David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

18 November 2011

LOOK AT - this - FOR 4'33"

Everyone at bLOGOS/HA HA is a John Cage fan. We have a copy of his sheet music for 4' 33' high on the office wall, reminding us at every moment...

Also, we know that J.C. is pin-up #1 at the FeetQuarters of Theatre of the Actors of Regard. Indeed, T.A.R. have issued a series of LOOK AT ... instruction cards in the manner of John Cage.

Not only is it still possible to purchase an authentic edition of the 4' 33" sheet music from

it is also possible to purchase a font of Cage's own hand lettering as used in the 4' 33" manuscript instruction. T.A.R. use that Cage font in their 4' 33" remix:

This all came to mind recently when we read a newspaper article
( here ) about the pianist Keith Jarrett and his dealings with chronic fatigue syndrome. In particular, we noted this sub-heading

From there to thoughts of Cage, and to a T.A.R. piano instruction.


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