Michelle reading the Black Art will be part of the Unquiet Meadow playlist 0n 7/1/18
Have a listen if you can. A warm thanks to 103.3 Asheville FM and Peter W.
Here is a link to the show-
Thanks to Peter W for sending me this track to rework. I just added a bit of minimal piano and split the verse to add space. Big thanks to everyone one who was involved in putting this together.
Have a listen below.
The Black Art by Anne Sexton
A woman who writes feels too much,
those trances and portents!
As if cycles and children and islands
weren’t enough; as if mourners and gossips
and vegetables were never enough.
She thinks she can warn the stars.
A writer is essentially a spy.
Dear love, I am that girl.
A man who writes knows too much,
such spells and fetiches!
As if erections and congresses and products
weren’t enough; as if machines and galleons
and wars were never enough.
With used furniture he makes a tree.
A writer is essentially a crook.
Dear love, you are that man.
Never loving ourselves,
hating even our shoes and our hats,
we love each other, precious, precious.
Our hands are light blue and gentle.
Our eyes are full of terrible confessions.
But when we marry,
the children leave in disgust.
There is too much food and no one left over
to eat up all the weird abundance.
Poem read by Michelle Badillo
Idea & Concept: Peter Wullen
Piano rework by Chris H Lynn @framingsounds
Pic by Lu Semenova with kind permission of the artist
Poet and sound artist Peter Wullen invited me to do a rework of the Jean Tinguely @ Kanal Brut incidental music track he recorded.
Here is his description:
“Incidental music recorded 06.04.2018 at about 3pm @ the Jean Tinguely installation L’enfer, un petit début during the opening weekend of the new art museum Kanal Brut – Pompidou in Brussels.”
A really fantastic review of 1314 was posted on the musical webzine LUX ATENEA.
You can go here to read it.
The text is in Spanish.
Big thanks Lux Atenea, Plus Timbre and Una.
Have a listen to 1314 below-
I was really elated when the Plus Timbre label approached Una and myself about possibly publishing all of our earlier material for a 2018 release. We both enthusiastically agreed.
Even though the tracks were recorded in 2013-2014 and have been available on our Bandcamp page and various compilations , this places the work in a new context, provides a new home , and certainly allows more exposure.
On an artistic level, it is also incredibly gratifying that other artists, musicians, and curators value the work as well and want to share it.
So below is a promotional video that Plus Timbre put together for your listening and viewing pleasure. The release of 1314 is forthcoming.
All of the stills were were provided by Lynlee
Video created by: Nick Petavrides
Thanks again to Plus Timbre!
A little late with this one, but a warm thanks to Radio Student in Slovenia for playing a track from from Doubting All Things Aligned a collaboration with Daniel Barbiero released on the Plus Timbre label in 2016. You can listen here. The station is “one of the oldest and the biggest independent and non-commercial radio stations in Europe. ” Thanks again!