Unlikely 2.0

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Editors' Notes

Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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August Traeger

Somnaphon bicephalic records August Traeger data bending graphic artist supporter of gay marriage supporter of arts experimental music attendee noise installations graduated anthropologist archaeology enthusiast nomadic spirit noise artist project horse

Many artists enjoy the title 'artist' a bit too much. I first noticed them in the early 90's when coffee shops caffeinated the nation and Cobain gear insisted public sulking was enough to consider yourself an artist. I'm sure they existed prior to my experience and I know they exist now. These people make me very uncomfortable. August Traeger is an artist that does not fall into this category. August is a creator. If you or I never heard any of his audio releases nor seen his graphic designs it would simply be because he chose not to make public what he does out of necessity and love. An artist creates and August Traeger is an artist. I have seen him perform many times and this guy gets lost in the performance. He transcends moment and intertwines with time. This being said, he'd tell you he'd rather stay in his apartment and create without ever having to perform. Not only does he create and perform, he also attends. He's a regular at performances where nobody else is. He's encouraging of all artistic expression and nary a once have I seen him be an asshole. Not even I, in all my magnificence, can say I've never been an asshole. His drawings are otherworldly yet transfix the viewer somewhere between contemplation of ancient history and philosophical meltdown. He's dedicated to a long term side project of exquisite corpse drawings which can be seen at 1000ExquisiteCorpses.blogspot.com.

August generally performs under the name Somnaphon. This is a music project where he uses chained effects pedals, cymbals, rain sticks, excited puppies, found sounds, guitar, video, or other to create ongoing ambiance whether that be harsh noise or pollinating daisies. "A more accurate description is that I manipulate hardware and/or software to achieve the sounds. A final composition may be the result of creating several songs which are then completely destroyed and re-interpreted many times over, eventually being boiled down into a single piece of music. Or they could just as easily be simply an edited live recording. It's all fair game." Somnaphon can be viewed on youtube where you will find a wide range of live recordings as well as a smattering of Butthole Surfers reconstructions. The record label, Bicephalic Records, aims to produce artists who explore "electro-acoustic, electronic, glitch, noise, and the like." These are released on cassette or 3" discs. The sound quality is precise.

The tracks below are my interview with August in four parts. We both set up mics and pedals. August recorded open air on his device. I supplied the beer and the sweet wine and the shots of rum. August took the information home and created a concise audio- portrait of the four hour event. In conclusion I'd like to conclude. —ES

Give a listen to the four-part interview Eric Smiarowski conducted with August Traeger:

And then enjoy three tracks by August Traeger as Somnaphon:

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