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Bent Festival 2005
Source - Washington Post

Circuit Bending Festival Has Its Screeching Fans, But It's No Sonic Boom

By David Segal
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 30, 2005; Page C01

NEW YORK The Homicidal Choir is not actually a choir, but the group sounds like murder and it will put you in the mood to kill. There aren't many noises in the world as chaotic and as grating as the noise made by this duo on Thursday night, at the second annual Circuit Bending Festival in progress through today.

For 10 minutes, the two members of the choir -- known by the stage names Nobody and T-Bone -- whip up a plague for the ears made almost exclusively with a pair of children's toys. Nobody -- who for some reason wore a hockey goalie's mask for half the show -- plays a kiddie guitar, the sort of starter instrument that is supposed to make mellow synthesizer tones when you press its buttons. But this instrument's mellow days are behind it. Nobody had rewired it to make menacing blips and random gurgles. T-Bone has done something similar to her kiddie drum machine. Together the two make a cacophony that in most places would clear the room.
04 May 2005 by xylene

The Last Days of Coney Island
Source - http://nypress.com/18/16/pagetwo/newshole2.cfm

THE LAST SUMMER

This may well be the last summer to experience Coney Island in a form that even vaguely resembles what we've all come to think of as "Coney Island." It's looking as if by summer 2006, much of it will be gone, and gone forever.

To be honest, it's been a long slow death, though not without the occasional signs of remission. Twenty years ago, primarily through the efforts of Dick Zigun, a nearly abandoned and crime-ridden Boardwalk really started looking as if it were turning around. It was smaller than it once was, but it was cleaning up. The Mermaid Parade was inaugurated. There were new attractions. And even with the annoying hipster appeal, it was still Coney—the gyro and fried-clam stands were still there, Ruby's was still there, the rides were still there. It still felt right.
02 May 2005 by xylene

Noam Chomsky Discusses Drug/Terror Links
Terrorism is now being used and has been used pretty much the same way communism was used. If you want to press some agenda, you play the terrorism card. If you don't follow me on this, you're supporting terrorism. That is absolutely infantile, especially when you consider that much of the history of the drug trade trails right behind the CIA and other US intervention programs. Going back to the end of the second world war, you see -- and this is not controversial, it is well-documented -- the US allying itself with the French Mafia, resulting in the French Connection, which dominated the heroin trade through the 1960s. The same thing took place with opium in the Golden Triangle during the Vietnam War, and again in Afghanistan during the war against the Russians.
17 Feb 2005 by xylene

American teknival Culture on the rise By Foodstampz / Renegade Virus
1996 marked the landing of the Spiral Tribe on the west side of the meridian, spiraling coast to coast as peaceful conquistadors having conquered small patches of Europe that would later blossom into fields of diverse soundsystems there to “make some fucking noiz” as quoted from one of the tribe’s early1992 flyers. Burgeoning on the profits of unity, peace, love for music and direct action, the Spiral virus was born. With adventure at their disposal the tribe set off to spread their alien vibes across U.S. soil, arriving by boat with over 50,000 watts of sound, they where kindly welcomed by smaller networks of activists, ravers, punks, spiritualists and fellow nomads who would assist them in starting the panic.
16 Feb 2005 by xylene

Guerilla To The End - Renegade Virus
Venue…check.

DJ for sonic hijinks…check.

…Renegade Virus is on line…

Forget about your verse, chorus, verse and put away your pop-princess albums - the Renegade Virus has an anti-corporate lolli to suck on. This time the revolution will not be televised.
16 Feb 2005 by xylene

Social Conditioning and Contemporary American Culture by Sean Gibbons
Today, media (specifically television) is America's form of Huxley's social conditioning. There have been countless studies published in hundreds of different magazines depicting the relationships between television and its influence on child development. In 1950, 18 years after the publication of Brave New World, only 9% of American households owned a television. By 1965, at least one TV was in 92.6% of American households. Today, at least one TV is in 98.2% of American households (Statistics from Television Bureau of Advertising, 2001). The media is all around us, nowhere is safe from Media’s mass influence. Media can be anything from magazines to political cartoons, as long as there is an idea presented to the viewer. Through these facts, can we conclude that the way to control people’s thoughts is by controlling the media?
16 Feb 2005 by xylene

Spiral Tribe - THE ARCHIVE ORGAN INTERVIEW……199?
Source - www.organart.demon.co.uk/intspiral.htm

BACK IN 199? (THE EARLY 90'S) THE RAPIDLY EMERGING “SPIRAL TRIBE” WE'RE SAYING A LOT OF THINGS TO MAINSTREAM MEDIA - THEY WERE RELEASING SINGLES, CLAIMING TO REPRESENT A LOT OF PEOPLE - THEY WERE VIEWED BY THE UNDERGROUND WITH AN EQUALL AMOUNT OF ADMIRATION AND SUSPICION…… We talked to them one day
16 Feb 2005 by xylene

Graffiti Art
One question should be put right at the beginning: Does one impart Graffiti with an additional right of existence when they become associated with art? Does one try to raise their value, as it were? As I am of the opinion that Graffiti do not need this support, and that both their form and their content constitute an independent medium, the following approach deals with the depiction of those elements of design that are relevant to Graffiti, as well as, in the chapter “Graffiti in the picture", with the adoption of one genre by another. We shall have to consider two essential formalistic factors of a “picture", namely the canvas on the one hand, and the material, i.e. walls and paint, on the other hand.
16 Feb 2005 by xylene



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