Eliot Cardinaux

Poet/Pianist

Theses on the Philosophy of Rarity

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In the present age, visual and aural senses are the only used to absorb those works of art that are digitally reproduced and distributed. In the case of other senses, we rely on synesthesia as it correlates with these differing modes of expression. In a museum, one is rarely allowed to touch a work of art; as Benjamin states, one may simply stand near it, amidst its “aura.” Read the rest of this entry »

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AMERICAN THICKET – OUT NOW on Loyal Label

Photo by Michelle Arcila Opsvik

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RE-EMERGING PIANIST, POET AND COMPOSER ELIOT CARDINAUX OFFERS UP AMERICAN THICKET, HIS DEBUT ALBUM AS A LEADER ON LOYAL LABEL, A HAUNTING RIFLE THROUGH THE UNDERGROWTH OF AMERICAN RURAL CULTURE IN TENSILE IMPROVISATIONS AND VERSE

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Music and the Mechanics of a Beloved Creature

Existential answers, like the answers provided by some religions, are a means by which we attempt to find comfort in the present moment. A good example would be this: if someone is going through a rough time, and consequently finds out that others around him are also going through a rough time, that person might find an answer in astrology: say, “Mercury is in retrograde.” The flip side of this answer might be that Read the rest of this entry »

Excerpts from “The Gown of Entry”

The Fit of God

These are from The Gown of Entry, a short collection of prose poems I am working on currently. Feels nice to break into a new way of dealing with language. Because of the prose, some say Read the rest of this entry »

Ways to Mouth

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Ways to word

 

These are part of an ongoing series of writings in which I’m beginning to document my poetic process. These are not meant as a manual for writing, although they indeed intend to spark conversation and thought surrounding the process of writing for many other people beside myself. There is no one way to write, and therefore any convictions I gain throughout this process will remain my own, except if they are transliterated by others into their own ways to mouth. I use the word transliteration, which means Read the rest of this entry »

“Bark” (tangential learning in poetic scores)

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Note: My reference to “tangential learning” was influenced most deeply by a factor of my childhood, i.e. learning to adapt to my own very active, associative imagination (labeled Attention Deficit Disorder by my superiors from quite a young age). I thought it was interesting how a part of my process of [musical] composition came about Read the rest of this entry »

Blackbirds

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Recently, a teacher of mine (Tanya Kalmanovitch of the New England Conservatory) offered an assignment to “set” to music 2 or 3 poems or stanzas from the famous “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by a poet named Wallace Stevens. Since, in the spirit of writers like Stevens, there is no one way of looking at a blackbird, I decided to offer musicians a chance to take what was given in the score and adapt it to whichever way they sought to see it, up to a point. Read the rest of this entry »

A week with Kresten Osgood and friends LIVE! in Boston…

Hello Friends,

I am very excited to be able to make this announcement… Read the rest of this entry »

Let Me Hear Both Sides: Thom Yorke, Amok, and Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

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Vocalist Thom Yorke’s latest two releases, the first Amok, with his new band Atoms for Peace, and the second his second solo offering Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, strike a relationship between human nature and the modern day zeitgeist. Themes of intellectual escape and physical actuality are juxtaposed from line to line, held together, like in all great songwriting, by the very fact of reality. There is a push and pull in both these albums, between society and the individual, inevitability and perpetuity, future and present. Read the rest of this entry »

Sacred Life, Sacred Living: On the Life and Poetry of Xu Lizhi

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Preface

 

Inspired by a recent event in China that received little attention, except for on social media, this essay addresses the life and death of a Chinese poet, Xu Lizhi, and the legacy he left behind in his work. He died by his own hand while employed at a factory run by Foxconn, the manufacturer of forty percent of the world’s electronics. His was one of many suicides, all by workers in their early twenties, related to the horrendous working conditions at Foxconn’s manufacturing facilities. Read the rest of this entry »