LMSO 3.5.2 was released 17 April 2013. It is compatible with OS X 10.4 Tiger through 10.9 Mavericks, and has been reported working in 10.10.
December 22 2014 : War Crimes
The New York Times Editorial Board has called
for criminal prosecution of Richard Cheney, David Addington, George
Tenet, John Yoo, Jay Bybee and others regarding their involvement in,
direction of, and conspiracy to commit war crimes.
December 21 2014 : Oddity 2
A short improvisation using the newly released Oddity 2, which supports MIDI guitar mode.
Retuning is done in this piece with LMSO's Nuscale.
On December 17 2014, George Stinney Jr.'s murder conviction was
Stinney was executed
in the electric chair on June 16, 1944, only a few months after two
girls were murdered in his South Carolina hometown.
Stinney, now known to be innocent, was 14 years old when the State
of South Carolina executed him.
An article from March
indicates that he didn't fit well in the electric chair and it took
three rounds of electrocution before he died. His sister described his
face at his funeral as being burned off.
[B]ecause of his small stature, at 5ft 1in and weighing just 95lb, the
guards had difficultly strapping him into a chair built for adults. When
the switch was flipped and the first 2,400 volts surged through his
body, the too-large death mask slipped from his face revealing the tears
falling from his scared, open eyes. A second and third charge followed.
Obviously this is comparable to Mengele.
Also obvious anyone still supporting US torture, murder and genocide activity at this time is a psychopath or war criminal themselves.
December 14 2014 : Torture is Always an Immoral and Criminal Act
United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights, Ben Emmerson:
Torture is a crime. The acts that were committed are undoubtedly torture and cross the line into that territory by a very considerable distance; there was an agreement among senior officials to implement that program; and there was a spurious legal cover given by the Office of Legal Counsel.
All of those involved are guilty of an agreement between them to commit what amounts to a crime, or a series of crimes. And those crimes must as a matter of international law be prosecuted.
12/13/14 : Bent
Circuit Bending Pioneer, 1950s synth designer, and inventor of the wireless theremin-vocoder, Bruce Haack, psychedelicizes Mr Rogers on May 22, 1968.
The Mr Rogers appearance was related to his release of "The Way Out
Record for Children". To be more friendly to the Mr Rogers viewing
audience, the recommendations here that small chidren should ride
motorcycles and perform tricks like standing on the seat while
riding into a lake was transformed into more innocuous bicycle riding.
Not too many years ago, cigarette girls would walk up and down the aisles of theatres selling individual cigarettes and cigars to patrons.
Smoking is no longer allowed in theatres, and in many places even individual
cigarette sales are banned. But people addicted to adulterated corporate tobacco
find it difficult to get by, so there is still some street trade in single cigarettes.
It seems a fairly minor issue and whether such resales are such an extreme threat to society as
to justify the societal cost of making it criminalized is a matter of debate.
Eric Garner might have been making some extra pocket money buying
packs of cigarettes and selling individual cigarettes to those unable to
afford to buy a whole pack. When he bought the packs, he paid sales tax on them,
but the criminalization theory is that when reselling individual cigarettes
he should be collecting and remitting double taxes on these secondary sales, if they
were even occuring.
Upon discovering him engaged in this activity, police not only executed him in cold blood,
but lied about what happened, falsely claiming he was attacking them, something that
was disproven when a video recording surfaced of their execution.
As is standard practice, the police officers that murdered this man have been
cleared. They were just doing their job, after all.
Reasonable people might then ask what this job is. It is clear from these cases
their job is not to protect and serve the people. No, they have a job and they
are doing it, but it is not to serve the people.
Many have observed that the current system is working as it is intended to
work by those who control it and the populace that supports this
system, explicitly or implicitly.
Care to watch some brutes murder a man in cold blood? Here you go:
Alert: Government friendlies are filing fraudulent copyright take
down notices left and right to make sure you don't see Taisha Allen's
video. Allen wants people to see her documentation. The fake takedowns
are so that the state's version of events (that a violent thug attacked
police, who only defended themselves against the attack), is believed by
the moronic government worshipping masses. Don't wait to see it and
decide if you see a criminal violently attacking police.
Watch closely. If you see him attacking the police, why not explain
exactly where that happens. It doesn't. This is a standard story that
happens continually in this despotic violent police state. If you pay
taxes and you aren't protesting this, you are responsible as well. You
are part of the colonialism and genocide. These people that call
themselves police are not officials and are not deserving of respect.
They are murderers and psychopaths. This system is corrupt and deranged.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "A time comes when silence is betrayal."
Does it matter that no cigarettes were found on him and all that was
another lie by police? No it doesn't matter. Because even if cigarettes
were found on him (they weren't), why would that change anything at all.
Those alleyways of fnord-reasoning are distractions. Selling a cigarette
is only an instant death penalty offense in the most despotic, cruel,
fascist regimes. It is self evident such regimes have no legitimacy
whatsoever to govern. There exists a moral imperative to resist such
illegitimate deadly power wielded against humanity, reason and nature
with one's will, and one's life, if need be.
Officials are also pushing the new fad: "Big man" theory. Articles
reference that he was a huge guy or a big guy, suggesting he was an
enormous intimidating bodybuilder with incredible strength, able to
throw puny police bodies across the street like The Incredible Hulk.
The reality is that Garner was just a fat guy, overweight, out of shape,
not a dangerous bodybuilder trained in assassination techniques as the media would
have you believe.
Peaceful dissent continues to be squashed. 30 peace
demonstrators arrested by the same so-called police department that
murderers innocent people without accountability. "Those who make
peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
That was John F. Kennedy speaking. JFK would be called a
terrorist these days for speaking obvious facts.
November 30 2014 : Rap News 30 — The New World Order
Rap News 30 is out!
The New World Order: They control the world's governments; THEY rule over all of us from the top of the pyramid. And WE are the victims. Right? Today we blow open the truth about the NWO in order to shed light on this widespread conspiracy which has frequently been invoked to explain the state of our world. Join intrepid host Robert Foster as he takes control of the lever of critical inquiry - and special guests +Russell Brand, conspiracy guru Terrence Moonseed, and NWO representative, William De Berg - in order to ask: who is the New World Order? And how can we stop it?
Warning: This episode of Rap News has been in the making since we started the show, 5 years ago. No punches will be pulled, no quarter will be given, and no depth will be left unplumbed on this arduous quest for the harsh truth. Welcome to the New World Order, bitches.
The narrative of Them is an alibi used by settlers and citizens of western nations to play the victim. But they are actually both the perpetrators and the beneficiaries of colonialism.
The music and video design of Rap News 30 was heavily influenced by Die Antwoord's wonderful Enter The Ninja.
November 30 2014 : pdf manual rant
Here's a trend gone on far too long.
Buy a product. For example, most music hardware, software, and consumer electronics. You may find that:
Product has a printed 120 page long quick start guide which consists of 10 pages each for 12 different languages. Of the 10 pages in your language, it's a list of warnings and safety information, then a single page on how to unpack the box, or run the installer.
Product has a printed license agreement of similar length in multiple languages, and extremely small font, printed on tissue paper.
Product has a thick stack of glossy flyers, offer cards and demo CDs for other products.
Despite over 200 pages of printed material in the box, there is no printed product manual included.
The product manual is available only as a pdf file. It is on an included CD, and/or on a web site somewhere. When on a web site it will not be found by googling. You have to find the manufacturer's site, select Support, and go through a weird query engine with multiple selections to find your product page, then a few clicks down from there will be Documentation, then a manual. Hopefully the manual won't come with an installer that requires your admin password for no good reason, and which does nothing but unpack some pdf files.
This pdf is formatted in A4 or letter size, portrait orientation, using a font so that a single page is illegible on a normal monitor. It's also got two columns. So you zoom in to see the text, then scroll down, then back up, then back down, to read each page.
There's a table of contents that includes page numbers. These entries are not clickable.
There is no pdf index or table of contents in the document that contains the document sections.
The real pdf page numbers do not match the page numbers shown on the page so you can't just use the pdf viewer's "go to page" feature to find the page in the table.
Technical writer? Product manager? To do this right, don't do the above. pdf files are great, but make sure:
Link all table of contents entries to their actual page in the manual, making sure it appears in the pdf index.
Select fonts and layout so that when full screen, one can read a whole page on a normal laptop or desktop screen (let's say 900 pixels height so it works on laptops) without scrolling or zooming.
Have the displayed page number the pdf file is aware of match the page numbers shown in the document.
In terms of sheer horror, few events matched Sand Creek. Pregnant women
were murdered and scalped, genitalia were paraded as trophies, and scores
of wanton acts of violence characterize the accounts of the few Army
officers who dared to report them.
The above quote doesn’t even begin to cover what the Methodist Pastor
John Chivington and his faithful troops actually did at this massacre.
After the troops shot and clubbed the Cheyenne men, women and children; these white troops
scalped and mutilated them, including children with their brains were smashed out of their skulls.
Troops also cut vaginas out from the women’s corpses. Some of the white troops proudly and openly wore those cut out
vaginas on their hats. Pastor Chivington displayed some of his vaginas to
excited white crowds at public seminars and saloons where he explained to the crowd
why it was essential that christian whites must murder all indian
children, in his words: “Nits make lice.” His philosophy here was very
powerful and many believed in it.
Stan Hoig: “Fingers and ears were cut off the bodies for the jewelry they carried. The body of White Antelope, lying solitarily in the creek bed, was a prime target. Besides scalping him the soldiers cut off his nose, ears, and testicles—the last for a tobacco pouch ...”
John S. Smith (1865): “I saw the bodies of those lying there cut all to pieces, worse mutilated than any I ever saw before; the women cut all to pieces ... With knives; scalped; their brains knocked out; children two or three months old; all ages lying there, from sucking infants up to warriors ... By whom were they mutilated? By the United States troops ...”
James D. Connor (Jan. 1865): “I did not see a body of a man, woman, or child but was scalped, and in many instances their bodies were mutilated in the most horrible manner—men, women, and children’s privates cut out, &c. I heard one man say he had cut out a woman’s private parts and had them for exhibition on a stick; I heard another man say that he had cut the fingers off an Indian to get rings off his hand…. I also heard of numerous instances in which men had cut out the private parts of females and stretched them over the saddle-bows, and wore them over their hats while riding in the ranks…. I heard one man say he had cut a squaw’s heart out, and had stuck it on a stick.”
Theodore Roosevelt: “The so-called Chivington or Sandy Creek Massacre, in spite of certain most objectionable details, was on the whole as righteous and beneficial a deed as ever took place on the frontier.”
November 27 2014 : Washita
This is the 146th anniversary of the Washita Massacre, when Custer massacred
Cheyenne families at their winter camp on the Washita River, Indian Territory.
November 27 2014 : The First Thanksgiving Holiday of 1637
As a holiday, Thanksgiving began in 1637 when it was proclaimed by governor John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to celebrate the safe return of the men who had gone to fight against the Pequot in Mystic, Conn. The fighting led to the enslavement and massacre of over 700 men, women, and children from the New England-based tribe, a bloody precursor to what would be centuries of strife for native peoples in the U.S.
To ask us to be “dignified and disciplined,” to ask us to
“respect the rule of law” in the face of such a mockery of justice is to
ask us to affirm the path to our own destruction.
Humans can only be sucker punched for so long. Humans can only have
the life choked out of us for so long. Humans can only be kicked in the
stomach while your foot is on our neck for so long. Humans can only be
bullied for so long. One day we stagger to our feet, and you see
reflected back to you the results of your own unresolved monstrousness.
November 25 2014 : Doctor Drone's Take
“There’s never an excuse for violence,” Obama said.
I saw this quote in an mainstream article posted a few minutes ago, in
regard to democratic protest against injustice. It was spoken by the #1
proponent and advocate in history of assassination drones that murder
people remotely, and a man who has authorized countless assassinations and
A normal person will see the hypocrisy here. I should not have to spell it out.
November 24 2014 : Watermelons and Whistle Pigs
Finished off the next-to-last of this seasons (yellow) watermelon. Was
fine, and split between four, all whom enjoyed it. These watermelons I
brought in the evening before the first frost, perhaps a month back.
Had dozens of beautiful watermelons this year, but nearly all were absconded
with by our whistle pigs! Who knew that whistle pigs were devious and
nefarious watermelon thieves!
Months ago this battle commenced and ended without satisfaction.
Whistle pigs stole the season’s watermelons as soon as they ripened!
Lovely, perfect, beautiful large watermelons dragged off to the
indeterminate and unknown nether world by narcissistic whistle pigs, whose
only calling card was the last one or two melons they didn’t get, marred
with deep and insidious appearing claw marks where they attempted to drag
off every last ripe watermelon.
I was no longer maintaining the nearby labyrinth number 1, a puzzle
arena frequented and enjoyed by rabbits, cats, and peafowl alike. When I
did next visit the labyrinth I was astonished to find the entire maze
strewn from start to end with hollowed residues of watermelon rinds. Left
behind by ecstatic melon-engorged whistle pigs after their gluttonous
November 24 2014 : Art as Expression
I recently had a conversation with one of my closest best friends from
over 20 years ago, an artistic confidante, and collaborator, and person
with whom I wrestled in faraway foreign lands against deranged adversaries.
Thinking about this, I listened to an old album for perhaps the first
time in a decade.
I was fairly amazed. I had not gotten much positive feedback about the
album from increatives, and those similarly infected.
Perhaps is it is the most important and greatest composition
created in 100,000 years.
Sadly out of print. Oh well, haters. “Whatever!”
Seriously though, one measure of artistic success is to create things
that your yourself like and enjoy, things not available, things that don't
exist. You can take more risks with this. Your artistry is more of a dialog
with nature, and can be as personal as a diary entry. This sort of artistic
expression will almost certainly be very different from art created for
sale or for distribution by a corporation in response to market analysis.
When it succeeds, it will be the important and greatest art in 100,000
years — for you personally since it is a personal expression. Others will very
likely have totally different opinions regarding its meaning and importance
relative to them! And obviously that is OK, and hopefully they will strive
to create their own expressive works and interactions with nature.
Sung Consonants have been part of most expressive musics for hundreds
of thousands of years and they sound great. In the following three recent
videos there's a lot of trilled R activity, but we also hear held s, sh, and
Nov. 2: Gulasal - Voy-voy | Гуласал - Вой-вой
Oct. 15: Shahzoda Muhamedova - Shakarim
Nov. 4: Sardor Mamadaliev - Qoshi qarolar
It's fun to think about all the consonants one can hold and which ones
are favored by various cultures. For example, not only singing but loudly
intoning gs and qs is a fundamental technique in Siberia, such as in the
Altai Mountains, Tuva, and Mongolia. We also hear in these regions the
use of nasal vowels, often sung polyphonically by one person along with
the sung g/qs. Perhaps we'll listen to some of those in a later article.
Sung Consonants are found world wide and throughout history by all
Not all cultures have sung consonants though. A small number do not.
More limited and primitive practices such as (non-nasal) vowel-only
toning being stricly preferred for held tones are a notable and rare
exception. That limited practice is heard almost exclusively in the works
of the backwards and artistically constrained non-eastern cultures. These
are sometimes refered to as western european tribes, and includes their settler
colonies addicted to genocide against indigenous peoples. These dynamics
are likely due to the basic nature of non-eastern art being closely tied
to their hierarchical patriarchal culture. In hierarchical patriarchal
culture, every aspect of the populace's lives are expected to serve
profit, propaganda, and war interests of the elite in order to be
considered valuable by other members of their barbaric corporate
warmongering system. This value system is facilitated by the creation of
fame factory systems which pander to, nurture and grow negative
narcissism tendencies in simpleminded performers, many of whom are
themselves not even artists in any sense at all but are artificially
constructed puppets built to order by corporate media teams backed by
specialists in their cultures known as market researchers and industrial
psychologists. Such savage dynamics are in stark contrast to the
expressive and personal arts favored by the rest of the world's peoples.
October 1 2014 : Selected Works of Sardor Rahimxon
Sardor Rahimxon - Malikam endi qara | Сардор Рахимхон - Маликам энди кара
Transoxianian artists often show appreciation of other artists’ work
by making references to particular visual and conceptual themes another
artist has introduced. Often these are specific and within enough shared
context to not be a coincidence. It can be a lot of fun to recognize
these references, comparable to the hobby some have of tracking cultural
references made in episodes of The Simpsons.
In the above video, paper airplanes figure prominently as a
means of communication, connection, and getting someone’s attention. This symbol
also appeared in last month’s release of Rasulxon Qodirxonov’s Baxt bo’ladi
We also see strange glasses combined with effects showing Matrix Glitches
as people flicker, used as a sign that what is experienced is not real. This symbol
appeared in Vo Ajab,
Ummon Guruhi’s collaborative work with Munisa Rizayeva.
Sardor Rahimxon has a love for intricately produced, poetic and intriguing videos with interesting use of color. If you liked that one, here’s some more of his work.
Боня и Кузьмич (Bonya and Kuzmich) are from Perm Krai,
Russia. The Kama River passes through the area which is near the
Боня и Кузьмич cover Kiesza’s Hideaway
October 1 2014 : Ebola
It’s interesting how articles about a military response to ebola
don’t really come out and say why exactly a military response, by
medically untrained soldiers, is being sought. Anyone who has ever
seen a zombie apocalypse movie though will know exactly what is coming
and why this response is sought.
We must come to terms with the fact that a highly coordinated military
intervention is absolutely necessary and inevitable. The U.S. and its
allies must be obliged to muster a ready force of 15,000 within 30 days,
with almost as many health-care personnel to deal with patients and
medical screening. Even prior to this, a secured air-bridge system must
be initiated while commercial air travel continues to shut down. An
air-bridge will be essential to continue uninterrupted transport of
health-care workers, medical supplies, and food.
Why is such an organized and robust strategy required? Reports from
Liberia indicate that the situation is desperate. Hospitals have become
quarantine zones for the dead and soon-to-be dead. Medicine is no longer
even being used on people infected with Ebola. It is especially clear
that the Liberia’s government is incapable of managing a response; even
elected officials have fled the nation. Doctors and nurses have either
perished from Ebola or have left the country due to a lack of support and
concern for their safety.
Amid the collapse of health-care infrastructure, it is only a matter
of time before total chaos descends. The number of infected people is
spiraling out of control...
It’s lately become fashionable to smugly assert that ebola is not a
threat to people in wealthy industrialized countries, pretending that the
problem is cultural practices and lack of wealth in various african
nations. These assurants insist that ebola is impossible to catch unless
you go out of your way to get it, ignoring the fact that western doctors
taking every precaution are also becoming infected.
One problem is that claims about its lack of infectious nature
are based on archaic understandings of disease transmission which
have long since been abandoned and are known to be incorrect.
There has been a lot of on-line and published controversy about
whether Ebola virus can be transmitted via aerosols. Most scientific and
medical personnel, along with public health organizations, have been
unequivocal in their statements that Ebola can be transmitted only by
direct contact with virus-laden fluids2,3 and that the only modes of
transmission we should be concerned with are those termed “droplet” and
These statements are based on two lines of reasoning. The first is
that no one located at a distance from an infected individual has
contracted the disease, or the converse, every person infected has had
(or must have had) “direct” contact with the body fluids of an infected
This reflects an incorrect and outmoded understanding of infectious
aerosols, which has been institutionalized in policies, language,
culture, and approaches to infection control. ...
Briefly, however, the important points are that virus-laden bodily fluids
may be aerosolized and inhaled while a person is in proximity to an
infectious person and that a wide range of particle sizes can be inhaled
and deposited throughout the respiratory tract.
Here’s a study
showing that filoviruses like ebola inactivate at 1.42%
per minute when in aerosol form (such as after sneezing, coughing, or in
the mist present after every toilet flush). They test only to 90 minutes out, but
finding there is always active aerosolized virus present throughout
the entire test. This means means that for at least 90 minutes, and definitely
for some period of time after, ebola is present in the air around a toilet
where a person with ebola in their urine and feces used the toilet. Likewise
with areas near where they were coughing, sneezing, or vomiting.
The discussions about whether or not ebola could mutate to become
transmitted through the air are moot since, according to leading experts
in infectious disease transmission, and empirical studies, ebola is
already transmittable through the air.
There’s also been a lot of media reports claiming that ebola is only
transmittable when someone is symptomatic, which is for a short and
obvious period of time. However, reliable sources, such as the World
Health Organization, state otherwise:
People remain infectious as long as their blood and body
fluids, including semen and breast milk, contain the virus. Men who
have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through
their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness.
Dogs carry ebola, but are asymptomatic. This means a dog can become infected
with ebola, and carry it his whole life without showing symptoms. A large fraction
of dogs in infected areas carry the ebola virus. That is to say they test positive for antibodies,
which is how an infection is positively detected both in dogs and in humans.
The dogs can acquire the virus both through living with infected humans, and by
eating various animals carrying ebola. The article notes that dogs can
excrete the live ebola virus in their saliva, urine and feces.
This is interesting about the dogs since the entire Mississippian culture consisting
of dozens of cities, thousands of villages and towns, and tens of
millions of persons, was completely eradicated by diseases carried by
asymptomatic feed pigs that escaped from Hernando de Soto’s 1539-1542 genocide
romp through the southeast which is depicted on the back of the US $500 bill.
Likewise, even if you eradicate ebola in an area, there can still be dogs
roaming about carrying the virus, and never showing symptoms. Horses, guinea
pigs and goats are also known to be asymptomatic carriers of ebola, though
unlike dogs, such infections have not yet been observed in the wild. In the wild,
chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, antelopes, porcupines, rodents, dogs,
pigs and humans have all been found carrying the ebola virus.
Bats are a particularly interesting case. Like dogs, fruit bats also carry ebola asymptomatically and have been
observed in the wild. Many researchers suspect that ebola actually
originated in fruit bats. So far it has been observed in the bat species
Hypsignathus monstrosus, Epomops franqueti and Myonycteris torquata.
September 25 2014 : In 2600 A.D.
“In 2600 A.D.”
This is done with an ARP 2600 being played live in one take. This particular ARP was built in 1974 and is now 40 years old. There are no external effects used, it’s the ARP recorded raw.
The ARP’s noise module is not used, the noisy bits are due to filter fun with drive and resonance, as is the FM like sound and also the nodal formant sounding parts.
There’s almost no knob twiddling on the instrument, the modulation effects are a combination of the patching and the EAM playing.
Tuning is 88cET and is handled using the MTS compatible RBGF Expressive Analog Microtuner (EAM) Module.
Although represented by auction house Bonhams as “the first
electric keyboard”, this is not correct.
It is however certainly an early electric keyboard, of sorts. The claim of being
first might refer to it using Helmholtz’s physical resonator designs
which Helmholtz publicly demonstrated in 1857. Physical resonators of
comparable design have been used for thousands of years though, so it’s
not as if they really arrived on the scene in 1857. The claim of it being
a keyboard refers to it having 10 ivory depression switches to turn
overtones on and off.
Note that it is electromechanical, rather than having electronic
oscillators it has 1 fundamental and 10 overtone oscillators in the form
of fixed pitch tuning forks tuned to c,e,g,c',e',g',c”,e”,g”,c"'. These
are electrically activated under switch control, and run through physical
resonator cavities. And as it is quite small it can be considered a
portable instrument. Its purpose is as a demonstration device for sounds
and not as a performance instrument for music as it’s really only capable
of playing a single note and turning on and off some of the overtones, a
this could be reasonably described as a primitive one-note additive synthesizer.
I’m not certain even the word synthesizer is correctly applied here, but I’ll
give that claim a pass.
Helmholtz’s gorgeous electromechanical sound generator here is not at
all the first electronic portable music synthesizer. That notable
and worthy honor likely goes to Ivor Darreg’s brilliant and exceptionally
practical and useful Electronic Keyboard Oboe which he invented in 1936,
which was used in an actual public playing music group then, which
features interactive and dynamic microtonal intonation controls, and
which I refer to using the present tense since it still worked when I
played it only a few years ago. This was only possible since Darreg
didn’t waste his time making junk, no, Darreg built his instruments to
last throughout the ages.
It should also be mentioned that the commonly held beliefs that Bob
Moog “invented the synthesizer” in the 1960s are not correct either. I
love Bob and consider him as a father. This is not to put down his own
monumental contributions. It is just to set the record straight that 1936
is before the 1960s.
If not speaking of portable practical instruments, working
electrically based music synthesizers were built in 1897. And... even
before then, as many already know. None of these achieved regular musical
use though. This is in contrast to the awesome microtonal, portable, and
electronic keyboard synthesizer that Darreg built in 1936 and 1937 and
which continued to be actively used as a live performance instrument for
at least 46 more years, up to 1982. Its live street use spans the entire
history of modern keyboard instruments and its age, great tone, and
practical musical usability kick the butt of all the come-late academic
designers who were bogged down in debate until they got massive funding
to spend a bazillion dollars building the elitist RCA synthesizer at
Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in the 1950s and 1960s, one of
several well known havens for the children of the wealthy elite at the
time, kids like Vladimir Ussachevsky, Charles Wuorinen and the king of
the this field “Milton Babbit”. While these guys were spending hours in
the lab having fun twiddling knobs to make a strange sound here and
there, and writing articles suggesting they were electronic music
pioneers or even the first synthesists, Darreg had already been rocking
out for 20 years as a working synthesist playing real music to live
Back to Helmholtz, the guy was super cool and chill. Despite typical
and normal exaggerations and claims by the auctioneers, the price here is
probably a bargain for the right collector. 1905 era synthesizers are
rarer than Van Goghs (much as I love the guy).
Ivor’s instrument though is truly the first of its kind, and there is only
one extant instrument. As such, it is probably worth 50 million dollars to
the collector’s market because of its historical importance and rarity. It’s
not like you can actually purchase a working 1897 Telharmonium. That instrument
simply doesn’t exist any more. But one of Darreg’s instruments, a 1937 build of
the 1936 Darreg Electronic Keyboard Oboe,
does still exist.
September 23 2014 : That Mentality
“Follow the law in the first place so you don’t get pulled over,”
says Capt. George Brown while explaining that women in Oklahoma can avoid getting
raped by police such as Officer Gerald Nuckolls simply by following the
law. He also helpfully notes that the squad cars have cameras, suggesting
that women who are raped by police while held in squad cars can be
assured that evidence of the interaction is being saved for posterity.
Perhaps it was meant as practical advice, but it comes across as
blaming the victims of violent predators who commit deprecations under
color of authority.
It’s disappointing to see this window into the perspective of law
enforcement in Oklahoma. When their officers are discovered pulling
drivers over and then raping them, official police spokesmen look at the
situation in order to try to find what it is that the victim must have
done wrong. Rather than see the problem being with the rapist, their
reasoning and fault analysis discovers the problem to be the person who
forgets to wear their seat belt or engages in improper lane change. By
focusing entirely on the supposed wrongdoing of the person without a seat
belt, the police show us into their world and way of thinking,
explaining, and justifying any and all uses of their claimed authority.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for
2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary
efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between
peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision
of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.
September 20 2014 : Rap News 28 — The Singularity
Rap News 28 is out!
September 12 2014 : Thought of the Day
If you can not do, you do not know.
September 10 2014 : Ongoing Domestic Police Militarization
Among other items, local police departments in the US have recently armed themselves with 79,288 assault rifles, 205 grenade launchers and 11,959 bayonets.
11,959 bayonets. Will the bayonets join chemical weapons to
be considered “common sense” and “basic needed tools” for the state’s ongoing
war against the threat to their authority and civilization itself which they
consider to be represented by pro-democracy demonstrators? What arguments
will the majority of the pro-statist, pro-authoritarian american public
adopt next use to justify their enthusiastic, heartful and gleeful
support of the use of bayonets by soldier-police against demonstrators?
One can only imagine.
September 9 2014 : Georgian Folksingers
ტრიო მანდილი - ზეცას შახენეო აპარეკავ
ტრიო მანდილი - რაჭული პოპური
ჯგუფი მანდილი - რაჭული
August 31 2014 : Rap News 27 — MSMBS World News Headlies
Rap News 27 is out!
August 27 2014 : New Release from Yulduz Usmonova
Yulduz Usmonova - Devonalarmiz | Юлдуз Усмонова - Девоналармиз
A fascinating, challenging and intense new video from the fearless Yulduz Usmonova.
“I’m sick of these protesters. You are a burden on society and a blight on the community.”
“These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night.”
“Where is a Muslim with a backpack when you need them.”
“I personally believe in Jesus Christ as my lord and savior, but I’m also a killer. I’ve killed a lot. And if I need to, I’ll kill a whole bunch more. If you don’t want to get killed, don’t show up in front of me. I have no problems with it.”
“I’m into diversity -- I kill everybody. I don’t care.”
“There was a time in this country when pastors wore a military suit underneath their robe.”
Important note: the third quote by Dan Page has been removed from
thewire.com, and also has been removed from 100% of the other internet
sources of this quote by Dan Page. This shows how internet news is different from
clippings you save it your notebook. Any big media internet article more
than a few hours old is subject to censorship and alteration. What does
this mean? Well obviously the raw fact that these outlets retroactively
change articles and re-write history is problematic. I stand by that third
quote 100% as something the media, both “left” and “right” reported Dan Page
as having said. That is truth. It is up to you to decide what it means that
both left and right media saw fit to not only erasee, not only censor, but
to actually remove from eternal history the truth of what was reported. This
site, subject to constant attacks and surveillance is the only remaining source
of what was originally said. No wonder I am on the no-fly list, and in internal
exile my friends... and enemies.
August 23 2014 : They're Paying for Something
We have known for a year now that the NSA has been tapping servers at
top internet companies. These companies have all issued denials that they
consented to or were aware of these programs.
Here is a statement in an NSA document from 2011:
All PRISM providers, except Yahoo and Google, were
successfully transitioned to the new Certifications. We expect Google and
Yahoo to complete transitioning by Friday 6 Oct.
In addition, these companies were paid by the NSA to help with costs.
[W]hen it comes to killing people from the skies, again and again air power has proven neither cheap nor surgical nor decisive nor in itself triumphant. Seductive and tenacious as the dreams of air supremacy continue to be, much as they automatically attach themselves to the latest machine to take to the skies, air power has not fundamentally softened the brutal face of war, nor has it made war less dirty or chaotic.
Indeed, by emboldening politicians to seek seemingly low-cost, Olympian solutions to complex human problems -- like Zeus hurling thunderbolts from the sky to skewer puny mortals -- it has fostered fantasies of illimitable power emboldened by contempt for human life. However, just like Zeus’s obdurate and rebellious subjects, the mortals on the receiving end of death from on high have shown surprising strength in frustrating the designs of the air power gods, whether past or present.
For those who resist, who dare to act independently, think for themselves, march to the beat of a different drummer, the consequences are invariably a one-way trip to the local jail or death.
What Americans must understand, what we have chosen to ignore, what we have fearfully turned a blind eye to lest the reality prove too jarring is the fact that we no longer live in the “city on the hill,” a beacon of freedom for all the world.
Far from being a shining example of democracy at work, we have become a lesson for the world in how quickly freedom turns to tyranny, how slippery the slope by which a once-freedom-loving people can be branded, shackled and fooled into believing that their prisons walls are, in fact, for their own protection.
August 20 2014 : New Release from Gulsanam Mamazoitova
The real perversion of justice by way of modern American racism is that
black people in Ferguson – like black people in the greater St Louis
metropolitan area and nationally – are marginalized economically and
physically from day one. That is the real looting of Ferguson.
August 19 2014 : Chemical Weapons attacks against Civilians in Missouri
Even more terrifying than these soldiers (often misleadingly called
militarized police) are the americans who defend this activity and claim
falsely that the US is a free country, or values justice.
The U.S. is a genocidal war regime. It is an illegitimate criminal
entity. Those who defend this particular version of the U.S. on any level
are depraved and delusional psychopaths. They are mentally ill.
A free america no longer exists. Whose fault is that? It is the rah rah
american police state defenders who make excuses for totalitarianism. The
police state defenders are the ones who truly “hate us for our freedom”.
This mentality was present during the days of Jim Crow, through the red
scare, and through the era of lynchings. And it continues to infect
the minds and spirits of much of america. These people hate freedom.
They love authority, power, and abuse of power, believing it serves their
own interests. Until it turns to bite them, as it always does. Just
as Josef Stalin eventually betrayed those who supported him, so will
the defenders of the american police state themselves be betrayed by
the police state monster they themselves have created and celebrated
for decades. They are making their bed they will lay upon. Unfortunately
there is massive collateral damage of the innocent and those who hope for a better world.
August 18 2014 : State Propaganda Common Against Victims of State Violence
Some may recall I was really excited to broadcast and discuss some
music from the works on this album when I was a guest on WRFU Radio Free
Urbana. Well the fancy high brow label version is finally out! Get it!
July 27 2014 : Selected Works of Dildora Niyozova
Dildora Niyozova has been focusing on pop music, often with
identifiable nuances of traditional singing, but lately has released
several videos with a focus on classical and folk Transoxianian repertoire.
Dildora Niyozova - Sevgi | Дилдора Ниёзова - Севги
Here’s a nice example of her pop style, which is also one of the videos showing
the immense influence of Cuban culture in Uzbekistan due to cultural exchanges
during the Soviet era, similar appearances and values of the people, and the symmetry of
the inverse relation between water and land between the two nations.
Cuba is known as Ozodlik Oroli, the Island of Freedom.
Dildora Niyozova - Yana yana | Дилдора Ниёзова - Яна-яна
July 13 2014
This evening, upon returning home from a Maker’s Fair, we encountered
some kids and a man standing in the middle of the road. The adult
held a shovel. We stopped and they moved something out of the way with a
stick. We moved slowly past and I looked down at the ground to see what they
There was a smallish yellow and black garter snake, about 3 feet long
lying on the side of the road, his head in position to see me. He was
still conscious, but his head had been partially hacked off with a shovel
and was bleeding.
A little innocent garter snake just out minding his business. Happily
eating mice that carry dangerous diseases like Lyme disease. Performing a
real service. Harming no one.
After securing my things at the house, I went back to talk to them and
explain that these snakes are harmless and helpful, but they were gone.
They had all gone up to the neighbor’s house, carrying the now dead
snake. The neighbor was up there, with his gun holstered, glancing at me.
It was clear from the way they were showing the snake and he was
examining their work that he had sent them down to kill the snake. Some
years back this neighbor had previously threatened to harm my family,
while in the direct presence of his friend the Deputy Sheriff. I asked
the Deputy at the time if he had any opinion about that threat and he
told me, “To be serious it has to be more specific than that.” This
neighbor doesn’t take kindly to having any of his various killings and
schemes questioned, and often spends hours shooting his various guns, so
I chose not to proceed with the explanation of the snake’s harmlessness,
which he knew anyway. The reason these people murder animals is because
of their distorted religious framework that calls for domination and
destruction of innocent creatures. I knew this because some years ago I
was in a field with him and his children and picked up a black snake and
they wanted me to kill it but I would not. I explained that these snakes
reduce disease, are harmless and helpful and something that you want more
of, not to harm. Their response to all these points was simply “Snakes
have the Devil in them.”
Whether killing garden snakes, shooting little turtles, murdering indians,
or enslaving blacks, it’s all the same philosophy and comes from the same place
and is an endemic theme of this colonialist culture. A place of immense evildoing
seeking to control, assimilate, enslave and destroy.
It’s been a while since Lola Ahmedova’s last video, glad to see a new one.
Lovely voice, very sentimental topics.
July 9 2014 : New Release from Yulduz Usmonova
Yulduz Usmonova - Yoningdaman | Юлдуз Усмонова - Ёнингдаман
Latest video from Yulduz Usmonova. For those not keeping up with the
super coolest stuff, Yulduz is especially interesting because after her
music was banned for being too activist, there was a great public outcry
and her music was restored. Inspired by the support of her fans to fight
the power, she ran for national Parliament and was readily elected. She’s
also cool and approachable, maintaining her indigenous roots which are
apparent in some of her videos involving mountain tops. (This particular
one is more popish and follows the new bicycle trend started last
month by Munisa.)
July 6 2014 : Selected Works of Ensemble White Gold
I wonder if I am meant to put the wontons in at the beginning?
Or should I instead heat to thawing the broth packet first, and then put in the wontons?
No problem, let me check the instructions...
“Imagine yourself sitting on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Central Thailand. You order a bowl of Tom Yam soup just the way YOU like it: spicy or not so spicy. With our True Thai Tom Yam Soup, you can have it either way. In addition to the frozen broth and package of spinach & mushroom filled wontons, in this package, you will find a packet of frozen lemon grass, Thai basil and chilis. Add what you like and leave out what you don’t. In five minutes, you can be back on the banks of the river.”
Um, I guess that means I should just add the wontons “whenever”? Cool.
June 1 2014
Каниза - Уйна
Каниза is a fun loving group that makes a lot of nice videos; if
you liked their circus song Уйна above as I did, check out Хаммасигаям, their cool song about a lady who has to
prepare a chicken for supper.
And here the story ends.
“There is no such thing as the voiceless, only the deliberately silenced or the preferably unheard” — Arundathi Roy
“indio sin tierra no es indio”