An essential sanity, black and electric

by Mythscience Records curated by Harmony Holiday

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    In addition, to show our appreciation for your support, a pdf copy of Langston Hughes' out-of-print anthology "New Negro Poets" is now available for download for all who purchase this primer. This is selection one for the guerrilla reprint series that will serve as one of the written elements of Mythscience Records and the Afrosonics archive.

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In an ongoing effort to showcase and enact the symbiosis between listening and writing, between poetics and recording, between making records and writing books, between the rhythm of thought and the rhythm of speech, between archiving and sampling, between collective improvisation and true understanding, this is the first installment of what will be a long series of digital and analog releases of poetry and poetics recordings. The emphasis is on close listening to well-trained readers, writers, thinkers, artists, who are able to bring language through the voice in modes that transcend affect. What makes these recordings so pleasurable is their unflinching sincerity, their sober time signature, they are not trying to be anything, and with such modest intentions, they accomplish divine tonalities.

The power of speech was widely acknowledged in the 60s on labels like Motown's subsidiary, Black Forum, and people paid attention to their personal and public rhetoric across all genres and artistic and lifesytle practices, as the tense political climate demanded that all speech achieve the level of purpose and urgency that poetry gives us. We are in a similar political climate today, yet the crass permutations in language use, the new contexts that language is invading and being flattened by, are causing a denial of the power of meaningful and sincere communication. Only by training ourselves to listen again will we even begin to recognize the abject robotics of popular speech today, and poetry and poetics encourage that skillful listening that might have the capacity to bring us back to ourselves.

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released September 30, 2014

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