With our heads held high
First Manifesto Of The Makrelengeiger (Mackerel Fiddlers)
We, the Mackerel Fiddlers, are fed up with thousands of years of sonority's hegemony. Through our existence we aspire to change the world. We do this deliberately and in full possession of our mental capacities, even though we only use ten percent of it.
Fable #1: Imagine a knobby oak,
its roots penetrating deep into the cool and damp earth, its crown elongating
far into the starry sky. This tree is a metaphor, emblematic and sensuous
at the same time, as it reveals in wondrous ways the craft of the Mackerel
Fiddlers, for the tree has no trunk. Lust for activity, this urge, as
well as the result, the work, all are there. But the bridge is blurred
Observation #1: Stardom is an evil of our time. The star is a detached sprite, blindfolding others by means of his position; greed, megalomania and arrogance are only the tip of the iceberg. We neutralise stars. We pitchfork ourselves to their level, even though we do not practise as much because even people who only practise a little or not at all have the right to act as musicians. And anyway, everybody can decide for themselves what to do in their spare time.
Fable #2: Our roots origin in the humus of our own elitist sediment.
Axiom #1 (Thesis of Absorption
aka Musical Imperialism): One Mackerel Fiddler m in an undefined set
N of melodious musicians will transform this set N to set N' by the
activity f (mackerel fiddling). N' is a defined subset of the Mackerel
Postulate #3: We make use of the even dissemination of sound waves.
Reprobate: Sound storage media.
It's dead. We, however, live, love, breathe! Sound storage media undermines
the dogmata of the advanced Thesis of Absorption in a malicious way.
Iniquity! We veto the production and reproduction of sound storage media
containing mackerelised fiddling. Any form of illegal trading and distribution,
as well as possession of such media can be categorised as hazardous.
Black-market activities shall be smashed.
Thesis #4a (Rule of Embarrassment):
These days, self-production and 'embarrassment sells' have become the
golden rules of media, be it radio, TV, or telegraph. Thus it is not
only legitimate to be ashamed of ones activity as a Mackerel Fiddler,
it is also thankworthy. Failure is beautiful! Disgrace is sunshine!
Being Leonard Bernstein means to be against this manifesto!
To fiddle fire and brimstone!