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Sunday Soul – temperamental little purists
Year 11 – Playlist 5/52 – For the week of May 18th 2014
Teen enthusiast Brian Eno, my old next door neighbor who introduced me to performance art, synthesis, Brian Ferry and Bowie, was interviewed recently for some kind of a pr campaign at Alfred Dunhill (that company who makes luxury goods and expensive cigarettes for duty free shops) and he did the most wonderful thing.
In the fancy interview Mr. Eno described an experience where a German musician explained to him that he was “searching for ze perfect sine vave.” Based on how he pronounced the words I assume he was talking about Klaus Von Nichtssagend, but that’s just a hunch. Anyway, Eno went on to state the obvious, that the sine wave is actually the most boring sound in the world. It’s true. You know that sort of “boooooooop” sound the heart monitor makes in medical tele-dramas when the patient dies and the surgeon or young and sympathetic ER doctor looks up and says “He’s dead.” ? That’s a sine wave. It’s a mediocre drone and while you can actually use it as a wonderful source oscillation sound for great bass, pure synth sounds, and add low end to anything, Eno is right, it’s really bland and there’s not a lot to work with there.
“Distortion is character” explains Brian. “In fact everything we call character is the deviation from perfection. So perfection to me is characterlessness.” This is wonderful. It’s wonderful because there he is all old and smug in this beautifully shot mock interview peering into the camera with these illuminated eyes essentially explaining to a luxury goods company who have forged an empire since 1872 by crafting and perfecting luxury goods for the elite class of the entire world.
You get it right?
Brian Eno explained to the world’s leading luxury goods manifacturer (think Prada in 100 years) that they have no true character because they are afraid, and trying to be perfect. Not only is the idea novel, but it’s a delightful sentiment which speaks to my provocateur’s mind and sparkles like a cold glass of Perrier in my heart. I’ve got half a mind to walk next door and give Brian a warm, and inappropriatey long hug one of these days.
On the subject of character, Ralph Waldo Emerson (not the cheap electronics manufacturer from the 80’s, but the noted American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who forged the Transcendentalist movement and gave the modern world the concept of “individualism.”) is credited as having once written, “People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” He wrote this in his wonderful book “The Conduct of Life” which was published in 1860. It’s been a long time, but even then I suppose people who wandered around pointing at things and expressing their fear as op ed opinion minus self reflection or accountability was a nuisance then too. We’ve got it pretty bad now, and I applaud Emerson’s faith in the individual to stand up for themselves, liberate their hearts and minds from fear and then promplty sit back down and keep quiet.
Distort your character. Add all the colors you can find in your basket to this beautifully confused world. Narrow in on who you are, what you love, and then drag it out into the world by it’s squealing ankles. Dance to techno in your hoop skit, throwing flowers into the sky above you. Do this in the street, do it at work, live this dream of the liberated individual free from the confines of our
deepest human bondage.
I challenge you in this way because not only are negativity and fear the most natural of first responses, but over time they prove to be far too heavy to manage for our tender and sensitive natures. To celebrate and radiate positivity and love in any disciplined manner is equally as difficult over time. Neutrality, such as it strikes you now, is the very meaning of the word sustainability. Not in the sense that we should have no opinion, like some boring sinewave. Rather, neutral in that we are permitted to be whomever it is we are, and express this with appetite and innocence until we see, hear, feel, and occupy this beautiful world of ours together. I’ll see you in the middle of the street.
Thank you for listening. See you next Sunday.
Here is the track listing for Sunday Soul: temperamental little purists
1. River of Bass – Underworld
2. Behind My Life – Kaito
3. Lazer Sex – Drrtyhaze
4. The Sun – Sunshine Jones DLAMB Remix – Sunshine Jones
5. Feels Real – Luke Solomon Remix – Shit Robot
6. Sleepover – Redsean Remix – Honey Claws
7. Track 1 – Ghetto Rhythms
8. This Is Not The End – Michael Mayer Mix – Gui Boratto
9. The Gift – Poison Pro Self Reviion – Miusha
10. Near The Birds – Leparente
11. Empy Heart – Jay West Remix – Lessovsky
12. Sunshine – Krystian Shek
13. History – Instrumental Version – Le P
14. Set Me Loose – Lexx Remix – Woolfy vs. Projections
15. Sky Come Down – Sunshine Jones Remix – Ganga
16. A Beautiful Woman – DoNeck
17. Behind My Life – Ambient Version – Kaito
18. Another Green World – The Blue Realm Remix – Brian Eno
19. Sunday Soul – Program ID
20. I Second That Emotion – 12″ Version – Japan
21. Sunday Soul – Program ID
Year 11 – Playlist 5|52
18 May 2014
Total Running Time: 02 Hours 12 Minutes
May the stars above you shimmer and shine, guiding your heart always, all of the time. May they guide you sweetly, all the way home. And may all your sundays have soul.