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America - Under Western Eyes


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This started as a a sonic experiment with three tracks of bowed processed electric bass. I tried adding other musical sounds - but nothing seemed to work against the dense drone. I then remembered a recording I had of William Burroughs giving a lecture on the book "Under Western Eyes" by Joseph Conrad. I recorded three tracks of the lecture - different chronological segments and let them overlap each other. That sounded cool - but too simple in some way - so I mixed down the three music tracks and the tree voice tracks to tow separate tracks. I then thought about Brion Gysin's cut-ups technique that Burroughs used at times to write with and did the same with both tracks. I chopped them up into little pieces and rearranged them randomly. I have been reading a book called "Rorschach Audio - Art and Illusion for Sound" by Joe Banks that talks about EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) - and decided to add another layer of voice to the mix. I chose Allen Ginsberg reading his poem "America".
The idea is to deal with all the distractions and overlays while picking out recognizable passages of text. Studies have shown that many people hear voices more clearly when there is background noise than they do when there is silence.
Hence the EVP phenomenon that led to practices of spiritualism where people claimed to hear voices in radio static.
I did this all very quickly and without much reflection. I didn't want to get into a game of tweaking and dodging for effect. This is what happened by intentional accident.

image: Brion Gysin and William Burroughs with the Dream Machine
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Uploaded: Oct 05, 2012 - 04:36:24 PM
Last Updated: Oct 05, 2012 - 04:36:24 PM Last Played: Mar 19, 2017 - 07:23:16 AM
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egobandit said 1777 days ago (October 5th, 2012)
Naked lunch
super markets and good looks, didnt hear any voices but enjoyed W S B , I had a copy of naked lunch with me in my travels on the subway in the late 80's very cool sonic textures just ended to fast for me, thanks for bringing this to light :)
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bud said 1777 days ago (October 5th, 2012)
Thanks Tim
I just listened on my phone and realized that Ginsberg was not nearly as buried as I intended - and Burroughs is too far back. Oh well - so goes a quick experiment.
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Vic Holman said 1777 days ago (October 5th, 2012)
Under Western Eyes
to cool for words. dig the guitar mayham. i like the idea of the blender concept....... frothy!
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carbon said 1777 days ago (October 5th, 2012)
america - under western eyes
mind bending stuff. i love this sort of thing. very nicely conceived and executed.
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Philip18 said 1776 days ago (October 6th, 2012)
America
Fascinating work, Kevin. Powerfully reflective.
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Jarvoid said 1776 days ago (October 6th, 2012)
Experimental
national self flagellation.....wow ,that's heavy and deeeeeeeeep man.good stuff though .

J
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spitlogic said 1775 days ago (October 7th, 2012)
Like it
Very trippy yet relevant.
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DWL said 1775 days ago (October 7th, 2012)
Challenging stuff
America stands out even with all the distractions - sounds like those studies might be right.

Really well done.

Cheers

Dick
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alackbass said 1775 days ago (October 7th, 2012)
America - Under Western Eyes
Radical on several fronts and why not!
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SmokeyVW said 1774 days ago (October 8th, 2012)
voices
a cool concept!

thanks
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magnatone said 1771 days ago (October 11th, 2012)
America
oh wow - can't believe i nearly missed this! terrific work kevin - love it when you do stuff like this! mr. creativity!
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PaulaMunk said 1763 days ago (October 19th, 2012)
Kevin,
despite what you think isn't perfectly produced, this piece is dramatically perfect for what you intended and shows the depth of your talent and expertise. Awesome work worthy of broadcast across the country. You should be proud of this effort as it is unique and very entertaining. I've read the three authors. I think you hear what you open to hear despite noise or any distraction. You hear your own name in a crowded restaurant and you hear your baby's cry from a deep, dream filled sleep. Thanks.
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Ed Hannifin said 1761 days ago (October 21st, 2012)
"It occurs to me that I am America/...
...I'm talking to myself again..."
beefjerky26 said 1379 days ago (November 7th, 2013)
This is Awesome
Love it

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Name: Kevin Bud Jones
Location: Brooklyn NY USA
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Born in Philly and living in Brooklyn, NY. My home studio work predates digital and my gigging experience was mostly in the early eighties. Lately I play out from time to time with Airport Seven and try to keep up with what's going on around here. Th... [see more]

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Experimental music is any music that challenges the commonly accepted notions of what music is. There is an overlap with avant-garde music. John Cage was a pioneer in experimental music and defined and gave credibility to the form. As with other edge

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