| 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.