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sue ann harkey: harpguitar.vocals
organism: beats.bass
lori goldston: cello
fred chalenor: bass
natalie sanassy: clarinet
graham awcock: keyboards
jim knodle: trumpet
tucker martine: bits

Fulcrum is, according to one critic, a headfirst dive into the technobabbleopolis near future as imagined as an organic, pulsating, chiaroscuro soundscape of agifolk (harp guitar and contralto vocals) melded to DJ-assembled electronica (plenty of beats yin/yaning of ambient space) and untethered jazz (trumpet, clarinet, cello, keyboards, and bass clearly in solo/improv-ville). Imagine the otherworldly offspring of Frith, Nico, Galas, Eno, the Chemical Brothers, and American composer Elliott Carter (think of his quirky string quartets) and you've got some idea of what's up here.

1997 Recorded in Seattle at Flora Avenue Studios and Brighton England at Loophole Studio.
Engineered by Tucker Martine and Simon Walker.
Post Production by Layng Martine at South Eddy Studios.
Produced by Sue Ann Harkey and Organism.
Cover painting by Steve Luke
Cityzens For Non-Linear Futures

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released May 5, 1997

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Seattle - New York - London | free improvisation | prepared guitar | folktronica | weird american | indie | alternative | singer | songs | instrumentals | underground | DIY

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Track Name: Silence Speaks For Itself
SILENCE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

let the silence speak for us
even though it speaks for itself

I won't come between you and your city
it's about the cities more than us

he warns me
he is trying to show me
what I neglect to see
again and again
it comes up
I notice, because it's what I avoid

hands clutched
inter woven red
circuit
watching why
asking why
tracking why

I saw him only twice
slowed my pace as he caught my eye
on the bench in the sun
in the middle of the movement
weaving a basket most efficiently
smile from inner knowledge
an aging Asian man,
invitingly busy
defying our culture by honoring his own
Tompkins Square for acceptance
I meant to sit with him one day
to watch him work and the movement play

Jaipong Bath
open to the movement
matterless
The Universe
rising through my spine

I knew I would see him again
the doubtful one,
the suspicious one
poking at the fire,
any distraction will do
face false from protection
voice careful of meaning
witness the spirit withdrawing
covering its tracks as it goes

I could show you how it
rocks me to and fro
Track Name: As We Speak
AS WE SPEAK

AS WE SPEAK
The Crow robs the nest
AS WE SPEAK
Another grave is found
AS WE SPEAK
He jerks the needle from his arm
AS WE SPEAK
He brings the gavle down
AS WE SPEAK
we got good old boys in the office
AS WE SPEAK
we got em in the capitol
AS WE SPEAK
we got em in our homes
AS WE SPEAK
incest and batterment
AS WE SPEAK
giving births to rapes
AS WE SPEAK
the Generals present the War
AS WE SPEAK
it dosn’t matter what they say
AS WE SPEAK

AS WE SPEAK
she writes another line
AS WE SPEAK
Sweetgrass and Juniper
AS WE SPEAK
she wonders from where it came
AS WE SPEAK
and to where it will take her
AS WE SPEAK
wondering why her things
will keep her here
AS WE SPEAK
the sun seeps into her breast
AS WE SPEAK
she cuts the cards again
AS WE SPEAK
with cum still on her hands
AS WE SPEAK
she begins to bleed
AS WE SPEAK
or was it a memory
AS WE SPEAK
a bird dies between her hands
AS WE SPEAK

AS WE SPEAK
Food Lines curl and sway
AS WE SPEAK
they get longer everyday
AS WE SPEAK
abandoned it seems
AS WE SPEAK
by all of us
AS WE SPEAK
don’t act surprised
AS WE SPEAK
its been happening all along
AS WE SPEAK
them “acting as if”
AS WE SPEAK
as if they have power
AS WE SPEAK
Live Free Now
AS WE SPEAK
dispite all of it
AS WE SPEAK
Life is to be alive
AS WE SPEAK
Track Name: Year Of The Snake
IN THIS THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE
The Female Snake
Great changes have stirred us all

Intrinsic fate comes forth

Lives disintegrating
Lives solidifying

Theres no end to the changes

IN THIS THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE


IN THIS THE YEAR OF YOGA
Each stretch aids the next
Effortlessly-Consciously

Accepting of what comes
Adapting to what is
Watching what was begin to drop away

The self strong
The self accommodating

Keep moving-Keep moving

IN THIS THE YEAR OF YOGA


IN THIS THE YEAR OF THE LIE'S TRUTH
Deception can no longer deceive
They are not my concerns,
Not my interests,
Your boarders, Your Dramas.
Your politicized relationships

I'm turning you off
Leaving you out
Letting go

I know what your saying
I've said it myself

Be aware of the suffering
Wise to the distractions
I've come to occupy myself, myself

IN THIS THE YEAR OF THE LIES TRUTH


IN THIS THE YEAR OF VEERING SUBSTANCE
we may find ourselves asking
What do we do with the changes
What do we do now

Now what?

Now that its here
Now that's its gone

Now what?

Priorities questions
Priorities doubts and affirmations

What now?
Now what?
What's important now?

IN THIS THE YEAR OF THE SNAKE

Eternity is already happening