Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on December 29, 2010
Welcome to a new sound collage adventure from UFOverdriver.
This is a densely-layered space odyssey that involves new and experimental techniques in sound collage creation… headphones are recommended for optimum immersion.
Listen: Time Minus One: A Space Odyssey Mix
Part I – The Launch
Our journey begins with a three track group of collages composed of original recorded material by UFOverdriver mixed alongside a loop from the classic Sheep by Pink Floyd, which is joined in track three with a loop from Aztec Camera’s version of Jump.
Overlaid on the tracks are recordings from various Apollo missions, a speech by Sen. Barack Obama on the campaign trail, short clips from Wall Street and Star Wars Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and other stuff…
The overall direction of The Launch is to reflect on the promises that were presented to us, the voters, by Senator Barack Obama while on the campaign trail in early 2008.
Part II – The Space Odyssey
12 Minutes and 44 seconds into the collage The Space Odyssey begins…
The next 6 tracks were constructed using the audio from the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which I downloaded from YouTube in thirteen parts of approximately ten and a half minutes each.
I took the audio from selected parts (tracks 4 through 6 used parts 12, 11 , 9, 13, and 1 – while tracks 7 through 9 used parts 10, 5, 6, 8, and 7 – see graphic below) and stacked them in layers in my mixer. Then I played around with the volume of the various layers while applying various effects to create “chance” loops of sounds.
Graphic Below: The “mix view” from Adobe Audition 3, the program I use to create my sound collages. The area displayed shows the two “stacks” of 2001: A Space Odyssey audio clips, with the volume control levels for each clip.
Included in The Space Odyssey is several extensive sound clips from philosopher Alan Watts. I offer no opinion at this point on Alan Watts ideas and concepts, I just liked the sound of his voice and the pacing of his speech. You can find out more about Alan Watts here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Watts.
Part II – The Space Odyssey is deliberately and delightfully trippy – for best results try listening to this mix with headphones on…
PART I – The Launch
Track 1 (1:22) T Minus 20 Seconds And Counting
Track 2 (4:20) This Time Must Be Different
Track 3 (3:54) Dreams From The Promise Of 2008
PART II – The Space Odyssey
Track 4 (1:21) Please Stop / I Saw A Bright Star Falling
Track 5 (6:22) Alan Watts Explains The Ceramic Model
Track 6 (2:24) Do You Read Me H.A.L. ?
Track 7 (3:00) I Feel Much Better Now, I Really Do…
Track 8 (6:01) The Space Time Discontinuum
Track 9 (4:08) The Creation Of Evolution: A Space Odyssey
Included Sound Collage Materials
N.A.S.A. – Apollo Mission (8,11,14 and 17) Recordings (from Various Online Sources including N.A.S.A.)
Barack Obama – A Speech from the Winter of 2008 on Campaign Trail (from Source Unknown)
Pink Floyd – Sheep (from Animals)
Aztec Camera – Jump (from The Best of Aztec Camera)
Alan Watts – The Nature of Human Conscience – Part 1 of 6 (from Video from YouTube)
VIDEO – Human Being Have Been Studied for a Long Long Time (from Video from YouTube)
Stanley Kubrick – 2001: A Space Odyssey – Complete Movie in 13 Parts (from Video from YouTube)
Network – 1976 Film – Sound clip (from Video from YouTube)
Wall Street – 1987 Film – Sound clip (from Video from YouTube)
Star Wars – 2005 Film – Episode III – Revenge of the Sith – Sound clip (from Video from YouTube)
Television Commercials – Zoloft and Cymbalta (from Video from YouTube)
Interview with Rubert Murdoch (from Source Unknown)
Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on December 24, 2010
Here’s a Christmas treat for all UFOverdriver fans (and everyone who considers themselves a member of the unofficial UFOverdriver Fan Club.)
Thank You Everyone
Thank you to everyone who has sent me their comments, passed along their compliments, told me how much they enjoyed the work, etc. over this last year.
I would also like to thank the people who collaborated with me on UFOverdriver, Thomas Jackson Park and Louie Hebert – you both helped me expand my vision and ideas.
And a special thanks to Tania, because without you there would be no music for me, and to our friend Noel – your faith in my work is like fuel.
UFOverdriver – Year One
UFOverdriver has become, for me, a valuable outlet for the collage of ideas that run around my head, for all my musical DJ moments, as a way to express the poetic arts and as a way to travel deeper into the great, universal subconsciousness.
Throughout the year I’ve been referring to the UFOverdriver as a ship, a vessel rather than a music venture or a band. Working inside this metaphor has allowed me incredible freedom with this project and created an artist space that can not be seen, but exists only when the UFOverdriver is in motion and sound collages are being created to record the moment.
Christmas is going to bring a few equipment upgrades to the UFOverdriver as my Christmas gift money gets invested into this ship. I was thinking a Tesla Sonic Inducer would be a nice addition, along with a Tesla Anti-Gravity Acoustic Wireless Thought Projector. I just might have enough for that if I can get them on sale after Christmas…
Needless to say, 2011 should be interesting. I’ll see you there.
Enjoy the mix!
About This Sound Collage
Created and Mixed between December 21-23, 2010 – released December 24, 2010
This special single includes samples from Johnny Cash, Lou Rawls, Charlie Brown, Linus, more Johnny Cash and some Brian Eno ambiance called “Deep Blue Day” which sounds a lot like The Little Drummer Boy (my favorite Christmas song when I was kid) and pieces from The Beatles various Christmas fan club albums.
Extra sounds in this collage includes shopping malls, checkout-stand noises and other oddities of Christmas.
Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on December 18, 2010
Introducing a new original sound collage from UFOverdriver called:
Dystopia (Is The New Utopian Dream)
…Music to help you party like it’s 1984 – or use it as your getaway soundtrack when you’re on the run from the Suede Denim Secret Police.
Track 1 (1:22) You Know What To Do
Track 2 (4:20) I Never Lost Control
Track 3 (3:54) We Will Go
It’s been a very busy month for UFOverdriver – lots of recordings and new mixes.
Many of the new sound collages have become, for me, a record of this moment in time when our country is making a hard shift towards dystopia.
Nope is the new Hope, Secrecy is the new Transparency, Censorship is the new Freedom of the Press, Propaganda is today’s FauxNews…
I plan on remixing the material from this period into a bigger piece focusing on this recent dystopian shift. Stay tuned…
List of recent work
A dystopia (from Ancient Greek: δυσ-: bad-, ill- and Ancient Greek: τόπος: place, landscape) (alternatively, cacotopia, or anti-utopia) is, in literature, an often futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian.
Dystopian literature has underlying cautionary tones, warning society that if we continue to live how we do, this will be the consequence.
A dystopia, thus, is regarded as a sort of negative utopia and is often characterized by an authoritarian or totalitarian form of government.
Dystopias usually feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, a lack or total absence of individual freedoms and expressions and constant states of warfare or violence. Dystopias often explore the concept of technology going “too far” and how humans individually and en masse use technology.
A dystopian society is also often characterized by mass poverty for most of its inhabitants and a large military-like police force.
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Until later, best of health.