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I once envisioned making a carousel music box depicting merry, royal elephants tromping into Lahore. I saw a tenuous connection between my bad idea and Hugo Ball's 1916 poem 'Karawane.' I composed about ninety seconds of 'music' for the elephant caravan to parade about in a circle to. I suppose I hoped to evoke the Raj, and fairgrounds of the mind, and chiptune. For countless reasons, the music box will never be realised. I wonder what I'd have built the thing out of. I assume soda cans, Meccano, and wine gums. Here is the music. Be gentle, but not too gentle.

01. The Elephant Caravan

And here is the text of Ball's poem.


jolifanto bambla ô falli bambla
grossiga m'pfa habla horem
égiga goramen
higo bloiko russula huju
hollaka hollala
anlogo bung
blago bung
blago bung
bosso fataka
� �� �
schampa wulla wussa ólobo
hej tatta gôrem
eschige zunbada
wulubu ssubudu uluw ssubudu
tumba ba-umf