Saturday, September 11, 2010


The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hill-side's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in his Heaven -
All's right with the world!

Yo! Woke up early because Emily was here. Made a skillet with spinach, potatoes, and eggs. Ate it with many cups of tea because Emily only drank half of hers and the whole of what she brought. Played D's and A's and A#7's to her beautiful song "Shark in the Ocean". Waved my arms and said "Oooohhh!" a lot. Played many more D's and A's and G's and C's with Peter in different rhythms. Made a recording of that. Arranged everything from the January sampler, with a bass and snare sound I think Dylan made, real nice. Recorded the "Forest Dreaming" song and made a regular version and a backwards and sped up version for fun. Here they are.

Feen Hey by Murdhee

Feen Hey Chopped and Screwed by Murdhee

I left this open to post all day. Meanwhile, Dylan, myself, Free, and Pete worked on music (Dyl's emotion cave and my emotion explosion) and came up with a very much better version of the songs above.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Tennis Ball Meditation

I was on the train today, and had a good realization. I have a tennis ball in one of my stretchy side pockets on the bag I take to school. I have been keeping a tennis ball in there for a bit. I found it one day on the sidewalk and planned on making a present of it for Annie. Then I realized how new and clean it was, and how slobbery it would get as soon as Annie got a hold of it. Then I realized that I am always finding tennis balls and giving them to Annie, and there must be at least three hiding about in our house. Finding new tennis balls all the time is only perpetuating the habit of letting myself and Annie lose the ones she already had.

Anyways, I began twirling the tennis ball around in my left and right hands. I then realized how uncoordinated I am. I made it a goal to be able to twirl the tennis ball in both of my hands, so that it spins an equal amount in its rise, air, and return. I did this both ways on the train and found it to be an awesome way to zone out, and concentrate fully on something physically happening. I wonder what this does, and will do to my mind.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Forest Try

Here is my first (second) attempt at this forwards-backwards way of organizing very old chords onto the January sampler. Mixed in below (hopefully) the 3-1 ratio of the chords are the pseudo-geometrically organized sounds of our house and outdoor noises.

Forest Try by Sleepover

I also found some photos I took awhile back and noticed some faces in some of the light-shadow relationships.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Otonyal Labyrinth

Yo! I am manifesting my first labyrinth. If all goes according to plan, meaning Peter brings home enough small brown paper bags, and I find a good deal on tea lights (saw some recently, 100 for $1.99), the labyrinth will be walkable on the Autumnal Equinox.

According to the U.S. Naval Observatory (via NWS), fall will arrive at 10:09 pm on Wednesday, September 22nd.

I'll be using what the Labyrinth Society refers to as the Classical 7-Circuit Labyrinth a.k.a. "The Cretan Labyrinth" as a model. While a maze is host to many paths, allowing the walker to make directional decisions, a pure labyrinth only involves one walkable path. The image above is more or less what I am trying to re-create.

I am most excited about the location where this is going to happen. My friend Dylan showed me one day a very unusual triangular roundabout, on a street that dead ends with the high and noisy 90/94. If you are wearing size 13 New Balance sneakers (Grey), then the dimensions of the triangle are:

Base: 70 Lengths
Side One: 48 Lengths
Side Two: 52 Lengths

The labyrinth, which in form is a circle, will then be contained within a triangle. The triangle exists within the Logan Square neighborhood. For the stretch of my imagination, I am enjoying visualizing a circle, within a triangle, within a square. This goes along with the Zen creation myth.

I have been to this triangular area maybe four times now, and I feel generally good about the area. I did my most invasive and destructive work so far today, pulling out most of the weeds, doing an initial litter sweep, and sweeping up small debris and plant remains. Below are two photos of the space, and one of the aromatic pile of weeds.