Episode #102 – A Sonospheric Corpse, Part II

Image Sources: Martino Bassi, “Dispareri in materia d’architettvra, et perspettiva”, 1572 / Fritz Lang’s “Dr. Mabuse the Gambler”, 1922.

“A Sonospheric Corpse, Part I” is available here.

The autumn and its contemplative condition of death and decay induce flirtations with the illusory, the uncanny, the weird and the eerie, and of course, the horrific. “A Sonospheric Corpse” derives inspiration from the surrealist technique, “exquisite corpse” in which each participant adds a contribution in a sequence. What follows is a phantasmagorical soundscape composed under similar conditions; collectively produced by way of differing forms of sound media with each contributor unaware of the other contributions made. Details about each contributor are in the show notes that follow:

Episode #102 – “A Sonospheric Corpse, Part II”, 2020.

[00:00:00] Zach BetonteThat Old Black Magic (Edit) (from “The Nutty Professor”)

[00:03:44] Zach Betonte Interlude B

[00:03:59] John CussansLost Writing: What is Happening? (Shadow Contest) / Zach BetonteSacré-Cœur Mass Field Recording

John Cussans is an artist, arts educator and writer working across the fields of contemporary art, cultural history and critical art theory. His work explores the legacies of colonialism, psychoanalysis and surrealism in art, cinema and popular culture from ethnographic, science fictional and social psychology perspectives. He has written and taught on Western constructions of the alien, inhuman and primitive and their subversions in art, anti-psychiatry and philosophy, with a specific focus on the cultures of British Columbia and Haiti. He is a member of SMRU (Social Morphologies Research Unit) a collaboration between artists and anthropologists based at University College London.”

“Lost Writing” is available here.

[00:09:32] John CussansLost Writing:Los Disparacidos (Rabbit Rebellion)

[00:11:34] Tim BuckettSpooky Mix 108

[00:19:40] KHLOARISTennessee Williams’ “Crime Beasts” (An Excerpt)

“KHLOARIS writes, produces, directs, animates, scores, and edits original film, television, and multimedia content. KHLOARIS programs and hosts screening events. KHLOARIS works with filmmakers to develop, envision, and properly produce their content. KHLOARIS’s goal is to create, support, and present unusual content in a variety of mediums.”

[00:26:22] John CribbsBerenice

[00:38:08] John Mark Sherlockundersea pacific

“undersea pacific was first presented as part of Redshift Music Society’s July 8-12, 2019 – Sonologues 2019 @ Vancouver Public Library Atrium Series. It features and is broadcast through their 16 speaker/16 channel sound system “The Redshift Array”. undersea pacific is a 16 channel studio work mixed down to a stereo version here. Here is the note from the Redshift presentation: “This is the first of a new series of what I hope to be a number of studio works for multiple electromechanical keyboards and works for audio track and keyboard ensemble. This is an extension of my 20-year-long use of Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos, Hohner Clavinet and Pianet and Hammond organ in ensembles and as discrete groups. The undersea theme is also one which I hope to extend as it takes its inspiration from and reminds me of the Undersea World of the Great Jacques Cousteau and the less-great-but-still-oddly-compelling, Steve Zizzou. Some of the techniques I am using in undersea pacific recall those I used in the years I was writing for new modern dance works. I have fond memories of Redshift having made something lovely of my work for stings entitled, to Billy Preston (a real crowd pleaser)! I have been referring to my collection of largely electromechanical keyboards as “The Celestina” and treat as a timbral palette or singularity/continuity.”John Mark Sherlock

[00:54:53] Robert ReinekeO Willow Waly (from “The Innocents”)

[00:57:19] Zach BetonteUntitled II

[00:59:27] Erik Davis – Clark Ashton Smith’s “Medusa”

Erik Davis is an author, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and popular speaker based in San Francisco. He can be found at Techgnosis and on Substack at The Burning Shore.

[01:02:13] Gabe PowersFlesh Eaters Overture (Cover)

Gabe Powers is a former writer and editor at DVDActive.com, and currently hosts the Genre Grinder podcast available here.”

[01:06:17] Zach BetonteInterlude B

[01:06:46] John CussansLost Writing: Centre of the Outskirts / Sam WaymonBungelii Work Song (from “Ganja and Hess”)

[01:12:35] John CussansLost Writing: Orisha Dream Catemaco

[01:17:24] BughouseThe Vampire

“In May 2004 The Bughouse collective created an experimental audio-work to accompany the launch of John Russell’s Frozen Tears II at the Cabinet Gallery in Old Street. The Vampire is one of several pieces based on readings from Frozen Tears I and includes contributions by Natasha Desmarais, Margarita Gluzberg, Peter Rockmount and Simon Thompson. It was mixed and produced by Alec Dippie.”John Cussans

[01:23:39] Noelle RichardGoodbye Horses (from “Silence of the Lambs”)

Noelle Richard is a transgender/non-binary artist and filmmaker from Cleveland, OH, based in New Orleans, LA. Noelle’s practice includes experimental video and artist publications. Noelle earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing with an emphasis in Photography+Video from the Cleveland Institute of Art in May 2017, and received a Presidential Traveling Scholarship to continue studying LGBTQ* film in Germany that fall. Currently, Noelle is riding out quarantine in sunny New Orleans, LA, and continues to make drawings and cinematic work that explores the construction and meanings of intimacy and community in this singular socio-political time through their lens as a white queer person. When they’re not hunched over a laptop gulping iced coffee, they can be found driving along back roads taking photos of abandoned gas station signs and billboards.” Noelle’s work can be found here.

[01:30:10] Alicia A. KozmaMs. 45 Dance Party (from “Ms. 45”)

Dr. Alicia Kozma is Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Washington College. She studies exploitation film, gender, and labor in filmmaking. Her most recent project is an edited collection on sexploitation filmmaker Doris Wishman. Her book on exploitation director Stephanie Rothman is forthcoming from University of Mississippi Press. You can learn more about Dr. Kozma and her work at www.aliciakozma.com.”

[01:37:25] Richard GavinHeadman’s Trust: A Murder Ballad

Richard Gavin is a critically-acclaimed author whose work explores the realm where dread and the sublime intersect. His supernatural tales have been published in four previous collections and have been selected for Best New HorrorThe Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and The Best Horror of the Year. In 2015 he co-edited Penumbrae: An Occult Fiction Anthology. Richard has also published poetry, criticism, and several works of esotericism for Starfire journal and Clavis: Journal of Occult Arts, Letters and Experience. Mr. Gavin’s latest work of fiction is “grotesquerie” and his non-fiction exploration of Gnostic spirituality, “The Benighted Path” is available through Theion Publishing.”

[01:46:47] Ronald WalterSoundtrack for Ghosts (X)

Ronald Walter‘s work can be found on Bandcamp, SoundCloud and Tumblr.”

[01:48:59] Harry Corbissero, Zach BetonteThe Ogden Tapes (Excerpt V)

[01:52:28] Tim Buckettectoplecto05h2

[01:55:06] Zach BetonteInterlude A

[01:55:27] John CussansLost Writing: Williamsburg Diary Fragment 3

[01:56:30] Gabe PowersSuspiria di Nuovo (Cover)

[02:00:04] Zach BetonteThe Descent (from “The Last Wave”)

[02:10:10] Gabriele de Seta08:44 (Organic Reach)

Gabriele de Seta is a media anthropologist. He holds a PhD in Sociology from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica in Taipei. Gabriele is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Bergen, where he is part of a ERC project on machine vision in everyday life. His research work, grounded on ethnographic engagement across multiple field sites, focuses on digital media practices and vernacular creativity in the Chinese-speaking world. He is also interested in experimental music, internet art, and collaborative intersections between anthropology and art practice.”

[02:18:54] Olivia CurryMain Theme (from “Cannibal Holocaust”)

Olivia Curry is an undergraduate film studies student at Concordia’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, guest editor/contributor to Offscreen and one-time conspiracy theory listicle writer. Her research interests include reflexivity and structure in horror, reality television and experimental film. Olivia is currently the co-host of Textual Awakening.”

[02:24:12] Agata Stasiak“The Final Scream”

This concludes the “A Sonospheric Corpse” 2020 series. Thank you for listening.

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Published by Zachary Betonte

Zachary Betonte is a moving image artist currently working in Durham, North Carolina.

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