Archive for February 2009

The Things I Have to Put Up With, Pt 2

February 24, 2009

Ahh…the French.

Being is equally beyond negation as beyond affirmation. Affirmation is always affirmation of something; that is, the act of affirming is distinguished from the thing affirmed. But if we suppose an affirmation in which the affirmed comes to fulfill the affirming and is confused with it, this affirmation can not be affirmed–owing to too much of plenitude and the immediate inherence of the noema in the noesis.”

(Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness, lxv.)

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The Queen is Haunted

February 20, 2009

Last night I had a show with Diva Abrasiva at Canongate Kirk. The Canongate is where Adam Smith and his mother are buried, and it’s where the Queen goes to church when she’s in Scotland. They even had a “royal pew” roped off in the front. Pretty Cool. Anyway, it’s a massive old church, and it was fun to play there for the monthly Edinburgh Composer’s Collective. The room reverb sort of kills parts of the recording, but I’m pretty happy with how it came out, especially the second “piece,” which starts about 2/3 of the way through (recorded in stereo and available in mp3, for boli’s pleasure).

The Things I Have to Put Up With

February 16, 2009

“Since we know that the need to frequent museums or churches is conditional on frequenting museums and churches, and that assiduous frequentation supposes the need to frequent, it is clear that breaking the circle of the first entry into a church or museum requires a predisposition towards frequentation which, short of a miraculous predestination, can only be the family disposition to cause frequenting by frequenting sufficiently to produce a lasting disposition to frequent.”

Pierre Bourdieu and Jean-Claude Passeron, Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture, 2d ed., trans., Richard Nice [London: Sage, 1977], 38.

Right.

Slashes

February 10, 2009

I’m playing with a free jazz/noise/experimental/etc. group called Diva Abrasiva. Two drummers, two guitars, and a bassist/electronics dude. It’s pretty cool. Anyway, for the one person out there who might find this interesting, here’s a recording of our recent concert in Glasgow.