Sound and Soapbox

The Glitch Meditations As some of you know, I own an inexpensive laptop that, like myself, suffers from occasional memory stress. Recently I've discovered a new random chaos technique which involves loading a music program with .wav files much too large for the computer's memory to handle. I then save the tracks into a single file. During that process a computer "glitch" shortens some tracks into loops, fragments others, and in general performs tasks not requested. Embracing the "glitch" has allowed me to enter into a true collaboration with my computer. In these creative ventures the computer human relationship has been subverted from slave and master to creative partners. The three meditations from our recent collaborations are availableHEAR. (Scroll down below The Anta Project downloads). Embrace the glitch. Would You Die For A Job? Over the past year or so, The Anta Project has fostered communication opportunities with people from around the world who are interested in the rich tapestry of ideas this work presents. The nexus of borders, sound creation, migration, artistic and human empowerment, symbolic transformation and listening (to name just a few of the key points) is apparently universal, and has led to some interesting areas of conversation. When discussing The Anta Project with people who are not from Tucson (and some who are), I've been consistently struck by how little is known about the border deaths that occur in the Sonoran Desert each year. When people learn the number is only the "official" body count, that is, only the bodies that have been found so far, the point seems to really hit home. So for those of you who are interested in learning more about migrant deaths in the desert along the US/Mexico border, here are a few missing links that might help with perspective. The Arizona Daily Star, one of the local daily pubs has been keeping a tally of the numbers in the Tucson sector. Another local paper covering migrant deaths isThe Tucson Citizen. According to onefinding, roughly 1.5 Mexican nationals die trying to enter the United States every day. Perhaps not so surprising: Increased "security" has actually been leading to increased border deaths as migrants are forced to take greater risks when crossing into the Unites States. According toanother report: "The increase in border crossing deaths has taken place since the implementation in 1994 of the Southwest Border Strategy under the Clinton administration, but has escalated sharply since 2000. According to a report from the University of Arizona, 802 bodies were found in the desert between 2000 and 2005, compared to 125 between 1990 and 1999. That total has now risen to more than 1,000, according to a recent report. The figure does not include those who died on the Mexican side of the border." I encourage people interested in knowing more to do their own research and draw their own conclusions, but one other site worth checking out is from the U.S. Government Accountability Office(GAO). In particular the paragraph which notes: "...the Border Patrol needs to continue to improve its methods for collecting data in order to accurately record deaths as changes occur in the locations where migrants attempt to cross the border— and consequently where migrants die."