Steve Jansen - The Extinct Suite
Steve Jansen’s new album The Extinct Suite arrived yesterday, and I’ve kept listening to it on repeat ever since.
What a beautiful album. It’s absolutely fantastic and inpiring to me. I’ve always been a huge fan of David Sylvian’s more ambient recordings including Flux & Mutability, Plight & Premonition, Ember Glance and Approaching Silence (hence the name of my blog) - and Steve’s album fits perfectly into the collection.
What makes this and the other albums so special to me?
Anywhere Out of the World
I remembered one of my favorite songs by Dead Can Dance ‘Anywhere Out of the World’, and came across the poem of the same name by Charles Baudelaire:
Anywhere Out of the World Charles Baudelaire, “Anywhere Out of the World,” translated by Arthur Symons, [Baudelaire: His Prose and Poetry](http://archive.org/details/baudelairehispro00baudiala (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1919), pp. 51-53
Life is a hospital, in which every patient is possessed by the desire of changing his bed.
Bill Callahan - Live at Sixth and I
Very excited that npr music shared a full length recording of Bill Callahan’s concert back on October 2nd.
It took place at the beautiful Sixth & I historical synagogue in Washington DC. I was there! And I loved this concert. So much I’m still spellbound weeks later as if I’d just been there.
Very happy I can keep my memory alive with this little keepsake. It was the first time I’ve seen him live in concert.
Musical Möbius Strip
Fascinating: The Musical Offering by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1079) contains a Crab canon that can not only be played forward and backwards, but also forward and backwards simultaneously, here visualized on a Möbius strip.
In regione caecorum, rex est luscus.
The title of one of my favorite songs, its history and origins:
In regione caecorum, rex est luscus.
In the realm of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, Collecteana Adagiorum, 1500
[…]How an one eyed man is
Well syghted when
He is amonge blynde men?
John Skelton, Why Come Ye Nat To Courte, 1522
In the kingdome of blind men the one ey’d is king.
The Owl Who Married a Goose
In anticipation of the upcoming Ulrich Schnauss show in Baltimore I was surfing YouTube and ran across this amazing NFBC short film that turned out to fit just perfectly to Ulrich Schnauss’ music.
Thomas Feiner - Anywhen
Thomas Feiner is one of my favorite artists I discovered through David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label. The following is just one of many great songs:
Geheimnisvoll aber nicht Geheimniskrämerei
“Geheimnisvoll aber nicht Geheimniskrämerei” from Ember Glance - The Permanence of Memory
by David Sylvian & Russell Mills
original source unknown
This line plays with the German word “geheim” which can appear in “geheimnisvoll” as something mysterious or arcane, something that is just hidden to some people due to lack of exposure, but not necessarily hidden by someone for a specific purpose. It can also appear in “Geheimniskrämerei” as secretiveness, something that is kept in secret by someone with a specific intent.
Holger Czukay Re-Releases
Exciting music-news reached me a little while ago about some re-releases and remixes by Holger Czukay. His two albums Flux + Mutability and Plight & Premonition with David Sylvian have been some of my top-favorite albums for many years.
Holger Czukay will release a new version of Plight & Premonition, twice as long (!) as the original. I always hoped to hear more of this music and different, longer versions… There are some remixed versions on David Sylvian’s Camphor, and there are some fantastic recordings available with Approaching Silence and Ember Glance, but that’s where my knowledge ends.