For Moyly, Ian, Lorna and George….
Freak Electric Demo Sleeve
Freak Electric Folks
I have an old demo cassette of yours. Now I have remarkable computer power (8 cores at 4Ghz+), Reaper is becoming one hell of a tool. Here I’ve had a 1 hour session at cleaning up what is a really rubbish quality cassette recording, all hiss and sweeping mushiness…. I think it’s better than my earlier effort with different software. Even so, the source tape has no audio over 8kHz so it’ll be dull whatever I do.
Update 8/9/14: I’ve since found two better quality versions of my aged cassette tape. This is one below, starting with one of my favourite tracks. Arseholes to the ambiguously sounding WIND, west wall…? Either way. Crank it up, especially at 11:45. [If done now, I’d thin out the long intro sound and add maximum punch for the loud bit – that’s technical folks… ]
Back along, Crawling Chaos were asked by Curly Jhon and Mackie to do some background music for a performance they intended to do under their moniker Zyklon B Zombies. The performance was called Dionysian Heights, the name appearing as a band name on the Foetus Products’ compilation Blood Samples From The Pox Clinic.
I’ve just found a tape with most of the performance on it…… So I’m digitising it for release. And pretty cool it is too. Watch this space!
CJ with Dionysian Heights Props
The tape is the actual performance tape, I think, with the first minute or two being either my old racing car noises, some set-up test tones for, and the final major bounce track (sans vocals) of “Sex Machine”. This latter is actually very, very good, and shows the guitar overdubs done by Jeff (Doomage Khult) very clearly and wonderfully – I may release this as it is just so folks can hear the guitar work.
Other stuff I recall is heaps of ivy and copious amounts of offal. The guys were doing some sort of Dionysian re-enactment for folks’ entertainment. The offal stunk under the hot lights. Bacchus was in on it as well….
Description of the Music
The two pieces Jeff & I created are called “Life” and “Death” and the boys used them as they saw fit, synchronising it with their dialogue and actions. CJ & Mackie directed us, in a general way, as to the feel of the sounds for a given amount of time. Hence each section is fairly drawn and thus doesn’t particularly matter too much where it’s fed in or out as the performance demanded.
Q. Why have I called this post “Zyklon Zombies B, Life and Death Work”?
A. Because that’s what’s written on the tape! Jeff’s handwriting.
Back along, Crawling Chaos were asked by Curly Jhon and Mackie to do some background music for a performance they intended to do under their moniker Zyklon B Zombies.
I’ve just found a tape with most of the performance on it…… So I’m digitising it for release. And pretty cool it is too.
The tape is the performance tape, I think, with the first minute or two being either my old racing car noises or a final major bounce track (sans vocals) of “Sex Machine”. This latter is actually very, very good, and shows the guitar overdubs done by Jeff (Doomage Khult) very clearly and wonderfully – I may release this as it is just so folks can hear
Bay of Skaill
I’ve been playing with a digital extraction of Skaill on Reaper. Have a listen. Guess what’s been done….
A video is to follow (slow encoding to get the quality I need) which is highly appropriate given my partly Orcadian roots and the track title. Skaill is the final track from “C” – “The Big C”, by Crawling Chaos. It is Jeff Crowe and myself jamming with some post recording tape twiddling. Skara Brae which we both fascinated by is nearby and is why we chose the track title after getting the Ordnance Survey map out! Thanks to Jeff Lynne on TV the other night for some inspiration to get this project started.
Embarrassment is not it though. The real reason is our discovery of Straw & Blair’s hypocritical dealings over wars and torture, kidnap and illegal detention without trial, things that Straw’s government, and now our own coalition one, seek to hide. That’s a deep guilt.
Was it guilt over the knowledge that as he was the head of an unaccountable web of spies, they were doing everything that any free democratic nation would naturally think abhorrent?
That’s the special relationship for ya! Straw brought in the US-UK one-sided extradition agreement in 2003. The following yearhe and Blair were found out to have started the war in Iraq on false pretences. There then followed the endless investigations that dragged on for so long that folks forgot what they were about.
A collusion between the military, the law and politics from the establishment, designed to legally obfuscate by the dreary analysis of the minutiae of the webs of illegality they’d hatched?
We now find out, in the same year, 2004, that Straw and Blair were (supposedly) in government, Fatima Bouchar and her husband, Abdel Hakim Belhaj were captured, bound in gaffa tape (her eyelid bound open for 17 hours during this process), kidnapped and transported to a foreign power (Libya) where they were tortured and imprisoned for seven years.
Straw said he knew nothing, so what exactly was he paid for? Was he a stooge, a calm reassuring personae, quietly acquiescing to misdeeds on the grandest of scales in exchange for lifelong protection and a nice pension?
Abdel is now in the ruling government of Libya, having fought and beaten Gaddhafi, with The West’s help, let’s not forget….
Cover Up Illegal Government Work by Invoking Secret Trials, “in the national interest”!
Killer Drone Aircraft
It’s all true. Our own (and the US) secret services kidnapped and transported innocents from our own and foreign soils to foreign powers. This was all done without the intervention of a judge, without court orders and in many cases (those in Guantanamo Bay for instance), without any immediate or subsequent trial. They’re still doing it!
Bush, Cheney, Obama, Blair – their handiwork – it is estimated that >3ooo civilians have been killed by drones
The only difference between the recent actions of Jack Straw, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Blunket, Teresa May, Ken Clarke & David Cameron, and the historical actions of Joseph Stalin, Chairman Mao and Adolf Hitler are that in the former, there’s been no trial and the people are still alive, and in the latter there were usually show or peremptory trials usually followed by immediate execution.
Though life is precious, today’s innocents (innocent unless proven guilty, remember) may have at times wished they were dead.
The targets have no chance to surrender, and the Afghan government has raised concerns. The drone strikes are dubbed ”Kill TV” or ”Taliban TV” because soldiers watch live video feeds of bombs and missiles detonating, with one source admitting it is uncomfortable viewing: ”You can see everything.”
Because the real devilish forces, whereby a supposedly civilised country like the United Kingdom can kidnap and torture with impunity, still exist. Pregnant Fatima Bouchar was not a terrorist and nor was her husband. Their terrifying ordeal at the hands of our secret service stands testament to that.
These are the real devils in our midst. They are the real terrorists. Under false pretexts they continue to bomb civilians with drones and kidnap and torture those they can’t kill. Though from different political persuasions, successive governments draft laws cover up the previous one’s actions.
What an evil nasty bunch they are. Cameron and his crowing cohorts are just the latest in a long line.
MPs and judges can retire to fully indexed-linked pensions, unlike the rest of the public sector workers who have been recently brutalised and scape-goated in the press for the thieving behaviour of gambling banker-politicians.
MPs and judges are protected from harm by the very secret services they’ve steered and governed while the rest of us are made
to feel fear at home, where none exists
to feel loathed abroad, when we have done nothing
All due to the evil machinations of these few folk.
The Real Reason for Secret Trials and Internet Censorship
Question: Why Pictures of Drones and Dead Innocents, Yet not many Kidnaps?
A. Simple. It’s the same mentality of person that sends in the drones to kill innocents as kidnaps innocents. In fact, it’s the same people. They stand there smiling on our TVs, in suits, with the appropriate amount of gravitas dependant on the situation.
The real devils in our midst. The real terrorists.
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