I Swallowed Earth For This

Released at September 24, 2012

Release date:

September 24, 2012


(c)2012 samadhisound IIc.





I swallowed earth for this:
a strawberry leaf
the wind glided by water

in the layer between
crushed in time

what they left behind
can be read on an arrowhead

Dripping stone
geologically: all we know
broken skull, broken rock

extracting information
in the hardest of materials
at the back of the neck

finding language
close to the lungs

expanding matter
in the grass
in a drop of water
is earth not
what we came from

a compression of
a true material
expanded at its brightest point
a supernova
on a petal

and so we are ancient enough
in the beginning, volcanic:
gas, water, cells

in the sediments
in hollows, levels; uppermost:
bone, tissue, organs

visible in time
we expand heat from fratures
part the growth rings of trees
with amber and rust

boned from evolution
you are, I am
a lecture on fossils

we think that the watery substance
before the thinkable
is a sound in memory
a language we peer beneath
from the sound of marrow and fibres
thinkable enough, certainly

Out of these places
two types of grammar:
we inflect trees
analyse a riverbed
years laid down in codes microbes millions atoms
in animals and the residue of plants

Uncommon Deities poem (Punkt 2011) on music by Jan Bang and Erik Honoré.

Music by Bang, Honoré, Endresen
Poem by Paal-Helge Haugen

Poems by Paal-Helge Haugen and Nils Chr. Moe-Repstad

The CD release of Uncommon Deities isn’t a document of the installation, but a reinvention: the poems and Sylvian’’s readings are placed in new settings by Jan Bang and Erik Honoré. The cofounders of the Punkt festival and close collaborators on the original installation, Bang and Honoré draw on new performances by the deeply sympathetic trumpeter Arve Henriksen and the startling, elemental singer Sidsel
Endresen. These improvisations join live material captured at last year’s Punkt events, in a production that’’s spacious and atmospheric,  somber and escapist, light-hearted and steeped in history – a recording as rich as the ancestry of the work that inspired it.

Jan Bang – samples
Erik Honoré – samples, synthesizer
David Sylvian – voice

Official microsite of Uncommon Deities

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