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Sonic lotus

Photographer and longtime Echo Park resident Martin Cox sends me the following (and I say yes!):


Author Tadahiko Imada wrote


In the early Showa period (1925-1989), people gathered to listen to the sound of the bloom of a lotus flower at Sinobazu-no-ike pond in Tokyo, in the early summer. However, the frequency of that sound is approximately 9-16 Hz. As humans normally hear sounds within a frequency range from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz, people were unable to actually hear the sound of the bloom of a lotus flower. But they loved and wanted to listen to that phantom sound. The experience was a kind of communal auditory hallucination.

Inspired by the above I am proposing the following conceptual event:

EVENT: Self-guided Auditory Hallucination in Echo Park

WHERE: The Lotus Bed in Echo Park Lake at Glendale Blvd. and Park Ave
in Los Angeles, CA 90026

If you see me singing it's the song of the lotus....But hurry. I'm not sure for how much longer this season the lotus will continue to bloom.

Martin, who I met a few years ago when Fototeka Gallery mounted an exhibition of his work, has lived in Echo Park since 1989. A witness to the recently accelerated gentrification of the neighborhood, he emailed me some thoughts about the neighborhood:

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