Archives for April 2012

‘DIVE’ – an immersive voice salon-sound installation

DIVE Postcard 12-05

These performances were, by every useful measure, really successful.  Our audiences loved it, and the sonic elements have worked out exceptionally well.  Fides was fantastic, and given the space we were working in, the budget, and the fact that this was a workshop, folks had a really powerful sonic theatrical experience.
We will be fundraising this winter, aiming for a full live performance next fall.
In the meantime, here are a couple of excerpts from the performance:




Fides Krucker, Richard Sanger and I have been working on this for about the last two years. This is a ‘workshop’ of the sonic elements of  a ‘sonic theatre’ performance with text by Canadian playwright/poet Richard Sanger.  Alex Fallis and Heidi Strauss are collaborating with direction, and Simon Rossiter is in for lighting.  We workshopped the text elements last year at CanStage.

This is almost an hour of music with fantastical and outrageous shifts
in genres (folk song, opera, acoustic sound art, found sound, ambient
electroacoustic, and just plain scary shit) with Fides performing

It’s by far the most ambitious and challenging sound project I’ve ever
worked on.

There is very limited seating (it’s in our (Fides and my) home – about twenty people a night) so, if you think you can make it try and book early (note the
dates: they are a Saturday and Sunday, and then a Friday and a

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“If Men were Angels…”

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”
James Madison

I’ve been having a short reply and response on twitter recently re. free market capitalism & anarchy. They both agree on the elimination of the state (an = ‘without’, archon = ‘ruler’) which I find really interesting*.  Madison’s quote above summarizes the basic and inherent limitation of both systems.  We aren’t angels.

Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement

I lived in a couple of Catholic Worker Housesin Toronto in my twenties, first with Chuck Angus (now Canadian NDP MP), and then in one run by Dan Hunt, Jim Loney, and William Payne, three really marvelous men.  The Catholic Worker Movement could be described as a movement of Christian anarchists, and I do think it’s fair to say that we treated it as such.  For a time we did everything possible to maintain a fundamental and total egalitarianism in the household.  It was a pretty perfect experiment in that, as a ‘house of hospitality’, we welcomed pretty much anyone who needed a place to stay.  These folks included homeless youth, ex-cons and the mentally ill, along with others looking to do roughly what we were doing.  So it was a marvelous and unpredictable mixture of humanity.

But soon enough, given our populace, situations began to occur which, if the home was to remain even remotely sane and healthy, had to be stopped.  For example, it is extremely difficult to maintain a healthy household when drunken alcoholics are returning to a house inhabited by folks with mental illness.  The anarchic situation really met its final comeuppance when we took in a very young indigenous mum and her two little boys.  There were safety concerns at that point, and furthermore there began to be privacy concerns.  Turns out that one of the ex-cons was a pedophile and had to be asked to leave.  His criminal history was known by only a couple of folks and he had a right to privacy, and so his being asked to leave was very confusing to some folks.

Soon enough we had rules around alcohol in the house, and a core group of ‘decision-makers’ who basically had more information than everyone else, and had more influence in household decision-making.  There was a lot of turmoil, and ideological hand-wringing, and misunderstanding.

Point is, to get back to Madison’s quote, basic anarchic principles can take a real beating when faced with people who are not only ‘not angels’, but are actually compulsively predatory.




* I just discovered a whole school of thought, ‘Free Market Anarchism‘.Free Market Anarchy

Loving the unlovable

“Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.”
– G.K. Chesterton