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Daevid Allen

A Homage to Daevid Allen (Co Founder of Soft Machine and GONG)

Text by Bruce Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery, February 25th, 2022)

“Atlantis” Written & Recorded by Donavon
Released as a single & on LP in 1968

The continent of Atlantis was an island
Which lay before the Great Flood
In the area we now call the Atlantic Ocean
So great an area of land
That from her western shores
Those beautiful sailors journeyed
To the South and the North Americas with ease

In their ships with painted sails
To the East, Africa was a neighbour
Across a short strait of sea miles
The great Egyptian age is but a remnant
Of The Atlantian culture
The antediluvian kings colonized the world
All the Gods who play in the mythological dramas
In all legends, from all lands, were from fair Atlantis

Knowing her fate
Atlantis sent out ships to all corners of the Earth
On board were the Twelve
The poet, the physician, the farmer, the scientist, the magician
And the other so-called Gods of our legends
Though Gods they were
And as the elders of our time choose to remain blind
Let us rejoice, and let us sing, and dance
And ring in the new Hail, Atlantis!

Way down below the ocean
Where I wanna be, she may be
Way down below the ocean
Where I wanna be, she may be
Way down below the ocean
Where I wanna be, she may be

My antediluvian baby
Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
I wanna see you someday
My antediluvian baby
Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
My antediluvian baby

Way down below the ocean
Where I wanna be, she may be
My antediluvian baby, I love you, girl
I wanna see you someday
My antediluvian baby, oh, yeah
I wanna see you someday
Oh, my antediluvian baby

   I was very fortunate to have been selected to do an exchange semester in London from September 1975 to January 1976, while I was attending Glassboro State College in south Jersey (from 1972-1976). When the school selection committee interviewed me & asked why I wanted to do this exchange, I said that it was my goal to go to London to interview members of a certain music scene for future music magazines or a book on the Canterbury Scene. They could tell that I was determined to go. While in London, I attended many concerts almost every other night and did a number of interviews: Mike Ratledge, Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper, John Marshall, Elton Dean, Keith Tippett, Roy Babbington, Dave Stewart, Phil Miller and Steve Hillage. I also met with & spoke to Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Lol Coxhill, Gerry Fitzgerald and others. I wanted to interview Daevid Allen, Kevin Ayers & Karl Jenkins, but didn’t have the opportunity to do so then. A few years later, Daevid Allen (with NY Gong), Fred Frith, Chris Cutler & Peter Blegvad all played at the Zu Manifestival in September of 1978 at Intermedia Theatre in NY. This was their time on stage in the USA for many of the aforementioned musicians. A couple of weeks after that festival, I finally interviewed Daevid Allen at the Zu Loft, the interview lasted several hours. It was then that I learned quite a bit about the early history of Soft Machine.

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Ken Butler

“MFM SPEAKS OUT” EP 35 with Ken Butler on Music Meets Sculpture

“I’ve Always Been Interested in Finding Connections Between Art and Music” – Ken Butler

Ken ButlerOur guest is Ken Butler.  Ken is a musician, experimental musical instrument builder, and visual artist. He builds hybrid musical instruments and other artworks that explore the interaction and transformation of common and uncommon objects, altered images, sounds and silence. His work combines live music, instrument design, performance art, theater, sculpture, and other forms of visual art. He is internationally recognized as an innovator of experimental musical instruments created from diverse materials including tools, sports equipment, and household objects. Butler has performed with John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, David Van Tieghem, Butch Morris, The Soldier String Quartet, Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio, The Tonight Show Band, and The Master Gnawa musicians of Morocco.


NFTs: Medicine or Poison?

An Editorial by Dawoud Kringle

Let’s wind the clocks back to the early 1630s, in Holland. Tulips were considered a status symbol for the elite. By 1634, tulipmania swept through Holland. Rich people held onto them as investments, and rare and unusually-colored tulips became highly prized. According to The Library of Economics and Liberty, “it was deemed a proof of bad taste in any man of fortune to be without a collection of tulips.” The Dutch stock markets even traded the bulbs as a commodity. The value of tulip bulbs became so inflated that a single Semper Augustus tulip bulb was valued at 3,000 florins (adjusted to modern currency exchanges, the equivalent of over $1,100,000).

By the end of 1637, however, Dutch tulip wholesalers found almost no buyers for them and the tulip bubble burst. Within days, the price of tulips plummeted, resulting in a devastating crash of the entire tulip market. The collapse of the tulip trade caused a widespread economic disaster throughout the Dutch economy. Many people lost massive amounts of money by betting on an investment that was doomed to fail from the start.

Status symbols and vanity aside, these 17th Century people invested heavily in tulips for no reason other than that they believed there would always be someone willing to purchase the bulbs from them at a higher price. This practice is built on the gamble that one would not be the last person holding on to the asset when its value collapses.

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