Di Sumus Aureus

by Joe Milazzo

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According to Google Maps' most optimistic estimates, a traversal of the complete extent of Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard—with no stops included—requires 54 minutes, or 3,240 seconds, of driving time. The total length of Sunset Boulevard thus traversed is 24 miles.

"Di Sumus Aureus" is a musical composition consisting of a single 2 minute and 15 second (or 135 second) progression of 5 organ chords, which has been looped 24 times (or: one reiteration per mile) so as to occupy / fill / fully accompany a single journey, by automobile, east or west on Sunset Boulevard. Variations, achieved via the application of both analog and digital effects, are introduced with each reiteration or loop.

"Di Sumus Aureus" is offered to listeners as an acoustical mirror held up to the monotony, homogeneity, contiguity, coterminousness, synchronicity and diversity of the sensations proffered by the various environments through which Sunset Boulevard—or any major urban thoroughfare, for that matter—passes.

Every attempt has been made to ensure that the fidelity of this recording evokes the sound and texture of radio broadcasts as successively tuned in on and heard over a vintage car stereo system. Like the most conscientiously conceived of human fabrications, a radio signal does not leave a permanent or irreversible mark upon the landscape, but rather weakens as it extends its reach and dissipates into the ends of its designs.  "Di Sumus Aureus" is similarly structured.

The title "Di Sumus Aureus" is Latin. The English translation of this phrase is, roughly, "We are all golden gods." Each individual listener is invited to assign whatever significance or insignificance they choose to the meaning of this phrase and the possible association(s) it may have with his / her experience of the piece in its natural setting. One need only listen and look.

The source material for "Di Sumus Aureus" was generated using a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard. Recorded and mixed, Summer 2011 for the Los Angeles Road Concerts: Sunset Boulevard (September 18, 2011).


released September 18, 2011




Joe Milazzo Dallas, Texas

Joe Milazzo is a writer, editor, educator, and designer. He is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie (Jaded Ibis Press) and The Habiliments (Apostrophe Books), a volume of poetry. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is a Contributing Editor at Entropy, and is also the proprietor of Imipolex Press. www.joe-milazzo.com ... more

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