“Creating is living doubly.”
This was the third Disquiet Junto project that revolved around Bassel Khartabil Safadi, a coder, artist and free-expression pioneer wrongfully jailed by Syria, his home country, for “harming state security.” In October, he was transferred to a secret location, and his whereabouts as of this writing are unknown. This past week (2015.11.14), disturbing rumors surfaced of a possible death sentence. The background and all current updates on Bassel’s case can be found here: http://freebassel.org.
I chose hellekin’s epilogue, The Cost Of Future Tense, a beautiful piece of writing that became more transcendent with each successive reading. I didn’t want to get in the way, so went about crafting a minimal, improvised ambient duet for acoustic guitar and AniMoog to allow the words to float and breathe.
“Whitey” (1988 Ovation Custom Balladeer) –SmallSound / BigSound Sparkle Motion –tc electronic Flashback Delay –Earthquaker Afterneath –Strymon blueSky reverberator
C-G-D-D-A-E (Michael Hedges “Breakfast In The Field” tuning)
AKG C3000B –Lexicon MX200 rack reverb
AniMoog for iPad –Flux:FX (Multi-Verb preset)
AMP / DAW
Line6 Pod-XT Tube PreAmp –MOTU 828mk2 –Sony Acid 7.0 (Win 8.1)
I was proud to contribute a track to the first #freebassel Junto project in 2014, which coincided with the 2nd anniversary of Bassel’s incarceration. That track, Intransitive Disappearance, was also released on my record, Particle Theory (bandcamp | soundcloud | freemusicacrchive).
The source of the text in this project is from the book The Cost of Freedom, which raises awareness about the ongoing detainment of Creative Commons coder/artist Bassel Khartabil Sadafi.…