MISC I DEERS
In May 2006, as America was poised to begin blading the desert borderlands to make way for walls, fences and watch towers, I began playing the Southern Arizona / Northern Sonora militarized zone with a cello bow and implements of mass percussion...
DREAM WALL ON AN INFINITE HORIZON...
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.
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.
... PLAYING THE RIVER / CALLING IN THE RAIN PART ii...
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.
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 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.
- 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