Literatuurmix | Rupert Clervaux


For this new Literatuurmix, the Mallorca-based musician and writer Rupert Clervaux presents a mix with readings from two books that observe natural life in the realms least accessible to humankind. Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith philosophically explores the profound, sub-aquatic world of the cephalopods; while The Peregrine by J.A. Baker examines the heightened, expansive world of birds in meticulous and poetic detail.

“Living, as I am now, almost immersed in nature on the north-west coast of Mallorca, I found my persistent recollections of these two books were prominent and enlightening as I started to observe certain other beings, in close proximity, on a daily basis. Were I to follow in the footsteps of these two writers, the subjects of my study would have be the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca and the blue rock thrush. The former graces these shores in greater numbers each spring, and once I’d become more acclimatised to their idiosyncratic resistance to direct contact, I learned to be happy swimming alongside and amongst them, seeing the beauty beyond the sting in their speckled pink and purple caps. The latter, with its glorious plumage fading gently from light to dark blue, and its hypnotising song, is even less keen on close interaction — lucky for me then that the rock in front of my house is a chosen home to one. We congregate daily, morning and evening, some 10 metres apart, and he’s become my trusted and most beloved neighbour.” - Rupert Clervaux



Readings from Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith

Alice Coltrane - Oceanic Beloved

Rupert Clervaux & Beatrice Dillon - VI

William Parker & Hamid Drake - Chaung Tzu’s Dream

Arild Andersen, Clive Bell & Mark Wastell - 2

Andreas Dzialocha - I

Women & Children - Hey Zeus!

Ylia > Intocable

Biosphere - Unclouded Splendour

Pamela and her sons - Under a Blue Sun

Anne Briggs - Standing on the Shore


Readings from The Peregrine by J.A. Baker

Mark Sanders - (7)

Jeff Mills - Condor to Mallorca

K. Leimer - Lament To The Open Air

HMOT - Instrumentation II

Nadine Byrne - Reality Is A Horizon

Anna Peaker - Quiet Music

Max de Wardener - The Sky Has A Film

Luar Domatrix - I’ll Fly With You

Boredoms - House of Sun

Rupert Clervaux is a musician, audio-engineer and writer, based in London and Mallorca. He was a founder member of Sian Alice Group (2007-2012), and since then has collaborated on numerous projects with, amongst others, Beatrice Dillon, Spring Heel Jack, Ben Vince, Alexis Taylor and the Radiophonic Workshop. His mastering credits over the past decade include releases by a wealth of acclaimed experimental, electronic and improvisational artists. Working as his CVX alter-ego, he released the first three instalments of his Zibaldone series in early 2017 on Laura Lies In. A number of releases are planned for this year — including 'Zibaldone IV of CVX’ on Berceuse Héroïque.
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