No. 61 (Rothko)

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Created for an eventual compilation album curated by Jowe Head (Swell Maps). Says Jowe: It is called "Ars Longa", with songs about different artists (so far: Kurt Schwitters, Josef Beuys, Frida Kahlo, Joseph Cornell, van Gogh, Marcel Duchamp, William Blake), and it's a collaboration with various friends, who are contributing tracks, or lyrics, or ideas or sounds."

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This is Death
This is what I am
Everything seems to take place
In a dream where I am already dead
A living afterlife

On February 25, 1970, Oliver Steindecker, Rothko's assistant, found the artist in his kitchen, lying dead on the floor in front of the sink, covered in blood. He had sliced his arms with a razor found lying at his side. The autopsy revealed that he had also overdosed on anti-depressants. He was sixty-six years old. The Seagram Murals arrived in London for display at the Tate Gallery on the very day of his suicide.

Rothko said, There must be a clear preoccupation with death - intimations of mortality... Tragic art, romantic art, etc., deals with the knowledge of death.

credits

released 07 December 2013
Poem and reading: Jeremy Gluck
Music, production and mastering: Don Tyler
Reading recorded @ Rhondda Street Studio www.facebook.com/RhonddaStreetStudio
Rothko biographical material from Wikipedia

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SoftWorld Los Angeles, California

Something changeless, motionless, immovable, rock-like, unassailable; a solid mass of pure being-consciousness- bliss.

SoftWorld is a growing collection of estranged dream-pop, post-pop electronica, compelling cinematic ambience, and ballads programmed to enchant robots.

Sit still. Stop thinking. Shut up. Get out!

Jeremy S. Gluck & Don Tyler
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