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Needleknuckles: The Punkwalker

from Adoration of the Muses by Bryan A. Crumpler

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"Needleknuckles" (Chief of Muses and first movement of "The Muses") combines the Stravinskian cacophony of orchestral tumult with elusive striking, immersing you in a rhythmically chaotic dance that embodies the intensity of desire and yearning for free artistic expression. For the warriors at heart – the protectors of Indigenous land, air, and water – this movement of "The Muses" is dedicated to Native-American media mogul and radio personality Delores Schilling. Delores' work extends, among others, to advocacy for Indigenous rights, LGBTQIA2SP rights, accessibility for the disabled, homelessness prevention, and raising awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women (cf. MMIW and MMIWG). Her superhero name "Needleknuckles" was given by her husband – award-winning Akwesasne Mohawk journalist, editor, and public speaker Vincent Schilling – to describe the fierceness of her poleaxing punch. Emphasizing her kindred spirit and beautiful soul, the work hybridizes Muse Code™ with the Stravinsky Code™ to generate dovetails on the syllables "nee-dle knu-ckles," with edgy col legno mirroring the syllables "De-lo-res." Needleknuckle's superpowers are Premonition, Clairvoyance, Empathy, and Impassioned Speech.

This movement, written in the Spring of 2023, was adapted in June for distinguished artist Wanda Nieves to accompany her illuminating painting BORINQUEN. The painting is a seamless tetraptych on the colonization of the Taíno – the historic Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean – and provides a visualization of how the island became present-day Puerto Rico. In parallel to "Needleknuckles," the dovetailing mirrors the syllables "Por-to Ri-co," with edgy col legno hacking out "Bo-ri-ken." Boriken means "Great Land of the Valiant and Noble Lord" and is what Taíno inhabitants called the territory prior to European colonization in the 15th century.


from Adoration of the Muses, released June 19, 2023


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Bryan A. Crumpler New York, New York

Composer, Musical Cryptanalyst, Founder/CEO & Chief Cryptologist – Ahmadeus Beaux-Arts, Inc.

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