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Thirsty Ears

by Jaap Blonk & Terrie Ex

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Sound 04:40
Are you listening? You’re listening. You’re breathing in. You are holding your breath. Your ears are whirring. You hear the whirring in your ears. It is a timeless whoosh. You’re breathing out. You hear yourself breathing out. After that it’s quiet. You hear nothing. A pin could drop. You are listening. Isn’t there a trifling flurry? You perceive something barely audible. There seems to be a slight noise, that nestles itself in your auricle. Is it a rustle that wants your open ear? A whiff to tickle your auditory duct? Something that crackles in the distance? A rattling that would really like to caress you? A humming to come and kiss you? You can hear it. Yes, now you can hear. It’s a click that drips a drop on your ear sense. A speck of dust plops on your eardrum. A crack, small enough to fit quietly inside you. And then it’s quiet again. Nothing resounds. Shush. Do you really hear nothing? No? Yes. There it is. That bubbling from just a minute ago. Splattering amicably past your inquiringly open hearing. Your wildly open ear perceives sweet drumrolls and rumbling wanting to get through as well. There’s buzzing all around now and you revel in the soft crunching. A hiss is calling to cherish your thirsty ear. O, how lovely all that gurgling and grumbling. This lightweight peeping is most welcome, as are that nicely drivelling murmur, and the tinkling that tickles your earskin. What about that snorting, though, can you give it ear? And does that chattering fit in anywhere? Isn’t that trumpeting getting out of hand? Then block your hearing. You are blocking your ears, is what you’re trying. But it won’t work. Hearing is everywhere. And it knocks at every window of your cochlea. Clatters at the aural gates left and right. Your ears are burning from the bubbling. All the joints of your hearing system creak. Your head bellows all over and bongs in its bones. Bam! A delicious pang. And a jolly boom! Your innards are a-thundering. How heavenly it shrieks and screams. Rages and roars. Hammers and thumps. Thwack! Slap! What a delight. Bang! Wallop! A blaring hullabaloo. A heavenly hubbub that shouts with laughter inside you. Rave! Ecstasy drones and beats. How it screeches and yelps and echoes and hoots in the sonic paradise in which you’re listening. You hear! You hear, you hear sound! Sound.
Cratchy 02:52
Some Hubbub 04:27
Let's Go Out 04:14
Finally the time had come. This was the day we would go out and explore the yeast fields. The weather was lovely and we were happy to escape our clay-growing pale paddock for a while. The summer cross guided us on the first stage of our journey, that took us along the lily brook. We didn’t speak a lot, but enjoyed field glint and roe light while the morning was still young. Nobody ran into us, we were only greeted by the occasional pebble-sheep. (chorus , sung:) Let’s go out, let’s go out Zoyèhoomee manumeo Daydabokee mazmèkao Let’s go out, let’s go out. By now the sun stood high in the sky. We had passed the clover border and arrived in upperland. Deer calm made us whisper. Carefully we went through a prowling pasture full of rosegrin and ravenhorn. No earglimpse yet of the yondercock, which of course only awakes with later moon. Softly a meander rabbit rustled off in front of us. Was it just quiet or was this misquiet? Was that a fog hen shooting into that copse? (chorus) Something’s wrong. Phantom spring was veering round and we had no mist guide. We thought we’d taken a thoroughlane, but it must have been a hook road or a circlepath that with a netherbend led us through slant grass into this mortal vale. Could this be wildside, where the turnboar roams? – A gall grumble in the weed wood! The almavixen, or the smirk of the moorhound! (chorus, in minor) Lost. Saw the adjacent firmament, so at earth’s end. We will perish. But how? In the witherstream, by hillfire in writhe dusk, by moss lightning and thundermole? From winter prickle?
Netherbends 04:15
Fog Hunt 05:00


released January 26, 2018

All music improvised by Jaap Blonk and Terrie Ex.
Texts of 'Sound' and 'Let's Go Out' by Jaap Blonk, English translations by Willem Groenewegen.
Recorded and mixed by Kasper Frenkel at Electric Monkey Studio, Amsterdam on Dierendag, October 4, 2017.
Mastered by Arnold de Boer.
Artwork & layout: Emma Fischer.
Photos: Vladimir Alexeev (Jaap), Dawid Laskowski (Terrie).


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