Grand Deception Star

Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on June 29, 2012

Documenting the deteriorating connection between truth and reality in these times…

About This Sound Collage Collection

UFOverdriver began creating sound collages in early 2010, and throughout that year released two different digital albums and a number of digital EPs and several collaborative projects.

Since April of 2011, UFOverdriver has limited it’s releases to a small number of digital EPs and single track recordings (you can find all those on the UFOverdriver BandCamp Site), capturing the various impulses from the collective consciousness, and my own impressions on this moment we’re living through – yesterday, today and tomorrow…

Grand Deception Star is a collection of selected sound collages from April 2011 through May of 2012, and though previously released on their own, make a complete vision when grouped together.

Grand Deception Star

Some people would say, without a doubt, our country (U.S.A.) has accelerated it’s long move towards manifesting the dsytopian dream of some very secretive individuals and groups.

Through the use of the mainstream media, political manipulations, financial control of the banks and monetary policies, the military industrial complex, the private prison industry and an innumerable amount of deception and lying, these people have created a world of illusion and misinformation that fools many people into believing what they’re told is the true reality.

But it’s not reality – it’s just a grand deception star that’s so bright and luminous, so all encompassing, it obscures the truth and illuminates the lies as reality.

“Exposure to true information does not matter anymore…” (taken from a video of an “ex-KGB agent”…)

This sound collage captures a small piece of this dystopian change, chaos and confusion.

Listen To Grand Deception Star

Track Listing

  1. Transcendence Happening Here – The Earthquake and Tsunami Dream
    April 28, 2011 – 06:57
  2. This Land Is Your DreamWe Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.1
    November 20, 2011– 02:32
  3. Life Is But A DreamWe Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.2
    November 20, 2011 – 02:52
  4. The Old World Order Defense ScreenWe Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.3
    November 20, 2011 – 01:18
  5. The Highway Is A Riot Tonight - We Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.4
    November 20, 2011 – 02:36
  6. Has Anybody Seen Sam Lowry? The Seven Curses Mix
    February 20, 2012 – 09:57
  7. Make Today The Day
    May 28, 2012 – 03:24

 

Track By Track

Track 1 – Transcendence Happening Here – The Earthquake and Tsunami Dream

Released on April 28, 2011
Length: 06:57

This sound collage is built around samples from the Buffalo Springfield classic – “For What It’s Worth”.

The piece takes the form of a dream of an earthquake followed by a tsunami and uses sound clips from audio recordings of the sound of the March 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan.

Track 2 – This Land Is Your DreamWe Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.1

Released on November 20, 2011
Length: 02:32

UFOvedriver echos the voices of the 99% in a track that includes “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, the “Put A Bird On It” skit by Portlandia, sound clips from the movie “Ship of Fools” and more…

This track and the next three are from a sound collage EP called “We Can Turn It Upside Down” and the complete group was inspired by the actions of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Track 3 -Life Is But A DreamWe Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.2

Released on November 20, 2011
Length: 02:52

This track includes samples from “Exquisite Corpse” by Bauhaus, “The Ghost of Tom Joad” by Bruce Springsteen, “Mysticism” by Evelyn Underhill, quotes from Alan Watts and other audio material…

Also, the voice at the beginning of this track comes from a video by this cool couple that has built their own small house to travel in – here’s a link: tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house-video/homemade-spaceship-a-tiny-american-dream-house/

Track 4 -The Old World Order Defense ScreenWe Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.3

Released on November 20, 2011
Length: 01:18

This track includes a man raving at a shopping mall, lots of typewriter sounds and Alan Watts pontificating…

Track 5 – The Highway Is A Riot TonightWe Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.4

Released on November 20, 2011
Length: 02:36

This track includes audio from the fall of 2011 police crackdowns on Occupy Davis and Occupy Oakland, samples from “The Ghost of Tom Joad” by Bruce Springsteen, quotes from Alan Watts and other audio material…

Track 6 – Has Anybody Seen Sam Lowry? The Seven Curses Mix

Released on February 20, 2012
Length: 09:57

The title of this track comes from a quote in the epic dystopian movie Brazil by Terry Gilliam and uses various sound clips from that film.

When Obama signed the NDAA on New Year’s Eve, 2011 and opened the door to indefinite military detention from American citizens, we slipped further into the gravity of the Grand Deception Star…

After laying down “seven curses on a judge so cruel”, this track goes into the collective unconscious, wondering – Dreams, Choices, Decision, Stories… how does the world come into existence?

There is a long monologue during this sound collage – it comes from the opening scene of the classic stream-of-consciousness movie Slacker by Richard Linklater while riding in a cab from the bus station to the next scene in the movie.

Track 7 – Make Today The Day

Released on May 28, 2012
Length: 03:24

This track brings us into the heart of the Grand Deception Star -

“Politics is weird… and creepy, and now I know it lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality…” – Shep Smith

Using sound clips, atmospheric loops, video footage shot in Joshua Tree, along with the usual UFOverdriver blend of dreams, the sub-conscious, and the everyday, this sound collage visualscape from UFOverdriver takes a ride through the desert in that strange zone between the blue pill and the red pill, the real and the super-real.

“Exposure to true information does not matter anymore…”

“We talked through the air in those days… thousands and thousands of miles…”

Watch the video for Make Today The Day

 

 

Download this sound collage for FREE

Don’t want to invest in a CD and have that exciting time of waiting for a new CD to arrive in the mail? Don’t worry, you can download this complete album for free – that’s right – FREE! (Until further notice, of course)

Either visit our BandCamp site and download it in a number of different high-quality audio formats (limited quantities available), or click the link below, and download all seven tracks of high-quality MP3s, complete with album art in a zip file (91 MB) – ready to drop in your iTunes (or whatever MP3 music player you use) and enjoy – instant gratification.

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Time Minus One – A Space Odyssey Mix

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…

Track Information

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 WattsThe 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 Kubrick2001: 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)

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Dystopia (Is The New Utopian Dream)

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.

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Track Information

Track 1 (1:22) You Know What To Do

Track 2 (4:20) I Never Lost Control

Track 3 (3:54) We Will Go

Notes:

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

Definition: Dystopia

A dystopia (from Ancient Greek: δυσ-: bad-, ill- and Ancient Greek: τόπος: place, landscape) (alternatively, cacotopia,[1] 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.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dystopia


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Until later, best of health.

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