Daily Archives: November 21, 2011

1969 Alice in Wonderland by Salvador DalĂ­




Down the Rabbit Hole


The Pool of Tears


A Caucus Race and a Long Tale


The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill


Advice From a Caterpillar


Pig and Pepper


Mad Tea Party


The Queen’s Croquet Ground


The Mock Turtle’s Story


The Lobster’s Quadrille


Who Stole the Tarts?


Alice’s Evidence

The Lewis Carroll classic illustrated by Salvador Dalí 

Published by New York’s Maecenas Press-Random House in 1969 and distributed as their book of the month, the volume went on to become one of the most sought-after Dalí suites of all time. It contains 12 heliogravures, one for each chapter of the book, and one original signed etching in 4 colors as the frontpiece, all of which the fine folks at the William Bennett Gallery have kindly digitized for your gasping pleasure.

via Brain Pickings | Maria Popova + WBG

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Gil Scott-Heron’s Poem to the Heads of TVT Records


Gil Scott-Heron’s Letter-Poem to the Heads of TVT Records

Back in 1997, TVT Records decided to reissue a handful of Gil Scott-Heron‘s albums — namely, Winter In AmericaThe First Minute of a New DayFrom South Africa to South CarolinaIt’s Your World, and The Mind of Gil Scott-Heron. On March 27th, prior to signing the contract and receiving his advance, a clearly enthused Scott-Heron took some time to write the following letter of thanks to three of the record executives involved in the deal.

Just delightful.

Transcript at Letters of Note 

by Gil Scott-Heron

Photograph by Mischa Richter

via Letters of Note + The Daily Swarm

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Nagisa Ni Te


Nagisa Ni TePremonition 

from Yosuga

“YO SU GA means whole wide world of your every tiny relationship”



Exploding Star Orchestra

Exploding Star Orchestra – Sting Ray And The Beginning of Time Part 1

In 2005, cornetist Rob Mazurek was approached by The Chicago Cultural Center and the Jazz Institute to put together a group that would represent the more contemporary / avant-garde side of sound in Chicago for a concert in Millennium Park’s Frank Gehry-designed concert hall. The music was conceptualized/composed in Manaus Brazil, Fontevraud, France and Chicago, and developed over more than a dozen performances of the Orchestra before it was recorded by John McEntire at his Soma Studio in Chicago.

We Are All From Somewhere Else is comprised of 3 distinct sections, and corresponds to a story involving an exploding star, cosmic transformation, a sting ray, the travels of the sting ray, intelligent conversations with electric eels, the destructive power of humans, the death and ascension of sting ray, the transformation of sting ray ghost to flying bird, and the transformation of bird to phoenix to rocket to flying burning matter to a new-born star.

Says Mazurek, “I could clearly see and hear the events as a kind of animated adult/children’s story that could be presented in book or video form. In the end you have a poem text based on the original story line that is then flipped backwards to reveal another perspective on the poem. The flipped text was orchestrated by Portuguese video artist and conceptualist Joao Simoes, while I was in Lisbon making final preparations for the release of this recording.”

As the arrangements of the parts of the pieces came together it became more and more evident that Nicole Mitchell’s flutes would play a major role in the realization of the music. That said the intent of the music is not to featuring individual players (although this very well could have featured any individual in the group, as they are all very strong soloists and improvisers) it is more about the projection of a certain sound pertaining to imagination and the trajectory of the sound as movement in time and space, weaving patterns and non-patterns around and inside the idea of the poem. The overall organic approach included actual organic sounds – for example, the sounds of electric eels recorded by Mazurek at INPA research laboratory in Manaus. The juxtaposition of two drums, two basses, two mallets, multiple flutes, two cornets, bass clarinet, ARP synthesizer, guitar, trombone, voices and flugelhorn all played important roles in the development of the final sound.

The Exploding Star Orchestra is, for this recording:

Rob Mazurek – Composer, Director, Cornet, Electronics
Nicole Mitchell – Flutes, Voice
Jeb Bishop – Trombone 
Corey Wilkes – Flugelhorn
Josh Berman – Cornet
Matt Bauder – Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Parker – Guitar
Jim Baker – Piano, ARP Synthesizer, Pianette
Jason Adasiewicz – Vibraphone
John McEntire – Marimba, Tubular Bells, Edits, Recording Engineer
Matt Lux – Electric Bass Guitar
Jason Ajemian – Acoustic Bass
Mike Reed – Drums, Percussion, Saw
John Herndon – Drums

All compositions, arrangements, text and concepts are by Rob Mazurek 


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