Saturday, July 24, 2010

Phaidon - Flash Fiction

My good friend Junior Davila was inspired by the Tchrite - Phaidon music video to write a fictional short story based on the images presented in the video.


July 24, 2010 by Junior

In my nightmare of nightmares; I was in a stairwell. I looked up and there was no end in sight, like an impossible staircase from an M.C. Escher drawing. It was dark, abysmal. But there was a light that came from nowhere and yet was everywhere. The stairwell was lit in the color of arterial blood. The type that flows from the heart to the body, but this was no body. This was me. This was my prison.

Along with the blood-washed walls, there was a sickly green essence presiding there too; pushing away the blood in a mad attempt to overtake it with its feeling of rot and disgust.

I looked at the step in front of me and there stood a Venetian woman. She was clad in a black corset and dress that frilled at the edges below her knees. She wore a mask, the masquerade type seen at Mardi Gras. But there was something very sinister behind that mask. Her eyes were holes beneath it, endless holes. Rose petals fell around her, shriveling and dying as they passed her on the way to their stairwell grave. Suddenly a brilliant flash, lasting only a split second, revealed her eyes. She was watching me. Her ice-blue eyes bore holes into my soul making it a heap of what it was. In that single instant, she took from me my innocence, my love, my devotions, and all the joys in my world. The Venetian Woman robbed me of everything.

Something pushed me forward, but God help me I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to see what lay next.


The Lady in Red flashed a half-step up the stairwell, who was she? She had blonde hair and a cold, callous look. Her detached demeanor flipped a butterfly knife. The knife was for me. My body. She meant to kill me. No, she meant to rip me of my being—my flesh. My soul a husk, she was meant to finish the job….

God! Please!

She disappeared and in her place, a man. The bald-headed man looked down at me as I passed the Venetian woman holding me in her gaze. I passed her but could not make myself look her in the eyes again. I could not look at the very thing that robbed me of everything dear to me. A cold-shiver ran through my spine as the man in the suit, wearing dark sunglasses, licked his lips as I approached him. He quirked a smile. I’m going to fuck you, son. My lead-ened dick is going to fuck you hard. He pulled a chrome-plated gun and pointed it at me, at my face. I could almost feel him winking behind his sunglasses.

As my eyes widened in absolute terror, as this man was about to destroy my sex and rape me of my ego, two forms materialized in front of me. From what felt like my navel, I was pulled again. I followed a man who held up a figure dressed in a white death shroud in front of him, guiding him up the stairs. I passed the man in the suit…he blew me a kiss and I shook again, I’d soon be seeing him again…I was sure of it.

Help me, please someone help me.

A thought occurred to me as I followed the man with the shaggy hair. His subject, the one he’s escorting…it’s me. I didn’t want to believe it, but the thought came anyway. My heart raced as I was realizing that my nightmare was real; I was dying and I was going the place where all bad men go. And here I was following the very thing that was escorting the shroud that I would come to wear when the time came.

As we turned on the level to go up again, I tried to get a look in the hole where the face would be. Instead, the one escorting him turned to me and my blood ran cold. My eyes beheld the most monstrous sight I had ever seen.

It was a creature. From the neck down it was a normal man with a brown shirt and slacks, but from the neck up…

Jesus no!

It was a scaly creature with the nose of a buffalo. It had slight protruding horns coming out of the sides of its forehead. Another line of small spikes come down the center of its head from the hairline down to the brows. The scales were colored grey and was given the sickly disgusting flair from the rotting green light that emanated from nowhere, yet everywhere. He looked towards me with black vertical slits for pupils and red iris’; irises that glowed with the sheen of the blood-colored light. He continued to look past me and above my head. There was something calling it…and I was the subject. It continued up the stairs and disappeared with what may have been me; or perhaps that shroud that I would fill.

From in front of me stood a woman’s legs. There was something wrong though. I began to look up. She wore a dress of the old-type, the type that was sown in the historic ages with the rough cloth. I looked further up.

What have I done?

With bulging arms and a protruding chest, it was a muscularly built man. He had blonde pig-tails under a Viking helmet and was splitting his tongue down the middle on the blade of an axe. The axe had a skull adorned on the end of the shaft and another similar blade on the opposite side. A spike came up out of the top and I knew…this trans-gendered Viking was here to make me none; not a man, not a woman, neither. It looked at me with maliciousness, hate, and hunger.

My heart stilled and I understood. I finally understood it all. As I flashed back to where the Lady in Red had stood, she now lay on the level floor dead. It’s making sense to me, now.

Another flash and I saw a piglet sitting atop where the shrouded person disappeared. It had a leash being held by nothing and a television showing that there was no body where the Lady in Red obviously laid. My life, the food for the spit, for the very demons who had come for me to strip me of who I am.

I understand now. I am whole; I am saved. The Lady in Red was sacrificed and the Piglet was put in my place.

With cold sweat pouring between my shoulders and down my face, I wept. The nightmare had been real and the Lady in Red had saved me.

Forgive me, Father; forgive me for I have sinned. The Demon’s of hell have shown me who I am. I am he, no more."

Saturday, July 17, 2010

This makes me happy.

I found a small listener review of 'Modular Puzzle' that made me really happy. I'm so glad there are other people out there that really in to what I am trying to make:

"Upon reading the preview for this album on the label's newsletter and web page, i at first read the phrase "acid tachno" and felt a little turned off. I found myself falling into the mindset that acid techo tended to be redundant and uninspiring and more for the dancefloor. Of course, you can't always judge a cd by its preview in print. I listened to the audio samples and was intrigued, and ordered a copy.

It arrived promptly, and popped it into my car stereo and was taken completely off guard. This wasn't your stereotyped acid techno at all in any respect. This wasn't a dancefloor oriented album (thank the stars), and it wasn't anything I had ever heard before. In fact, I was so enthralled with this album, that I am amazed that this hasn't reached anyone else's ears already.

The first few tracks send you into a fiery burst of organized chaos-- industrial beats and a flurry of glitchy synth pads send you into a dark yet vibrant place before settling you into amazingly catchy, IDM-meets-acid synth-meets-Ed Wood Jr's brain if you plugged it into an amplifier. The next several tracks thump you into a whirlwind of emotions; really taking the lidten in and truly making them wonder what could be lurking around the corner.

Things warm up a bit near track nine and ten. Here, I'm reminded of BoC's b-sides to their few singles, only with a hefty dash of Tonikom, "Come to Daddy"-esque Aphex Twin, and a hint of sunlight.

The next few track to the closer are a little more controled, relaxed and mellow. It is certainly needed after such a wild sonic ride.

With such a stunning, brilliant and vibrant label debut, I have no doubt that Trills is going to turn a lot of heads. If there was a soundtrack for the unknown, this would be it."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Nyimbo Za Watoto CD

The Heart is Infinite
appears on this Nyimbo Za Watoto fundraiser CD. Special thanks to Graham Fife and Gayle Ye for their help with this project.

"Nyimbo Za Watoto (Songs for the Children)
Posted by Frank, October 15th, 2009

ABCD: Art Building Children’s Dreams now has a CD of wonderful original music with which we can raise more funds for the children. It’s called NYIMBO ZA WATOTO (Songs for the Children).

The coordination of the massive effort to do this work was done by a good friend of mine, Graham Fife, a music lover and generous soul.

Musicians/songwriters were found who graciously agreed to donate a song or two. Colin Macdonald, (Colin Macdonald Design) another good friend (and my oldest former student!) came on board to do the great artwork and design. Mastering of the CD was done by Sam Reid of Slip One Digital. He’s a member of Glass Tiger.
It’s an exciting eclectic mix of styles of music ranging from ballads, to klesmer/reggae, to indie vocals, to hot latin beats, to electronic instrumental rhythms, to African folk sung by children.

Inside the case is a wonderful booklet which contains all the lyrics of the songs, photos of all the children and a thumbnail photo of an artwork by each of them. The booklet itself is a treasure!

We are launching the CD at Arts and Hearts for the Children of Kilimanjaro, our fundraising dinner and silent auction, on Oct. 23.If you’re reading this and would like a copy just contact us via email.

To give you an idea of how the funds can be used: the sale price of $20 pays for school lunches for a child for ONE YEAR!"