral rites were held at gunpoint by Chinese police officers last Thursday night in the town of Luding and forced to hand them over.

“The ashes were taken back and not given to the family,” said Geshe Nyima, speaking in a conference call from Dharamsala, India, where he lives in exile.

“Police said that they would throw the ashes into the nearby river. The four people don’t know what happened to the ashes.”




HONG KONG — The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said he was given back his passport on Wednesday after being barred from traveling abroad since he was detained in 2011 in Beijing.

“Today, I received a passport,” he wrote onTwitter and Instagram, along with a photograph that showed him holding the burgundy-colored Chinese travel document.

Uppalapu Srinivas

Lately, I’ve been making too many playlists honoring musicians who’ve recently died,
but whether it’s been Joe Sample, Jackie Cain or Kenny Wheeler, they’ve lived
a pretty good long life – 75 to 86 years old. Now, I’m coming to terms with the
death of a master musician who was only 45 years old – a man who just kept
getting more amazing and whom I expected to be able to give the world at
least 40 more years of his amazing musicianship.

In the eighties, I remember sitting in a favorite Indian restaurant and being
gobsmacked by what I was hearing over their sound system. Who was this
seasoned professional player of this stringed instrument? When I was shown
the cover of the cassette, I wondered why this child was featured on its cover.
Was this the performer’s young son? …and why would he feature the child over
himself. My quest began to find more recordings – going to every Indian food
and/or video store I could find to grab up more of this wonderful food for the soul.
Since those days, I’ve had the chance to see Uppalapu “Mandolin” Srinivas
simply known as U. Srinivas – a couple of times in concert. When he last
arrived in town in May of last year, I couldn’t make it to the show (and figured
that he’d be back again in a couple of years – he was only 44, so yes, he was
bound to come back, right?), but I had told a friend who was a member of the
local Indian music society that he really should go see him for his first time.
You may know his work with Remember Shakti and Michael Brook
plus various wonderful soundtracks. He made nearly 50 recordings and now
Srinivas is gone – complications that arose from a liver transplant the day before.

YouTube is filled with his work, and here‘s a Spotify link to start
you off on your journey if you haven’t yet discovered him.


(photos: Hindustan Times)

I’m spending quite a bit of time with him now:

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Rod Stasick is a composer in the broad sense of the term. He is interested in the creation of event-systems for various situations. Template scores are often created using a combination of graphic signs and symbols that usually suggests a syncretism of styles and methods of performance. Using these methods, he produces works in diverse disciplines (audio, video, text, mail art, conceptualism, etc.) utilizing assorted influences: Eastern Philosophy, Fluxus, The Situationist International, Oulipo, Semiotics, Discrete Event-Systems, random numbers to revamp Zen planning and forms of Information Theory.

  • Psychoacoustics
  • Generative Music
  • Composition
  • Sound Diffusion
  • Interactive Art
  • Installation
  • Sound Design
  • Radiophonic Art
  • Field Recording
  • Electroacoustics
  • Sound Art
  • Performance
  • Sound & Image

  • His studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen (2001-2007) have renewed his interest in various aspects of compositional integration.

    Extensive number of performances
    of experimental works.

    Archivist for the Jerry Hunt Estate

    Percussion studies:

  • Steve McCall
  • Dennis Charles
  • Charles Hammond
  • Gary Burton

  • Eternally grateful to these folks who had, in person, taken the time to encourage me in my compositional work (chronologically listed):

  • Alan Watts
  • John Cage
  • Joseph Beuys
  • Jerry Hunt
  • Alvin Lucier
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Merce Cunningham
  • Buckminster Fuller
  • Nam June Paik
  • Charlotte Moorman
  • Anthony Braxton
  • David Tudor
  • Earle Brown
  • Pauline Oliveros
  • Ben Patterson
  • James Tenney
  • Christian Wolff
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen