Double walker

Today I’ve discovered that “gänger” means “goer”, “walker”, that adds a whole new meaning to the word Doppelgänger…

“Doppelgänger, “ghostly spirit” literally “double walker”, from Doppel (“duplicate, double”) + gänger (“goer”).”


The Sound Screen: Derivas, espectros

Cuando terminé de hacer el remix The Sound Screen #003, el dedicado al sonido óptico, tenía pensando hacer el siguiente sobre el tema del espectro, o más concretamente del onryō. El onryō (怨霊) es un tipo de espíritu de la mitología japonesa que vuelve al mundo físico en busca de venganza. Normalmente, los onryō son mujeres que vuelven de entre los muertos para vengarse de algún hombre. Las dos películas que tengo pensado utilizar para hacer este remix son Kuroneko (藪の中の黒猫, 1968) y Ugetsu monogatari (雨月物語, 1953).

El concepto de este remix tiene que ver con el tema de la hauntología, que me fascina, tanto a nivel literal como metafórico, pero la idea surgió principalmente porque en Kuroneko hay algunos momentos sonoros muy inquietantes. No obstante, como derivo mucho y me cuesta concentrarme, hace unos días dejé este remix a medias y me puse a hacer otro con Only God Forgives (2013). El caso es que después de unos días dándole vueltas, terminé con algo que me gustaba formalmente, pero no conceptualmente, así que decidí darle un descanso.

Un poco sin querer, empecé un tercer remix con Queen of the Damned, y creo que va a ser este el que termine antes porque me estoy divirtiendo mucho.

Ahora mismo escribiendo este post me estoy dando cuenta de que, casualmente, los tres remixes que tengo a medias son sobre temas hauntológicos y oscuros: espectros, muerte, demonios, vampiros… Igual el día ideal para colgar el que termine antes es Halloween.


• Music For ‘The Dead Man 2: Return Of The Dead Man’ (1995)

• Hyperobject-1 (2013) [listen]

• Welcome Oblivion (2013)
How to Destroy Angels

• Village Storm (2011) [listen]
Lawrence M. Barker [Sonic Fields]

• Tawharanui Rain (2010) [listen]
Nature Sounds of NZ

Radio Web Macba: Component amb processos: Perspectives sobre música generativa i de sistemes #8.2 (Keith Fullerton Whitman Nadra Phalanx & Michael von Hausswolff Cairo IV (undone)) (2013) [listen]

The Pentaki Slopes (2012)
Kangding Ray

• The Place Beyond the Pines Original Score (2013) [listen]
Mike Patton

Mantle (2013)

• Out of the Ordinary: Episode 2 (2013) [listen]

The gap in the ambient soundscape

“Seriously, just take five minutes a day to make yourself look around. Just a couple of minutes to be where you are, take it in, and compare it to memories of ten, twenty years ago. I’m in the middle of writing a thing for Vice right now, and I opened it by talking about how we can measure the contemporary day by the things that have become absent. Things we perhaps only notice peripherally.

For instance, here in Britain, the soundtrack of every single early morning (except Sundays) was the hum and crunch of a milk float. I don’t know if you had these in the States? Electric light vehicles stacked with crates of milk for doorstep delivery. Twenty years ago they were a permanent feature of the soundscape. Today they’re almost all gone, because home delivery got killed by cheap milk in supermarkets. So, if you’re of a certain age, there’s a gap in the ambient soundscape. That denotes futuricity (which may not be a word) just as strongly as the absence of great mountains of horseshit in our cities denoted a futuristic condition in the 1950s.”

Warren Ellis on futurism, the New Aesthetic, and why social media isn’t killing our children

What is no longer and what is not yet

“The present is what passes, the present comes to pass [se passe], it lingers in this transitory passage (Weile), in the coming-and-going, between what goes and what comes, in the middle of what leaves and what arrives, at the articulation between what absents itself and what presents itself. This in-between articulates conjointly the double articulation (die Fuge) according to which the two movements are adjoined (gefügt). Presence (Anwesen) is enjoined (verfugt), ordered, distributed in the two directions of absence, at the articulation of what is no longer and what is not yet.”

Spectres of Marx, Jacques Derrida.

A haunted apparatus

“The telephone, it turns out, owes its invention to more than simply hearing-aid experiments. Alexander Bell, who grew up playing with mechanical speech devices (his father ran a school for deaf children), lost a brother in adolescence. As a result of this, he made a pact with his remaining brother: if a second one of them should die, the survivor would try to invent a device capable of receiving transmissions from beyond the grave – if such transmissions turned out to exist. Then the second brother did die; and Alexander, of course, invented the telephone. He probably would have invented it anyway, and in fact remained a sceptic and a rationalist throughout his life – but only because his brothers never called: the desire was there, wired right into the handset, which makes the phone itself a haunted apparatus.”

Technology and the novel, from Blake to Ballard
Tom McCarthy
The Guardian, Saturday 24 July 2010