Ultran on “The way forward”

The Amazing Ultran writes, The way forward is certainly at the center of your values. And you are a focused and accomplished participant whose capabilities are well recognized, it would seem. It would appear that your next step is to gain a sharper sense of your own depth.

The experience on Sunday at All Tomorrow’s Parties – waiting in line, observing The Amazing Ultran’s automated movements, staring back into his dark eye, watching him write and write and write and finally receiving my fortune – was a curious one. There was certainly an aspect of mysticism to it, even with the knowledge that it was an art performance piece; it’s funny what goes through your mind when you are being read. Does he really know my future? Can he divine even an inkling?

Get quiet, undistracted time and recollect your subtle voices little by little, as they shift to the surface. This is where the enhanced awareness is and this seems to be where you are ready to grow next.

Uh…maybe, maybe not…but however genuine or word-accurate the medium, it’s still great advice for writing. It’s those subtle voices that count!

Godspeed Tomorrow’s Parties

All Tomorrow’s Parties is one esoterically overwhelming event. Staged on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, bands – including Autolux (pictured above) and The Magic Band – performed directly underneath the congealing weekend traffic on the FDR Drive overpass. There was another stage inside a converted warehouse – with music such as The Album Leaf – and a mini-festival of Criterion films – Eating Raoul & Harold and Maude and others – in the hull of the party cruise boat, Queen of Hearts, as well as The Amazing Ultran offering to forecast your future. (More on him tomorrow.)

Headliners, Godspeed You! Black Emperor closed the evening with two hours of full-on-and-oh-so-fucking-loud sonic-film-scapes. Click on the picture below to view a haunting and somewhat distorted clip:

Godspeed at ATP

It was a lot to take in – eight hours of constant input in the end – including what looked like a perfect fall (?) evening.

All of this should help me write…when my brain stops spinning.