Ketjak: The Ramayana Monkey Chant

March 31st, 2005 | music, researchmaterial

Performed by more than 200 men seated in tight concentric circles around a small central space reserved for the chief protagonists,” the ketjak (loosely called “Monkey Chant”) was first recorded in Bali by David Lewiston and released by Nonesuch Records in 1969. As a spectacular and alternative performance mode, it has had a germinal influence on western performance and poetics since then…”

Been years since I’d heard it. I’d forgotten just how much of the last (at least) fifteen years of Western music can be heard in it. MP3 or (spit) RealAudio.

Well, That Was Quick

March 31st, 2005 | researchmaterial

Actor Christopher Eccleston has quit as Doctor Who after just one episode of the new series, the BBC has confirmed.

Eccleston, whose first appearance as the Doctor on Saturday attracted around 10 million viewers, is leaving at Christmas as he fears being typecast. Talks are taking place to replace him with Casanova star David Tennant.

The BBC has commissioned a second, 13-part Doctor Who series, which will again be written by Russell T Davies and feature Billie Piper as Rose.


March 31st, 2005 | mobilesignals


Testing Flickr moblogging, ‘scuse me.

Comics: Intellectual Cocaine

March 31st, 2005 | comics talk

In 1943, when she was working in Hollywood, Dorothy Parker was one of the pre-eminent figures in the American intelligentsia. Her poems and critical writing in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair had made her a force to be reckoned with in highbrow circles; even if she wasn’t revered in academic circles at that time, she was still a shining example of the liberal, educated mind.

“So a confession she made that year about the uneasy relationship that has always existed between intellectuals and the popular art form known as the comics was both startling and revelatory.

” ‘For a bulky segment of a century, I have been an avid follower of comic strips — all comic strips,’ Parker wrote. ‘This is a statement made with approximately the same amount of pride with which one would say, ‘I’ve been shooting cocaine into my arm for the past 25 years.’ ”

(Found by “Mlle. Glass,” thanks)