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Luv n Liv

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Maga Bo - Ransom EP

25 April 2011

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hmmmmmmm...

7 January 2011

its cold up here. and dark more...

Kid Kameleon in the loop

1 January 2011

The very ungrumpy Kid Kameleon just dropped his loops mix built entirely from loops from the likes of us:Asura, BD1982, Beatbully, Black Chow, Bop, Boreta, Coco Bryce, Disrupt, DJ G, Downliners Sekt, Dr. Strangeloops, Ganucheau, Geiom, Ghislain Poirier, Girl Unit, Hatti Vatti, Hungry Ghost, Illyah & Ltd. Candy, Indigo, LV, Michna, Mono/Poly, Mr. Gasparov, NastyNasty, Om Unit, Pacheko, Paul White, Phosho, Rekordah, Robot Koch, Rx, Schlachthofbronx, Self Evident, Sines, Skyence, Sub Swara, Taylor, Teleseen, Timeblind, Tinker, Untold, Uproot Andycop it ... more...

pirates need to keep it on the D/L

26 December 2010

Soundcloud started issuing takedown notices to people posting unauthoried remixes and mixtapes.A few thoughts in response to the Ripley's post:http://djripley.blogspot.com/2010/12/walling-off-another-garden-is.htmlhave you all chosen and publicly displayed a CC license ?  http://creativecommons.org/choose/I need to do that too.If it was widespread then all artists would have this, it could be easily checked to ensure a mix is free to go.  Only artists on restrictive labels would get flagged.  Mixcloud could scan and ok the mix automatically.  All artists should have URLs where ... more...

Outpost 13 & Christoph de Babalon , Q-d0 & Timeblind @ RAUM 20

12 November 2010

Friday Nov 12th at the fabulous and secretive Raum 20 in deepest Neukölln in some industrial area, up a few flights and into the where the hell are we.http://www.myspace.com/outpostnycChristoph de Babalon (live)Q-d0 (jamie vex'd)TimeblindMy life is so dislocated right now, its a long story.  Not really the best time to put together a set, but I'll go for dark and frothy like I feel.  I wanted to jump to Serato for this show, but ain't gone happen.Dubstep sounds really good ... more...

Screen Culture and the problem with convenience

2 November 2010

During my 6 months in India I had no computer.  I brought one, but thank some God or another, it broke within the first 9 days.  Everything happens for a reason. My mind got opened up to quite a lot of things that I miss while I'm scurrying around processing stuff up here in the manscape.  Cleared space and no obligations to do anything, and at that time no real clear future.We, the digitized, are quite altered—our attentions are fed ... more...

halloween is for zombies

31 October 2010

"happy" halloween. I'm off to Waxtreatment to see Shackleton and see if he can convince me to move to Schillerkiez or not. I'm not feeling it down there, but he loves it. more...

the future is intrinsically egotistical

27 October 2010

Playing at O Tannenbaum last Friday was a good change up for me. Its the first time I've played in a bar as opposed to a club for about 5 years.  I played a six hour set from the Congo, Mali, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Jamaica, No New York, London, India, Indonesia, Berlin, Columbia, Peru, DF, I don't know where, the 50s,60s,70s,80s,90s,00s but not much from the last year.  The last year is on quarantine for me.  Partly because I really want ... more...

O Tannenbaum

22 October 2010

I'll be DJing tonight [Fri Oct 22, 2019] down at O Tannenbaum (Sonnenallee 27, Neukölln).  I've been hanging out there lately because Pieter plays thick funk from Mali, we argue about Iggy, drink strong Belgian beers and they have girls. And deer.In our last episode: Timeblind is awoken by the sounds of the Nigerian Mafia kicking in his door, intent on recovering the Reel to Reel Tape he stole the previous evening from the Unarius Academy of Science while attending ... more...

Things you didn't know about sound

12 October 2010

Video of Julian Treasure's TED talk is below, links to scientific references for all you hippy haters down below that. Here are a few excerpts. Matter is vibrating energy; therefore, we are a collection of vibrations of many kinds, which can be considered a chord. Health as harmony of our vibrations. On a philosophical level, Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras and Confucius all wrote at length about the relationship between harmony, music and health (social and physical). The WHO —the World Health ... more...

4'33" of YouTube

1 October 2010

Edited from YouTube user's posted performances of 4'33" John Cage - 4'33" [May '68 Comeback Special RECON] from Dick Whyte on Vimeo. The Definitive YouTube version of 4'33" NOTICE This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by WMG. The audio has been disabled. via WFMU more...

The return of Seefeel

28 September 2010

They were my fave band back when they first came out (More like Space EP, 1993) and one of the things I really liked was that they were exactly midway between my bloody valentine etc indie band vibe and electronica. You really couldn't place them. There was a big division at that time, real animosity and even hostility between the two camps and seefeel just took the best of both worlds. Then they got on Warp and went obviously to the ... more...

Video Art by satellites and turtles : its the new Auteur Theory

19 August 2010

POV video from STS-124.  No film director or composer could make anything this epic. Even Stanley Kubrick would tone it down or try to resolve it to edits and angles. The adrenaline builds, and at 2 minutes your mind beings to blow. The ending is truly beautiful, don't miss it. A camera gets lost in Aruba on November 11, 2009. A turtle finds it on January 15, 2010, films this refreshing shoegazer video and becomes a YouTube celebrity. The camera ... more...

Dubstep has peaked

9 July 2010

Google Trends "dubstep"   But soon the vuvuzela will be forgotten about, right ?Updated Sept 17th, 2010. Dubstep is making fresh new highs. more...

You are now entering the Republic of South Africa

18 June 2010

From Jozi and Cape Town, South Africa 2010 Lloyd is from Zimbabwe and lives and works in George, SA.  Every 3 months he goes home.  His wife works in the US embassy and might go to India next year.  He's trying to build his house, brick by brick, so eventually when he moves back he'll have some place to retire in. We chatted a bunch during the night bus.  Lloyd is from Zimbabwe and lives and works in George, SA. ... more...

Murungu in Baghdad

10 May 2010

I must admit that while I walked across the bridge to Zimbabwe Bob Marley started playing in my head. Sunny, windy, I'm smiling to myself. But they wouldn't let me in because the visa sticker is too big for the remaining space in my passport. I walked back to Zambia; they wouldn't let me in unless Zim stamped a denial. Back to Zim. Self-important immigration guy is on break, lady wants to gossip with friends and not listen to confusing ... more...

Zambia Zimbabwe border

25 April 2010

Following tips and rumors I've ended up at a pleasant riverside guesthouse. They do canoe trips to go see the Hippos, Elephants, Crocodiles and so on. Saturday was clubbing in Lusaka, Zambia. My new found friends (Frank, Stanley, Elias, Benson) decided I should DJ someplace besides just my iPod sitting in the bar so we hit some clubs. Eating ribs, drinking Mosi. "Mashed PotatO I want to make you my wife O" gets played 6 or 7 times in our car ... more...

changing of plans, fate, opportunity

23 April 2010

Lots and lots of things have happened, all of it very good.  No stress, no trouble.  Even running over the large rock and ..oh hey look we have 10 guys ready to help lift the car off the rock. But quite friendly about it.  Zambians are very sweet natured.  (but then what's a large oil pan puncturing rock doing in the middle of the gas station parking lot ?) The best part though was when a kid came up seconds ... more...

mambo ? poa !

14 April 2010

Smaller, quicker posts will be on picasa and twitter. The density of events and experiences makes it tricky: I'll try to hit just a few the nails on the head and not bore you with my endless attempts to take pictures of geckos. Soon there will be Rhinos and Elephants and I'll probably forget all about the geckos. I'm in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, preparing to take off on the road. Look at this: It goes on like that for thousands of ... more...

a little road trip

12 April 2010

Fate is taking me on a little road trip this month. I've been looking high and low for a new apartment, run through all of 6 suitable ones that I applied for and didn't get.  I passed on or missed out on 2 WG situations and I'm currently shacked up at Skratch's place on noisy, New York-like Oranienstrasse.  My life is in a storage facility. My friend Paul owns a car, its in Tanzania, and he's driving across Africa to ... more...

The Erudite and the profane of the African blogosphere

15 March 2010

I've been following quite a few African bloggers lately. That's because I'm going to Africa, I'm tuning in and I want to meet real people, not just people who's profession it is to hang out with tourists. Kenya/Uganda is the plan so far.  Kenya is touristic which I hope to mostly avoid (though I might just climb Mount Kenya).  I've been told Uganda is really friendly.  A well travelled guy told me its his favorite country in Africa. Predictably the ... more...

Dutty Artz interview on XLR8R

21 February 2010

My NY fam here being interviewed for XLR8R: more...

Timeblind's apocalyptic film review quickies

19 February 2010

  Timeblind's apocalyptic film review quickies:  The Book of Eli - Spoiler Alert ! oh shit he's a Muslim !  No, actually this is about Denzel carrying the Bible around and everybody tries to kill him for it (because its a potential  instrument of control). It has a hollywood desert art film vibe (which I can totally get with).  Very black and white, like Stranger than Paradise.  (tho my russian camcorder rip accentuates this).  Denzel Washington is awesome (martial arts, ... more...

Luv n' Liv EP out Mar 9th

27 January 2010

Dub Gabriel feat. U Roy- Luv n' Liv ep-Out 3/9/10  by  DESTROY ALL CONCEPTS Luv ‘n Liv - Dub Gabriel featuring U-Roy (DAC 009) Straight outta Kingston Jamaica via San Francisco and beyond, Luv ‘n Liv is the first single to drop from Dub Gabriel’s upcoming 4th studio album, The Cut Up. Featuring the mighty Dread in a Babylon, U-Roy (The Originator), Luv ‘n Liv lays testament to all that can be when you put a reggae legend in the ... more...

Avatar vs. Nirgendwo in Afrika

8 January 2010

Most everybody on the internets seems to be raving about how great Avatar is. I agree. A splendid moviegoing experience. Except for the plot and the script. And the racial pre-suppositions (us vs. them). And the self-congratulatory viewpoint of a liberal white audience condemning an obvious and uncomplicated evil. The real world is not simple. People tend to choose an enemy and blame that enemy. Corporate Capitalist Empire or Global Jihad ? Neither thank you. In some cases the enemy ... more...

Welcome to the West

9 November 2009

I was in a bar a few weeks back, drunk, talking to some people and listening to this girl tell us about growing up in East Germany. Just to paint a picture: she was very attractive, blond, very lively and also a bit drunk. She mentioned the dolls that they used to have, an Eastern German version of the Barbie Doll and I accidentally joked something like "were the dolls named Helga ?" — she slapped me. Lightly, but to ... more...

Mauerfall: people still have the power

9 November 2009

I never get tired of watching this. No-one is sure of what to do tonight here in Berlin. I suppose just wander around and look for random and true emotion.  The planned actions seem too planned, though I will drop by the mauer-mob project. What might happen if we riot against the banks:   One more crowd pleaser, this from Goodbye Lenin. The mother has been in a coma and missed the fall of the wall and re-unification. Under doctor's ... more...

live on herbstradio friday

17 September 2009

Achtung Taxifahrers ! Radio - that thing that you hear when you are in the taxi. I'll be playing on it on the newly set up Herbstradio UKW-Frequenz 99,1 MHz this Friday night in Berlin. You can also listen online: http://www.herbstradio.org/ On Thursday, no wait ... right now ! 1 AM Thurs Sept 17 : they are playing Rupture's excellent Mudd Up! show (originally broadcast on WFMU), DJ Zhao at 3 am, Awesome Tapes from Africa at 4, Hakim Bay ... more...

Masinqo Ethiopia Remix for Maga Bo

18 August 2009

I'm working on a remix right now of a track by Maga Bo called Ransom. He recorded this Masinqo player while he was traveling in Ethiopia and wrote a track around it. Now I'm doing a remix for a digital release. The other mix is going to be by Pacheko (Venezuela, whose been sending me some nice dubstep tracks recently that I've been playing out). So today I'm wanting to study up, conceptualize the relationship of the elements and energies. ... more...

We have liftoff

9 August 2009

Berlin TV tower - lift off from Fabian Tischer on Vimeo. more...

Time dilated by matter

28 July 2009

Time Dilated by Matter - Timeblind from timeblind on Vimeo. Avail on Vinyl & Digital, links over here: "Dilated by Matter — Version":http://crucial-systems.com/releases/version-12 more...

Into the hinterland : Karl Marx Stadt

18 June 2009

My very good friend Christian "Society Suckers" and myself are headed out tomorrow to his hometown Chemnitz, originally known as Karl Marx Stadt. Frank Brentschneider is also from out there (actually the whole Raster-Noton label). Its one of those East German towns that I've always wanted to go check out. I'm quite looking forward to it. The occasion is a club event put on my Geroyche for his birthday. Geräusch means "noise" in German. As usual it took me a ... more...

Not playing Mulhouse tonight (June 5th)

5 June 2009

I've been posting on twitter and all over the place really, but not blogging. I figured blogging was for writing something with substance. You know, the kind nobody reads because they are too busy. Twitter is good to force me to be exact and quick. Plus, its just the punchline and I always love the punchline. OK, I'll get back into this, post about all my upcomings. To start things off: I won't be in Mulhouse tonight. Amadou from CIAfrica ... more...

chilling in cusco

10 March 2009

Unfortunately I´ve had severe chills and headache for a few days. I spent yesterday lying comatose to try to shake it before our next adventures. Last night had dinner with Matt Grace and a bunch of his friends, mostly ex-Lima people that have moved up to Cusco. I´ve known Matt for 20 years. Really nice evening, home cooked Andean food. Talking about cumbia, heavy metal in South America. Limenos talk much faster than Cusco natives. Cusco is really beautiful, a ... more...

Lima

10 March 2009

Lima is a big South American town, sprawling like Mexico City. The buses and the repetitive concrete construction remind me of India (and I know Africa will be like that when I get there). This is most of the earth : buses, honking, dust, concrete. Compared to India, Peru is sedate and lacks the insanity of motorcycles, bicycles, and herds of rampaging black buffalos in the middle of traffic. I'm with my dad. We ate amazing food, got driven around ... more...

Going to peru

7 March 2009

I'm going to Peru with my Dad, leaving in 7 hours. I'll post some things, strictly Internet cafe, no laptop, as little computer as possible. I've been mostly using twitter lately because it keeps me from writing these long essays that you all only read the first para of. so I'll keep it tight, a'ight ? my brain is over-pulsed by the attention stream of internet. highlight in Peru for me: staying 5 nights in the rainforest at an eco-lodge. ... more...

Boomkat increased the beep

19 December 2008

There was a really good track — [Martyn's Natural Selection](http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=111917) — that was vinyl only, no MP3 yet. I really wanted to play it so I just ripped 20 seconds from boomkat's online preview and looped it. There was an occasional quiet beep over the top of it but it sounded kind of cool. so now [boomkat](http://boomkat.com) has increased the volume of the beep. more...

wassup!

25 October 2008

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and the fuckery propagates

10 October 2008

This shit is serious, just know that. It hasn't bled out into the real economy yet, but this stuff is more significant than 9/11 in what its going to do to the real world economy and to the American psyche. Massive amounts of companies and buildings and infrastructure are going to change. Joblessness goes way up. People act all "depressed" and shit and don't spend and don't hire. Compared to 1929 its way more leveraged, has far less industry, far ... more...

when it happens

6 October 2008

In case you all hadn't noticed, the world is falling apart. I posted here back on September 11th, 2007 that the finance world was going to fall apart. http://crucial-systems.com/For_those_of_you_that_dont_pay_attention_to_the_world_of_finance The reason I fled New York was that I could see quite clearly that the wheels were going to come off that wagon and the US may very well collapse into chaos. Alarmist, yes. That's what alarms are for. The solid truth is that the financial markets always precede the real ... more...

saturday in berlin : timeblind no breakfast mackjiggah

19 September 2008

a brand new spot with a nice backroom dancefloor. not much sound, but it should be a good low key saturday dubstep session. reichenberger str 153, xberg 11 till late more...

mavado — we need barack

27 June 2008

um .... yeah !!!? um. for mavado that's not really a good look. in fact I think he's way overstretched these days, going past what he's capable of. he won't last, and he still doesn't have serious vocal skills. he has an aura, that's for sure. I just got done catching up with dancehall 2007-2008. chiney k, artillery, air waves, old truck ! vybz cartel, godzilla gal (artillery). mavado, squeeze breast (bluetooth riddim). something about this catches me. but the ... more...

deutschland gegen turkei

25 June 2008

Its going to be some crazy shit here in Kreuzberg/Neukölln tonight. 113,779 Turks live here and by the screaming and fireworks I've known exactly when every goal they've scored so far in Europa Meisterschaft 2008 has happened. Today is Germany vs. Turkey So no matter who wins, there will be celebrating. I'm pretty certain Turkey is better at celebrating, and the Germans aren't bad at it either. Wow, according to wikipedia %36 of Turks do not have German citizenship even ... more...

on laptops, controllers, musicianship, post-musicianship

22 June 2008

Sam Pluta published an article about computer based music, information theory and human control: http://www.newmusicbox.org/article.nmbx?id=5614 and then we discussed it and I posted the following to the list, so I wanted to preserve it here because it collects some of my long-standing thoughts and experiences about controllers and live computer based music. sometimes I've gotten a bunch of controllers (a few too many) and then found that it was distracting to the music. instead of it being about music it ... more...

Artist Dr. Steven Kurtz cleared of all charges

11 June 2008

This was the most bat shit crazy episode in the whole Bush Gestapo Era. Charges are finally dropped, but as Kurtz states, there is no re-compensation for him. The case originated in May 2004, when Kurtz's wife Hope died of heart failure as the couple was preparing a project about genetically modified agriculture for the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Police who responded to Steve Kurtz's 911 call deemed the Kurtzes' art materials suspicious and alerted the FBI. Kurtz explained ... more...

spam or art ?

18 May 2008

I'm not sure if this is spam or art. Its doing a replacement word by word of a single randomly picked blog post. In this case I can tell that its matt shadek's post about a mix he released. Its smart because it picks up lots of related high interest words and so ended up in my blogsearch net. It may be research for spam/hack related stuff, but more likely its burroughs type art. It seems to be doing little ... more...

europeans don't understand time

13 April 2008

the goodiepal will be here in Berlin on wednesday. recommended. Wednesday, April 16, 2008 / 8 pm Mort Aux Vaches Ekstra Extra I will try to bring my students from the Danish Royal Academy of Music along. – But anyway – – I will present a book – – It’s a schoolbook – – It’s new – – It might be a bit radical – – It’s an alternative and I hope it’s good, but even if it’s not, at ... more...

taxes for ex-pats

8 April 2008

The US and Libya are the only two countries that tax their expats even when they have left the country. If you pay foreign tax on foreign income you can get foreign tax credit up to $80k. BUT the US still wants %15 for Self Employment Tax. Forever and ever. Now its getting personal. And they want to tax investment income no matter where you invested up until you give up your citizenship and become Bahamaian. more...

apple goofs up airport update

8 April 2008

The new mac airport update breaks most audio programs. We now get nasty crackling and CPU spikes. Solution: turn airport off when making muzak. or revert the airport update: http://www.ableton.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=88815&postdays;=0&postorder;=asc&start;=0&sid;=63b29a6140f11d35ef1b64db664f3cb5 and the thing is this is the first time in 5 months that my airport has worked with our apartment's WLAN. I've had a cable running down the hall and I can't shut my door. george clinton has two houses : one for music, one for business. more...

timeblind / geiom / appleblim live in london tonight mar 23 2008

23 March 2008

For those of you in London tonight and not with yr mums : Nottingham's Deselect transport their audiovisual night to London, putting on an evening of live, bass-heavy electronic music in the elegant confines of the Salisbury Hotel. Timeblind brings his intricate dub electronica from Berlin to headline the party, joined by dubstep hot property Geiom and Skull Disco's Appleblim. Punters who arrive early can take advantage of the Salisbury's equally mouthwatering Sunday roast and watch the experimental short-film roster ... more...

viel spaß im ausland

24 February 2008

This is the green card that they give foreigners when they land in the Great US of A: Do you have a communicable disease; physical or mental disorder; or are you a drug abuser or addict ? (Well that eliminates half the planet right there) Have you ever been arrested or convicted for an offense or crime involving moral turpitude or a violation related to a controlled substance; ... or are you seeking entry go engage in criminal or immoral ... more...

the age of recording is truly over

21 February 2008

I am a musician. I release music. I sell music, people actually buy it. I have NO problem with people also trading it on p2p networks. I have a big problem with you (russian) assholes SELLING STOLEN FILES to people. You claim you have the right to sell my music, and you base this right on your interpretation of russian copyright law that states that internet downloads are broadcast music, and thus you only have to pay your (pathetic) broadcast ... more...

Shawty Lo/Timeblind Blend CB exclusive

21 February 2008

Dev79, the illustrious playboy of Philly put up a Shawty Lo vs. Timeblind blend (that's would be called a mashup in my "elder speak") on centralbooking's blog. It sounds huge, rocks parties. The track is Strategy Decay, which funnily enough was the one track I would have left off of Ghostification but lots of people (like Rupture) have been working it to good effect. So I'll shut up. Dev also talks up a fine shit of an interview. I'm still ... more...

cost of gas in germany : $7.71 per gallon

1 February 2008

Gas (95) is at a national average of €1,397 per litre which comes to about US-$7.71 per US-gallon with current exchange rates. $8.80 in Holland 1 US gallon = 3.7854118 litres exchange rate today is (yuck) 1.49 I only ride my bike. I don't even take the U-bahn that much. Currency analysts predict a pullback of the EUR vs. USD to 1.45. It has been hitting 1.45 here and there, but right now its rising again. 1.51 is said to ... more...

I am legend

24 January 2008

For some reason all the cool people are hating on the new Will Smith vehicle. People who haven't even seen it declare that they don't like it. I liked it. So there. As a former New Yorker its awesome to see New York totally devoid of people. I'm not quite sure where the lions come from. Any movie that features the near total extinction of mankind is usually somewhat enjoyable. You get to see Will scrunch his face up and ... more...

my other blog...

18 January 2008

I post fairly frequently on the Dance Music Business Resource, so if you are a musician and interested in the biz, do check the feed: http://crucial-systems.com/dmbr/ Latest: Jamaica stops making 7" Major dance vinyl distributors dropping like flies David Byrne explains 6 possible revenue systems for artists Indie rock people claim vinyl is doing just swell more...

jay-z inks deal with iTunes : iLluminati and Apple finally conjoined

6 January 2008

Oh, and congrats to jay on his new label deal with Apple. I don't actually think Jigga fucks with the real Illuminati. I think there is still a real Illuminati, but they are very small and ineffectual. He is just working the idea of power, secret societies, of not just being a player in the game, but owning the game itself. That's why he admires David Rockefeller. I think the Tri-lateral Commission was exactly what it said it was: a ... more...

go obama !

5 January 2008

We (a few Americans and a German) were just talking here in Berlin today about how German politicians are expected to be boring nerds because that’s what the job is all about: nice simple boring stuff about running the economy and state so that the citizens can live their lives. In the US its like a bunch of cartoon characters acting courageous and pitting good against evil, playing to big stories, grand scales, emotions and all that. In Europe it ... more...

how not to get your myspaced hacked

2 January 2008

This is a public service announcement. Jan 2, 2008 one of your friends appears to send you a stupid thing to post as a comment. you know its spam, because your friends would never post anything that stupid. when you get the request to post the comment and myspace asks you to deny/approve, deny it. then then when you are on the SECOND screen when myspace asks you to confirm , hover the mouse over the deny/submit area and if ... more...

Berlin vs. New York Round IV

4 October 2007

Why do people live in New York ? There is no relationship between them. Except for an inner electricity which results from the simple fact of their being crowded together. A magical sensation of contiguity and attraction for an artificial centrality. This is what makes it a self-attracting universe, which there is no reason to leave. There is no human reason to be here, except for the sheer ecstasy of being crowded together. Jean Baudrillard, America 1989 I moved back ... more...

Space is the Place

4 October 2007

In music production building a mix is like building a fire. You need space between the logs for the air to get in; the sound elements need to have space or it doesn't appear that they are moving at all. If everything is compressed and smushed then it becomes a single sheet of texture and everything sounds small. The way to get big sounds is to give them enough space to appear as big (another trick: put a very small ... more...

massacres in myanmar

30 September 2007

We just got phone call with our sister living in Yangon about a few hours ago. We saw on BBC world, saying that 200 monks were arrested. The true picture is far worse. For one instance, the monastery at an obscure neighborhood of Yangon, called Ngwe Kyar Yan (on Wei-za-yan-tar Road, Yangon) had been raided early this morning. A troop of lone-tein (riot police comprised of paid thugs) protected by the military trucks, raided the monastery with 200 studying monks. ... more...

For those of you that don't pay attention to the world of finance ...

11 September 2007

This may seem boring, but do give this a quick read through. executive summary: dollar fucked. money is complicated shit like microsoft operating system. bugs. very bad. You might have heard of the subprime problem. The problem isn't that a few poor people have been defaulting on the their loans. The problem is that these loans have been cut up into little packets ("tranches") and bought and sold by investors all over the world in order to distribute and minimize ... more...

west coast touring

30 August 2007

As I completely failed to mention on this blog, I'm on tour out west. Stateless in San Francisco was good fun. Sacramento was fun, but nobody was there. I'm in LA right now, in Echo Park (home of many old cowboy and silent films, frank zappa, the eagles, gilligan's island and [a]ppendics shuffle. Its both dirtier and nicer than I expected. Nice California homes, beautiful hills and graffitti tagged palm trees. Hoping to get out to different neighborhoods today. Everything ... more...

quagmire

13 August 2007

Dick in 2004. Right. So what were they thinking the second time round ? Its time to get the whole middle east powder keg going. Its time to destroy the US itself USSR-Afghanistan style, thus opening it up for corporate takeover. Its time for Armageddon. They are in contact with space aliens, and its the aliens that told them they had to do it. The so-called Left should give up trying to reason with these people and saying America got ... more...

Newsflash: Time May Not Exist

9 August 2007

Planck time—the smallest unit of time that has any physical meaning—is 10-43 second, less than a trillionth of a trillionth of an attosecond. Beyond that? Tempus incognito. At least for now. Efforts to understand time below the Planck scale have led to an exceedingly strange juncture in physics. The problem, in brief, is that time may not exist at the most fundamental level of physical reality. If so, then what is time? And why is it so obviously and tyrannically ... more...

Lectures by Alan Watts animated by Trey Parker and Matt Stone

14 July 2007

Absolutely wonderful. Lectures by legendary zen scholar Alan Watts animated by our favorite South Park boys. http://www.freshminds.com/animation/alan_watts_life.html The Way of Zen was on my Dad's bookshelf while I was growing up. more...

77BOADRUM live and on camera

8 July 2007

The Boredoms played with 77 drummers on 7/7/07 in DUMBO. It started at 7:07pm and lasted for 77 minutes. 8000 people RSVP'd. By 3:30 there were about 4000 people in line to get in; the park holds about 2000 but they only let in less than 1000 due to police/restrictions/toilet-ratio-regulations. I stood on the Brooklyn Bridge (at around 16 secs in the video). It was pretty stunning even up there, but we missed a lot of detail and the beat ... more...

Steve Talbott on consciousness vs. computers

22 June 2007

"The highest parts of our humanity are the parts where we are most fully conscious, most alertly engaged, with our intentions most thoroughly penetrating our activity. ... Whenever we find ourselves activing passively, dreamily, automatically or mechanically — states all too easily induced when we spend hour starting at a screen! — we are descending to the subhuman" "Perhaps one of the most important things I have done throughout my life is to live with a single question or problem ... more...

kode9 / shackleton @ love

22 May 2007

The best thing about last weeks party at Love was Hank Shocklee standing behind me BLASTING HIS AIR HORN. juakali + joe nice, criterion + timeblind Hank is a really really nice and smart dude. Went to see the panels he moderated at Remix Hotel. http://remixhotel.com/nyc/schedule/ Should be available as a podcast soon: http://remixhotel.com/podcasts/ erm... nobody actually showed up for the Element party. The parade was proverbially rained on. But I had a fun time DJ-ing for my video friends ... more...

Saturday May 19th - NYC Dance parade after party

15 May 2007

Saturday May 19th The Official After Party for the 1st Annual New York City Dance Parade! http://www.danceparade.org Dance Parade is New York's first ever parade and festival of such scope and scale. We are celebrating everything from Break dance to Ballet with Burning Man Spirit and Love Parade Energy (timeblind sez: do you mean tacky suburban drunks ?). On Saturday May 19th 2007 we will join colorful floats, live bands and dj's to dance in the streets to Salsa, Contra, ... more...

respect to the deserters

10 April 2007

At an Army base in Alaska last year, "there was one guy who literally chopped off his trigger finger with an axe to prevent his deployment," Dr. Thomas Grieger, a senior navy psychiatrist said in an interview. New york times, mon april 9th, 2007 Respect. More respect then I give to the Buddhist monk in Thailand who cut off his penis because it wouldn't sit still during meditation. Interesting: The desertion rate during the Vietnam war was 5% (NYT) more...

timespannered

4 April 2007

There's an interview and a few new exclusive tracks for download over at the excellent [Spannered](http://www.spannered.org/music/1169/). Lots of other good stuff over there too : a funny interview with Kode9, DJ sets by Surgeon, Neil Landstrumm, Ripley, Filastine; film, art and lit reviews. more...

Shadetek on BBC - Radio 1 - Mary Anne Hobbs

22 March 2007

Shadetek dropped a couple of exclusives by Timeblind on the beeb. link to listen is at the bottom. Matt from Team Shadetek provides a wicked mix on this week's show. Plus we've got exclusives from DJ Wonder, Aaron Spectre and Nate Mars Vs Nika D. Listen AgainListen to the showTracklistingFriday 16 March 02.00 Milanese - 'Iacon' (Warp) Manipulate aka Jimmy Hatetank - 'Jamais Vu' (Dubplate) Nate Mars Vs Nika D - 'The Heat Is On' (Dubplate) Battles - 'Atlas' (Warp) ... more...

smash the state !

4 March 2007

The right wingers in Copenhagen are making asses of themselves again by closing the most significant squat/youth center in the city. Ungdomshuset, "The Youth House", is a historic building (at least in the squatter-verse), "symbolic of a wider struggle against a capitalist establishment". The city granted them a charter in 1982 and now they are breaking that and refusing to buy them a replacement building. Personally I'm not part of the anarchist style of struggle, but I am a sympathetic ... more...

Berlin vs. New York II

14 February 2007

New York is annoying. Besides the snow, the freezing cold, $1000+ rents, $9 glasses of beer and miserable cell phone coverage, the people are all crazy, constantly defending themselves against the emotional invasion of the city. And by "the city" of course we mean all those other people. People pick up emotional bruises and then bump it onto the next passerby. There are lots of really sweet people here. I'm enjoying the friends I do hang out with, though we ... more...

thanks, last friday's bunker

9 January 2007

Last friday's Bunker 4th anniversary party was packed and crazy ! I played at 11pm, but it was packed then and hit capacity by the end of my set. This was perfect because it let me play deeper sounds, building up and by the end people danced. I wanted to lay dubbier earlier on, so I got the best of both worlds. Rupture then ripped it nice. Thanks to everyone who came down (and myspace comments etc.). It really did ... more...

hip hop is not dead

8 January 2007

Why must I cry - Reh Dogg: No, he's not retarded. Reh Dogg is operating on a level beyond cool. Champagne rappers (who killed hip hop dem) don't know how to be stoopid, don't know how to keep it real (they rent those yachts), they can't be 360 and show the ugliness. Reh Dogg in the shower, Reh Dogg in his security guard uniform, Reh Dogg showing you the raw footage. I hate your friends http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l54VgMTn8M You say I'm ugly: more...

new york vs. berlin

12 December 2006

On an impulse I bought a ticket to India for 2 months. All summer long I have planned on getting out of Berlin for the winter so I hadn't renewed my visa. But without German residency, the Indian botschaft wouldn't grant me an Indian visa. The ticket was non-refundable, so the plane took off without me and I lost the $720. My next impulse said it was time to go to New York. The New York vs. Berlin debate has ... more...

my favorite song right now

7 December 2006

Baby Shotta : Movado with Ward 21 on the Nookie 2k6 riddim. This thing runs through my head every day. Movado - Ward 21 - Baby Shottas You can even buy it on iTunes Movado with the gorgeous drifting song, Ward 21's Suku—the bass dude. Good cop bad cop. Ward 21 always play their voice talent like an orchestra. Suku is the one that intones hypnotically on that single deadly pitch. Suku also produces many of my favorite Ward 21 ... more...

Dubai - live a thousand lives by picture

5 November 2006

Everything you need to know about Dubai - the Las Vegas of the Middle East—as told by the foreigners who go there to work. The director, Omair (from London) really gets the feel of the city with all that eerie space. There, now you don't have to go to Dubai. more...

there's hope

25 October 2006

I actually think that a new phase in US democracy is underway driven by internet activists. Instant accountability, tracking bills and issues, tracking candidates, voter involvement, organizing rapid responses—all of these are being enabled by internet technology and are making a real difference. Internet media is, I think, largely responsible for the dire straits the Republicans find themselves in, and the old school media is sometimes following their investigative lead. Most political debate now happens online. Democracy is entirely dependent ... more...

Kuduro : African Rave Techno

27 September 2006

A few months ago at the [[Forca Angola kuduro float|Berlin Karnival)] I discovered this dark banging four to the floor style out of Angola and posted here about it. The ever knowledgeable Maga Bo told me it was called [Kuduro](http://wikipedia.com/Kuduro), and a little wikipedia reading and a lot of p2p-ing later I had a few hours of the stuff on my laptop. Here's something to listen to while you read: [Micolo [ 2005] - Kuduro](http://crucial-systems.com/uploads/Kuduro-Micola-2005.mp3) Kuduro means "hard ass" or ... more...

the silence of 911

10 September 2006

I'm in the US right now, watching TV. Everybody is trying to simulate grand emotions with their 911 specials. Synthesized strings, swirling motion graphics, firemen, hugs. One of the most amazing things about 911 itself was the complete SILENCE of the everyday. Newscasters didn't have scripts and talked like actual real people sitting in front of cameras. As I walked about the streets of lower manhattan the next day I saw everybody else just walking around the streets. Nowhere to ... more...

Great moments in Hip-Hop : "Israel Disses UN"

12 August 2006

A great moment in Hip-Hop history today on the front page of news.google.com: [Israel Disses UN, Bombs Lebanon](http://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7BA4FFF69E-B243-4703-AFFB-6B353B89E488%7D&language;=EN) A'ight peeps, we have arrived. You know at the very beginning when the soldiers were kidnapped and Israel started bombing I thought "I have a really bad feeling about this one..." I don't like where this is going. Somehow Condi knew to announce that it was the birth pangs of the new middle east. Bush has been [encouraging Israel to attack Syria](http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code;=PAR20060809&articleId;=2934) ... more...

berlin karnival

7 June 2006

The Karnival celebrates multi-culturalism in Germany. This involves trucks with floats and dancers; good practice for the coming Love Parade. Soca naturally rules any carnival. angola sound system. like soca but more dark. wicked dj. MC in english, some spanish (?) on the tracks. mostly just drums and bass though. maybe the dancers wanted some more vocals, but it had really rich energy. check the dude with the louis vuitton hat and scarf. so fresh. his friend is rockin german ... more...

j dilla is all love! respect! RIP

19 May 2006

Its been a few months now since J Dilla passed away. Myspace was echoing with tributes for weeks (at least in my many neighborhoods). He had a blood disease. He finished his last album Donuts from his hospital bed. Its all love and joy, devastating and heart warming. The sample is "Only one can win" and he calls the track "Two can win". I see you and I raise you one. Bless you man. http://myspace.com/jdilla more...

google maps de is up

19 May 2006

Endlich ! For those of us that are always lost. more...

kode9 drops timeblind on rinse FM

4 May 2006

ooh and he gets a reload while long slow mixing it with roll deep ( i told you that older roll deep stuff drives me mad ). so he decides to just play both tracks from the top. Some of you understood that. Of course some have no clue what I'm on about. I went to the M_nus party this weekend (in a nuclear bunker) and I was talking with Richie Hawtin the plastiKman (he put out my very first ... more...

timeblind, sick girls @ golden gate, berlin FRIDAY 7TH April 2006

7 April 2006

If you are in Berlin then don't forget tonight : CA$HMONEY Deep Shit ! Timeblind Sick Girls http://www.terrible.org/mt-web/sickgirls/ Fuck Hugo Your Body Golden Gate Dircksenstr. 77/78 Jannowitzbrücke 5 euro FRIDAY 7TH April 2006 Contrary to popular rumor I'm not really playing live, but rather DJ-ing with Ableton—layering, fixing, re-mastering, stealing the good bits, mash it up. Genre : erm ... Urban. Mostly Garage: not Grime even but proper "you missed it the first time" old Garage from Pay as You ... more...

spam poetry

12 March 2006

I love spam poetry. You have to be good to get past my bayesian dogs. Hey Valentin, Impress ur GF now and stop hearing nagging in the room. You dont' have to be embarrased anymore about ur unit, I'm not. This is what other are saying. ghbor, envies Edmond’s prosperity . Fernand Mondego envies Dantés beautiful fiancé, Mercédés. One night, all of these . jealous men gather and discuss how they can bring down Edmond Dantés As the first step ... more...

timeblind in NYC, Berlin

10 March 2006

Some upcoming shows: The Bunker March 24th Rob Hall (Skam) Timeblind subtonic NYC CA$HMONEY April 7th Berlin Sick Girls Timeblind more...

Brooklyn 2006

6 March 2006

New York City is always a parody of itself, and its still developing its act. On the subway from the airport I get the crazy guy, blabbing away about God and Jesus (Jews are always so obsessed about Jesus) and how his mind isn't what it used to be hasn't been for a long time when you're 16 you are at your peak but now he sees double of everything. Some white sludge is starting to drip out of his ... more...

moving out of friedrichshain

5 March 2006

I moved out of my place ( €330 a month, friedrichshain, 1 br, nice wood floors, newly renovated ) and moved all of my crap into fredrik's (bless his soul). I'm off to NYC, Tuscon AZ and Bethlehem PA for 1 month; then I'll come back and get a new apartment in Berlin for the summer. Friedrichshain is getting more student and more gentrified, yet still there just aren't that many actually cool places to eat. Life is about eating ... more...

music is about sub-cultural identity

10 February 2006

Music tastes are strongly driven by social factors. Its tribalism, sub-culturalism and identity. A lot of times the sound itself is interpreted differently based on the genre and social affiliation. That's why a synth pad is considered totally cheesy when Kylie uses it, but the same sound in Aphex or Sizzla comes off cool. It would seem to suggest that last.fm should work well, but for me it just doesn't seem to. It just keeps saying I would like Autechre. ... more...

Download generation "apathetic" - age of Repetition comes to a close

24 January 2006

They found music had "lost its aura" and was seen as a commodity. ""The accessibility of music has meant that it is taken for granted and does not require a deep emotional commitment once associated with music appreciation." http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4599340.stm Well that's it, the age of recordings is over. I knew it was going to happen. When recording technology first appeared the performing musicians of the day only saw it as a new way to promote their performing income. They didn't ... more...

Technorati Search: du bist deutschland

21 January 2006

Congratulations Deutschland ! Apparently the top search on Technorati for a while has been "du bist deutschland". (Which is a feel good PR campaign running here in Germany). More and more people post about it because more and more people read about it being posted about. Which just goes to show that Technorati is a useless navel staring feedback loop. "Egorati". I just have to say I have never come across an interesting article via Technorati and rarely go there. ... more...

Fat Planet 2005

6 January 2006

One of my tracks is featured on Fat Planet's download compilation 2005. A great idea from a really great blog ( I found a bunch of interesting stuff off of there this year ). Go there for the links and the artwork. I dunno though, 2005 was a bit shitty for music. I had some ecstatic times on the dancefloor with dj Cameo spinning Grime and I had some great nights at breakcore parties (very old school). Ricardo Villalobos got ... more...

symmetry; the central channel

22 December 2005

[Mark Mothersbaugh](http://www.mutato.com/beautifulmutants/html/gallery/mharper.html) (devo) did a beautiful art show of antique photos that he transforms by digitally making them symmetrical. Seeing a symmetrical face is very strange. His [attached article](http://www.mutato.com/beautifulmutants/statement.html) is well worth reading too. Rorsarch. A study of dancers (in Jamaica) showed that women were attracted to men who showed symmetry in their moves. [BBC](http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4550000.stm) A recent study said that many people still don't really understand how mirrors work. A robot in Japan now has "mirror image cognition" and can ... more...

click clique trance

21 December 2005

I like robot wisdom log a lot, he's a real mensch. In 1997 he invented the word "weblog" in its original form : logging interesting things that you found. He notes, eecummingly, the unit-measure for blogging is the blogger and you subscribe or unsubscribe to the blogger-as-a-whole based on whether you find them simpatico http://robotwisdom2.blogspot.com/2005/12/huffington-post-is-not-blog.html Aggregators be damned (unless its hard news). And today, so nice : i once heard tell of a toddler, overheard after being put to bed ... more...

the reason for ignorance

21 December 2005

My guru Sri Aurobindo is an awesome (and dead) creature. Educated at Cambridge, he was involved in the early independence movement in India, got locked up in Prison whereupon the Divine invaded his consciousness. He is credited with bringing the concept of Evolution into Vedantic thought. The universe was born of ignorant forms. In discovering the highest consciousness, one moves from Ignorance to Knowledge, experiencing the delight of being for which the universe was created. Reason for Ignorance -- All ... more...

stop reading this

19 December 2005

Too much data hinders the ability of intelligence to do efficient pattern matching. Too much information makes you dumber, splits the attention. The web is essentially satanic. Furthermore, more data can lead to false confidence. The Square-Root Law states that an x-fold increase in the amount of data collected will only lead to a result that is more informed by √x Conan Doyle in A Study In Scarlet has Sherlock Holmes say:"You see," he explained, "I consider that a man's ... more...

pan-dimensional beings experience things differently

11 December 2005

Wouldn't it be great if there were beings on earth who didn't experience events in the linear sequence of time, but instead experienced events sorted by Relevance. So while we were just enjoying what had happened or what was going to come up... they would be getting more and more excited or increasingly disinterested. Its the biggest human joke that we expect aliens to experience the same time scale as us, or even to experience time. Most people still expect ... more...

innovation overtakes humans, a new age of exploration ?

30 November 2005

Last night I told my friend [super collider guru fredrik](http://www.fredrikolofsson.com/pages/code.html) about an idea I had many years ago to use games as a modulation input into synthesis software. Knobs and sliders are so boring. Specifically I wanted to take virtual terrain and fly directly through it and use the mountain's altitude as the output value. You could construct a 3D and then fly through it creating a single D output; lots of permutations of this. I got so far as ... more...

Kadah/Vresky & Timeblind @ zentrale randlage, berlin Nov26,05

24 November 2005

Samstag 26 Zentrale Randlage Schönhauser Allee 172 Berlin Kadah/Vresky ( F / Clone, Dub, K7! ) Timeblind ( USA / [[Orthlorng Musork]], ((Tigerbeat6) ) Multipara ( Lux Nigra ) Marius Reisser ( http://repeatrepeat.org ) I played in Brussels with Kadah/Vresky, he was quite good. I'm trying to get a little preview set of my own new stuff up online here. Gimme a sec. Fast dub-step, hyper-dub and something that would resemble techno if techno wasn't so busy trying to sound ... more...

dear google

23 November 2005

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we are the music makers. bin laden and karl rove are down stream meme jockeys.

8 November 2005

a couple of months ago I was walking around the louvre, and not really feeling it. the paintings and statues weren't really having much affect on my hyper-modern image saturated 21st century mind. then I started to realize that these objects had fixed a way of seeing for the people of those times, had made concrete a lot of nebulous ways of feeling and thinking. royalty knows this, that's why they commission: to write the culture. william gibson says the ... more...

web2.0, hype and cynicism, pump and dump, craving and aversion

26 October 2005

One of the amazing things I experienced while being in India for 6 months was a complete lack of cynicism. They have evil and greed and stupidity, but cynicism just isn't there. People don't worry about hype cycles or being cool or reacting to (anybody's) success with an immediate pull back (waiting to see when the back lash comes). Coming back to NYC was a total shock. Friends don't make eye contact with each other. People seem to be hiding ... more...

I actually know how to play the saxophone

24 October 2005

I played Saxophone on the new Jason "neé Donna Summer" Forrest CD. The mic was shitty, but I got some good licks in and Jason and Andi "a mouse on mars" Toma did a good job mixing it. The rekkid does actually sound exciting. David Grubbs (piano), Laura Cantrell (vocals), Maja Solvig Kjelstrup Rarke (vocals) and oh shit there's a whole choir on here. Its not really breakcore, more rock fueled with breakcore. Released on Sonig (Mouse on Mars' label) ... more...

Kashmiri Saffron

22 October 2005

Kashmiri saffron is darker and stronger than most kinds. I bought about a gram in Himachal Pradesh India for a dollar or two, quite cheap. So now I'm making saffron basmati rice, thinking about them sitting up there in trouble. Its bad. The world isn't responding to the earthquake in the same way as they did the Tsunami. Partly because the Tsunami happened in vacation land, and was physically very unusual and bizarre. Also because international people look down on ... more...

the hype software

21 October 2005

The locals think all of us Americans living here in Berlin are a bunch of geeks. Even the casual mention of http://del.icio.us> or Flock Holy fuck. Only in buggy beta right now, but this is a mozilla web browser and RSS reader, with integrated blog writing attached to your del.icio.us links and flickr photos. Eventually it will be possible to plug in to any service. It sounds like total hype and the design is very slick. But a fluid combination ... more...

Stupid fresh 1986 Hip-Hop documentary

17 October 2005

Really great Dutch documentary about Hip-Hop shot in New York in 1986. Totally honest street level interviews with real people. http://www.vpro.nl/programma/vrijegeluiden/afleveringen/17295970/ Its amazing how cute and innocent rap was back then (LL at 18 bragging about his girlfriend). I always have these idle fantasies of getting a time machine and taking say Jay-Z, Ludacris, Ghostface Killer and Q-bert back to rock a party in 1980s. It would be scary. But poor Grandmaster Flash would be crushed so completely by Q-bert ... more...

again at the WAF; and why won't earth leave us alone ?

9 October 2005

I'm spinning again tomorrow at WAF ( Monday Oct 10 2005 Rigaerstr 77 Freidrichshain Berlin Midnight ). I'll play earlier this time (for those of you last week who weren't prepared to jump around like little girls at 3 AM on a monday). I had fun pushing buttons. They danced. Found some Sticky trax on the net that I used to spin on vinyl (now in storage). Terra Danjah, Jammer, sped up bashment (but proper tunes ya wanna sing along ... more...

dj-ing at WAF on Monday

2 October 2005

I'll be laying on at the Wasserschlacht Armee Freidrichshain am Montag. (Oct 3, 2005 Berlin Rigaerstraße 77 ) Grime (like Terror Danjah, Jammer, Plasticman, D Double, Kano and such things), Ragga Jungle old (remarc!) and new (shitmat!) and the weirder from bashment. Possibly booty too, I'm feeling pleasantly crass. I'm using Ableton Live now with full the MP3 support. You can really meld things together that otherwise could never be pulled off. DJ-ing finally gets completely merged with live sets ... more...

merkel vs. schröder wasserschlacht an der oberbaumbrücke

20 September 2005

More fun in Berlin. The friedrichshain vs. kreuzberg waterpistol/vegetable battle on the Oberbaum bridge this year is apparently contested. The friedrichshain side pulled some new tactics, namely setting fire to a car (but in a fun way). You can see from the video that they clearly crossed over to x-berg territory. For you foreign readers, this bridge is an east-west division. Kreuzberg used to be the artist punk sector, but that's moved across the bridge a fair bit which is ... more...

top 10 words by genre

15 September 2005

Reggae girl lover know love I’m let’s mi shout like gal Country love I’m just don’t know like got time heart go Newage adis go say day night love sky says ergo heart Rap I’m like get got don’t n**** know s*** ain’t yo Rock I’m love don’t know just like got you’re time oh Table 1: The ten most frequent non-stop words for selected genres from an online lyrics repository. rap and rock got serious ego issues. obviously dancehall ... more...

my vote is for the trash

13 September 2005

Every political party in Germany gets a national TV spot. The Anarchist Pogo Partei Deutschland had their spot banned. Features half-crazed half-naked people rubbing each other with dog food and beer. "never work again" Its 2 mins of total chaos, must see: http://www.appd.de/wahlspot/wahlspot.php#dl This was picked up in the international news ( "a disgrace for Germany" ). It didn't surprise me in the least to find out last night that the APPD has its office directly over one of my ... more...

refugees not allowed to walk out

8 September 2005

This story from 2 paramedics seems to be confirmed. The police would not allow refugees to walk out of New Orleans, fired shots over their heads rather than talk and eventually, when the media noticed, destroyed their encampment and stole their remaining food and water. http://www.emsnetwork.org/artman/publish/article_18337.shtml more...

Could a hole in space save man from extinction?

28 August 2005

You know recently I've been worried that I say too much, try too often to freak people out. At my birthday party the other night, I was explaining to Sasha from hardwax some of the basic useful parts of Buddhist thinking (blah blah here he goes... well I just madde an offhand comment and... ) then I accidentally wandered into "absolute reality", psychic reality and the wave particle duality. So he forgets the first part, the useful part about not ... more...

The grand strategy of Al Qaeda

27 August 2005

This article (on TigerHawk) is notes posted from a lecture at Princeton by Michael Doran, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, who has thoroughly studied what Al Qaeda actually says and does. Lots of interesting stuff here. Just as they are writing about Muslim victories a thousand years ago, Al Qaeda's intellectuals consider themselves in the middle of a very long term struggle. Al Qaeda is saying: "We are not revolutionaries. It is the next generation, or the generation after, that ... more...

grime: love/hate

27 August 2005

On the street, cell phones enable impromptu rapping, or "spitting," over music played through speaker phones. Grime is hated and loved. Its basically a super media thing, attractive to people who write about stuff. All these "new" genres are like that (Favela funk, Reggaeton). Music is hard to talk about, and music writers ALWAYS bore me. They stick to the surface attributes. No way to know if something really is good or not based on these descriptions. If I listen ... more...

soundclash: nietzsche vs. buddha

30 July 2005

Many of the innovations in music for the past several decades happen in the more agressive, energetically active forms. Metal, punk, hip-hop, techno, jungle (hardcore), dancehall/bashment, grime. Nietzsche would be proud: the strong succeed, leading the way. The Appollonians may complain, back in their chill out rooms or up in their pop charts, but they follow the leader. Further down the line they sweeten the style up once its cooled off. War presidents think this way too. Apollonian nations fall ... more...

Berlin: me, beer, dogs, techno and now Michael Jackson

21 July 2005

So did I mention that I moved to Berlin ? Not really; I've just blogged here and there about cosmic stuff and politics. The big picture stuff. I don't like to blog about my small life, its a bit invasive for me. I do like to read other people's blogs, and I pick up good info about life that way. Well I moved to Berlin which is a fantastic city. Its very peaceful and green. There's graffiti on everything, cafés ... more...

Why Do They Hate Us? Not Because of Iraq - New York Times

18 July 2005

This writer states that Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine are just convenient causes for the moment and are meant more as a play towards us westerners. None of the terrorists are from any of these countries. The Western-based Islamic terrorists are not the militant vanguard of the Muslim community; they are a lost generation, unmoored from traditional societies and cultures, frustrated by a Western society that does not meet their expectations. And their vision of a global ummah is both a ... more...

londistan calling

7 July 2005

It hurts to read about people having their legs cut off; to think (last night, while I was in bed) that at that moment some mother was crying into the night (and my mother is English]; my step-father couldn't get into London that morning). We get such detailed descriptions of London. We can imagine it better than what happens day in day out in Iraq. Let's not even bring up Africa ... ( ?) Robert Fisk says exactly what I ... more...

Good vs. Evil, Tantra, Darth Vader and Dick Cheney

16 June 2005

Star Wars mysticism is taken directly from Tantra and the concept of the Right-Hand (light; yang; jedi) vs. Left-Hand (dark; yin; sith) paths. Tantra is an ancient practice of rituals and texts which predates the Vedas. It serves to concentrate and focus the energy of the self for either spiritual or magical purposes. Its practiced notably in Hinduism (though not in the mainstream), Tantric Vajrayana (Tibettan) Buddhism and various western occult traditions. The Right hand path is the sublimation of ... more...

Arabic Assassin : the bag tosser

10 June 2005

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Bassam Khalaf was paid to help keep U.S. air travel safe as a baggage screener. His alter ego, the Arabic Assassin, rapped about flying a plane into a building. The Transportation Security Administration could not reconcile the two and fired him last week. "My name is Bassam, a one-man band, I came from sand, affiliated with the Taliban." Khalaf, a Houston native of Palestinian descent, said the incendiary lyrics about rape, murder and mass attacks were meant ... more...

who is the bigger abuser ?

8 June 2005

What's worse ? Being fondled by Michael or enduring a massive court case and lifetime infamy because you were fondled by Michael ? I would rather be fondled and forget about it. I still don't disbelieve that Michael isn't just a beautiful child creature with no sense of normal adult life. And it simply does not make sense that AFTER the bashir video he would then go and fondle the kid who appeared in the video. That is just completely ... more...

music interfaces of the future: meat is where its at

8 March 2005

http://www.ciat-lonbarde.net/dindatindudero/ the din datin dudero: the two large discs are nobs (with knobs you know what they will do, with nobs you know not what but you'll feel somehin) which control a nabra (analog brain) within. the pins on the outside connect to nodes within the nabra... you can look at its orange heartbeats through a little window. so, there's also a sh'bobo (digital brain rewirer) attached to the nabra in a sort of symbiosis with it.... controlling it with ... more...

The Antichrist, the EU, UN and the Christian Soliders of America

6 March 2005

Christian America thinks that Europe and/or the United Nations is the second Roman Empire, and that the Anti-Christ will soon rise to power there and consume the earth under a false banner of peace. Of course we were thinking the same thing about them. As much as you would like to believe that the world struggle is about oil, nationalism or currency competition, the real reason is that... the beast is supposed to have "ten horns and seven heads, with ... more...

Hunter S. Thompson: best suicide ever

23 February 2005

Shit, he's having his remains fired out of a cannon. What joy ! He knew he could one more big grin out of all of us. I think he knew exactly what effect his death would have in the media. He played his final card with consummate skill and used his death to invigorate the spirit that is dying in America. Perfect timing. OK, I won't put him up there with [Thich Quang Duc](http://www.wellesley.edu/Polisci/wj/Vietimages/monk.htm). But he outdid all those dumb ... more...

more reasons to get angry about the occupation of iraq

13 February 2005

essential blogs from iraq http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/ It's upsetting because it just confirms the worst: right-wing Americans don't care about justifying this war. They don't care about right or wrong or innocents dead and more to die. They were somewhat ahead of the game. When they saw their idiotic president wasn't going to find weapons anywhere in Iraq, they decided it would be about mass graves. It wasn't long before the very people who came to 'liberate' a sovereign country soon began ... more...

when future shock happens every day

15 January 2005

How fast can we go ? Is there an upper limit to the rate of cultural and technological change ? Ray Kurzweil is noted for saying that the pace of change will continue to accelerate, and that the next 20 years will see as much change as the last 100. Nanotechnology, quantum computing...at some point technologies will be responsible for phenomena that many of us will not be able to understand and we will all act like primitives making first ... more...

my Tamil Nadu

4 January 2005

About 10 months ago I was wandering happily along the shores of Tamil Nadu. So those Tamil faces I'm seeing this past week are familiar ones, and I can quickly imagine what the chaos was like and what's happening down there now. These pictures are on the beach at Mallampuram and Pondycherry, to give you an idea of normal happy times. Its amazing how many people there were on the beach on any given day. Its always a constant source ... more...

the real US plans for the moon

3 December 2004

Helium-3 [an isotope of ordinary helium], found in lunar soil, could become a substitute for dwindling fossil fuels. Some see it as the energy source of the future. It would be used in fusion reactors. Helium-3 is one of the reasons the United States never signed the 1979 U.N. moon treaty, which says no one can claim ownership of the moon or have bases there. from an Interview with Bruce Gagnon at: http://www.dollarsandsense.org/0304gagnon.html The administration's proposal for human space exploration ... more...

history of iraq

3 December 2004

Due to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers the region was very fertile but suffered from flooding. This had a consequence: people had to cooperate to manage the waters, and from this the very first civilization on Earth was created: Sumer in 4000BC. Sophisticated irrigation, cereal argiculture, writing, accounting. By 1750BC it was Babylon, prosperous and peaceful with a codified legal system. It was conquered by Alexander the Great in 331BC, then it was part of the Persian Empire until 634AD ... more...

Bill Moyers on the Servants of the Apocalypse

14 October 2004

Millions of Christian fundamentalists may believe that environmental destruction is not only to be disregarded but actually welcomed—even hastened—as a sign of the coming apocalypse. The Delusional Is No Longer Marginal Bill Moyers December 10, 2004 Writing in Mother Jones recently, Bill McKibben described how the problems we journalists routinely cover—conventional, manageable programs like budget shortfalls and pollution—may be about to convert to chaotic, unpredictable, unmanageable situations. The most unmanageable of all, he writes, could be the accelerating deterioration of ... more...

Corporate Metabolism by Paco Xander Nathan

2 October 2004

A brief history of Corporations with a humorous analysis of how they perpetuate their existences in the same manner as slime molds, evading human perception by making legal gains at a stride larger than the human life span. Well worth a read, but in brief: By 01600, a group of merchants gain the Crown's approval to launch the East India Company.... It colonizes parts of SE Asia and eventually (albeit reluctantly) controls India. The firm becomes an essential key to ... more...

Summary Of The World: Googlezon And The Newsmasters EPIC

30 September 2004

By the year 2014, what I call newsmasters will be the most sought-after and highly rewarded professional media creators the world has ever seen. Everyone participates to create a living, breathing mediascape. However, the Press, as you know it, has ceased to exist. The Fourth Estate’s fortunes have waned. 20th Century news organizations are an after-thought, a lonely remnant of a not too distant past. The News Wars of 2010 are notable for the fact that no actual news organizations ... more...

john kerry swift boat video game

28 September 2004

brilliant. a video game that has all the details of the mekong swift boat episode. available oct 8th. i wonder if they do "george bush gone awol" : do coke, skip your physical, fail to report for duty for 2 years. mysteriously get an honorable discharge. “The policies — determining who would be drafted and who would be deferred, who would serve and who would escape, who would die and who would live — were an antidemocratic disgrace, I am ... more...

Salon.com report from Iraq : Hell

23 September 2004

By invading Iraq George Bush has guaranteed us another 911. By Phillip Robertson: In the past year, al-Qaida operatives have found in Iraq a fertile recruiting ground, the best possible training camp for jihad against the West, a destination any angry young man can reach if he has the will and pocket money. Iraq's borders, which stretch across hundreds of miles of empty desert, are perfect for smugglers and men seeking martyrdom. The Allawi government, the result of American occupation, ... more...

NYT article about dancehall's intense homophopia

17 September 2004

a good article about the "bu'n chi chi man" problem in dancehall lyrics. great riddims, and then always some crap about killing batty boys. Even as they portray themselves as swaggering ''bad men,'' reggae stars also present themselves as forces for good: folk heroes, social activists, prophets. (Buju Banton, for example, sometimes calls himself, ''the voice of Jamaica.'') To be really successful, you have to do both at once, which is one reason vocalists find antigay rhetoric so useful. It ... more...

the musical telegraph (1876)

7 September 2004

its 2004 and we still have barely any internet-based musical instruments. but back in 1876 one of (the?) first electronic instruments was network based. more...

silverdollarcircle

6 September 2004

dj /rupture turned me on to this excellent grime blog. its one thing to check the records from afar, but being around london and the pirates and the inner crew gossip is a whole 'nother level of entertainment. grime is getting deliriously silly at the moment: first up, we had roll deep's 'salsa' which i've written about before and is a summer anthem right now. and now Demon's done a track with a proper early slayer death/thrash metal riff on ... more...

http://mediamatters.org/ tracking conservative misinformation

6 September 2004

The republicans depend on the american public being so stupid that they don't even know what the word 'misinformation' is, let alone why it should worry their pretty little heads. And so it goes on and on: just float that bullshit down the media pipe, by the time anybody calls foul the average american has forgotten all about it. so it doesn't matter: you can just lie to people. its not illegal. its just "a mistake". Media Matters for America ... more...

pictures from RNC - NYC

30 August 2004

for those of us who can't be there, pictures by other people, posted at flickr. more...

they arrested the chalk bike printer guy

30 August 2004

A post on an indymedia website says activist Joshua Kinberg -- inventor of a wireless, bike-mounted, dot-matrix printer for spraying protest messages in the street -- was arrested yesterday at the RNC in NYC. story at boingboing more...

http://www.nyc.indymedia.org/

30 August 2004

"The endurance of the protesters is astounding. After a full day of marching and trailing RNC delegates, the 50 or so protesters refuse to allow the RNC delegates to roam the NYC streets unconfronted." heh heh.... more...

presidential campaign ads remixed

23 August 2004

An "influential" Congressional staffer releases an album of presidential campaign ads mixed on amusingly rigid electronic beats under the pseudonym "the integral" to protect his identity. mp3s, go get em. more...

Exit strategy: Civil war

29 July 2004

Against all odds, a national liberation front is emerging in Iraq. Washington hawks may see it coming, but they certainly don't want it. Many groups in this front have already met in Algiers. The front is opposed to the American occupation and permanent Pentagon military bases; opposed to the privatization and corporate looting of the Iraqi economy; and opposed to the federation of Iraq, ie balkanization. Members of the front clearly see through the plan of fueling sectarianism to provoke ... more...

download dj Slip's album Remote6277

16 February 2004

He's got a track on Jeff Mill's The Exhibitionist CD/DVD, on Richie Hawtin's DE9 and then out comes this outer space twitching grainy slab of funkd techno. more...

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