Things have admittedly been quiet on this journal page, although that doesn't imply any kind of lack of activity in my personal life. Those aspects of life that I see as compulsory (work, further education, etc.) are taking more precedence than they have at any point in the last five years or so, yet for all that I am still busy with new creative work and new research into esoteric but valuable subject matter.
I have talked before on this blog about a new piece entitled "Negative Autoscopy," and themed after the similarly named hallucination (in which individuals claim they are unable to see their own reflections). Given that accounts of this are extremely rare, and that the phenomena of autoscopy as a whole is still very interesting, I've altered the name of this piece to "La Reproduction Interdite" (named for the Magritte painting above). The story of this phenomenon has all kinds of interesting implications for one's psycho-social development, particularly as it is very different from the mystical "out of body" experience in which individuals claim to have an affirmation of existing outside of their own body. Autoscopy, by contrast, forces humans to confront a doppelganger of themselves and to question where their true self lies (a la Chuang Tzu's famous dream of being a butterfly) - this has led to fascinating, if occasionally horrifying, instances of the doppelganger acting as a pursuer or consoler. For this piece, which will be released on Daniele Antezza's new Holotone label, there will be special artwork and text (to be read in a mirror, natch) which will report on the occluded world of autoscopy, without attempting to draw any moral conclusions and all the while letting listeners make up their own minds.
As per usual, I have composed everything on the upcoming recording by myself (though with some valuable assistance from Alex Keller, who helped to record the spoken voiceovers).
Meanwhile - my new book To Hear The World With New Eyes, while encountering some more delays in its international distribution, is nonetheless available from me for a short time, and will especially be available when I conduct a live presentation at Austin's Farewell Books on November 19, from 5-7pm. I do hope to see lots of friends and supporters there!