The Jester (1972)
Music - Stuart Diamond, Words - Robert Host
The Jester is one of my favorite works. It is an electronic song-cycle created with the first commercial analog synthesizers, including a classic Buchla modular system, a full-studio ARP 2500, and the Baldwin Electric Harpsichord.
Recorded on one of the first Ampex AG-440 analog tape recorders.
For those who know or care about such maters, these were the crucible instruments of their time.
The work itself is primitive, yet perhaps primal. It is an hallucinogenic, nightmare trip into a sonic dreamscape, a place where a Christ figure and The Jester fuse into mocking, jousting Savior.
By Robert Host
see . . . the jester he defies the normal
categories applied to things like men and
not because he transcends description or anything of the sort like that
because of you see a strange
sort of well problem in the inert
of our established
on a modes and uh patterns of lin-
development in the ral-
son d'etre which the mental
and aesthetic more-
the classical quote
made implicit by
one night ........... bolted up
--------------------------like an instant mushroom
--------------------------a magic cake mix
some called him the work
of the finger of God
others claimed to be
with the Angels down 42nd on bikes coughing pennies and loaves of bread
rats gold and maroon .... caueses them to repair the holes in bathroom
floors and heal the white cracks in the poor
a black tin swan triumphantly on a white-capped Hudson to sea
like piano wire
stretches an arm
|vast taffy ribbon with red and green stripes|