The Multitudes

by Chad Langford

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Dusk 03:01
It's always dusk here on the shore, a sort of infinite twilight. The stars are beautiful; just visible above the sea. We know it's out there, out beyond this curtain of half-night. You are there too, we can feel it. Why can we not see you? I imagine you, always asking the same question. It's always dusk, here on the shore.
We’re outside now. Outside there was always the wind, But we didn’t know then sometimes you have to leave — leave to remain. We fled across an ocean then over a sea — what was I looking for, chasing security. Don’t want to return, but will someone someday find me somewhere in between imaginary homelands? I saw a reflection — yes, yes that was she — Speaking like an actor playing a scene in half-remembered countries and cities, outside. Outside, there was always the wind, but no rain got in our little Frankfurt kitchen.
Turn these pages with care for they contain multitudes look there are these my own two hands burning folded down in the leaves we see the duchess of waves moving to plunge again into teeming stars
Bone serpent mother where has father’s sister gone? Years to raise and moments to ruin poor Aunty Europa Some people say she rode a bull out west (but we know east is best) Our father’s father cried to the wind “hie you home” and to his boy screamed “get you gone” now find my daughter son Mother Harmonia don’t you know they’ll say “In the beginning was the word” ah but we know better Daddy made an alphabet before all that — he brought it here yeah daddy soon gave up his quest he brought us here Now they’re getting old in the old world not keeping the peace in the new world Oh Mother Harmonia Bone serpent mother Hollowed out by prophecy we keep the feast in this new city with too much wine and violence we’ve torn our sons to pieces oh mother dear can you kiss them better
Procession 04:18
Metaphysical 01:50
A warm, quiet fullness of absence — lamplight in a small empty room. The soft, quickened stillness in evening hours — they were occupied only a moment before There are a billion billion rooms contained in your body and mine. Each one touched and touching — Weightless. gravitational. Unpredictable attractions — transformations unexplained complex interactions The eternal union of We, the fallen-into-one-anothers
Just one drop spilled from the river of a million million melodies. Every melody that has ever been, or ever will be; we've collected them all. Here, they flow forever...
Can you tell me one more time I want to believe I choose Ava Gardner I choose one two three Digging down in the cellar deep She said “You fled across an ocean then over a sea” A Crystal cave, a reptile garden Oh petrified forest, rising before me My desperate attractions both human and god-made so natural and manufactured a-v-a g-a-r-d-n-e-r 1-2-3 I know that tomorrow I’ll forget to remind myself that yesterday this worked so well yesterday we worked so well We imagine love we don’t see that it’s there cool and smooth to the touch, in the sweep of her hair A memory of a scent of a sound of a feeling I’m digging down in the cellar deep I still want to believe my tiny little film star my film star oracle got to check my paper film star little film star oracle


released May 24, 2018

chad: voices and instruments, field recordings, electronics and programming
billie howard: violin
beth greenwood & varun narayanan: narration

clarinet quartet on ‘procession’: daniel boeke, rocio campos, jasper grijpink, enric sans i morera

ensemble on ‘we have given you abundance’:
kevin fairburn, trombone; joão carkis pacheco, vibraphone; yijia zhang, violin; marie de bry, viola; elena cappelletti, cello

cover art by sophie franz
mastered by adam gonsalves at telegraph mastering, portland

extra-special thanks to the global supercollider community and devs, and in particular to jonatan liljedahl for his ‘dark sea horns’

many thanks to yuxi chen, jason kert foley and northwestern university for engineering the recordings of billie howard

all music and words written by chad langford
copyright 2018 chord and flag music (eu); hitori unlimited (us).


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