Love Poem


Don Paterson, ceva poet scotian, a castigat, in Anglia, The Forward Prize pentru cea mai buna poezie pe 2008 cu o oda inchinata nevestei lui Thomas Brinkmann, compozitoarea de muzica electronica Natalie ‘Tusja’ Beridze. It goes like this:

“Love Poem For Natalie ‘Tusja’ Beridze”

O Natalie, O TBA, O Tusja: I had long assumed the terrorsits balaclava that you sport on the cover of Annule
which was, for too long, the only image of you I possesed -
was there to conceal some ugliness or deformity
or perhaps merely spoke (and here, I hoped against hope) of a
young woman struggling
with a crippling shyness. How richly this latter theory has been confirmed by my Googling!

O who is this dark angel with her unruly Slavic eyebrows
ranged like two duelling pistols, lightly sweating in the pale light
of the TTF screen?
O behold her shaded, infolded concentration, her
heartbreakingly beautiful face so clearly betraying the tru focus
of one not merely content – as, no doubt, were others at the
Manover Elektronische Festival in Wien -
to hit play while making some fraudulent correction to a
volume slider
but instead deep in the manipulation of somecomplex
real-time software such as Ableton Live, MAX/MSP
or Supercollider.

O Natalie, how can I pay tribute to your infinitely versatile
blend of Nancarrow, Mille Plateaux,  Venetian Snares, Xenakis,
Boards of Canada and Nobukazu Takemura

to say nothing of those radiant pads – so strongly reminiscent
of the mid-century bitonal pastoral of Charles Koechlin in their
harmonic bravura -
or your fine vocals, which, while admittedly limited in range
and force, are nonetheless so much more affecting than the
affected Arctic whisperings of those interchangably dreary
Stinas and Hannes and Bjorks, being in fact far closer in spirit
to a kind of glitch-hop Blossom Dearie?

I have also deduced from your staggeringly ingenious
employment of some pretty basic wavetables
that unlike many of your East European counterparts, all your
VST plug-ins, while not perhaps the best available,
probably all have a legitimate upgrade path – indeed I imagine
your entire DAW as pure as the driven snow, and not in any way
buggy or virusy
which makes me love you more, demonstrating as it does an
excess of virtue given your country’s well-known talent for
software piracy.

Though I should confess that at times I find your habit of
the frequency range with those bat-scaring ring-modulated
sine- bursts and the more distressing psychoacoustic properties
of phase-inversion in the sub-bass frequencies somewhat taxing
you are nonetheless as beautiful as the mighty Boards
themselves in your shamless organicizing of the code,
as if you had mined those saw and squares and ramps straight
from the Georgian motherlode.

O Natalie – I forgive you everything, even your catastrophic
adaptation of those lines from ‘Dylan’s’ already shite
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
in the otherwise magnificent ‘Sleepwalkers’, and when you
open up those low-
pass filters in what sounds like a Minimoog emulation they
seem to open in my heart also…


At least, my dear, let me wish you the specific best:
may you be blessed
with the wonderful instrument you deserve, with a 2 Ghz
dual-core Intel chip and enough double-pumped DDR2 RAM
for the most CPU-intensive processes;
then no longer will all those goreous acoustic spaces

be accessible only via an offline procedure involving a freeware
convolution reverb and an imperfectly recorded impulse
response of the Concertgebouw made illegally with a hastily-
erected stereo pair and an exploded crisp bag

for I would have all your plug-ins run in real-time, in the
blameless zero-latency heaven of the 32-bit floating-point
enviroment, with no buffer-glitch or freeze or dropout or lag;
I would also grant you a MIDI controller of such responsiveness,
such smoothness of automation, travel and increment
that you would think it a transparent intercessor, a mere
copula, and feel machine and animal suddenly blent…

Posted in academia, de-dans on November 26th, 2008 by de-dans | 58 Comments

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  1. de-dans said,

    on November 27th, 2008 at 02:17

    partea amuzanta e ca: poezia se gaseste foarte greu si ce am gasit noi nu e varianta completa, unde sunt puncte-punctele(?) alea era scris: “It’s taking a long time to type out, so at this point I’ll skip forward a few stanzas to:”.

  2. radum said,

    on November 27th, 2008 at 02:33

    in fotografie e poetul sau muza ?

  3. on November 27th, 2008 at 11:36

    am citit eu un interviu cu poetul in care spunea ca subiectul nu a fost si muza. muza a fost iubita lui stabila de 5 ani

  4. dj plan b said,

    on November 27th, 2008 at 12:10

    frate dar asta nu e poezie
    E o dare de seama. Un MySQL. O poezie trebuie sa fie frumoasa si despre frumos.
    O poezie trebuie sa trezeasca ceva in mine. Asta ma face sa deschid un .xls

    Si n-are beat deloc, in pofida subiectului. Si nu e alba, e proza cu butonul Center activat.

  5. on November 27th, 2008 at 01:18

    pai te cred si eu nu ne atinge “enough double-pumped DDR2 RAM” wtf is that?

  6. aa said,

    on November 27th, 2008 at 01:55

    heheheh.. e buna asta. bai Mysql, e la caterinca frate!

  7. aa said,

    on November 27th, 2008 at 02:12

    cum faceau tocilarii glume cu registri de procesoare pentium in liceu si tu nu intelegeai de ce se strica de ras…

  8. on November 27th, 2008 at 03:53

    yet another poet 2.0, mai era unul prin reclame la Orange, la fel de bun/prost. observ ca poet 2.0 inseamna sa faci versuri cu ram si procesor, dar baiatul de fata stie mai mult, il banuiesc de digeiala in timpul liber.

    altfel, glumitele cu registri sunt cele mai enervante

  9. aa said,

    on November 28th, 2008 at 10:42

    prietene “destination host unreachable”, nu mai fi acru, mai bea niste lapte.. si uite, poate iti traduc eu glumitza la un moment dat ca sa vezi ca de fapt nu a incercat nimeni nici o poezie aici… au luat-o la misto pe fata asta care face si ea muzica dar cica nu prea se descurca..

  10. on November 28th, 2008 at 11:11

    poetul chiar este muzician, canta la chitara, His eclectic musical passions range from a Bartok string quartet to jazz and folk-influenced pieces by Donal Lunny, Antonio Carlos Jobim and John Abercrombie.

  11. Strangelove said,

    on November 28th, 2008 at 01:48

    aa: daca poezia e la caterinca, atunci probabil ca si premiul e la fel :p.
    eu cred totusi ca au avut de ales intre a premia calitatea caterincii sau cea a poeziei in sine. fiind englezi si avand o oarecare istorie in domeniul caterincii alegerea n-a fost prea grea.

  12. aa said,

    on November 28th, 2008 at 07:31

    poezia e caterinca pe fata dar merita sa castige un premiu pe bune. englezii stau mai bine cu umorul decat noi, asta e clar :)
    “[...]all your VST plug-ins,
    while not perhaps the best available,[..]” :))))

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