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Judicanti Responsura - Hippopotamus - Alice Inez

from Hippopotamus by William Roper

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Hippopotamus - Alice Inez, is a memorial to my mother. It is about water, roundess, the subconscious, hippos, all those mother things.




Greek: hippos, meaning horse. Potamus - river, given in allusion to
its semi aquatic habitat.

At intervals during the night, the hippopotamus bellows and roars.

A large African river mammal with dark, thick, almost hairless skin,
short legs, a broad snout and a wide mouth.

The mouth is enormous and the upper lip is thick and bulging.
The hippopotamus is a social animal.

Eight or nine months after mating, the cow gives birth to a single young.
Sometimes there will be twins.

To pre-dynastic Egyptians TAUERET was a hippopotamus-deity, a
mother-goddess. The mother of Isis and Osiris. TAUERET was the
protectress of women in pregnancy and childbirth.

To the people of middle and southern Africa, the hump on the back
of the hippopotamus is representative of the stomach of a pregnant woman.

A hippopotamus rising our of the river is representative of a
pregnant woman breaking her water.

The hippo is mother.

Alice Inez was my mother.

The hippopotamus can stay submerged for long periods.
Water is the symbol of the unconscious - Alice Inez was diagnosed as
mentally ill; lost in the sea of unconsciousness, emerging
occasionally (like the Hippo) onto the land of consciousness.

The Hippopotamus roars and bellows at night.

The Hippopotamus sweats blood.


from Hippopotamus, released August 13, 2020
William Roper - tuba, percussion, spoken word, water, roars.
Joseph Mitchell - percussion, mallets.
Kim Richmond - clarinet.
Robin Ross - viola.


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William Roper Los Angeles, California

William Roper is a multi-disciplinary artist residing in Los Angeles. His primary foci are music composition, music performance and improvisation, and the visual arts. He has toured Japan, Europe, and the two Americas, as soloist and ensemble musician. He is represented on 60+ recordings, twelve as leader. ... more

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