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There are experiences so personal, so subjective, that they cannot be described. Attempts to do so fail. The mystical definition of the Hebrew word "nistar" is "an experience that defies expression". It is the word nistar that comes nearest to defining the Zen expression "Gongo Dodan" (the best English Translation from the Japanese being simply "words fail"). Words fail. But where words fail, sometimes it is the finer arts of expression that may gain ground, although just as doomed to miss the mark.

I feel closest to a person who has died. In those last moments--those last minutes; seconds--there is an experience that no living creature can share in. The few who've come back from these experiences never fully return. The living haven't shared that last lesson and the dead never make it easy to hold a conversation. On July 6th of 1999, I was an atheistic hacker and a criminal of a special breed... and I knew everything. On July 7th, I believed in some form of a "thing" and I knew nothing. I've given up trying to describe the experience between the two days. Words fail. This song is not only a celebration of that day, but of every day I've lived since then. That was eleven years ago.

May you die a good death.

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gongo dödan
words fail

setsuji ichimotsu soku fuchü
The moment a thing is spoken of, the mark is missed.

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from IO Vapoura [Variations], released July 7, 2010
Production + Album Art: San Jaya Prime
Mastering: BMFD
Storyline: LamatKan + Keaegan Macab
Label: Trochlear Rex www.trochlearrex.com

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I walk in dreams and dream waking. Who am I?

I hitchhike, I make music, and I meddle with things. Frakking love to meddle with sheit! My business is in surprising cops in small towns everywhere with the portable studio in my backpack. You really should see their faces... McPriceless! ... more

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