Blackstrap Molasses; Matter Out of Place; Basinski’s “The Disintegration Loops”

Recorded on February 29th, 2016

Three things which I don’t know enough about to write separate posts on:

  1. Because I am always looking for an excuse to eat/drink molasses out of a spoon, I am delighted to share this from the University of Maryland Medical Center:

    Blackstrap molasses, also known as pregnancy tea (1 tablespoon per day in a cup of hot water), is a good source of iron, B vitamins, and minerals. Blackstrap molasses is also a very gentle laxative.

  2. Though you would never know it from looking at my desk, I am becoming increasingly obsessed with the idea of “matter out of place” (MOOP). I learned it from Unclutterer, who learned it from Tarin Towers when she wrote:

    MOOP is a term coined by hikers and other ecology-minded people who use phrases like “pack it in, pack it out” and “leave no trace.” It stands for Matter Out of Place. In a state park, it might refer to a bottle cap on a forest floor, a cigarette butt on a footpath, a tent peg neglected when the tent got packed up. In a house, it might be a wet towel on a bedroom floor, a coffee mug on top of the TV.

  3. Tonight on WERA-LP, Butch played a bit of a beautiful track by William Basinski from his incredible work, “The Disintegration Loops”. That I missed out on him for so many years is distressing, because he is right up my alley. I found this on The Quietus | Time Becomes A Loop: William Basinski Interviewed:

    “I’m talking to him about the tenth anniversary of The Disintegration Loops albums which have just been reissued together as a box set. The tracks were created from pre-existing loops as they were transferred to digital masters, made unique by the way the magnetic tape crumbled slowly away, causing unexpectedly beautiful and affecting progressions in the music.

    These new recordings were first created in Brooklyn the day before the attacks on the World Trade Center and since then, for reasons that are relatively obvious after one listens to them, they have become considered by many to be one of the most pre-eminent American artistic statements of the 21st Century so far.”

    That piece, “dlp 1.1”, reminds me of My Bloody Valentine’s hazy, rubato loops on “Loveless”. And I see that it’s available on Amazon Prime Music. A-ha.

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