My name is Ale Fernandez. I live in Barcelona, Spain and I'm Chilean and Italian.
I am a web developer, artist and technical researcher.
I've lived in Scotland, Italy, Spain and England and career-wise I am interested in distributed systems and their applications to improvised performance and ecology.

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2/05/2007

Poem for peace, from a pirate recording in a Cairo Museum.


My love
With peace I have placed loving flowers
at your feet
With peace
With peace I stopped the seas of blood
for you
Forget anger
Forget pain
Forget your weapons
Forget your weapons and come
Come and live with me my love
Under a blanket of peace
I want you to sing, beloved light of my eyes
And your song will be for peace
let the world hear,
my beloved and say:
Forget anger
Forget pain
Forget your weapons
Forget your weapons and come
And live in peace

These I believe are the words of a widow at the tomb of her beloved. I got the words from this italian website.


It was used in a seminal Italian anti-war song "Luglio Agosto Settembre Nero" by the band Area (although I guess they weren't called anti-war songs then) - whose vocalist Demetrio Stratos indirectly gives the name to this blog, and whose music is the inspiration for a lot of my mine. It's adapted in turn from a greek folk song, but no-one knows who wrote the original words, except that Stratos was probably the one who made this pirate recording when visiting Cairo.


By the way, I'll be playing this live at the open mic at the greenbank pub on my new Setar/Rabab. Rehearsing it "furiously", but I guess, peacefully.


(If that Italian site disappears before this one, here are the words:)


(Mio amato/ Con la pace ho depositato i fiori dell’amore
davanti a te/Con la pace/con la pace ho cancellato i mari di sangue
per te/Lascia la rabbia/Lascia il dolore/Lascia le armi/Lascia le armi e vieni/Vieni e viviamo o mio amato/e la nostra coperta sarĂ  la pace/Voglio che canti o mio caro “ occhio mio “ [luce dei miei occhi]/E il tuo canto sarĂ  per la pace/fai sentire al mondo,/o cuore mio e di' (a questo mondo)/Lascia la rabbia/Lascia il dolore/Lascia le armi/Lascia le armi e vieni/a vivere con la pace.)

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