Saturday, August 1, 2015

we have purchased an hd projector here at the offices of the art of memory, and working on a small blu ray collection. thanks also for some of these as a critterwed gift, from one a caster of light spells

Monday, July 27, 2015

test pressing

test pressings for two new invisible birds releases approved
records arrive at the offices in 10 weeks
if you did not purchase via our kickstarter, you can preorder here

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

the art of memory is getting married this weekend, god bless us, everyone

by now they knew each other; she was the daytime, the daylight, he was the shadow,
her light overwhelmed his darkness

by now they knew each other; he was the daytime, the daylight, she was the shadow,
his light overwhelmed her darkness

(bastardized text from "the rainbow")

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

pushes at the door of night, of nothingness

new drawing for special edition of ingenting kollektiva de luxe
an anatomy of melancholy ib008 néant

similar drawings from 2006, after drinking too much and reading french poetry

title text from rosmarie waldrop's book : lavish absence: recalling and rereading edmond jabès, page 141 (i am finally getting some books out of storage and putting on shelves and looking here an there)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

melancholia in the time of anti-quandary (katie cruel/bob fludd)

when I first came to town
they called me the roving jewel
now they've changed their tune
call me bob fludd

Saturday, May 30, 2015

étant donnés (there was something very queer about the water)

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( ) title from through the looking glass

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

étant donnés (your skin is black metallic)

étant donnés: 4 (your skin is black metallic)

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i still can't guess what you're after

it's the colour of your skin
your skin is black metallic
it's the colour of your skin
your skin is black metallic
your skin is black metallic
your skin is black metallic

i think of you when you're sleeping

it's the colour of your skin
your skin is black metallic
it's the colour of your skin
your skin is black metallic
your skin is black metallic
you're turning black metallic

it's the colour of your skin
it's the colour of your skin

your skin is black metallic

(images of death and post-death, from silver falls ore, by riccardo mutt)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

without feet i still can follow you

extinguish my eyes, i still can see you,
close my ears, i can hear your footsteps fall,
and without feet i still can follow you,
and without voice i still can to you call.
break off my arms, and i can embrace you,
enfold you with my heart as with a hand.
hold my heart, my brain will take fire of you
as flax ignites from a lit fire-brand—
and flame will sweep in a swift rushing flood
through all the singing currents of my blood.

from rainer maria rilke's the book of pilgrimage
image - i honestly forget, some book cover i scanned....

Thursday, May 7, 2015

eagle-owl, vanished into higher strata



a rose is a ripping off scraps of flesh, eagle-owl
the lamb-eating vulture, lovely as the law vanished into higher strata
the alcoholic's trembling hand, dissappeared on the horizon,
for i no longer knew what i was doing

text bastardized from paul knight's translation of lautréamont's
my copy found in a trash bin in sf in 97, by the tower of light
who passed it on to me as he had it
god bless his soul, maybe i remember it wrong and it was just
in the street, i think with colin wilson's the outsider and a few
other life changing books.
this scenario reads like poetry from corman's a bucket of blood....

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

3 days left of anti christing and anti quandarying

only 3 days left of our kickstarter and we are almost there
(above image, quite possible rear of ingenting record)

Monday, April 13, 2015

drawing number one and two of ingenting special edition of 10

finished drawing numbers 1 & 2
of ingenting kollektiva special edition, 8 more to go
can be purchase on kickstarter, either pledge 17 and 18
7 more available with a couple more called for, moving fast
also in the edition is a drawing by mr. zacharias kether

Monday, April 6, 2015

love in the time of anti-quandary

some instruments used in the forthcoming ingenting kollektiva recording an anatomy of melancholy

- matthew's two jazzmasters (japanese and '64) and '72 reissue telecaster
- chi's early 90s yamaha
- matthew's vibro champ
- zacharias kether's harmonium
- arthur's chesterfield couch

please support the kickstarter to keep this blog and our label invisible birds from disappearing

Thursday, March 26, 2015

a quandary in the year of our lord, 2015 (kickstarter campaign is live)

5 reasons we are excited about our new kickstarter campaign, and why others should look at (and support) the said campaign :

1. we are very proud to be reissuing on LP a cdr that has been an huge inspiration the last few years; asphodel’s aokigahara, the black sea of trees. it is one hell of a release, and to put it on wax with newly inspired graphics and photography is an exciting moment in the history of the label.

2. to be finally issuing the new record by ingenting kollektiva : an anatomy of melancholy. this record was commissioned back in 2010 by a UK LP label that sadly never got off the ground. over the last 5 years the kollektiva has added and subtracted much material, mostly concentrating on it in 2014. the music is a very different experience than the previous two releases.

3. to be working with the 2 very exciting and under appreciated visual artists, tarrl lightowler and zacharias kether. mr. lightowler did the album art for the asphodel release and mr. kether did the album art for ingenting. also, mr. kether has agreed to do an edition of 10 drawings for the release, normally in a gallery these would sell for a not so small amount, but because of his enthusiasm for the label, mr. kether has agreed to sell them for much less so we can get our records into existence.

4. the label has been around since 2008 and getting the money to put out releases has been daunting, and frankly, not very interesting. we decided we were either going to close the doors or go for broke and issue 2 high-end releases where we spared no expense. we are very confident that these un-fledged birds will learn to fly!

5. we commissioned the foremost erich zann scholar from poland; wtameht wszyienski, to do our voice over in the kickstarter video. a year ago when we mentioned on this blog being inspired by erich zann; and especially his relation to memory and music's memory of music, we received a letter in the mail from mr. wszyienski, saying he was in full support of our cause and would do whatever needed. still have yet to read his scholarship, as it is in a language we cannot read, yet there is a deep appreciation for his spirit, which is always present with him, in each correspondence. it was a dream come true to finally hear his voice, and we are very happy to have him on board.
one thing he mentioned to us is in a letter : "these years of being able to access memory with little effort; it is fine. i find in zann a period where memory is something you try your entire life to access, and when you finally locate it; you find you have been dreaming.... these are the memories i am interested in, and that you seem to be my friend of non existent memories!"

your friend
matthew swiezynski

Friday, March 20, 2015

i have a vacant mind

- alio die - tempus rei - hic sunt leones - 2008
 drones, loops, zither, field recordings

- antoine beuger - cantor quartets - another timbre - 2013
- antoine beuger | konzert minimal - tschirtner tunings for twelve - another timbre - 2014

- black vines - bv - fluid audio - 2014

-  andrew chalk ‎- bright rivers run / shimmer in the sun -  meditations - 2015

- dark matter halo ‎- the hermetic drone volumes 1 and 2 - 2013
dark drones by monte cimino

- gareth dickson - invisible strings - 2014
 this is the kiss
it is all there is
take it, it's for you
only now you don't exist
you hear the void insist
what kind of choice is this?

- alemayehu eshete - alemayehu eshete - mississippi/change records - 2012

- alain goraguer - la planete sauvage - superior viaduct - 2014

- howlround ‎- the ghosts of bush - the fog signals - 2012
was created entirely using the natural acoustic sounds of bush house, the iconic home for the past seven decades of the bbc world service which closed its doors for the last time on july 12th 2012. all of the sounds were captured in the small hours of the morning in empty offices, corridors, stairwells and other hidden corners by a studio manager working overnight. these recordings were then dubbed onto quarter-inch tape in the basement studio deep in the bowels of the south-east wing using two of the surviving reel-to-reel machines. 

-  jóhann jóhannsson & bj nilsen ‎- i am here - ash international - 2014
featuring hildur guðnadóttir

- thomas köner - tiento de las nieves - denovali records - 2014 (on lp)
 "love is life’s snow. it falls deepest and softest into the gashes left by the fight
whiter and purer than snow itself. what is life without love? it is like this ice
a cold, bare, rugged mass, the wind driving it and rending it and then forcing it together again, nothing to cover over the open rifts, nothing to break the violence of the collisions, nothing to round away the sharp corners of the broken floes
nothing, nothing but bare, rugged drift-ice."
fridtjof nansen 'farthest north : being the record of a voyage of exploration of the ship fram 1893-96, and of a fifteen months' sleigh journey'

- catherine lamb - three bodies (moving) - another timbre - 2012

- john lely - anton lukoszevieze - the harmonics of real strings - another timbre - 2014

- stephan mathieu - nachtstücke - schwebung - 2015
recordings of an entropic process set up in the historic baths of saint georges, rennes/france & a track recorded in buenos aires and features cassette loops by federico durand

- my cat is an alien, jüppala kääpiö - black blossom - omnimemento - 2014
- jüppala kääpiö - landing clouds - omnimemento - 2014
- kodama - phxa - omnimemento - 2014

- nazoranai - the most painful time happens only once has it arrived already... ? - ideologic organ - 2014

- tomonari nozaki - the fall of icarus - taâlem - 2014

- else marie pade - electronic works 1958-1995 - important records - 2014

- pink floyd - pompeii - akropolis - 2012 lp reissue

- steinbrüchel - parallel landscapes - 12k - 2014

- valerio tricoli ‎- miseri lares - pan - 2008
 includes writings by dante, guido ceronetti, h.p. lovecraft, e.m. cioran, along with excerpts from the ecclesiastes from member of 3/4hadbeeneliminated

- jana winderen - out of range - touch - 2014
 based on ultrasound and echolocation used by bats, dolphins and other creatures who operate beyond the range of human hearing

-  various ‎- wandelweiser und so weiter - another timbre - 2012

entry title from agnes martin

the vague

the present, however it is, cannot be poetic; and the poetic, in one way or another, always turns out to consist in the distant, the undefined, the vague

giacomo leopardi, from zibaldone
(found on page 379 of canti, notes)