Almost something (Yuen Cheewai)

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Needed:
A pencil, an eraser, two pieces of adhesive tape, a blank piece of A4 paper, a table (preferably wooden)
Action:
Sit at your table, with the piece of paper in front of you.
Very slowly, strongly and deliberately, write your name on the piece of paper.
Listen and imagine feeling the lead of the pencil transfer the line of your name onto the paper.
Slowly.
When done, look at what you have written. Examine its lines and textures.
Your name is done.
Now with the eraser, lightly erase it.
Erase everything. Lightly.
With the adhesive tape, stick that same piece of paper onto the table, the side with your erased name facing up.
It is preferred for the table to be a thin wooden table so that vibrations can be easily felt through the surface of the table.
Lay your head with one ear on the table, with your face aligned towards the paper.
With your eyes closed, and with the pencil, again, very slowly and delicately write your name on the paper. Do not be conscious about writing it accurately.
Slowly.
Listen very closely to the sound of the pencil tracing your name on the paper, as the vibrations transfer from your mind, to your hand, to the pencil, to the lead, to the surface of the paper, to the wood of the table, to your ear, and back to your mind.
Do this as slowly as you could.
Once you think you have finished, open your eyes, sit up, remove the paper from the table and look at what you have written.
Look at it carefully in silence, and observe the intersections between what was previously written, erased and the newly written.
Take your time. Take it.
Mix the two sounds of the writing carefully in your mind.
A mind is grown to eat its own.

袁志伟:几乎有什么

准备:
一只铅笔、一块橡皮擦、两条胶带、一张空白 a4 大小的纸,一张桌子(最好是木头的)
行动:
坐在桌前,面前是那张纸。
非常慢地、用力地、从容地把你的名字写在这张纸上。
听,并且想象着铅笔把你的名字变成石墨转换到纸上的过程。
慢慢地。
写好以后,看看你写下的。检查它的线条和纹理。
你的名字完成了。
现在,用橡皮擦轻轻擦掉它。
全都擦掉。轻轻地。
用胶带把这张纸粘在桌上,刚刚擦掉的一面朝上。
薄的木头桌最好,可以更好地传递振动。
把头枕到桌子上,一只耳朵贴着桌子,脸对着纸。
闭着眼睛。用铅笔,再一次把你的名字慢慢地、细心地写在纸上。不用在意是不是写得准确。
慢慢地。
仔细听铅笔把你的名字勾划在纸上,伴随着振动,将你的念头转换到手上去,到钱币上,到石墨,到纸面,到桌子的木头,到你的耳朵,又回到你的心念
尽你所能地慢。
你觉得结束了,就睁开眼睛,坐直,把纸从桌面上拿起来,看看你写的。
在静默中仔细看它。观察之前写的痕迹、擦掉的痕迹和新写下来的痕迹的交汇。
不着急。慢慢来。
在你脑中,小心地把两次写的声音混合起来。
一个念头增长,它吞食自身。

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from miji 66, released May 10, 2020

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zhu wen bo Beijing, China

Zhu is a self-taught musician based in Beijing. He run cassette label Zoomin' Night(燥眠夜).

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