Musician, composer, sound designer, producer based in Brooklyn, NY.

Inspired by history, geography, travel, occult, fiction.

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Granicha has been out for over three months and, as far as I can tell, no one at all has discovered the hidden content. 

Anonymous asked:
I was looking at the itunes and soundcloud versions of the Satellite State album and something puzzled me. On the itunes version there are 4 songs at the end called The Snake, Hemophage, Ladarice, and The Fish. On the soundcloud version, these are all absent and replaced with 2 songs, the Sleeper (which sounds a lot like the Fish) and the Scarab. Why is this? (I'm asking because I'm wondering if I should put the Sleeper and the Scarab in with the itunes album, but I don't know the right order.)

Yes… things got a bit mixed up a while back.  Unlike my other albums, Satellite State doesn’t have a concept behind it, it was just the first time I had enough songs that I felt comfortable releasing, so I put them all together and called it an album.  Originally it ended with “Ende”, but those other tracks I sort of retroactively attached to it as I wrote them shortly after the original release and they didn’t quite fit anywhere else.  I also ended up with two different versions of the album somehow and yes The Sleeper ended up with two different names.  So really you can consider everything after Ende to be some sort of “bonus material” I guess and the order is not that important except it’s probably the best if The Sleeper is last due to how it is structured, even though The Scarab was the last one written, chronologically. 

The Way

Poem without a Hero

I have lit my treasured candles,
one by one, to hallow this night.
With you, who do not come,
I wait the birth of the year.
Dear God!
the flame has drowned in crystal,
and the wine, like poison, burns
Old malice bites the air,
old ravings rave again,
though the hour has not yet struck.

Dread. Bottomless dread…
I am that shadow on the threshold
defending my remnant peace.

Let the gossip roll!
What to me are Hamlet’s garters,
or the whirlwind of Salome’s dance,
or the tread of the Man in the Iron Mask?
I am more iron than they.

Prince Charming, prince of the mockers —
compared with him the foulest of sinners
is grace incarnate…

That woman I once was,
in a black agate necklace,
I do not wish to meet again
till the Day of Judgement.

Are the last days near, perhaps?
I have forgotten your lessons,
prattlers and false prophets,
but you haven’t forgotten me.
As the future ripens in the past,
so the past rots in the future —
a terrible festival of dead leaves.

All the mirrors on the wall
show a man not yet appeared
who could not enter this white hall.
He is no better and no worse,
but he is free of Lethe’s curse:
his warm hand makes a human pledge.
Strayed from the future, can it be
that he will really come to me,
turning left from the bridge?

From childhood I have been afraid
of mummers. It always seemed
an extra shadow
without face or name
had slipped among them…

you are as old as the Mamre oak,
ancient interrogator of the moon,
whose feigned groans cannot take us in.
You write laws of iron.

Creature of special tastes,
you do not wait for gout and fame
to elevate you
to a luxurious jubilee chair,
but bear your triumph
over the flowering heather,
over wildernesses.
And you are guilty of nothing: neither of this,
that, nor anything..

what have poets, in any case, to do with sin?
They must dance before the Ark of the Covenant
or die! But what am I trying to say?

In the black sky no star is seen,
somewhere in ambush lurks the Angel of Death,
but the spices tongues of the masqueraders
are loose and shameless
A shout:
“Make way for the hero!”
Ah yes. Displacing the tall one,
he will step forth now without fail
and sing to us about holy vengeance…

There is no death, each of us knows —
it’s banal to say.
I’ll leave it to others to explain.

Is this the visitor from the wrong side
of the mirror? Or the shape
that suddenly flitted past my window?
Is it the new moon playing tricks,
or is someone really standing there again
between the stove and the cupboard?

This means that gravestones are fragile
and granite is softer than wax.
Absurd, absurd, absurd! From such absurdity
I shall soon turn gray
or change into another person.
why do you beckon me with your hand?
For one moment of peace
I would give the peace of the tomb.

~Anna Akhmatova

trans. Stanley Kunits & Max Hayward

Carrer de les Escoles (at East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Carrer de les Escoles (at East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Carrer de les Escoles (at East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)


guys i need to chill out and watch controversial documentaries. like blackfish, or that docu about the westboro babtist church. recc me sum shiz

The Corporation

I started working on learning this a few days ago. It is an incredible piece. To me it sounds like a delicate and beautiful city being consumed by large and larger waves, the storm rolls in while the population, having fled, looks down from the hills and remembers their lives there.  

Valentina Lisitsa’s performance of it in this video is incredible, hopefully someday I can reach this depth. 

sunvapor asked:
What the fucks happening in Ferguson?

clehmentine answered:

Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

Thank you to everyone who responded to my question about live shows.

To answer those of you who live overseas and so on… basically my idea is to work on creating a sort of modular setup. Meaning I will have a portable setup that I can use to create the basis of the music, and then work with local musicians to be involved with it.  So, my plan is to start out trying a few shows here in the NYC area, most likely working together with some of the musicians you have heard on Granicha.  And if it is successful I will take the concept on the road, and try to go all over the world, working with different musicians in different places, so long as I can afford to compensate performers for their work while also being able to afford appropriate venues. 

Several people mentioned living in the UK so I will mention that it is my dream to find a way to do an outdoor show in a somewhat remote location in North Wales, somewhere in Snowdonia where the sound will echo just right, where the lines underneath line up just right.  Maybe near Dinas Emrys, maybe somewhere on Ynys Mon - but all that is further in the future as the logistics will be more complicated.  I also would love to perform 1989 in it’s entirety in Romania, but that is also a separate thing. But for this, yes my plan if I can get it to work right is to take it on the road, and do so globally if I possible.

Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm, it means so much to me and keeps me going every day. 

When you look at a person, any person:

- what you see when you look at them and

- what they see when they look in the mirror, or at a photograph or a video or a recording of themselves

These are completely different things.  

They cannot be made to be the same.