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musical mental health mondays

while we were at the caustic lounge last week, a good friend who occasionally lets me horn in on his radio time was kind enough to call my attention to this little gem.

songs in the key of aaaaaaahhhhhh

it's an experimental/ improv "soundtrack" to the dsm-iv, also known as the bible of psychiatric disorders, currently in the highly contentious process of being updated.

each track takes as its inspiration one of the disorders in the manual and gives it a sort of auditory life/ interpretation. being it's largely improvised and highly experimental, some of it makes for a challenging listen [the track for "obsessive-compulsive disorder" made me twitch uncomfortably]. but it does seem to create a virtual space in which the brain, disconnected from other stimuli, can understand something of the feeling of these disorders. [that's a bit of an assumption on my part, in that i don't have all the disorders, so i can't say with authority what they actually feel like.]

for those interested in the boundaries of the mind and the boundaries of sound- and where the two might intersect- it's a worthwhile purchase.

my only regret is that i didn't hear about this in time to give everyone a heads' up that there was a related live show at new york's shea stadium no less a few weeks back that looks like it was probably crazy fun in every way. 

show poster

you can get the physical cd in beautiful packaging direct from output:noise [pictured and linked above] or you can download an electronic copy through itunes, both of which allow you to preview some excerpts. it's $10usd either way, which is a pretty phenomenal deal.

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