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August 27, 2008

An Announcement

MMM reading at the smell

The MMM reading--Mathew Timmons, Maxi Kim, Marcus Civin

I'll be presenting new work from Lip Music and Sound Noise at the Smell this Sunday as a scored text that I have arranged. It should be exciting. It won't just be me standing behind the microphone, but five or six people standing behind the microphone! There will be mystery guests!

Stan Apps says, "See these three LA stalwarts read (or otherwise interpret) new fiction at the Smell on Sunday August 31st. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Mystery guests will be on hand to assist in the interpretation of new works by the MMM writers."


Mathew Timmons co-edits/curates Insert Press, Trepan, LA-Lit and Late Night Snack. His collaboration with visual artist Marcus Civin, a particular vocabulary (P S Books), is forthcoming, and his work may be found in various journals, including: Sleepingfish, P-Queue, Holy Beep!, Flim Forum, The Physical Poets, NōD, PRECIPICe, Or, Moonlit, and The Encyclopedia Project. He teaches interdisciplinary arts and writing workshops for CalArts School of Critical Studies.

Maxi Kim is the author of the Japanese no novel One Break, A Thousand Blows (2008 Book Works, edited by Stewart Home). Just prior to the publication, New Cross Gate's Second School (2008 Jan-June), an alternative D.I.Y. art school adjacent to Goldsmiths College, was struck by opposition and burned. The new utopia of the short twenty-first century (2009 Christie Scott) is his account of the London experiment.

Marcus Civin is a visual artist and writer who divides his time between Los Angeles and Irvine. His visual art has been shown at High Energy Constructs Gallery, The University Art Gallery at UC Irvine, and elsewhere. He has translated several 19th century Russian novels (War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, Fathers and Sons) into alternative formats, such as text-messages. He edits and publishes the journal DISASTER. His collaboration with Mathew Timmons, a particular vocabulary, is forthcoming (see above). He is the cover artist for kari edwards' Iduna and Insert Press' Fold Collaborate Narrate.


247 S. Main Street, between 2nd and 3rd St, downtown Los Angeles
(enter in the alley in the back--the alley is named Harlem Court)


Doors open 6:00PM, reading starts approximately 6:30, everything should be wrapped up by 8:30.

August 22, 2008

sound noise

I glared at you for a while, giving you a chance to defend yourself. Finally, you sucked in an aggravated breath and shoved forward, your fists clenched tightly at your sides. “Nothing to say? Fine. Just, fine.” This was the picture from the bridge. Let me lead the way. Begin with the head rests for the seats, and work your way down through all of the crevices to the carpet. Tip: If you have car odor you are trying to control, spread out baking soda throughout the car before starting to vacuum. As any sound engineer can tell you, noise can be most easily stopped at its source. Acoustical ceiling tile will keep the sound that originates in a basement recreation area from being carried throughout the house. Remember when Your Voice, My Silent Voice and Our Silence went to apply for the same job. Our Silence had more experience and education than Your Voice. During the job interview, Our Silence made a request for an interpreter and Your Voice opted not to. Two weeks later, Your Voice had a job and My Silent Voice requested the following information from human rights watch: the answer to the following question was that only around 5% of people in each group chose “watchful waiting,” or “active surveillance.” A small percentage chose the job of sitting down with patience and explaining how these treatments would affect quality of life. Some tinnitus or head noise is normal. If one goes into a sound-proof booth and normal outside noise is diminished, one becomes aware of these normal sounds. We are usually not aware of these normal body sounds, because outside noise has a way of removing valuable high frequency spectrum from even the good parts. I have tried the high values, but that hacks the sound, creating even more noise. At low values it hacks the beginning and end of sound, but while noise cancellation does seem good, that's about all it has going for it because Your Voice still sounds muffled, soft and digital-like. Furthermore, my jawbone is too big and bulky to comfortably put into my pocket, but it does allow us to enjoy crystal clear conversations, free from annoying background noise.

sound noise

Sometimes you didn’t speak, and then people would scream and rush forward and I would duck under your glare and disapproval and wish to crawl up inside myself. But no one was ever as bright as you were; never. Say as I say, or you shall never go. Forward, I pray, since we have come so far, and be it moon, or sun, or what you please, and if you please to call it a rush or a candle, henceforth I vow it shall be so for me. The only exception comes when I wake up and seem to be perpetually chased by a monster to the extent that I suspect the monster has invaded Manhattan for the sole purpose of hunting me down. The silent voices of the people are begging to be heard and recognized; therefore we should stop and listen. You cannot know any nation; its past and its achievements, without first knowing the people who made all that possible. Last night a friend told me that his Russian friends say that if you rush to see all of Manhattan in the first few weeks, then you will have nothing left to look forward to. Maybe.

sound noise

You know how when you read a poem, you kind of hear it in a voice that's coming from the place where your ribs join? You were about to ask for your turn when a voice squeaked from behind us. This was a real voice, booming loud, sending molecules scattering every which way in giant waves through the air. “Do I ever get a turn?” “I think you should go back to Sleep.” “I don’t!” “Please. I was just joking.” “Got you!” Then the room went Silent. “Yes?” “I miss you so much.” “…” “I miss your smile, your eyes, your voice. I miss your everything.” “…” “Say something!” “I’m in no rush to push my projects forward. Since I have a day job now it’s not so important to rush and get to the point where these things are making money. I love my job and hope to be working there for quite a long time!”

sound noise

Noise canceling is a quite annoying option, but it’s pretty much a high frequency that you can kind of hear when turned on without any music from head phones. It’s almost the same sound as you hear when a TV is on, and this compared to what a single system achieves with outstanding detail and highly accurate color reproduction suitable for the demands of high-end video production—wide dynamic range, low color noise, high-contrast detail, etc. After a lot of work over the winter months, I got the bike back together, and it feels great, only now I hear a faint noise, kind of like a high pitch "whoooo" between 40mph where I can just hear it and 60ish where it’s at its loudest. A Boeing 727 co-pilot once collected 61 noise observations using a handheld sound meter. The pilot defined noise level as Low (under 88 decibels), Medium (88 to 91 decibels), or High (92 decibels or more). Also, the pilot determined that there are three flight phases: Climb, Add and Move; Seed, Leech and Sleep; and Describe, Present and Release. I rushed to applaud the recent Supreme Court ruling, telling our audience that it represented a huge, huge, huge move forward to undercut efforts to commit fraud this fall. Anti-fraud efforts this fall will supply our team with the evidence and stature it needs to rip apart the competition. Horton heard a who in the silent forest of information. Sometimes you just simply can't put an end to what other people are thinking and saying. I keep telling myself not to give a crap about what others might think or say. Heck, they don't even really know me yet, and I don't want to trouble myself.

August 21, 2008

sound noise

You may either sit or lie down, whichever is more comfortable for you. Cover your physical self with a light blanket if you chill easily. You want no distractions during your meditations so always make sure the physical vessel is hearing health. You’ll have to rush like mad, hahahah. And there will be long queues outside the toilets. The water will be icy cold, but I guess that's refreshing. Then after bathing, we will eat dinner. It's been raining lately, so there will probably be lots of bugs inside the Cage. You should be able to create a vacuum, if you can’t the diaphragm might be punctured. I will check to make sure the gap on all the spark plugs are the same and the correct size. Too small and you don’t get a full burn, too large and the spark might want to track. You regularly rub your pet down with a diaper wipe which not only moisturizes the pet’s skin but also gently removes loose hair and dander. A lint roller can collect loose hair, but will not moisturize the animal or make it smell better. I have always said that some tinnitus or head noise is normal. If you go into a sound proof booth and normal outside noise is diminished, you become aware of these normal sounds. We are usually not aware of these normal body sounds, because outside noise causes communication disorders and noise loss. Noise is sound that we have not selected to listen to.

August 18, 2008

sound noise

At breakfast I got to meet everybody which was fun, fun… and then I rushed back to camp and got to volunteer for the day. I have been looking for Group Information and Special Group Meetings, some Good Classic Experience and a few notes in a hushed voice. Most of the time, when I team up with a couple medics, we’re able to move our cart forward. The thing about the Gold Rush is that the entire opposing team will attack a single area. If we stop to camp, we won’t move our heavy cart forward. And being on my feet is not a good idea for that long a time, but what I really regret today was my unexpected blurting out my opinion that, “For me, social movements start when individuals are free to think, create, ride trains, write stream-of-consciousness poetry, hang out in the garden for three years, or alternatively visit speakeasies in the middle of the night.” You were down in the triple chamber structure all day, trying to separate heat and noise from the power supply, hard drives and mother board for cooler and quieter operation. Noise level is defined as Low (under 88 decibels), Medium (88 to 91 decibels), or High (92 decibels or more). A quiet high-efficiency 430 Watt power supply with universal input and active high voltage supplies many household items, like microwave ovens. The square waves from those signals inside the case cause lots of noise, and worse yet, many people either have non-compliant cases or just remove the case covers! A Boeing 727 co-pilot once collected 61 noise observations using a handheld sound meter and determined that there are three flight phases: Climb, Contact and Layout; Climb, Supply and Contact; and Climb, Contact, Release.

August 03, 2008

sound noise

As I have reported previously, for as many as twelve days following your return, you could sit silent for hours, unresponding to touch or voice, or perhaps simply uncaring. Sleep researchers say most of us are either larks or owls, some of us to an extreme. The ideal day best fits someone like you, who rises at 6 or 7 am and hits the hay at 10 or 11 pm, so owls or larks should set their clocks back or forward a few. The strange thing is that, yes, the whole idea is that the only people in this game are other players, and that can create a vacuum. One of my big problems with sound is that very same fact. So, I integrated your clock’s keypad-only mode with my phone’s Matrix mode and threw the old Metal Tiger out the window. It’s as if I just got a brand new voice, but there’s this very high pitched sound, almost like hissing or a mosquito noise, coming out from the top of my forehead, right behind where my eyes sit. My experience with sound is that it works quickly and effectively without the hassle of a vacuum. I have never once confessed to integrating text and voice through the window of three dimensional voice visualizations or of including you in the conversation just to make quick, simple phone calls for easier navigation. I didn't say that. I did not say that. This is a classic illustration. You heard what you wanted to hear based on your own biases and prejudices. I simply recited some facts for you. These are not arguable. You can slip an old unmatched sock on your hand and dust as you go. For windows and mirrors? Use old newspapers to clean mirrors and windows. You'll have a great disposable cleaning refrigerator if you clean your refrigerator coils and drip pan. Vacuum the vents and coils to clean them. Dusty coils have to work harder to cool down the interior and contents of the refrigerator. Check the gaskets for proper air seals. “Where are they?” I asked. “They’re right where I left 'em," you joked and were tugged forward a little as we did the rush forward and slow down thing, which generally meant a slower delivery into the forward line. Being a good sport, you slipped your arm loose and grabbed my hand as we set off at an easy jog towards the goal. Our rush was so good that the defensive side's pressure in the middle of the ground left the ball free. That which always gave the hawks a better chance of blocking up space around the goal, was instead, better still for us.