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)

image from the kether archive, soon to be a brick and mortar in portland, as collaborative project with the art of memory

Thursday, March 5, 2015

ingenting kollektiva to play live in portland 3.15.15

live at turn! turn! turn! portland oregon
8 ne killingsworth St
sunday, march 15 at 8:00pm

joda clément
mathieu ruhlmann
seth nehil & kelly rauer
ingenting kollektiva (w/ members of mount analogue and silver bough)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

ingenting kollektiva forthcoming special edition documentation - both pen agitations

forthcoming on invisible birds
ib008 néant, special edition of 10 with drawings by
m. swiezynski (pictured) and z. kether (bye the blood)

kickstarter campaign coming soon
please email to be added to mailing list
warbler at invisiblebirds dot org

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

religious melancholy in defect, information on two forthcoming invisible birds releases

two forthcoming releases on invisible birds
a kickstarter campaign will commence quite shortly

ingenting kollektiva - an anatomy of melancholy

recordings revolving around the atmosphere of george büchner's lenz,
the recordings of krzysztof penderecki and the idea of lontano (as from a distance / distant),
the textures of jordi savall, and ingmar bergman

edited and constructed by matthew swiezynski
artwork by zacharias kether / design by matthew swiezynski
electric guitar on religious melancholy in defect by james hamilton
acoustic guitar on lenz two. büchner guitar solo by johannes d'église
field recordings by tarrl lightowler & matthew swiezynski
all tracks recorded in arthur de eriomém's rural library casa di memoria

asphodel - aokigahara, the black sea of trees

aokigahara, the black sea of trees is an abstract story-telling which takes place in a forest located in mount fuji, japan. the forest of aokigahara, has a world-wide fame for the thousands of suicides which took place there and now has an almost mythological statue.

the forest is spread all through with ephemera and items such as photographs, letters and instruments left behind by the leavers, all untouched due to respect. almost the entire forest is covered with long ribbons people used to be able to return if they changed their mind. therefore, the entire land is embodied with the vicarious objects that depict the sense of memory, loss and hope.

the sense of an intrinsic lament and stepping into the oblivion gets distilled in to sensation of belonging to life and hope. the emphasis is the romantic and contextual countenance of life relived through the forest.

photography by tarrl lightowler / design by matthew swiezynski

: thanks to chi yun for design and typographic assistance for both releases :

Thursday, January 15, 2015

the man who loved dead birds

old photos :
"there was once a man who collected old photo books of animals,
he would pour over them with such love, he loved the animals.  15
years into said business, he realized all the animals he was admiring
 were dead....  and he lost his mind"
charles jackston longbreeches

Sunday, January 11, 2015

that my memory is broken, I do not wonder

caspar david friedrich's fir tree

new chymical emblems of the secrets of nature; fitted partly to the eyes and intellect, with trees engraved in copper and leaves, partly to the ears and the recreation of the soul, with some fifty musical fugues in three parts, of which two are to correspond to one simple melody suitable for pleasure
(text from page 68 of the golden game)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

fourth possible musics, music of the spheres MMXIV

- amon düül II - phallus dei - purple pyramid / lp reissue
their first album, featires layered guitars, abstract percussion, and chant-like vocals 

- amon düül II - yeti - purple pyramid records / lp reissue
the second album, grim reaper music 

- edward artemiev - the mirror / stalker - superior viaduct / lp
recordings taken from the actual soundtracks of the two tarkovsky films

- krzysztof komeda - rosemary's baby - music from the motion picture - waxwork records / lp

- cocteau twins - blue bell knoll - 4ad / lp reissue

- alice coltrane - a monastic trio - superior viaduct / lp reissue

- alessandro cortini - sonno - hospital productions / 2 lp
"was recorded in hotel rooms, using a roland mc 202 through a delay pedal, recorded direct, sometimes into a small portable speaker system" 

- robert curgenven - sirène - recorded fields editions / lp
"16-foot pipe organs recorded in cornwall at the churches of st paul, st winnow, st uny, st wyllow, st cyrus & juliette. unprocessed pipe organ recordings, equalisation only. additional turntables, acetates & dubplates recorded in trewellard, penzance, trewetha & 4 the field "

- robert curgenven - they tore the earth and, like a scar, it swallowed them - recorded fields editions / lp 

- miles davis - at the fillmore (miles davis 1970: the bootleg series vol. 3) - columbia / 4cd

- lindsay dobbin - arrival - phinery / digital & tape
2 long form recordings reflecting on a temporarily loss of some hearing: "these pieces reflect my journey in and then out of that transformational experience. as my auditory reality became more and more limited, my dream world and inner connection to mystery became rich"

- bob dylan & the band - the basement tapes raw - columbia / 3lp

- earth - hex; or printing in the infernal method - southern lord / lp reissue

- drcarlsonalbion - gold - oblique / lp

- fripp & eno - live in paris 28.05.1975 - discipline global mobile / 3cd 

- morton feldman - two pianos and other pieces 1953-1969 - another timbre / 2cd
"two discs testifies to the intensity of feldman’s experimentation with notation and sound during the 1950s and 60s" 

- christian fennesz - venice - touch / lp reissue
10th anniversary LP edition with 2 extra tracks 

- jon hassell / brian eno - fourth world vol. 1 - possible musics - glitterbeat / lp reissue
"describes a style of music employing modern technological treatments and influenced by various cultures and eras"

- heldon - allez-téia - superior viaduct / lp reissue
the second album "featuring a menagerie of guitars, mellotron and analog synthesizers"

- in gowan ring - full flower moon - lune musick / 10” reissue

- in gowan ring - the glinting spade - merlins nose records (2013) / cd reissue

- thomas köner & jana winderen - cloître - touch / digital
recorded live from the cloisters at evreux cathedral, normandy france 

- fela kuti & africa 70 - expensive shit - knitting factory records / lp reissue

- stephan mathieu - sacred ground - schwebung / digital

- møster! - inner earth - hubro / cd or lp

- yann novak - snowfall - dragon's eye recordings / cd

"explores the hushed stillness and isolation sometimes experienced during a snowstorm"
- nils økland, per steinar lie, ørjan haaland - lumen drones - ecm / cd

- arthur russell - world of echo - audika / lp reissue

- supersilent - 12 - rune grammofon / cd

- lino capra vaccina - antico adagio - die schachtel / lp reissue
"a hauntingly spirited minimal/progressive/new age classic from 1978"
- lino capra vaccina - frammenti da antico adagio - die schachtel / lp 

- simon whetham - is the water supposed to be this blue? / digital
a guitar recording by mr. whetham 

- joe zawinul - zawinul - music on vinyl / lp reissue

- :zoviet*france: & fossil aerosol mining project - patina pooling - alt.vinyl / 2 lp
"closely mirroring the alchemical, organic processes of decomposition, its heaving, acousmatic mass of burred found sound and breathing tape loops evoke acutely vivid, haptic and synaesthetic reactions from the coruscating sonics to the bright orange rust left under your nails from touching the sleeve."

older repeat or new listens

- red house painters - down colorful hill - 4ad - 1992
- pärson sound ‎- pärson sound - ti'llindien, subliminal sounds - 2010 / lp
- cocteau twins - garlands - 4ad - 1982 / lp
- cocteau twins - treasure - 4ad - 1984 / lp
- cocteau twins - victorialand - 4ad - 1986 / lp
- cocteau twins & harold budd - the moon and the melodies - 4ad - 1986 / lp
- cocteau twins - heaven or las vegas - 4ad - 1988
- black sabbath - black sabbath vol 4 - vertigo - 1972 / lp
- eurythmics - in the garden - rca - 1981 / lp
- chris and cosey - songs of love & lust - rough trade - 1984 / lp
- pink floyd - pompeii - akropolis - 2012 / lp reissue
- harold budd & andy partridge - through the hill - all saints - 2013 / lp reissue
- harold budd - abandoned cities - all saints - 2013 / lp reissue
- this mortal coil - song to the siren - 4ad - 1983 / 7"
- this mortal coil - it'll end in tears - 4ad - 1984 / lp
- this mortal coil - filigree & shadow - 4ad - 1986 / lp
- popol vuh - in den gärten pharaos - wah wah records supersonic sounds - 2013 / lp
- popol vuh - hosianna mantra - wah wah records supersonic sounds - 2013 / lp
- popol vuh - herz aus glas - egg - 1977 / lp
- preterite - pillar of winds - handmade birds - 2011 / digital
- preterite - from the wells - union finale - 2013 / digital
- preterite - remembrancer - s/r - 2013 / digital
- james hamilton - works / digital
- catherine ribeiro + alpes ‎- paix - philips / lp
- stephen micus - implosions - japo records - 1977 / lp
- stephan micus - behind eleven deserts - wind records - 1978 / lp
- stephan micus - koan - ecm - 1981 / lp
- the taj mahal travellers - live at the moderna museet in stockholm, 1 & 9 july 1971 - klimt records  - 2011 / lp reissue
- the taj mahal travellers - august 1974 - phoenix records - 2011 / lp reissue
- raul lovisoni & francesco messina - prati bagnati del monte analogo - die schachtel - 2013 / lp
- somei satoh - echoes - edition omega point - 2013 / cd
- eliane radique - opus 17 - alga marghen - 2013 / 2lp
- eliane radigue - naldjorlak i ii iii - shiiin - 2013 / 3cd
- nihilist - carnal leftovers - southern lord - 2011 / lp
- dead can dance - dead can dance - 4ad - 1984 / lp
- christian death - only theatre of pain - frontier - 1982 esp. romeo's distress
- slowdive - just for a day - castle music - 1991
- slowdive - souvlaki - creation records - 1993 / lp bootleg
- slowdive - pygmalion - creation records - 1995
- anne briggs - nottinghamshire tales - vinyl lovers - 2009 / lp reissue
- the pretty things - parachute - rare earth - 2009 / lp reissue
- raising holy sparks - the observance of holy days - 2013 / digital


- jonathan glazer - under the skin
- nic pizzolatto & cary fukunaga - true detective
- mike leigh - mr. turner
- alejandro gonzález iñárritu - birdman
- peter jackson - the hobbit: the battle of the five armies
- christopher nolan - interstellar
- david fincher - gone girl
- anton corbijn - a most wanted man


- h.p. lovecraft - the new annotated h.p. lovecraft (leslie s. klinger) - liveright
- michael benson - cosmigraphics - harry n. abrams
- robert walser - scattered ways: dickinson/walser - the drawing center 

(thanks to all my music and film friends for the help)