Thursday, June 07, 2012

Martian Time Slip -Gubbish Mix

"Martian Time Slip -Gubbish Mix 

by Scot Gresham-Lancaster for the Helicotrema festival Venice Italy June 2012  

(concepts from the Philip K. Dick novel of the same title)

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A soundscape from inside the mind of Manfred Steiner, a severely autistic child that has the peculiar ability to distort time. Manfred is afraid of a future only he can see, in which Mars is derelict and  a dumping ground for forgotten people like him, where he will eventually be confined as a decrepit old man to a bed on life-support. So powerful are this boy's visions of nightmare futures that they suck in other people and infect them with sick images of the "gubbish worm", an appalling symbol of entropy.Gubbish devours beauty and reduces language itself to meaningless gubble-gubble. When Manfred looks at the powerful union leader, Arnie Kott this is the repeated refrain of what he perceives :  "Inside Mr. Kott's skin were dead bones, shiny and wet. Mr. Kott was a sack of bones, dirty and yet shiny-wet. His head was a skull that took in greens and bit them; inside him the greens became rotten things as something ate them to make them dead." 

Special Thanks to: 

  • Blackstone Audio Inc.
  • Sam Ashley
  • Veniero Rizzardi
  • Tomonori Yamasaki

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Maryanne Amarché at Ars Electronica 1989

One of my favorite people Maryanne Amarché ... too bad we lost her so soon

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Culture of Fire

In June of 1994 David Tudor was in Amsterdam preparing for a performance of “Oceans” with Merce Cunningham’s company at the Amsterdam Opera House. He had shipped all his equipment to STEIM and it was stored in the studio there. I just happened to be working in the studio they chose to bring all his equipment to. So once again I was meeting up with one of my great mentors having worked with him at Mills several times and then shared performance venues in Berlin and New York over the preceding years. I remember him lighting his cigarettes with a lighter that looked like a small Thompson machine gun. I was prowling around the Amsterdam guitar shops looking for pedals with him and Matt Wand of Stock Hausen and Walkman. On his hand and knees on the floor with a ZVex fuzz factory and an Ibanez delay hooked up in a direct feedback loop into a Marshall cranked up to 11 … Beautiful. The guitar salesman in their leather pants and Motley Crew tee shirts had been casting eye rolled side glances to one another until David turned it on then … what I will call “the Culture of Fire”. They exchanged startled looks back and forth and were wondering how to get this old guy to stop this tremendous wall of noise that filling the music shop and ringing everyone’s ears. All acoustic instruments were resonating right along with these flames of sound … David had given me an introduction to Forest Warthman and Mark Holler who had helped him build the instrument of his last double CD album on Lovely called the Neural Net Synthesizer. It was made for three ETANN (electronically trainable analog neural net) chips. The instrument was stored on a desk at Forest’s technical writing firm in Palo Alto and with a note for Maestro Tudor, I was given the opportunity to spend and an afternoon “playing” the instrument. I put quotes around playing because there was no real way to play this other than to turn knobs and furiously jack and rejack the little mini plugs in and out the 128 various outputs looking for a sustained signal. I kept the DAT rolling and eventually got some 2 hours of material.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Where IMéRA residency is located

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

These are fun .

WHAT A BEAUTIFICAL HUMAN/ALLIGATOR/BUMBLEBEE! here are some other animations that deserve perusal:

liquid television beautiness

gisele kerosene



amazing japanese commercial from the 80s

Friday, September 11, 2009

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

rediscovering "If only i could remember my name"

David Crosby's album from 1971 is just an amazing snapshot of a very interesting period in American Rock n Roll history. It is is a veritable who's who of the SF/LA rock scene from that period.

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