Engine (Marty's rip) (2007)

by hilda

An elegy and 2-minute epic on the transitory nature of existence and the loneliness and optimism inherent in perpetual motion (e.g., displacement and immigration, respectively). Constructed with canned sound effects*, some of my own recordings, a ground down bit of the riff from I Wanna Be Your Dog (Iggy/the Stooges original), and my love of engines (cars!). In part, Engine is about a yard dog that lived alone inside the lot of Marty's Car Mart, a car repair business across the street from my Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment. Marty's and its cars came to mean both home and a promise of escape; because the cars were wrecked, it was also a sad repository of neglect and confinement. Engine is a dream-logic narrative of what I imagined the yard dog's and the cars' lone (and lonely) experience to be. Marty's, the dog, and I were forced to leave our home when the ...

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An elegy and 2-minute epic on the transitory nature of existence and the loneliness and optimism inherent in perpetual motion (e.g., displacement and immigration, respectively). Constructed with canned sound effects*, some of my own recordings, a ground down bit of the riff from I Wanna Be Your Dog (Iggy/the Stooges original), and my love of engines (cars!). In part, Engine is about a yard dog that lived alone inside the lot of Marty's Car Mart, a car repair business across the street from my Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment. Marty's and its cars came to mean both home and a promise of escape; because the cars were wrecked, it was also a sad repository of neglect and confinement. Engine is a dream-logic narrative of what I imagined the yard dog's and the cars' lone (and lonely) experience to be. Marty's, the dog, and I were forced to leave our home when the neighborhood changed. For each of us, it was also a kind of escape.

(*on public domain sites like archive.org, in my mac, on old cassettes, etc.)

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