KAPLAN'S PLAYLIST

for my students and whomever else.
Yoko Honda
(via Capitalism)
It now seems that the primary political effect of the economic crisis was not the rise of the radical left, but of racist populism, more wars, more poverty in the poorest Third World countries, and widening divisions between rich and poor. For all that crises shatter people out of their complacency and make them question the fundamentals of their lives, the first spontaneous reaction is not revolution but panic, which leads to a return to basics: food and shelter. The core premises of the ruling ideology are not put into doubt. They are even more violently asserted.

(via Capitalism)

It now seems that the primary political effect of the economic crisis was not the rise of the radical left, but of racist populism, more wars, more poverty in the poorest Third World countries, and widening divisions between rich and poor. For all that crises shatter people out of their complacency and make them question the fundamentals of their lives, the first spontaneous reaction is not revolution but panic, which leads to a return to basics: food and shelter. The core premises of the ruling ideology are not put into doubt. They are even more violently asserted.

(via emberilmu.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/roland-barthes-the-pleasure-of-the-text.pdf)

黃金淚2002

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Taken from Xeno & Oaklander “Par Avion” out June 24, 2014.

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Music and Language: A Fragment

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Music resembles language in the sense that it is a temporal sequence of articulated sounds which are more than just sounds. They say something, often something human. The better the music, the more forcefully they say it. The succession of sounds is like logic: it can be right or wrong. But what has been said cannot be detached from the music. Music creates no semiotic system.

The resemblance to language extends from the whole work, the organized linking of significant sounds, right down to the single sound, the note as the threshold of merest presence, the pure vehicle of expression. The analogy goes beyond the organized connection of sounds and extends materially to the structures. The traditional theory of form employs such terms as sentence, phrase, segment, ways of punctuating - question, exclamation and parenthesis. Subordinate phrases are ubiquitous, voices rise and fall, and all these terms of musical gesture are derived from speech. When Beethoven calls for one of the bagatelles in Opus 33 to be played ‘parlando’ he only makes explicit something that is a universal characteristic of music.

It is customary to distinguish between language and music by asserting that concepts are foreign to music. But music does contain things that come very close to the ‘primitive concepts’ found in epistemology. It makes use of recurring ciphers. These were established by tonality. If tonality does not quite generate concepts, it may at least be said to create lexical items. Among these we may start by singling out those chords which constantly reappear with an identical function, well-established sequences such as cadential progressions, and in many cases even stock melodic figures which are associated with the harmony. Such universal ciphers were always capable of entering into a particular context. They provided space for musical specificity just as concepts do for a particular reality, and at the same time, as with language, their abstractness was redeemed by the context in which they were located. The only difference is that the identity of these musical concepts lay in their own nature and not in a signified outside them.

-Theodor Adorno, Music and Language (1956).

second track taken from the forthcoming LP “That’s Harakiri”
available 4/28 on Tri Angle Records (CD/vinyl/digital formats)

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Cover of Art Directors Club 30th annual by Ladislav Sutnar, 1951. (by Herb Lubalin Study Center)

Cover of Art Directors Club 30th annual by Ladislav Sutnar, 1951. (by Herb Lubalin Study Center)

blade runner

blade runner

GATEKEEPER “Chains” HD (by Thunderhorsevideo)

From the original Alice In Wonderland manuscript, handwritten and illustrated by Lewis Carroll.

From the original Alice In Wonderland manuscript, handwritten and illustrated by Lewis Carroll.

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