Wednesday, March 25, 2009

going up

John Coltrane - Ascension (Editions I and II) (listen) The transmigration of the soul into the heavens is likely a harrowing process, like some metaphysical trauma akin to birth in reverse, and instead of sounding like a twinkling harp as you float through clouds in a really nice bathrobe, like the kind I expect Diddy has in his guest bathroom, it instead is the atomic tearing-apart punctuated by fevered bliss that occurs on this record.
John Bell Young - Prisms (listen) Yesterday on a whim I started looking up things about Alexander Scriabin's Mysterium again. Mysterium was a monumental 7-day-long orchestral work Scriabin wanted to stage at the foot of the Himalayas, at the end of which the world would be destroyed and the nobler phase of being would begin. I came across this (HTML version of a doc) about a mountain climber that took a flag depicting this album of Scriabin works up an unclimbed Himalayan peak as a means of partially fulfilling Scriabin's vision. The jury is still out as to whether we are in receipt of cosmic ennobling ensuing from this act or not.

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