Imagine a book that is a complex marvel, full of folding-out pages, intricate images, a myriad of different stories and poems, maps, documents, facsimiles, schemes, diagrams, charts, tissue-paper-covered pressings, brilliant marginalia, supplements, appendices, cross-references, indices, oh a…
Pressure of sun on the rockslide
Whirled me in a hop-and-step descent,
Pool of pebbles buzzed in a Juniper shadow,
Tiny tongue of a this-year rattlesnake flicked,
I leaped, laughing for little boulder-color coil—
Pounded by heat raced down slabs to the creek
Deep tumbling under arching walls and stuck
Whole head and shoulders in the water:
Stretched full on cobble—ears roaring
Eyes open aching from the cold and faced a trout.
- Gary Snyder
by Gary Snyder
The shack and a few trees
float in the blowing fog
I pull out your blouse,
warm my cold hands
on your breasts.
you laugh and shudder
peeling garlic by the
hot iron stove.
bring in the axe, the rake,
we’ll lean on the wall
against each other
stew simmering on the fire
as it grows dark
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Not a fail, that’s what is supposed to happen. It’s not a chemical reaction btw, its a physical state change. The water it boiling hot and as it comes in contact with the liquid nitrogen the nitrogen instantly vaporizes.
so this pianist Chip Miller performed at my college today — i played Chopin’s first ballade for him yesterday — but he played some Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, and Chopin in different keys all accompanied by a fugue in the respective key from the second book of the Well Tempered Clavier on a piano tuned to the Lehman temperament.
ok ok ok so this is really cool. Pythagoras was attributed with discovering ratios of intervals, right. and some of the intervals in the western scale are really nice whole number ratios — i.e. an octave (2:1), a perfect fifth (3:2), a perfect fourth (4:3), and a major third (5:4). and those, of course, are the intervals that sound “nice”. if you take a string and place a bridge at any of these ratios, you’ll get the interval. but if you tune a piano to these exact ratios, you’ll get discrepancies – a semitone (16:15 E-F, B-C) does not equal a whole tone (9:8) or if you tune a piano by perfect fifths, 7 octaves of C compounded results in the ratio 128:1, but the closest you get with 12 perfect fifths is approximately 531441 : 4096 or the decimal equivalent of 129.7. so the way we compensate for the difference is adding the small deviation (the pythagorean comma) to the semitones. but that results in a great loss of color when playing the original Bach preludes and fugues. so the picture above is on the title page of the original manuscript of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier and this guy Bradley Lehman proposed in 2004 that the squiggles corresponded to Bach’s tuning temperament — as there are 12 loops corresponding to the semitones in an octave along with the letter C. the Lehman temperament is kind of in between the Pythagorean and the Equal temperament scales. and so Chip Miller tuned a piano to this temperament to demonstrate it. it was incredible. not to mention that he played Chopin’s C# minor Etude (Op. 10, no. 4) which is fucking incredible. and his interpretations of the fugues – which upset a lot of the traditionalists in the room – were great.