You win some, you lose some: as I play the waiting game to see whether or not I will still have a paying job come the holidays, things are looking up in other areas. My first live talk on the new book To Hear The World With New Eyes, officially “launched” in the U.S. in Austin’s Farewell Books, was a success. Thanks to Tara Bhattacharya for putting genuine effort into reading the book and asking questions that mattered.
This may actually be a kind of informal “warm up” for other readings / workshops in the region (with some possible venues being University of Texas, End of an Ear and elsewhere). We still have plans to do a one-off radio program based on synesthesia; namely music either composed by synesthetes or with synesthetic ambitions.
While I (of course) had no chance to promote it, I did play a live music show on the same day as the Farewell reading. This took place outdoors in the erotically chilly open air, at the Dimension Gallery in East Austin: a fascinating sculpture-centered gallery built within a disused filling station. Titled “An Evening of Artful Sound,” this featured me alongside Alex Keller / Lisa Cameron, Brekekexkoaxkoax, and Brent Fariss.
I performed a new live improvisation there with minimalist turntable, modular MFOS synth and computer plug-ins, which I retroactively titled “Turning Worms Into Dragons”: a personal banishing ritual to counteract the choking, unrelieved anxiety that has been the hallmark of my surroundings for weeks. Alex Keller managed to make a hybrid soundboard / audience recording of the show: only the below excerpt exists for now (but please do contact me if you have a recording that spans the full 30-odd minutes). Enjoy!