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.
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.