November 28 Institute 193 show is free for all
By Captain Commanokers
“The one thing that is clear is that it is not clear.”
August 10, 1980
As I was walking home the other night, past the alley with that flash of scarlet neon light, a Rolls Royce pulled up to me. A woman said “Sonny have you seen a silver poodle with a ribbon on his head?”
I thought to myself ‘Man, she’s joking! In this part of town a poodle could wind up at Burger King!’
But she looked serious, and so I said that I thought that I might have.
She opened the door and said to come in. She offered me a drink and some funny looking powder from her stash. I told her, No thanks, my mother told me don’t except a thing from a stranger unless it’s a check or cash.
She said, Who are you not to surrender? A poor kid like you ought to be thankful just being alive. Then she laid down in the back seat, and pulled me into her body heat, and I thought, Man this is my lucky day. That was until I thought I heard her say, Funky Funky Funky poodle…
Resonant Hole is an informal collective of artists, musicians, and filmmakers based in Lexington, Kentucky engaged in the exploration of a universe parallel to theirs. Its genesis was in spring of 2009, a month-long recording session helmed by Robert Beatty (Hair Police, Three Legged Race) at his home studio, also called The Resonant Hole.
The project demanded that the participants use whatever was lying around the room to produce a piece of music, and that they finish working on it roughly by the end of the day. The recording was executed using a homemade microphone filtered through a defective tape echo device, making it impossible for the musicians to hear themselves clearly, interrupting the feedback loop of selfness.
Within these constraints, the artists were forced into strange new avenues; collaborations were encouraged. New projects were born, new identities invented…
It’s a really funny scene—they’re all sitting there one day and here comes this pretty tall guy, an Indian obviously, and he walks up to them, lifts his hands up and says, Welcome Englishmen, do you have any beer? And everybody looks around thinking, What in the world is going on?
Turns out this guy’s name is Samoset. He has learned English from a fisherman who had been around. Samoset said, Hey, I’ve got a friend, and you’ve got to meet him.
So a few days later he comes back with Tisquantum, which they shortened to Squanto. He was even more amazing, spoke excellent English, and started asking everybody where they were from. He knew the streets of London better than they did.
Turns out he had been carried off to England by a fisherman in 1605 and lived there for nine years, came back to America in 1613 and was an interpreter for John Smith, hired by the Virginia Company to explore the New England area where he was from. Smith gave him freedom, but then he was kidnapped and taken to Spain and sold as a slave. Later he escaped, went back to England, and worked his way back to New England, arriving back six months prior to the Pilgrims landing…
“Robert Beatty and I met in junior high, and we’ve always been interested in art that is intentionally incomprehensible—from Dada right up to discovering punk rock and the Residents—where the artists are assuming other identities…or just being anonymous and creating this stuff that sounds like it’s from another planet,” Tremaine says of Resonant Hole. “We always had that in the back of our mind to do something like that.”
“We’ve always known we’re weirdoes, but now we just have a flag to fly. It’s a stamp to put on this thing we’ve been doing for a long time…”
November 28, 2010
The sounds at the Resonant Hole-iday Spectacular event will run the gamut from evil campfire folk and primitive punk to glammed-out synth pop and haunted hills hymnody. The show will take place at Institute 193, 193 North Limestone Street, Lexington, Kentucky. 8:00 P.M. Free, all ages…
“I really hate rock shows because the bands play too long, I don’t want to hear them talk, I don’t want to hear them tune their instruments, and I don’t want there to be any space in between them. We want to create an over-stimulating, non-stop experience. The idea is that we are going back to the variety show—maybe The Gong Show would be the best example – a constant motion and constant reinforcement of what’s going on,” explains Tremaine…
September 32, 1788
There is a cobweb right above where I lost my virginity. I am wondering if it was there back then?…