How we fall

Sunsets have taken on mythic proportions for me in past months - on Gavdos, at Katwijk, and at Limassol on Cyprus where the photo above was taken. The combination of Mother Nature and apposite music can transport us, albeit briefly, to a higher level of consciousness, and my soundtrack for several such moments has been the sonic sculptures of J. Peter Schwalm. His latest apocalyptic album 'How We Fall' is inspired by Sophie Clements' eponymous large scale video work, which the artist describes as examining a point of dramatic change, perhaps suggestive of personal, political and collective trauma. As a character in Aldous Huxley's novel 'Island' tells us:
Don't try to behave as though you were essentially sane and naturally good. We're all demented sinners in the same cosmic boat - and the boat is perpetually sinking.
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