The Ecstatic Sound of Language Removal


This is just a fabuloso 'service' fabulous, fabulous fabulous.. the sounds have to be heard to be heard!! lots of samples on this site, marilyn's voice plus others...
CD available

interview on Hearing Voices NPR Radio HERE

This is all a quote from the site...to end of post

"Static and Ecstatic language: the names themselves conjure up images of epochal forces at play. On the one hand, you have the Static, with its connotations of a firm, unbending, mortal coil and, more than this, an idea of interference, a clutter of designs and desires that amounts to a rigid body of noise. On the other hand, the Ecstatic, in all its pure, Utopic delight, a confluence of pure meaning and pure desire. But although it may seem like a bloody dualism, a struggle to the death (or life!), the truth is actually quite the opposite. You see, Static and Ecstatic language are actually confederates, partners in a mortal struggle -- the struggle to wrestle life from dead language -- and one is but an aspect of the other." --Raymond Chronic, Static vs. Ecstatic language

The problem of meaning as a force disassociated from itself (the multiple meanings of every word, semiotic play and slip) has long been a source of fascination for scholars. Raymond Chronic's peculiar addition to this body of work was his notion of a language of pure meaning, where the phonic and metric vocal apparatus could be deployed in all its sumptuosity without either negating meaning nor invoking it as an external force of law. For inspiration he turned to the possessed and dispossessed; those speaking in tongues, or in random or unreconciled moments of inspiration. The field recordings that he made over a lifetime of research document the unusual linguistic practices of divas and drug addicts, poets and spiritualists, children, artists, political activists and religious adherents of every persuasion. And yet, these precedents are misleading, because each, in its own way only postulates another (albeit exalted) external agency. His work would focus instead on the organic. He would look for the Ecstatic within the subject rather than without it.

Chronic himself formulated the issue thus: "Given the fleshy character of speech (or what is erroneously called 'spoken language') -- the myriad whistling of air through secret pockets of flesh; the suck and hum of life below the workings of social whim and commentary -- it seems possible, necessary even, to emancipate slave from master, to set free pleasure and desire from senseless quotidian resolve. For speech is pleasure and language its yoke, and one cannot speak of pleasure or name desire without stalling its arrival."

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