Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What is Streaming?

At the university where I work we have an ongoing conversation about what is a 'meeting'. In our course planning for teaching we have to specify how many meetings a student can expect to have with the lecturer during a course. For distance courses these meetings can take a number of forms; a video conference, a chat session, a Skype meeting and so on. Being a language studies department we bang on about what words mean all the time. What is a meeting if you do not share space? I think it is interesting and that's probably why I work there.

Today I read an article online from the Swedish Television 'Culture News' about how file sharing has decreased by fifty percent in two years. Sounds impressive. The article goes on to state that streaming has gone up a huge amount (well from five percent of traffic to twenty six percent). So the text makes the conclusion that those that were once file sharing in order to consume media are now streaming it. It seems logical, but then I came across this article:

One of the big downsides of BitTorrent is that you have to be patient. Streams from Hulu start after a few seconds of buffering. Download a file from a torrent site, on the other hand, and you’ll often have to wait hours before you can start watching. “It’s a painful experience for users,” admitted BitTorrent Inc. VP Simon Morris in a recent interview with NewTeeVee, adding that BitTorrent has been pretty much “point-click-wait” instead of the “point-click-watch” experience people now expect from web video.

BitTorrent Inc. is now trying to tackle this issue with a new streaming feature in its flagship uTorrent client. Of course, this isn’t the first attempt to make BitTorrent a little more of an instantaneous experience. In fact, there are a number of ways you can stream your torrents. We tested a number of them and compiled a quick list of five ways to get your streams on. Five Ways to Stream Your Torrents

So people who are using torrents are also streaming. With the recent announcement by the Pirate Bay that they are abandoning the torrent tracker all together in favor of magnetic torrents, it seems that the Culture News is just following the pattern that is pretty much established in relation to file sharing. Technical innovation remains ahead of both legal structure and social reality at large.

The boundaries between one form of information distribution and another over web protocols are difficult to set. The meaning of 'streaming' is based on technical characteristic that seem to be fast becoming obsolete. Streaming will be the new file sharing.

Monday, December 28, 2009


Watching the huge number of protesters streaming down a street in Tehran I wondered about their lives. I can see their faces in this video. Seemingly ordinary people risking life and limb to manifest a disapproval of what passes as their government. They chant "Death to the dictator", and film each other, moving about the cars that are staled and stuck in the sea of public opinion that sweeps around them.

I have taken to the streets (and the forests) myself and disobeyed they law to express an opinion, and prevent an act which I and many others believed to be wrong from continuing. The feeling when one is in the 'protest space', where the rules of the mass society have become the rules of the group (perhaps one can say mob) is an exhilarating sensation when it goes well. If it goes badly it can be terrifying as the authorities reclaim the space for the state.

Yesterday a group of the feared Basij militia were outnumbered and overpowered and beaten by protesters.

In another incident Basij were overpowered, beaten and their motorcycles burnt:

The intensity of the protest is so much greater than it was in the June demonstrations. It seems the popular forces are no longer as cautious as they were around the time of the death of Neda Agha-Soltan.

The only certainty regarding the events in Tehran is that there will be more deaths. The protesters are clearly aware of this but it seems that it is not deterring them. The future for Iran is being decided but it is not a revolution, it is a civil war.

Nightly chant at Tehran Ashura 88

Iran News Now has been running Live-blog: Ashura in Iran – December 27, 2009.
For more see

Justice for Iran
Tumblr: Basij
Tehran Live
BBC Photos

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Homeland Security Presents Revolutionary Media

Media recommended by the management this last week of the first decade of the twenty first century since an unemployed Jewish carpenter was nailed to a tree for suggesting that we should care for each other. Get it into you.

Wax Audio - 9 Countries: Sounds
9 Countries - Mashed ambiance, soundscaping across Asia. A Wax Audio production 9 Countries was recorded on location in Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Tibet, India, Egypt and Greece between October 2005 and March 2007 by Tom Compagnoni. What you hear has been entirely assembled from these field recordings, no additional samples used. Recorded, edited, mixed, re-mixed, mashed and mastered by Tom Compagnoni 2005-2009

This book, Noise & Capitalism, is a tool for understanding the situation we are living through, the way our practices and our subjectivities are determined by capitalism. It explores contemporary alienation in order to discover whether the practices of improvisation and noise contain or can produce emancipatory moments and how these practices point towards social relations which can extend these moments. If the conditions in which we produce our music affects our playing then let's try to feel through them, understand them as much as possible and, then, change these conditions. If our senses are appropriated by capitalism and put to work in an ‘attention economy’, let's, then, reappropriate our senses, our capacity to feel, our receptive powers; let's start the war at the membrane! Alienated language is noise, but noise contains possibilities that may, who knows, be more affective than discursive, more enigmatic than dogmatic.

Small Town Romance » Blog Archive » Lament – Mixtape

This was a pretty sad week, as my guitar hero Jack Rose had died in the beginning of the week, of a heart attack in the age of 38. I wrote him an open letter which you can read here, and I’m glad that new people were exposed to his music because of this letter. At first, I thought of having a somewhat dedicated to death mixtape, but I figured it’ll be too depressing and live moves on, so this mixtape will be a regular, plain one, like you’re use too. It is dedicated to Jack though.

Silver Currant: Jack Rose, The Athenaeum, Fredericksburg, VA.
Jack Rose. June 18, 2009 @ The Athenaeum, Fredericksburg,Virginia.

Download Bergensbanen in HD
Friday November 27th over 1,2 million Norwegians watched parts of “Bergensbanen” on NRK2. The longest documentary ever? At least the longest we have made, almost 7 1/2 hours, showing every minute of the scenic train ride between Bergen on the Norwegian west coast, crossing the mountains to the capital of Oslo. Bergensbanen is 100 years in 2009, and the documentary was a wild idea from NRK staff that came through, and was a surprisingly big success.

Time Has Told Me
An old favorite. A great Mp3 blog that does not link to individual entries so you have to go through the whole glorious thing.

Busy week ahead. Will be working. Lots to write. Lots to plan. Enjoy!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Drone of the Equinoctial

Over the Christmas break I have had the chance to make a little sound. Here is an eight minute recording of a performance I gave at a private party on Tuesday:


and getting ready for the gig:

Drone Moment at Home

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Electronic Behavior Control System

Electronic Behavior Control System
Telecommunication Breakdown
TVT, 1995

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Copenhagen: The final hours

Nature's Olive Heffernan awaits the final conclusion of the Copenhagen conference on climate change. Author Tom Friedman, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and others give us their take on the UN talks, and we finally get a glimpse of Barack Obama.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cabin Weather Recomendations

Holed up for winter. Snow storm today. The air becomes three dimensional with snow. Particles of white float down in space. Cold it is. Minus 20 yesterday. Today only about minus 10. I write and eat and sleep. Dreaming of the sun. The internet is a crystal highway out of here. I present some recommended media gleaned from the traffic ways of the cyber-nets during the last week. Enjoy.

The Roots of Tantra (PDF Book)
Collective works of this kind are notoriously difficult to summarize and assess. Here, the authors, scholars across various fields, attempt to deal with different aspects of the origins of Tantra as a movement in the ancient Indian subcontinent. Perhaps most interesting are M.C. Joshi's essay, "Historical and Iconographic Aspects of Sakta Tantrism," Thomas McEvilley's "The Spinal Serpent," and editor Harper's "Warring Saktis." Like the contributors, this reviewer flinches from the task of defining Tantrism. Suffice it to say that this volume is a savory and well-illustrated collection on certain aspects of religion in the Indian subcontinent. Highly recommended.

Orson Welles Vintage Radio | Open Culture
Back in the late 1930s, Orson Welles launched The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio program dedicated to bringing dramatic, theatrical productions to the American airwaves. The show had a fairly short run. It lasted from 1938 to 1941. But it made its mark. During these few years, The Mercury Theatre aired The War of the Worlds, an episode narrated by Welles that led many Americans to believe their country was under Martian attack. The legendary production was based on H.G. Wells’ early sci-fi novel, and you can listen to it here.

Merlin in Rags
Incredible Mp3 blog of ancient and archaic music

EKAR020/Various Artists pt.2

Deep House,Downtempo compilation. etoka records,various artists,compilation,release,ekar020,paskal,deyamre,andy hart,fassbinder,jaksa pavicevic,verano,jose quilez,sumsuch,si muir,hannes smith. V.A pt2 is a 20th release of Etoka Records & the last one of 2009. Compilation includes 10 tracks. We hope you enjoy this one!!!

DIY Book Scanners Turn Your Books Into Bytes | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
So over three days, and for about $300, he lashed together two lights, two Canon Powershot A590 cameras, a few pieces of acrylic and some chunks of wood to create a book scanner that’s fast enough to scan a 400-page book in about 20 minutes. To use it, he simply loads in a book and presses a button, then turns the page and presses the button again. Each press of the button captures two pages, and when he’s done, software on Reetz’s computer converts the book into a PDF file. The Reetz DIY book scanner isn’t automated–you still need to stand by it to turn the pages. But it’s fast and inexpensive.

Salvador Dali & Igor Wakhevitch - Etre Dieu (1974)
Igor Wakhévitch is a French composer who gained a small cult following in the late 1990s after praise circulated by Nurse with Wound and Michael Gira of Swans. Wakhévitch was a part of the 1960s atmosphere of musical integration and crossing borders. He was friends with Robert Wyatt and Mike Ratledge of The Soft Machine and studied with Pierre Schaeffer and Terry Riley.

Bomber Blog: Pierre Henry - Mass for the Present time (1968)
The celebrated French composer Pierre Henry was among the pivotal forces behind the development of musique concrète, becoming the first formally educated musician to devote his energies to the electronic medium. Born in Paris on December 9, 1927, he began training at the Paris Conservatoire at the age of ten, studying piano under Nadia Boulanger and percussion under Felix Passerone while also attending the classes of Olivier Messiaen. Still, Henry had little regard for traditional musical instruments, preferring instead to privately experiment with non-musical sound sources; over time, he grew fascinated with the notion of incorporating noise into the compositional process, and perhaps unsurprisingly first attracted notice in performing circles for his prowess as a percussionist.

In 1949, Henry joined the staff of the RTF electronic studio, founded by Pierre Schaeffer five years earlier; he soon immersed himself completely in electronic music, heading the Groupe de Research de Musique Concrète throughout the greater part of the 1950s. Henry soon began compiling a "sound herbal," a catalog of any sound potentially useful from a musical standpoint -- everything from animal cries to editing techniques to speed variations, all of which he deemed superior to conventional instrumentation. It inspired 1950's Symphonie pour un homme seul, a 12-movement work co-written by Henry and Schaeffer employing the sounds of the human body; solo pieces including 1951's Le microphone bien tempere (the first attempt at notated musique concrète), Musique sans titre and Concerto des ambiguites (which combined live piano with its own recorded distorted sounds) all broke new ground as well.

Films of Artavazd Peleshian
Artavazd Ashoti Peleshyan (born November 22, 1938, Leninakan) is an Armenian director of film-essays, a documentarian in the history of film art and a film theorist. However his work unlike Maya Deren's is not avant-garde nor tries to explore the absurd, is not really art for the art's sake like Stan Brakhage's but should be rather acknowledged as a poetic view on life embedded on film. In the words of the filmmaker Sergei Parajanov, his is "one of the few authentic geniuses in the world of cinema". Renowned Master of the Armenian SSR arts title (1979).

Third Ear Band: New Forecasts From The Third Ear Almanac (1989)

Recorded live at Teatro Impavadi, Sarzana, Italy on the 11th January
1989 - taken from official bootleg cassette on the ADN label

1. Egyptian Book Of The Dead
2. Third Ear Raga
3. Live Ghosts
4. Witches' Dance

performed by;
GLEN SWEENEY - hand drums
MICK CARTER - guitar
LYN DOBSON - flute and alto saxophone
All compositions by Glen Sweeney, Mick Carter and Lyn Dobson

Free Albums Galore :: Mu. - Arecibo Psycodelic Classics 17: Abortos Musicales :: November :: 2009
You know DIY has gone over the edge when the artist braggs that his music was recorded “with one mic made out of cell phone parts and a ball of aluminum foil”. The album titled Arecibo Psycodelic Classics 17: Abortos Musicales by Mu. is a cornucopia of percussive sounds that seem to be dually influenced by John Cage and an army of toddlers let loose in a music store. While there is a temptation to think of Mu as someone who simply wants to find as many sounds as he can get out of the household appliances, he is actually quite imaginative and has some structure hiding behind the noise. Those familiar with avant jazz percussion of the 70s will get this album faster than most but I think the rest will still enjoy this interesting noisefest. The album is available from the Headphonica netlabel in 320kbps MP3.

Acid Mothers Temple Live at Empty Bottle on 2002-10-20

Disc 1
1. Soleil de Cristal et Lune D' Argent
2. In C-->In E

Disc 2
1. Loved & Confused
2. Blue Velvet Blues
3. Pink Lady Lemonade
4. La Novia

Thursday, December 17, 2009

TCPA - Trusted Computing Platform Alliance

The Trusted Computing Group (TCG), successor to the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA), is an initiative started by AMD, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Infineon, Intel, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems to implement Trusted Computing. Many others followed.

TCG's original goal was the development of a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), a semiconductor intellectual property core or integrated circuit that conforms to the trusted platform module specification put forward by the Trusted Computing Group and is to be included with computers to enable trusted computing features. TCG-compliant functionality has since been integrated directly into certain[specify] mass-market chipsets.

TCG also recently released the first version of their Trusted Network Connect ("TNC") protocol specification, based on the principles of AAA, but adding the ability to authorize network clients on the basis of hardware configuration, BIOS, kernel version, and which updates that have been applied to the OS and anti-virus software, etc.[3]

Seagate has also developed a Full Disk encryption drive which can use the ability of the TPM to secure the key within the hardware chip.

The owner of a TPM-enabled system has complete control over what software does and doesn't run on their system This does include the possibility that a system owner would choose to run a version of an operating system that refuses to load unsigned or unlicensed software, but those restrictions would have to be enforced by the operating system and not by the TCG technology. What a TPM does provide in this case is the capability for the OS to lock software to specific machine configurations, meaning that "hacked" versions of the OS designed to get around these restrictions would not work. While there is legitimate concern that OS vendors could use these capabilities to restrict what software would load under their OS (hurting small software companies or open source/shareware/freeware providers, and causing vendor lock-in for some data formats), no OS vendor has yet suggested that this is planned.

Furthermore, since restrictions would be a function of the operating system, TPMs could in no way restrict alternative operating systems from running , including free or open source operating systems. There are several projects which are experimenting with TPM support in free operating systems - examples of such projects include a TPM device driver for Linux, an open source implementation of the TCG's Trusted Software Stack called TrouSerS, a Java interface to TPM capabilities called TPM/J, and a TPM-supporting version of the Grub bootloader called TrustedGrub.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

Monday, December 14, 2009

We Take our Images With Us

The attack on Italian strong man Silvio Berlusconi by Missimo Tartaglia provides us with yet another image of hate and power. Silvio new exactly what to do once the makeup of hate was applied to his serene visage. Stumbling up from his car and blanket of burly security he showed his wounds to the crowd and they cheered.

Like Mao in the Yangtze and Putin with his ongoing muscle show, Silvio had a chance to stab at the ancient code of manly power and heroism. He will rise again in three days with a new face and a message for the masses.

Missimo Tartaglia on Facebook has almost 45 000 fans at the time of writing.

Friday, December 11, 2009

'The Whole World is Networking' Seminar

In HUMlab (and streamed live over the internets) today at 13.15, Daniel Kreiss from Stanford University will give a talk entitled, The Whole World is Networking: Crafting Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama

While many scholars of online politics focus on the falling costs of information as enabling new forms of collective action, this talk argues that digital electoral practices are the product of the sociotechnical work of a network of individuals and organizations that give them a particular shape and form. Through open-ended interviews and participant observation I follow a network of actors that convened on the 2003-2004 Howard Dean campaign for Democratic presidential nomination and subsequently founded and joined many organizational sites in the political field, culminating in Barack Obama’s 2007-2008 presidential run. I show how these figures carried a host of digital artifacts and practices honed on the Dean effort to other electoral and advocacy campaigns. In contrast to many accounts that celebrate seemingly leveled, collaborative participation, contemporary Democratic electoral practices are premised on sophisticated data gathering and the convening and leveraging of peer networks for institutionalized campaign ends. I demonstrate how these sociotechnical practices create new electoral collectives that extend the agency of citizens in some domains while foreclosing more substantive forms of participation. I conclude by showing the cultural work that goes into motivating, managing, and legitimating these forms of collective action.

Come to HUMlab under the UB or tune in online at the appointed time.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Five Theorists from the Last Five Years

Create a MySpace Music Playlist at MixPod.com

Yesterday I was granted the final extension for my thesis appointment. I have been a PhD candidate since June 2004 and by June 2010 I will be finished. My dissertation is in the process of being re-written for the final time, and it is actually on track. I am confident, if I continue working basically all the time, I will make it.

So, it is almost over. The PhD has been the most remarkable period in my professional adult life. Doing a PhD is like nothing else I have ever experienced. Intense, rewarding, stressful, bewildering and fascinating are some words that spring to mind regarding the hard slog and great privilege that has been the last five and a half years.

Now, looking back over the time as a PhD candidate the contact with the words of others has been perhaps the most rewarding aspect of it. I have been paid to spend time thinking, listening and writing (even speaking occasionally!). With this in mind I thought to post here some of the words of people who have been with me during my own research, People whose ideas have had a marked, and occasionally extreme, influence on my own thinking. I begin with five of the basic building blocks of the digital side of my thesis (a critical literary theory work with a digital corpus as its subject). So here are presentations given by danah boyd, Howard Rheingold, Henry Jenkins, N. Katherine Hayles, Lawrence Lessig and Lawrence Liang. To anyone working in the field it reads like a list of the usual suspects. To me these were the early points of reference from which I branched out into less well worn paths where I tried (and continue to try) to find my own way forward.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Media, Education, and Technology - Bonnie Bracey

Watch it on Academic Earth

One Day and the Intenet

A Day in the Internet
Created by OnlineEducation.net

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Jack Rose is Dead

Jack Rose 1971-2009

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

I just heard that Jack Rose is dead at 38. While I only met Jack once, when I saw him play a beautiful concert here in Umeå in 2007, I have been listening to his music for the past decade. I am shocked by the passing of a great musician who was an inspiration to myself. Following his gig here in Umeå in 2007 I wrote:

When I met Jack Rose and shook his hand I noticed how big and chunky they were. Great paws attached to a bearish man with curly locks and a shaggy beard. Then when he started playing his hands became nimble creatures that plucked and strutted over the frets. In the music of Jack Rose Varanasi meets the Appalachians in the back seat of John Fahey's beat up automobile. I must admit in some places the music seemed to stagger and stall (giving the feeling of being imprisoned in a giant wind up clock that was running too fast), becoming repetitive, but overall it was a great performance. One perhaps 10 or 15 minute piece (time disappeared for most of the gig) in particular was an amazing raga-esque journey with Rose tapping on the sound board, playing a bass line and a high end all at the same time.

Jack Rose Umeå, 2007.

To understand who Jack Rose was turn to the Pelt Myspace site:

On Heraldic Beasts maybe more than any other Pelt record, the band get seriously fierce, kicking up super caustic walls of gritty guitar and harsh feedback, huge Total like dins that often (but not always) settle down into more familiar moody murkiness. Neo Appalachian guitar hero Jack Rose is in there somewhere, as Pelt is his musical day job, but he's not channeling Fahey here, instead, he's possessed by the spirit of Haino, spitting out huge surges of molten guitar skree which the band then twists into dronelike shapes. Most of this disc occupies the dreamlike raga space we've come to associate with Pelt, but there is most definitely plenty of supercharged blown out psychedelic freakout scrabble and skree, that fans of SUNN, Skullflower, Fushitsusha and the like will find well worth checking out.

And then there is his music:

These streams are from Arthur magazine, which is a brilliant publication and should be supported, even if I am borrowing their bandwidth, which I do with some conscious but due to the circumstances I will leave them here for a few days only- You can support Arthur in many ways:

Pelt Den Haag from Mikel Dimmick on Vimeo.

With Pelt.

Pelt Terrastock 7 June 22nd 2008 from Mikel Dimmick on Vimeo.

With Pelt at Terrastock 7

Obituary from Spinner:

Rose was born in Virginia in 1971. His professional musical career began in the Richmond noise band Pelt, which formed in 1993. But Rose is best known for his solo work, which he began recording in the early 2000s, releasing numerous EPs and LPs on a number of different labels, most frequently VHF.

Rose, who also went by the moniker Dr. Ragtime, reached new levels of exposure in 2004, recording a Peel Session on BBC Radio 1, appearing on a limited compilation by Devendra Banhart called 'Golden Apples In The Sun,' and being named among The Wire's 50 Records of the Year with the release 'Raag Manifestos.' The following year, he released 'Kensington Blues,' which also received high marks from publications including Pitchfork and Dusted.

Rose was considered instrumental in bringing ragtime into the modern era and transforming it into something that was both referential and original. But as a self-taught player proficient on the guitar, including the 6-string, 12-string and lap steel, he brought a wide range of influences to his music.

Explaining his process in a 2007 interview, Rose said his favorite music was "anything that's pre 1942; Cajun, Country, Blues, Jazz all that stuff... that's my favorite kind of music."

Sadness will be a companion for the coming time.

BBC Interview: danah boyd on youth online

Danah Boyd is a social media researcher at Microsoft Research. She met with Aleks Krotoski to discuss the changes in young people's behaviour when online, their attitudes to privacy and the importance that might be placed upon building their identities online.

These rushes sequences are part of the BBC promise to release content from most of the interviews and some general footage, all under a permissive licence for you to embed, or download a non-branded version and re-edit.

Home with Google Street View

Home 1982-1987

Home 1973-1982

Home 1969-1973

Google Street View brings images of my three childhood homes. As well, it is now offering:

According to this UNESCO announcement, 19 historical sites will be included, and I’ve listed them below. The video above offers more details.

“Spain: Santiago de Compostela (Old Town); Old Town of Cáceres; Historic Walled Town of Cuenca; Old City of Salamanca; Old Town of Ávila with its Extra-Muros Churches; Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct; Historic City of Toledo France: Palace and Park of Versailles; Paris, Banks of the Seine Italy: Archaeological Areas of Pompei, Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata; Historic Centre of Siena; Historic Centre of Urbino; Historic Centre of San Gimignano Netherlands: Mill Network at Kinderdijk-Elshout Czech Republic: Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc; Historic Centre of Český Krumlov; Historic Centre of Prague United Kingdom: Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew”

Via Open Culture and my Mum and Dad

What is Happpening in Afghanistan?

Interview with “Zoya” from RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) on GRITtv (via The Afghan Women Tug of War — Feministe)

Monday, November 30, 2009

India, November 1996

Myself to the right (recovering from dengue fever). Note the recording device at my feet. I wonder where the result of this session is today (i.e. the tape). I must have it somewhere.

Seminar in HUMlab: December 9, 2009 at. 10:15

Ragnarök - Farewell Copenhagen (instrumental) (1975)

Seminar in HUMlab: December 9, 2009 at. 10:15
Peter Bryngelsson,
Composer, scientist, writer
Head teacher of film music
Malmö Academy of Music

Live stream opens at the time of the seminar (follow the link)

The seminar will focus on how music "animates" all motion in the image in films and games. This means that the music selects for us the movement we will see through, so to speak, drawing an extra contour around the moving image. The brain is constantly looking for sync points and therefore it follows the music's ambiguous flows and accents it in the interpretation of the image flow.

The music sync not only the actual motion of the image, but also other, more philosophical movement patterns linked to the contemplation of the moving image as the historical movement, timing, haptic, contextual, etc.

In cooperation with the DINO project and Umeå Creative Industry Association.

Bits and Bobs: media tips for a dark monday

And now some recomended online media from the managment:

No Law 4000 - Entire film
Western science fiction set in the year 4000. Cowboys with laser guns and aliens from Mexico on a hunt to get to the hidden treasure first. Lots of explosions, gunfights and beards. I am the voice of the mad poker player who is shot at 2 mins 52 sec; "I kill men like you before breakfast. So wipe that smile off your face....."

Celtx - #1 choice for media pre-production.
Celtx is the world's first all-in-one media pre-production system. It replaces 'paper & binder' pre-production with a digital approach that's more complete, simpler to work with, and easier to share. It is free I tell you...free!

Revolution Rising « ethnotechno.com Rolling hard on the bass drop, the High Chai Recordings label is excited to serve up its latest offering compiled by Ethnotechno.com visionary dimmSummer – presenting original tracks from Karsh Kale, Midival Punditz, Niraj Chag, the Nasha Experience, Jalebee Cartel, and GOONDA, along with remixes from The Arch Cupcake (Cheb i Sabbah), Jahcoozi (Asian Dub Foundation), Sub Swara (State of Bengal) and Shiva Soundsystem (Swami) plus many more…

Dakar 1966 – 1er Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres
01 Evocation du Spectacle Féérique de Gorée (24:06)
(Gorée Island Enchanting Tale)

Petite Musique de Cour des Rois Mandingue et Balante
(Ancient Court Music of the Mandingue and Balante Senegalese Kings)
02 Improvisation Pour Une Fête (kora and balafon) (2:55)
03 Air pour une Fiancée (balafon solo) (3:18)
04 Nocturne pour une Reine (kora improvisation) (2:03)

Songs of New Nations,
sung by the De Paur Chorus (New Jersey)
05 Ghana (2:54)
06 Nigeria (4:16)
07 Congo (2:11)
08 Nigeria (3:12)
09 Ghana (2:55)

Total time 47:40
LP released by Philips, France, 1966

Booker T and the MGs

The house band at Stax, responsible for writing and backing a variety of singers on literally hundreds of soul hits, Booker T and the MGs (short for Memphis Group) are the wellspring and cornerstone of American music. Their trademark sound of Booker T's groovy organ and piano, Steve Cropper's tastefully minimal guitar licks, melodic bass lines of Duck Dunn and the bedrock in-the-pocket backing of Al Jackson, could be heard on the recordings of Otis Redding, Albert King, Wilson Pickett and many others. Immensely influental as a backing band, they were possibly the greatest instrumental group of the sixties, too. These two discs collect their best instrumental work. Licensing considerations did not allow a single best-of collection at the time when these came out, so the first one spans their earlier years on Atlantic (1962-67), the second covers 1968-71 on Stax (I think the archives are misnamed - "Stax" is called "Atlantic" and vice versa).

Mu. - Arecibo Psycodelic Classics 17: Abortos Musicales
You know DIY has gone over the edge when the artist braggs that his music was recorded “with one mic made out of cell phone parts and a ball of aluminum foil”. The album titled Arecibo Psycodelic Classics 17: Abortos Musicales by Mu. is a cornucopia of percussive sounds that seem to be dually influenced by John Cage and an army of toddlers let loose in a music store. While there is a temptation to think of Mu as someone who simply wants to find as many sounds as he can get out of the household appliances, he is actually quite imaginative and has some structure hiding behind the noise. Those familiar with avant jazz percussion of the 70s will get this album faster than most but I think the rest will still enjoy this interesting noisefest.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Letter to Mandy

An open letter to Peter Mandelson regarding the newly announced Digital Economy Bill.

Dear Peter Mandelson,

I've been following your recent policy proposals, so now they've gone through, I thought I'd contribute some vocals. The focal point of my criticism's the ridiculous decision to bring in a system where you flick a switch and disconnect the internet when it's suspected that intellectual infringement has been detected, even if the relatives they live with definitely didn't. I think it's in your best interest to bin this, yes? 'Cause isn't it a respected institution that we're considered innocent unless different is proven? Er, excuse me - how can you excuse exclusion when you've not pursued a definite conclusion?

You're picking on the little man, the Lilliputian; now there's a pain in my gulliver and it's confusing. You're swift to treat your citizens with such little human humour it's no wonder that we're disilliusioned. This resolution's gonna end in revolution just like any other governance that doesn't accept evolution. To be perfectly honest, m'lord, there'd be less intrusion if you curtly abolished the law and left us to it.

And why do games require safety ratings, but any age can see adult-aimed plays and paintings? It's state censorship, the same as Beijing; but even China thinks a pirate isn't worth the time of day for chasing. I think Chairman Mao would say the same thing - since you became secretary, it's like the state's your plaything. You made a massive sacrifice, invaded loads of privacy, but if I wanted to download, there'd be no hope of finding me. I could take my mobile phone to the local library, and utilise the free wireless to find the file I need. Then what are you going to try - to disconnect their ISP? You might as well just burn the books on rights to speech.

Dear Mandy, stay away from my family. Yours considerably angrily, Dan Bull. Dear Mandy, stay away from my family. Yours considerably angrily, Dan Bull.

Who'll profit from the Digital Economy Bill? Not the public, but the profiteers probably will. Who'll profit from the Digital Economy Bill? Not the public, but the puppeteers probably will. I've talked about how intellectual property kills and you're still just concerned with who's copping the bill. It's quite obvious you've been lobbied until the copy holders got control, and you're probably their shill. It's not your problem when you're positioned on top of the hill, in your property that probably cost a couple of mil. But wake up and smell the coffee, the milk is going off and you're not bothered 'cause your coffers are filled.

Lord, it's time you took an honesty pill, and acknowledged the majority aren't horribly thrilled. So what if I watched a torrented comedy film? I don't need to now my country's just become a Brazil. You know the truth, Orwell spoke his views, your House broke the news and all Hell's broken loose. The utopia we hoped for is overdue, so could you help out a little bit and don't be stupid?

The onus is on you to show us you aren't using your throne in a way the voters don't approve. I know you're very close to David Geffen, so maybe his interests have given you a hazed perception. Hey, do you reckon you'd win today's election, considering you're chasing this amidst a great recession? Deception's the politician's favourite weapon but we're already jaded from one too many painful lessons.

Dear Mandy, stay away from my family. Yours considerably angrily, Dan Bull. Dear Mandy, stay away from my family.

Yours considerably angrily,
Dan Bull.

P.S. I love you, Mandy x

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Samples used:
Lily Allen - Never Gonna Happen
Lily Allen - Who'd Have Known

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Milton Glaser

The passing on of gifts is a device to prevent people from killing each other because they all become part of a single experience."- Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser -- born 26. 6. 1929 in New York, USA -- graphic designer, illustrator, teacher.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sinclair Beiles reading his poems (1994)

"Mother Hasn't Paid the Bill" and "Snore" read by poet Sinclair Beiles, Johannesburg, April 1994.

Sinclair Beiles (b. Kampala, Uganda, 1930, d. 2002, Johannesburg) - was a South African beat poet and editor for Maurice Girodias at the Olympia Press in Paris. He developed along with William Burroughs and Brion Gysin the cut-up technique of writing poetry and literature.

Beiles was involved with American beat poets Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and Brion Gysin, and writer William Burroughs at the legendary Beat Hotel in Paris. The photographer Harold Chapman recorded this period in his book The Beat Hotel (Gris Banal, 1984). He co-authored Minutes to Go with Burroughs, Gysin and Corso (Two Cities Editions, 1960). Beiles helped edit William Burroughs' book Naked Lunch.

He worked with the Greek artist Takis and read his magnetic manifesto: "I am a sculpture... I would like to see all nuclear bombs on Earth turned into sculptures" in 1962 in Paris at the Iris Clert Gallery. At this event he was famously suspended in mid-air by a magnetic field from a powerful magnet in a sculpture developed by Takis. Beiles attributed his subsequent mental instability to this experience even though he insisted that Takis provide him with a helmet to protect his head from the magnetic field.

Beiles wondered through Europe, including a spell in London and settled in the Greek islands during the 1970s. He fought frequent bouts of depression, mental illness and drug addiction. He was married to the South African poet and artist Marta Procter.

In later life he returned to South Africa and was associated with the Johannesburg-based Gallery III group of poets, writers, composers and performance artists and lived in the central and artistic district of Yeoville. He and the South African columnist and playwright Ian Fraser, formed a friendship which lasted many years. The poet had a burst of writing activity from 1991 to 2000, publishing a large number of poetry collections, including A South African Abroad (Lapis Press, 1991). He died in relative poverty.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Village and Forest

"The 'village' is a society that Bergson describes as closed, comparable to a group of animals Static and inalterable, the closed society goes about regulating communal life by obeying moral constraints. The 'forest', on the other hand, is an 'open' society, transformed by the vital impetus, obeying nothing, distracted by newness, and dispersing the group by breaking its social cohesion. These two extremes emanate from a common origin; the strength of belonging and of life in society on one hand, the freedom of the forest, the mystical impetus on the other hand. On the one side time, on the other side rupture."
- Introduction to “Syncope: The Philosophy of Rapture” by Catherine Clément pxiv (1994)

Visualizing the Decline of Empires

This is mainly an experimentation with soft bodies using toxi's verlet springs.
The data refers to the evolution of the top 4 maritime empires of the XIX and XX centuries by extent. The visual emphasis is on their decline.

More on that project mondeguinho.com/master/visual-experiment ations/visualizing-empires

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Byron as Player

This is clever:

"I made this video for class. We were researching english poets, and my group had to do Lord Byron. He would be considered a "player" in today's standards, courting many women. That would also make him "Promiscuous". I decided that it would be fun to make a video to the song "Promiscuous" featuring images of him and the women that he was with. Enjoy! ^_^
I currently have comments on a "wait" list, so if you want to just shout something out, do so, or send me a general message, ok?
I do not claim to own the song; this is a song created by Nelly and owned by UMG. Please go buy the song at Amazon or iTunes if you like it."

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Recomendadtions from a Week of Screen Staring

November is a month of visions. A few hours of light in the middle of the day frames a time of shadows moving across the eye. From its corners spring shapes and figures. Rain washed streets glaze figures wrapped in woolens and the hoods of hurrying home. Dead leaves pad out footsteps. Doors are more rarely knocked upon. Inside is favored with journeys out postponed or forgotten between cups of tea and screens of work or cinematic distractions. Winter touches the edge of the cloak of night as daylight retreats to a small cave in the mountains. We dream.

In this time of murky days and long nights I take my time with words, films, games and sound.

The Psychedelic Review Archives 1963-1971

Writers who explored the potentials of consciousness exploration in the psychedlic era included Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Ram Dass among others; an important journal of the time was The Psychedelic Review

Bill Plummer - 1967 - Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood
This album manages to fuse jazz, Indian music, and wacky psychedelia, while still ending up as more than the sum of its parts. You need to become part of the Cosmic Brotherhood as soon as possible.

Copy Me (in Swedish)
The collected texts from the Swedish Pirate Bureau. Digitization of Culture and information has developed into one of today's major points of contention. With a computer, anyone can copy information for free, which has made the monopolists desperate. Their bitter rejection of all that digital culture is called has created a black and white and dull debate.
The analog media has been filled with those that try to respond to the alien digital world in the most odd ways. Newspapers have been reporting from the press perspective. The book you hold in your hand is composed of texts analogized from the digital culture.
Perspectives that emerges is both the hacker, artist, philosopher and the ordinary interchange's. Copy Me offers cut copy discussion myths, but also vision and practical example of a culture that has long since left the copyright era behind them. From Public Enemy to Friedrich Hayek, a video game history to Michel Foucault, from computer to pharmaceutical plants. For the first time in book form in Swedish and presented here are a collection of texts on one of our century's most burning topics: copying.

zSHARE - jesse bernstein - selected works.pdf

This is a chapbook ebook that contains some (all?) of one of Jesse's earliest chapbooks, "Choking on Sixth". Major props to Jesse fan Jeremiah for putting this together. Thanks, man!

ABC of Relativity: Understanding Einstein By Bertrand Russell
Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi - Runtime: 3hrs, 20mins
Series of mp3 audio files of Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) explaining the velocity of light, clock time and space time, Einstein's Theory of Gravitation, and What Is Matter?.

Ask a dozen people to name a genius and the odds are that 'Einstein' will spring to their lips. Ask them the meaning of 'relativity' and few of them will be able to tell you what it is. The basic principles of relativity have not changed since Bertrand Russell first published his lucid guide for the general reader. The ABC of Relativity is Bertrand Russell's most brilliant work of scientific popularisation. With marvellous lucidity he steers the reader who has no knowledge of maths or physics through the subtleties of Einstein's thinking. In easy, assimilable steps, he explains the theories of special and general relativity and describes their practical application to, amongst much else, discoveries about gravitation and the invention of the hydrogen bomb.

UbuWeb Sound - Hanatarash
Hanatarashi (ハナタラシ), meaning "sniveler" or "snot-nosed" in Japanese, was a noise band created by later Boredoms frontman Yamantaka Eye and featured Zeni Geva guitarist Mitsuru Tabata. The outfit was formed in Osaka, Japan in 1984 after Eye and Tabata met as stage hands at an Einstürzende Neubauten show. After the release of the first album, the "I" was dropped and the name became Hanatarash.

Jennifer Government: NationStates
A close friend said to me this week, "games teach you to see things." Very profound and true. NationStates is a free nation simulation game. Build a nation and run it according to your own warped political ideals. Create a Utopian paradise for society's less fortunate or a totalitarian corporate police state. Care for your people or deliberately oppress them. Join the World Assembly or remain a rogue state. It's up to you.

Aquarium Drunkard: Music Blog » Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy :: Death To Everyone (Live)

Having just spent a coule of weeks listening to Billy and remembering the brittle joy I felt when I first found the pit that is his music, I was made even more sardonic by this tune. Markedly different from the stark I See A Darkness version, MBV just debuted this live rendering of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s “Death To Everyone,” a track that while culled from the same session will not be available on the forthcoming BPB live album Funtown Comedown. Recorded with the Picket Line; out 12/15 via Sea Note/Drag City.

Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions in 2D and 3D models.

Question Mark Question Mark Question Mark
I listened to the recording on my drive back to LA that night. It was indescribably weird. The dedication to the floppy disk case, chicken scratch message, and treasure map implied that someone with way too much time on his or her hands crafted it. The insanity of the recording -- with one or two kind of pretty moments -- mirrored the obsessively constructed feel of the package. I didn't know if I was listening to the work of a mad genius or a deranged psychopath. The sounds are a combination of heavily processed human voices and schizophrenic space music. The 11 tracks are very short, with only four "tunes" lasting longer than three minutes. Most are in the thirty-second to two-minute range in length. I wouldn't call it "rock," but it's guitar-centric. I also wouldn't say that it is very good, but it made for an interesting listen.

Reality Is An Accident, a playlist by RIAA, on Fairtilizer

Audio surrealism, ranging from funky to funny to weird to WTF? I’ll be adding tracks as I go along.

Dave Allen on Religion

May your god go with you....

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wave of Action

The University of California is occupied. It is occupied as is the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and the Technical Institute of Graz; as were the New School, Faculty of Humanities in Zagreb and the Athens Polytechnic. These are not the first; they will not be the last. Neither is this a student movement; echoing the factory occupations of Argentina and Chicago, immigrant workers occupy forty buildings in Paris, including the Centre Pompidou. There is still life inside capital’s museum.
no capital projects but the end of capital

Yes, the university is a graveyard, but it is also a factory: a factory of meaning which produces civic life and at the same time produces social death. A factory which produces the illusion that meaning and reality can be separated; which everywhere reproduces the empty reactionary behavior of students based on the values of life (identity), liberty (electoral politics), and happiness (private property). Everywhere the same whimsical ideas of the future. Everywhere democracy. Everywhere discourse to shape our desires and distress in a way acceptable to the electoral state, discourse designed to make our very moments here together into a set of legible and fruitless demands. The Necrosocial by Giorgio Agamben

Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna is Occupied.

Life is not for Sale!
Education is not for Sale!
Palaces for everyone!
“Resistance to the education cutbacks is part of the fight against capitalism!
Luxury for all, instead of profits for the few!” Occupiers of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

Vienna Calling

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Music for Wednesday

Create a MySpace Music Playlist at MixPod.com

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Brody Condon: Twentyfivefold Manifestation

"The work of art of the future will be the construction of a passionate life." Raoul Vaneigem

Combining the fantasy Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) subculture, public sculpture, and ritualistic performance art, Twentyfivefold was a series of physically and psychologically intense live games involving 80 players which evolved over the Summer of 2008. The events were organized by the artist Brody Condon for the Sonsbeek International public sculpture exhibition in the Netherlands.

Set in a distant future where civilization as we know it had almost been lost, players from different worlds met deep in the holy forest and inhabited a 40 feet high tower "in character" for 3 days at a time while worshiping invented deities embodied by the other artworks of the exhibition.


"Copyright law is broken. Creative consumption and modification of existing media is a totally intuitive and appropriate way to function as a cultural producer. That is not to say I function without any honor system whatsoever, I give credit where it is deserved..." Brody Condon, Rhizome interview

Friday, November 13, 2009

But Cosy Poetry for a Glum Friday

The Sad Bag Cassette (1990) Steven "Jesse" Bernstein

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Late Age of Print, Ted Striphas

Striphas investigates the everydayness of books that he claims is intimately bound with: "a changed and changing mode of production; new technological products and processes; shifts in law and jurisprudence; the proliferation of culture and the rise of cultural politics; and a host of sociological transformations" (5). His main argument is that books had been integral to the making of modern consumer culture in the 20th century, as they were one of the first commercial Christmas presents, and today are responsible in part for the fall of that consumer capitalism into a society of controlled consumption, a term that he borrows from Henri Lefebvre. He convincingly shows that book publishing pioneered the rationalization and standardization of mass-production techniques in that the massive quantities of book production required efficient production processes and the move toward an hourly wage. Ultimately, The Late Age of Print investigates how books have become ubiquitous social artifacts entrenched with the everyday. His book successfully proves that book circulation is, and has always been, a political act because the circulation of books embody specific values, practices, interests, and worldviews (13). And as such, the practice of circulating books embody struggles over particular ways of life.

What does this mean for the late age of print (a term coined by Jay David Bolter to characterize the current dynamic era of book history instigated by media convergence where books remain central to shaping dominant and emergent ways of life)? Well, for some, like Sven Birkerts, author of Gutenberg Elegies, this is a crisis, a decline in the quantity (and the quality) of literature being read and it poses a real threat to culture in general.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Don't Die Wondering

Monday, November 09, 2009

Slavoj Žižek Speaks at Cooper Union

“First as Tragedy, Then As Farce”: Philosopher and Cultural Theorist Slavoj Žižek Speaks at Cooper Union
Dubbed by the National Review as “the most dangerous political philosopher in the West” and the New York Times as “the Elvis of cultural theory,” Slovenian philosopher and public intellectual Slavoj Žižek has written over fifty books on philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory.

In his latest book, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Žižek analyzes how the United States has moved from the tragedy of 9/11 to what he calls the farce of the financial meltdown.

He spoke on that same theme at Cooper Union during a recent trip to New York.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Ozymandias as Machinima (2000)

Praised by everyone from New York Times Arts columnist Matt Mirapaul, to film critic Roger Ebert, through to games journalists and literature professors, Strange Company's groundbreaking visual adaptation of the Shelley poem remains one of the most evocative pieces of Machinima.

Developed using an early version of Strange Company's Lithtech Film Producer software (a project which was later dropped, sadly), "Ozymandias" was created in just over a week for a demonstration show. However, the idea had been in director Hugh Hancock's mind for much longer.

"I've wanted to visualise to poem for years" says Hugh. "The imagery and the feel of the words is so strong that it really is crying out to be made into a film - and indeed, our adaptation stands as the latest of a number of films based on the poem."

Roger Ebert compared the film's minimalist construction to seminal Anime work "Grave of the Fireflies", and its attempt to capture the spirit of the poem was judged so successful that several literature courses used the film as part of their teaching program. Dell used the film as part of their demonstration at the Windows 2000 launch, and it appeared at several film festivals as part of Strange Company's Machinima showcase.

"As with all of these things, I had no idea that "Ozymandias" was going to be so successful when we were making it." says Hugh. "This was one of the most off-the-wall ideas I'd come up with, and its success has been very gratifying."

Download Ozymandias


I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1818)

Dancing in the Streets

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Wrecker and Mended Media for the Weak

Some choice online media items have landed on my screen this week. Is it my imagination or are the weeks moving at a more rapid pace than they used to.

Total Eclipse: Rimbaud and Verlaine

Silver Currant: Howlin Rain Live @ The Sidecar, Barcelona, Spain. 11.12.08
This Sidecar show is a warts and all event no doubt about it. The recording quality and "looseness" of the band are all part of the glory and charm. This show holds a very fond place in my memory both for the audience enthusiasm and because an old friend of ours from Humboldt County, Aolani Beere, came down from the Spanish hills where she now lives as a gypsy musician to join us on violin for a 12 minute version of "Nomads".

Music of Oceania – The Abelam of Papua Niugini
Nothing can prepare you to New Guinea’s ethnic music. The fact it is not much circulated doesn’t help either. Before I go any further, I shall notice these recordings are either initiation, ceremonial or sacred events, and shouldn’t be considered merely as music, or worse, entertainment. Nevertheless, I will discuss their sonic properties only. The Abelam are a tribe from North of the Sepik River and south of the Prince Alexander Mountains, in North-Eastern Papua New Guinea. The recordings were made by Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin in 1978-83, with a few tracks recorded by Professor Dr. Gerd Koch in 1966.

Likembe: Unknown Fela: Perambulator

Perambulator (Lagos International Records LIR 6) was released in 1983, following a rather fallow period in Fela's career, and just before the jailing on trumped-up charges that would bring him back to the world's attention. "Perambulator," the song, was apparently recorded a number of years earlier. Toshiya Endo writes in his Fela discography that it was the B side of the French issue of Shuffering and Shmiling (Barclay 829 710-1) in 1978 while "Frustration" was recorded as "Frustration of My Lady" in 1977 as the B side of an Afrodisia LP that was never released.

Antediluvian Rocking Horse - Music For The Odd Occasion, CD,1995,Australia

Very strange electronic/experimental band from Australia.As strarting point here we have the outskirts of trance(in their most extreme way)and we continue with dada experiments,psychedelic madness,ethno beats, strange sounds ,cut ups .... First released through Psyharmonics label but then released also by Negativeland's Seeland label(the similarities are more than obvious).The notorious Ollie Olsen is also involved in this project. Great listen!

The Peculiar Sounds of Peter Scion

WHO IS PETER SCION AND WHAT DID HE BRING INTO THE WORLD? Peter Scion is a Swedish musician who in the 90's and a couple of years into the 00's privately released a series of albums of psychedelic folk. The albums were released as micro edition CD-R:s and are now hard to find. Peter Scion retired from music making in the early 00's. This blog offers (legally and for free) Peter Scion's music recorded as a solo performer, and as a member of Continental Soul Searchers, Modryn and Pangolin.

Leningrad Psychedelic Blues Machine -Dark Star,tape,1996,Japan
Psyched out fuzz monster by some masters of the kind!Leningrand Psychedelic Blues Machine was a meeting of the psych wierdos Leningrand Blues Machine of Tabata Mara with Nanjo Asahito(High Rise,Mainliner,Toho Sara,etc) and Kawabata Makoto.This meeting of acid burned psych minds ended up to a version of Grateful dead's Dark Star.Fuzzed psyched out bass keeping the Dark Star main rhythm while Mr. Makoto's mystical jazzy achievement to psyced out excurtions give as a result a spaced out version of Jerry Garcia's jam.

Especial Jean-Luc Godard
A ton of Godard films for download

U B U W E B :: Salvador Dali
The antic genius of "the divine Dali" has never been better displayed than in these sprightly conversations with his old friend, Alain Bosquet, a novelist, poet, and critic. The setting for all ten conversations is Dali's luxurious Paris apartment. "From time to time a charming and formidable ocelot wearing a muzzle came strolling in from the next room, making the intruders tremble." But there are no muzzles on Dali and Bosquet.

Burroughs narrates Poe (video, MP3) - WFMU's Beware of the Blog

1995 videogame "The Dark Eye", featuring William Burroughs reading "The Masque of the Red Death", accompanied by some creepy slides