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february 06

rabidt manifestor
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Albuquerque, NM's Jessica Billey is an artist, musician, that has given her violin and voice to numerous projects, performing and recording with the Mekons, Nicolai Dunger, Smog, the Boxhead Ensemble, Bonnevill, Slow Planet, Cobra//group, Lionhead Bunny and the Grave of Nobody's Darling.

curator log:


march 02nd, 2006

R A B I D T . . . M A N I F E S T O R

first came the film (3weeks of garagerock
claymation) and then came the music.

each individual musician recorded an improvised
track while reacting to & watching the film for the
first time. no clues. no hints. no idea.

no headphones allowed. all of the tracks (eleven
total) were recorded seperately without hearing
any of the other tracks.

once all the tracks were down, the whole piece
was mixed musically and then added to the film.

success! nicely done, everyone.

thanks to all the players, josh and mike at muted
tones tense forms for making it all happen in the
virtual realm, and to bud for all the love supreme
engineering and assistance in the recording realm.


T H E . . M A N I F E S T O R S

Jessica Billey - violin, bottles

Raven Chacon - voice, bass, tom, thumbguitar

Kenneth Anthony Cornell (alchemical burn) - mixing console feedback

Jonathan Cram - electric guitar

Marisa DeMarco - mouth

Nick DePascal - electric guitar

Chris Hatcher - electric razor, tape, radio, broken violin, cymbal

Dameon Lee - car keys, martin open string

Chad McCoy - bass trombone

Bud Melvin - percussion

Augustine Ortiz - electric 7 string guitar


seven card studios 2006
for dvd style copies of Rabidt Manifestor,
contact jb at

overpopulation manifesto

february 22nd, 2006

“Darwin hypotheses that in general, the extremes tend to be selected, as each finds a different means of surviving in changed environments, though its important to note that sometimes none or too few of the animals have the needed characteristics. In this case, the population or species goes extinct.”

ALAKANUK- Yup’ik Eskimo word meaning “wrong way”

february 21st, 2006

A town where few or no people now live.
A once-flourishing town wholly or nearly
deserted usually as a result of the
exhaustion of some natural resource.

“The sun sounds forth, in age-old fashion” ..raphael/faust

february 20th, 2006

“Why is the voice of a man not heard
by day as it is heard by night?
Because of the wheel of the Sun
which saws in the sky
like a carpenter sawing cedars.”

—cited in Grimm, ‘Deutsche Marchen’

the best frequencies for bone growth and fracture healing = 25 Hz or 50 Hz exactly = cat purr

february 19th, 2006

“The range of human hearing is technically, between 20 and 20,000 hertz. Infrasound is below 20 hertz. It’s been documented that one 19-year-old girl could hear at 19 hertz, but the average person - who has been exposed to car noises, loud noises, and maybe a rock concert or two - is probably hard pressed to hear below 30 or 40 hertz.”
-author unknown


thirty five syllables of rumi

february 18th, 2006

wake up, wake up
this night is gone
wake up

abandon abandon
even your dear self

there is an idiot
in our market place…

r = a*e^(k*@)

february 17th, 2006

“The problems that exist in the world today
cannot be solved by the level of thinking
that created them.” A. Einstein

five hundred and forty million years before now

february 17th, 2006

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