Historic Jukebox: Jamie XX & Edgar Allan Poe

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Be transported into a different reality. With these floating, untethered words and music that I’ve curated or stumbled upon accidentally. In any case they are evocative and inspire deep escapism and magical voyages into the history of the world. Enjoy! There will be more Historic Jukebox to come!

Instructions

1. Play Video.

2. Read Text.

3. Daydream. 

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Edgar Allan Poe ‘The Bells’ 

I
Hear the sledges with the bells-
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells-
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.

II

Hear the mellow wedding bells,
Golden bells!
What a world of happiness their harmony foretells!
Through the balmy air of night
How they ring out their delight!
From the molten-golden notes,
And an in tune,
What a liquid ditty floats
To the turtle-dove that listens, while she gloats
On the moon!
Oh, from out the sounding cells,
What a gush of euphony voluminously wells!
How it swells!
How it dwells
On the Future! how it tells
Of the rapture that impels
To the swinging and the ringing
Of the bells, bells, bells,
Of the bells, bells, bells,bells,
Bells, bells, bells-
To the rhyming and the chiming of the bells!

III

Hear the loud alarum bells-
Brazen bells!
What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells!
In the startled ear of night
How they scream out their affright!
Too much horrified to speak,
They can only shriek, shriek,
Out of tune,
In a clamorous appealing to the mercy of the fire,
In a mad expostulation with the deaf and frantic fire,
Leaping higher, higher, higher,
With a desperate desire,
And a resolute endeavor,
Now- now to sit or never,
By the side of the pale-faced moon.
Oh, the bells, bells, bells!
What a tale their terror tells
Of Despair!
How they clang, and clash, and roar!
What a horror they outpour
On the bosom of the palpitating air!
Yet the ear it fully knows,
By the twanging,
And the clanging,
How the danger ebbs and flows:
Yet the ear distinctly tells,
In the jangling,
And the wrangling,
How the danger sinks and swells,
By the sinking or the swelling in the anger of the bells-
Of the bells-
Of the bells, bells, bells,bells,
Bells, bells, bells-
In the clamor and the clangor of the bells!

IV

Hear the tolling of the bells-
Iron Bells!
What a world of solemn thought their monody compels!
In the silence of the night,
How we shiver with affright
At the melancholy menace of their tone!
For every sound that floats
From the rust within their throats
Is a groan.
And the people- ah, the people-
They that dwell up in the steeple,
All Alone
And who, tolling, tolling, tolling,
In that muffled monotone,
Feel a glory in so rolling
On the human heart a stone-
They are neither man nor woman-
They are neither brute nor human-
They are Ghouls:
And their king it is who tolls;
And he rolls, rolls, rolls,
Rolls
A paean from the bells!
And his merry bosom swells
With the paean of the bells!
And he dances, and he yells;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the paean of the bells-
Of the bells:
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the throbbing of the bells-
Of the bells, bells, bells-
To the sobbing of the bells;
Keeping time, time, time,
As he knells, knells, knells,
In a happy Runic rhyme,
To the rolling of the bells-
Of the bells, bells, bells:
To the tolling of the bells,
Of the bells, bells, bells, bells-
Bells, bells, bells-
To the moaning and the groaning of the bells.

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5 Comments

  1. Ok, you just FLOORED me!!!

    Watched the video, read the poem, daydreamed and my mind exploded!!

    The video and Poe’s classic “The Bells” have something in common. Their cadence and beat are very similar. The poem, if read properly has a rhythm that suggests the ringing of bells in a bell tower. The video (at least to me) had a very similar rhythm. When I thought about it they complimented each other.

    Also, Poe’s “Bells” is ominous in mood and the video (both in visuals and overall tone) is dark as well.

    You’ve just told a story here in a most unusual and unique way. Maybe not a story in the traditional sense but a story of mood and emotion. I’m very impressed!!

    I can’t wait to see more of this from you.

    Best Regards,
    Eric

    BTW–“The Bells” is my favorite all-time poem. In my mind nothing compares to it. Someday, when I’m brave (or foolish) enough I plan to do a visual interpretation of “The Bells”…someday…

    1. Eric you are so incredibly generous with your comments here. I know what you mean about it being in a strange synchronicity.

      The cadences and flow of music can be weirdly suitable to pieces of writing. When you serendipitously listen to music on random on PC this can happen like magic sometimes. The result can be like synaesthesia.

      It’s a great coincidence that this is your favourite poem too. About this visual interpretation of the poem ‘The Bells’ I’m interested, what did you have in mind for this? You should totally do it.

      Atmospheric music by Pink Floyd is already very evocative and transporting by itself but it should be put alongside some really strange writing…leave it with me 😉

  2. Reblogged this on Eric's Universe and commented:
    This is one of the most original and unusual posts I have ever seen. It is a true experience!

    I’ve disabled comments on this one. Visit the original post at Content Catnip to like and post comments.

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