Thursday, October 22, 2009

2006 : 51 "A Catalogue of Sounds" (excerpt) by Jakob Ullmann


A dry wind of fine dust particles. Hushed. A forgotten scientific textbook. Railroad clack. Motes. Indeterminate position. Upstairs neighbors rearranging furniture. Rust. Long discrete. Dull thump. Carved in wood. Scratch. Long continuous. Dry temp. A barely legible faded graph. A chart with no key. Flattened. Muffled conversation. Suspended solids. Table. Listen closely. Rustle. Rubbing produces static concentration. Smoke on the horizon. Relationships between unique elements. The bones of animals. Silence. Null columns. Erosion of stone and rock through slow processes. Etched in black. Motionless. A rock with blue scrapes. Sub-micron guest particles. The origin of language. Shutter click. A single index structure quickly degrades as time progresses. Location. Chair groan. Footfalls. Smudged stamp in a passport. Grit. Blurry sepia photographs. A bare branch. Relations between discrete objects. Fonts. Pitch tuning an instrument. Seed. A hierarchy of sounds. A joist where two lines meet. Fingers tapping. Silica. Dial tone. Shells and fossils. Minute. Chalk on your hands. An error in data. A broken fan. A thicket of trees. Boredom. Taking a longview. Decaying matters. Friction. Fallen branch. Amplify and multiply. Logos. Map of Clayoquot. Detrius. Resolution. Shadings of dark lantern shadows. Whimper. Creaky floorboards. Dead stars. Paint chips. Distant sigh. Oxidize. Wet bark. Peeling posters on a public wall. Frayed rope. Scribbled in the margins. A spade sliding in soft earth. Hissing desert wind. Hunger pangs. Grain. Curious buzzing. Bleached kite. Condensation. The outline of fog. Grey patterns in chipped metal. Hieroglyphs. Smell of cardamom. Fragments of brown glass. Calculations. Weeds never uprooted.

A violin whispering lost memories in your ear.

Darren DiMonsi

Listen: Jakob Ullmann >> "A Catalogue of Sounds" (excerpt)


jpb said...

I like this write-up a lot. It reminds me of some of Robert Smithson's writings.

Darren said...

Thanks. I would catagorize (no pun intended) this as "modern composition". The label, Edition RZ puts out works by modern composers, such as his countryman Helmut Lachenmann, to whom his compositions bear some resemblance.