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this edition of framework:afield has been produced by uni.Sol_, curated by slavek kwi, and features contributions from david rothenberg, stephen bradley, david michael, and wilbur bewley. producer’s, and cicada’s notes (this is a long one):

a new emission by uni.Sol_:
magi-cicada17-mania: sing))*fly*[mate]*(die!


cicadian:

phaaaroahs phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh phaaaaaaaarraoooooooh tshtke-EHHHHHHH-ou chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh mch mch mCH mCH mCH Ch ch ch ch ch swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh tshtke-EHHHHHHH-ou tshtke-EHHHHHHH- ou mch mch mCH mCH mCH Ch ch ch ch ch swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh

translation:

Magicicada septendecim, M. cassini, M. septendecula featuring Homo sapiens sonoris:

David Rothenberg, Stephen Bradley, David Michael, Wilbur Bewley (USA), Slavek Kwi & teenage students* from Scariff Community College in Ireland and uni.Sol_community worldwide.

cicadian:

phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh phaaaroahs phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh tshtke-EHHHHHHH-ou tshtke-EHHHHHHH-ou tshtke-EHHHHHHH-outshtke-EHHHHHHH-outshtke-EHHHHHHH-ou tshtke- EHHHHHHH-ou chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh

translation:

Constructed by Ministry of Sounds (of uni.Sol_) from macro-segments recorded and provided by Stephen Bradley and David Michael (both 14 min of duration, recorded in Maryland), played and recorded by David Rothenberg (2 sequences of 7 min, one with Peter Bouteneff in New Jersey, one solo in Maryland), segment recorded by Wilbur Bewley in Indiana and this, whole sound-organism sprinkled with fragments of voices extracted strategically from CBC interview with David Rothenberg, during uni.Sol_50 session and recordings during a 1VOICES radio-project by Slavek Kwi made with students* from Scariff College, Ireland. One voice for all is One in plural form.

* Slavek Kwi has been Artist in Schools Residency with Scariff Community College and has been kindly supported by The Clare County Council in tandem with the Arts Council of Ireland. Many thanks to Mrs. Shulagh Colleran and participating TY students: Grace Guilfoyle, Megan Kilkenny, Maeve McCaul, Roisin Collins, Sarah Dooley, Fiona O’Brien, Laobhaise O’Donnell, Mark O’Halloran and Owen Drost for all their enthousiasm to make a Cicada Party happen across spheres despite distant location …

cicadian:

chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh phaaaroahs phaaaroahs swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhhswiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhhswiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh phaaaroahs

translation:

Notebooknotes by David Michael:
I was preparing for the emergence of The Great Eastern Brood for a couple of months. Mentally at least. I knew it was coming – we all did – for years. We just didn’t know the exact dates that the brood would start their chorus. Like any good song, our expectations were thwarted – but just a little bit. A call from a car dealership to synchronize. Dates planned a week too early. Slowly at first, but then with growing intensity and it was time to drive south to Owings Mills and then to Patapsco. The woman at the hotel was intrigued at our conviction that this event was a deep source of pride for Baltimore and told me to watch out for them falling from the trees. They did. It was wonderful. Looking at the Patapsco maps I somehow picked almost the exact spot Steven was working in. A small sports field ringed by disc golf target just up from the river. The cicadas had picked this spot as well. In great numbers.

The cicada’s delay was well timed with David’s travel plans. Jean-Jacques appeared with a Bolex to film. A small aggregation of keensters had spontaneously converged to conspire with the cicadas to disrupt disc golf and no-one seemed to notice. In hindsight the session was really just one gloriously sunburned exceedingly hot day. We recorded and listened. David performed and Jean-Jacques filmed. Steven and I recorded, connecting Slavek over the ether**. The chorus so loud and persistent like it had always been there and would never end ***.

** you may listen to whole uni.Sol_ session (including synchronised recording by Stephen from this location) mixed from remote perspective of Slavek Kwi from Ireland (as this event was synchronized by SMS, it should be presented as Telepathic Ensemble): www.unisol.bandcamo.com/album/cicadas-event-4

*** and to beautiful album of David Michael (within this framework radio piece is mixed SYNOPSIS of this album): https://davidmichael.bandcamp.com/album/brood-x-patapsco-river-valley

cicadian:

phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh mch mch mCH mCH mCH Ch ch ch ch chmch mch mCH mCH mCH Ch ch ch ch chmch mch mCH mCH mCH Ch ch ch ch chmch mch mCH mCH mCH Ch ch ch ch chmch mch mCH mCH mCH Ch ch ch ch chchh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh

translation:

Mutation by Stephen Bradley:
My immersive experience these past six weeks with the BROOD X, 17-cicada 2021 phenomena resonate deeply with my molecules, imprinting them sonically. For two of the six weeks of the above ground cicada presence, my wife and I rented a cabin not far from where we live to fully experience the BROOD with minimal human noise, and wooded park traffic. The experience constructs a metaphor for COVID re- emergence from 17+ months of quarantine and isolation. The only signs of the BROOD X are located high among the tops of trees – copper-colored leaves attached to evenly spaced out “tree flags” hang down waiting for the vast drop to earth. Another 17-years life cycle has begun; a bio-rain of tiny cicada nymphs hatched and soar down to burrow into their +-47,000-year-old depths beneath the world. sbradley@umbc.edu

Stephen and David generously donated a few samples for making compilation (still ongoing until 17th Aug!) to be used freely and optionally (you are free to create your own sound or record something) in composition/ piece of sound-work on common theme: REQUIEM17FOR CICADAS —-we are still looking for gifts dedicated to cicadas in between 17 sec and 17 min, these are margins of tolerance. 17 sec of the sound/music you rrrrreally love! It makes no difference how is technically made.

cicadian:

chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh mch mch mCH mCH mCH Ch ch ch ch chmch mch mCH mCH mCH Ch ch ch ch chmch mch mCH mCH mCH Ch ch ch ch ch chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhhswiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh

translation:

One more sound among the millions, notes by David Rothenberg:
Playing with periodical cicadas is a true exercise in humility. You are one more musician among millions, joining in with a sound that you can find only once every seventeen years. Three species all emerging at once, each with a distinctive sound: the continuous drone made out of many “Phaaaroahs!” of the septendecim; the waves of white noise made by synchronizing cassinis, and the chh chh chh chh chh chh regular shaker rhythms of the deculas, all overlapping over each other with varying prominence as the morning moves into afternoon and evening.

It is an honor to be part of such a wild thrum, and it can be difficult to find a way in. The song of the cicadas certainly doesn’t need us, but we absolutely need them. Humanity is here to witness the wonders of nature, to celebrate them, to understand them, to join in with them in order to earn our place as part of this world.I’ve been playing along with cicadas for ten years now, when I was working on my book Bug Music. Then I worked on two films …

I wondered in 2021 what would really feel new about being back with these amazing creatures once more. For one, there is so much more interest in the phenomenon in this rare year when humanity also feels like we are emerging, from a pandemic of a scale unprecedented in this century, also in a world where the sharing of media has achieved greater significance than anyone could have realized. Here is my cicada picture, here is my cicada sound, here is the ease by which sound and image are instantly transmitted across the world, binding us suddenly together around an occurrence which previously only a few had the privilege of witnessing and remembering.

This season I became much more interested in bringing others along with me on my quest to join in with the millions. Our album, Brood X Band: We Emerge, now on Bandcamp, celebrates all the fine different kinds of musicians I was able to bring together to share in the swarm. On this program you hear an outtake from that, a duet with myself on clarinet and Peter Bouteneff, an expert on the music of Arvo Pärt and director of the Sacred Music Project at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Yonkers, on the upright bass, recorded at the Battlefield Park in Princeton, NJ.

At Patapsco State Park in Maryland I went one morning alone, took out my clarinet, set up a drone playing on an iPad to enter the cicadas’ world. In that piece I somehow feel that all these years of cicada contemplation come to fruition—I would not have played like that ten years ago, and will not play that way seventeen years in the future from now when Brood X comes back. I hope I and the world will be around and ready to celebrate then.
www.terranovamusic.net
http://www.davidrothenberg.net/

cicadian:

phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh chh mch mch mCH mCH mC mch mCH mCH mCH Ch ch ch ch ch swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh tshtke-EHHHHHHH-ou tshtke- EHHHHHHH-ou mch mch mCH mCH mCH Ch ch ch ch ch swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh

translation:

Poetry by Wilbur Bewley:
I listened in the dark last night, it was so bright! I’m spending long memories with those bugs carrying the anthems of their civilizations and ours these days… I will send you another sound-print from the most recent uni.Sol_ cascade, I think it’ll make you grin. I found rubble pacing around an old railway not far from where I now live. It happened to have some paper clips and motors! I have found two locations (south-east/west) of old growth forests/small canyons in southern Indiana, USA, where I will interface with the emergence of BroodX and uni.Sol_teletypee: http://locusonus.org/soundmap/051/ portal called BroodX will appear on the 18th of May at 6:30 am (EDT)(the same day as Mr. Bradley’s cabin connection) transcribing “real time” brooding for awhile until things go hay-wire with latency and online-connections from hotspots. I will put apparatus’/contact mics/clip mics in different vestiges of the forests ecosystems and hollow trunks. Maybe, under the vegetation into the descent of the forest floor and sense the nymphs through random glass shapes I’ll bring along. It has just rained last night and it could be any minute now…

It was so sweet. I have sent you a track of sound prints of places/spirit I ended up in… I saw two foxes and you might hear them rustling a bit always beside the cicadas thresholds building. I will send you more sound snapshots in the area near my house. It is so loud I can hardly put on headphones but it looks like they are travelling between islands in the sky proclaiming their rights!

cicadian:

chh chh chh chh chh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh crzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzhh chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh phaaaroahs phaaaroahs swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhhswiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhhswiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh

translation:

uni.Sol_orchestrated more than 20 hours of live-concerts, or better said: joining_in the biggest summer festival featuring trillions of Cicadas 17 BroodX via connecting “beacons” provided generously by Mr. Stephen Bradley and Mr. David Rothenberg while other uni.Sol_participants**** were “listening” – tuning in from their respective remote locations around the World, simultaneously – in the same time – the same moment attempting to connect via extrasensory communication, to share a beautiful sounds in sound-world. Did it really happened? Could this be a global event? Seek for Cicada Events and **** names with each respective event here: www.unisol.bandcamp.com/ and www.alfa00.bandcamp.com/

cicadian:

chrzzzzzzzzzzaahhh phaaaroahs phaaaroahs swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh swiiiiiiiiiiishhhh phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh phaaaroahs phaaaroahs phaaaaaaaaaaaarohhhh

translation:

Many THANKS-thanks-THANKS to Patrick for making this adventure available … and EVERYBODY who generously contributed …

slavek kwi, 2021.07

patrick 2021, framework:afield ,

2 Replies

  1. I love the poem and the beginning, and look forward to digging into the long notes for this program. Framework and episodes like this help me survive my workouts at the stupid gym.

    All the best from Taiwan,

    Vince Hancock

    P.S. My dog, Elsa, enjoys hunting and eating the annual cicadas that come out here. I think I managed to make a recording of one of her hunts.

    vhh

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