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We Can Feel Like We’re Here

We Can Feel Like We’re Here

 

October 12, 2017

 

Jon Leidecker, Noa Ver, Zach D’Agostino

 

 

It’s been a really good week for virtual reality.  We remember electronic musician Charles Cohen, who passed away two weeks ago at the age of 71, by playing his 2015 set with your Wobbly host at the Exploratorium.  We hear the Portland duo Sea Moss, playing self-designed electronics triggered by drums and vocals sent through a huge stack of guitar amps.  Then a hideous avatar materializes to bring you anywhere other than where you are, and we can really feel like we’re here in Puerto Rico and Macedonia as The Weatherman skypes in to play softsynths, samples, and a brand new recording of his stomach.  This makes sense.

 

3 hours.

 

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Latent Kek

Latent Kek

 

September 28, 2017

 

Jon Leidecker

 

 

 

Poe’s law doesn’t mean that the internet killed irony, and a frog headed god of chaos has proven that there’s nothing inherently left-wing about Culture Jamming.  Unusually earnest Kekistani testimony is mixed with self-propagated parodies of MSM coverage of the diaspora until all you are left with are individual sentences;  equal time for truth and troll.  Then, suddenly, the most merciless ‘Monitress’ yet.  This mp3 has been edited since broadcast.

 

2 hours.

 

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False Flaaa

False Flaaa

 

September 14, 2017

 

Jon Leidecker, Alissa DeRubeis, Yasi Perera

 

 

 

A show in three parts, beginning with a 30 minute Holger Czukay memorial rock block, and followed by an hour long modular live set by Quite Eyes Of Air (DeRubeis & Perera).  The last half of the show is a tour through the hellscape that your host’s youtube recommendation column has become since the research required for last month’s Charlottesville show;  endless presentations of the irrefutable video evidence, proving that a murder was in fact a staged event, a set-up, a hoax, a media construction.  Search algorithms that open people to ‘doing their own research’ silently close the door behind them;  the skeptic’s data profile happily recommends a new kind of belief.  This episode is dedicated to the memory of Heather Heyer.

 

3 hours.

 

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For Bassel

For Bassel

 

August 24, 2017

 

Niki Korth, Jon Leidecker

 

 

Bassel Khartabil was a Syrian-Palestinian open-source software engineer and dedicated Open Internet volunteer, who greatly increased access to knowledge and online tools in Syria and beyond. After being detained and imprisoned in 2012 by Syrian authorities, he and his case became focal points for global conversations regarding freedom of speech in an era when code is speech and individual voices can be amplified online in unprecedented ways. Following confirmation on August 1st 2017 that he had been secretly sentenced and executed in October 2015, we pay tribute with a mix of sounds and interviews from many sources, including the tributary himself, his writings from prison, conversations with friends and colleagues, and music inspired by his work.

 

This episode of Over the Edge is a tribute to Bassel and an homage to the complexities of freedom of expression, freedom of thought, freedom of culture, and the right to live peacefully, in dignity and without fear of retribution for one’s beliefs, or the tools one builds to allow others to discuss and discern them.

 

Includes sampled conversations with Oussama Al-Rifai, Habib Hadad, Ryan Merkley, Danny O’Brien, Jon Phillips, Jack Rabah, Tina Salameh, and Jimmy Wales; readings by SJ Klein, Niki Korth, and Sam Sartor of Bassel’s writings from prison; and special appearance from “Self-Defense in International Law and Policy” by Javad Zarif.

 

Much of the music used in the mix for this episode was created for the #FreeBassel campaign by the Disquiet Junta.  Links to the complete pieces can be found here: https://disquiet.com/?s=bassel&searchsubmit=Search

 

Additional links:

http://freebassel.org/

https://meinsyrianjail.wordpress.com/

http://www.newpalmyra.org/

https://creativecommons.org/2017/08/11/bassel-free-culture-fellowship/

http://costoffreedom.cc/

https://www.eff.org/offline/bassel-khartabil

 

 

 

 

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Their Orders Are Coming From Us

Their Orders Are Coming From Us

 

August 17, 2017

 

 

The White Nationalist factions that historically wore masks in public no longer feel required to do so, because it has been made clear that their ideology enjoys support from the highest office in the land.  In this broadcast, we thread through 2017’s many cries for all good Americans to defend our First Amendment against “intolerance”.  Then in our final hour, we hear a good long dose of the ideology lurking behind these particular calls for Free Speech:  a deeply jammed but still legible mix of “The Turner Diaries” as read by its author, William Luther Pierce.  The ideas in this poisonously influential book now float back to us everywhere, from headline news to online trolls from Kekistan, even though those of us who have heard of this source have avoided any direct exposure to it.  Here’s a chance to stare it all down.  Good luck.

 

Sampled reporters include Bob Ostertag, Shane Bauer, David Neiwert, Southern Poverty Law Center and Elle Reeve.  Location recordings are sourced and layered from the following protests:  Seattle, January 20th, Berkeley, February 1st & April 15th, Charlottesville, August 11th & 12th.  This program was edited at home the day after broadcast to include additional sources.

 

3 hours.

 

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Skin Cream

Skin Cream

 

July 27, 2017

 

 

An image, shot by your host last month en route to the Weatherman’s suburban home in Seattle, Washington, might as well be an image of Skin Cream.  In this episode, music and sounds that resulted from your host’s visit are piled on top of each other as research towards a completed piece of Content continues.  The amount of time it takes for your brain to disregard incoming information that could threaten a deeply seated belief is roughly analogous to the amount of time it takes for an ad exchange to identify you as an ideal target and buy a place for its content on the web page you have asked your computer to load.  Careful… it burns.

 

3 hours.

 

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Retro-Receptacle

Retro-Receptacle

 

June 8, 2017

 

 

A special memorial edition of Receptacle Programming, broadcast backwards through at least 117 years of media memory.  Because The Star has yet to be built even in the year that your host, Cranial Fugue, is retro-broadcasting from within, there is still time to determine how much time the Earthers have left.  A refresher course on the rules of Receptacle leads to a long time caller retrieving his physical land-line from the closet, which only serves to demonstrate just how much phone fidelity has suffered during the transition to mobiles.  More survivors show up on the phone lines than usual this week, so don’t be afraid.

 

3 hours.

 

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Recreate The Beep

Recreate The Beep

Solo

 

May 25, 2017

 

 

There’s something very satisfying about a toy that has entered a state between living and dead, and I have two Furbys. When I present this toy to this Millenial Child, children will simply accept this as the way the world is: the Furby is alive because they love it. A piece composed by Don Joyce in 2001 on the emerging concept of learning toys is once again sort of definitively alive, and as always, you are stunned by the absence of people.

 

3 hours.

 

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A Weatherman’s New Year

A Weatherman’s New Year


Negativland


Jan. 9, 2015


A densely packed show of more Weatherman tapes made around his house, on Over The Edge over the years, and bits from his several Negativland OTE CD releases, such as “The Dumb Stupid Come Out Line,” “The Willsaphone Stupid Show,” and “Sex Dirt.” As the years pass by in playback, thank God, if there was one, he remains the same lovable voice as always.


3 Hours.


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After Science

After Science


July 18, 2014


We continue with unused material collected for The Science Show, beginning with George Bernard Shaw, speaking in 1930, with a long and loving introduction of the speaking guest, Albert Einstein. Unfortunately, he speaks in German. But elsewhere in English, as we continue with various physicists and astrophysicists talking at length about Einstein and his transforming effect on modern physics, with a sub-theme of time travel and modern science’s look at how to do it.


3 Hours.


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