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Colorado Springs (8280 / 357)

from Amy Denio: PANDEMONIUM by Amy Denio / Spoot Music



(16 April, 2020)

Immersion Composition Society Session Monday 20 April, 2020

Colorado Springs was my home from Fall, 1981 until December 1982. I attended the Colorado College for the first two semesters, and was handed a rape whistle at orientation. The town was 50% military. Precaution was advised. Someone told me that the military guys who worked below Cheyenne Mountain (the ones who would press the trigger to start nuclear war) were allowed to wear whatever they wanted to work, including clown suits.

I discovered the world of improvised music when I met Bob Tudor there. He’s a music instrument inventor, recycler, improviser, sculptor. Years later, he told me how a little sketch on a napkin in his office became a fully funded art project called Pisces Crisis. With the growing fervent Christian population in Colorado Springs, he wanted to make a prayer deflector, because so many prayers seemed to be greedy. The sculpture is a fish with a dollar sign in it. It stands outside his sister's restaurant.


Prayer deflector was erected in just the right spot
to make unwarranted pleas to god
ricochet loudly before exploding into smithereens

Rape whistles come in handy if you're a girl and happen to meet GI Joe in a back alley
It's OK to wear clown suits as long as you're wearing boots
God forbid we pull the trigger

50% military promoted or demoted, eating loud Lord pie
Garden of the Gods under crazy shepherd skies
We walk on the dust of those before us


from Amy Denio: PANDEMONIUM, released June 1, 2021
Conceived, performed & produced by Amy Denio using Reaper at Spoot Studios in West Seattle.
AD: voices
Gino Jevdjevic: noise percussion

C Drone (musical) by Strathorn, found on Freesound.org. The pitch was adjusted to match the composition.

Mastered by Steve Turnidge and Amy Denio
c 2020 Spoot Music, ASCAP


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Amy Denio / Spoot Music Seattle, Washington

Amy Denio is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist composer, singer and music producer based in Seattle, WA. She's been commissioned to compose for dance, theater and film, and has received numerous grants and fellowships and collaborated with artists worldwide.

She has performed at festivals, clubs, schools, prisons, social centers and ruins throughout Europe, North America and Asia.
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