Ferguson Sowell is a man on a mission to transcend himself. In his guise as DJ Darky, he's looking to lay down the perfect beat, "the confluence of melody and groove that transcends mood and time." But his quest is motivated as much by a need to obliterate sound as to create it. DJ Darky has a phonographic memory. "I remember everything I've ever heard. Every dropped nickel, raindrop drip-drop, sneaker squeak, and sheep bleat," he tells us. "It's like my entire life is a song I can't get out of my head." And so he painstakingly composes a two-minute-and-forty-seven-second piece, a song to pause sound and broadcast his individuality, made up out of "Brando's creaking leather jacket in The Wild One, a shopping cart tumbling down the concrete banks of the L.A. River, Mothers of Invention, a stone skimming across Diamond Lake, the flutter of Paul Newman's eyelashes ...
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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