From Cameron @ssvfieldstudies:
“Here’s a recent project I’m working on for the FM, found a wonderful reading of Blake’s FOUR ZOAS from the 60’s, scoring it and assembling it as a radio play … might be a template of the sort of work we could collaborate on! … Happy to get Infinite Conversations involved in this little culture-jamming project.”
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This valiant production provided above is Cameron Stallones’ sonic stratum layered beneath/atop the stellar performance by the so-called Sydney Group, a top-notch performance reading recorded in the 1960’s of Blake’s fragmented The Four Zoas … this two hour composition is worth the listen. Orbiting around the Zoas’ microcosms and unearthly vocalizations from the Sydney Group are Stallones’ spheres of ambient landscapes and cosmic (dis)harmonies, launching this meta-production straight into the hearts of space.
A bit about Blake’s Four Zoas
In c. 1794-95 Blake secured a commission to produce engraved illustrations for a deluxe new edition of Edward Young’s popular long poem, The Complaint: or, Night-Thoughts on Life, Death, & Immortality , structured as nine “nights.” Blake worked very hard on this commercial project, the largest of his life, producing over 500 large preliminary watercolors and over 40 engravings for the first and only published volume (1797) before the four-volume project was discontinued.
Out of this intense and undoubtedly disappointing episode emerged one of Blake’s most formidable creative efforts—a long narrative of nine “nights,” on paper and proofs of the Night Thoughts engravings left over from the Edwards venture. VALA , or The Four Zoas is epic and cosmic in scope, an attempt to explain the human situation—and to offer a vision of redemption based on a kind of corrected Christianity that requires a complex retelling of the mental, physical, and spiritual history of the world, one that, as Blake later put it, reads the Bible white where others read black—“a cyclic vision of life from the Fall to the Last Judgment . . . . in a single form the totality of what Blake came into the world to say” (Frye page 269).
@madrush, @johnnydavis54, @Geoffrey_Edwards and members of the @supermind (those who participate in the Savitri recordings): I see this as an opportunity to take some of our recordings to a wholly different level. The atmosphere created from the written word + the addition of an underlying score transmits the readings directly to the third ear. I would love to see a collaboration. Perhaps we can arrange a meetup with Cameron to talk Blake, epic poetry and all things cosmic?