Michael Basinski






This public display of fervent devotion is for group petition albeit solo petition is a possibility. Each invocation is engaged with vocal expressionism. A petition ranges for approximately 10 seconds. There are approximately 15 to 20 seconds of non-reverence between utters. The petitions are "read" from right to left. Enjambed readings are an important part of the invocation and reprise is also a proposal. Petitioners are to be sensitive to the size of individual letters, colors, and "syllables" and to beseech appropriately. There is no harmony in worship.


-Michael Basinski


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That said, let's go on to "The Venedian Beseechers.


- Karl Young





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