Moby & The Void Pacific Choir
“Are You Lost In The World Like Me?”
I consider The Cure’s fourth LP, “Pornography”, to be the most depressing album ever recorded. This assessment is not meant to be disparaging—“Pornography” is a brilliant album, which also happens to merit that unusual superlative.
Released in 1982 and produced by Phil Thornalley, “Pornography” is 43 minutes of relentless misery. If you are suicidal, you should not listen to this album. However, when I’m deeply depressed, I prefer to wallow in despair; consequently, those are the only occasions when I play “Pornography.” The CD may as well be stored in one of those red boxes labeled ‘In Case Of Emergency – Break Glass.’
Anyway, I bring this up because, after last Tuesday, I had to ‘break the glass’… and Robert Smith’s gothic tour de force will likely be on repeat for the next four years.
Speaking of pornography, have you seen any old photos of Melania Trump? She’ll certainly serve as a very different ‘role model’ than every First Lady who has preceded her.
ANGRY. FEARFUL. DISILLUSIONED.
UNEDUCATED. CREDULOUS. MISINFORMED.
IRRATIONAL. UNSYMPATHETIC. AGGRESSIVE.
INTOLERANT. JINGOISTIC. XENOPHOBIC.
MISOGYNISTIC. HOMOPHOBIC. RACIST.
DESPERATE. DECEIVED. DEPLORABLE.
This list of qualities—in part or in full—applies to half of all Americans who voted in the 2016 Presidential Election.
To be sure, both major candidates are flawed, and neither outcome was ideal. But all those who believe that an unprincipled billionaire entrepreneur will be their savior are deluding themselves.
Democracy and capitalism are allegedly what makes America a great and powerful nation. However, our government is fractured, and business values profit over people. Congress and Wall Street are far too intertwined, resulting in collusion and corruption.
Whether career politician or CEO, neither cares about their constituents or customers—we’re all just numbers to be crunched.
In this time of mourning, I extend my sincerest sympathies to the entire world. America failed. Hatred has triumphed.
Very sad to learn of the passing of Peter Burns, the former frontman of Dead Or Alive, who succumbed from a fatal cardiac arrest on 23 October 2016.
The timing of Burns’ death casts a shadow over the pending release this Friday of a comprehensive Dead Or Alive collection, “Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI,” comprised of 17 CDs and 2 DVDs.
Rest in peace, Pete, and thanks for many great dancefloor memories.
This journey into sound now ends at the beginning—with the history lesson of “OHM: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music.”
I’ve always endeavored to present this blog as part club and part classroom. In the end, I hope that MOD has at least served as a warehouse (rave) of memories from nights long gone.
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I offer my most sincere gratitude to the blog’s many generous contributors and all supporters in the MOD community.
Goodbye and stay well.
IF YOU’RE NOT OUTRAGED,
YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.
“OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music 1948-1980”
2000 Ellipsis Arts (US)
1.01 Clara Rockmore – Valse Sentimentale
1.02 Olivier Messiaen – Oraison
1.03 Pierre Schaeffer – Etude Aux Chemins De Fer
1.04 John Cage – Williams Mix
1.05 Herbert Eimert & Robert Beyer – Klangstudie II
1.06 Otto Luening – Low Speed
1.07 Hugh Le Caine – Dripsody
1.08 Louis And Bebe Barron – Main Title from “Forbidden Planet”
1.09 Oskar Sala – Concertando Rubato
1.10 Edgard Varèse – Poeme Electronique
1.11 Richard Maxfield – Sine Music (A Swarm Of Butterflies)
1.12 Tod Dockstader – Apocalypse (Part 2)
1.13 Karlheinz Stockhausen – Kontakte (Edit)
1.14 Vladimir Ussachevsky – Wireless Fantasy
1.15 Milton Babbitt – Phonemena For Soprano And Piano
1.16 Musica Elettronica Viva – Spacecraft (Edit)
2.01 Raymond Scott – Cindy Electronium
2.02 Steve Reich – Pendulum Music
2.03 Pauline Oliveros – Bye Bye Butterfly
2.04 Joji Yuasa – Projection Esemplastic For White Noise
2.05 Morton Subotnick – Silver Apples Of The Moon (Part 1 – Edit)
2.06 David Tudor – Rainforest (Version 1 – Edit)
2.07 Terry Riley – Poppy Nogood (Edit)
2.08 Holger Czukay – Boat-Woman-Song (Edit)
2.09 Luc Ferrari – Music Promenade (Edit)
2.10 François Bayle – Rosace 3 from ‘Vibrations Composées’
2.11 Jean-Claude Risset – Mutations (Edit)
2.12 Iannis Xenakis – Hibiki-Hana-Ma (Edit)
2.13 La Monte Young – Excerpt 3169 C. 12:17:22-12:25:33 PM NYC
3.01 Charles Dodge – He Destroyed Her Image
3.02 Paul Lansky – Her Song
3.03 Laurie Spiegel – Appalachian Grove I
3.04 Bernard Parmegiani – En Phase / Hors Phase
3.05 David Behrman – On The Other Ocean (Edit)
3.06 John Chowning – Stria (Edit)
3.07 Maryanne Amacher – Living Sound (Edit)
3.08 Robert Ashley – Automatic Writing (Edit)
3.09 Alvin Curran – Canti Illuminati (Edit)
3.10 Alvin Lucier – Music On A Long Thin Wire (Edit)
3.11 Klaus Schulze – Melange
3.12 Jon Hassell – Before And After Charm (La Notte)
3.13 Brian Eno – Unfamiliar Wind (Leeks Hills)
How did the bleeps and blips begin, you ask? Presented today for your academic enlightenment is “OHM: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music”, a collection that chronicles the development of electronic music during the 20th century. Granted, some of the selections may sound merely like random noises; however, it’s the techniques used to create those noises that make these recordings historically relevant.
Note: CD 1, track 15 is supposed to be an excerpt from Milton Babbit’s 1964 composition “Philomel.” Unfortunately, one of Babbit’s later, non-electronic compositions, “Phonemena For Soprano And Piano”, is incorrectly included instead.