posted on October 25, 2007 at 3:59 am

switched off
switched on
little red light comes on
an incredible process begins
analysing the outsides properties
it duplicates them in reverse
an opposite in fact
negative mirror images
instantly cancelled
phased out
a sound starts up
long ago recorded sounds of music
percussive hammering
voices chanting
an unbearable throb begins
the music coalesces into intent
the intent to penetrate the mind
music that lives in your mind
music that reminds you of who you are
music brutalizing the ears
music ravishing the mind
the music moves into a higher key
a sudden unexpected release
as the lower sounds fall away
we soar over fields of sound
vibrating fields of recorded sounds
tape hiss battles with digital sheen
distortion flowers and runs thru the score
the wavering tendrils of decaying notes
their ghostly presence hovers in the reverberation
and lingers after the savage edits
murmuring singers duplicated in mirror prisms
fragmenting exploding bytes of random sounds
white noise moving into pink
snippets from interstellar buzz
commmercials from 2034
natural sounds like water dripping
and beasts bellowing
lightning striking
tinkling skies with star like bells
words come and go
meanlingless syllables in sumerian tongues
meta language
machine dialogue for human superconsciousness
programming the deep self
frequencies lengthen and shorten
soft wave envelopes the background
a device generates lovely lines of verse
voices of the dead come to life
and they gather in stereo pairs
until subsumed in the rising crescendos
long after declining earshot
their afterfizzle still jerks in the depths still
as it goes down to the erasing heads
calibrated hits in midrange
back beat drops muffled in delirious fanfare

54 Responses to “alliance”

  1. avatar
    better | 25 October 2007 at 4:52 am #

    Yeah,Church records on vinyl hissssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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    craig1.618 | 25 October 2007 at 4:55 am #

    yes……much more than dithering 1’s and 0’s and limited compressions

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    daniel12 | 25 October 2007 at 5:09 am #

    Sounds like Williams got his gizmo’s out.

  4. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 5:25 am #

    well?….there is no doubt SK….you are phenomenally amazingly fantastically and well its not surprising,truly,….you are sparkling and a brilliant star,in my humbled opinion!..thank-you for coming to our universe… . ….xxA

  5. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 5:40 am #

    “xxA”…dont hold back now,will ya!? 😉 :-))….swirling chunks of vibration at ya Steve!mist-trailed sonic splashes in the cerebral cortex…your music makes my teeth tingle,and tickle……gb x

  6. avatar
    Tiny Little Spec of Dust on the carpet of King Erol the third | 25 October 2007 at 5:42 am #

    i did a little woogey boo. E io liddle woobie I done pooey on da floor wid me bo bo go gta ga ga gogi goggy goggy cookie for me. cookie for tea. do u waaaaaant to come back to my place bouncey bouncey.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 5:52 am #

    hey anon @3:42!?….i think you need some of my joint!…ha-ha-ha-ha! ipekak? You rock Steven Kilbey! x

  8. avatar
    re anon 3.52 | 25 October 2007 at 6:14 am #

    Na , I think tiny little spec 3.42
    has allready had some of Steves joint.

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 6:31 am #

    You are SO f’ken coooool SK!..divine genIUS!

  10. avatar
    altitude reading | 25 October 2007 at 7:54 am #

    Wow!…outer-stratospheric! 🙂 x

  11. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 8:46 am #


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    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 9:15 am #

    why record vocals if, one, you can’t sing (not u Steve, the guy on this track),and two, you can’t understand a bloody word?

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 9:18 am #

    Loved it, Steve. Excellent example of your ability to illuminate the mysterious and otherworldly just behind the facade of everyday normality. I love this quality in your work.

  14. avatar
    fantasticandy | 25 October 2007 at 9:43 am #

    that was a bit of a convouluted answer nevets!

  15. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 9:44 am #

    that one spun me around,and around Steve!I love your brainz!…this blog reminds me of the stunning undercurrent of your music.funny that!..YOU are the stunning ripple in your music.somebody hit the hyperdrive!?…sensory capacities reaching maximum.JJJJZZZZinGGGGG!…love hearing you speak about is the engine of this place n time in our universe.Thank-you! are most extraordinary,you know…have a smashingly gorgeous evenin’Steven!…love to you,as always,gen xxxxx x

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 11:50 am #

    there’s a point where words cease to be just words and become sublime beings…wish i could tease and magick such delicate and filigree spirits…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  17. avatar
    restaurant mark | 25 October 2007 at 1:00 pm #

    well that was just great! you have a way with words my man…appreciate ya.

    take care


  18. avatar
    John Garratt | 25 October 2007 at 1:20 pm #

    “murmuring singers duplicated in mirror prisms”

    Someone wanna take the R.E.M. route?

    John Garratt

  19. avatar
    gregra&gar | 25 October 2007 at 1:24 pm #

    How can you stand all this fawning idolatry, or is that why you have this blog? Jest askin’

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 3:10 pm #

    nob! SK definitely doesnt like it; what he needs is real conversation.
    by the way, your blog is quite good.

    … and, we just love him.

  21. avatar
    Matt Davyddson | 25 October 2007 at 3:59 pm #

    Painkiller ?

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 4:07 pm #

    dear gregra&gar…lovely comment!…i think you are fantastic,and very tall,and talented.your eyes shine and twinkle in the light which beams from your words of positivity.beware!…we may begin loving you,..ha-ha! ;-0 😉 and,my friend,please appreciate,that some of us are very understanding of the gifts SK brings to this.the effort he puts into this blog.and when there is no possible way of matching,with a comment,even closely to his calibre….a simple compliment,or truthful praise ,is actually quite appropriate..get it?..i dont comment everyday,as some do,but i do understand why some of them lavish praise and love on have to admit it…he is extraordinary!..and yes conversation would be what i would love as well,but in these circumstances,i’m afraid to say..its not always possible..breaks me little ‘art,it does,but …this is it,for the minute…until the big guys work somethin’ else out!….take . …ChW

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 4:13 pm #


  24. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 25 October 2007 at 4:19 pm #

    Sk is instrinsically esoteric. I need to read most blogs three times.

    Attention all Church fans. When people tell you Radiohead’s OK Computer is the greatest trippy album ever, please reprove them and confidently assert that “Sometime Anywhere” is! I greatly admire Radiohead but The Church must be finally inserted in a Pink Floyd, The Church, Radiohead triumvirate genre of supreme otherworldy, elaborate and poignant supergroups. The Church are the only one that is also ethereal(very important spiritual ingredient).

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 5:06 pm #

    I Love You SK! 😉 love . love .

  26. avatar
    steve | 25 October 2007 at 7:12 pm #

    Nicely put gregar&gar…stay away from the comments (mostly) and just dig on Mr. Kilbey when ya can.
    Some of these folks are pretty tight and have been for centuries.
    Welcome aboard.

  27. avatar
    The Intra-galaktic Alliance | 25 October 2007 at 8:40 pm #

    AH…welcome Steve Kilbee..your drones await you in the drawing/painting/music/reading room..what be your fancy today?…..Morrisey was incorrect…your queen is not DED!..just gone down the shop for a cherry ripe and some rolling papers…hee hee!…beehive..and hive a blossom of a day…love,Fleur de Loon x

  28. avatar
    JJ | 25 October 2007 at 9:05 pm #

    The anticipation is building for the next recorded gift…I feel like a kid waiting for christmas again.

    Someday/Anytime, if there’s ever another SK Q&A, I’d like to ask about the lyrics to Traitor…very cryptic, but I’m drawn to them for some inexplicable reason.

  29. avatar
    steve kilbey | 25 October 2007 at 9:06 pm #

    i agree with you
    im very tired of some of the dribble on my comments
    i repeat again
    one fucking comment per customer
    this means every one no exception
    no more fawning irrelevant tripe
    im begging you
    its fucking lowering the tone of my whole blogge
    (god help me)

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 25 October 2007 at 9:45 pm #

    I’ll be seeing Saturday nigh. I wouldn’t be driving three hours if I didn’t love you.

  31. avatar
    isolde | 25 October 2007 at 10:02 pm #

    dear time being

    perhaps its time to turn off the comments for a while and set up time being email addresses – gmail hotmail & facebook for feedback – put all the addresses of these under the paypal button and everyone can choose how they would like to correspond with you re the blog each day

    the email options are more private and would discourage anyone using the public blog comments for their own performances

    facebook is good because it allows the sending of visual tokens etc and is easier if we cannot find the words or the time to express our appreciation also it would allow us to find out about other commenters so we can correspond with eachother without bothering you

    with thanks for everything


  32. avatar
    rubikon | 25 October 2007 at 10:08 pm #

    Sorry, just the one comment, promise I won’t DRIBBLE!!


    But what happens if the little red light doesn’t come on? 🙂

  33. avatar
    rubikon | 25 October 2007 at 10:27 pm #

    I guess you just turn it off and then..turn it back on again..isn’t that how things work these days.

    Perhaps that’s what happened with the Big Bang (if you believe in that – each to their own belief structure I guess). Perhaps God has tried this Universe Creation thing before and well.. it didn’t quite work out first time so he just hit the reset button.. result Bloody BIG BANG! and everything just flew apart in all directions, gathering speed, taking no heed.

    I won’t comment again today, I promise, cross my heart, etc

  34. avatar
    Nero's Violin | 25 October 2007 at 11:34 pm #

    Meanwhile, David Copperfield is busy fulfilling Steve’s “Disillusionist” lyrics like a personal prophecy . . .

  35. avatar
    The Sick-o-phant | 25 October 2007 at 11:51 pm #

    I don’t think David Copperfield is famous either from the waist up or the waist down 😉

  36. avatar
    rubikon | 25 October 2007 at 11:56 pm #

    When I said ” I guess you just turn it off and then..turn it back on again..isn’t that how things work these days.” I meant the world in general not you personally Steve

    When I read that back I thought that could be seriously misinterpreted/misconstrued.

    Have a beautiful day whatever you may be doing.

    I get a bit irreverent sometimes 🙂

  37. avatar
    onemandog | 26 October 2007 at 12:34 am #

    I feel that the comments section is for the most part well recieved. Of course with an open forum you are going to get some clutter. I am sure that we can all grin and bare the Sychophants, the Prancing Posers, the Abusive ones etc. For these ‘colonic’ types are the ‘fly by nights’, too secure in their insecurity to open their eyes to the light of day. Wisdom and Intellect is the order of the day here and we shall not be overcome!



  38. avatar
    steve kilbey | 26 October 2007 at 1:37 am #

    i just hate writing a blogge
    that i consider has implications
    that are interesting
    and then find a load of blathering fairyfloss
    im fucking 53 years olde, im not interested
    please disagree
    or agree
    or anything
    no more irrelevant childish fawning codswallop
    thanks isolde for your suggestion
    i will consider it
    if this silly stuff doesnt end

  39. avatar
    veleska1970 | 26 October 2007 at 2:03 am #

    my comment about today’s blog: i was thinking about a very “industrial” place and time….a lot of machinery, moving, clattering. everything working together in a rhythm, noisily. something like the recording processes. so i guess the church is in the studio now? forgive me, i think it has been mentioned when y’all would return to the studio, but i don’t remember…..


    my comment about the “irrelevant childish fawning codswallop”: good suggestion, isolde. i’ve been suggesting turning off the comment box for a while myself.

    i hate to see it come to that **cringing**, but the bullshit’s long passed annoying. it’s obscene.

    have a good day, steve.

    lotza love…..

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 October 2007 at 2:30 am #

    Hmmm…I regularly keep my opinions to myself, as you know…. but lets not throw out the baby with the bathwater.

    Sometimes there are comments here, sometimes there is discourse, sometimes there is interjection, sometimes there is blather,
    sometimes there is piffle, and sometimes there is nauseating adulation,
    sometimes there is even well meaning advice (lord knows who’s responsible for that…)

    This blog is being transmitted as an ongoing work of art…that is my interpretation anyway, and it’s uniquness in this area is in it’s interactivity as well as it’s content. I do think of it as a benevolent dictatorship rather than a democracy though and I think this is where it can become unclear and the waters get muddy…we want the best aspects of this daily event to continue but without the annoying bullshit that it seems to inevitably attract….but because everyone CAN say something…sometimes they DO. I’m as guilty of the piffle and blather as anyone here, but often that’s just my honest response to the old fella’s daily diatribe.

    To address dear Isolde’s suggestion, I don’t know how Facebook really works (technologically challenged individual…still can’t work the video etc) I stumbled at my first engagement with the thing, but would it eliminate the anonomii and sycophants? Can you still have avatars on it? I dunno.

    Where’s P. Podcast? What is his suggestion? Whatever he has up his sleeve is still unlikely to please all of the people all of the time…it seems inevitable, no?

    I’ll chime out now.


  41. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 October 2007 at 2:33 am #

    have you never thought that the comments mirror the writer???????????
    it’s all in the hands of the blog’s owner but you just can’t seem to understand that he’s authoritarian and highly demanding. he wants more, he wants something barely nobody can give him. why do you wanna so hard to correspond to his expectations? each one has the right to express him/herself as they want to. if you’re not allowed to be yourself here then overlook the “dumb” commenters. it seems to me that they’re giving free love, they’re expressing it the way they know how to, they’re not bloody geniuses who know how to handle each and every word like the owner and even the owner fails sometimes. it’s not all about how intellectual and elevated you are. some people just wanna say “i love you” and not being harrassed for you. if the owner can’t stand it or disapprove it, turn it off like someone “wise” recommended but this unstoppable childish egoic mourning is as “dumb” as the “silly” i love yous here! come on, it also comes from the 53 year old man who claims he’s so grown up to tolerate the dumb asses, you know? it doesn’t take anywhere. it promotes anger and more silliness. you can’t define how everything will be, steve kilbey. people have their own opinions and souls. if you are not democratic just turn this damn thing off. but i doubt you will because you need to hear from them, you need the feedback, good or bad, enlightning or plain awful and disgusting. you’re putting your life here everyday, it’s damn important for you for whatever reason. but your fans and detractors can’t seem to understand that this is so important for you and they keep saying stupid things like “i swear to god it’ll be just one comment”. oh man what is the point? it is all too ridiculous to give credit for. you are not obliged to engage in a dialogue with anyone nor read the comments. intelligent cult cool people are not the rule of this world so what’s the deal? you don’t always attract the bohemian esoteric revolutionary types and even when you attract these you seem to get dizzy and lose your hand because you compete with them. this is not a place only for the elected, this is a public forum.

    stop being an idiot complaining over and over. turn it off or grow and accept the differences.

    enough of this shit. i’m turning it off.
    for my time being precious.

  42. avatar
    topper headon | 26 October 2007 at 2:36 am #

    thank you ANONYMOUS…you sure are busy here

  43. avatar
    red dirt girl | 26 October 2007 at 2:37 am #

    damn. much ado about nothin’ ….. literally.

    turn off the f’n box for a while. or don’t.

    i’m just glad i don’t know who the heck you are !!!

  44. avatar
    Yanky | 26 October 2007 at 2:39 am #


    Can’t u read between the lines dumb ass? How much more obvious can it be for gods sake.

  45. avatar
    daniel12 | 26 October 2007 at 2:48 am #

    Dear Druid.

    There is one major problem with self expersion on this comments page.

    That is that anything perceived as critique or dissagrement rallies the church army into battle.

    This comments page then become an opportunity for fawning fans to score favor by abusing the one who dares think differently from you.

    I could point out many examples of this.

    As well with only one comment per person it’s not possible to clarify an opinion or respond to abuse….. Why bother?

    As much as this sikofanatic gush must be irksome it is in someways a monster of your creation.

    I still sometimes enjoy your blog but i generally give the comments page a miss nowadays.

  46. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 October 2007 at 2:53 am #

    coherent and wise and well balanced, daniel12. thank you.

  47. avatar
    MEM | 26 October 2007 at 2:59 am #

    fuck. i had it. i just forgot it. that is the opening line. a goddam poem. sorry, just please forgive me.

    what the fuk was i going to say?

    “…the night lingers and my fingers
    heavy on the trigger…”

    no.. no… definitely not.

    “…and the light goes, nobody knows…”

    was it

    “day light comes, and
    all of us run…”


    “the witches brew spun her oven
    and a bun..”


    btw good luck w/


  48. avatar
    melquiades | 26 October 2007 at 3:58 am #

    deep dreams drip from
    the pen in your mind
    populating the cerebral
    images pulled right
    from your yesteryear
    Oh, great Wovoka
    great seer
    images of past, present
    and future
    gifts we give
    capturing an avalanche
    of fertile, moist earth images
    through your windscreen
    blessed are we
    the saintly sinners

  49. avatar
    eek | 26 October 2007 at 3:58 am #

    Is this what creating music feels like? If so — wow! what an incredible fucking rush!! That has to be such an amazing and intense feeling. I can get it to an extent while listening — as I was reading through this post the first time yesterday I found myself thinking “YES!! This describes music!” — and that is wonderful, but I would love to be able to experience the rush of actually creating it. Yeah I have felt the thrill of creating other art, but music just seems so much more primal.

    I love listening to music and always will, but I can’t help but feel a bit envious of your ability to create it.

    Re: comments section — do what is best for you.

  50. avatar
    lily was here | 26 October 2007 at 5:06 am #

    Commenting in the Comments box isnt helping reduce the drivel. It seems to be encouraging the drivel and discouraging the rest. Delete the ones you hate, just an idea. That’d drop a pretty big hint. Facebook could work but the frivolities there COULD possibly become very wwearing too. And yes B.Bon you can still have an avatar there & keep your profile as anon as you wish.

    I think SK the time has come to heed ideas or be ruthless.

  51. avatar
    suresh | 26 October 2007 at 5:18 am #

    Group hug?

  52. avatar
    Anonymous | 26 October 2007 at 5:45 am #

    music = magic for me
    these words spell it out

    “the music coalesces into intent
    the intent to penetrate the mind
    music that lives in your mind
    music that reminds you of who you are
    music brutalizing the ears
    music ravishing the mind”

  53. avatar
    Centuryhouse | 30 October 2007 at 2:55 am #

    Noise suppression, and listening to or erasing old demos?

    I was fascinated by the descriptions, but wonder what prompted it?

  54. avatar
    Anonymous | 30 October 2007 at 3:21 am #

    *rollercoaster relevance heads on the machine that goes PING! *

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