Thursday, September 13, 2007

'We haven't yet found the means to live without speaking.'

Scene from Jean-Luc Godard's "Vivre Sa Vie" containing the sample that was used in the track "My Sun" from "In This World".

in this world, if i have no love, i have nothing.
said no to a silent tongue, no in silence, could it be
there was a way of saying that i didn't know. and just
as i was leaving some voice shouted. just shouted:
be strong in death. a real voice in a quiet low tone.
still shouting. nothing more. just shouting . . .

"The meaning of language is an important issue in Godard's cinematic philosophy, as seen most directly in My Life to Live (1962), in the scene between Nana (Anna Karina) and the linguistic philosopher Brice Parain (playing himself) where they converse about language and the necessity of talking.
Sitting in a café, they discuss the nature of words and speaking. Nana prefers not to talk, longing for a life in silence without words. Because the more you talk, the less the words mean, she explains. Words should express exactly what you want to say. But they don't. They betray us, she argues. Parain understands Nana's longing for a wordless life in silence, but as a linguistic philosopher he does not agree with her.
According to Brice Parain, you cannot live without thinking. You have to think, and in order to think you have to speak. Thinking demands words, because you cannot think in any other way. Such is human life, concludes Parain in his lecture on our dependence on language as human beings.
And such is life for a filmmaker, one might add, with reference to Godard's numerous reflections on the essence of the cinematic language in his articles, films and interviews.
"Language is the house man lives in", as Juliette (Marina Vlady) says in "Two or Three Things I Know About Her".
About thirty years later, Godard repeats this linguistic reflection in JLG/JLG - Self-Portrait in December (1995) as the narrator of the polyphonic inner dialogue in his film:
"Where do you live? In language, and I cannot keep silent.
When I am talking I throw myself into an unknown order for which I then become responsible.I must become universal."
(Peder Groongard)

Friday, September 07, 2007

The Sweetness Loop...


Do you remember the little song that kept wafting out of the ether on your amp paul(y)? The one from "In This World" that kept cropping up in the middle of rehearsals in Ashwin Street?
That sound that kept coming out of the amp at rehearsals was the "sweetness loop",used at the beginning of "Touched" (In This World).
I'd found that whilst surfing radio waves back in 1983,during the "Camouflage Heart" sessions.We always thought it was a Portuguese radio signal.But that it should mysteriously re-appear to guide us through our rehearsals to play live more than a decade later was very beautiful indeed.If I recall it also followed us on our U.S. tour in 1996 as well... spooky....

"There's enough elegy in "Touched" to melt an invading army..."
(Melody Maker,1988)

(Artaud loop by Azriel)
(Crackle Series photo by Cinder)

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Behind and Beyond


29 Sep 2007, 22:00
Ben Jonson Rd. Stepney Green, London, London and South East E1 3NH
Cost : £3-5
The next QueerBeograd festival
&Anarchists Against the Wall (AATW)

"Cindytalk will be playing their first full line-up gig in over 11 years,we
will be playing as part of the Behind Bars V event at Dame Colet House
in Stepney,east London on Saturday 29th of September.The band for
the night is one of the classic Cindytalk line-ups and alongside Cinder
will feature Paul Middleton on drums & Percussion,Paul Jones on guitar,
Andrea Brown on Bass & Sherrill Crosby on Electronics.The set will also
include a laptop live "dubstep" set by Mark Stephenson as The Mook.
Also playing that night will be Devotchka's Conundrum,HRTK & others."