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Coelacanth The Chronograph

Les Indigestibles by S. Glass

Bananafish #17, 2003

Despite the effort that goes into creation and upkeep, the rock garden as an artform offers very little in the way of thrills. Certainly the more one educates oneself about the traditions and techniques, the deeper one's appreciation is likely to be, but why would one want that? Does anybody want to be able to tell the difference between an avant garde rock garden and a neo-classical rock garden? Now, were we talking about a rock zoo, a prison-like set-up where stones were forcibly caged for the protection of the public, or if talk shows invited rock hunters to discuss exotic acquisitions, that might be worth crossing the street for. Coelacanth's The Chronograph has yet to land Jim Haynes and Loren Chasse on the couch opposite Regis, but it won't be long now. What this duo calls "treatments of unspecified public and private performances," we can interpret as field recordings from their rock theme park. "A Peculiar Stone or the Iron Molecule" documents the daily demagnetization at Mineral Island, and insane ritual that draws a crowd of tourists, while "Method of Extricating a Live Wire" delivers hulking booms from deep within the Hall of Sediments. "How Bodies Become Phosphorescent" with externalized hallucinations of obstructed respiration recorded in the Jurrasic Tank, titillates naughty, alarm-curious teenagers.