MISC I DEERS
Tucson is a sonically resonate city surrounded by the Sonoran Desert --- a sonorous desert ---- with a unique and often under-appreciated sound ecology.
Today being World Listening Day, I thought it would be the perfect time to announce that the Sonorous Desert City Project: Suite I-III has been fully funded and is underway...
Now, you can relive every inglorious audio second of the roughly two-hour immersive Sherman-Weyant Anarchist Implosion inspired by the installation of Peter Young's Capitalist Masterpieces exhibition at MOCA:Tucson on 3/1/13, plus the never before heard !SOUNDCHECK!
!!!ANd it's 100% free!!!
More than three years in the making, The Sonorous Desert Phantasmagoric, a cumulative cavalcade of deep magnetic field recordings and terminus borderland deconstructionist chimera, has finally been splayed in schematic upon twelve inglorious tracks and is available for a limited time only....
Unlike a traditional instrument, a border wall can not be brought into a concert hall or a class room or hung in a museum.
To see and play a border wall one must travel to the Militarized Zone, and make a sonic statement beneath the watchful eyes of armed guards.
By its nature a border wall without a border is just a wall...
At first I was a bit skeptical of what would be accomplished other than a hodgepodge snapshot of things going on around the globe. But as the images began to come in it was remarkable to see people of all shapes and sizes and colors united on one planet without the border constructs we've been programmed to accept....
The Ear of the Rabbit...
Five years ago this past May, at the precise moment I attached a contact microphone to The Nogales Wall for the first time, I’d no idea what would happen next.
Would I be arrested?
Would I be fined?
Would I be shot?
This was 2006 after all...
For all those of you who have never been to Tucson, or only know Arizona for the constant message of fear and loathing put out by a handful of sun-fried lunatics, Flor De Muertos should provide a new perspective about what is really going on here in the Sonoran borderlands...
Spring Circus is a FUNdraiser for Procession of Little Angels, the childrens version of the All Souls Parade put on by Many Mouths One Stomach.
It's a great local cause and fun for the whole family with New-Tang Acrobats, Orbital Evolution, The Wonderfools, Gumbo Wobbly and Friends, Cub Club Samba, and recycled art and paper flower making.
During the dinner hour we'll be breaking out The Kestrel 920 and opening it up for improvisation by anyone interested.
Hope to see you there.
The old Nogales Wall is being dismantled and a new Nogales Mega-Wall is taking it's place. A final sounding and some thoughts on walls by a professional wall builder at: http://glennweyant.com/2011/04/22/the-last-old-nogales-wall-sounding.aspx
Since childhood I've been making music /sculpting sound / composing works with repurposed objects such as bike parts and bungee chords and lately I've thought it would be interesting to pass on the knowledge I'd gained in those areas.
So a few years back I proposed a series of bike-centric instrument workshops at BICAS in Tucson. Later this month the idea will become a reality.
The series will run every Saturday from April 30th through May 28th and conclude with a public performance. Everyone who attends will get to keep their instruments, mallets, wind instruments and other goodies. All for the low price of $20.
To register contact BICAS directly because classes are limited and filling up.
Hope to see you there.
After much internal debate I've decided it was time to leave Facebook behind and once again embrace the traditional communication channels of yore.
Namely: website, blog, email, phone, texting, letters, conversations, smoke signals, hand gestures and sonic vibration to name but a few.
Will I continue to exist now that I've abandoned the Facebook collective?
Will SonicAnta suddenly plunge into the abyss of Nevermore?
The good people at Facebook seem to think the future is bleak without them, but I'm not so sure they have my best interests at heart.
But I guess now I'll find out.
On November 12, 2010 the U.S. Mexico Border Wall, perhaps the world's most expensive and expansive instrument, was played by approximately 20 people including a class of 16 students from Northern Arizona University.
The event was also observed and recorded by a local television reporter and an international author.
This was the first time an orchestra of so many skilled musicians has ever performed an original score composed exclusively for and upon the border wall.
This work took place following a discussion about the history of wall and fence playing, beginning with the ground breaking work of a turn-of-the-century Texas cowboy who was said to have carried a fiddle bow in his saddle to play wire fences for his cattle through The Anta Project today.
For over four year's The Anta Project has been sonically transforming the US/Mexico Border Wall and Sound Ecology through performance.
With this release of John Cage's classic 4'33" as arranged by Glenn Weyant for Nogales Arizona/Sonora Border Wall and International Landscape, the transformation of the wall from a symbol of fear and loathing into an instrument continues.
Cage in his notes on 4'33 stated the work need not be beholden to either a time frame or an instrument. Hence 4'33 in the audio version runs well past 4'33" (See below for download info).
It should be said that this performance began long before it started and continues as we speak.
Creaks, pops and groans are caused as the Nogales Wall is heated by the morning sun and audible to the ear without any amplification or alteration.
Listeners are encouraged to travel to the Nogales Wall to hear it for themselves in real time.
Look for other works in the months and years ahead.
With humble and most sincere apologies to Allen Ginsberg:
GNASH ! – The Abbreviated SB1070 Subtext
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,
Demon-headed tricksters burning for the ancient racism of the starry-eyed scapegoat minority oppression machinery of militarized might,
Who perverted and Tea-bagged and hollow-brained and low-down sat up seething in the Arizona Legislature darkness of hot-aired flatulence floating across the tops of Phoenix contemplating their abominations,
Who bared their brain-less plan before Hell to The Arizona Governor and saw visions of migrating angels staggering through kitchens and upon lawns and on construction sites illuminated,
Who railed against liberal universities with dull eyes hallucinating Alabama and Mississippi by cross light burning sealed behind steel walls,
With the absolute bile of this poem of death they turned their hatred into SB1070, legislation that would be overcome for a thousand years.
Along the way we passed shrines and crosses, water jugs and cows, cacti and fences, idling Wackenhut buses full of migrants in the middle of nowhere and checkpoints with olive drab clad guards, armed and waiting for something, anything, to happen.
In Nogales, Arizona we stopped upon a hill cleaved by the wall overlooking Nogales, Sonora and set up our gear.
With amplifier, cello bow, pages of poems, and implements of mass percussion in tow we improvised with the border, Margaret's words mingling with rooster crows and barking dogs and passing Border Patrol trucks.
Myself drawing sound from the wall with bow and mallets.
Barbara joining the playing after filming.
Later, at home listening to the recordings, I discovered the metal of the wall had been absorbing the sound of Margaret's voice as it does with all sound, regardless of nationality or origin.
In the mix of percussion, Margaret's voice blends.
And if one subscribes to the theory that all matter at it's most basic level "vibrates," then it is not difficult to accept the idea sound can physically alter matter since sound is vibration interpreted
So in our playing the border wall, not only was this symbol of international acrimony transformed into an instrument, but perhaps the actual molecular structure was transformed for a bit as well.
To learn more about Margaret's work and life visit:
She's the real deal folks...
Had a chance to work with some fantastic musicians and artists to help Haiti.
Good sound. Good cause.
See what you think....
January 17, 2010 - Nineteen composers, improvisers and sound artists from diverse online experimental and contemporary classical communities have teamed up to release a compilation CD targeting all the proceeds to go directly to Food For the Poor's Haitian food relief programs. New Music Haitian Relief will give one hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of these tracks to support a 4 Star Charity, Food For The Poor, which according to Charity Navigator has 96% of their funds going directly to buying food.
Visit sonicanta.bandcamp.com to sample and purchase this charity compilation CD. It's a pay what you wish CD, with a minimum price of $4.99.
Most of these tracks were created specifically for this release and encompass a widely ranging variety of styles.
1. Jay C. Batzner - Near Burning
2. Shane W. Cadman - Prayer
3. J.C. Combs - Navneet Kanchan's Tent at Festive Black Dragon Pond
4. Graculus - mytishchi
5. Jeff Harrington - For Erzulie Dantor
6. Bruce Hamilton - glimm
7. Greg Hooper - Looking Away
8. iriXx : enigmatic x - transmission
9. Alphonse Izzo - Special Green Interlude
10. Johnny and Faith - Love Without Borders
11. Jukka-Pekka Kervinen - Haiti
12. Steve Moshier - Two Sides
13. Paul Muller : For Haiti
14. Lee Noyes - Strength of Woman
15. Mark Phillips/Donna Conaty - Elegy
16. Ben Smith - Improv.Jan.14.2010
17. Robert Stine - Deep Field
18. David Toub - < 10'
19. Glenn Weyant: Work For Prepared Piano and Kestrel
This album is a collection of tracks recorded by members of various internet communities such as improvfriday.ning.com
About Food For The Poor
Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.foodforthepoor.org
According to Charity Navigator, “We are proud to announce that Food For The Poor has earned our eighth consecutive four-star rating for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. Less than 1% of the charities we rate have received at least 8 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Food For The Poor consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Food For The Poor from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”
After nearly four years of sonically transforming the border, The Anta Project now has the potential to transform the border physically by helping fund aid for the migrants who need it most via a unique collaboration with No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes.
And we need your help.
FULL DETAILS HERE
But in a nutshell: We want to raise $1,620 to cover the cost of burning 1,000 copies of a double disc, six panel set featuring a remix of The Anta Project (previously available as a DIY CD-R and lo-fidelity mp3 download) and Droneland Security (previously unreleased).
If we can raise $3,000 to finance this project (we are also seeking an additional $1,380 to cover incentives/shipping etc costs), one hundred percent, that's right ONE HUNDRED PERCENT (!), of the profit of these discs will go directly to support No More Deaths/No Mas Muertas.
We estimate this $3,000 investment can yield a minimum of $16,000 with every penny going to No More Deaths/No Mas Muertas.
And to show our thanks for your support we have all kinds of incentives including copies of the double disc set, t-shirts, border tours, jewelry and even copies of Uncle Vic's legendary No More Deaths camp salsa recipe.
So if you have a moment check out the site and see what you think.
No More Deaths
This week I received an advance copy of Voyager Journeys III, a reading textbook for middle school students.
Opening to a section titled: The Sound of Life, I was honored to find a full page spread discussing The Anta Project.
But what really struck me was how in-depth the book goes in presenting ideas about sound, creation and listening to school age children.
A world where everyone is a musician and all sounds are valid may be closer than we know.
The Downtown Tucson sound ecology is about to loose a sonic cornerstone: the ubiquitous train whistle.
This sanitization of the sound landscape is part of an overall homogenizing of downtown culture.
With this latest move, the city is now deciding for residents what sounds are "pleasing" rather than use "volume" as an exclusion criteria.
For example: An f-16 jet flying low over a school is okay. A train whistle is not.
If my music is too loud, tell me and I'll turn it down. However, do not tell me what to listen to.
Although still in the planning stages, if approved the so-called "no whistle zone" would be implemented by 2015.
More at: www.glennweyant.com
A lazy Sunday morning. Sky heavy with tattered clouds. Air thick with cicada drone vibrations. Snowbirds and students have fled the summer heat for the cooler climes of places they call home.
In other words, perfect conditions for playing the University of Arizona.
Sound, words and images at: www.glennweyant.com
More? Stay tuned....
It has been three years since The Anta Project was first released and already the notion of physical walls and fences on the border have begun to become quaint artifacts.
Sensors and motion detectors have begun to replace physical barriers.
The walls, fences and barriers of our future borders will be unseen, hidden, invisible and virtual.
To honor the dawn of this new age of global insecurity and to celebrate the third anniversary of The Anta Project's release, I give you:
~ Virtual Insecurity: A Borderland Deconstruction~
This immersive sound work is built from field recordings and assorted manipulations of Virtual Walls, Virtual Fences, Virtual Migrants, Virtual Border Patrol, Virtual Militias, Virtual Insects, Virtual Drug Smugglers, Virtual Cowboys, Virtual Indians, Virtual Homeland Security, Virtual Birds, Virtual Planes and Virtual Terrorists.
This recording was a year in the making and is culled from over 20 hours of sound files.
Of course playing some of the $ 6.7 billion virtual fence towers and their assorted support cables with a cello bow and mallets is illegal.
The areas surrounding them are clearly marked with signs warning against trespassing and playing them could certainly lead to all sorts of legal hassles if such were the case.
So caveat emptor :: This virtual work is what it is, nothing more or less.
And that’s the virtual truth.
Thank’s again for your support these past three years.
Stay tuned and listen well,
The World Is Your Instrument
Play It Now
While You Still Can...
A hi-fi version of Virtual Insecurity: A Borderland Deconstruction is also available as part of the SonicAnta D-Construction Sound Series.
FULL SUBTEXT AT GLENNWEYANT.COM
The Sonoran Desert is populated by antennas of all sorts radiating sound heard and unheard. This is the first in a series of antenna sound portraits which will explore their Aeolian properties.
For this work the antenna and support cables located off Swan Road in Tucson, Arizona were mic'ed using contact microphones fixed with c-clamps and recorded. The antenna featured was anchored to the desert floor with roughly twelve 100+ foot cables, each producing unique percussive and bowed tones when interacting with the wind in an Aeolian manner.
The sound on this recording is best experienced with a sub-woofer or headphones that support deep tones. A limited run cd-r of this work is being issued as part of the D-Construction Sound Series available at DISCS.
The full work can be heard here.
More details about The Antenna Project at www.glennweyant.com
The memorial was mic'ed, amplified and played with implements of mass percussion.
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.
Finally set up a Facebook account this week and discovered two other Glenn Weyants' had already arrived.
One from Florida dressed in a tank-top, the other retired and relaxing shirtless on a lounge chair in Ohio.
Who knew there were so many Glenn Weyants', but more importantly how many can dance upon the head of a pin?
A Google search for other Glenn Weyants' turned up a former mayor involved in political intrigue, an anti-choice blogger outraged by uppity women, a bed and breakfast proprietor ready to serve the tired and hungry, and even a Glenn Weyant who is passionate about wearing men's pantyhose.
Are we all ghosts of paths not taken?
A lost tribe of escaped clones?
And what must we make of each other?
But one thing is for sure, if you're looking for sonic explorations, sound thoughts and miscellaneous ramblings then here's all you need to know:
SonicAnta.com: Sonicanta.com is still the mothership, offering an extensive library of sounds, images, details and other goods. Watch for site improvements and extras over the coming months.
Facebook: May 7 UPDATE: Something strange went down. Glenn Weyant of Tucson was expunged by the Facebook Gods. Sad but true. One rumor has it the other Glenn Weyant's rose up in protest. Sigh. You can still find Glenn Weyant of Tucson but you'll need to search around.
Twitter: Need more Sonic depth? Then SonicAnta Tweets are for you. It's like opening up a big fuzzy cot somewhere between my Id and Ego and settling in.
Blog: THE PLACE for SonicAnta Subtext. If you ever wondered what the men's room drone at Trade Joe's #191 sounded like, then this blog is for you. Rambling sound, word and image adventures.
Video: SonicAnta has a dedicated YouTube Channel where everything is in motion.
Jon Rose and Hollis Taylor were in town this week from Australia as part of a three day trip along the US/Mexico border. From California through Arizona they've been checking out and playing some of the newly built walls and fences that separate the two countries. If you have not had a chance to check out their workyou should. From Hollis' spot-on transcriptions of bird song and fence music, to Jon's passion for violins and pretty much all things bowed, it is worth the trip and time. On the second day they were here, Jon and I set out for Sasabe, a sleepy port of entry town in Southern Arizona, to explore the sonic possibilities. Two years ago I'd played some of the barbed wire fences, migrant water jugs, shrines and other ephemera in the area as part of The Anta Project. Returning two years later, it was odd to see how much has changed in that period of time (See the photos Jon took of the old fencing that still stands in Mexcio and the new wall). Where ocotillo posts, mattress coils, hundred year old train rails and barbed wire once delineated the border, a sprawling wall of steel columns and so-called "virtual fences" have sprung up. While it's questionable how long those structures will last or how effective they will be at keeping people out, it was clear the new wall can make some elegant music. Tunneling, ladders, hack saws, or simply walking around the locations where the wall terminates seem to be some kinks they still need to work out. Personally, I can think of no better way to celebrate freedom as an American on this Fourth of July weekend than traveling the Arizona outback, conversing with Homeland Security checkpoint guards armed with Geiger counters, getting pointers on the fine art of fence bowing, meeting the people who are walling in the country, banging on some imported steel, improvising with hovering Border Patrol helicopters and basking in the beauty that is the Sonoran Desert. Till again, stay tuned and let freedom ring. Glenn ~~ And yes, I now know traveling is spelled with only one L. Everyone's an editor these days. Yeesch! ~~
- A discussion about how the recording was made;
- Some ideas about transforming the symbolism of a wall meant to divide into an instrument with the power to unite;
- A playing of the full recording (If you have not heard this recording on a PA you should!)
- A slide show documenting how the wall and other found objects were "played."
- A question and answer segment.
- schaller oyster microphone
- audio clip live long and prosper
- puffies for skip
- jimmy boegle
- velvet bugs
- npr les claypool
- monstrous puffies
- satellite dish acoustic experiment
- kestrel symbolism
- loud ant
- we ant