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Monday, 29 January 2018


I've been into Mark Rothko's paintings, especially the enormous Seagram murals, ever since I saw them at Tate Liverpool in 1988. I bought a print which was blue tacked to my wall throughout my numerous student/post-student house and flat moves. When Mrs Swiss and I moved in together we went the full hog and bought frames for pictures. A pair of Rothko's have hung above our bed ever since. Finding this photograph on the internet the other night was a little bit of mindblower for me.

There is no real connection between that and this. Today's music is by Kalli Ma, remixed by Timothy 'Heretic' Clerin. It is -
a) obscure (I'd not heard of the artist previously but had heard of the remixer)
b) quite out there sonically
c) unsettling but still danceable- the sounds are disquieting and freaky but the rhythms are for the feet
d) a free download

The blurb says ''Kalli Ma is an electronic ensemble influenced by DIY aesthetics to experiment and create forward-thinking music" and I am in favour of that. 


londonlee said...

Probably my favorite painter. We have a big framed Rothko in our dining room. Not an original of course

Walter said...

This painter is new to me but I will investigate for his works.

C said...

I love that pic SA.

TheRobster said...

"Did you see that painting what Rothko did?
Looks like it was done by a six year old kid!"

MrsRobster's stepdad is a big Rothko fan. He was won over by seeing some of his work "live" as it were and was overcome by the sheer scale of them. Not something I know a lot about, but even so I can see some depth and feeling in some of the work.

Echorich said...

The confluence of art and music in our corner of the blogosphere is quite amazing. Rothko is far and wide my favorite artist. HIs Seagrams pieces have the most emotional statement of all his work in my mind. Where his earlier decades are more about the viewer finding meaning in the paces his work created, the emotional messages that the Seagrams work sends out to the viewer seems like something Rothko was almost desperate to convey.
I have two favorites hanging in my apartment - No. 10 1950 and Untitled 1949. I've considered, previously, writing a post that mixed Rothko's work with the music I feel fits the mood of the work...It still seems a little beyond pretentious, but I kind of enjoy pretensions...
Oh and SA, the first time I saw the Seagrams work in the UK it beyond blew me away. I know the photo you found well and I have always used it to imagine what it might have been like to have observed the master at his work in that amazing studio.

londonlee said...

Art school tutor of mine called his paintings 'Buddhist television sets' which I've always liked

Anonymous said...

I like that Lee.
Swiss Adam

Echorich said...

YES LEE!! That is a great way to put it.