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Performance For Surveillance

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....

performance for surveillance

 

 

 

 

 

Beyond The Wall

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....

the anta project

Make A Mistake And Follow It

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...


Border Trip

Extra! Extra!

utne

Asking and Answering: "Why?"

 

A first-rate interview...

 

arizona illustrated interview

White Light

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...

white peacock

On Being Glenn Weyant

Many years ago, before there was an Internet, I thought I was the only person named Glenn Weyant.

Was I ever mistaken...


glenn weyant

Lucky 13

 

sonoita

 

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...

Three Of A Kind Trump A Wall Every Time

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...

 

nogales wall

 

Crossing Borders

 

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...

 

sonoran desert

Hear Free Or Fly

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...

photo by patricia katchur


World Listening Day 2012 - Sound Ride

For many of us every day is World Listening Day.

However, having one day to focus on sound and turn others onto the sonic world around them is a treasure.

world listening day 2012

OF MIGRANTS, WATER, WALLS AND MUSIC

 

With temps topping the 110 mark in some places, all along the US/Mexico border, migrants walk around walls and check points to die by the hundreds as they make their way in search of work or to be with family.

Since October 2011, the "known" number of migrant deaths in Southern Arizona alone is already nearing 100.

And the summer is still young...


tucson heat

Cave Of Shifting Light

 

There is a cave up in the hills near Tucson...

 

tucson cave

Cage-ing Anta

 

4'33

 

Back in September 2011 I received an email from a curator of JOHN CAGE unbound A LIVING ARCHIVE "on behalf of The New York Public Library" asking permission to include a performance of John Cage's 4'33" I released on video featuring The Nogales Wall...

Sonorazona Oscillations

 

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...

baba

Toasting 2012

 

The year that will be is full of mystery, as every good adventure should be....

Seasoned Greetings From The Anta Claus

the anta claus

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...

Narrative Reality

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?


occupy the wall

 


Late Night Sound

 

Late the other night, beneath an almost full moon, I sat upon the front stoop of my home listening to the neighborhood breathe...

 

 

night 11/08/11

Traveling Migrant Bottles

 

A couple of years ago

I found some water bottles

left beside a desert road

by migrants passing through...

 

water works

 


Along The Delta Of Nogales

Video from the October 21st Nogales Border Wall Sounding....

 

nogales looking west us side

Scorpion --- Singular

 

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


scorpion for breakfast

Where The Wall Was Heard In September

 

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...

 

sept usage

Bikeastra LIVE at The Velvet Door 4/1/64

 

bike-a-stra 1964 flyer

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....

Fear and Oathing

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?

 


World Listening Day 2011

Today is the birthday of Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, one of the leading pioneers of soundscape exploration and appreciation.

It also happens to be World Listening Day...

 world listening day

WORKSHOP SOUNDING

Back in 2007 or so I had an idea.

What would happen if you taught people the basics about building musical instruments from scrap bike parts then turned them loose?

Where would they take it?

How far would it go?

LOFTY ANTA

Old Nogales Wall Playing on the big screen in Tucson...

DEAD LINKS ME THINKS

DEAD LINKS ME THINKS

The Last Old Nogales Wall Sounding

Faced with an abundance of unexpected free time, I decided to take a trip to the border for one last sounding of the Nogales Wall (W6 Section) before they began tearing it down. 

Instead of playing the wall as I’d often done in the past, this final time I decided to make two simple recordings...

 

old nogales wall

New And Improved Mega-Wall Music

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...

Fear Not

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...

...nothing to say...

...nothing...

!HAPPY NEW EARS!

!HAPPY NEW EARS!

STEEV AND GLENN'S BIG ADVENTURE

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...

RESONANCE, BIKES AND BILLION DOLLAR DOGGY DOORS

Just imagine the business potential for developing canine border control solutions.

It's dizzying, the possibilities...

TUCSON ORCHESTRATED AND PERHAPS (!gasp!) THE GREAT BORDER WALL CONSPIRACY

Tired of those same old vibrations?
Looking to spice-up your listening pleasure a bit?
Then try: Tucson Orchestrated.
It's in your grocer's freezer.

WORLD LISTENING DAY

What was heard, what was not...

GNASH

I saw the worst minds of their degeneration destroyed by SB1070,  gluttonous hysterical overly clothed, dragging themselves through the Spanish-named streets at dawn looking for an angry border fix...

OF PUPPETS, WASTELANDS AND DRONES

A paradise of rock, and sky and expansive beauty...

NOGALES WALL RE-SOUNDING

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...

BUZZED IN THE SEASONAL CUSP

Built without a net, I anticipate this event will take us to some interesting vistas...

SLOW SAND RIVER WHISPERS

She'd become a ghost river passing through sand, dislodging a grain here and there, heard on the recordings as occasional clicks...

NEW MUSIC HAITIAN RELIEF

Sound into Money into Food...

OLD TAPES, A GOOD DOG AND A NEW YEAR SOUNDING

OLD TAPES, A GOOD DOG AND A NEW YEAR SOUNDING

THE VALUE OF THIS

Of what value is this? Water jugs beside the road, scattered behind barbed wire fences...

 

migrant water bottles

RILLITO RIVER SOUNDING

In Tucson there is a river called the Rillito. Thing is, it's a river without a river...

? WAS I WHERE I WAS OR WHERE I WAS WAS I ?

On the first night I'd gone off wandering into a field near the woods on the White Mountain Apache Reservation where we camped...

ANTA ENTERS THE SCHOLASTIC COLLECTIVE

A world where everyone is a musician and all sounds are valid may be closer than we know...

WHERE BOWING STEEL AND SAVING LIVES MEET

After nearly four years of sonically transforming the border...

DOWNTOWN TUCSON : SANITIZED FOR YOUR PROTECTION

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...

BACK TO THE WALL LOOKING FORWARD

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...

BORDER PATROL'S RUSSIAN RESERVATIONS

Still, the agent said he and his partner thought I looked suspicious.

Like a Russian, he said.

Or perhaps someone with some outstanding warrants.

WHIMS OF CHANGE AND LIQUID MUTATION

Of doldrums and monsoon lilies...

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA SOUNDING AND CHILL JARRING

Pedaling through waves of cicada drones and rising heat, following the monsoon clouds just above the horizon, I find myself listening and drifting thinking: It was a good day to sound. A good day to jar... 

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON TELEVISION

Then my signal dealer comes by telling me he has this new digital stuff he wants me to try.


Amazing, he says, like French-kissing an electric outlet in a soft bath.

Hyper-clear and better than reality...

TUCSON TIME

Dusted and dirty it began ticking right away with a quick wind...

VIRTUAL INSECURITY: A BORDERLAND DECONSTRUCTION

No, the government sanitized the Wild West of those threats long ago...

THE ANTENNA PROJECT

Imagine a guitar player who has no knowledge of what a piano is improvising for the first time with a pianist who has never heard of a guitar.

It was something like that...

HIMMEL WALL MEMORIAL IMPROVISATION

Nice acoustics and plenty of irony considering that today the Soviet Union is a ghost, many of the countries listed on the memorial are democratic or headed that way, the Berlin Wall has become a souvenir item for tourists and America is building a literal iron curtain of her own along the southern border...

FLYING SAUCER CACTUS IMPROVISATIONS

Actually, that’s the awkward adult way of describing it...

LOU REED, LAURIE ANDERSON AND MONKEY MIND

Behind our Tucson home hangs a silent bell...

GLORIOUS EXPECTATIONS

Downtown Tucson is a waiting place these days, haunted by the ghosts of Glorious Expectations...

SPRUNG SONORA SPRING

The desert has fleeting seasons and there are barren times when the mind wonders about other places to be...

THE HARRY M. STEVENS BLUES

Right now, in this moment that was, it is raining outside. And that is all that matters...

THAT TRADER JOE'S DRONE

If you've never been, the newly built Trader Joe's is spacious, clean, well stocked and ripe with that patented nautical theme the chain is famous for...

PLAYING THE SPACES BETWEEN

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...

GETTING A NOGALES' HEART ON

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...

TUCSON GEM SHOW SOUNDING

Naturally in an environment such as this, the visual is matched and perhaps even surpassed by the audio... 

OF PREPPING FINGER SALAD

Well there it is. A brief history of Prepping Finger Salad. Much more to tell and hear but more some other time. I have laundry to do...

THE DESERT SOUNDS LIKE RAIN

An ant makes its way home...

EL CON MALL SOUNDING

Empty store fronts full of faded possibility, some still bearing the names of former tenants, line the corridors, their pitches hollow and forgotten...

ON WANDERING

Have you ever found yourself wandering about strange in a stranger land?

THE END OF THE BEGINNING

So this is how further more officially staggers forward...

TAKE ONLY SOUND

Leave only footprints. Take only sounds.

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