Papers for the Border #10 ~ The “Amy” episode tracklist

December 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

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Why “Amy?” Why not?

  1. “Styrofoam” (1:49) ~ Amy Kohn ~ I’m in Crinoline (Amymusic, 2006)
  2. “1977 Swimming Lessons” (2:48) ~ Amy Kohn ~ I’m in Crinoline (Amymusic, 2006)
  3. “Facing Their Way” (4:28) ~ Amy Kohn ~ The Bushwick Book Club, Vol. 1 (Goodbye Blue Monday, 2009)
  4. “Sweet Cacophony” (2:58) ~ Amy Kohn ~ I’m in Crinoline (Amymusic, 2006)
  5. “Piece for Four Pianos” (8:14) ~ Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo ~ Varese / Feldman (WERGO, 2009)*
  6. “Robert Pollard’s Kind of Wrong” (1:55) ~ Amy King ~ (from the book I Am the Man Who Loves You, recorded exclusively for PftB)
  7. “Bright Paper Werewolves” (1:09) ~ Guided by Voices ~ (live recording from June 13, 1996 at the Axis Club in Boston)
  8. “Prom Is Coming” (1:55) ~ Robert Pollard ~ Not in My Airforce (Matador, 1996)
  9. “Party” (0:44) ~ Robert Pollard ~ Not in My Airforce (Matador, 1996)
  10. “Did It Play?” (0:59) ~ Robert Pollard ~ Not in My Airforce (Matador, 1996)
  11. “Double Standards, Inc.” (1:23) ~ Robert Pollard ~ Not in My Airforce (Matador, 1996)
  12. “Punk Rock Gods” (0:52) ~ Robert Pollard ~ Not in My Airforce (Matador, 1996)
  13. “Meet My Team” (1:04) ~ Robert Pollard ~ Not in My Airforce (Matador, 1996)
  14. “Good Luck Sailor” (0:48) ~ Robert Pollard ~ Not in My Airforce (Matador, 1996)
  15. “Musica Invisibile I- Sfumato” (4:11) ~ Amy Horvey ~ Interview (Malasartes, 2009)
  16. “Musica Invisibile II – Chiaroscuro” (3:54) ~ Amy Horvey ~ Interview (Malasartes, 2009)
  17. “Musica Invisibile III – Anamorphosis” (3:11) ~ Amy Horvey ~ Interview (Malasartes, 2009)
  18. “Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74: Eternal Source of Light” (Handel)  (3:29) ~ Niklas Eklund ~ The Art of the Baroque Trumpet, Vol. 3  (Naxos, 1998)
  19. “The History of This Handwriting” (2:08) ~ Amy Kohn ~I’m in Crinoline (Amymusic, 2006)
  20. “Signature” (2:30) ~ Amy Kohn ~ I’m in Crinoline (Amymusic, 2006)
  21. “Trust Aqua”  (6:38) ~ Akiko Pavolka ~  Trust Aqua (Tone of a Pitch, 2008)

* The Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo consists of Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams (there’s the “Amy” connection). On this recording, they are joined by pianists Amy Briggs (!) and Benjamin Engell. The piece was composed by Morton Feldman.


Emily Dickinson Poem in “New England” Episode (#9)

December 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Text of the Dickinson poem beginning with the line “Whoever Disenchants,” set to music by Josephine Foster and featured in episode #9 of Papers for the Border:

Whoever disenchants

a single Human soul

By failure of irreverence

Is guilty of the whole.


As guileless as a Bird

As graphic as a star

Till the suggestion sinister

Things are not what they are —

Reflections on the “New England” Episode

December 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

Much of Susan Howe’s writing over the years has dealt with erasure and silencing. It’s often the words of the silenced voice that we’re reading in her poems. Strange, then, or fitting, that all my attempts at using my own self-recordings to introduce and recap music at various points throughout the episode were silenced and erased. When the podcast was finally stitched together, all of the passages, save one, that should have included my voice were silent. To make matters more interesting, the one snippet that wasn’t completely gone was severely shortened, and the remaining few seconds were altered so that words that should have followed other words actually came before. My first thought was that I would have to re-record all the spots that were gone, but then I realized that this is how it should be.  It was like a Burroughsian cut-up, but really, when added to the phenomenon of the overall erasure, more like something Susan Howe would have done.

She was my teacher 20 years ago, and I believe now as I believed then, that she is a poet of such power as to be able to alter texts just by being present in them.

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