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April 17, 2010 5:50 AM   Subscribe

That's hilarious.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 6:43 AM on April 17, 2010

I knew most of the Blake quotes. I love Blake. From time to time I've thought of setting some of his stuff to music, and in fact did just a bit of that for a fashion show music gig I had. I want to do more. His writing is epic, transcendent, delirious, scary, and , I think, somehow perfect for setting to music, if done right. It won't be Death Metal, though.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:35 AM on April 17, 2010 [4 favorites]

This is pretty funny, I got all but one of the Blake quotes, another Blake lover here.

flapjax, have you heard the Bolcom mega-setting of Songs of Innocence and of Experience? An amazing treatment of that magnificent poetry, and it has just about everything but the kitchen sink in it, musically (Bolcom worked on the piece for over 25 years).
posted by LooseFilter at 8:15 AM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

It could be both if you are listening to Ulver
posted by munchingzombie at 8:41 AM on April 17, 2010 [1 favorite]

I'd never heard of the Bolcom settings. Jah Wobble had a more synthpop treatment of Songs of Innocence and Experience. I agree the superficial similarity with quotes taken out of context and Death Metal is pretty funny, but Blake's cosmogony is more sophisticated than that. He might mash up well with Insane Clown Posse though, come to think of it.
posted by Schmucko at 9:41 AM on April 17, 2010

Also got all but one of the Blake quotes, and sent this on to my (Metal fan) son to see how he fares.
posted by misha at 11:46 AM on April 17, 2010

Got most of them right, but having the answers in easy view was distracting
posted by YAMWAK at 11:54 AM on April 17, 2010

Look, another juxtaposition of two completely different things which, when taken out of context, are suppose to make some kind of point!
posted by Nothing at 11:55 AM on April 17, 2010

I miss the Brunching Shuttlecocks.
posted by straight at 12:27 PM on April 17, 2010

William Blake by Mike Westbrook.
posted by peterkins at 3:08 AM on April 18, 2010

Hooo boy. If you went to Ohio University any time in recent memory, you know about William Blake thanks to Aethelred Eldridge, who sort of looks like an aging Iggy Pop-as-art-professor, leaving 1/4-page black and white drawings all over campus that people like me collected and pasted up all over our rooms (he did a related giant mural under the art building which is known as The Tripping Wall to students).

He also founded the Church of William Blake.
Oh, and check out his house.

From Wikipedia: "His classes are hard to define and almost function as performance pieces. According to Ron Kroutel, professor emeritus of art at Ohio University: "the School of Art gave him his own curriculum. His style does not cleanly fit into any specific category of art.""

Chances are if you happened upon students affixing weird shit to trees and poles on the College Green, they were doing it as an assignment for Autopsical Art, his semi-legendary class.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 10:39 AM on April 19, 2010

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