Friday, September 23, 2011

Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color and Music

alka featured in Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color and Music by Scott Morrow | new book from ALARM Press

At nearly 400 pages of full-color artwork and editorial, Chromatic: The Crossroads of Color and Music is a dynamic print presentation of independent musicians and artists who are using or exploring color in unorthodox ways. It’s a highly saturated, prismatic presentation of some of today’s most adventurous underground artists, including Sonny Kay, Seripop, John Zorn, Daft Punk, Sigur Rós front-man Jónsi, Blue Man Group,The Zhou Brothers, Ratatat, Holy Fuck, Damon Locks of The Eternals, Rob Mazurek, NewVillager, Andy Gilmore, and many others.

Over the course of Chromatic's 12 chapters, readers are introduced to:
- Performers who saturate their stage shows in vibrant shades
- Musicians who create concept albums based on color
- Kaleidoscopic, polychromatic cover art
- Composers and other famous musicians who experience musical synesthesia, the involuntary intersection of senses where someone might “see” notes as different colors or shapes
- Special guest editors and featured artists who share their inspirations
- The concept of audible color
- Wild illustrations of musical notes translated into hues to create elaborate geometric works of art
- Bands photographed in their favorite hues

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Plague in Rome, 1869 Delaunay, Jules Elie

When Madeleine appeared it always rained, the people locked their houses, drew the curtains, prayed and painted crosses on their doors. They wondered who would be the next for last respects . . . began rehears- ing. Dressed in black with white carnations, weeping 'til their eyes were sore. And Madeleine would feel their sorrow, she only wanted friends, but the lady's doomed to wander until the very end--'til the end of time! It's just the price she had to pay for life eternal and she's sorry, and she's lonely--would love to make amends. But where Madeleine appears it always rains, the people lock their houses, draw the curtains, pray it won't be them--wandering 'til the end of time! We gather in a strict formation, hold hands in a circle and at twilight we all we all walk around the stones. And spirits dance, and bodies roll, hallucinations curtsey as the river priestess consecrates the bones. And that's the way it will be 'til the end of time . . . LEGENDARY PINK DOTS

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hermes Trismegistus

Ascend with the greatest sagacity from the earth to heaven, and then again descend to the earth, and unite together the powers of things superior and things inferior. Thus you will obtain the glory of the whole world, and obscurity will fly away from you.