Riding The Bipolarcoaster

Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on April 27, 2010

Listen to this sound collage…


About the Bipolarcoaster

Imagine a roller coaster ride that you could never get off of – everything you do has to be done while the roller coaster goes round and round again… that’s how I live my life.

The cycles I experience living with bipolar disorder (what used to be called manic depression) range from highs called hypo-mania to very deep lows of depression.

These cycles can happen very quickly for me –  from low to high and back to low again in a week or so. But these cycles happen inside other cycles which happen inside other cycles, and so on – so I can have low/high/lows or low/low/highs or any other combination of lows and highs.

Even though bipolar disorder is called a mood disorder, I think of it as a mind/thought wave frequency phenomenon of some kind, based on my on experience. Imagine it as a constantly changing radio dial picking up different intuitive frequencies that causes the brain to process information from different perspectives.

Instead of having your brain working steady on a regular frequency – what we call normal – creating a rather homogeneous personal identity, the bipolar mind has to encompass a larger range of experiences into a single personal identity.

This sound collage tries to capture a small bit of the larger, nonstop, relentless nature of this experience which dominates my life in many ways…

Something I’ve been thinking a lot this last week while going through a very bad depression and working on this collage – “Making art is easy, it’s being an artist that’s hard…”

Source Material

This sound collage includes samples and loops from John Lennon, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Daniel Lanois, along with various roller coaster sounds…

  • John LennonWatching The Wheels
  • Bob DylanUp To Me, If Not for You
  • The BeatlesHelter Skelter
  • Jimi HendrixManic Depression
  • Daniel LanoisI Love You

Note: As soon as I can find the information I had about the roller coaster sounds, I’ll post those here too…

Until next time, best of health…


These Songs of Freedom – The King Mix

Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on April 3, 2010


In Honor of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Won’t You Help To Sing These Songs Of Freedom

Today is April 3, 2010 – 42 years since Rev. King gave the speech used at the end of this sound collage, his last speech, the “Mountain Top” speech. A prophetic statement concerning his own death which contains a promise for his people – you will get to that promised land!

“Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead.

But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And I don’t mind.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now.

I just want to do God’s will.

And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land.

And I’m happy, tonight.

I’m not worried about anything.

I’m not fearing any man.

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

source: http://www.mlkonline.net/video-martin-luther-king-last-speech.html

Source Material

The main music pieces used in this sound collage include Pink Floyd’s “Is There Anybody Out There” and “Hey You” from their album The Wall and Bob Marley’s “Redemption Songs” – one of my favorite songs.

Mixed-in are clips from the CBS News announcement of Rev. King’s death and the speech mentioned above.

Enjoy, reflect and pass it on…


Dream Leaver – Instant Karma Mix

Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on March 30, 2010


Here’s the latest release from UFOverdriver

Dream Leaver – Instant Karma Mix

Length: 5:37 of ear candy…

About This Sound Collage

The source material for this sound collage includes Gary Wright’s mid-70’s hit Dreamweaver, two of John Lennon’s songs – Instant Karma and God, and another piece from movie Network.

The idea or thread that runs through this piece – “ceasing to believe what you believe, so you can believe again…”

Enjoy, reflect and pass it on.