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Narrenschip / Ship of fools

The title track was composed and constructed in the days after the attacks on Brussels 03/22/2016

The ship of fools is an allegory, originating from Plato, that has long been a fixture in Western literature and art. The allegory or parable depicts a vessel without a pilot, taken over by force or persuasion by those who are deranged, frivolous, or oblivious, and seemingly ignorant of their course. This mob is willing to kill anyone in the way, and to drug the captain if necessary. The true pilot, who knows the stars, the wind, and how to stay on course, is considered useless by the mob.
Michel Foucault, who wrote Madness and Civilization, saw in the ship of fools a symbol of the consciousness of sin and evil alive in the medieval mindset and imaginative landscapes of the Renaissance.

From 'Anja Steinbauer' (explains why Plato had problems with democracy): ".Perhaps Rousseau is right when he tells us democracy is a good idea but such a tall order that it is realistically almost impossible to pull off: “Were there a people of gods, their government would be democratic. So perfect a government is not for men.”


released October 15, 2016

All recordings, sounds & keys by Swoon
Add. Field Recordings by Vladimir Kryuchev & Sara Waller



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Swoon (aka Marc Neys) Mechelen, Belgium

Swoon builds soundscapes & Soundtracks; Shapes are dissociated from their original meaning, layers of meanings are being build upon endlessly. By manipulating the listener to create confusion, he tries to create works in which atmospheric moments of evocation and suspense are not part of a narrative thread. The drama unfolds elsewhere while the build-up of tension is frozen or repeats itself. ... more

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