Beauty Will Be Convulsive

by Graham Jong-Il

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"Beauty, neither static nor dynamic. Beauty will be CONVULSIVE or will not be at all." - André Breton (from 'Nadja')

Ewen Cameron was a 20th-century Scottish-born psychiatrist involved in the CIA's MKULTRA mind control program. Cameron had hoped to correct schizophrenia and other mental illnesses by erasing existing memories and reprogramming the psyche, "rebuilding them from nothing".

Cameron experimented with various paralytic drugs and intensive electroconvulsive therapy at thirty to forty times the normal power. His "psychic driving" experiments consisted of putting a subject into a drug-induced coma for weeks at a time (up to three months in one case) while playing tape loops of noise or simple statements (such as "You are a good mother.").

Cameron's experiments were typically carried out on patients who had entered the institute for minor problems such as anxiety disorders and mild depression; many suffered permanent debilitating effects after these treatments, such as severe amnesia, forgetting how to talk, and regression to infantile states.

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She says that I love Ewen
a little bit too much.

When he straps me in,
I find his skin is
still hot to the touch.

His body to absolve me;
a current to dissolve me:
As all fades to black I see that Blank is Beautiful.

From the roots of my hair,
some God got hold of me.
There is smoke in the air
from this reparative electricity.

From the roots of my hair,
some God got hold of me.
There is smoke in the air
from this reparative electricity.

What he lays on my tongue
is the clear light of Day.
I am in awe of the Sun
and the tapes that he plays.

What he lays on my tongue
is the clear light of Day.
I am in awe of the Sun
and the tapes that he plays.

Heal the scars by tearing off the skin
Clear my head; erase me from within

Vines grew up
against the wall
that he tore down.

Mind:
please stop
echoing these repeating sounds.

She says that I love Ewen
a little bit too much.

When he straps me in,
I find his skin is
still hot to the touch.

His body to absolve me;
a current to dissolve me:
As all fades to black I see that Blank is Beautiful.

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released February 1, 2013
Music & lyrics by Graham Jong-Il

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