ALAN SONDHEIM - BOOJUM (mm 9)
Boojum was our cat, who died recently at 18, and is missed terribly. Most tracks are recorded mono directly from a Yamaha keyboard output. This is the 'pure' sounding of the machine; there's no stereo enhancement or graphic equalization. I determine the state of the machine, that's called playing it. The accompaniment is automated but its figuration is not. The keyboard is touch-sensitive, but as you know, touch on an acoustic keyboard translates not only into volume, but also harmonic structures and envelope. Here touch is volume only. Note that all playing is live.
Think of the real. Track 8 is recorded live on the same keyboard acoustically; you can hear breathing, key and nail sounds, and so forth. The recording is stereo. Here the machine gives way to the periphery of the human player One might place this configuration in the symbolic.
The Cluster track is recorded from a very large Beowulf computer cluster which generates considerable electromagnetic radiation in the radio spectrum. These are recorded acoustically from a Realistic Patrolman SW-60 radio slowly tuned across various SW, VHF, and UHF bands. This is the sound of the machine in air, transformed into audio signals within the range of human hearing. Machine-states and machine exist in the imaginary. Emanents exist within and without the machine..
Think of the true world in all its glory.
For Boojum. – Alan Sondheim
"Alan the exprimentalist, meet Alan the lounge lizard?”-Howard Frampton, Spectacular Times
The Songs (Riverboat 1967) reissued 2005 Fire Museum Records
Ritual (ESP 1968)
T'Other Little Tune (ESP 1969)
Live at Starck Club - Damaged Life (Cassette 1987)
Ski/nn (Fire Museum Records 2006)
Alan Sondheim’s webpage