Thursday, September 30, 2010
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A note: This record is meant to be shuffled once you put it on your ipod or burn it on a CD. The tracks have already been randomized to some extent, but the basic idea is this: every time you go to listen to the recording the tracks are in a different order (simple!). In this way, the act of listening enables new relationships to develop between sound events which are unique to the moment of the listening. Of course the recording itself has a finite amount of sounds (as it is a recording). The medium by which the information is being transmitted (a pre-recorded set of events) is therefore obviously ill-suited to dynamic change. This recording is of course not going to change that, but is merely my own personal attempt to at least begin to tangle with this problem (if you want to call it that) of stasis in the recorded form. The language we use to discuss the recorded format (record, tracks, sequences, cuts, etc.) sets up the listener for a guided, directed listening experience, which of course hasn't traditionally been an issue for either the musician or the audience. In essence, this is an attempt at a non-linear (as much as that is possible) listening experience. This recording was synthesized from two improvisations on an un-amplified electric guitar performed back-to-back. The performances were then cut up into internally sequential pieces, and randomly put back together. There were no edits other than those used to divide the performances into smaller pieces of differing lengths. One more thing lest this begin to sound like a dissertation: the recording itself was fun to make and a satisfying experience, which is about as much as you can ask for.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Why should you give a fuck about this? Because the ACTA is essentially an electronic land-grab for the United States and whoever else agrees to pay/play along. If you can't sleep, here is the full text of Bill S. 3804. Yet another way to control/influence the hearts and minds of a massive group of people. It seems like a lot of people who would indeed care about having their lives drastically altered in all kinds of negative ways haven't heard about this AT ALL, and that's pretty upsetting to say the least. It's all the more disturbing considering the proposed agreement would drastically change (i.e. cripple) modes of communication and the dissemination of information in general. I don't know about you, but I would consider throwing a few bones at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who have been busting their asses night and day and then night again to try and keep this from being rammed down our collective throats. Money isn't real anyway, so we might as well put it toward something that is! Here is the contact form for Mitch McConnell, and here is his official portrait, suitable for framing.
Here's a full list sponsors for the bill:
Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT]
Evan Bayh [D-IN]
Benjamin Cardin [D-MD]
Thomas Coburn [R-OK]
Richard Durbin [D-IL]
Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]
Lindsey Graham [R-SC]
Charles Grassley [R-IA]
Orrin Hatch [R-UT]
Amy Klobuchar [D-MN]
Herbert Kohl [D-WI]
Charles Schumer [D-NY]
Arlen Specter [D-PA]
George Voinovich [R-OH]
Sheldon Whitehouse [D-RI]
If you're unsure of what goes into a bill and how it becomes a law, check this out.
To switch gears and end on a pleasant note:
Friday, September 24, 2010
SAPAT @ CROPPED OUT FEST FRIDAY, OCT 1 9:00-9:40PM
A NEW(ISH) POEM IN CATCH UP: LOUISVILLE - "NANTUCKET: C.E. 140"
ALSO: Just so everyone knows, all the stuff in the Heliocentric Records box on the right side of the page is free to download. Most of the things posted there have physical representations, so if you want a copy with artwork, or feel like trading/sending money, go ahead. If not, you can just download them. There's much more to come in the near future, so keep your lids peeled.