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September 25 2014

"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.

http://www.nonoctave.com/tunes/2014.09.25_ARP2600_88_FilterPlay.mp3

September 24 2014

One of the first portable electronic keyboard synthesizers in history, built in 1905, is on the auction block for a handy 18,000 pounds sterling.

1905 HELMHOLTZ SOUND SYNTHESIZER

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 publically 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 audiences.

Back to Helmholtz, the guy was super cool and chill. Despite typical and normal exagerations 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 becauce 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

"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.

September 21 2014

Improved, better nuclear weapons are coming as the Whitehouse restarts nuclear arms race.

A short memory relapse:

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 12 2014

If you can not do, you do not know.

September 10 2014

Bayonets And Grenade Launchers

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

სად წამიხვალ


ტრიო მანდილი - ზეცას შახენეო აპარეკავ


ტრიო მანდილი - რაჭული პოპური


ჯგუფი მანდილი - რაჭული

August 31 2014

August 27 2014

Yulduz Usmonova - Devonalarmiz | Юлдуз Усмонова - Девоналармиз

A fascinating, challenging and intense new video from the fearless Yulduz Usmonova.

August 24 2014

Three statements by Missouri Police Officer Michael Pappert:

"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."

Three statements by Missouri Police Officer Dan Page:

"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."

August 23 2014

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.

More: NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

August 20 2014

Why Insanely Expensive, Ineffective American Bombing Campaigns Will Always Get Funded

Drone Warfare is Neither Cheap, Nor Surgical, Nor Decisive
The Ever-Destructive Dreams of Air Power Enthusiasts

[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.

August 20 2014

Turning America Into a War Zone, Where ‘We the People’ Are the Enemy:

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

Gulsanam Mamazoitova - Tanovar | Гулсанам Мамазоитова - Тановор

Gulsanam Mamazoitova is an incredible singer and we just don't hear enough of her work. Great news, she just released a new video for her song Tanovar. Bone chilling, emotional, gorgeous work.

August 20 2014

Soldiers of the militant occupation army that has beseiged parts of Missouri in a war against democracy and freedom continue to both assault and issue death threats against the people.


ACLU complaint resulted in the soldier being reassigned to a different area after his assault. However, officials and commanders refuse to disclose the name of the soldier who assaulted and threatened civilians. [Update: Officer Ray Albers]

August 19 2014

The real looting of Ferguson

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

Journalists continue to be attacked, arrested, illegally restricted, and assaulted with chemical weapons in the totalitarian american police state war against democracy presently unfolding in Missouri as heavily armed gangs of uniformed jackbooted militant thugs attack the people and deprive them of their fundamental right to demonstrate and assemble.

The "Show Me State" shows us the face of fascism, tyranny, and suppression of democracy. Perhaps your state is next now that extremists control what is left of the american governments.

August 18 2014

American soldier in Missouri filmed threatening to murder a reporter. Other officers refuse to disclose the name of the soldier who made the threat.

These are the police that have been seen recently in tanks, wearing battle fatigues, with sniper's rifles that they are targetting on unarmed peaceful democracy demonstrators, and who have fired tear gas at and arrested reporters and demonstrators.

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

The 'Niggerization' of Michael Brown by the Ferguson Police Department and the Right-Wing Media

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown

Dr. Cornel West: Plato in the 21st Century

August 9 2014

Happy International Day of the World's Indigenous People.

July 28 2014

Paul Dolden's amazing new album will be released tomorrow on Nexos' Starkland label!!!

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

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 - Ushshoq | Дилдора Ниёзова - Ушшок

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

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 had moved.

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.

July 10 2014

Lola Ahmedova - Unutolmadim | Лола Ахмедова - Унутолмадим

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

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

Ансамбль "Белое злато" / Ensemble White Gold

Колыбельная / Lullaby




Во поле туман / The Field Tuman

Огней так много золотых / Many Golden Lights


Ой горе моё, гореванье / Oh my grief, mourning

July 4 2014

Today, July 4, Great White Father Washington invites you to celebrate 238 years of white supremacy, genocide, land theft, colonialism, rape, slavery, war and murder under his new style of flag.

Accepting an invitation to celebrate such matters is a personal choice.

June 22 2014

Traditional Lao Gyroscopic bamboo fireball competition in Thailand.

June 2 2014

This frozen soup has three packets.

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...

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."

Huh.

So.

Um, I guess that means I should just add the wontons "whenever"? Cool.

June 1 2014

Каниза - Уйна


And here the story ends.