Saturday, August 4, 2012

artifact canonization

Notes on formation, revision, time-specific/sensitive issues, use, understanding, and orientation:
An initial insistence of hierarchical values dictated that the timeframe of interaction had continuing repercussions and a right-now weight in the categorization: indicative of a place, more of an influence then than later, or a shift of interaction/connection.  Current orientation dominated even chronological listing as recalling what was listened to, read, and watched became increasingly deductive and dependent upon re-exposure from television retrospectives/late night specials, commercial radio, parental ramblings, and synaptic memory filaments lit and warmed in passing some piece in current daily life – proximity.  Assertions that the earlier the time period the more likely the list was to be fabricated and revisionist in quality was irrefutable.  A reminiscent thinning naturally occurred in original drafts (circa 1999) and pieces initially incorporated for full inclusion could not withstand the on-going scrutiny of each burden or threshold (indicated by headings, the manner in which pieces were part of/contributing to/elements of: It All Comes In; Building; Crumbling; Gardener; Mystic; timcoalman) and gives some explanation for the widely inconsistent time frames inclusive of each heading.

In short, as to what is listed:
For brevity, pieces appear where initially found, though instances abound of some bought and shelved or known earlier but timely later – listed where memory and commonsense dictate.  A creator, author, title, publication, et cetera may be listed in place of a completely exhaustive description due to lack of access to a piece’s proper identifier, inadequate time (or willingness) to specifically spell out each piece, a tentative introduction or understanding, a piece that lacks identification (i.e. from a compilation), and that many pieces are collaborations in creation, execution, formation, distribution, et cetera.  Instead of endless, increasingly unrealistic and inaccurate cataloging/listing of emphasized parts, I tend to the general.

In current gardening, scant sources for what nourishes the mythical life, I appreciate the miners’ efforts and scrutinize their pamphlets and tales of the vein; a tendency towards advancing obscurity – the further in, the fervid thin.  Though willing for “the new,” fantastic care is taken to maintain a saturation of certain qualities, a general condition of selective preference and stimulation; a nurtured vision.  For those who knew my toiling, I leave tool marks.

In short, as to what is abbreviated:
Insistence upon a pattern containing identical formatting and consideration throughout all time periods – the listings properly consistent and mediums clearly replicated – negates substantial and fundamental shifts in how I perceived pieces during and after the “Crumbling” – the convergence of revelations: humbled, living mythically, music a spiritual medium, beginner’s mind, torched, and subsequent oceanic reverberations present in my efforts in each medium (narrative introductions cease at onset of firsthand creations).  Crimped chronology lines, a lightning leader off pop-culture suckling of “It All Comes In” and what I’d been “Building,” these remnants fragmentary at best.

In short, as to what is not listed:
Much inspires moving on, nurturing of my own, or outright fleeing – unfocused complaint or dissection.  Always the unheard of, forgotten, loathed, unrecognized, of disinterest or neutrality, in current exploration, in mind but not yet actually written down or of slivers, slight sway, transitory importance, or marginal interest – pieces that diminish with their presence but wholly absent leave the listing inauthentic – a wide trough of choices, reasons, and excuses to account for the “everything else” unlisted.  Self-centered subjectivity reins.

An array of mediums, in totality, weights transposed across selectively permeable membranes...
Fallow (transcription of living without narrative frames)
Fervor (I’ve visions)
Fertilizer (we’ve lost the top soil)
Fatigue (fuck it, set aflame)
Fabrication (snap together)
Filler (wide aperture)

Though indicating limited presence, abandoned at the close of each time period, insistence otherwise would dictate that each successive list encompass all previous.  For those done, passed off and of no interest save sentimentality, innumerable systems to mark them fading, gone, traded, sold... but always the mess and moving on.

The vast unlisted trove – the general sources that provide topographical introduction, support, familiarity, use, dissemination, debunking, advocacy, and indoctrination of informational content:
1) Dictionary entries, word history and usage, and language development
2) Encyclopedia entries (sought out or random interest)
3) Magazine, Newspaper, Television, Radio, and Internet:
a. News reporting, discussions, propaganda, highlights, analysis, debates, reports, documentaries, specials, investigations, topical programs, educational series, advertisements, et cetera
4) Generalized field notes of: solicitation, influence, classification, demand, control, business, delineation, hate, understanding, faith, collection, documentation, belief, et cetera
5) The worlds advocated or opposed by: the myopic, the fundamentalist, the entrenched, the isolated, those pure of thought, the bigots, the self-serving, the un-experienced, the burrowing, the frightened, the emboldened, the self-righteous.
6) School textbooks, lectures, asides, digressions, assigned reading selections, and peer interaction
7) Library, book store, and internet wandering
8) Entertainment choices studied or explained (audio commentary, examination, revisiting childhood impact points, et cetera)
9) Compilations and anthologies
10) Attendance or participation in programs, seminars, panels, retreats, conventions, interviews, classes, and exhibitions

What is good?  Why have some pieces influenced me while others bore?  Words, much too much...

timcoalman (32/33-present) 2008-present

·         Hrsta
o   Stem Stem In Electro
·         Alan Moore
o   Angel Passage
o   The Highbury Working, A Beat Séance
o   The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels
·         Talking Heads
o   Remain in Light
·         Talk Talk
o   Laughing Stock
o   Spirit of Eden
·         William S. Burroughs
o   The Best of William S. Burroughs
o   Dead City Radio
o   Naked Lunch

·         Battlestar Galactica
·         Breaking Bad
·         Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about His Father
·         Dexter
·         Exit Through the Gift Shop
·         Following Sean
·         For the Bible Tells Me So (2007)
·         Lost
·         The Walking Dead

·         David Aaronovitch
o   Voodoo Histories: The Role of Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History
·         William S. Burroughs
o   Ports of Entry
·         Robert Burton
o   On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right When You’re Not
·         Joey Comeau
o   Overqualified
·         Larry Crane
o   Tape Op
·         James Gleick
o   The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood
·         Sam Harris
o   The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
o   Letter to a Christian Nation
·         Christopher Hitchens
o   god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
·         Strvr Knoprr
o   Appetite for Self Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age
·         Hugh MacLeod
o   Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination
o   Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity
·         Mixerman
o   The Daily Adventures of Mixerman
·         David Sedaris
o   Me Talk Pretty One Day
·         Peg Tyre
o   The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do

o   Especially the critique of Left Behind books
·         This American Life (app)
·         The Week (app)
·         Dragon Voice Recognition (app)
·         NPR (app)

Mystic (27/28-32/33) 2003-2008

·         Ulan Bator
o   Ego: Echo
·         Constellation – Music Until Now (compilation)
·         Peter Gabriel
o   Long Walk Home
§  Movie Soundtrack – Rabbit Proof Fence
·         Michael Gira
o   Angels of Light
§  Everything is Good Here/Please Come Home
§  We Were Alive
o   Swans
§  Feel Good Now
o   I am Singing to You from My Room
·         Godspeed You Black Emperor!
o   Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven!
o   Yanqui U.X.O
·         Labradford
o   Labradford
o   Prazision
o   A Stable Reference
·         Low and Dirty Three
o   In the Fishtank
·         Alan Moore (w/ Tim Perkins)
o   Snakes and Ladders
·         Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin
o   Komuso, The Healing Art of Zen Shakuhachi
·         Set Fire to Flames
o   Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in Static
·         Shankar
o   Soul Searcher
o   Who’s to Know
·         Sigur Rós
o   ( )
o   Aoetis byvjun
o   Sigur 1/Sigur 9 (CD & DVD)
·         The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band
o   Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upwards
o   Horses in the Sky
o   Pretty Little Lightning Paw
o   (w/ Choir) “This is Our Punk Rock,” thee Rusted Satellites that Gather + Sing
·         Stars of the Lid
o   Avec Laudenum
o   The Ballasted Orchestra
o   The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid

·         Commissioner of Sewers: William S. Burroughs
·         The Corporation
·         The Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
·         In the Realms of the Unreal
·         The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers – extended version
·         The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King – extended version
·         Matrix: Revolutions
·         Nova
o   Elegant Universe
·         The Office
·         Primer
·         Red Dragon
·         Waking Life

·         Samuel Beckett
o   Molloy
o   I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On: A Samuel Beckett Reader
·         William S. Burroughs
o   The Adding Machine
o   Cities of the Red Night
o   Exterminator!
o   Ghost of Chance
o   The Job
o   Naked Lunch: Restored Version
o   The Place of Dead Roads
o   Queer
o   The Third Mind (with Brion Gyson)
o   The Western Lands
o   Word Virus; The William S. Burroughs Reader
·         Eddie Campbell
o   After the Snooter
·         Dave Cooper
o   The Assignment (The Comics Journal Special Edition: Winter 2002 – volume 1)
·         Richard Dawkins
o   The Blind Watchmaker
o   The God Delusion
·         Aldous Huxley
o   The Doors of Perception
o   Heaven and Hell
o   On Art and Artists
·         Michio Kaku
o   Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension
·         Jack Kerouac
o   On the Road
·         Arthur Machen
o   The Hill of Dreams
·         Alan Moore
o   Alan Moore:  Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman
o   From Hell
·         Ted Morgan
o   Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs
·         Robert Pirsig
o   Lila
·         Tom Waits
o   Innocent When You Dream: The Tom Waits Reader
·         Chris Ware
o   Quimby the Mouse
·         The Wire
·         Jim Woodring
o   The Frank Book

Gardener (23/24-27/28) 1999-2003

·         Beethoven
o   The Symphonies – The Academy of Ancient Music
·         The Black Heart Procession
o   2
·         William S. Burroughs
o   Call Me Burroughs
o   (w/ Kurt Cobain) The “Priest” They Called Him
·         Johnny Cash
o   16 Biggest Hits
·         Dirty Three
o   Dirty Three
o   Whatever You Love You Are
·         Do Make Say Think
o   Goodbye Enemy Airship the Landlord is Dead
o   Do Make Say Think
·         Michael Gira
o   Angels of Light
·         How I Loved You
·         New Mother
o   The Body Lovers
·         Number One of Three
o   Drainland
o   (w/ guests) Jarboe benefit CD
o   Living ‘02
o   Solo/Acoustic CD 2001
o   The Somniloquist
o   Swans
·         Die Tur Ist Zu
·         The Great Annihilator
·         Kill the Child - Live, 1985/1986/1987
·         Omniscience
·         Public Castration is a Good Idea
·         White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
o   Young God Records Compilation 2000 A.D.
·         Godspeed You Black Emperor!
o   f#a# ∞
o   Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada
·         David Julyan
o   Movie Soundtrack – Memento
·         Mozart
o   Adagios
·         Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
o   Movie Soundtrack – Bandit Queen
·         Radiohead
o   Kid A
·         Shankar
o   Eternal Light – Pancha Nadai Pallavi II, 25th Anniversary
·         Set Fire to Flames
o   Sings Reign Rebuilder
·         A Silver Mt. Zion
o   He Has Left Us Alone, but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms…
·         Tadashi Tajima
o   Shingetsu, Shakuhachi Japanese Flute
·         Alan Watts
o   A Case of Mistaken Identity
o   Learning the Human Game
o   Alan Watts: Essential Lecture Series
·         Vol. 1: The Tao of Philosophy
·         Vol. 2: Philosophies of Asia
·         Vol. 3: Buddhism
·         Vol. 4: Myth and Religion
o   Zen and the Art of the Controlled Accident

·         Brazil – Director’s cut
·         ER (seasons 1-10)
·         Frontline
o   The Killer at Thurston High
o   The Merchants of Cool
·         The Daily Show with John Stewart
·         The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring – extended version
·         Memento

·         William S. Burroughs
o   The Burroughs File
o   Naked Lunch
o   My Education
o   The Wild Boys
·         Eddie Campbell
o   Alec: How to be an Artist
·         The Comics Journal
·         Mark Z. Danielewski
o   House of Leaves
·         Michael Gira
o   The Consumer
·         Eugen Herrigel
o   Zen in the Art of Archery
·         Chungliang Al Huang
o   Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain
·         Franz Kafka
o   The Complete Stories
·         Jonathan Kozol
o   Savage Inequalities
·         Scott McCloud
o   Understanding Comics
·         Dave Pelzer
o   A Child Called It
·         Edgar Allen Poe
o   The Complete Poems and Stories
·         John Robbins
o   Diet for a New America
·         Paul M. Sammon
o   The Making of Blade Runner
·         Hunter S. Thompson
o   Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
·         Henry David Thoreau
o   Walden and Other Writings by Henry David Thoreau
·         Jhonen Vasquez
o   Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
o   Squee’s Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors
·         Chris Ware
o   Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
o   Acme Novelty Library (series & collected volumes)
·         Alan Watts
o   The Wisdom of Insecurity
o   Taoism
o   Tao: The Watercourse Way
·         Frank Zappa (w/ Peter Occhiogrosso)
o   The Real Frank Zappa Book