“stress-osaka” by Eliane Radigue

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How I Became a Hum

Thirteen years ago I spent a lot of time creating a CD archive of poetry readings I had heard and recorded live or digitally transferred from cassettes. There was a particular “ding” that signaled a CD was finished burning. Gradually, I began to think of this sound as being alive or at least emerging from a familiar presence. I wasn’t just burning a CD, I was wading within the wake of the ding. I felt like it was always returning from a great distance. Sometimes it hovered silently for several minutes inside the voice of Tomaž Šalamun and at other times it had been attentively orbiting the phonemes of Myung Mi Kim or Nathaniel Mackey. When I listen to Eliane Radigue’s “stress-osaka” from Feedback Works I experience it as a flood of tiny animals I am floating beside. It helps me feel like krill.

-Eric Baus

PastedGraphic-1Eric Baus is the author of The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights, 2014) and other books. He teaches in the new low-residency Mile High MFA program at Regis University in Denver and will be a poet-in-residence at the Ashbery Home School this summer.

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