After being deeply inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ filibuster/long speech on Friday, UFOverdriver worked quickly to make use of it in a sound collage. The goal was to capture the moment and preserve it in a form that would highlight long, uninterrupted stretches of his speech.
Sen. Bernie Sander began his speech at 10:25 AM and ended it over 8 1/2 hours later at 6:59 PM. Many of us who watched it as it happened felt we were watching a historic moment.
This sound collage is composed of 5 parts/tracks; with a short introduction, the beginning of the filibuster, a short interlude, another uninterrupted segment of the speech, and then the conclusion.
Track One can be heard as a sound collage of this moment of social confusion and directionless fog, with President Obama playing the role of Suzy Creamcheese.
Both Track Two and Track Four contain long stretches from the speech. Track Two is the beginning of the speech and Track Four is from the middle of the afternoon.
Track Three provides a short interlude with a piece from an audiobook of the novella Anthem by Ayn Rand
The sound collage ends with Track Five which includes the conclusion of Sen. Sanders’ speech and some closing statements from the Department of Civil Defense.
Some Music Pieces Used
Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention – The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet (from Freak Out!)
David Byrne and Brian Eno – America Is Waiting (from My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts)
Gary Numan – Cars (from Pleasure Principle)
David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World (from The Man Who Sold The World)
DJ Shadow – Stem/Long Stem (from Endtroducing)
The Markeys – Last Night (from 7″ single – Last Night/The Night Before)
Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (from Play)
The Thievery Corporation – The Richest Man In Babylon (from The Richest Man In Babylon)
The Thievery Corporation – The State Of The Union (from The Richest Man In Babylon)
Brian Eno – Deep Blue Day (from Apollo Atmospheres)
After the speech, both my wife and I were inspired to write the White House – here’s my email to the President:
Dear Mr. President:
I hope you will choose to stand with Sen. Bernie Sanders and the brave stand he took today to call out the moral hypocrisy of supporting continued tax cuts for the ultra-rich while making cuts to crucial government programs.
Please remember that most Americans, and the people who voted for you, expected that you would be the one with the brave oratory and outrage like we got from Sen. Sanders today.
UFOverdriver has been busy this last week working on this densely layered sound collage of mixed-media from the first week of the Wikileaks Cable Dump – a week that will be remembered as a historical battle in the history of the InfoWars…
This new remix includes music from U2, Talking Heads and Radiohead, lectures from Alan Watts and sound clips from an audiobook version of 1984, as well as numerous other clips, cuts, samples and various bits of audio debris from this first week of skirmishes in the new InfoWars…
Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One The Wikileaks Big Cable Dump Mix
First mixed on November 30, 2010 and released as a short pieces called Rule Number Two Will Be Told To You In Reverse, this remix was completed on December 6, 2010 and takes a broader look at this unfolding (or continuously leaking) situation.
While the first mix was only 3:48, this new re-mix is 14:20 and contains 6 individual tracks…
Music Pieces Used:
U2 – One Step Closer (from How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb)
Talking Heads – Life During Wartime (from Fear Of Music)
Radiohead – Videotape (from In Rainbows)
Radiohead – House of Cards (from In Rainbows)
Some of the material used in this sound collage (including the title) comes from an audio-cassette invitation to a party created by my friends Brian Maul, Kirk Jones (the voice saying “Rule number two will be told to you in reverse”) and Philip May back in the early 1990′s.
The drum loops came from the Acid Loops Universal Groove Elements, but I altered them somewhat… in the background are some strange loops from something I recorded in June of 1990, and there’s also some organ playing in there that I recorded last week for this collage.
When I started working on this collage I chose to use pre-recorded music (instead of creating new music) because it made it a bit more like doing a radio show, and by using music that has a popular familiarity it allows me, as an artist, to make use of the mental baggage that comes along with it.
Every listener will already have memories, ideas and thoughts associated with the music pieces before they even hear this collage, and while they listen, their brain will pull from those memories and that will help emotionally color the way they hear this piece.
For myself, Pink Floyd has huge baggage. I won’t even begin to explain all the different ways Pink Floyd and their music have influenced my life and the way I hear sound and the spaces between moments of sound.
If you didn’t care what happened to me,
And I didn’t care for you,
We would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain
Occasionally glancing up through the rain.
Wondering which of the buggars to blame
And watching for pigs on the wing.
Leonard Cohen spoken word introduction to his song Democracy from a live recording made in Switzerland in 1993 (I’m not sure how you can find this recording but here’s a link to his album The Future which this song came from)
Notes on Links: I’ve added links to some of my source material so you can get your own copy.
The Johnny Cash CD set of him reading the New Testament is great, and the link goes to amazon.com – Thank you Christi and Louie for giving me the set as a gift!
I would also recommend the Bob Marley 4 CD Trenchtown Box Set – 80 classic Bob Marley and The Wailers songs from the early days (1969-1972) with that old school reggae feel and sound but this particular 4 CD set was a bootleg and unfortunately the Marley family received nothing for it – just a word of caution and respect.
Our Most Desperate Hour – or – I Don’t Have To Tell You Things Are Bad…
This sound collage reflects on the moment we are living in right now, in March 2010.
We live in a time with a lot of anger, disillusionment, discontent, with hopes deferred, and a growing disconnect between the top and bottom of society with a quickly evaporating middle… troubles, hatreds, run-away emotions and raw Americanism is simmering under the surface of everyday life, and being heated up more and more by AM radio and TV talking heads.
Every day our eyes and our ears are owned by the visuals and sounds of mass media advertising, programming and culture – with information overload until it all becomes a blur that wears you down, wears down your hopes and dreams, wears down your resistance to do anything more that just sit back and watch the show.
Meanwhile people move from sofa to bed to work to sofa to bed with more and more impotent rage running through their brain because they know this is wrong – very wrong. And it is true – this is very wrong.
But you can’t just sit and passively think about how wrong it is, how stupid Congress or The President is, how ripped off you’ve been… how dissed, pissed and dismissed you’ve been.
You can’t just sit around and hurt about your lost job or career, lost life savings, lost opportunities, lost elections…
But we do – and that just makes the whole pot simmer even more…
And – what makes it all worse is that we voted for change in November 2008. We were promised change, invited to invest our hope in this change and like the bank’s taxpayer financed bail-out, we seem to be on the losing end of our investment in hope.
All of this has lead to the questions which are the starting point for this piece – what happened to the change we were promised? Did our vote even matter?
On This Day
I remember the feeling of that night in November 2008 when Obama won the election, it was like something I had never felt before – like something in the cosmos went “snap” and the vibration of that snap went zooming around the globe.
It felt like it wasn’t just a person we were voting for, but for an idea and a dream, for change. And the whole world was watching, holding their breathe, hoping… and then cheering along with all of us as every TV news show announced with near synchronized timing the election results just moments before 8:00 pm our time on the west coast.
There was something too powerful in that moment for that change to just fade away.
Yeah, I can feel that something is going to change…
I felt the voice of the people that night when they said they had hope, when they voted in the secret ballots of their hearts for change…
If the politicians they voted for don’t bring the change, then it will come from somewhere. That’s just the way things go, and right now that’s where we are.
Change has come, and it’s boiling under the surface and it seems to be looking for someone to blame.
Change is inevitable. But how will we change, how much mercy and how much judgment will we have on those that brought us to this point – those things are being weighed in the hearts of very many people at this very time.
Mercy or Judgment. Care or Blame. Your decisions are being recorded in heaven’s unchangeable heart.
Would you like a MP3 copy of this sound collage to listen to on your iPod or other portable music device?