Silkworms Ink Mixtape 1 Berry Men

Mixtape XX, Ghost Opera

by Clara Engel




The girl says the Source is a person and at the same time a mountain of water, vitreous as emerald. That she has no arms, no face, and cannot see; that she glides forward without moving so as not to disturb the folds of water she wears draped around her presence
Marguerite Duras

Here are some words on transcendence, on going beyond form. That is what I am drawn to, what moves me to make music, and what my work is about. Disclaimer: I am not capable of saying what I want to say using words alone. I write music.

My dizzy footprints leave carnal marks on white sand.
You appear, a wrinkled bird, stripped of shimmer and feather. Old and mad.
You leave me. I dream of you. In my dream, there are no words for your lustre.
I will find you again, when I have stopped looking. When I have stopped waiting.
Without any effort, you will come to me.
I will love you and leave you untouched.
The edge of fire is no colour.
The edge of fire is sky.
Not light or absence of light.
You are always leaving me. There is rapture in letting go.
Giving away everything at the moment of possession.
I want to give everything away until nothing is mine.
Until I am like a sail on a ship with no will or desire, only purpose.
To hold out against the wind, until I am cracked and singed by time and light.
Until I rot from exposure to the elements, to disintegrate and drift in particles over a dispassionate ocean.

Like sea lions
On a distant shore
Bark their praises
To a great sea god
I sing my song.


Track one, Ghost Opera (from Secret Beasts)

Ghost Opera, by Clara Engel by Silkworms Ink


Track two, Last Horse On The Sand, by Dirty Three


Track three, R.D. Laing talks about love and freedom


Track four, The Beauty Of Your Design (from Secret Beasts)

The Beauty Of Your Design, by Clara Engel by Silkworms Ink


Track five, Arvo Part, sacred minimalist, on the ‘need to concentrate on each sound, so that every blade of grass would be as important as a flower’


Track six, I Wear Your Coat (from Tender)

I Wear Your Coat, by Clara Engel by Silkworms Ink


Track seven, from Benjamin Smoke


Track eight, Chorus Of Murderous Bells (from Secret Beasts)

Chorus of Murderous Bells, by Clara Engel by Silkworms Ink


Track nine, from Béla Tarr’s Werckmeister Harmóniák

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