MUSIC IN PHASE SPACE REDUX

EPISODE 4

Every word or concept, clear as it may seem to be, has only a limited range of applicability.

— Werner Heisenberg

If territory is a concept, the question would be: what is the problem to which it answers? Territory: An area of of phase space under the jurisdiction of a certain temporality. A concept is a way to organize a set of patterns that would otherwise remain chaotic. Concepts are not given as part of the universe, nor are they sitting waiting to be discovered in some Platonic world of Ideas. …


MUSIC IN PHASE SPACE

Episode 4

What happens when an ideology under the infinite guise creates a finite number of institutional/non institutional posts? The more ideologically entrenched a society is, the more it perceives any diversity as a threat. All human societies require myths, and they cannot function effectively as societies so long as they remain baffled by their ambivalence. For any concerted action to be possible, myths must be “ideologized” In its essence, politics is the practice of making symbols useful, for good and for ill

A society is pre-totalitarian when its people will only accept as “truth” what confirms what they prefer to believe…


SIGNALS, SYMBOLS

“Semiotics is in principle the discipline studying everything which can be used in order to lie. If something cannot be used to tell a lie, conversely it cannot be used to tell the truth: it cannot in fact be used “to tell” at all.”

Umberto Eco

Art allows for the subjective aspect of our lives to exist outside us, which is to say that in art, the subjective becomes objective. …


MUSIC IN PHASE SPACE EPISODE 2

“Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted”
William S. Burroughs

BEAUTY

Beauty can be tolerated only if complicated by discord, shock, violence, and harsh terrestrial realities. I feel justified in speaking of the repression of beauty. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed. Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.

The disguised moralism that beauty is “good for…


Entertainment Surplus

MUSIC IN PHASE SPACE EPISODE 1

ARTIST

“So, my good Teutons, you are proud of your good poets and artists? You point to them and brag about them to foreign nations? And since it cost you no effort to have them here among you, you spin the delightful theory that there is no reason to take any trouble about them in the future, either? They come all by themselves, isn’t that right, my innocent children? They stork brings them! Let’s not even talk about midwives!”

Art is not a thing; it is a way. Musicians find themselves pressured to create music that sells is becoming less of…


EPISODE 52 MUSIC IN PHASE SPACE

The time of hypersubjects is ending. Their desert-apocalypse-fire-and-death cults aren’t going to save them this time. Timothy Morton and Dominic Boyer talk about how the time of hyposubjects is just beginning.

Richey Beckett
Richey Beckett

1 hyperobjects, narcissism, white boys, looping, teenagers, toys, games, squats, gut bacteria.

We live in a time of hyperobjects, of objects too massive and multi-phasic for humans to fully comprehend. Many of the hyperobjects that concern us have human origins. For example, global warming.

A certain kind of human has helped usher the world into the hyper- objective era. Hypersubjects wield reason and technology as instruments for getting things done. They command and control, they seek transcendence, they get very high on their own supply.

There is no time for hypersubjection any more. It is hyposubjectivity rather than hypersubjective that will become the companion of the hyperobjective era

The road…


Music In Phase Space: Episode 51

The first great advertising campaign was designed to encourage a sufficient number of people to Potemkin the idea of America

There has been a kind of natural selection here and only those who were willing to believe in advertising made it

No one that has been naturally selected through advertising believes at heart that solutions emerge from the judicious study of discernible reality. Each one of us is on the spectrum somewhere between the rational and the irrational.

We operate under a collection of different advertising domains with some overlap with reality-based consensus that allow us to travel between domains…


Music In Phase Space Episode 50

THE REVERSAL OF THE OVERHEATED MEDIUM

Standing on tiptoe
is not a position of strength
rushing about does not bring steady progress
braggarts only impress fools
pomposity is not respected
selfish people cannot expect generosity
those who seek fame
do not make great leaders
Those in DivineUnity
have no need for self indulgence
do not retain cancer or garbage
do not waste food or energy
those in DivineUnity
are truly free

Lao Tzu

A group of outcasts, Dubbed the Zephyr Team or Z-Boys, from a rough part of the Los Angeles that includes the beaches of Venice and Ocean Park helped spark the skateboarding boom in…


MUSIC IN PHASE SPACE EPISODE 48

“Amid all that chaos and confusion, a hole quietly opened up in American history, a vacuum of accountability, into which assets human and financial begin to vanish. Back in the days of hippie simplicity, people liked to blame ‘the CIA’ or ‘a secret rogue operation.’ But this is a new enemy, unnamable, locatable on no organization chart or budget line — who knows, maybe even the CIA’s scared of them.”

Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge

THE DIGITAL MEDIUM: NUMBERS

McLuhan departs from the media theory of Harold Innis in suggesting that a medium “overheats”, or reverses into an opposing form, when taken to its…

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