AntiQuark : Adelita – review by Carpeoro

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I became familiar with the music of AntiQuark four years ago and immediately found it indefinable, conceived according to structures and formulas outside most popular historical musical languages. Tracks like El Bus, Shameless, La Fine, Medavog, Planet X, The Man From Mars escape present clichés as if they were nomadic and elusive entities on the planetary music surface.

I also personally met them, and collaborated with them on the making of a video for their piece, Adama, but I still could not define them. Then I was involved as an actor for a little cameo in their next video, Adelita, and, listening to them now, I finally understood.
I remembered that historic European period at the end of the 1900s between the inauguration of the Eiffel Tower (1889) and the Paris Universal Exhibition (1900). Towers are used to observe borders, to broaden the horizon. Even for music, this is how it works: Erik Satie recorded factory noises and put them into the music and ballet he created by collaborating with Chat, Picasso and Coucteau. Also, during a period between the end of a century and the beginning of another, art becomes the frontier, and new spaces open for avant-garde movements. Think of how vast, in this scenario, the artistic sensibility of AntiQuark must be, who have opened a millennium, not just a century, with their Frontier Sound.   I realized, listening to Adelita, that one of the true and lacerating frontiers of our age is the injustice, the pain, the sacrifice of those still fighting for the values ​​of civil rights, law and democracy. I discovered, thanks to AntiQuark, the Adelitas of Mexico.

But who are the Adelitas? Originally, they were revolutionary female warriors who died fighting regimes, powers, dictators, in the name of democracy and freedom. Today, Adelita can be referred to policewomen, state officials, journalists, or common women, who often pay with their lives defying the organized crime around them, mainly the drug cartels. Here is the video, an indissoluble mix of music and images, fragments of the story: the arrest of a ragtag street dealer, white collars and drug lords who cash-in millions, but above all the thrilling and tearing story of one heroic policewoman who searches, tracks, arrests, and seizes the contraband, only to meet the inevitable violent death.  The story symbolizes the tragic edge of life for the honest person at the dawn of the third millennium.

The music? Here is the beat of Adelita‘s heart, first regular, then progressively erratic and compulsive, until it is extinguished in death in the choir of the Alpini (the Alpini are the elite, mountain-military corps of Italy, who are also famous for their choir that sings traditional hymns).

The video: the frames of the criminal case are intertwined with many symbols: the Peacock of Zoroaster in the first scene, the homemade-shrine of La Santa Muerte, the dead mouse, the rose, the statues in the Genoa Cemetery, the Pelican flying out of the pond at the end … For the sake of precision, these symbols are fruit of the creativity of this duo, I simply played a small part at the end of the video, as opposed to Adama, this time AntiQuark did it all themselves. Meglio soli che male accompagnati (better alone than with bad company), especially when traveling on the border … to the frontier … That of Frontier Sound!

–Carpeoro

 

ADELITA LYRICS

El hombre es concebido por la mujer
Pero ahora la mujer, en el mundo del hombre
La mujer descubre su fuerza
Una fuerza nunca dada por el hombre
Dentro de esta fuerza 
la mujer se convierte en la cosa,  mas poderosa del hombre


Si realmente crees en algo lo suficiente, como para sacrificar tu propria vida,
descubriras el enorme valor; el camino, que puede llevar a tu muerte  


Adelita
   daughter of Mexico
    soldier of the people
     your machine-gun and long, long nails
  are the last weapon…
      in the war
        of the First World insanity….


Adelita
    hija de Mejico
     guerrera  de la gente
      tu ametralladora y uñas tan largas
   es la última arma
      en la guerra
          de la locura
            del Primer Mundo

Adelita
     ultimate warrior
       hero
             in the land of desperation
 your courage infinite
                                           you’d rather die than accept…

                                           que preferia morir antes de rendirte…

  perché a volte…a volte si preferisce morire
                                                    piuttosto che accettare…

 

AntiQuark : Adelita – recensione di Carpeoro

Historical_Adelita

 

Ho incontrato la musica degli AntiQuark quattro anni fa e subito ho pensato che fosse indefinibile, concepita secondo collegamenti e canoni al di fuori dei linguaggi musicali storici e più diffusi. Brani come El Bus, Shameless, La Fine, Medavog, Planet X, The Man From Mars sfuggono agli schemi attuali come se fossero entità nomadi e sfuggenti sulla superficie musicale planetaria.

Li ho anche conosciuti personalmente, collaborando con loro nel progetto del video del pezzo Adama, senza tuttavia riuscire a incasellarli nel mio mosaico musicale. Poi mi hanno coinvolto come attore per un piccolo cameo nel video di questo pezzo, Adelita, e, ascoltandolo, ho finalmente capito. Mi sono ricordato di quel periodo storico europeo alla fine del ‘900 tra l’inaugurazione della Torre Eiffel (1889) e l’Esposizione Universale di Parigi (1900). Le torri servono ad osservare confini, servono per allargare l’orizzonte. Anche per la musica funziona così: in quel periodo Erik Satie registrava i rumori delle fabbriche e li metteva nelle sue musiche e nei balletti che creava collaborando con Chat, Picasso e Coucteau. Sempre, nelle epoche a cavallo, tra la fine di un secolo e l’inizio di un altro, l’arte diventa di confine, ad esempio, anche la musica diventa di frontiera, si aprono spazi smisurati per le avanguardie. Pensate a quanto potesse essere in questa disposizione la sensibilità artistica degli AntiQuark che hanno aperto un millennio, non solo un secolo, con il loro Border Sound. E mi sono accorto, ascoltando Adelita, che uno dei confini veri e laceranti di questa nostra epoca è l’ingiustizia, il dolore, il sacrificio di chi combatte per i valori del vivere civile, della legalità e della democrazia. Ho scoperto, grazie agli AntiQuark, che in Messico esistono le Adelite.

Ma chi sono le Adelite? In origine erano le guerrigliere rivoluzionarie che morivano lottando contro regimi, poteri, dittatori, in nome della democrazia e per la libertà.

Oggi Adelite sono diventate quelle poliziotte, funzionarie dello Stato, giornaliste, o anche donne comuni, che soccombono perché si mettono di traverso alla criminalità organizzata, principalmente il cartello della droga. Ecco quindi il video, un mix indissolubile tra musica e immagini, frammenti della storia dell’arresto di uno sgangherato piccolo pusher, di colletti bianchi e boss che incassano soldi a palate, ma soprattutto la emozionante e lacerante storia di una eroica poliziotta che fa domande, fruga, insegue, arresta e sequestra droga, fino a incontrare un destino inevitabile di morte, una delle drammatiche frontiere del vivere civile all’alba del terzo millennio.

La musica? Ecco il battito del cuore di Adelita, prima regolare, poi progressivamente scomposto e compulsivo, fino a spegnersi nella morte e in un coro degli alpini.

Il video: i frames della vicenda criminale mescolati a simboli a iosa: il Pavone di Zoroastro come prima scena, il tempietto della Santa Muerte dei messicani, il topo morto, la rosa, le statue del Cimitero di Genova, il Pellicano che vola fuori dallo stagno alla fine…Tanto per la precisione, visto che si parla di simboli, essi non sono frutto altro che della creatività del duo, io ho solo fatto una particina di spalle nel video, al contrario di Adama stavolta hanno fatto tutto da soli. Meglio soli che male accompagnati, specialmente quando si viaggia sul confine… alla frontiera… Quella del Border Sound!

–Carpeoro

 

TESTO DI ADELITA

El hombre es concebido por la mujer
Pero ahora la mujer, en el mundo del hombre
La mujer descubre su fuerza
Una fuerza nunca dada por el hombre
Dentro de esta fuerza 
la mujer se convierte en la cosa,  mas poderosa del hombre


Si realmente crees en algo lo suficiente, como para sacrificar tu propria vida,
descubriras el enorme valor; el camino, que puede llevar a tu muerte 


Adelita
   daughter of Mexico
    soldier of the people
     your machine-gun and long, long nails
  are the last weapon…
      in the war
        of the First World insanity….


Adelita
    hija de Mejico
     guerrera  de la gente
      tu ametralladora y uñas tan largas
   es la última arma
      en la guerra
          de la locura
            del Primer Mundo

Adelita
     ultimate warrior
       hero
             in the land of desperation
 your courage infinite
                                           you’d rather die than accept…

                                           que preferia morir antes de rendirte…

  perché a volte…a volte si preferisce morire
                                                    piuttosto che accettare…

 

Carpeoro talks about the meaning of Adama

Carpeoro explained the meaning of the new AntiQuark video Adama during Border Nights an Italian internet radio program. He wrote the screenplay. The explanation starts at the minute 28:50 of the following video.

Carpeoro: << Adama means “RED MAN” or “MAN OF THE RED LAND”. There is an Egyptian myth for which a man of the origins existed, born directly from the god of creation known as Ptah: a potter god. This myth was also shared by the Native Americans for whom this potter god made terracotta statues, otherwise called “the Kaolin”. He created three clay statues and placed each in an oven. One ended up burned and it became the black man. One was undercooked and it became the white man. The third one cooked perfectly and that became the red-terracotta man. This was why Native Americans thought of themselves (the red men) to be the most beautiful breed in the world.

Ptah creates Adama and Adama is one with Ptah. Over time, for some reason, this relationship is lost. Adama, the red man, breaks down from his hermaphroditic, androgynous perfection and separates into the male and female entities; this breakdown creates disharmony.

In the video, a person comes to a moment of awareness during a dream (at the end it is revealed it is a dream-only-to-a-certain-degree). In this dream, he meets the two reflected deities of Ptah: Isis and Osiris, but the meeting turns into a clash.

Why do these two deities (Isis and Osiris) appear? Because they both are only parts of one deity that broke down into several manifestations, like other Egyptian gods, who are at war with one another.

Osiris had been killed by his brother, Seth, who had ripped his body apart and thrown the pieces into the Nile. Isis finds every body part except the fallus, performs a ritual, reassembles his body and brings Osiris back to life.

What’s the problem? That this divine story of separation translates into the human dimension, which also suffers and is equally contaminated by violence. In the video, this is symbolized by a rush of blood into a human footprint in the sand.

Man ends up at war with the gods who are already at war with each other. This is the symbol of complete retreat from the original divine dimension that is the dimension of unity and the reason why the gods in the video become hostile and pursue the man through countless, controversial historical events.

The story culminates with the man, who still does not know if he is dreaming, finding himself among the twin towers as they collapse.

There are a number of secondary concepts, the dance of the gods, who dance in a world that is first illuminated then becomes lunar and dark.

There are a whole series of derivative symbols that would take too long to explain, but I wanted to build an emblematic division story that has a degree of hope: that this “apparent dream” is brought to his awareness containing archetypes-of-truth therefore it is clear it is not just a dream.

It is the dimension of initiation of the dream-reality relationship we find in Shakespeare, and also in Calderón de La Barca’s “Life is a Dream”. It is the concept of death and awakening that we find in thousands of artistic works based on the relationship between dream and reality that is not so sundered as we may think. >>

 

 

a eulogy among many

ch

“…I…I never wanted

to write these words down

for you…”  -C.C.

the “TOTAL FUCKING GODHEAD”

in my headphones

and now, you’re MORE than human too…

and like the ^above^ quote, you wrote

to dear-dead-friend-Andrew

this eulogy is now for you…

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i sang back to your Temple tonight  wailing those words   only you could have written

You taught me how to sing. But even before that, you taught my brother how to sing AND how to play guitar. The first time I heard you, Soundgarden was opening for Voivod in Austin.  I had never heard your music before. The second time, Soundgarden was opening for Danzig in Houston.  “Far Beyond The Wheel” as you stepped out. The third time, Soundgarden was opening for Guns-N-Roses in Houston.  “This is my good eye…” as the lights went out.  The fourth time, I met you in person. Soundgarden had just finished their sound-check at City Coliseum in Austin. It was the Badmotorfinger tour and the line-up was perfect:  Smashing Pumpkins first, then Pearl Jam, then Soundgarden. (“Say Hello To Heaven”!)  You stepped down from the stage, walked around behind it and, like any deity-to-me-now-in-front-of-me, you were suddenly human. A little shorter than I imagined (about an inch shorter than me), completely quiet and very gracious. I handed you  my cut-out of Soundgarden from a radio trade-mag and a gold, paint-pen. You didn’t look at me once and simply studied the picture for a long, 10 seconds. The trade-ad only read “GOLDMOTORFINGER”  underneath a picture of you and the 3 others (Badmotorfinger had just been certified GOLD) and I think you were a little thrown off by it, but then you calmly started to sign your name.  And suddenly the paint-pen spilled a big, gold blotch right across the photo. “Sorry about that, dude…” you mutter almost silently, and then still did your best to sign an autograph over the gold blotch.

I saw Soundgarden live more & more times – San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Houston – clubs, arenas, amphitheaters and 2 Lollapaloozas. Sometimes your voice was astonishing. Sometimes you didn’t sing so great. But you didn’t care, I didn’t mind, and it didn’t matter. Because the music…your music…was so there.  And THAT had already carried me through so much on my own.  THAT music that had kept me from doing what you might have done last night. But even that…we don’t truly know. I’ve sung to bedroom-walls more than to anyone else. It’s been decades. And every single time it’s been a partial tribute to your voice and song. Whether I could do it as well as you…didn’t matter…because it was keeping me alive.

I read it in your lyrics. I heard it in your voice. You were human…and you hurt. How you could touch so deep is how your music will remain so there…

–Sergio O

Carpeoro spiega il significato di Adama

Carpeoro ha spiegato il significato del nuovo video Adama di AntiQuark, di cui ha scritto la sceneggiatura, durante la trasmissione Border Nights. Si puo’ sentire la spiegazione a partire dal minuto 28:50 del seguente video.

Carpeoro: <<Adama significa UOMO ROSSO oppure UOMO DELLA TERRA ROSSA. Esiste un mito egizio per il quale è esistito un uomo delle origini, nato direttamente dal dio della creazione che si chiama Ptah che era un dio vasaio, mito condiviso anche dai Nativi Americani per i quali questo dio vasaio fece delle statue di ceramica terracotta, altrimenti detto caolino, e queste statue le mise nel forno e: una gli venne bruciata ed era la razza nera, una gli venne mal cotta ed era la razza bianca, quella cotta perfettamente venne come è la terracotta, rossa, per cui i Nativi Americani sostenevano di essere la razza più bella del mondo. Il dio Ptah crea Adama e Adama ha rapporto con il dio Ptah. Questi rapporti per qualche motivo si perdono, cioè Adama, l’uomo rosso si scinde, scinde la sua perfezione androgina ermafrodita con la separazione del binario del maschile e del femminile e scindendosi fa anche delle cose che non vanno bene. Nel video io immagino un momento di consapevolezza di una persona che apparentemente ha questo momento di sogno ma poi si scopre che è un sogno fino ad un certo punto per il quale si scontra o si incontra, ma è un incontro che diventa uno scontro con le divinità riflesse di Ptah, cioè Iside e Osiride, e perchè sono le divinità riflesse? Perchè fanno parte di una divinità che anch’essa si è scissa in varie manifestazioni e per altro queste manifestazioni, come gli dei egizi, sono in guerra tra di loro. Osiride viene ucciso da suo fratello Seth e poi viene riposto a vita con una pratica rituale che è ricomposizione dei pezzi del corpo perchè Seth li ha tagliati tutti e buttati nel Nilo. Iside li ritrova tutti meno uno, il fallo, e li ricompone. Ricomponendoli ridà la vita ad Osiride. Qual è il problema? Che questa vicenda di divisione divina si traduce anche nel fatto che anche la dimensione umana ne soffre e viene anch’essa contaminata dalla violenza che viene simboleggiata nel video da un’orma sulla sabbia che si riempie di sangue. E quindi alla fine l’uomo finisce per essere in guerra con gli dei che sono in guerra tra loro. E questo è il simbolo dell’allontanamento completo dalla dimensione divina originaria che è la dimensione di unità. E allora questi dei diventano dei ostili che si mettono ad inseguire l’essere umano per tutte queste vicende storiche molto controverse finchè il tutto culmina con il fatto che quest’uomo non si sa se nel sogno o no si ritrova tra le torri gemelle che gli crollano addosso. Poi il seguito del video lo lascio alla visione delle persone che vorranno vederlo… Poi ci sono una serie di concetti secondari, la danza degli dei, che danzano con un mondo che prima è illuminato poi diventa assolutamente lunare e scuro. Ci sono tutta una serie di simbolismi derivati che sarebbe lungo spiegare, pero’ io ho voluto costruire una vicenda emblematica di divisione che ha un grado di speranza: il fatto che tutto questo che è apparentemente sogno venga portato alla sua consapevolezza che è un sogno che ha degli archetipi di verità dal fatto che tu scopri che non hai sognato. È la dimensione iniziatica del rapporto sogno-realtà che troviamo in Shakespeare, che troviamo in Calderón de La Barca con “La vita è sogno”, la morte e il risveglio che troviamo in 1000 opere assolutamente artistiche fondate sul rapporto tra il sogno e la realtà che non è un rapporto di opposizione così netta come noi pensiamo. >>

AntiQuark : Drawer 4 (Hard Techno RmX by Traumahead Society)

Music by Ant Dakini; Vocals by Sergio O. http://www.antiquark.net
Remix by Pietro ‘Tannoizer’ Tannoia & Roberto ‘Hotrebor’ Altamura. http://www.myspace.com/traumaheadsociety

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AntiQuark – June 17th, 2014 – Microtonal concert at the Oceanside Museum of Art

AntiQuark will be performing a MICROTONAL music piece they composed at the Oceanside Museum of Art – 704 Pier View Way – Oceanside, California :::PAMM Art and Science – Tuesday, June 17, 7- 8:30pm, DNA of Creativity PechaKucha Lecture. The lecture will begin and end with a PAMM microtonal performance and Photoscopia demonstration.

AntiQuark performance is scheduled at 7:55pm – sharpImage

 

AntiQuark – June 7th, 2014 concert – Art Around Adams Festival- San Diego

AntiQuark will be performing on JUNE 7th — ART AROUND ADAMS Festival 2014 at the Masonic Lodge Stage INSIDE the Masonic Temple:
3366 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA
ALL AGES, FREE SHOW
2pm-5pm : Daniel B. Duran DJ w/ Greg Lloyd
5pm — Soul Component
6pm — The Cemetery Improvement Society
7pm — AntiQuark
7pm-9pm Greg Lloyd – Kinetic Collage.

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Art Around Adams Brings Out The Artsy Side Of Adams Avenue – Saturday, June 7th
Live Music, Impromptu Galleries, Performance Art, Interactive Installations, more…
San Diego, CA – May 12, 2014

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The Electric Giraffe, created by Lindsay Lawlor at the 10th annual Art Around Adams 2013. The Electric Giraffe returns to Art Around Adams 2014 on Saturday, June 7th.

Exodus Studios, an events production company, announced today more in depth details of their upcoming music & art walk.  Celebrating it’s 11th annual event, “Art Around Adams 2014: 2 Mile Music & Art Walk” will take place on Saturday, June 7. The music and art walk extends over 2 miles on Adams Avenue in the Normal Heights and Kensington communities running from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

A free and family-friendly event, Art Around Adams 2014 will showcase numerous visual and performance artists, stretching from Oregon street in Normal Heights to Vista street in Kensington. More than 100 businesses will change into impromptu art galleries and/or performance arenas for the day.

The event kicks off with introductions from long time supporter Council President Todd Gloria, followed by a meet & greet with the Council President.

The event consists of over nine performance areas (including the “Kensington Kids Zone,” now in it’s sophmore year) featuring music, performance art, community murals, circus performers, dance, theatre, projection art, intergalactic superhero wrestling, and comedians on the events very own “Comedy Trolley.”

Music:
The Schitzophonics, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra, Ugly Boogie, High Rolling Loners, AntiQuark, Scott Mathiasen & The Shifty Eyed Dogs, Gone Baby Gone, Days of Light Gravity, Country Rockin’ Rebels, Super Buffet, The Baja Bugs, The Peripherals, Chocolate Revolution, Patric Petrie & Friends, James Ruelas, Neighbors to the North, Marie Haddad, Trent Hancock, Normandie Wilson, True Stories, Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego All Stars, Rich McGee.

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Super Awesome Showdown’s Jalapeno pumps up the crowd at Art Around Adams 2013.

Performance Art / Theatre: Super Awesome Showdown, Crossed Swords, Irisih Dancing, Kruciaal Element, Kinetic Collage

Comedians: April Ventura returns to head up not one, but two trolleys packed full of comedians.

Many more acts are slated to be announced in the near future.

The Adams Avenue District continues to evolve. New restaurants, eclectic shops, friendly pubs, even a brewery. Adams Avenue has always seemed to put a unique spin on the businesses that populate it’s oasis,” said Executive Producer Adam Rosen. “Art Around Adams stays on the threshold of that evolution, bringing new cutting edge artists to the avenue year after year.” Rosen added,”Continue to expect the unexpected, we have eclectic diverse performances and exhibits filled with headlining acts from start to finish .”

“Art Around Adams brings together art, comedy, and music in a free and family-friendly atmosphere,” said Council President Todd Gloria.  “I look forward to this event every year, and invite San Diegans to experience all that Normal Heights and Kensington offer.”

A complimentary trolley featuring live performances will shuttle guests up and down Adams Avenue throughout the day. The event will have a conveniently located info booth at 3491 Adams Ave. 92116 the day of the event where thousands of dollars worth of prizes will be given away.

Event Details

Who: Art Around Adams 2014: 11th Annual Music &  feat. he Schitzophonics, Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra, Ugly Boogie, High Rolling Loners, AntiQuark, Scott Mathiasen & The Shifty Eyed Dogs, more…

What: 11h Annual 2 Mile Music & Art Walk to span Adams Avenue

Where: Adams Avenue from Oregon St. to Vista St. in the Normal Heights & Kensington communities of San Diego (92116) – Day of Info Booth Located at 3491 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116

When: 2pm-10pm, Saturday, June 7, 2014

Media

For more information or high resolution images the media can contact the executive producer Adam Rosen directly at 619-663-9ART (9278) or adam@exodus-studios.

VIP Lounge passes are available to members of the media, please email media@exodus-studios.com with your Name, age, phone, email and link to your press page/media section on your website to be considered.

Art & Music Lovers

Art Around Adams is a FREE, family friendly event.

For more information please contact Art Around Adams 2014 by:

Web: http://www.artaroundadams.org
Facebook: http://www.exodus-studios.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ExodusStudiosSD
Email: info@exodus-studios.com
Phone: 619-663-9ART (9278)

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