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....

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