Thursday, March 27, 2014

COLLAPSE pt. 12 - Chora, Adored

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCAT on March 27-29!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

COLLAPSE premieres tonight at REDCAT! Here is the last part of the libretto for COLLAPSE.


COLLAPSE part 12: In Paradisum
CHORA, ADORED

Sheets of ice under endless night
But don’t think twice, it’s all right

You and me,
we're already gone
and life goes on and on and on and on
it is not dying

The chora, adored by the sunlight shining
No symbols or signs or labyrinths unwinding
The semiotic stars aligning,
The chora, adored without ending

All language disowned as the silence grows
Like rolling stones under glacial flows

Clean and cold
Steady and quiet
old as time
it is not dying

The chora, adored in the earth core burning
no signals, or signs, or 4-minute warnings
The semiotic stars keep on burning,
The chora, adored, has finally unlearned us

And all I want
And all I need
Is you

And all I have
And all I need
Is you

© 2014 by Daniel Corral

Wikipedia says:
Khôra (Khora or Chora; Ancient Greek: χώρα) is a philosophical term described by Plato in Timaeus as a receptacle, a space, or an interval. It is neither being nor nonbeing but an interval between in which the "forms" were originally held. Khôra "gives space" and has maternal overtones (a womb, matrix).

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

COLLAPSE pt. 11 - Libera Me

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCAT on March 27-29!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

For the few days leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 11: Libera Me
HEAT, BEAT, AND TREAT

Breath in deep
This CO2
Goes out from me
Out to you

Heat, Beat, and Treat
This is not happening

You don't even know what to say
on tsunamis and earthquakes
drought and floods and Hurricanes
All of these things can be explained

Holocene Maximum!
We're not to blame
for what's to come
(Go back to sleep)

This is not happening
Not in the house of Moloch

Little by little you won’t even notice
The acidic seas and the permafrost warming
We're trying and trying to unlearn this;
but it's graveyard shifts and then up at the earliest mornings

Heat, Beat, and Treat
This is not happening

You don’t even feel the heat.
You keep on and on and on and on...
Until you die right there on your feet

This is not happening
Not in the house of Moloch

So breath in deep
This CO2
Goes out from me
Out to you

© 2014 by Daniel Corral

Wikipedia says:
The politics of global warming are complex due to numerous factors that arise from the global economy's complex interdependence on carbon dioxide emitting hydrocarbon energy sources and because carbon dioxide is directly implicated in global warming - making global warming a non-traditional environmental challenge
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

COLLAPSE pt. 10: Lux Aeternae

On March 27-29, I will premiere COLLAPSE, my new piece for Timur and the Dime Museum, at REDCAT!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

For the days leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 10: Lux Aeternae

FERTILIZE MY HEART

Life can be lonely for an algal bloom. The Mississippi Dead Zone was born and raised in the gulf of Mexico, fed by fertilizer and runoff of at the mouth of the Mississippi River. The largest algal bloom in the world, it thought it was the only one of its kind. Then one day, from across the ancient trails of Atlantic sets and waves, it noticed another: The Baltic Sea Algae Bloom.

Fertilize my heart
Oxidize the dark parts
Tear the world apart
With you so far away

MISSISSIPPI DEAD ZONE:
You are a landlocked dream
Blue and green
in the Baltic Sea
Two of a kind, you and me

Hypoxia

These two felt destined to be together, but how? The expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, the confines of the Scandinavian Peninsula, so much stood square in the way. But they could feel the oceans slowly rising, and knew that all they had to do was wait. Before too long, these barriers to their boundless love would be submerged, and the two could reach across the great expanse and hold each other as they have long dreamed to do.

BALTIC SEA ALGAE BLOOM:
Nutrients saturate
Eutrophicate
aiming to suffocate
without you in my arms

Hypoxia

As the world gets warmer
Our love grows stronger
The poisoned waters
Rising to bring us together

Hypoxia
Fertilize my heart

© 2014 by Daniel Corral
Wikipedia says:
Currently, the Gulf of Mexico's dead zone, off the coast of Louisiana and Texas, is the largest hypoxic zone in the United States. The Mississippi River, which is the drainage area for 41% of the continental United States, dumps high-nutrient runoff such as nitrogen and phosphorus into the Gulf of Mexico. According to a 2009 fact sheet created by NOAA, "seventy percent of nutrient loads that cause hypoxia are a result of this vast drainage basin."
and
Baltic Sea hypoxia refers to low levels of oxygen in bottom waters, also known as hypoxia, occurring regularly in the Baltic Sea... The ultimate cause of hypoxia is excess nutrient loading from human activities causing algal blooms.

Monday, March 24, 2014

COLLAPSE pt. 9 - Agnus Dei

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCAT on March 27-29!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

For the days leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 9: Agnus Dei
THE HOUR OF THE ONE AND ONLY

You shine like a star
The orange light illuminates the sky from afar
See it shining bright like a nuclear war
There is only one way to make it through the night
Pass through the one and only

This one's for the one and only love
It's the hour of the one and only
See the fire falling from the sky
It burns for the one and only

Alone in the cold
Abandoned by the light of belief and control
You cry for the fire that vanished into the smoke
That follows you everywhere you go:
The ghost of the one and only

This one's for the one and only love
It's the hour of the one and only
See the fire falling from the sky
It burns for the one and only

It's the hour of the One and Only
See the angels tumbling down from grace
They fall for the one and only

And all I want and all I need is you
And all I have and all I need is you

This one's for the one and only love
It's the hour of the one and only
See the fire falling from the sky
It burns for the one and only

It's the hour of the One and Only
See the angels tumbling down from grace
They fall for the one and only

© 2014 by Daniel Corral

Wikipedia says:
Most ghazals can be viewed in a spiritual context, with the Beloved being a metaphor for God, or the poet's spiritual master. It is the intense Divine Love of Sufism that serves as a model for all the forms of love found in ghazal poetry.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

COLLAPSE pt. 8 - Sanctus

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCAT on March 27-29!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

For the days leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 8: Sanctus
HONEYBEE, COME HOME

Tonight we dance long distance
Even if all history is against us
The queen is dead forever after
Prepare yourself for the next big world disaster
because it's coming on

Code/Decode

Honeybee, come home
You fled these flowers in the gloaming
I never meant to hurt you
so, honeybee, come home

GMO in ecstasy and not a stitch to wear
All pistil and stamen but not a bird or bee to share

So beekeeper, beekeeper
Find me a hive
All this corn and soy
We'll never survive

without your debonaire aplomb
so, honeybee, come home

And we will
Round Up the monoculture
Round Up the extorted farms
Round Up the Gujarati BT Cotton Farmers gone

Round Up the poisoned water
Round Up the GMO's
Round Up the proprietary sterile seeds we try to sow

And drop them in a dustbowl,
A melting pot of honeycomb
I never meant to hurt you
so, honeybee, come home

There is poison in the flowers
saboteurs inside the hive
the honey's turned against us
if you want to survive
you'd better run

I'll meet you in Gibraltar
or see you in Tangier
Find you in Dakota
Anywhere but here
You'd better run

Code/Decode

We will
Round Up the monoculture

You are a goddess of the pharaohs
As you stroll from comb to comb.
I never meant to hurt you
so, honeybee, come home

© 2014 by Daniel Corral

Wikipedia says:
Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive or European honey bee colony abruptly disappear. While such disappearances have occurred throughout the history of apiculture, and were known by various names, the syndrome was renamed colony collapse disorder in late 2006 in conjunction with a drastic rise in the number of disappearances of Western honeybee colonies in North America.
Related video:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

COLLAPSE pt. 7 - Offertory

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCAT on March 27-29!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

For the days leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 7: Offertory
LEVIATHAN IN EXCELSIS

All praise be the combustion engine
This is the blood of the body given
To keep the midnight oil burning
All through the night

So don't swim in the greasy ocean
Just pledge allegiance to the corporations
keeping independent trucking in motion
All through the night

All praise be the combustion engine
This is the blood of the body given
To keep the midnight oil burning
All through the night

Now the oil's in the wetland shallows
My heart's turned to a frozen hollow
As we watch the smoke rise in billows
and drown out the light

you see the signs
in the storming oceans
and so you keep your love light
burning through the night

what can you do
but keep the motor running
to cut the silence of the wild world

You see them close in for the kill
You feel the failure of your force of will
The maw of Moloch gaping still
You hear the engines running all through the night

© 2014 by Daniel Corral

Wikipedia says:
Consumption of fossil fuel resources leads to global warming and climate change. In most parts of the world little change is being made to slow these changes. If the peak oil theory proves true, and more explorations of viable alternative energy sources are made, our impact could be less hostile to our environment.
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COLLAPSE pt. 6 - Credo

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCAT on March 27-29!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

For the days leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 6: Credo
COBALT BLUES

Relax
we're only fracturing this stone
the aquifer's water's turned
to poison on its own

Be in good health
we're only poisoning the well
Luxuriate
in the perfumed chemical smell

Cobalt blues
On the phone to you
Congo calling
How do you do?

Tonight
The coal we found inside
The mountaintops
That we’ve blown off
Will fuel your firelight

So behave
And keep digging that grave
Without me
You wouldn’t even
Have a soul to save

Cobalt blues
On the phone to you
Congo calling
Still trying to get through

Cobalt blues
On the phone to you
Congo calling
How do you do?

© 2014 by Daniel Corral

Wikipedia says:
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is immensely rich in natural resources. However, mining activities have been closely linked to serious problems in the DRC. DR Congo is estimated to have $24 trillion worth of untapped deposits of raw mineral ores, including the world’s largest reserves of cobalt...
and
Environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing includes the potential contamination of ground water, risks to air quality, noise pollution, the potential migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the surface, the potential mishandling of waste, and the health effects of these, like cancer.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Collapse pt. 5 - Dies Irae (2/3)

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCAT on March 27-29!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

For the days leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 5: Dies Irae (2/3)
ONKALO

It's in the water
It's in the soil
It's in the air
It's in your bones

Radioactivity
Touches everything.
It's everywhere you are now

Onkalo
Save our souls
for now
We don't care how

alpha, beta, gamma
wide awake in this half-life
drifting towards delta
forgotten in time

Radioactivity
Will outlive you and me

Entombed in salt mines
Turned into glass
Diluted in the ocean
Buried in the past

It is not dying.

Radioactivity
Touches everything.

It's everywhere you are now

© 2014 by Daniel Corral

Wikipedia says:
The Onkalo spent nuclear fuel repository is a deep geological repository for the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel, the first such repository in the world. It is currently under construction at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in the municipality of Eurajoki, on the west coast of Finland...
Related video (you might need to set it to translate the captions to English):


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Collapse pt. 5 - Dies Irae (1/3)

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCAT on March 27-29!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

For the days leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 5: Dies Irae (1/3)
DEMON CHORA
(Text take from the International Atomic Energy Agency's INES scale)

Level 0: Deviation

No Safety Significance

Level 1: Anomoly

Overexposure of a member of the public in excess of statutory annual limits.
Minor problems with safety components with significant defence-in-depth remaining.
Low activity lost or stolen radioactive source, device or transport package.

Level 2: Incident


Exposure of a member of the public in excess of 10 millisieverts.
Exposure of a worker in excess of the statutory annual limits.

Level 3: Serious Incident

Exposure in excess of ten times the statutory annual limit for workers.
Non-lethal deterministic health effect (e.g., burns) from radiation.

Level 4: People and Environment

Minor release of radioactive material unlikely to result in implementation of planned countermeasures other than local food controls.
At least one death from radiation.

Level 5: Accident with Wider Consequences

Limited release of radioactive material likely to require implementation of some planned countermeasures.
Several deaths from radiation.

LEVEL 6: Serious Accident

Significant release of radioactive material likely to require implementation of planned countermeasures.

Level 7: Major Accident

Major release of radioactive material with widespread health and environmental effects requiring implementation of planned and extended countermeasures.

Wikipedia says:
The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) was introduced in 1990[1] by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in order to enable prompt communication of safety-significant information in case of nuclear accidents... Nuclear experts say that the "INES emergency scale is very likely to be revisited" given the confusing way in which it was used in the 2011 Japanese nuclear accidents.
and
The demon core was a... subcritical mass of plutonium which went briefly critical in two separate accidents at the Los Alamos laboratory in 1945 and 1946... Physicist Louis Slotin and seven other Los Alamos personnel were in a Los Alamos laboratory conducting an experiment to verify the exact point at which a subcritical mass (core) of fissile material could be made critical by the positioning of neutron reflectors. The test was known as "tickling the dragon's tail" for its extreme risk.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

COLLAPSE pt. 4 - Tract

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCAT on March 27-29!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

For the days leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 4: Tract
PACIFIC GYRE HOLIDAY

Plastic sirens singing
What are the currents bringing?
A cool and hard petrochemical swirling
The plastic godhead flag unfurling

It's a beautiful day
and I think I'm going to stay
on a Pacific Gyre holiday

Bags and bottles float by
and catch the gleam in your eye
And the whole neuston seems to say

Oooooo…
It is not dying
Life will find a way
the new ecology
on a Pacific Gyre Holiday

Out on Midway Atoll
the plastic caps and baubles
Keep the Albatross bellies full

See those birds can't fly
but they're still going to try
you can watch knowing they're going to die

And an albatross
seems so obvious
a symbol for what we have lost

Oooooo…
It is not dying
Life will find a way
the new ecology
on a Pacific Gyre Holiday

Coral bleached like teeth
Down in the deep green sea,
It’s the remains of you and me
on a Pacific Gyre holiday

© 2014 by Daniel Corral

Wikipedia says:
The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the central North Pacific Ocean... The patch is characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge and other debris that have been trapped by the currents of the North Pacific Gyre.
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Sharp Stone, March 19

What are you doing this Wednesday? Because I think this will be pretty great.

SHARP STONE


solo sets by
ELLIOTT SHARP [guitar / electronics]
CARL STONE [computer / electronics]
followed by an extended duo set

March 19, 2014
performance begins promptly at 8:00pm

curated by Kio Griffith

$10
for presale tickets (recommended)
please contact: info@cafemode.com

BUILDING BRIDGES ART FOUNDATION
2525 Michigan Ave., Unit F2 Santa Monica, CA 90404

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CARL STONE

Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as "the king of sampling." and "one of the best composers living in (the USA) today." He has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between California and Japan. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972. His works have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and the Near East. In addition to his schedule of performance, composition and touring, he is on the faculty of the Information Media Technology Department, School of Information Science and Technology at Chukyo University in Japan.

http://www.sukothai.com/


ELLIOTT SHARP

Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer.

A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction.

His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka.

Sharp has composed scores for feature films and documentaries; created sound-design for interstitials on The Sundance Channel, MTV and Bravo networks; and has presented numerous sound installations in art galleries and museums. He is the subject of a new documentary "Doing The Don't" by filmmaker Bert Shapiro.

Listen to a recent interview on NPR's "All Things Considered".
http://www.npr.org/2012/09/22/161539917/elliott-sharp-blues-is-a-feeling

http://www.elliottsharp.com/

COLLAPSE pt. 3 - Gradual

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCAT on March 27-29!

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets

For the days leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 3: Gradual
THE HOUSE OF MOLOCH

Born in the house of Moloch, baby
When you grown up you're never going to sleep
Electric lights burn out your eyes
you die right there on your feet

Oh, in the house of Moloch, baby

And all I want and all I need is you
And all I have and all I need is you

Born in the house of Moloch

No one will remember and no one will care
If you were ever even really there
You speak no, See no, hear no evil
You sleep like a baby and mind the steeple

Oh, in the house of Moloch, baby

And all I want and all I need is you
And all I have and all I need is you
Born in the house of Moloch

© 2014 by Daniel Corral

Wikipedia says:
Moloch has been used figuratively in English literature from John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667) to Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" (1955), to refer to a person or thing demanding or requiring a very costly sacrifice.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

COLLAPSE pt. 2 - Kyrie

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCATon March 27-29!

Go the REDCAT website for tickets

For the next few weeks leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.


COLLAPSE part 2: Kyrie
GODDAMN THE ATLANTIC SALMON

God damn the Atlantic Salmon
God damn the poison farms
Killed off our precious rivers
Know you never meant to do no harm

Don't eat the Atlantic Salmon
Don't feed the poison farms
Killed off their anemic cousins
Know you never meant to do no harm

© 2014 by Daniel Corral

Wikipedia says:
The most commonly farmed salmonid is the Atlantic salmon... There is currently much controversy about the ecological and health impacts of intensive salmonids aquaculture.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

COLLAPSE pt. 1 - Introit

Timur and the Dime Museum will premiere my new piece, COLLAPSE, at REDCAT on March 27-29!

For the next few weeks leading up to the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for COLLAPSE, one song at a time.

Go the REDCAT website for tickets


COLLAPSE part 1: Introit

ECOPHAGY
Oh dearest family
I've spoiled all that you gave me
and it's all I had
and all I need
is you

Oh glorious surplus
we've ravaged all that you offered us
Now we're ravaged too,
but trying to
move on

Dark as the sun light shining
Cold as the earth's core burning
We're trying and trying and trying to unlearn this
But it's graveyard shifts and then up at the earliest mornings

© 2014 by Daniel Corral
Wikipedia says:
Ecophagy is a term coined by Robert Freitas that means the literal consumption of an ecosystem.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Collapse at REDCAT, March 27-29!

I am happy to announce that my new piece, Collapse, will premiere at REDCAT on March 27-29! Based on a traditional requiem form, Collapse is a post-ecological song cycle about humanity's dysfunctional stewardship of the earth's resources.

Collapse will be performed by Timur and the Dime Museum, for whom I've been writing, arranging, recording, and producing the music (and playing accordion/keyboard) for the last few years. This piece is an exciting culmination of our evolution as an ensemble thus far.

Between now and the premiere, I'll be posting the libretto for Collapse, one song at a time. I'll also include some relevant links and info about the subject of each song.

Go to the REDCAT website for tickets!

Composed by Daniel Corral and produced by Beth Morrison ProjectsCollapse is a vividly sardonic show with interactive visuals and satiric songs about the environmental catastrophes caused by humans. 
Live-mixed projections by the award-winning video artist Jesse Gilbert (World Technology Network fellow), and costumes of the LA fashion designer Victor Wilde of the Bohemian Society (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014), will further create a raucous portrait of the human-made impact on the planet. 
Collapse runs for three nights (Mar 27-29) at 8:30pm at REDCAT. Following the world-premiere at REDCAT, Collapse will travel to Miami Light Project and Operadagen Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

REVIEW: Sonatas and Interludes, Feb. 22

On February 22, Jacaranda presented two "Mid-Century Modern" concerts on the same day at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. Adam Tendler played Cage's Sonatas & Interludes in the afternoon, and after a dinner break Christopher Taylor playing Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'Enfent-Jesus. I went to hear the Cage, but, sadly, missed the Messiaen, which is a really fantastic piece.

For Sonatas & Interludes, and any prepared piano piece, timbre is a key part of every performance. One's approach the preparations, and how those intentions interact with that particular piano, shapes a majority of the sound world of the hour-long piece. Tendler's preparations sometimes accentuated surprising partials on the strings, and other times allowed more of the original pitches to remain than I was used to hearing. With these preparations, the specific sustains and releases of vibrating partials and jaded fundamentals became more of an integral part of the piece as well.

The prepared piano is a muted instrument, and the softness of its sound always surprises me when I hear it live (and it is easy to overlook this on recordings). Even so, Tendler approached the piece with a tenderness worthy of Cold Blue. While some other fantastic performances I've heard have embraced a wider dynamic range, Tendler revealed new corners of the piece by holding it up to a softer, more diffused light.

Jacaranda just presented the Lyris Quartet at UCLA on March 8, and their next concert will feature music by Philip Glass and David Byrne performed by both the Lyris Quartet and the Calder Quartet.