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This page is the centerpiece of a sidebar magazine for a worldwide community of authors and readers who might enjoy an extension of our publications.

If you’ve already written for any of the books, we want you to remain visible. Please send notices of what you’re doing, including description, images, sounds.

And if you haven’t yet appeared in a book, but you’d like to present your work, well, it’s easy. Buy a book. Tell us what you bought. Then send us the information about your work, or your activities, with words, images, and sounds, that you would like us to post online.

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A global festival

Before you continue, read this statement by Luigi Russolo in 1913 in The Art of Noise: “There is a wealth of timbre in the spoken word which no orchestra possesses. Nature has endowed the magnificent instrument, the human voice, with subtle tone qualities for which music has no equivalent. Even poets have not been able to draw from the inexhaustible noise-sound well-springs of spoken language the expressive and emotional elements capable of imparting human resonance to their poetic message.”

Now go to these pages and listen to these sounds made with words:

Jaap Blonk’s performance of Kurt Schwitter’s Ursonate,

and these compositions by a few different composers.

Then read Compose Your Words. It’s an A-to-Z about creating music in talking.

And create a composition. We plan to create a global festival of music based on words. Send your composition to us.

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I Speak for the Trees


A Mock Trial

Plaintiff Rahmani & Landowners
Defendant Nature’s Reservoir Gas, Ltd

A Blade of Grass Fellow Aviva Rahmani is creating The Blued Trees Symphony, an ecological artwork made with the intention of using copyright law to defend land in New York, Virginia, and West Virginia, that is subject to eminent domain because of proposed natural gas pipelines.

The Cardozo School of Law Environmental Law Society; Art Law Society; and Intellectual Property Student Association welcome us to the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room for a mock trial that will explore whether the status of the artwork under copyright law trumps eminent domain takings by corporations. Experienced litigator Gale Elston (Cardozo alumna) will represent the artist.

The trial will take place on April 25, 2018, 6pm, at Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Cardozo School of Law, 55 Fifth Avenue, New York City.

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited! If you’re unable to join us in person, stay tuned to our Facebook page for a live stream of the event. Please RSVP to:


Tree Killing Fields Brush Mountain VA April 12 2018 Photo by Pippi Miller

Argue with us in real time about how Earth rights and the spirit of art could merge to assert a new definition of public good in this Mock Trial, sponsored by A Blade of Grass at the Cardozo School of Law, NYC. The Blued Trees Symphony, by Aviva Rahmani will be the plaintiff against a natural gas corporation bent on destroying art, habitat, and communities, for private profit. The trial will take place with real lawyers, witnesses, a jury, a real judge, a real decision and be followed by a conversation with the audience. The goal is to inspire other lawyers to establish new case law. The defense will be represented by Gale Elston and co-counsel Steven Honigman. Learn more about the legal issues here.

Options for taking part in the Mock Trial April 25, 2018:

Be part of the live audience at the Cardozo School of Law, Wednesday 6:00-8:00 PM at 55 5th Ave., NYC. RSVP HERE and then participate in the live discussion with litigators and witnesses afterwards.

Watch the live stream from the A Blade of Grass (ABOG) Facebook page with friends, colleagues or students, in real time.

Follow the ABOG twitter feed while multi-tasking.

Wait for release of the documentation of the evening by RAVA Films for A Blade of Grass TBA.

Early Moog


“This sample of Blues Mix, about one minute, composed in 1966, is among the first music generated entirely with a Moog modular synthesizer (the entire composition is about 3 minutes). It was at the startup of Bob’s business and the beginning of our friendship.

Jack in January is about eight minutes. This sample, composed in 1967, is about one minute. It is where I began to combine recorded and synthesized sounds. Jack was a poet, a friend, and he loved jazz.”

Blues Mix

Jack in January


These CDs are available from …

The Bob Moog Foundation



Sonic Mmabolela 2018


Conceived and directed by Francisco López with coordination and logistics by Barbara Ellison, Sonic Mmabolela is a 2-week workshop/residency for sound artists and composers that takes place at Mmabolela Reserve in the Limpopo province of South Africa, right at the border with Botswana. The focus is on creative projects by participant artists/composers. The dates of the workshop are 16-29 November 2018. The limited maximum capacity is 10 participants. For more detailed information, go to:




Balance-Unbalance (BunB) is an annual international conference designed around art and design as catalysts to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society.

This year, the 7th edition of the conference, brings together artists, designers, scientists, economists, philosophers, politicians, policymakers, sociologists, entrepreneurs and technologists to discuss New Value Systems. We will consider sustainability and social impact as important value indicators. And we will reflect on the practical, economic and philosophical issues that such new value systems entail.

BunB 2018 New Value Systems will be hosted September 20 and 21 by The Patching Zone, the City of Schiedam and partners in Schiedam, The Netherlands.

More information and templates for submissions are available here:



Notes & Dates

Sonic Mmabolela 2018. Apply now. South Africa.

I Speak for the Trees: Mock Trial. April 25. New York.

Balance-Unbalance. September 20 & 21. The Netherlands.



machinic fantasies
Cecilia Lopezmachinic fantasies is a performative installation based on the idea of producing a sonic and visual live “mediation process/machine”. Tuesday, May 8 @ 8pm, Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. Tickets $15 Online / $20 Doors.

Merche Blasco
The Rhythm Method will premiere Bardenas, my composition for electronics and variable instrumentation, as well as a new piece created with composer Viola Yip.” Friday, May 11 @ 6:30pm @ Waverly Building NYU Room 220, New York.

Ensemble Aleph
Concert en Forêt. Ensemble Aleph presents an exceptional concert in the forest of Fontainebleau with music by Tchaikovsky and Schoenberg. Saturday, May 12 at 8pm. Go here for more information.

Kadisha Onalbayeva
The first pianist from Kazakhstan to be a Steinway Artist, Kadi Onalbayeva has performed throughout Central Asia, Austria, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, and Uzbekistan. Her program in New York includes Lawrence MossLigeti Light. Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, 8pm June 6 Wednesday. Tickets $30 / $40.