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Today’s worthy Kickstarter project:
Defrag is an iPad magazine that features creative writing, music, visual art, multimedia and music videos from around the world, introducing you to the vibrant, multifaceted cultural life of your planet. No political soundbites, no celebrity profiles and no corporate propaganda.
In the first issue you’ll discover an indie rock scene in China, fine artists from India and a Heavy metal band from Iran. You’ll read poetry from Egypt, participatory fiction from California and see what club VJ’s are doing in Sweden. You’ll also hear experimental music from the UK, psychedelic blues from NYC, and experience multimedia hip-hop from the West Bank. Not the sort of content you’re likely to find on Fox News or in People Magazine.
It’s Cyberpunk Future Present, and full of There Is No They. And Phase 3 is to move it to Android tablets & PC. I like this a lot.
In these seemingly dire times, optimism can be a revolutionary act.
Today’s mega-dose of optimism is a veritable Proton Energy Pill of zeitgeist-channeling, Future Present reflecting art. (Side note: how freaking weird is it for those of us who grew up watching Roger Ramjet to re-view from today’s perspective? Just me. Cool)
It’s the full-length film of TV on the Radio‘s Nine Types of Light; a 60min epic that features all of their film clips, each in a unique style by a different director, bound together by interviews with various New Yorkers.
You may have already seen the video for Will Do. That’s just a taste. This is the full dose, which I strongly encourage you to view in the maximum possible resolution:
(Warning: contains occasional traces of melancholia, some swear words, occasional nudity and zombies)
So last night, I linked to the Vigilant Citizen’s hilarious Fergie/Transhumanism/Eugenics/Satanism mashup, and apparently some Grinders followed the discussion over there with less than spectacular results. I would like to remind folks, that while our “friends” over at the Citizen sometimes do have a sharp eye for symbolism and are always good for a laugh, they are still a Christian-themed media-paranoia conspiracy site and thus are probably not really open for strenuous intellectual testing of their theories.
To you who posted over there (or tried and got deleted or locked out) in order to conter-act some of the scary or weird disinformation, I say good job. But alas, anything you say, it seems, will be brushed off as coming from an agent of the SATANIC GLOBAL TRANSHUMANIST CONSPIRACY. For those of you who got the brush off AND were threatened with an INTERPOL investigation or the threat of an anti-peadophile investigation or were all accused of being the same person – well give yourselves an extra 300xp and head over to Khannea Suntzu’s blog.
Suntzu takes apart the Citizen rant with a patience that borders on saintlike (or machinelike… muwhahaha…) with a rant of hir own – addressing the malicious fallacies contained in the original on a point-by-point basis. It’s the perfect antidote to your daily dose of crazed conspiratorial nonsense. And if you still have rage in your heart after that, remember that as a member of the SATANIC GLOBAL TRANSHUMANIST CONSPIRACY you get to go home to your house full of MK ULTRA brainwashed sex slaves and count the piles of money that your evil overlords gave you to post on the internet about H+.
Which is all to say: mea maxima culpa if I accidentally led any of you to where the internet sidewalk ends.
As a part-time occultist with a love of pop culture, one of my guilty pleasures is The Vigilant Citizen. The author of the blog in question has a keen eye for occult symbolisim and a mind that connects the dots on an not-so-invisible conspiracy within the music and other media industries in a way that sometimes rests firmly in the grey area between conspiracy theory and media studies. Seriously, how can you not like a blog featuring the tagline: “Symbols Rule the World, Not Rules Nor Laws?”
A few weeks ago, he did a quick overview of the video for the Black Eyed Peas’ “Imma Be” which touched on transhumanism and the video’s over-all message. Well now he’s back with a detailed breakdown of the Peas’ hidden H+ agenda, how transhumanism is eugenics in a fancy frock. Oh, and how Lucifer is “the patron saint of transhumanism”.
“You know, they have a point.”
“Who was naked in the living room, tripping balls on Ayahuasca and praying for the divine light of Lucifer to pierce their soul, last weekend?”
“Right. Which means, you are BY DEFINITION, a Lucifer Worshiping Transhumanist.”
“Whatever. That’s totally not true. I’m really barely a Transhumanist at all.”
Admittedly, I’m pretty sure the Peas are using psychological warfare in their albums – that’s the only rational explanation for why I suffer nosebleeds and start quoting “Catcher in the Rye” compulsively after hearing only thirty-seconds of “My Humps” but our friends at the Citizen have a more nuanced theory of the Psyops that the Peas are bringing to bear in the name of a crypto-fascist, Satan-powered, H+ driven future.
From we-make-money-not-art.com‘s coverage of the Japan Media Arts Festival – The Arts Division.
The artist Wada Ei talks about the Band:
One day, a spectacular picture popped up in my brain. It was an image of abandoned electrical appliances being played as musical instruments on a street in a town. Using this image as a starting point, I set up the same number of tube televisions and PC-controlled video decks correspond to the number of notes in a musical scale to create a set of gamelan percussion instruments. Tapping TV tubes produces primitive and cosmic electrical music.
A fun way to browse through your music:
You can play music videos, access information on the artist, song, album, etcetera, and using such information control the flow of the songs. Meta data like popularity and genres control the way the music is displayed, with popular songs in the center, rarer songs emanating outward.
Activating one song or video will reveal a list of possible paths you might take toward other recommended songs, and then there’s the objects.
The objects are what control the music and video. The circle pieces are the speakers (really nice speakers it seems from the video) – wherever you place them on the board, that’s what song plays.
The Rectangle with antenna are the ones that activate the music videos. You can place them both, or just one at a time. There’s a plus object that shows textual information, and a dome that controls the view of the whole situation, allowing you to zoom in or out.
Link and video via yankodesign.com.
Any future Beethoven’s in the house?
Oh my goodness this is cute. The design you’re about to experience is called “Original Sound Track” and it’s basically a sound box flipped inside out and turned into a train on tracks. Set up your tracks, which have pins in them in just the right places, wind up your train car and set it on the tracks, and wowie! You’ve got your own little sound compilation! Made for kids, but who am I to say you adult figures can’t have one for yourself.
When this train makes it to production, it will come with 10 pieces of track which can be arranged in any number of different ways, allowing for the kid who runs it to make lots of different fresh songs! Then, just like any good modern toy, this train has song tracks you can buy separately. I’ll be in line the day they release the Chemical Brothers tracks! Or the Kraftwerk tracks – how awesome would that be?
This toy is basically GOING to inspire creativity and growth in cognitive ability in any child that uses it. Arranging music is intense – this is by far the simplest way to get a child excited about creating real amazing songs. Who DOESNT want their kid to become a composer!?
Video and link via yankodesign.
After weeks of speculation, the Eigenharp is live! This crazy instrument is part woodwind, part drum, and part piano. You can blow it, tap it, and stroke it to make music and it includes a case and strap. It costs $5,800 dollars and is customizable at the new product page.
Interestingly, they also released the Eigenharp Pico for about $500. It’s more like a recorder (a simple flute) and has 18 keys and one slider.
Both devices require a Mac nearby for playback.
Words and video links via crunchgear.com.
A colorful and delicately woven tapestry is transformed into a poetic, almost surreal, musical instrument by artists Myrto Karanika and Jeremy Keenan.
Strings 2009 is a novel musical interface that combines rather disparate arts: the traditional craft of weaving, printmaking and embroidery with electronic music.
As is the case with any other musical instrument, the experience, for performer and audience alike, is visceral.
But unlike most other musical instruments, the interface is soft, supple and certainly unfamiliar. Gesture is key in creating sound at specific “touch nodes” creating with woven and embroidered conductive thread.
Words and video via fashioningtech.com.
Performers Katelyn Clark and Xenia Pestova will play multiple toy pianos and portable percussion instruments, placed strategically throughout the cave’s winding passages. Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer Erik Ross will provide an electroacoustic soundscape, which will be played back by loudspeakers, creating an intricate sonic tapestry. According to the composer, the audio material will be based upon Canadian environmental themes and use sounds directly inspired by the cave setting, such as running water, as well as spoken text.”
Created by artist Sam Ashley:
His Ghost Detector is a musical instrument built by ‘hacking’ any electronic device that generates sound. Random lengths of wire are connected to randomly chosen places on its circuit board. The wires receive radiation of all kinds, and the results are translated into sound. The device becomes a “synthesizer”. It is unstable, responsive to slight inﬂuences and what it synthesizes can therefore not be controlled. A larger Ghost Detector randomly interconnects several such individual devices. Positioned all over a wall at HMKV, the network of “ghost detectors” read the “auras” of the audience. Rumour has it that the bodies or even the moods of visitors walking around the installation might affect the sonic output.
Link and photos via we-make-money-not-art.com.
“The instrument is based on a translucent and luminous round table, and by putting these pucks on the Reactable surface, by turning them and connecting them to each other, performers can combine different elements like synthesizers, effects, sample loops or control elements in order to create a unique and flexible composition.”
Thanks to Joseph Holsten for the link!