Archive for November, 2008

Nov 20 2008

Enternal Sunshine Redux

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Here is my latest mix, it was made for my dear friends Helen and Greg. With my new blog format, please leave comments on what you think…

Here is the playlist:


1 Finding Ground – Original Mix Christopher Willits
2 Chill In Natura Chilled C’Quence
3 The 79 Years – Original Mix Dezarate
4 Caffe Express – Original Mix Dezarate
5 Dem Cowboys – Original Mix Illuminus
6 Freefall Pitch Black [Nz]
7 Planted Sounds From The Ground
8 Finding Ground – Original Mix Christopher Willits
9 The Legacy Chilled C’Quence
10 Don´t Stop – Original Mix Blank & Jones, Claudia Brucken
11 La Noche – Original Mix Dezarate
12 Subraum – Original Mix Sixty4
13 Waterlove feat. Guitars by BCraack – Absance Remix Lank
14 Waterlove feat. Guitars by BCraack – Forteba Lank


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Nov 19 2008

Beautiful Day

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Here is a non-dance music mix that I did for my friend Jonathan called Beautiful Day which features Queen, the Carpenters, a wonderful black woman covering Prince and Cyndie Lauper, Doris Day, and samples from Strangers with Candy.  I hope you like it.

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Nov 19 2008

Simply Beautiful

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This is one of the most beautiful videos.  Simply stunning.

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Nov 19 2008

End of the World…

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Love this…

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Nov 19 2008

Anti-Prop 8 Rally and March, SF – 11/15/2008

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Tom and I met up with our friends Nathan, Naukter, Keith, Richard and crew at Mike Love’s house and then walked to the Civic Center.  It was pretty amazing, had to be at least 10,000 people – the entire plaza was full, bringing back vision of Pride.

Most of the speakers were too hard to hear except one, Rev. Amos Brown, a national board member of the NAACP.  His booming, crackling, gosspel-like voice spoke to us of hope and equality and that we are not alone in our fight.  It was very inspirational.

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It really was an amazing day.

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Nov 14 2008

ToonTown

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reprint from the San Francisco Examiner, Image Section, 2-16-1992

The Ecstatic Cybernetic Amino Acid Test
By Cynthia Robins

By five minutes after midnight, New Year’s Eve, the music has been going for three hours. Bu the party is just starting to build. By 2 a.m., 6,000 bodies are shoehorned into a cavernous space below San Francisco’s Fashion Center, buffeted, embraced and engulfed by sound and lights caroming off the concrete walls, floors, and ceilings.

Like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in _Fantasia_, the DJ directs the flow of energy with controlled waves of sound. Prancing like a high priest in front of dual turntables and a control panel whose decibel levels constantly violate the red line, he weaves a seemless skein, a solid blanket of sound. He is an electronic shaman. No one escapes his spell. Relentless, the music is almost all bass – a _boom_ da _boom_ do _boom_ da _boom_ cranked to marrow-boiling levels, plunging ahead at fetal heartbeat cadence. An incessant 118-126 beats per minute tickled incidentally by featureless vocals and snatches of sampled riffs and melodies. The beat soaks your shoes, enters your feet like a tidal surge and then charges up your body to attack your groin. If you have one ounce of rhythm, you gotta dance. If you don’t, you gotta leave.

The lights synch with the sound — pulsing, whipping, whirling. Video screens televise live crowd shots overlaid with psychedelic fractal pattern. Laser-green light rays explode on the floor like shattered snakes. Smoke machines spew faux fog through which Intellebeam spots direct shards of color and white light, fragmenting on bodies, walls, and ceiling like an akak barrage in Baghdad.

The total sensory environment wraps the dancers in a techno-cocoon. It is disco inferno, psychedelic apocalypse.

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Nov 14 2008

ZoeMagik Records

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In 1992 I started ZoeMagik records with my partner Jim Hopkins from Twitch Records.  I was 23 and full of spunk thinking that I there was nothing in the world I could not do.  Not having any clue about what would be involved in starting a record label, I set out to do just that.

It was an amazing time to be living in San Francisco – full of wonder and excitement, energy seemed to crackle in the air, and it was not just us.  All around the city were colonies of creatively like minded people coming together making amazing sights and sounds and objects.  It really was a City of Tribes.

So I ordered a book about the music industry, including a book from Nolo Press on how to do your own recording and publishing contracts and licensing agreements.

Stuff we produced included the following:

Shortly after forming ZoeMagik Records, we started up a second independent label called City of Tribes Records aiming at World music as only Northern California could interpret it.  This included the following:

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Nov 14 2008

Building a Home Studio

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Building a home studio can be very fun and rewarding for both the serious musician as well as the hobbyist.  This page is dedicated to helping you find the information you need to make the right decisions – home studio’s do not have to be expensive, nor should you be wasting you hard-earned money on equipment that either you don’t need, or can find the same functionality bundled in another product.

My biggest advice, is to make sure you shop around.  You can find dramatic differences in prices, and trust me, the Internet is not always the cheapest.  Be sure to check your local store.

While many of the links discuss both Mac and PC based home studio’s, most the information currently refers to building a PC based studio.

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Nov 14 2008

My Life in the Trenches

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When I was 23 I had the amazing fortune to get introduced to Eric Gullichsen and Patricia (Pat) Gelband who recently left the CyberWorlds project at AutoDesk to start their own company called Sense8.   Back in the early 90s, starting up a company was very different than the times to follow.   Investors with millions of dollars were not hiding behind every tree ready to throw their money at you.  No, in those days starting up a company really meant setting up shop in your garage or your living room.

When I was 23, I was working for a company called PBM Engineering, a wholey owned subsideriary of Bechtel.  I had just graduated from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now known as the California College of the Arts).  At PBM, I was building a CASE tool to facilitate the building of the UI for our applications – realize this was back when Windows 2.0 was only just released.  I was working on X11R3 at the time.

Well, as I said, my fortune led me to be introduced to Eric and Pat at their home in Sausalito.  Entering into their livingroom was an amazing sight at the time, computers everywhere.  After introductions, Eric took me on a tour of their realtime graphical environment – within an instant my life was changed.  And trust me when I say I had no idea what a wild ride it would become.

More on this later, in the meantime the following is an except from “Cyberia, Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace” by Douglas Rushkoff. If you are interested in the complete text, click here.

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Nov 14 2008

Remembering Timothy Leary

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Remembering Dr. Timothy Leary.
Journal of Popular Culture; 8/1/2004; Seesholtz, Mel

He flies so high,
He swoops so low.
He knows exactly which way he’s gonna go …
–The Moody Blues
“Legend of a Mind”
In Search of the Lost Chord

The charisma of the guru may become as self-serving as the very
Establishment against which it arose, as it is routinized by efforts
to sustain power.
–Sheldon B. Kopp, If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!

TIMOTHY LEARY. A CONTROVERSIAL FIGURE FOR MORE THAN FORTY years–from his groundbreaking work in psychology in the 1950s, through the psychedelic 1960s and into the cybernetic 1990s, Dr. Leary always managed to be at the forefront of the latest cutting edge. For some, he was a pop culture and counterculture hero, for others, a drug-soaked Pied Piper leading the youth of America astray. For Richard Nixon, he was the “Most Dangerous Man in America”–MDMA–an acronym Leary quite liked. MDMA, the “love drug,” was one of Timothy’s favorites.

He was also a husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather and, for a number of years, a close friend. Timothy Leary was many things to many people. He was a quantum singularity, and those who came within his gravitational pull usually got the “Timothy Leary” they expected. Yet, in all of his personae and all of his varied sets and settings, he was always a “cheerful cricket in a summer garden scraping out one unchanging note” (Horowitz 6). He described himself that way in the preface to Michael Horowitz’s 1988 An Annotated Bibliography of Timothy Leary: “Reading this book has taught me a lot about myself. Reviewing this list of published transmissions spanning a period of some forty years I see a clear pattern of thematic repetition that is almost robotic. I am humbled to see that I have been a cheerful cricket in a summer garden scraping out one unchanging note” (6). That note was also one of his taglines: “Think for Yourself and Question Authority,” just as long as it wasn’t his authority.

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