September 24, 2012
(c)2012 samadhisound IIc.
He stands on the very edge in a state of permanent instability, blasted by longitudes, by the demarcation line between the visible and the invisible, between light and ultimate darkness. This is a zone of total blankness. Inside the black hole all light is trapped, in there all energy churns; everything is forced upon itself to the point where absolute density merges with absolute void, nothing en everything meet and the borders between creation and destruction are wiped out. The energy sears his blind eyes. On the utmost brink time moves infinitely slowly, time is in the process of consuming itself. He knows that time is a postulate that can neither be maintained nor verified. He stands on the edge of a hollow, a pit in the universe, a hole that devours everything, as long as there remains anything to devour. He stands in the vortrex, in a cloud of gas and dust surging further in and away. On the other side, beyond everything, beyond the antihorizon, is a white hole, maybe. That would be beyond the intelligence of a god. He is consumed by a sub-atomic fear, as immense as the cosmos, and he understands that he understands nothing. He is billions of years old and an ever newborn babe, unformed, in the incubator of the universe.
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 isnÂt 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.
Eivind Aarset – guitar
Erik Honoré – samples
Jan Bang – samples
David Sylvian – voice