Wednesday, March 09, 2016
First came border militarization.
Then came border art activism.
Now a commodification and industrial sterilization of activist borderland art via a grant and gallery academic gold rush is underway.
Is unfunded, grassroots guerilla activist art in the borderlands dead?
Friday, December 18, 2015
"Beware the Demagogandmagogy, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Their call to build new walls!"
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
The unpopular revolution has begun.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
In recent years I've become interested in the observer effect where the act of observation changes the phenomenon being observed.
In some cases I was the phenomenon.
In other cases the phenomenon was Homeland Security / Border Patrol.
And this got me to thinking....
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Back in the technologic dark ages of In 2006, when The Anta Project first went on-line as a no charge downloadable MP3, the SoniCanta web diagnostic software that tracked such things showed upwards of 2-3,000 downloads and streams every day....
Saturday, August 03, 2013
A few years back I realized there was a direct correlation between the United States solution to border protection and immigration and my own approach to improvisation --- Namely: Make A Mistake And Follow It...
Sunday, February 24, 2013
The color white, formed by the presence of all visible wave lengths of light but without a bit of absorption, has been a theme as of late...
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Many years ago, before there was an Internet, I thought I was the only person named Glenn Weyant.
Was I ever mistaken...
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Before the cosmic roulette wheel could land upon Lucky 13, 2012 morphed into a rare winter storm, blanketing the Sonorous Borderlands in a cocoon of porcelain, the sound of things to come...
Friday, September 21, 2012
And each was emotionally impacted enough by this structure and all of the baggage and metaphor and pathos it projects, to create works that transform and challenge it’s very existence through words, music and positive action...
Monday, September 10, 2012
The other day, after a night of monsoon storms, I headed for the hills that lead to mountains just west of Tucson.
It was a good day for wandering and listening.
It was a good day for crossing borders...
Thursday, August 16, 2012
In the early part of 2012, photographer Patricia Katchur approached me about creating an original sound work which would complement the opening of her Tucson photography exhibit titled: Desierto.
Over the coming months Patty sent images she'd captured in Southern Arizona and four of them eventually served as the inspiration for the composition - Phantasmagorical Sonoran : Suite I-IV...
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Passing through open space without conflict, inspection, detection or suspicion, transports me back to the days before 9/11, when the borderlands were still the land of the free and the home of the brave...
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Land Of The Free, Home Of The Paid
With 2001 on the wing and 2012 in the wings, there has never been a better time to to turn someone you love onto the sultry sounds of authentic Sonoran Desert Wall Music...
Monday, November 14, 2011
Narrative, the stories we use to make sense of our world, is reality.
Over the past decade, the most prevalent narrative about the borderlands, and one that has been adopted by politicians and media alike, is a narrative of fear.
This narrative of fear has resulted in billions of taxpayer dollars being spent to build walls, and turn our borderlands into de facto militarized zones patrolled by armed guards and buzzing drones.
But how does this secondhand narrative of fear square with the narrative one actually experiences when traveling in the borderlands?
What if all we have to fear is fear itself?
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Late the other night, beneath an almost full moon, I sat upon the front stoop of my home listening to the neighborhood breathe...
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
A couple of years ago
I found some water bottles
left beside a desert road
by migrants passing through...
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Video from the October 21st Nogales Border Wall Sounding....
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
As a public service to everyone in The Great State of Arizona and elsewhere, today SonicAnta launched a "Brewer Free Zone" at www.scorpionforbreakfast.com
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Since sonicanta.com went live in 2006, the world has been steadily tuning in for the sultry sounds of border wall music and other Sonoran Desert aural explorations...
Thursday, September 08, 2011
For nearly four decades local historians and music scholars have wrestled with the facts surrounding the founding of this enigmatic group that is now legendary among those who lust for bike-born sound.
Along the way there were many whispers and rumors among collectors of a Bikeastra Holy Grail --- a storage locker full of material from the band's earliest days.
Now, after years of speculation the Holy Grail has been found....
Saturday, August 13, 2011
As a condition of employment I recently signed the State of Arizona Loyalty Oath.
The very notion of a loyalty oath for educators has at best a chilling effect upon free thinking and expression.
Can we really trust a journalist to be fair and accurate when he/she is taking a loyalty oath to the state?
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
When The Anta Project began, it was always my hope the wall could be transformed from a symbol of fear and loathing into something which would create beauty and communication...
Thursday, January 13, 2011
They were the same people you will find anywhere on the planet, simply going about their days on a warm Saturday, trying to create a better society and a better world...
Saturday, January 01, 2011
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Steev turned left, heading north towards the main visitor center, past an ominous white t-shirt tied to a tree, and smack into the camp of three Guardsmen, dressed in uniform who were busy grabbing their M-16's and charging towards us, ordering us to halt.
Which, it goes without saying, Steev did...
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Just imagine the business potential for developing canine border control solutions.
It's dizzying, the possibilities...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
This past weekend I traveled through the borderlands with Margaret Randall and Barbara Byers, from Nogales to Sasabe, over rolling hills and through numerous checkpoints...
Thursday, January 28, 2010
She'd become a ghost river passing through sand, dislodging a grain here and there, heard on the recordings as occasional clicks...
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
OLD TAPES, A GOOD DOG AND A NEW YEAR SOUNDING
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Of what value is this? Water jugs beside the road, scattered behind barbed wire fences...
Sunday, November 29, 2009
In Tucson there is a river called the Rillito. Thing is, it's a river without a river...
Thursday, November 12, 2009
On the first night I'd gone off wandering into a field near the woods on the White Mountain Apache Reservation where we camped...
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
A world where everyone is a musician and all sounds are valid may be closer than we know...
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
After nearly four years of sonically transforming the border...
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
I love the idea of creating a vibrant and vital Downtown Tucson.
But lately it is becoming clear some sort of schizophrenic planning madness has taken hold of the powers that be...
Thursday, August 27, 2009
At that hour of the morning when Nogales is just waking up, the sound environment is rich with barking dogs, human voices, rooster crows, peacock screeches, puffs of wind, raucous birds, rumbling vehicles and droning construction...
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Still, the agent said he and his partner thought I looked suspicious.
Like a Russian, he said.
Or perhaps someone with some outstanding warrants.
Friday, February 20, 2009
We're all in bubbles of our own design, connecting with what we suppose is real, dealing with the realities we can handle and blocking the overload...
Friday, February 13, 2009
I come from an age of smoking in newsrooms, typewriters, phoning in stories from pay phones and drinking in the press room after the paper hit the stands...
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Naturally in an environment such as this, the visual is matched and perhaps even surpassed by the audio...
Saturday, January 24, 2009
An ant makes its way home...
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Have you ever found yourself wandering about strange in a stranger land?
Thursday, January 08, 2009
So this is how further more officially staggers forward...
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Leave only footprints. Take only sounds.