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Sejaynoe at Cezanne piece

SejaynoeSejayno Show @ Digital Cezanne
Sejayno is a group of three: Instrument Maker Peter Blasser (Baltimore), Troubadour/Guitarist Carson Garhart (Baltimore), and Performance Poet Severiano Martinez (Oakland, CA). We are inspired by Cezanne’s ability to circumvent the materialist eye and depict objects directly to the mind’s eye. This project will enable us to channel cultural mis-understandings, hallucination, and steganographics (hidden messages in writing) into sound, culminating in a panel-discussion about the work itself.
Objective
∑ To explain how we relate to Cezanne in a 40-minute multimedia show. We will use PowerPoint, new cybernetic instruments, hypothetical ethnomusicology, as well as traditional musical instruments to explain several core concepts as follows:
∑ To demonstrate Cezanne’s relation to post-modernism via meta-vision, ambiguity.
∑ To revisit the 19th century aesthetic of mis-appropriation, vis-à-vis the composer Debussy’s interpretation of “The Orient” at the 1889 Paris World’s Fair.
∑ To channel Rudolph Steiner’s technique of Reverse Time Marketing, or the presentation of a media-related idea intuitively. Sejayno are avant-garde / forerunners of culture production anonymously ahead of time. This can also be referred to as spontaneous advertising.
(we hold the gold): Peter and Carson’s plane tickets to Oakland, for production sessions in December
(we hold the gold) : Seve’s plane ticket from Oakland for the event
(we hold the gold): Performance fee
(we hold the gold): Total
Past Presentations
∑ 01/30/2005- CEAIT festival, Redcat Auditorium, Los Angeles, “Intuitive Electronics (not)”
∑ 03/03/2008 -Theosophical Society, Baltimore, “Psycho-Spiritual Tunings on Qin and Tar”
∑ 07/10/2009- Whartscape, Baltimore, “Video Conference from Silicon Tehran”
∑ 08/10/2009- Sommerkamp Workstation, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, “Deerhorn”
∑ 08/24/2009- Moltkerei Werkstatt, Cologne, “Reverse Time Marketing”
∑ 10/16/2009- Harvestworks, New York City, “Ciat-Lonbarde Enneagraphic Business Plan”
Work Samples Online
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFd9tTt0MC8 (Mazdaznan, a piece for El Jazeera)
http://www.ciat-lonbarde.net/harvestworksspiel.ppt (presentation on instrument design)
https://sejayno.wordpress.com/ (Sejayno’s collected cultural texts and memes)
Discography embedded on Demo CD
1) Alien Eyes / Scion, Reverse Time Marketing commercial for car company
2) Symposium, from Sejayno : Quantus on EHSE records, 2008
3) Mark Steiner Theme, a whole-tone composition with variations in hypothetical ethnomusicology, with poetry by Rudolph Steiner (work in progress)
4) Civil War Boys, from Sejayno : Laity on Megaphone records, 2007
5) DONNING THE Diving BELL, DESCEND THRU BUBLS PAST BUOY BALL and FREAKED OUT SCUBA HEAD, CALL THRU THE LEATHER TUBE and NOONE IS LEFT on the BOAT, AS YOU SINK and SETTLE IN THE SILT WHERE THE SUBMARINES BELLOW, from Sejayno : Sedainty on Heresee records, 2006
6) Dastgah E-Segah, computer music based on Iranian music theory (work in progress)
7) King’s Court, a video performance for conch/theremin orchestra, metaphysical jester, and duke.

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Thanks be to dennisovich for documenting the performance!

 

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Benjolin

Benjolin Inst on Workbench

Benjolin Inst on Workbench

Sitting in the morning to write an essay about the Benjolin Instrument, I am struck by the misty remembrances of a New Jersey mountain lake at sunrise, late october.  Remembering the last nite purple bearded man: “electro-music gigging in L.A., there’s a sushi bar on the south side, and the woman there has the biggest tits, you know asian women have small tits; we got a nice car, got some weed, got some pussy”  that was in the dining hall of the Salvation Army camp.  Meanwhile back at the woodstove cabin, Rob Hordijk and Joker Nies were leading a workshop to make his Benjolin Inststruments.  He was worried that the Zeitgeist instrument latches up, which is something I have noticed on the Benjolin, too, that when you turn it on first it is silent, then you must kill it and bring it back on and it’ll start up.  Kind of like a “start sequence” to play the thing; once it revs it’s going though.  Rob said that to gold plate something, the easiest way is to dissolve gold in mercury, make a paste, paint the paste, then evaporate the heavy metals in an oven, those dudes lost their hair, blind.  Perhaps sexual tourism was to blame for the fact that the Benjolin kits were lost in the airports on the way to the USA, that they didn’t come till after the workshop!  They were here in Balt, waiting for the kits, and Rob’s like “I have a feeling they won’t come”, so we did the workshop anyway!  This is what I did- the day before I had bought 2 chickens, 1 large lamb leg, 1 small goat leg, and papaya.  Half of those legs are still in the Freezer, for they were quartered at the butcher, they are marinated in Papaya and spices.  The other half I seared on Twig’s grill on a gray evening while discussing our coming set with Carson (this is Peter writing).  After the flame had burned them sufficiently and the philosophy was thus expounded (Rudolph Steiner vs Mark Steiner), I put them over halved egg-plants in an aluminum basin and let them stew in the griller on low.  Back down in the main room of T-hill, I had a pot boiling chicken in chimay (homebrewed with spice bush berries).  The beer was also served gratuitously at the bar.  Following an initial “chat” session, we all sat down and Rob delivered a Poower Point lecture on his Benjolin, which often referenced “Japanese dudes with their digital rigs” and we spoke also of the “Rungler” circuit, which may be a simulation of the process behind the fact that the kits had been lost in the mail!

Pictured is the Benjolin that Rob gave to me, installed in medical aluminum, with intrinsic power supply.  Thanks to him for designing such a sweet sounding purrer!

 

 

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