Wednesday, February 23, 2005

The Knight And The Seismo-Dragon


NOB HILL--Last weekend MaryAnn and I went to the Blue Dragon for a quiet game of chess. I tried to post something about it earlier but that fire last Sunday got in the way. Anyway, I was about to go up a knight in a pretty even game when this motorcycle started revving its engine right outside the window. MaryAnn started acting a little agitated. About that time the espresso machine started snorting and spitting out burps and blasts of steam. You could hear pressure building in those thin pipes. "It's gonna blow!" MaryAnn said in an urgent whisper. Just then 15 people came galloping from the front room and out the door. They stood outside screaming at each other and covering their ears.

I took her knight.

The pulsating screech of steel locknuts blowing apart one by one reached a crescendo. Something was blasting my ears into my eyeballs. And it wasn't the espresso machine. I went to take a look in the front room...

It was Ken Cornell. He goes by the name of All-Chemical Burn. His music: seismo-rapsodic electrons with acetylene overtones. A helluva lotta noise for one guy.

2 comments:

angaym said...

Jon, this is ken. Thanks for the mention. Blue Dragon is one of my favorite spots to excorcise noiseicianship in. I am going to use your blog title as a song title. I will send you a file or link when i post the track on the web. Your blogging here is quite extensive. I found many things i was interested in. I work for Manzano Day School (among other things). I have been their cook at summer camp up right near Fenton Lake. I have coordinated fundraisers for them. As of late i am a bus monitor/fill in for any position guy with this wonderful beacon of education. Being there makes me wish i had grown up in an environment like the one Manzano creates for it kids. Hell, i think all kids deserve this kind of an education. Alas, i am dreaming. I have recently become interested in the possibilty of creating a petition for APS school busses to be reqiured to install and use seat belts. Private schools, as you may know, do this in accordance with a different set of regulations they abide by. Perhaps you could point me in a helpful direction about how to carry this out. Feel free to e-mail me at alchemicalburn@hotmail.com Thank you!

v0sh said...

ah ken, I miss you and your sonic earbleed sooo much...