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Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: no. 243: Sub/Dis/Harmonic Laswell
Maandag, 12 Januari 2004 (17.00 to 19.00)
"Did god make the tapeworm?"
o Tuli Kupferberg, "O God!"
"God is a tray of plunder."
o Persian proverb
"Paradise is only to be found on the back of a horse or in the arms
of one's beloved."
o Arab proverb
Finite State Machine Dub > Bill Laswell 
Warm Time Machine > Praxis 
Transfer Complete > Web 
Mystery of Shape Changing > Bill Laswell 
Dream Light > Divination 
Eternal Drift > Bill Laswell 
La Forza del Destino [Overture] > Bill Laswell & the Material Strings 
Holy Mountain > Bill Laswell 
Chaos > Hakim Bey 
Mantra > Material 
Poetic Terrorism > Hakim Bey 
Above the Sky > India Project 
Painless Steel > Automaton 
The Hook > Praxis 
Rebel Music > Bob Marley vs Bill Laswell 
Amour Fou > Hakim Bey 
It's About time > Miles Davis vs Bill Laswell 
Dead Drop > Cypher 7 
"in the 1970s New York City was not a part of the United States at
all. It was an offshore interzone with no shopping malls, few major
chains, very few born-again Christians who had not been sent there on
a mission, no golf courses, no sub-divisions We thought of the place
as a free city, like one of those pre-war nests of intrigue and
licentiousness where exiles and lamsters and refugees found shelter
in a tangle of improbable juxtapositions  I wasn't born in NY, and
I may never live there again, and just thinking about it makes me
melancholy, but I was forever changed by it, and my imagination
manacled to it, and I wear its mark the way you wear a scar"
o Luc Sante, from his new afterword to the republication of "LOW LIFE"
 "Crooklyn Dub Outernational Presents Certified Dope, vol. 4:
Babylon is Burning <www.wordsound.com>. Perfectly captures the
dystopic feel of New York, there is the grungy ever-present hum that
you can't tell whether it is psycho-acoustic [literally] or whether
it is just environmental gone mental In any case, our surroundings
lead to paranoia, vigilance, jadedness and some of the darkest dub in
the world. This is the CD to beat for 2004 as far as I'm concerned.
 "Subharmonic in DUB" on Select Cuts <www.echobeach.de> is a
collection of tracks and artists from the eminently defunct label of
odd gurgling and grumbling tones and beats from Laswell. It will be
released shortly from the German dub crew at Echo Beach and Select
Cuts. It will be a good somersault trip back into a bit of 1990s
history. A welcome move since Laswell moves like a nervous shark,
gobbling and producing without any notion that we may not be able to
absorb all of the audio info This is clearly a problem in music in
general. Too much music made by too many people for too many others
to criticize and tout. See an excerpt of my liner notes from this
forthcoming collection below [*].
 "Subharmonic in DUB" on Select Cuts <www.echobeach.de>. Web was
basically Laswell and venerable ambient DJ/producer Terre Thaemlitz
who put out the CD "Web" in 1995, which presented their
ghost-in-the-machine mystical computer-minimalist ambiences with some
disquieting rattling and footsteps.
 "Crooklyn Dub Outernational Presents Certified Dope, vol. 3:
Escape from New York" on WordSound <www.wordsound.com>. This is some
of the dingiest, surly sabotage dub around, except of course for vol.
4. Includes Twilight Circus, Scarab, Layng Martine, Scotty hard,
 "Subharmonic in DUB" on Select Cuts <www.echobeach.de>.
Divination was an amorphous and omniverous sound clan of exotic
ambiences; on Akasha (1995), includes Laswell, Anton Fier, DXT, Mick
Harris and Haruomi Hosono (ex-Yellow Magic Orchestra
bassist/producer). Divination Ambient Dub Vol. 2: Dead Slow (1994)
narcoticized ambient dub-jungle with Laswell, Jah Wobble, Mick
Harris, and Jeff Bova.
 "Lost in Translation" with Nicky Skopelitis and Terre Thaemlitz.
 "Operazone" on Knitting Factory <www.knittingfactory.com>. Not
the first nor last time that 'rockers' attempt to get a hold of
opera. Funnier was Malcolm McLaren's delvings into high culture held
between the thighs. But here Laswell makes the Operazone sound like
something from Burroughs's "interzone". Big beefy and surly majesty
with a bit of gilded kitsch.
 "T.A.Z." on Axiom, 1994. With Hakim Bey reading from his book,
one of the most influential of the last 10 or 15 years. Anarchy with
a delirious gift of precision poetry. Great starting point for those
who wonder about the joys inherent in anarchy as way of life.
 "Hallucination Engine" on Island, 1994. When I first played this
at a live gig in early 1994 at the Old Mustard Factory people went
crazy. Loud, dubby, mesmerizing and exotic with a muscle-bound
backbeat. Material remains a sporadic ensemble with Laswell as only
steady member includes stellar round-robin of musicians including
Nicky Skopelitis, Sly Dunbar, Simon Shaheen, Shankar, and
vocals/inspiration/texts courtesy of William S. Burroughs.
 "City of Light" was an excursion into Indian ambiences, a
synthesis of Indian sounds and Western senses starring Coil, Lori
Carson, Janet Rienstra, Trilok Gurtu, tetsuo Inoue and Christopher
 "Crooklyn Dub Consortium: Certified Dope, vol. 1"
<www.wordsound.com>. This is the disc that started it all [for me]
back in 1995 when I was still @ WFMU. This got more airplay from me
than any other single disc that year and then I saw them DJ-open for
Dub Syndicate at S.O.B's in NY. Yes, I had long been
wandering-walking everywhere and absorbing WAY too much of NY and
this music seemed to perfectly mirror and magnify my moods. Automaton
is an ensemble/strategy of Sufi dub mysticism courtesy of Laswell,
Nicky Skopelitis, Liu Haydn, Tetsu Inoue, and Robert Musso.
 "Subharmonic in DUB" on Select Cuts <www.echobeach.de>. Praxis
happened when in the early 1980s, Laswell gathered this noisy
jazz-funk alignment of frenetic conniption funk-core including
Buckethead, Bootsy Collins and Bernie Worrell, turntablist AF Next
Man Flip, and drummer Brain. Sacrifist (1994), Metatron (1994).
 "Dreams of Freedom: Ambient Translations of Bob Marley In Dub"
is a controversial nostalgic futurist project that involved
re-enhancing Marley by emphasizing, drawing to the fore notes and
phrases lost in earlier mixes, basically it updates Marley a bit
without messing with the basic sound. Laswell actually keeps his ego
in check for a successful reconstructionproject.
 "Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969-1974" on Columbia.
This is the kind of record that makes jazz nuts scowl, mumbling all
the way down to the top shelf liquor at the Blue Note; but really, BL
has done some interesting through his re-engineering that clarifies
and re-enhances some Davis funk and beat-driven themes. BL's presence
is minimal actually.
* Subharmonic as PsyOps* Weapon: When listening to Bill Laswell's
more expansive subsonic headphone-oriented material one usually ends
up in a "meta-tative" state, an exploded view featuring cognitive
disorientation, courtesy of his swirling hypno-phonic backwashes and
various trance-odelic humming-pulsating works with Tetsu Inoue that
approximate a sonic soma or something like the contrary indolence of
absinthe-drinkers as radical gesture. It's an altered state that
borders on meditation and recalcitrance: a relaxed vigilance with
senses trained to root out ethnomusical reductivists while at the
same time appreciating the sorcery involved in the lunge toward
boundlessness. Laswell's intuitive compositions - with emotion as
notation and instinct as sheet music - conjure up gloomy cinemascopic
images of devastation that list and bob across our collective
dream-screens like Gavin Bryars' "Titanic" going down in a thick
putrescent post-hopeful ambiance. I hear choppers clipping the low
grey skies overhead through a lattice of whining hi-tension wires,
strange blipping energy-grid transformers, nocturnal zither players;
I hear the distant thunder of heavy shelling, smart bombs targeting
anonymous civilian targets; I hear the gloomy bass-driven thrum and
drone of obsolete machinery, its bio-electrical undertow dragging
consciousness across the desolate terra incognita somewhere between
Greenpoint and Grozny like a rusty bucket full of preconceptions."
[from liner notes of "Subharmonic in DUB" on Select Cuts, 2004, by
"Collaboration - not appropriation. Translation - not interpretation.
Life - not 'lifestyle.' Plagiarism as a cultural tactic should be
directed at putrid capitalists, not potential comrades. "World"
culture is either true co-creation, or it is nothing. Or worse than
nothing - a sin against the holy spirit."
o Hakim Bey
o From Amicus [UK], the finance industry union, promotes Corporate
Social Responsibility: "Indian workers suffer from dignity-at-work
issues and are denied the right to union membership. They are often
forced to change their accents and study 'Eastenders' and UK football
scores to mask the fact they are based in India."
o If you are a Republican... [courtesy of Paniculture, USA]
If you are a Republican . . . 1 Being a drug addict is a moral
failing and a crime, unless you're a reactionary right-wing radio
host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.
2 Jesus loves you and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary Clinton.
3 The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our
highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.
5 "Standing Tall for America" means firing your workers.
7 The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in
speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay.
8 Group sex and drug use are degenerate sins unless you are a movie
star and run for governor of California as a Republican.
9 If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex.
10 A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies,
then demand their cooperation and money.
11 HMOs and insurance companies have the best interest of the public at heart.
12 Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing
health care to all Americans is not.
13 Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but
Creationism should be taught in schools.
20 Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is communist, but
trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international
o Cost of Deployment and Return <http://costofwar.com/
> [ courtesy
Black & Napoli in France]: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on July 9 and in
an interview on ABC's "This Week" on July 13 that the US military
occupation is costing at least $3.9 billion a month. We began that
rate on April 18., 2003.
Interest Costs: although the stated cost of the war on April 17 was
$34 billion, the actual cost was closer to $47.6 billion, due to the
$13.6 billion we will be spending in interest. In addition, the cost
of occupation is more accurately stated as $5.46 billion monthly, of
which $1.56 billion is interest.
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