Continuumix #6

Mixed by Continuo
Total time 66:15

Continuumix #06
Augusto de Campos 'O Pulsar'

Augusto de Campos O Pulsar

Onde quer que você esteja/
Em Marte ou Eldorado/
Abra a janela e veja/
O pulsar quase mudo/
Abraço de anos luz/
Que nenhum sol aquece/
E o eco escuro esquece/

Wherever you are
in Mars or Eldorado
open the window and
see the pulsar nearly mute
embrace of light years
that no sun warms
and the dark echo forgets

  • Augusto de Campos ‘O Pulsar’, 1975, sung by Caetano Veloso. From this YouTube video. In this concrete-cum-morse code poem (pictured above), Portuguese vowels ‘o’ and ‘e’ are represented as dots and stars
  • Caetono Veloso. Another version of ‘O Pulsar’ and ‘Dias Dias Dias’, also by De Campos, 1979, both retrieved from UbuWeb, presumably from a 7” single. More De Campos poems here.
  • High Wolf ‘Shark Sacrifice 2’. From the ‘Ritual music from Kojara Islands’ CD-R released by Winged Sun Records, USA. Imaginary ethnic music from sampled assorted percussion.
  • Yoko Ono ‘The Paths’, 2001. A track from the companion CD to the catalog published by the Japan Society Gallery, New York, for the first official Ono retrospective, 2000-2001. On this track, Ono is credited for both music and vocals.
  • Karaja Indians, Central Brazil. Syllables excerpted from the opening song of the Brazilian Indian Music LP, Folkways Records, 1962.
  • Walter Smetak ‘Plágio’ from the 1979 Interregno LP (retrieved from this blog). Instrument builder and avantgarde composer Smetak is now recognized as one of Brazil’s most original innovator. See the official website (and this video) of the 2007 retrospective exhibition at Museu de Arte Moderna in Salvador, Bahia, curated by Arto Lindsay & Jasmin Pinho.
  • Boys and girls choir by Tukuna Indians of the upper Amazon region, from Brazilian Indian Music LP, Folkways Records, 1962
  • Gilberto Gil ‘Monangambe’ from Música Livre #1, 2005. Excerpts available on Musica & Poesia blog.
  • “Poesia = aphasia/diaphasia”. Short excerpt from a conversation between Augusto de Campos, Caetano Veloso and Arrigo Barnabé for a Brazilian TV show titled Fábrica do Som ( Sound Factory) on the TV Cultura channel, early 1980s.
  • Grupo Rumo ‘Canjiquinha quente’, from their 1981 Rumo Aos Antigos LP. From this blog.
  • Os Haxixins (The Hashisheens) ‘Preciso te deixar’ (from 2007 CD reissue). Psychedelic rock from the 1960s. From this blog.
  • Song of the legendary Uirapuru or Organ Wren (Cyphorhinus aradus) from the Brazilian forest. From this extraordinary collection of Brazilian birds songs.
  • Rafael Flores ‘Man Imitating Cloud’, YouTube video excerpt from an 8-hour long film with soundtrack by Flores, 2002. Flores, active during the 1980s with Spanish bands Commando Bruno and Diseño Corbusier, now releases films and soundtracks (see here), and runs a blog under his own name.
  • Dennis De Bel ‘Fourgan’. Dutch sound artist build several unusual instruments, including this 4-keyboards organ in 2008 (pictured below).
  • Brook Hinton, found vocals and ambient synth excerpted from ‘Grace’, a 1988 cassette by this SF musician. From a 1988 No Other Radio show available here. Hinton ran the Subelectrick Records which released the Doll Parts LP, posted earlier.
  • They Came From The Stars, I Saw Them ‘The Holy Mountain’ is an early split release with Sonic Catering Band on the latter’s own Peripheral Conserve label, UK, 2002.
  • Eliane Radigue: Finale from Songs of Milarepa LP, Lovely Music, 1983.

Note: Eu Sum Una Pergunta is the title of a Clarice Lispector biography. Thanks to carioca Sergio for his help and suggestions.

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14 Responses to “Continuumix #6”

  1. 1 jan March 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Hi, Continuo. Very interesting, looking forward to hear how you managed this one. Nice you end up with Eliane Radigue, a personal favourite. A few months ago I experienced the performance of Naldjorlak I-II-III with Charles Curtis, Carole Robinson and Bruno Martine, Radigue seated in front. Moving how modest and even a bit shy she reacted on the ovation by the audience and the artists. A great evening, une grande dame.

  2. 2 continuo March 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I saw this performance, too, and was fascinated. I hope you won’t be disappointed with how I ended up using her droning sounds in this mix.

  3. 3 bj March 11, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    hi. how can I contact you privately?

  4. 4 continuo March 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Hey, I think we’ve been in touch before! Reach me at:

  5. 5 Marcus Staniec March 12, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Really dig these compilations.
    Still digesting this one . . .
    Thanks so much!

  6. 6 continuo March 12, 2010 at 9:10 am

    You’re welcome.

  7. 7 jan March 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    You did great! For the entire mix that is! Thanks!

  8. 8 continuo March 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm


  9. 10 continuo March 27, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for showing up here, Sun. I enjoyed some of the tracks you linked to, especially the one called Chilove. I assume the name of the band is “Post”.

  10. 11 sun March 27, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Yes, it’s pseudonym of russian guy Gleb Davydov.

  11. 12 sun March 31, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Check also this
    there are some interesting things

  12. 13 s. borges April 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Parla Continuo!

    Haven’t checked the site in a while – took a look at your latin american/brazilian avant garde section – brilliant, as always. In our exchange a few weeks ago, I forgot to mention that Caetano Veloso has an experimental record based on Walter Smetak and the de Campos Brothers entitled “Araçá Azul”, which is considered his most obscure work. When it was originally released, its sale was dismal, an incredible commercial failure, which lead to the title being pulled from the shelves and having been out of catalogue for a good while. If not mistaken, it was re-released in CD – if interested, drop me a line.

    cheers, s., rio.

  13. 14 continuo April 13, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Hola! Sergio. The record you mention seems interesting. I’ll get in touch back channel. Thanks for dropping by.

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