by Joe the Bare

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    Produced by Shadowtrash Tape Group in Boulder, CO.

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"A tool and device for un/hearing notated, vibrational planet tones. One side of the temple omelette symatically shaped to B+E; the other side A+D." (

BE/AD is a two-part drone designed as an aid for contemplation and/or creative thought. Informed by centering prayer and inspired by War and Peace, the tape mirrors and wrestles with Tolstoy's theory of motion, which seeks to reconcile history and volition, necessarily engaging the question of human fallibility or, in Biblical terms, original sin.

"It is impossible for the human intellect to grasp the idea of absolute continuity of motion. Laws of motion of any kind only become comprehensible to man when he can examine arbitrarily selected units of that motion. But at the same time it is this arbitrary division of continuous motion into discontinuous units which gives rise to a large proportion of human error." (

In performance and recording, Joe's "arbitrary division" of the perfect-fifth-based E to B and D to A drones always resulted in varying degrees of failure. Therefore, the stripped-down (i.e. "bare") tape became an emblem (or reminder) of forgiveness as a crucial part of the creative process. Like prayer, BE/AD is a vast openness riddled with intention and uncertainty. On one hand, it invites total surrender; on the other, constant emendation.

For a related discussion of Tolstoy and continuous motion, see Stephen Ahearn's "Tolstoy's Integration Metaphor in War and Peace" (


released January 1, 2016

Produced by Shadowtrash Tape Group in Boulder, CO


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