Thursday, November 03, 2011

Memories August - Oct.

Very interesting and invigorating times between August's post and now ...
These days Ike Yard, o13, Dominatrix, DCC and now, Black rain and i seem to be on FaceBook more then here.

A trip to NH w Michael Diekmann (Ike Yard, DCC, Lt.70 and others) built on the great day hikes we had taken in late August 2006.
That time,we got together at the cabin in Randolph where we set up on the living room table to make music that led us to believe we could probably reconstitute Ike Yard.
This time out we got up the Jewell trail up Mt. Clay the first day out and exhausted ourselves, 25F up on top - which we didn't reach.
Missed the NYC earthquake but heard about it up past tree line from a group of young Jewish kids bent on scaling Clay w radio in hand. That left the second day for driving around the Northern edges of White Mountains into Gilead Maine for some minutes and on the Kancamangus down around the other side past Jigger Johnson campground, the Androscoggin River and Saco Valley to Greely Lakes.
Day three w rain forecast from noon on, we took a chance to drive over to Sawyer Pond to see how far we would get before it came down.
In fact, we had arrived at the Pond and sat down to enjoy the view when the first drops began to fall.
Just then a loon cried out from the other side of the water as we settled into lunch under the pines.
We brought back 2 new pieces i had programmed on the drum machine, now called "Dead Diamond River" for another location passed, plus Ikemono Gatari ( all 'living creatures' ) for Ike Yard's 4th.

By the time we got back that Friday, it was time for Hurricane Irene.
AM Sunday CNN and Weather Channel were downtown at the Battery measuring how far the rivers came up over the lip.
Not very far, as we found after walking out across Ave. C to the East River where high tide has just pulled back leaving a line of little flotsam and stuff traced along the walkway.

By that Tue's i was heading down to S Carolina to see my Father (84) who was not doing well in hospital there.
We could see it was a good hospital tho' and he was bring taken care of and by end of our trip he was enroute to a 'living facility' because he couldn't walk well after weeks lying down after his fall.
Storm damage was evident on the way down and overall, it was a trip seeing things as they are down South.
On the 9 hour drive back I read "Red Cell" by Dick M which was in the car with a stack of other books.

That weekend we stood behind stylist Nicolas F to see Nomi in action @ Mercury Lounge.
And although it's easier now, shed more tears 10 years after 9/11.
The next week i literally ran down to EVRadio to meet up w Peter Hook from Joy Division and that night went to hear The Light play the JD album "Closer" among many other great JD songs. And it was GOOD, even 'great'.
The closest we would ever get to Joy Division.
I had tickets to see JD when they were supposed to come over and play TR 3 down on W Broadway.
100 words for John Foxx & Artrocker.
Met old friend author & producer Michael Benson i had met through the IRWIN guys back in that day.

Occupy NY had begun and I went down after a few days to feel the energy there @ Zucotti Park- and they are still going strong today.
Outstanding show by The Soft Moon @ Weird downtown had me in the back stumbling around in deep artificial fog , looking for the 'dressing room'. There wasn't one but I did meet up w Luis briefly.
The news about Steve Jobs passing came over that night. Powerfully.
The 2 part Marty's George Harrison docu "Living In The Material World" was airing.
Stories of the Beatles in - fighting, Patti & Eric, John & Yoko, meditation, gardening and the all too horrific intrusion into George's home by this crazed blood thirsty case. Me, I would have had a bit more 'protection' around the house after Lennon got gunned down.
Taken all together it was emotional and tied recent viewing and research together in a hopefully synchronistically positive way.

Unsound Festival in Krakow screened the 1987's "Hip Tech High Lit" 'cyber project' my old partner Wm Barg and i made w texts by Wm Gibson and Bruce Sterling for three days.
Meanwhile Kuedo's album came out, the new Xeno & Oaklander and a 7" i heard about on FB, Goitia- Dietz on Discerror.
Mid month Goitia -Deitz and i jammed out a 4-5 track Ep 'live', improvisationally at their Bk studio.

Said "Hello" to Fareed Zakaria @ Cooper Union speaking @ colloquium on "Educating Students To Lead In a Global Context".
And began watching R Sakamoto's "Schola" on Japanese TV NHK wherein he presented 'Classical music' with a panel including Akira Asada and music students in a workshop. I am learning piano in this way !
Debussy is up next.

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