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A weekly exploration of unusual stories, news, politics, consciousness, and the unknown, paired with vintage modular electronic sounds from some of the nicest synthesizers of the last 50 years.

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# 60-A: "Pretty Good Week, Mood-Wise" (and: "A Bag of Screws")
00:14:20
# 60-A: "Pretty Good Week, Mood-Wise" (and: "A Bag of Screws") by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 06, 2021
# 60-B: "Listener Feedback!" (See Description for Artist Links)
00:19:58
LISTENER FEEDBACK ARTISTS LINKS - WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEEDBACK! In order of appearance: Sam/Bob from Arizona Bio: Enigma - No social media, no I.D. on file! Their track: "Just a Vaccination Card" not available online Justin Owen / Rotator: "Neurodevelopmental Assessment (Parts 1-4)" https://soundcloud.com/rrrotatorrr/neurodevelopmental 3 for Lunarside: "cakefaxbeds" https://soundcloud.com/supercargosound/cakefaxbeds See also: https://soundcloud.com/supercargosound/ Hector Rodriguez: "#mutableinstruments all elements" https://www.instagram.com/p/CK4r5o1BBSb/ https://www.instagram.com/hr2332 Michael Weeks / The Wretch "TERROR OF THE STRATOSFIEND: ELEVATOR GOD" https://thewretch.bandcamp.com/ https://thewretch.bandcamp.com/album/terror-of-the-stratosfiend-elevator-god https://endmusikrecords.bandcamp.com/ Eric Barbour (we are honored!) Feedback provided is a collection of pedal experiments, not available online! https://www.metasonix.com/ Feedback from a TM-1 pedal, TX-1 Agonizer pedal, and a TX-2 Butt Probe Palle Dahlstedt: "Seven Solo Meditations" https://otoskope.bandcamp.com/album/seven-solo-meditations "Yellow meets Yellow (Metasonix G-1000 meets Bugbrand Board Weevil)" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgg1a19cfvU "No-Input Major Drum - Bugbrand DRM1 feedback experiments" https://soundcloud.com/palle-dahlstedt/no-input-major-drum-bugbrand John Morehouse: Compulsory Feedback! "Prayer for a Cloudy Day" | https://mrhs.bandcamp.com/ WE THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR FEEDBACK
Oct 06, 2021
# 60-C: "OTHER SCENES INVENTORY REPORT #2" (Issues: 1967)
00:34:15
# 60-C: "OTHER SCENES INVENTORY REPORT #2" (Issues: 1967) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 06, 2021
# 60-D: "A Piece of Dust" / "Packet Drop-Offs" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 40)
00:15:30
# 60-D: "A Piece of Dust" / "Packet Drop-Offs" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 40) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 06, 2021
# 59-A: "The Ring Modulator Can Not Handle It!"
00:12:40
# 59-A: "The Ring Modulator Can Not Handle It!" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 14, 2021
# 59-B: "I'd Really Like Your Feedback Tonight"
00:10:31
BE A PART OF THE NEXT EPISODE! Send us your feedback (Drone, Guitar, or any other acoustic or electronic Noise) and we'll include it in a "feedback to the show" segment to commemorate episode number sixty. All noise will be credited to their original creators. Ideally send a track through Soundcloud instant message. We thank you in advance for your feedback. I think you'll enjoy what we do with your feedback.
Sep 14, 2021
# 59-C: "OTHER SCENES INVENTORY REPORT #1"
00:32:34
View the OTHER SCENES archive at http://www.ep.tc/otherscenes
Sep 14, 2021
# 59-D: "A Good Enough Gig" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 39)
00:06:17
# 59-D: "A Good Enough Gig" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 39) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 14, 2021
# 58-A: "Dentist Drills and Trending Hashtags" (Introduction)
00:12:33
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #58: AN ELECTRIC TOOTH! (And Emergency School Board Meeting) This week's tutorial: Hear a Synthesizer recreate getting a Dental Crown Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week the subject is dentistry. I've always been good about going to the dentist. Give me the chair, man! It's like getting a tattoo every six months on your teeth. But due to the pandemic I hadn't been able to get a cleaning for seventeen months, and one of my few fillings (the silver kind from the 1980s) didn't survive. So, pandemic delay accepted, I received the rough prognosis: I NEEDED A CROWN. So this week is dedicated to that very noisy drilling procedure. Make your own tooth: Using a blend of contrasting highly modulated voltage into filters and pitch on a few synths, we emulate the musical scraping and drilling of the experience. Eurorack and event generators provide a good amount of variety to add in sounds of water, random bits of flying pieces, suction, etc. Dental crowns are fascinating, really. Not too painful, but it turns your mouth into a lego set. The mouth is like a small workshop in your face. There's nothing it can't do, or become! Hear our electric tooth tribute in this week's introduction. Contrasting the discomfort and humor of the dentist, audio this week is a montage of some of the best parent protests against forcing masks on their children. Hand a microphone to a pissed off parent and there's no end to the surprises! You find that in the raw audio section of this week's episode. We also visit a coin fountain and travel back in time. But there's no time travel for teeth! Don't miss your cleanings. In between, be sure to floss! Postscript: In memory of video artist NANCY CAIN This week's show is in tribute to Nancy Cain, who passed away on Sunday August 22. Nancy is well known to video art activists for her work in Videofreex. (If you make ANY non-corporate video, from art to a tiktok post, you owe her a thanks for paving the way for your access to such ideas) I knew her as Paul Krassner's truest friend – his long time wife of many decades. She was 81 and an incredible human. Here's to you, Nancy. Read her book, incidentally. It's incredibly vivid and inspiring: https://www.amazon.com/Video-Days-What-Through-Viewfinder/dp/1468006800/ (Fellow Videofreex artist Skip Blumberg confirmed this sad news of Nancy's passing) Connect with SWWE via Dentist Procedure and Replacement Cap on Bandcamp, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google . Thanks and have a good week, Ethan
Aug 25, 2021
# 58-B: "Relaxation Records" (Discussion)
00:11:31
# 58-B: "Relaxation Records" (Discussion) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Aug 25, 2021
# 58-C, Raw Audio: "Board of Trustees Emergency Meeting" (TX Public Schools, 08/2021)
00:17:56
# 58-C, Raw Audio: "Board of Trustees Emergency Meeting" (TX Public Schools, 08/2021) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Aug 25, 2021
# 58-D: "The Difficulties of The Week" (Conclusion)
00:13:03
# 58-D: "The Difficulties of The Week" (Conclusion) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Aug 25, 2021
# 57-A, Opening Joke: "A Land Line and a Brochure Walk Into a Bar..."
00:07:19
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #57: TWENTY DOLLAR HELL and The Lost Emotional Sound of Dating on Landline Phones Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This last year (or two) has been a fun dip into Hell, and it's rekindled my interest in Televangelism. I used to record a lot of them on VHS tapes in the 1990s and so this week I thought I'd share my favorite one. I originally labeled it "Reverend Hellfire" on the VHS label. It's an amazing story that is literally rags to riches, from preaching in front of trash dumpsters 45 years previous, that suddenly erupts into a constant flood of thousand dollar bills. He actually talks to God. Do you have $1000? Do you have a phone? CALL NOW! You'll hear the full pitch in this week's Side A. Side B continues the Charlie Pickle serial, with "The Daily Worry". The opening half of the show discusses Landline Phones and their wonderful floor of ambient noise as it relates to emotional memory. Plug in and enjoy.
Aug 11, 2021
# 57-B, Discussion: "Remembering the Room Noise of Analog Phone Connections"
00:12:13
# 57-B, Discussion: "Remembering the Room Noise of Analog Phone Connections" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Aug 11, 2021
# 57-C, Side A: "1990s VHS Recording / Reverend Hellfire on 45 Years of Televangelism" (CALL NOW)
00:23:48
# 57-C, Side A: "1990s VHS Recording / Reverend Hellfire on 45 Years of Televangelism" (CALL NOW) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Aug 11, 2021
# 57-D, Side B: "The Daily Worry" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 38)
00:08:49
# 57-D, Side B: "The Daily Worry" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 38) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Aug 11, 2021
# 56-A: "Abbott & Costello's Youngest Material" (Introduction)
00:07:37
Have you heard Abbott & Costello's 'Ten Year Old Child Bride' joke from 1941? Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week we meander back to the more innocent times of 1941. Universal Pictures released a war film titled "Buck Privates" starring Abbott and Costello. It's mostly silly gags throughout but there's a slightly notorious joke hidden in there about a 40 year old man marrying a ten year old girl. The duo would continue the joke for some years, short-titled "You're 40, She's 10": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO6JcXXAqec To Costello's credit, though Abbott urges him to pursue his infatuation with the 10 year old, the math on their age isn't right. It sets up the comedy, based on fractions and percentages: When will she be old enough? The duo are best known for other logic problems (like Who's on First?). Here's the entire routine: Abbott: You're 40 years-old and you're in love with this little girl that's 10 years-old. You're four times as old as that girl and you couldn't marry her, could you? Costello: Not unless I come from the mountains. Abbott: All right. You're 40 years-old. You're four times as old as this girl, and you can't marry her, so you wait five years. By that time the little girl's 15 and you're 45. You're only three times as old as that little girl. So you wait 15 years and when the girl is 30, you're at 60. You're only twice as old as that little girl. Costello: She's catching up. Abbott: Yes, yes. Now here's the question. How long do you have to wait until you and that little girl are the same age? Costello: Now what kinda question is that? That's ridiculous! Abbott: Ridiculous or not, answer the question. Costello: If I wait for that girl she'll pass me up. She'll wind up older than I am. Abbott: What are you talking about? Costello: She'll have to wait for me! Abbott: Why should she wait for you? Costello: I was nice enough to wait for her! It's not a terrible abstract math joke but certainly might concern modern audiences. The title for the film "Buck Privates" doesn't help! Appropriately, this week, we also conclude with our series of mail-order psychiatry records from the 1960s, and continue our audiodrama/radio program "Charlie Pickle" with an introduction to the manager of The Clarence Coffee Cup, "Angela Simmons". Incidentally, with the Abbott and Costello joke being written 80 years ago in 1941, this year we can celebrate the birthday of the girl, who probably just turned 90! Lou Costello died at age 52, indeed making him much younger. Thanks and have a good week, Ethan
Jul 01, 2021
# 56-B: "Angela Simmons" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 37)
00:31:18
# 56-B: "Angela Simmons" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 37) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 01, 2021
# 56-C: "1960s Mail Order Psychiatry, Pt 2" (Raw Audio)
00:23:45
# 56-C: "1960s Mail Order Psychiatry, Pt 2" (Raw Audio) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 01, 2021
# 56-D: (Side A) "Anything That is Organic Is Neurotic"
00:01:23
# 56-D: (Side A) "Anything That is Organic Is Neurotic" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 01, 2021
# 56-E: (Side B) "Your Analyst Has a Teal Aquarium"
00:01:26
# 56-E: (Side B) "Your Analyst Has a Teal Aquarium" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 01, 2021
Episode 55, Introduction: "Re-Entering Society After 15 Months In Isolation"
00:21:29
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #55: Re-Entering Society After Fifteen Months In Isolation Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. A few weeks ago I received my second vaccine shot. Ten days later I knew I was largely free to re-enter much of the world. I'd taken self-isolation pretty enthusiastically for fifteen months, to the equivalent that it felt like a space station in our home. Parts of me really loved it, other parts (like my socialized mental health) knew that the farther I got away from general society the more painful it would be in re-entry. So the process started this past week. I got an eggs benedict at a favorite local diner. I won't lie: The food felt great, the crowd felt tough. So a discussion on that, along with egg yolk facts, is on the menu for this episode. Life is like an egg yolk. Also, starting this week's show is a multi-episode tribute to mail-order psychiatry lessons. The 1960s offered all kinds of learn-at-home options, and I've been collecting psychotherapy tutorials for a while. These things are awesome. This first one is Part One of "Anxiety", with raw audio here and a reblended track for Side A: "All of Us Develop Patterns". More psychiatry to come! An interesting component of the 1960s psychiatrist is they actually spoke with patients about their problems (not just their symptoms). The modern world is more split now with a therapist/psychologist being the empathic voice and the psychiatrist merely being the druggist. So these perspectives on the dual role (nurturer and prescriber) of psychiatrists in the 60s is really interesting. Demo for this week: AML 54F50 Diode Bridge Compressor Finally, for Side B this week, a cool hardware demo. I had an opportunity to work with a Neve 2254-based Diode Compressor this month. Diode Bridge Compressors are wonderful analog tools, read about them here. They allow for a signal to punch and fade (or glow) almost simultaneously, making a very elastic and glued together sound. In memory of Rupert Neve, who passed away this year, I thought it would be cool to play the entire Introduction track through a 2254. Rupert Neve has reintroduced the 2254 but it lacks the sidechain limiter of the original. Audio Maintenance Labs in the UK makes the most exact recreation of the original 2254 (If you compare their clone to the real thing from 1969, it's uncanny, both visually and in component quality) – So this week's Side B is a demo of the AML 54F50 Compressor / Limiter. Thanks and have a good week, Ethan
Jun 09, 2021
Episode 55, RAW AUDIO: "1960s Mail Order Psychiatry Records" (Anxiety, Part 1)
00:23:03
Episode 55, RAW AUDIO: "1960s Mail Order Psychiatry Records" (Anxiety, Part 1) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 09, 2021
Episode 55, Side A: "All of Us Develop Patterns" (Tranquilizer Setting #6)
00:10:24
Episode 55, Side A: "All of Us Develop Patterns" (Tranquilizer Setting #6) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 09, 2021
Episode 55, Side B: "Instrumental Run Through a 2254 Diode Compressor" (AML 54F50 Demo)
00:22:02
Episode 55, Side B: "Instrumental Run Through a 2254 Diode Compressor" (AML 54F50 Demo) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 09, 2021
Episode 54, Introduction: "Can You Hear It? It's Lawn Mower Season"
00:24:10
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #54: LAWN MOWER SEASON! — and Government Informationals on Mailmen, 1946. Listen to this 1946 informational on the wonders of post office work. Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week, the focus is on warm weather! Few things say spring or summmer to me more than the sound of lawn mowers. Lawn Mower season came in with a big bang (or buzz) this month, and it is given a tribute in our introduction — It's Lawn Mower Season. The main audio for this week is a terrific 1946 audio informational from the U.S. Post Office, titled "Meet the Mailman" — You'll find untouched audio here with a re-imagined narrative of Glen Tucker, the bed ridden boy, here. Lots of incredible people, from Charles Mingus to Charles Bukowski (okay, incredible people named Charles) have worked for the USPS over the years, and with Trump threatening its existence and most of us surviving off deliveries for over a year, now is a good time to celebrate the Mail Workers! I love physical mail, and this week is a tribute to that. Great narration on the informational track, too. Have a good week - Ethan
May 26, 2021
Episode 54, RAW AUDIO: "Meet the Mailman" (1946 Informational, United States Postal Service)
00:10:34
Episode 54, RAW AUDIO: "Meet the Mailman" (1946 Informational, United States Postal Service) by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 26, 2021
Episode 54, Side A: "This is Glen Tucker" (Our Mailman is Mr Dolan)
00:11:34
Episode 54, Side A: "This is Glen Tucker" (Our Mailman is Mr Dolan) by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 26, 2021
Episode 54, Side B: "Kindness is Overrated" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 36)
00:09:05
Episode 54, Side B: "Kindness is Overrated" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 36) by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 26, 2021
Episode 53, Introduction: "Seltzer Jokes, Good Deeds, and Rest In Peace, Bob Fass!"
00:14:11
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #53: A Broken Appliance Buys You a Room Full of Synthesizers (Tutorial) How to turn a broken dishwasher into a synthesizer Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week we remember Bob Fass, who passed away on April 24th (the first night we recorded this current episode, on a three week cycle this week) – Fass was an radio innovator, turning a regular control booth into a soundboard for politics, yippie activism, and genuine bizarre antics, even said to influence WFMU's switch to freeform as a format. This episode is dedicated to Fass. In a practical matter, our discussion this week describes a useful currency exchange system where broken appliances are turned into synthesizers. Our clothes washer's bearing broke a few years ago and I decided to instead sell the individual working parts (circuit boards, front panel, glass lid, cables, screws, rubber feet, etc) and ended up with more money than the new washer, along with thousands of dollars in extra money. So check in on our tutorial for a number of suggestions. You likely have many things in your home that can be parted out and sold, turned into Synth Coin. This is even more advantageous for you now, as we're in a global components shortage and many of your broken appliances have lots of possible components and chips inside. It's environmentally beneficial, as well, as it keeps giant appliances out of the landfill. You can look forward to your appliance dying because you'll be able to sell it for parts. Regarding turning a dishwasher into an actual synthesizer – this is also possible! – Most ovens and appliances maintain the same 19" rack standard. You can turn an oven into a synthesizer, for example. Or use the oven as an enclosure. An oven makes a great case – It even has a built in fan! Trivia: If you were to build a $600 dishwasher, part by part, from the manufacturer, it would cost $4000. This is because individual parts are grossly overpriced and there's a huge market of people (and repairpersons) looking to buy knobs, boards, etc. See what sells before you junk your stuff. I've been doing this for decades – there are a few important seller rules (like accurately describing condition and if it is broken) – and you'll be surprised at how honesty often makes you more cash. And more cash means more synthesizers. At the very least, take the lid off and sell that. Most lids go for $200 or so, and that's a free eurorack module. Talk to you in two weeks, cheers - Ethan
May 11, 2021
Episode 53, Discussion: "A Broken Appliance Becomes a Synthesizer" (Tutorial)
00:40:43
Episode 53, Discussion: "A Broken Appliance Becomes a Synthesizer" (Tutorial) by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 11, 2021
Episode 53, Side A: "Brain Water" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 34)
00:11:50
Episode 53, Side A: "Brain Water" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 34) by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 11, 2021
Episode 53, Side B: "OTHER EXPERIENCES" (A Viewer's Guide, Charlie Pickle Pt 35)
00:12:08
Television's Greatest Show: "OTHER EXPERIENCES" (1971-1974) — An Introductory Viewer Guide. "Other Experiences" represents the best in science fiction-based psychology to ever air on Network TV. If you are a citizen of Clarence TX, you can regularly catch re-runs, every Sunday night at 11pm on CLRNCTV, Channel 11.
May 11, 2021
Episode 52, Introduction: "The Dinner Party Email" (And check out our kickstarter: "John Wilcock")
00:05:59
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #52: A Tribute to John Wilcock! (Kickstarter Special) "Puff It, Swines!" A memory of smoking Hunter S. Thompson's favorite weed. Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week, we give tribute to John Wilcock, who was the subject of the properly titled John Wilcock comic here on Boing Boing for close to a decade. A collection of the book is on Kickstarter this month – get a copy! – and if you're clicking this due to the headline, you might be curious about what pot Hunter S Thompson seemed to enjoy more than any other bag. The answer: John Wilcock's pot! Check us out this week on kickstarter at: http://www.ep.tc/kick John was one of the earliest proponents of marijuana being legalized, and his credentials speak well to his taste in quality pot, too. He worked with Tom Forcade to publish National Weed in the 1970s, which became the better known High Times. John visited my home for a week in 2010 and he arrived with the world's most perfect slender brown-paper rolled joints. We worked on the Wilcock comic for a week, and every time we smoked, it was intensely perfect. I would not call it brain-bashing pot, more specifically a very cognitive weed, with a perfect flavor (kind of a mint or cinnamon, common to very fresh good crop). I'd known of John first through reading Hunter S Thompson's correspondence collections, there are a few letters to John in there, and apparently the pot John smoked had been consistently the same quality/strain of bud for decades. I suppose once you find your perfect blend, why fuss around for others? When I asked about Hunter, John would chuckle, "Oh, he was always after me for as much of my pot as he could get." This is saying something, as Hunter clearly had access to tons of pot, everywhere, so why the focus on John's? John would extend the joint looking at it affectionately. Asking him if it was the same stuff, he nodded. It was extremely lucid weed, with a little pep, yet lightly calming. I was drinking at the time and it paired perfectly with bourbon and beer. Cigarettes, too. I've had a lot of pot and this stuff felt genuinely different. Lower THC content, so you could just devour puffs of it, and more focusing, too, at the same time. It was the kind of pot you want to write to, or work with, and we got the entire Wilcock book timeline established in less than a week. The quality of the actual rolled paper joint, too, felt like time travel in a way. Authentic "old guard" pot. Smoking John's pot, it made sense why people like HST would seek it out over other strains of weed. When Hunter visited John's home demanding more of it, John happily obliged. As HST got up to leave, some other friends showed up. A funny recollection from Wilcock was the new visitors looked down at the half-smoked joint in the ashtray. Hunter, who made as good an exit as he did an entrance, bellowed "Puff it, swines!" – and out the door he went. May you all have a good 4/20 and puff it, swines, to one and all! Enjoy this week's show, a tribute to John Wilcock, our friend, and underground icon. Thanks and have a good week, Ethan
Apr 20, 2021
Episode 52, John Wilcock Special, Pt 1: "Smoking Some of Hunter S. Thompson's Favorite Weed"
00:14:39
Episode 52, John Wilcock Special, Pt 1: "Smoking Some of Hunter S. Thompson's Favorite Weed" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 20, 2021
Episode 52, John Wilcock Special, Pt 2: "Other Scenes, Andy Warhol, and Story Structure"
00:15:05
Episode 52, John Wilcock Special, Pt 2: "Other Scenes, Andy Warhol, and Story Structure" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 20, 2021
Episode 52, Conclusion: "Moth Words, Moth Pockets, and Acid Amendments"
00:19:14
Episode 52, Conclusion: "Moth Words, Moth Pockets, and Acid Amendments" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 20, 2021
Check out the "John Wilcock" comic — On Kickstarter this month http://ep.tc/kick
00:00:46
Check out the book, through April 2021: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1949932289/john-wilcock-new-york-years-the-complete-series
Apr 19, 2021
Episode 51, Introduction: "Road Rubber, No Worries, and Tourettes"
00:46:14
Would Alan Turing even WANT to be on a £50 Bank Note? Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week, we explore the wonderful world of Alan Turing, whose work in cryptography (i.e. code breaking) helped save the world in WW2. He then conceived the basic structure for computers and saw the future of artificial intelligence. He was celebrated in his lifetime by being condemned by the UK government for sex, spending the last year or two of his existence undergoing forced 'chemical castration' by way of experimental estrogen treatments. The UK has done some good work to remedy the ugly errors of its past, directly addressing it in prepared statements with the bank note itself, which has some very cool details and design: https://twitter.com/tomwarren/status/1375036561843191813 But this week discusses a basic truth: Government Symbolism, especially its currency, is complicated. To be candid: after someone is abused, as Turing was, they might not want to be the face on their abuser's money. Or the errors of such violence should be on the bill itself. For example, in the margin of the bill, the words "Alan Turing (1912-1954)" are stated, and with ample empty space. Simply adding: "— with apology for his unkind treatment by the UK government", or something equally observant, would make the Fifty Pound note less propagandistic and really mean something. The story of Alan Turing is a deep and interesting one, however, and his accomplishments far outshine his tragic ending. So we discuss the variations on this problem with our discussion this week, which also discusses how a Turing Machine works, which is a fun thing to learn. Following that, for musical purposes, this week includes a demo of the eurorack version of The Turing Machine. It's an interesting interpretation. A normal Turing Machine edits a code of tape until it is a solved problem, and the eurorack interpretation gives you random notes until you lock in a sequence of sounds, solving the random generation into melodies. We use the Dead Man's Catch version in this week's demo. Also, if you read the John Wilcock comic on Boing Boing over the last ten years, we have now completed a collection of the series and it is running on Kickstarter this month. Price of one copy will cost you only one Alan Turing, or less! You can view the campaign at this link, with my appreciation: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1949932289/john-wilcock-new-york-years-the-complete-series
Apr 06, 2021
Episode 51, Discussion: "Alan Turing, Bank Note Symbiosis, and Turing Machines"
00:30:38
Episode 51, Discussion: "Alan Turing, Bank Note Symbiosis, and Turing Machines" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 06, 2021
Episode 51, Side A: "Turing Machine Music" (Eurorack Module Demo)
00:23:25
Episode 51, Side A: "Turing Machine Music" (Eurorack Module Demo) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 06, 2021
Episode 51, Side B: "A Visit to Electronic Village" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 33)
00:11:08
Episode 51, Side B: "A Visit to Electronic Village" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 33) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 06, 2021
Episode 50, Introduction: "We had a Tool Fight at the Home Depot this week"
00:37:01
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #50: TOOL FIGHT! and 1970s VINYL DECAL REPAIR Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week we look back at the finest era in car design: The WOOD AND FAKE WOOD PERIOD. This is when most family cars had wood paneling – or, if you were sporting, fake wood paneling. The transition from 1960s real world materials into the 1970s dealt with numerous synthetics, and the automobile industry felt this very directly. You'll see the interiors and outer shell of cars begin to lose many metal, wooden, and leather comforts, with a big boom in SYNTHETICS in the 1970s, with plastic everywhere. And that meant big business for VINYL DECALS. Of course, vinyl wood grain decals are far less robust than wood paneling itself – So this week, we share filmstrip audio on VINYL DECAL repair from the 1970s. A lot of life mantras can be taken from this tutorial. Namely: Use a squeegee to iron out all those bubbles and blisters – Use a heat gun for stubborn blisters – And if life gives you bubbles, use a pin to pop them! Additionally, the show opens this week with a police scanner report of a TOOL FIGHT at our local Home Depot in Austin TX. Reportedly customers versus employees. Stay safe out there, customers and employees! – Especially in the drill, nail gun, and hammer section. Audio for the 1970s vinyl repair has been reconfigured into this week's Side A: "Caring for Your Domesticated Human in a Post-Covid Petting Zoo" and you'll find part 32 of Charlie Pickle continued here with "The Sunday Morning Cartoons".
Mar 23, 2021
Episode 50, RAW AUDIO: "Repairing Exterior Woodgrain Decals on Your Car." (Filmstrip, 1970s)
00:17:48
Episode 50, RAW AUDIO: "Repairing Exterior Woodgrain Decals on Your Car." (Filmstrip, 1970s) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 23, 2021
Episode 50, Side A: "Caring for Your Domesticated Human in a Post-Covid Petting Zoo"
00:07:08
Episode 50, Side A: "Caring for Your Domesticated Human in a Post-Covid Petting Zoo" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 23, 2021
Episode 50, Side B: "The Sunday Morning Cartoons" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 32)
00:05:19
Episode 50, Side B: "The Sunday Morning Cartoons" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 32) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 23, 2021
Episode 49, Introduction: "Mouse Ears, Yellow Shoes, and White Gloves"
00:28:02
This week's show. Important news on MOUSE EARS. And a Ring Modulation cage match (a Moog MF-102 vs. a Rucci RingMod vs. a Metasonix RK3) Headline: MOUSE EARS! Does Mickey Mouse regularly use a Ring Modulator to sneak onto Air Force One? https://boingboing.net/2021/03/16/mouse-ears-does-mickey-mouse-regularly-use-a-ring-modulator-to-sneak-onto-air-force-one.html Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week, the discussion is on ring modulators. If you have a synthesizer or a guitar, or even just a voice, you need a ring modulator. They've been around since 1934, and provide some of the most incredible sound effects imaginable. 1934 is an interesting year. Mickey Mouse had just turned six years old, being born in 1928, and most intelligence literature indicates the mouse found ring modulation to be highly addictive. A fan of music and telephones, Mickey Mouse became a ring modulation addict in 1945, and since then has been known to use the many techniques of ring modulation, which is signal processing from the combination of two signals. He uses these techniques to become invisible. Once invisible, Mickey Mouse regularly walks among us, hiding out in our business meetings. And when he can get onto Air Force One, he likes to be a fly on the wall (or a mouse you can't see) and he eavesdrops on world leaders. The truth of this was exposed this month when it was revealed a man in "mouse ears" was found within walking distance of Air Force One itself: https://apnews.com/article/air-force-one-base-intruder-mouse-ears-88821e8a8f19b940ad0ddcaf7778825e - hiding out on the airfield for close to five hours until his distinctive "mouse hat" caught the attention of someone. So this week's show we discuss Mouse Ears and Mouse Ears Infiltration (aka M.E.M.E.I.-CKEY MOUSE) Your communication materials include a full hour long tutorial on Ring Modulation for music purposes, making everything from wonderful science fiction laboratory noises, to turning James Cagney's into a clanking bell. Three ring modulators are used, providing a good summary of the format: The Bob Moog designed classic MF-102, the completely passive and wonderfully unpredictable Rucci Ring Modulator, and the sound of hellfire itself, also known ad the RK3 Ringer/Shaper, from Metasonix. P.S. The 'shenanigans' flyer listed in track two can be seen here: https://twitter.com/EthanPersoff/status/1369708013167271944 Have a good week and take it easy with the Mouse Ears!
Mar 16, 2021
Episode 49, Discussion: "Ring Modulators!" (Shenanigans Bluff)
00:08:36
Episode 49, Discussion: "Ring Modulators!" (Shenanigans Bluff) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 16, 2021
Episode 49, Side A: "We Heard You Might Like Ring Modulators..."
00:58:48
Episode 49, Side A: "We Heard You Might Like Ring Modulators..." by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 16, 2021
Episode 49, Side B: "Marie, At Twilight" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 31)
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Episode 49, Side B: "Marie, At Twilight" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 31) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 16, 2021
Episode 48, Introduction: "I Smell Tomatoes" (The Cornfield Is Always Listening)
00:43:02
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #48: Fruit/Vegetable Senses and Time Travel with the SSL FX Capacitor Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week's episode is a demo on a very peculiar reverb unit called the FX Capacitor from Synthetic Sound Labs. The SSL "FX Capacitor" is one of the oddest hardware reverb processors on the planet. SSL is known for modifying computer chips into odd musical uses, be it a Votrax voice chip for its Scat Talker phoneme generator or a digital answering machine chip for its SampleCorder. They're all wonderful products, capable of bizarre sounds with a unique low-fidelity sound that is immediately gratifying. You've heard their modules used on a lot of different music you enjoy. (My likely guesses: Boards of Canada, Depeche Mode, others) I've been curious about the FX Modulator, as it applies the same concept to studio effects, using a Spin Semiconductor at its base. What is compelling about the FX Modulator, however, is the patch points on the panel: There's control voltage for nearly every setting, with no menu diving, just a select dial for each effect and send any voltage or sound into three parameters and feedback inserts. What this allows for is adding a waveform to the shape of a reverb tail or other really wild noises. I've never encountered a reverb unit similar to it. You'll need a proper Moog power supply to get going with something like this, which is addressed in this week's introduction. Then, lock into your DeLorean for a complete half hour discussion of the FX Modulator itself. If you'd like to skip ahead, there's a seven minute sample of all the odd sounds in this week's Side A.
Mar 09, 2021
Episode 48, Demo: Synthetic Sound Labs FX Capacitor / SSL FX Capacitor (Control Voltage Reverb)
00:38:05
Episode 48, Demo: Synthetic Sound Labs FX Capacitor / SSL FX Capacitor (Control Voltage Reverb) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 09, 2021
Episode 48, Side A: "SSL FX Capacitor Reverb Loops" (Birds and 2-XL)
00:06:05
Episode 48, Side A: "SSL FX Capacitor Reverb Loops" (Birds and 2-XL) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 09, 2021
Episode 48, Side B: "Four Momentary Eights" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 30)
00:11:21
Episode 48, Side B: "Four Momentary Eights" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 30) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 09, 2021
Episode 47, Introduction: "Tankless in Texas" (Tankless Water Heaters vs Normal Hot Water Heaters!)
00:43:09
Episode 47, Introduction: "Tankless in Texas" (Tankless Water Heaters vs Normal Hot Water Heaters!) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 02, 2021
Episode 47, Discussion: "The 1978 Mego 2-XL Robot" (How it worked and running it through a Vocoder)
00:31:52
Episode 47, Discussion: "The 1978 Mego 2-XL Robot" (How it worked and running it through a Vocoder) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 02, 2021
Episode 47, Side A: "That Good Ol' Bruce Haack Ghost Took Control of the Midi Player Tonight"
00:30:23
Episode 47, Side A: "That Good Ol' Bruce Haack Ghost Took Control of the Midi Player Tonight" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 02, 2021
Episode 47, Side B: "Clutter, Sunlight, and Time Travel." (Charlie Pickle, Pt 29)
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Episode 47, Side B: "Clutter, Sunlight, and Time Travel." (Charlie Pickle, Pt 29) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 02, 2021
Episode 46, Introduction: "So, What Went On Last Week with That Power Grid Failure in Texas?"
00:27:53
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #46: The BRUCE HAACK SONGBOOK! (And the 2021 TX Power Failure) Hi, everyone, welcome back to SWWE. We're just now getting through an entirely wild week of weather and bureaucratic power grid failure here in Texas. Texas has been on its own power grid since 1935, or approximately since power grids existed in the United States. This isolationism on Texas' part meant that if we, say, refused to weather-proof our electrical grid (not needed if you aren't regulated!) then, perhaps, close to 4 million people would be without power during the coldest week of weather in decades. And, it's not like TX politicians care about dead bodies, but it would also add to Greg Abbott's death count for 2021, with some very tragic stories. So the first two tracks (introduction and discussion) this week discuss how my wife and I got through a week of blackout, with single digit temperatures outside, no heat – and then, no water. Pretty wild experience! Once water became scarce, people started gathering snow and other fluids (of unusual color) to fill their toilets. Fortunately, we had a filled bathtub, thanks to my wife's good thoughtful preparation. But the week was purgatorial in a way I haven't experienced in a long time. Somehow a power failure is time stopping, even though it's mostly just camping inside your house. But we couldn't do anything and just had to sleep through the cold of it. Wild event. But if you're jumping to this post based on the BRUCE HAACK headline, chances are you're much more interested in the main item: I have a copy of The Bruce Haack Songbook. This was self-published by Bruce Haack in 1975 and if you enjoy electronic music and the pioneers of its artform, Bruce Haack ranks pretty high up there on the list. There's Wendy Carlos, Raymond Scott, Clara Rockmore, Morton Subotnick, and a few others – but for me, Bruce Haack is high genius on a level above them. He started by making children's records in the 1960s and built his own synthesizers to perform the music, including a vocoder. All of his work is amazing. I can recommend this film as a perfect primer if you've never been properly introduced to his work, and I'd just start with the first album, Dance Sing and Listen (1963) and follow the discography in order from there. You'll find so many interesting musical ideas throughout, and weird harmonic experiments, including duets Haack often sings with himself, one voice singing and the other vocoding. I consider him similar to the Velvet Underground in breaking apart Electronic Music into less academically rigid and more wildly awesome performance. And there are fewer examples of this wonderful mind of Haack's more displayed than in the SONGBOOK, itself. This is a 60 page book, saddle stitched and large format, that Haack decorated himself with art and illustration, and even contains lyrics! Most of the tracks are uploaded to Youtube, presently, which you can find links to in the Boing Boing post for this week's show, along with a full song contents list. SO, in terms of scans of this book, I feel like images should be made available. The current scalping on a copy of THE BRUCE HAACK SONGBOOK goes for, roughly $350-$1,000 dollars. So I will be uploading as many images of the book as possible onto http://www.ep.tc/bruce-haack-songbook (check back later if it has no content presently) – I've had my own copy for 20 years and the spirit of sharing that this show hopes to be, I'll be uploading scans later tonight. We end this with the sad mention that Esther Nelson passed away in October of last year. I just heard about this and as a young listener TREASURED her voice, her dance, her laughter, and her kindness – which is on all of the albums she shared with Haack, himself: https://twitter.com/BruceHaack/status/1320865864875347968 We all loved you, Miss Nelson. Enjoy this week's show, all - Thanks Ethan
Feb 23, 2021
Episode 46, Side A: Hear a Computer Play "The Bruce Haack Songbook" (RARE ELECTRONIC HISTORY ITEM!)
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Episode 46, Side A: Hear a Computer Play "The Bruce Haack Songbook" (RARE ELECTRONIC HISTORY ITEM!) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Feb 23, 2021
Episode 46, Side B: "Hostage Negotiations" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 28)
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Episode 46, Side B: "Hostage Negotiations" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 28) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Feb 23, 2021
Episode 46, Discussion: "Mud Water From the Pond!" (TX Utilities Outage Story Continued)
00:42:24
Episode 46, Discussion: "Mud Water From the Pond!" (TX Utilities Outage Story Continued) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Feb 21, 2021
Episode 45, Introduction: "I've Been Reorganizing the Home Studio This Week"
00:32:50
WEATHER DELAY THIS WEEK! Posting the show a day late due to odd weather and predictable Texas Politics. Will discuss next week. Enjoy this week's show, part one of a tribute to Bruce Haack.
Feb 16, 2021
Episode 45, Discussion: "The Runaway Fire Truck Story" (A Live Reading of Police Transcript)
00:42:44
Episode 45, Discussion: "The Runaway Fire Truck Story" (A Live Reading of Police Transcript) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Feb 16, 2021
Episode 45, Side A: "Ethan Explains - WHY THERE IS NO SIDE A - This Week."
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Episode 45, Side A: "Ethan Explains - WHY THERE IS NO SIDE A - This Week." by Spoken Word with Electronics
Feb 16, 2021
Episode 45, Side B: "GOOD EVENING GOOD GOOD EVENING" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 27)
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Episode 45, Side B: "GOOD EVENING GOOD GOOD EVENING" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 27) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Feb 16, 2021
Episode 44, Introduction: "A Workdesk Stacked With Over 130,000 Unread Emails"
00:28:47
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #44: "A Group of Over 100,000 Emails Walk Into a Bar…" It took some effort, but I have finally achieved over 35,000 Unread Work Emails. (and 100,000 Personal Ones) Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. Bit of a fun one this week. Depending on your personality type, the phrase "I have over 130,000 unread emails" will either place you in one of three or four personality categories: Discomfort over the idea of this (That makes me anxious), Competition (I have more than that!), Disconcern (So What?) or Self-Reflective/Assessing (I only have 20, I'm fine). But it's unlikely any of you will envy a person with such a stockpile. I can't sell this batch of unread emails as a currency, just the number itself, for example. (Though if this were Google, they would be selling the information gathered, but that's another topic) – Really, the acquisition of such a bounty of unread messages is a descriptor of a kind of personality, nothing more or less. But I decided about twelve years ago, when my daily management of emails had run over to 500 Unread Messages, to just let the faucet continue unabated. If I missed a message, someone would surely message again, and not going through a daily drill of negotiating trashed messages or folder arrangement provided literal hours of rescued time to my work week. So, at 500 unread emails and 3,000 unread work emails (ha), I thought: "Let's see how far we can take this". After a year of not organizing messages into separate folders, I found I'd developed a very comprehensive habit. I hadn't missed a single important message from or to anyone. There was only one folder: My INBOX, and it was easy to look at 200-300 messages a day visually to determine if I needed to open a message, or if the subject itself was suitable to indicate its contents. I started to receive compliments from co-workers for my dependable communication style, as well. Oddly, the less I cared about structuring and organizing, the more I was perceived as provably structured and organized. So this week, I celebrate the achievement of 100,000 unread personal emails and 35,000 unread work emails. To make this applicable to the show, I discuss digital resolution, compared to analog signals. In some ways, digital resolution in its lowest bitrate is a collection of poles of data. Each pole could be perceived as a single message, or an email (why not) – and this week's demonstration shows you how to make your own waveform for free, making a very low bitrate waveform using a tool like Audacity: Make a 1/10th second tone (generate tone) and add a 1/5th of a second space of silence (insert silence) – Then follow along in the discussion on how to make a suitable VCO (or DCO, more accurately) for adding to modular synthesis. Some of these episodes of SWWE discuss expensive gear, but everything made this week is using free software, like Audacity. The mentioned apps are incredibly cheap, as well: PixelWave (one dollar) https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pixelwave/id447318771 and Bebot (two dollars) https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bebot-robot-synth/id300309944 Connect with SWWE via Flagged or Unread Email on Bandcamp, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google . Thanks and Have a Very Communicative week, Ethan
Feb 08, 2021
Episode 44, Discussion: "Making Your Own Unique Sounding Oscillator for FREE" (Instructions)
00:38:59
Episode 44, Discussion: "Making Your Own Unique Sounding Oscillator for FREE" (Instructions) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Feb 08, 2021
Episode 44, Side A: "This Is Music with a Strictly Electronic Beat" (Vocal: THE FUTURE IS NOW, 1950)
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Episode 44, Side A: "This Is Music with a Strictly Electronic Beat" (Vocal: THE FUTURE IS NOW, 1950) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Feb 08, 2021
Episode 44, Side B: "Prepping For Party Night" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 26)
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Episode 44, Side B: "Prepping For Party Night" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 26) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Feb 08, 2021
Episode 43, Introduction: "Do You Ever Hear Bubble Wrap In Your Pockets?"
00:52:26
Unusual Audio Hallucinations: Do you ever hear bubble wrap in your pockets? SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #43: Do You Ever Hear Bubble Wrap In Your Pockets? Hi, everyone. Welcome back to the show. This week we get down to the serious question of the day: Do you ever hear bubble wrap in your pockets? Happened to us this week, and it very likely might have been a complete audio hallucination. Fortunately, using specific patented Psychomental Technology, we were able to record the hallucination itself in the audio track. Nice technology that doesn't exist, but great for recording imaginary bubble wrap. This week we also discuss the wonderful GAMESTOP moment. I'm reminded of the cultural Gamestop precursor, Radio Shack, which is a prized part of my youth, which had its own troubles with Hedge Fund assault, see its 2015 battle with hedge fund Standard General: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-31/radioshack-creditors-sue-hedge-fund-over-chain-s-collapse Example: "By delaying actions that might have preserved some of the chain's value, Standard General allegedly sought to take over RadioShack at the lowest price possible." Hedge Funds are awful! I'd love them to be a hallucination. This week also provides tips on relaxation and "The True Self and The False Self", Part 25 of Charlie Pickle: https://soundcloud.com/eptc/sets/the-recovery-of-charlie-pickle The entire thought of audio hallucination has been a fun one for me since I've been regularly using a Quantum Ocean daily. (See SWWE episode 22) The Quantum Ocean's wash of static, clicks, and noise produces audible thought hallucinations, not unlike what you might 'hear' while falling asleep at the edge of being awake or not, a kind of drift into dreaming. Fun as hell to be able to do this while fully awake. What sounds do you hallucinate? Connect with SWWE via Unverifiable Noises on Bandcamp, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google . Thanks and regards to GAMESTONK GAMESTOMP, Ethan
Feb 01, 2021
Episode 43, RAW AUDIO: "Relax and Reduce to New Beauty and Better Health" (1960)
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Episode 43, RAW AUDIO: "Relax and Reduce to New Beauty and Better Health" (1960) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Feb 01, 2021
Episode 43, Side A: "Natural Relaxation" (A Basic Primer) — You Will Relax. You Can Relax!
00:02:46
You Are Relaxed. You Feel So Well.
Feb 01, 2021
Episode 43, Side B: "The True Self and The False Self" (Charlie Pickle Pt 25)
00:14:32
Episode 43, Side B: "The True Self and The False Self" (Charlie Pickle Pt 25) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Feb 01, 2021
Episode 42, Introduction: "What a Relief. Everything Feels Calm."
00:20:34
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #42: Listen to Hundreds of Butterfly Wings, Run Through Hardware Samplers Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. Really, a calm and simple one this week. Biden's in office, hooray, and the peace of mind and decompression from that is TANGIBLE, isn't it. So this week, I thought to look at a collection of audio files I've compiled from field recording in Austin and Chicago over a couple of years. There's butterfly wings flapping, a nearly perfect cicada, peacocks, and a parakeet record. All of this is run through hardware samplers, primarily a Korg MicroSampler, and turned into mechanized insect wing machinery. Have a nice week and enjoy the audio. Thanks and good insect regards, Ethan
Jan 25, 2021
Episode 42, Discussion: "Hardware Samplers... with Butterflies, Moths, Cicadas, and Peacock Chirps"
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Episode 42, Discussion: "Hardware Samplers... with Butterflies, Moths, Cicadas, and Peacock Chirps" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jan 25, 2021
Episode 42, Side A: "Teaching a Parakeet to Talk is Fun" (Learn the New VOICE Method, 1951)
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Episode 42, Side A: "Teaching a Parakeet to Talk is Fun" (Learn the New VOICE Method, 1951) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jan 25, 2021
Episode 42, Side B: "The Business Plan" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 24)
00:11:44
Episode 42, Side B: "The Business Plan" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 24) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jan 25, 2021
Episode 41, Introduction: "WHAT Power" (White Nationalism Has None)
00:14:56
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTIONICS #41, Remembering the KKK Riot on MLK Day in Denver, 1992 Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week, it's impossible to not discuss White Nationalism (or my joke for it: "What" Nationalism) – And during this week celebrating MLK Day, I feel inclined to talk about the formative role of the KKK on my mind, growing up as a goth/punk in Denver in the 1990s. The short version of this is "hate has happened before", it will get bad, AND it will go away again. I say this because my parents had their experiences with hate in the 40s and 60s, it went away, then I had my experiences in the 90s and it went away. It's always here, just less represented through position. So it's a less urgent worry about this current strain of the problem. The Feds are clearly on it, too. "What Nationalism" and "What Power" is Fucked. Contrarians will disagree and say NOPE, this is the worst the White Nationalist threat has ever been. But I'll say that's a narrow view of a longer running problem in the country. I actually was in a race riot in Denver in 1992, and that's what this episode will discuss. My view is more of a Comic-Con one. We've always had hateful unhappy people who find "what power" through acting up in Nazi Cosplay. But even if this month's insurrection looked awful and horrifying, it compares very little to the Klan's uprising in power in the 1990s, including its own Hitler Youth component of occupying high schools and turning football players and other students into KKK recruiters. I refer to this article as an example: https://sentinelcolorado.com/news/auroran-the-ghost-of-shawn-slater/ I was a part of the counterculture of Denver in my teens and we all knew many people who were in the KKK, we knew them from home room and we knew girls who dated them. This was the basic state of punk at the time. Skinheads and anti-racists all went to the same dance clubs, music stores, and coffee shops. And so when a riot happened in Denver on January 20 1992, I unsurprisingly recognized a bunch of the KKK supporters on the Capitol Steps as people in the punk community. It was a terribly depressing day, chronicled here: https://denverite.com/2018/01/12/denver-martin-luther-king-day-1992/ and in video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm0J8RgRAo4 Of course, Hate did not win out in time. Other punks fought back against the KKK violently, and Klan connections to Denver's punk and goth community was largely a shameful secret. Most people didn't tolerate hate in any way, but my highschool years, age 14-18, was one when nearly everyone knew at least one KKK member or someone dating a skinhead, or some other dismal bullshit. I guess you could call them Klansboys, more accurately. Or Aryan Doof. And most of them grew out of it. But I don't believe the same can be said now with What Nationalism. The Klan was far more ubiquitous. Perhaps discussing the Klan of the 1990s is a useful way to prevent this current problem from expanding into worse territory, too. This is not saying punks and KKK are the same thing, it's more complicated. But here's a piece on the problem in the 1990s, presented optimistically about the problem of today. And an excitement about a new Administration in Washington in less than a week. Thank the lord.
Jan 18, 2021
Episode 41, Discussion/Memory: "KKK and the 1992 Denver Riot on MLK Day"
00:31:00
Episode 41, Discussion/Memory: "KKK and the 1992 Denver Riot on MLK Day" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jan 18, 2021
Episode 41, Side A: "Back When EVERYONE Knew At Least One KKK Person" (1990s Denver)
00:47:52
Episode 41, Side A: "Back When EVERYONE Knew At Least One KKK Person" (1990s Denver) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jan 18, 2021
Episode 41, Side B: "Oatmeal Strain" (The Arrival of Harland Atwater) — Charlie Pickle, Pt 23
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Episode 41, Side B: "Oatmeal Strain" (The Arrival of Harland Atwater) — Charlie Pickle, Pt 23 by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jan 18, 2021
Episode 40, Introduction: "Well, the Insurrection WAS Televised, Wasn't It."
00:13:41
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #40: "A YIPPIE SEANCE!" A YIPPIE SEANCE! — Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin Take Credit for Last Week's Insurrection. Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds Hi, everyone. Welcome back to the show. This week we're pleased to welcome Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin into the studio. It's their first interview in more than 25 years! Abbie has been in hiding since 1989 and Jerry has gone low profile since 1994, but we meet with them via seance this week. The reason: They want to take credit for the insurrection at DC. Specifically the wikipedia article that didn't exist until January 6, titled: The 2021 storming of the United States Capitol. It can now be told, and explained, that the charismatic smiling quality of the rabid crazed neo-nazis storming into the Capitol building were, in fact, under the spell of YIPPIE MAGIC — double-crossed into an act of self destruction! This fulfills a 50 year plan, begun in 1970, to crumble the Republican Party. Abbie and Jerry do a better job of explaining this, which is fully described in Side A this week: "YIPPIE SEANCE!" Abbie Hoffman & Jerry Rubin Take Credit for Last Week's Riot. January 6 will go down in history as the best day ever for the Democratic Party. Not only did we recover the Senate, the entire world saw clear optics of the festering monster that the Republican party has been creating since Goldwater. Since gerrymandering. Since FOX News. Since McCarthy. They can all try and walk this politely into being Trump's fault, but everyone knows this is all the GOP's creation. Future wikipedia articles talk about how January 6 is officially known as the day the GOP died. It will be a felony in the future to be a Republican Senator. Viva! Additionally, 2020 ended with an incredible video upload. MEDIA BURN uploaded a politely titled "CHICAGO CONSPIRACY 8" by RG Davis to VIMEO. This footage, which hasn't been released in 50 years since its one time airing is the most candid conversation with the Chicago 7 during the fourth month of their trial. If you've ever been curious to see ACTUAL footage of the personalities on trial, this is as honest a capsule you'll ever likely see. https://vimeo.com/492877984 When done with the video, hop aboard for an hour long talk with Yippie Ghosts. This last week was awful to watch but the beginning of America's recovery, trust us. Good Yippie Cheer, Ethan
Jan 11, 2021
Episode 40, Discussion: "But fear not, Friends. This was ALSO the Best Day Ever for Democrats."
00:39:50
Episode 40, Discussion: "But fear not, Friends. This was ALSO the Best Day Ever for Democrats." by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jan 11, 2021
Episode 40, Side A: "YIPPIE SEANCE!" Abbie Hoffman & Jerry Rubin Take Credit for Last Week's Riot
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Episode 40, Side A: "YIPPIE SEANCE!" Abbie Hoffman & Jerry Rubin Take Credit for Last Week's Riot by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jan 11, 2021
Episode 40, Side B: "Employee Check-In" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 22)
00:05:47
Episode 40, Side B: "Employee Check-In" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 22) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jan 11, 2021
Episode 39, Introduction: "Learn to Anticipate the Triple D's from the 1972 U.S. Bureau of Customs"
00:26:55
HEAR: "Drugs, Dolls, and Delays" the 1972 U.S. Govt Album on Not Stuffing Narcotics into Your Kid's Toys Hi, everyone – Welcome back to the show. Bit of a fun one to begin the New Year. This week is about smuggling drugs, or rather the U.S. Govt's history with increasing scrutiny at our borders, with drugs as a justification. Customs used to be more casual, a question about what you might have purchased and what you'll be declaring. But as airports became more militarized in defense of drugs and terrorists, customs itself became more of an inspection process. The record this week is a series of rarely heard Radio Spots that were prepared to let you know about these increased measures, featuring Jack Webb from Dragnet and a beautiful sounding Ricardo Montalbán, speaking in Spanish. You are also introduced to the head of U.S. Customs Vernon D Acree, whose wonderfully uptight voice completes the long-awaited threesome for J. Edgar Hoover and Richard Daley. A lot of wonderful samples here for you to hunt through, too. "Drugs Dolls and Delays" introduces you to some wild fear-based stories. There's a 13 year old kid junky, you learn he's been on heroin since he was eleven and is up to a $200/day habit! You learn about the danger of importing fruit. College students are implicitly warned about their upcoming trips abroad. And you hear about the saddest story of them all: The cover girl on the LP, a kid's baby doll whose head has been cracked off, only to reveal a body full of white powder. That powder can only mean one thing, and I don't think it's coffee creamer. Cuff 'em! Thanks and don't put heroin in your kid's Barbie, put it in the R2D2 – Ethan P Show link: https://boingboing.net/2021/01/04/hear-drugs-dolls-and-delays-the-1972-u-s-govt-album-on-not-stuffing-narcotics-into-your-kids-toys.html
Jan 04, 2021
Episode 39: "DRUGS, DOLLS & DELAYS" — Radio Spots, Dept of the Treasury, Bureau of Customs, 1972
00:14:52
Informational Messages for the U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Treasury Department. 1972. (Locked Groove recording, you will hear a click inbetween each radio spot) In order: SIDE ONE Commissioner of Customs (60 secs), Commissioner of Customs (30 secs) Greg Morris (20 secs), William Conrad (60 secs), Robert Fuller (30 secs) Christopher George (30 secs), Linda Daye George (10 secs) John Gavin (60 secs), Martin Milner (60 secs), Elaina Verdugo (60 secs) SIDE TWO Commissioner of Customs (60 secs), Commissioner of Customs (30 secs) Commissioner of Customs (30 secs), Christopher George (30 secs) Elaina Verdugo (30 secs), William Conrad (30 Secs) Jack Webb and David Janssen (30 secs), John Gavin (10 secs) Martin Milner (30 secs), SPANISH: Ricardo Montalban (60 secs), Ricardo Montalban (30 secs)
Jan 04, 2021
Episode 39, Side A: "Your Paranoia at the Airport"
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Episode 39, Side A: "Your Paranoia at the Airport" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jan 04, 2021
Episode 39, Side B: "The #12 Route Arrives" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 21)
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Episode 39, Side B: "The #12 Route Arrives" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 21) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jan 04, 2021
Episode 38, Introduction: "Happy New Year, Let's Drop Some Acid!"
00:14:46
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #38: Acid Is Best on New Year's Eve Hear how to make Stroboscopic Audio Panning to improve hallucinations on LSD for New Year's. Greetings, fellow residents of 2020! Welcome back to the show. We're days away from kicking this year to the curb, and in a year as mind-breaking as this one, psychedelics might be one of the few things to make clear-eyed sense of it. I don't have any acid this year, but taking LSD on New Year's is often a great way to end a year and begin a new one. You should always take acid in a controlled space (let the acid itself go out of control for you) and a great electronics trick to learn for acid consumption is filling a room with stroboscopic sound, which is automated panning that can make the room feel like it's moving in a circular twirl. You can make this swirl slowly and also change directions. This week I'll demonstrate this method. I use a Moog Unit Q148, but the effect is also very easy to achieve with some simple electronic modules. You can even do it manually with two separate amplifiers (or an analog mixer) and two people working the balance knobs. Speaking in eurorack terms: You basically need two separate VCAs that will open and close rapidly with control voltage. Send your sound into both VCAs and trigger them both open and closed with different strobes of CV (triangle waves work best) – Send one VCA to a left channel and the other to the right. You'll find the room moving along wildly with the sound. Simple sound sources like radio static work really well. You can slow the panning by slowing the control voltage rate. This is even easier with a CV mixer, if you have a positive and negative CV out, send one one VCA and the other to the other VCA, they will flip in sync. If you have a large room, you can achieve this in quadrophonic terms with a mixer and some experimentation. (The no longer in production Koma Poltergeist is perfect) In terms of still available off-the-shelf products, Knas makes a beguiling quadrophonic VCA panner that I'd love to keep on the market. This thing has intrigued me for years. If you have a room to fill with strobing audio panning, it looks tough to beat. The Knas Quad Massager demo describes audio panning well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4MxsU6MZ2E For this week's show, we demonstrate how to merge a variety of sounds into transient soundscapes that work great will hallucinogens. Following that, with social distancing still in vogue, our side A track for the week is a blend of various LSD-intended ideas, with "Awake in the Freezer Aisle of the All-Night Grocery, Peaking Happily and Alone." Side B for this week is part 20 of Charlie Pickle, concluding the Treemont Purchase storyline with "Hurricanes and Displacement". Thanks and have a very happy new year, Ethan
Dec 28, 2020
Episode 38, Discussion: "VCA Control Voltage Panning for Hallucinations and NYE"
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Episode 38, Discussion: "VCA Control Voltage Panning for Hallucinations and NYE" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Dec 28, 2020
Episode 38, Side A: "Awake in the Freezer Aisle of the All-Night Grocery, Peaking Happily & Alone."
00:10:22
Episode 38, Side A: "Awake in the Freezer Aisle of the All-Night Grocery, Peaking Happily & Alone." by Spoken Word with Electronics
Dec 28, 2020
Episode 38, Side B: "Hurricanes and Displacement" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 20)
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Episode 38, Side B: "Hurricanes and Displacement" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 20) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Dec 28, 2020
Episode 37, Introduction: "We Have Endured THE YEAR of Festivus"
00:16:50
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #37: Happy GRIEVANCES! We Have Endured THE YEAR of Festivus. Hello, all – Happy Grievances! Welcome back to the show. This week is our holiday episode for December, and we're decorating the pole — with nothing! This year has already had its ornaments of bullshit and insanity, no need for glitter or decorations. I'm having a Zoom party for one over here. It's Festivus! The good holiday that Seinfeld made famous. And in so many ways it is the perfect holiday for this year. In a year like 2020, Festivus is a good natured outlet to just let the grievances out. All holidays have their moments where they become more substantial. Columbus Day wasn't anything until he came back with all those slaves, Thanksgiving was nothing until the genocide of American Natives, and Christmas was nothing but a birthday before Thomas Nast invented our modern Santa Claus. Primis Player Placeholder Freestar All these holidays made use of their moment to become a permanent part of our collective experience, and few years set a better stage for Festivus to become a genuine and real event to process the insanity of our current reality. Festivus is officially on December 23, incidentally. But in honor of the most ridiculous "pick your grievance" year, I'm suggesting it go full-bore, with bank closures, no mail delivery, even shut off the Atomic Clock for the day. You have a problem any of that, include it in your grievance list! If we can have Daylight Savings Day, which many people complain about for months, we can certainly have an officially recognized Festivus, where many people would only complain for a night. To acknowledge the new federally protected day of grievance, this episode is partly a tribute to Jonathon Wolff, who invented the world's cheapest (and perhaps most lucrative) sitcom theme, composing the Seinfeld theme in half of an afternoon. With regard for that slapping fake bass note, learn about envelope following, which turns any signal into control voltage (a pitch envelope and a gate) and hear how something as identifiable as a sitcom theme can be used to control synthesizers and drum patterns in undetectable ways.
Dec 21, 2020
Episode 37, Discussion: "WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH Envelope Followers!"
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Episode 37, Discussion: "WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH Envelope Followers!" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Dec 21, 2020
Episode 37, Side A: "Festivus Greetings from Spoken Word with Electronics"
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Episode 37, Side A: "Festivus Greetings from Spoken Word with Electronics" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Dec 21, 2020
Episode 37, Side B: "A Bus Will Be Here Soon" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 19)
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Episode 37, Side B: "A Bus Will Be Here Soon" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 19) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Dec 21, 2020
Episode 36, Introduction: "Looking Back, Basement Living Was Really Good."
00:13:43
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #36: FUN MADNESS with Control Voltage Radio Tuning Unintended uses of Radio Signals to make Insane Noises Hi, everyone. Welcome back to the show. The lead image here demonstrates that a radio can be a hat, but I'd like to dive even deeper on radio. Radio is more powerful than we give it credit. Its transformative possibilities as ubiquitous electromagnetic waves make it truly wonderful and ghostly. Did you know a common anxiety in the early century was picking up radio reception in your teeth, btw? But the most insane thing to consider about radio is you are constantly surrounded by hundreds of concurrent station broadcasts, in varying frequencies from around the world, blasting on your head simultaneously. In many ways, this signal bombardment is similar to reality. One concept of what happens with LSD is the filters that control which signals we see are turned off. That's one trick of hallucination: You see (or think) all the signals at once, making a distortion. This is also considered madness. So when we are "sane", our mind does the work of filtering what thoughts or moods to selectively see and feel. In radio, the receiver, or radio tuner, does that for the radio transmissions. Instead of hearing all the stations at once, it allows you to only hear one station at a time, on the dial number you've selected. This "single station" concept is awfully boring, though – especially when you consider any city's radio feed might have 15-20 stations playing at the same time on the FM dial. Why can't you hear all the stations at once! This is much more exciting, and I'll demonstrate a method to approximate such a joyful sound this week, using control voltage to play a radio tuner in a mad way where the the stations are notes on a keyboard. We'll use an array of control voltage sources (a Pot Action Recorder, Stepped Voltage CV generator, and a few CV sequencers) and an Arradio module. Prior to that, I remember my dad's wonderful Marantz 2200 series receiver, which he gifted my brother and me, partly, I feel, to not feel terrible about upgrading to something else for himself in the 1980s. (Just give the kids the old one!) I think the Marantz was better than the upgrade, though, and it gave me a lifelong addiction to radio dials and switches, as the Marantz had GREAT switches and dials. You can hear this memory in the lead track, "Basement Living Was Really Good". Finally, this week's episode concludes with "White Man's Blues", introducing you to Charlie's co-worker Duncan, who is a big Double Trouble fan. Want to delight the undelightable? Episode Packs of Spoken Word with Electronics are great holiday gifts, incidentally. They're marked down to $5 a piece through the New Year on Bandcamp: https://eptc.bandcamp.com/ That's cheaper than a Radio Hat! Thanks for supporting the show. Have a very good week, Ethan
Dec 14, 2020
Episode 36, Demonstration: "Voltage Controlled FM Radio Tuning" (Arradio Eurorack Module Demo)
00:25:17
Episode 36, Demonstration: "Voltage Controlled FM Radio Tuning" (Arradio Eurorack Module Demo) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Dec 14, 2020
Episode 36, Side A: "Lean In to Hear the Talking Clock" (CV Radio)
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Episode 36, Side A: "Lean In to Hear the Talking Clock" (CV Radio) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Dec 14, 2020
Episode 36, Side B: "White Man's Blues" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 18)
00:16:46
Episode 36, Side B: "White Man's Blues" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 18) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Dec 14, 2020
Episode 35, Introduction: "Mr Rogers and 1980s Mail-Order Psychotherapy Cassettes"
00:12:18
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #35: Mr Rogers' Rare Words From 1983 on Death and Childhood Illness Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week is a tribute to Mr Rogers. I have one rare tape on Mr Rogers in my library of unusual records, and when I share this with people I present it as "a side of Mr Rogers you may have never heard." Most listeners agree: This is a very incredible album. Specifically, this is Fred Rogers translating the complexity of death and pain into helping parents deal with a huge fear: The death of their kids. He also relates similar comfort to kids themselves. And then you meet the children, who are all wonderful, happy, and seemingly more aware of the moment than many adults three times their age. I'm posting it this week because we need more compassion in the world, presently. This is what the 1983 cassette "Healing with Love" is all about, and its obscure placement in the Mr Rogers discography only makes it more interesting. This wasn't work for PBS. It was seemingly only intended for the patients and their parents, and copies of the tape were produced in small numbers. There is no way this topic would have made it onto his show (though Bruce Haack on Mr Rogers is a favorite in that category) This tape celebrates the word of Dr Gerald Jampolsky, who is a kindred spirit of Fred Rogers. You are introduced to Jampolsky, his group of patients, their parents, and then encounter some frightening moments with a parent grieving a dead child. Dr Jampolsky manages a phone hotline for terminally ill children and consoles parents, both those grieving a death or managing stress, and Jampolsky's love and care for everyone is to be admired. Hear the entire tape here. Of course, we had to make a tribute to all of this, and that can be found in Side A for this week, "Mr Roger's Metaphysical Phone Hotline" including some of the more intense Mr Rogers sentences I've ever heard. Here's one: "Do you consider death an enemy?" – Wild. Side B for this week continues our serial Charlie Pickle. This week introduces you to your first day's work at Company Statistics, where both you and Charlie work, and you're given some tips on helping everyone out with the coffee.
Dec 07, 2020
Episode 35, RAW AUDIO: "Healing with Love" Mr. Rogers & Gerald Jampolsky on Children's Illness, 1983
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HEALING WITH LOVE Gerald Jampolsky and Fred Rogers "A moving account of the healing roles love and support can play in children's critical illnesses" — made available to children and parents in 1983 for purposes of therapy, via cassette.
Dec 07, 2020
Episode 35, Side A: "Mister Rogers' Metaphysical Phone Line" (Do You Consider Death An Enemy?)
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Episode 35, Side A: "Mister Rogers' Metaphysical Phone Line" (Do You Consider Death An Enemy?) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Dec 07, 2020
Episode 35, BONUS: "Fred Rogers Soundboard"
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Episode 35, BONUS: "Fred Rogers Soundboard" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Dec 07, 2020
Episode 35, Side B: "DRINK ALL THE COFFEE" (Charlie Pickle, Part 17)
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Episode 35, Side B: "DRINK ALL THE COFFEE" (Charlie Pickle, Part 17) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Dec 07, 2020
Episode 34, Introduction: "Making Music from Modem Noises, Fax Machines, and Firmware Bootloaders"
00:20:47
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #34: Making Music with 2600 Hz Tones and Firmware Audio Update Files Number-based trivia: 2600, the hacker quarterly, is named after this 2600 hertz tone, which is a single tone that can override a payphone's pricing controls with one single command. Hi everyone, welcome back to the show. This week is about loud noises made by computers. Awful sounds like modems, faxes, and my favorite unbearable noise: The firmware update file. Firmware can be updated via an audio file and to demonstrate this, we discuss audio files from Korg's Monotribe, the W-slash sampler from Whimsical Raps, and Nanoloop. I thought it would be fun to make comforting music from these noises, and you can jump to "The Roomba is Dreaming" to hear the end result. The discussion for this week is a demonstration of using envelope generators to smooth out the harsh tones of a firmware file. In particular, a trapezoid generator based on an EMS Synthi is used to pull out tonal rhythms. Last week's Boing Boing post on "Booting DOS from vinyl" reminded me of cassette drive loading. We had an Atari 400 and an 800, and both of those used cassettes to load many of their games. I used to love that noise, and I expect Atari filtered the sound of the cassettes themselves, otherwise risk injuring the ears of kids who put the cassettes (intended for a computer) into their walkman (it would still play, after all). So you'll learn about Zaxxon, Frogger, and my favorite Atari cassette-based game: Salmon Run. All of these sound files work to load data because a lot can be communicated in a tone. If you think about a phone dialer, it is twelve separate pitched notes (0-9, pound and asterix) – These tones are used for any number of aggravating automated systems when you call customer service lines, and they also connect your call. There are a few tones never intended for you to hear, however, including the 2600 hertz tone, which was a tone generated by a payphone when a call was concluded. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak unofficially began Apple Computers with a phone phreaking device called the Blue Box. It was a device that sent out a 2600 hertz tone to fake (or phake) the sound of a phone getting disconnected. The two callers would remain on the phone, however, allowing a free call without billing. So in our introduction this week I demonstrate the 2600 hertz tone using a wonderful iphone app called Phonal Tonal, which replicates a Blue Box, Green Box, and a Red Box.
Nov 30, 2020
Episode 34, Demonstration: "Envelope Filtering Audio-Based Firmware Update Files"
00:19:40
Episode 34, Demonstration: "Envelope Filtering Audio-Based Firmware Update Files" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 30, 2020
Episode 34, Side A: "The Roomba is Dreaming" (Music made from Firmware Update Files)
00:02:04
Episode 34, Side A: "The Roomba is Dreaming" (Music made from Firmware Update Files) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 30, 2020
Episode 34, Side B: "Happy Birthday, Susan" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 16)
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Episode 34, Side B: "Happy Birthday, Susan" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 16) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 30, 2020
Episode 33, Introduction: "This Week is Our Thanksgiving Episode"
00:11:58
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #33: A BAKED HAM DINNER (Thanksgiving Special) Hear Betty Crocker's "Cooking for the Blind" series from the 1950's, and prepare a Thanksgiving Dinner with canned food. Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week is our first Thanksgiving Episode, and with most of us opting to stay home and not travel this year, I thought I'd share one of my favorite records in my collection. This is a 40 album set from The Minnesota Department of Public Welfare. Specifically this is a part of the "Talking Books for the Blind" – an endeavor that is still very much alive in public education. I have a friend who has read trigonometry into a recorder for use in math courses at the university level for decades, as an example. Betty Crocker's 1954 "Good and Easy Cookbook" was recorded, in full, for this series of vinyl. The fidelity is choppy, as these are flexidiscs with a loud noise floor. There's another issue, too: My copy, which might be the only complete surviving set, arrived to my home years back COVERED IN OIL AND BUTTER. I'm completely baking serious, here. This is 50-70 years of sludge from a set that got used. But I had no idea to prepare for this as the seller indicated the set of records as "looks in good condition" – So this episode I'll also discuss how to detoxify and clean up old records with vinegar, alcohol, and distilled water. I used my Vestax Handy Trax to do the recording, as I can easily swap out the needle. The Good and Easy Cookbook, Services for the Blind Edition, Minnesota Department of Public Welfare, ca. 1956. was an entire cookbook in a small stack of green flexidisc vinyl. Half of the stack are index records, where each recipe is read aloud with a 'page' number. The other discs are the 'pages' – So, a recipe on page 42 would be on the disc marked "P – 42". This is an awesome piece of accessibility history. For the discussion this week, I go through the records and show the futility and difficulty of actually USING them, however. You have to listen to each index for the recipe, which gives you a disc number for the recipe itself. None of the labels are in braille, and a blind cook would need to listen carefully to an index and then find the corresponding vinyl for the actual recipe itself. To demonstrate this, I thought it would be fun to cook an entire Thanksgiving dinner following this method with the vinyl. You can cook along with the show at home. The 1950s were a fun canned time for food. On top of odd dishes that mixed mayonnaise with pineapple, or 500 different things you can do with brine, there was the boon in CONVENIENCE FOODS, which was canned food, powdered foods, preserved foods, bleached food, etc. The cooking for the blind series relies heavily on this, as "a can of tomatoes" is a unit measurement, and much easier an instruction that an actual, inconsistently sized and seasonally unavailable tomato. And the pudding recipes are great, too. I remember powdered pudding from my 1980s childhood. While canned food is somewhat out of practice for fine dining, powdered spices are still very much alive. This recording set shows you hundreds of different things to do with this pantry, either for a home meal or storage for your bomb shelter. The introduction for this week also discusses the 16 RPM record format, which was part of the Talking Books for the Blind series, as it allowed up to 40 minutes a side on a single disc. Popular Mechanics reported in 1957 that Chrysler would be offering these 16 RPM turntables in their car's glove compartment. Find a link to a PDF of this item in the Boing Boing post at https://boingboing.net/tag/spoken-word-with-electronics Have a very good holiday, E
Nov 23, 2020
Episode 33, Discussion: "Betty Crocker's Good & Easy Cookbook, Cooking for the Blind Edition, 1956"
00:43:38
Episode 33, Discussion: "Betty Crocker's Good & Easy Cookbook, Cooking for the Blind Edition, 1956" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 23, 2020
Episode 33, Side A: "A Baked Ham Dinner with Dessert" (Thanksgiving Instructions, 2020 Edition)
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Episode 33, Side A: "A Baked Ham Dinner with Dessert" (Thanksgiving Instructions, 2020 Edition) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 23, 2020
Episode 33, Side B: "The Abrupt Decline of Clarence TX, 1965-1968" (Charlie Pickle, Part 15)
00:04:59
Episode 33, Side B: "The Abrupt Decline of Clarence TX, 1965-1968" (Charlie Pickle, Part 15) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 23, 2020
Episode 32, Introduction: "Hi -- How's Everyone Doing?"
00:21:14
Episode 32, Introduction: "Hi -- How's Everyone Doing?" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 16, 2020
Episode 32, Discussion: "Battery Eliminators!" (And Parallel Battery Adapter Holders)
00:58:36
Episode 32, Discussion: "Battery Eliminators!" (And Parallel Battery Adapter Holders) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 16, 2020
Episode 32, Side A: "The Treemont Family Trust"
00:09:48
Episode 32, Side A: "The Treemont Family Trust" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 16, 2020
Episode 32, Side B: "9PM DOOR CALL"
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Episode 32, Side B: "9PM DOOR CALL" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 16, 2020
Episode 31, Introduction: "So Damn Relieved Biden Won."
00:10:09
Hi , everyone. Welcome back to the show. This week, a Nanoloop arrived from Germany. I was elated. It showed up with great timing, too, on the afternoon of the day of the Election. Not sure it's possible to describe how stressful that day felt, though I imagine it's relatable. A drum machine synthesizer that is built off of the sounds of classic Nintendo Gameboy circuitry was just what the doctor ordered, so I turned off the news (to the best of my ability, anyway) and recorded Nanoloop beats for a week. You'll find that mood journal here for Side A. The Nanoloop itself is a legendary component of chiptune music, and other electronic formats, providing instant acid house-esque rhythms. It's really wonderful for sound design, too. It's four concurrent 16-step grids, four voices, and is played like a video game. You'll hear Nanoloop on some recordings you love, from Aphex Twin to Boards of Canada, and elsewhere. A discussion on that is included. The Nanoloop began as a cartridge for the original Nintendo Gameboy. It was then made for the Nintendo DS, ported to a deliriously fun iphone app, among other history. All of these iterations beg the question: "Why make a dedicated piece of hardware?" The answer is hardware is physical (obviously), electrically more musical (each note is a synapse), and has unpredictability you can't find in software. I've spent a week with the Nanoloop hardware and already find myself more drawn to play it than any of the software versions, cartridge included. This is a great successful achievement for Wittchow, who successfully launched a Kickstarter to realize Nanoloop as hardware in February 2019. The serendipity of the Nanoloop arriving unexpectedly as it did was all the more nice, as I'd paid for it in March 2019. Kickstarter campaigns can be a little like messages in the bottle in that way, and the arrival of this gear on that stressful day is something I'm very thankful for. The original price of the Nanoloop was $100, which gives you a very capable PCB, buttons and a lucite clear faceplate. I might spend a little to build a custom metal or wood case around it, as I expect to use this for many years to come. (I expect that original price to increase if there's a second run of these made, too, and wouldn't fault them for it.) Oliver Wittchow, the inventor of the Nanoloop, also makes one of my favorite phone games, the self-described Hungry Ducks, which just involves throwing bread out in the water and watching ducks scurry to eat. Have a nice terror-free week. Trump is on the way out. Relief! - Ethan
Nov 09, 2020
Episode 31, Discussion, "A Nanoloop Arrived on Election Day."
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Episode 31, Discussion, "A Nanoloop Arrived on Election Day." by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 09, 2020
Episode 31, Side A: "Nanoloop Hardware Demo" (All Factory Sounds, No External Effects)
00:11:00
Episode 31, Side A: "Nanoloop Hardware Demo" (All Factory Sounds, No External Effects) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 09, 2020
Episode 31, Side B: "The Sunset Investors" (Charlie Pickle, Part 12)
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Episode 31, Side B: "The Sunset Investors" (Charlie Pickle, Part 12) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 09, 2020
Episode 30, Introduction: "Hello, Have You Seen My Joke Calendar?"
00:13:49
Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week is a precarious one, as we post the episodes on Monday. The Election happens on Tuesday, however, and that means the world might become a very different creature in the next seven days. So to anticipate GOOD or BAD, this week is all about jokes. For total distraction, I have 45 minutes of jokes that I will read to you this week. You can press play and just forget the world as you meditate on such classics as "Did you Hear About the Invisible Man's Family? His Kids Were Nothing to Look At, Either!" – 45 minutes of that, thank me or pie me later. The jokes for this episode actually come from my Joke Calendar, which I had at my office at work. I tormented 30-50 people at work so much (true story) that they stole the calendar from me, and placed it in the ice box! I responded to the prank with "The Joke Calendar", which is a track I'm also including in this week's humor pack for Side A. This track is from my album This is the TRUTH, which is on Bandcamp. But chances are, you're here for part two of all the porn titles of 1984, read by a computer, continued from last week. The L-Z of that massive list is another 45 minute track of distraction, and available here as Side B. This concludes the adult entertainment onslaught from Episode 29. Good cheer, and see you on the other side of the mirror next week, Ethan
Nov 02, 2020
Episode 30, Distraction: "A Year's Worth of Jokes to Get You Through the Week"
00:46:06
Episode 30, Distraction: "A Year's Worth of Jokes to Get You Through the Week" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 02, 2020
Episode 30, Side A: "The Joke Calendar"
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Episode 30, Side A: "The Joke Calendar" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 02, 2020
Episode 30, Side B: 1984 VHS Porn Titles, L-Z: "Let Me Count the Lays" through "Zolita"
00:45:50
Episode 30, Side B: 1984 VHS Porn Titles, L-Z: "Let Me Count the Lays" through "Zolita" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Nov 02, 2020
Episode 29, Introduction: "Those Good Old Blue Tapes"
00:12:11
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #29: "Lary King's 1984 Guide to Adult Video Cassette Movies" Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week focuses on an independently produced book from 1984. Title is "Lary King's Encyclopedic Guide to Adult Video Cassette Movies" and it is a wonderful surviving snapshot of adult movies from that era. Incidentally, 1984 is the stated end of The Golden Age of Porn and the titles included, which contain films from 1960-1984, don't disappoint. Porn at its best is very clever. This is from the time adult movies were scripted, filmed (not videotaped), and these movies contained some of the funniest titles imaginable. So, in 1983, an archivist by the name of Lary King (not Larry King! we hope) endeavored to list every single one of these film titles available on VHS and LaserDisc. There are no pictures in the book, highlighting the value and insane delights of the titles themselves, naked and alone. The surviving rare book shows the variety of content from that era, and also speaks to the manageable amount of films themselves. Back in 1984, you could reasonable see EVERY American adult film in existence. Heck, it all fit in a snug 300 page book. We're happy to share the first half of film titles with an audiobook component for Side A, where a computer will read you every title, A through L. The second half of titles will post next week, as the computer got pretty exhausted. Side B continues the Charlie Pickle story with part eleven: Morrie Treemont.
Oct 26, 2020
Episode 29, Discussion: "The Lary King Encyclopedic Guide to Adult Video Cassette Movies"
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Episode 29, Discussion: "The Lary King Encyclopedic Guide to Adult Video Cassette Movies" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 26, 2020
Episode 29, Side A: 1984 VHS Porn Titles, A-L: "Adventures in Bondage" through "Lesbians Galore"
00:24:33
Episode 29, Side A: 1984 VHS Porn Titles, A-L: "Adventures in Bondage" through "Lesbians Galore" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 26, 2020
Episode 29, Side B: "Morrie Treemont" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 11)
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Episode 29, Side B: "Morrie Treemont" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 11) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 26, 2020
Episode 28, Introduction: "Classroom Filmstrip Lessons of the 1960s-1980s"
00:11:35
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #28: A Tribute to Patch the Pony Greetings, everyone. Welcome back to the show. This week is our Halloween episode. It's a tribute episode to a familiar childhood pony, named Patch, of the 1960s-1980s. Patch the Pony taught children an easy to remember rule: "Nay, Nay! From Strangers Stay Away!" — I love the story of Patch the Pony. To keep with the Halloween season, audio from Patch is turned into a Halloween Movie. This is done with a variety of synthesizer beds, spray-can webbing, fake plastic hands, witches broomsticks, rattling skeletons, and vampire teeth. It's also achieved through the soundtrack of Patch the Pony itself, an unusual story of a wandering Pony who watches over children, and the peculiar voice acting for The Stranger who has a ball of candy, and an offer to "climb in" and ride in his new automobile. Nay, Nay, Stay Away! Patch the Pony is a nice success story of an independent creator, too. While most cartoon mascots were corporate owned, Patch is one of the few guardians of children to be independently created, a heroic creation of a mother from Watertown, Wisconsin — who went on to share the story of Patch with millions of children for decades. Other than Art Clokey's Pokey from Gumby, I can't think of many creator-owned safety horses. Side B for this week continues our serialized story of The Recovery of Charlie Pickle, with Psychiatric Notes #1.
Oct 19, 2020
Episode 28, Raw Audio: "Patch the Pony" (1968)
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Episode 28, Raw Audio: "Patch the Pony" (1968) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 19, 2020
Episode 28, Side A: "Patch the One-Eyed Horror Movie" (A Tribute)
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Episode 28, Side A: "Patch the One-Eyed Horror Movie" (A Tribute) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 19, 2020
Episode 28, Side B: "Psychiatric Notes #1" (Charlie Pickle, Part Ten)
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Episode 28, Side B: "Psychiatric Notes #1" (Charlie Pickle, Part Ten) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 19, 2020
Episode 27, Introduction: "My Five Minute Phone Call with Donald Trump"
00:04:37
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #27: A Phone Interview with Donald Trump, 26 Days Before the Election. Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week, our close friend Donald Trump phones in for a five minute interview, where we discuss his second term ambitions. This phone call was made earlier last week, and just a day or so after being released from Walter Reed for the Guinness World Record in Hospitalized Covid Recovery. Incredible! The White House switchboard was muting any moment Trump coughed, but one got past their censor button, so we've isolated the hacking wheeze and cough and have made it available as a free ringtone. We then take a train down to Hell to hear The Devil's opinion on 'Stupid Covid Masks', and conclude the episode with Part Nine of Charlie Pickle.
Oct 12, 2020
Episode 27, Ringtone: "Donald Trump's Covid Cough" — 100% Authentic! Free Download
00:00:21
Episode 27, Ringtone: "Donald Trump's Covid Cough" — 100% Authentic! Free Download by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 12, 2020
Episode 27, Side A: "Visiting Dante's Hell to Check-In on the Republican Party"
00:10:07
Episode 27, Side A: "Visiting Dante's Hell to Check-In on the Republican Party" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 12, 2020
Episode 27, Side B: "The Seasoner Purchase" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 9)
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Episode 27, Side B: "The Seasoner Purchase" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 9) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 12, 2020
Episode 26, Introduction: "Welcome to Mind Surgery" (Learn the 1985 'UNIQUE-TECHNIQUE' Program)
00:17:20
Learn how to do 'Thought-Based MIND SURGERY' with this 1985 self-help cassette "A Self-Help Course on MIND SURGERY and JUNK-PROOF FILTERING" Hi, everyone – Welcome back to the show. This week we present a course on Mind Surgery, which is a cassette I found in a thrift store bin in Denver in 1993. The tape itself is a product of Denver, a part of the 'UNIQUE-TECHNIQUE' Program, based in suburban Littleton in 1985. I've enjoyed the lessons on Junk-Proof Filtering, avoiding the NIOPS, and celebrating the MMMS for years. So this episode is a tribute to the Mind Surgeon. You'll find full audio, along with a tribute track. Primis Player Placeholder Mind Surgery is an unusual audio product, especially if you listen to a lot of self-help audio. It's overwhelmingly positive, for one, it doesn't blame you for your problems. It lives in its own self-made psychology, which is delightful, and it doesn't have a manipulative agenda. I'd label it "outsider psyche". There's a benevolent Scientology vibe found within, too, with self-created William Burroughs-esque terms and procedures. And I haven't even mentioned the backup singers. I love this cassette. Side A is a full-out tribute to Mind Surgery and the Junk Proof-Filter. Side B for this week continues our Charlie Pickle story.
Oct 05, 2020
Episode 26, Raw Audio: "Mind Surgery and The Junk-Proof Filter" (1985, Self-Help Cassette)
00:41:07
Episode 26, Raw Audio: "Mind Surgery and The Junk-Proof Filter" (1985, Self-Help Cassette) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 05, 2020
Episode 26, Side A: "Undergoing Mind Surgery" (A Tribute to The Mind Surgeon) #NIOPS #MMMS
00:30:37
Episode 26, Side A: "Undergoing Mind Surgery" (A Tribute to The Mind Surgeon) #NIOPS #MMMS by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 05, 2020
Episode 26, Side B: "Roadside Politics" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 8)
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Episode 26, Side B: "Roadside Politics" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 8) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 05, 2020
Episode 25, Introduction: "Do You Practice Thumb Hypnosis?"
00:07:31
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #25: Do You Believe in THUMB HYPNOSIS? Hi, everyone – Welcome back to the show. This week is all about Thumb Hypnosis. That might provide more questions than answers. Specifically, "Thumb Hypnosis" is a 1960s recording (I'm presuming, it's undated) that arrived to me with other hypnotism records some years ago. I love self-pressed hypnotism recordings, and "Thumb Hypnosis" is one of the best out there. It answers no questions. It solves all problems. Thumb! Enjoying THUMB HYPNOSIS, raw audio is provided in track two, with a full reworking of sampling opportunities in track three. Audio is processed through a Radio Music module, 907 Fixed Filter Bank, and an SSL Samplecorder. Also, a quick demo of a Korg MicroSampler is provided, which is one of the nicest and most playable pieces of Korg hardware ever made, sadly pulled from production after less than a year on the market. It's a GREAT sampler, very similar to a vintage E-MU, but much easier to program and play. So this episode covers a lot of sampling hardware, processes, and tips.
Sep 28, 2020
Episode 25, Raw Audio: "Thumb Hypnosis"
00:06:25
Episode 25, Raw Audio: "Thumb Hypnosis" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 28, 2020
Episode 25, Side A: "Pitch Shifters and Samplers" (Under the Influence of Thumb Hypnosis)"
00:26:23
Episode 25, Side A: "Pitch Shifters and Samplers" (Under the Influence of Thumb Hypnosis)" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 28, 2020
Episode 25, Side B: "Doorway Accounting" (Charlie Pickle, Part Seven)
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Episode 25, Side B: "Doorway Accounting" (Charlie Pickle, Part Seven) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 28, 2020
Episode 24, Introduction: "Tales of Shock, A Childhood Memory"
00:31:29
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #24: How Much Electricity Can Kill You? https://soundcloud.com/eptc/sets/spoken-word-with-electronics-episode-24 Greetings, everyone. Welcome back to the show. This week, survival and home safety is on our mind, and the discussion is on THE FATAL CURRENT! (Including this article from 1966, linked below, which advises you to not wear wet shoes, or a soaking wet robe, when working near electricity) There's a lot of misconceptions about how electricity becomes deadly. Appliances around the house are JUST as dangerous, or SAFE, as large electrical sources. For example, a static shock can be thousands of VOLTS but lacks the CURRENT to kill you. So we discuss the difference between voltage and current, the fun rule about how your hands can complete a circuit across your heart (don't try it) and include a basic primer on Ohm's Law. A fun discussion, including my own electrical injury at age ten, which nearly became a cautionary tale, titled: "Death By Alarm Clock". Read "The Fatal Current" (1965/1966) http://www.ep.tc/pdf/the-fatal-current.pdf
Sep 21, 2020
Episode 24, Discussion: "How Much Electricity Can Kill You?"
00:37:24
Episode 24, Discussion: "How Much Electricity Can Kill You?" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 21, 2020
Episode 24, Side A: "The Brochure" (Charlie Pickle, Part Six)
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Episode 24, Side A: "The Brochure" (Charlie Pickle, Part Six) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 21, 2020
Episode 24, Side B: "Electronic Electricity Session" (Outro)
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Episode 24, Side B: "Electronic Electricity Session" (Outro) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 21, 2020
Episode 23, Introduction: "1-900 Bird Party for President"
00:20:51
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #23: 1980s Telephone Voting Hardware Greetings everyone, welcome back to the show. This week we look back at telephone polling hardware from the 1980s and ask the question: "What if they'd evolved into how we vote in elections?" The technology for phone voting became pretty robust, including synthesized voices and other nice ideas. But nice ideas are quickly exploited, so it got quickly monetized into the foul world of 1-900 numbers. The monetization of spending 50¢ to call a 1-900 number and leave an opinion destroyed public perception of the phone as a democratic tool, but before that happened there were a few wonderful innovations. Bell Labs had been working on voice recognition since the 1950s, for example, and this week's episode of SWWE focuses on one company's effort to develop two devices: The simply named TELEPHONE POLL from 1982 and the exotic named follow-up, the ESCAPE-600, from 1986. Here is a collection of brochures and other material on both the TELEPHONE POLL and the ESCAPE-600: http://www.ep.tc/telephone-voting We also discuss the September 15th "Burn Your Mask" day, which Media Matters has chronicled here in full idiocy: https://www.mediamatters.org/coronavirus-covid-19/facebook-allowing-campaign-ditch-face-masks-en-masse-spread https://soundcloud.com/eptc/sets/spoken-word-with-electronics-episode-23
Sep 14, 2020
Episode 23, Discussion: "1980s Telephone Polling Hardware"
00:38:56
Episode 23, Discussion: "1980s Telephone Polling Hardware" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 14, 2020
Episode 23, Side B: "Weekly Electronic Drum Solo #1" (Outro)
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Episode 23, Side B: "Weekly Electronic Drum Solo #1" (Outro) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 14, 2020
Episode 23, Side A: "The Lobby" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 5)
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Episode 23, Side A: "The Lobby" (Charlie Pickle, Pt 5) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 14, 2020
Episode 22, Introduction/Live Set: "Hi, Everybody. This Episode Will Be About Meditation."
00:48:23
Greetings, all. Welcome back to the show. This week, the discussion is on meditation and making our body into a conductive circuit. A meditation device called the SOMA Quantum Ocean arrived from Russia last month. It's an experimental device from Moscow that has four coin-shaped sensor pads. The device arrives with a book (also downloadable here as the "QO Book") of exercises to perform while you are meditating. This list of exercises suggest thinking different things or focusing on different goals when in session with the device, and seeing if the sounds change. They might! This episode of SWWE includes a demo of twenty minutes of Quantum Ocean sound, along with instructions from the first session, which asks you to identify one path of noise in the chaos of the audio and follow it as it moves within the sea of other noises. Two of the pads send a small amount of voltage through your body, and two of the pads are radio receivers. Essentially this is similar to a feedback loop, using your body to complete a signal path. This is a barely detectable amount of voltage but it's enough to be perceived. To test this, another SOMA device, the ETHER, is used in the demo. At about 9:00 of the demo track, you'll hear the Ether interpret the Ocean. Chaos Theory, Experimental Circuit Electricity, Shamanistic Psychology, and Russian Mind Research aside, the Quantum Ocean plays a saturating and pleasing stereo noise field of noise. The QO receivers interpret all sorts of interference, including whatever transmission your body's electrical pulse produces through this contacts, and it blends into the audio you hear in the headphones. There are few products that think about thought or noise in this way. It's a fascinating, mentally liberating, and optimistic device. https://soundcloud.com/eptc/sets/spoken-word-with-electronics-episode-22
Sep 07, 2020
Episode 22, Demo: What Does the Soma Quantum Ocean Sound Like? (Meditation Tool)
00:21:44
Episode 22, Demo: What Does the Soma Quantum Ocean Sound Like? (Meditation Tool) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 07, 2020
Episode 22, Side A: "SUNSET DRIVE"
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Episode 22, Side A: "SUNSET DRIVE" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 07, 2020
Episode 22, Side B: "The Last Home On This Street is a Duplex"
00:01:11
Episode 22, Side B: "The Last Home On This Street is a Duplex" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 07, 2020
Episode 21: Are TEMP N TOSS Adhesive Thermometers the Future of Foreheads? (Introduction) "
00:13:45
Episode 21: Are TEMP N TOSS Adhesive Thermometers the Future of Foreheads? (Introduction) " by Spoken Word with Electronics
Aug 31, 2020
Episode 21, Recap/Time Capsule: "The Five Week News in Review"
01:12:08
Episode 21, Recap/Time Capsule: "The Five Week News in Review" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Aug 31, 2020
Episode 21, Side B: "Do We Exist?" (AUDIO POSTCARD #2)
00:00:52
Hi, all: After watching the first night of the RNC last night, my existence was sure questioned! What a freak carnival. Here's the second piece from The Recovery of Charlie Pickle, which will be serialized with parts three and four in episode 21 of SWWE. I'll see about another postcard this week.
Aug 25, 2020
Episode 21, Side A: "Welcome to Clarence, TX" (AUDIO POSTCARD #1)
00:02:51
Hello, all: I hope you've been well - Sorry I haven't kept up with posting, as I mentioned I'd intended to do while taking a break from the show. Gearing up to start new episodes in a week. I have a new piece I'll be serializing with these new sets of episodes. The story is called "The Recovery of Charlie Pickle", and here is the first installment, titled "Welcome to Clarence TX". Thanks for following the show and see you soon, Ethan
Aug 23, 2020
Episode 10, Headline #3: Ice Cream on TV is Mashed Potatoes
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Episode 10, Headline #3: Ice Cream on TV is Mashed Potatoes by Spoken Word with Electronics
Aug 20, 2020
Episode 10, Headline #2, How to Prank a Bird with a Watermelon
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Episode 10, Headline #2, How to Prank a Bird with a Watermelon by Spoken Word with Electronics
Aug 20, 2020
Episode 10, "The Parts Left Out of Swiss Family Robinson"
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Episode 10, "The Parts Left Out of Swiss Family Robinson" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Aug 20, 2020
Episode 10, Headline #1: Jules Verne Was a Copycat
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Episode 10, Headline #1: Jules Verne Was a Copycat by Spoken Word with Electronics
Aug 20, 2020
Episode 20, Introduction, "We Will Arrive at Goodland, Soon"
00:22:48
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #20: A Tribute to Anne Sexton Greetings, all. This is the final set of SWWE for a few weeks. This has been a crazy experience to put together an hour-long show every week for around twenty episodes, and I need a little time off to regroup, record some new music, and write out a few other pieces. This final episode catches me up, personally, with posting a bunch of work, too. Much of this show originated as a proposed album series on writers I love. It became a weekly show, partly out of Covid changing my focus and time. But there have been a number of writers I love included here from those earliest recordings: from David Berman, Henry Miller, Kathy Acker, e.e. cummings, Paul Krassner, and even performers like Mel Blanc or Belle Barth. The final piece from those original set of music are two tracks I'm posting today. It's a tribute to Anne Sexton, and I suppose a subheading could be "Romancing our worst intentions". — I think about Anne Sexton a lot. I think about her from her work, which has an indelible effect on anyone who ever reads it, to the final beautiful book title, "The Awful Rowing Toward God", and to her poised and amazing speaking voice. Few poets speak their work as well as Anne Sexton, which I think you'll hear in the two tribute pieces in the playlist. I think about taking care of ourselves this challenging year, too. If you have people that matter in your life, tell them. And if you're feeling worried about your own health or happiness, mention it to others, anonymously or directly, too. The talking cure is real, either clinically or with a friend. Be well, and, to quote Sexton, "Live Now". Life is an amazing experience, both dark and bright moments included. Full notes and links: https://boingboing.net/2020/07/29/hear-an-electronic-music-tribu.html
Jul 27, 2020
Episode 20, Memory: "My Suicide Note at Age Six or Seven"
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Episode 20, Memory: "My Suicide Note at Age Six or Seven" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 27, 2020
Episode 20, Discussion, "When Someone Dies, When Anne Sexton Dies, When David Berman Dies"
00:12:16
Episode 20, Discussion, "When Someone Dies, When Anne Sexton Dies, When David Berman Dies" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 27, 2020
Episode 20, Side A: Anne Sexton, "Wanting to Die" (Vocal, 1962) - Music by SWWE, 2019/20
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Episode 20, Side A: Anne Sexton, "Wanting to Die" (Vocal, 1962) - Music by SWWE, 2019/20 by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 27, 2020
Episode 20, Side B: Anne Sexton, "The Truth the Dead Know" (Vocal, 1971) — Music added by SWWE, 2020
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Episode 20, Side B: Anne Sexton, "The Truth the Dead Know" (Vocal, 1971) — Music added by SWWE, 2020 by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 27, 2020
Episode 19, Introduction, "Odd Times, Making the Room Into a Loud Scream"
00:05:58
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #19: Odd Times, Loud Noises Hi everyone, welcome back to the show. Pictured in the Boing Boing post week is my studio, or the main corner of it. A lot of wonderful noise makers in the room, and the stress of this year has finally started to hit me. A room of equipment like this is very good for moments like this. So this week is about making as loud a noise as possible. Jump in for a fun ride as we turn the studio into the tornado of sound, with leading contributions from Metasonix, Soma Labs Lyra-8 and Pulsar 23, Moog, and Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim's collaboration, the OB-6. Lead vocals by the Landscape HC-TT, a manually controlled tape player. I purposely decided to make these beautiful instruments into as noisy and obnoxious a set of sounds as possible. I think you'll enjoy the stress relieving sound of a thousand oscillators out of tune with one another, going off like 700 springs clanging out of a mattress. Or at least that was the working idea. Really, just a head-cleaner. I call it: My Tribute to July, 2020. Thanks as always, and be well. Stay proud and keep it loud! - EP
Jul 20, 2020
Episode 19, Side A: "Synthesizer Freak-Out" (A Room of Noise)
00:59:25
Episode 19, Side A: "Synthesizer Freak-Out" (A Room of Noise) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 20, 2020
Episode 19, Side B: "Bug and Machine Tapes" (Music #2)
00:01:54
Episode 19, Side B: "Bug and Machine Tapes" (Music #2) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 20, 2020
Episode 19, Discussion, "The Poor Help the Rich" (not the other way around)
00:43:12
Episode 19, Discussion, "The Poor Help the Rich" (not the other way around) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 20, 2020
Episode 18, Introduction, "Riots That Never Happen, Never Die"
00:42:14
Often Feel Like You're Missing Eleven Days From Your Life? Blame the British Empire for The Calendar Act of 1750. SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #18: The Calendar Act of 1750 & The Fake or Real Calendar RIOTS of 1752 Hi, everyone - Welcome back to the show. This week, the topic is on Time Keeping, and asks: What's your favorite Riot? My favorite riot is mythically referred to as "The Calendar Riots". It was a reaction across the British Empire for a government theft of eleven days from September 1752. Specifically September 2nd would immediately be followed by September 14th, with September 3rd-13th deleted. People stormed through villages demanding these stolen eleven days, and the possible loss of experiences, be returned. Some say the riots didn't happen, and I think that makes the riots even better. You can't control an invisible riot, and a riot that never happened is one that never stops. As to why, The British were one of few standouts on shifting from the flawed Julian Calendar to the more accurate but less pagan Gregorian one. The solution on shifting to the Gregorian was sloppy. The Calendar Act is an interesting moment at controlling a population through decrees. Jump into our Time Capsule and bounce back to 1752. Hear an actual Riot Act declared, and consider The Calendar Act in modern times as a new effort for Time Made Great Again by the Trump Administration. "Clock, You're Up!" In this era of Covid, "Give Us Our Eleven Days" sounds resonant. I'm wondering if "Give Us Our Eleven Months" might catch on. Connect with SWWE via British Decree on Bandcamp, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podcast Republic, and Google Play. Thanks and be well - Today or eleven days ago today, Ethan Full notes: https://boingboing.net/2020/07/13/often-feel-like-youre-missin.html
Jul 13, 2020
Episode 18, Track Two, "The Calendar Act"
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Episode 18, Track Two, "The Calendar Act" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 13, 2020
Episode 18, Side A: "The Calendar Act in America, TODAY!"
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Episode 18, Side A: "The Calendar Act in America, TODAY!" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 13, 2020
Episode 18, Discussion: "Calendar Math for Astronomers and Profit"
00:29:46
Episode 18, Discussion: "Calendar Math for Astronomers and Profit" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 13, 2020
Episode 18, Side B: "Bug and Machine Tapes" (Music #1)
00:00:54
Episode 18, Side B: "Bug and Machine Tapes" (Music #1) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 13, 2020
Episode 17, Introduction, "Finding Sanity in Eraserhead and 2001 Sound Design"
00:15:14
SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #17: Sound Design Tutorial for ERASERHEAD and 2001: A Space Odyssey Hi, everyone - Welcome to back to the show. This week is all about noise. Noise in a home can be a disruption, like when an air conditioner cranks on suddenly; that's a common disruptive noise source. But noise in a sculpted sense can add a second layer to your home and help transport a space. Two of my favorite examples of this are the inventions of sound design found in Eraserhead and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Both of these films use noise as an core part to the world they present. So for this week's episode, I thought it'd be nice to use only the technology available to Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch at the time of their films to recreate those sonic atmospheres. So this week you'll learn how to use noise to modify your home, including a tutorial on how to make your kitchen sound like a room from Eraserhead or turn your attic into a control center from 2001: A Space Odyssey. It turns out limiting the techniques and tools to those eras is not very restrictive. Both Kubrick and Lynch had some of the finest gear in history to work with. It's my guess that they both used noise generators along with a 907 or 914 Moog Fixed Filter Bank. We'll use an inductor based 907A FFB to replicate the steps involved in The Lady in the Radiator scene and get a nice space sound aboard Discover One on your trip to Jupiter. Both of these films use a variety of colors of noise, so to best understand this, track two discussed the Colors of Noise. A tutorial on using noise color to achieve these moods is included in track three. My studio has a good variety of colored noise generators and even includes a Scat Talker from Synthetic Sound Labs, which includes a Votrax SC-01 chip for speech synthesis. Using the Scat Talker, I've included a song of Daisy, just like in 2001. (That's blue and purple noise, incidentally) In terms of making your own home into either of these worlds, you can do this with digital noise generators. I regret the app I refer to in this week's recording, called "Noises" no longer seems available on the Apple Store (my apologies, it's perfect) but this online noise generator should work nicely: https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/whiteNoiseGenerator.php If you'd like to follow some of the steps discussed, you can get very close with the FFB included in the Moog Model 15 app, as well. Sides A and B this week conclude The Apartment, which is now available on Bandcamp as a complete album. You'll also find episodes one through ten there if you'd like to download a Road Trip pack to support the show. Thanks and a good radiator to all of you from my Jupiter-bound space helmet, Ethan
Jul 06, 2020
Episode 17, Discussion: "The Colors of Noise" (ROOM MOOD)
00:12:36
Episode 17, Discussion: "The Colors of Noise" (ROOM MOOD) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 06, 2020
Episode 17, Demonstration: "How to Make Eraserhead and 2001 with a Fixed Filter Bank and Noise"
00:31:29
Episode 17, Demonstration: "How to Make Eraserhead and 2001 with a Fixed Filter Bank and Noise" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 06, 2020
Episode 17, Side A: "A Small Upright Antique Piano" (The Apartment, Part Five)
00:02:00
Episode 17, Side A: "A Small Upright Antique Piano" (The Apartment, Part Five) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 06, 2020
Episode 17, Side B: "The Apartment, Conclusion" (Part #0297, 2N3904, NPN, T)
00:04:41
Episode 17, Side B: "The Apartment, Conclusion" (Part #0297, 2N3904, NPN, T) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jul 06, 2020
Episode 16: Introduction, "Trump Trigger Effect" and "The People of Texas vs. Greg Abbott"
00:12:11
Episode 16: Introduction, "Trump Trigger Effect" and "The People of Texas vs. Greg Abbott" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 29, 2020
Episode 16, "Analog Drum Machines and the Republican Mind"
00:13:02
Episode 16, "Analog Drum Machines and the Republican Mind" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 29, 2020
Episode 16, Demo: "Analog Clocks Explained" (Syncing Drum Machines with an LFO)
00:13:08
Episode 16, Demo: "Analog Clocks Explained" (Syncing Drum Machines with an LFO) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 29, 2020
Episode 16, Side A: "Her Break-In Period" (The Apartment, Part Three)
00:03:44
Episode 16, Side A: "Her Break-In Period" (The Apartment, Part Three) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 29, 2020
Episode 16, Side B: "For Use As Evidence, If Needed" (The Apartment, Part Four)
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Episode 16, Side B: "For Use As Evidence, If Needed" (The Apartment, Part Four) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 29, 2020
Episode 15, Introduction: "SPAMP!, Rockman, and Tom Scholz' Proper World View"
00:24:23
Episode 15, Introduction: "SPAMP!, Rockman, and Tom Scholz' Proper World View" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 22, 2020
Episode 15, "SPIT-COIN" — The Points and Saliva Proposal to Solve Money
00:26:46
SPIT COIN! Hi. I'm talking to you from the future, specifically the year 4079. Here we have solved the problem of money in your society by liquidating all of it. We converted everything to SPIT-COIN. SPIT COIN can be broken up into two main currencies: SPIT, which is simply a watery liquid made by most mammals, and POINTS, which is a valueless numeric quantity or amount. Let's discuss POINTS first and then jump into Saliva....
Jun 22, 2020
Episode 15, Side A: "The Apartment", Part One (A Recovered Memory of Chicago, 1996)
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Episode 15, Side A: "The Apartment", Part One (A Recovered Memory of Chicago, 1996) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 22, 2020
Episode 15, Side B: "The Landlord's Name was Nina" (The Apartment, Part Two)
00:02:27
Episode 15, Side B: "The Landlord's Name was Nina" (The Apartment, Part Two) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 22, 2020
Episode 14, Introduction: "Alien Appearances, Human Hubris, and Grasshoppers"
00:24:43
Episode 14, Introduction: "Alien Appearances, Human Hubris, and Grasshoppers" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 15, 2020
Episode 14, "Lightning Bugs and Hyenas"
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Episode 14, "Lightning Bugs and Hyenas" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 15, 2020
Episode 14, "Ladybugs and Hummingbirds"
00:04:59
Episode 14, "Ladybugs and Hummingbirds" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 15, 2020
Episode 14, Side A: "Cicada Slow-Down" (Austin TX Cicadas at Various Speeds)
00:02:57
Episode 14, Side A: "Cicada Slow-Down" (Austin TX Cicadas at Various Speeds) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 15, 2020
Episode 14, Side B: "Cicada Textures" (Insects and Synthesizers)
00:03:48
Episode 14, Side B: "Cicada Textures" (Insects and Synthesizers) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 15, 2020
Episode 14, Discussion: "Alien Life and Electromagnetic Radiation"
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Episode 14, Discussion: "Alien Life and Electromagnetic Radiation" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 15, 2020
Episode 14, BONUS TRACK: "Bug Hour" (One Hour of Insects and Soma Ether)
00:55:05
Episode 14, BONUS TRACK: "Bug Hour" (One Hour of Insects and Soma Ether) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 15, 2020
Episode 13: "Introduction, Headlines, Red Wasps are Dicks, The Color of Dreams, Cicadas, and Music"
00:27:54
Episode 13: "Introduction, Headlines, Red Wasps are Dicks, The Color of Dreams, Cicadas, and Music" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 08, 2020
Episode 13, "CICADA PANDEMIC: Behold, MASSOSPORA! The Psychoactive Cicada Horny Sex Disease!"
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Episode 13, "CICADA PANDEMIC: Behold, MASSOSPORA! The Psychoactive Cicada Horny Sex Disease!" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 08, 2020
Episode 13, Side A: "Fill Your Room With Electronic Moths!" (Moths In The Air, 1 Minute Version)
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Episode 13, Side A: "Fill Your Room With Electronic Moths!" (Moths In The Air, 1 Minute Version) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 08, 2020
Episode 13, Side B: "Bug Night" (Electronic Insects During An Evening Storm)
00:05:31
Episode 13, Side B: "Bug Night" (Electronic Insects During An Evening Storm) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 08, 2020
Episode 13, Closing Editorial: "America, What the F-ck is Happening."
00:33:49
Episode 13, Closing Editorial: "America, What the F-ck is Happening." by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 08, 2020
Episode 12, "THE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY STANDARDS ROAST!" (Introduction)
00:15:02
Episode 12, "THE FACEBOOK COMMUNITY STANDARDS ROAST!" (Introduction) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 01, 2020
Episode 12, Banning Tutorial: How to do the "LINT" Test
00:12:04
Episode 12, Banning Tutorial: How to do the "LINT" Test by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 01, 2020
Episode 12, Side A: "A Visit to Community Standards City!"
00:18:08
Episode 12, Side A: "A Visit to Community Standards City!" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 01, 2020
Episode 12, Side B: "Here's How They Ban Your Art" and A CLOSING JOKE
00:07:07
Episode 12, Side B: "Here's How They Ban Your Art" and A CLOSING JOKE by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jun 01, 2020
Episode 11, Introduction: "David WHO, Exactly? And How Do You Pronounce That Name?"
00:05:13
Episode 11, Introduction: "David WHO, Exactly? And How Do You Pronounce That Name?" by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 25, 2020
Episode 11, Side A: David Wojnarowicz, "Death, Anger, and Illusions Of Law" (Vocal 1991, Music 2020)
00:07:04
Episode 11, Side A: David Wojnarowicz, "Death, Anger, and Illusions Of Law" (Vocal 1991, Music 2020) by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 25, 2020
Episode 11, Side B: "The Summer Song" by The Cicadas (Austin TX)
00:02:15
Episode 11, Side B: "The Summer Song" by The Cicadas (Austin TX) by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 25, 2020
Episode 11, Notes on Equipment, Alternate Take, and "Daybreak" Conclusion
00:16:44
Episode 11, Notes on Equipment, Alternate Take, and "Daybreak" Conclusion by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 25, 2020
Episode 10, Introduction "TX Thunderstorm and a Sony MX-650 Six Channel Stereo Microphone Mixer"
00:03:53
Episode 10, Introduction "TX Thunderstorm and a Sony MX-650 Six Channel Stereo Microphone Mixer" by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 18, 2020
Episode 10, Headlines: Cancelling Jules Verne, Pranking Birds, & Ice Cream on TV is Mashed Potatoes
00:11:56
Episode 10, Headlines: Cancelling Jules Verne, Pranking Birds, & Ice Cream on TV is Mashed Potatoes by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 18, 2020
Episode 10, Anniversary Segment: "Sober Doesn't Wear Off" My Life at 3Yrs Without Alcohol (No Music)
01:06:51
Episode 10, Anniversary Segment: "Sober Doesn't Wear Off" My Life at 3Yrs Without Alcohol (No Music) by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 18, 2020
Episode 10, Side A: Extinction TV with Representative Doofus Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma
00:13:32
Episode 10, Side A: Extinction TV with Representative Doofus Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 18, 2020
Episode 10, Side B: Melania Trump Wishes You a Happy Reptile Mother's Day
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Episode 10, Side B: Melania Trump Wishes You a Happy Reptile Mother's Day by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 18, 2020
Episode 9, Introduction: "Bad Neighbors"
00:09:01
Episode 9, Introduction: "Bad Neighbors" by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 11, 2020
Episode 9, Side A: "Who Was Belle Barth?"
00:14:07
Episode 9, Side A: "Who Was Belle Barth?" by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 11, 2020
Episode 9, Side B: "THE 1980 GARGAMEL SMURF TOY HEIST"
00:12:56
Episode 9, Side B: "THE 1980 GARGAMEL SMURF TOY HEIST" by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 11, 2020
Episode 9, Belle Barth Comedy Examples
00:05:27
Episode 9, Belle Barth Comedy Examples by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 11, 2020
Episode 8, Closing Comment, "Pence Has Eyes for Teeth"
00:00:26
Episode 8, Closing Comment, "Pence Has Eyes for Teeth" by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 04, 2020
Episode 8, Introduction: "FAKE NEWS NOW"
00:21:27
Episode 8, Introduction: "FAKE NEWS NOW" by Spoken Word with Electronics
May 04, 2020
Episode 7, Second Segment: "I Have a Lot of Cereal to Share"
00:06:57
Episode 7, Second Segment: "I Have a Lot of Cereal to Share" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 27, 2020
Episode 7, Side B: "MARIJUANA" (The Devil's Remix)
00:02:02
Episode 7, Side B: "MARIJUANA" (The Devil's Remix) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 27, 2020
Episode 7, Side A: "MARIJUANA" (The Shortwave Flower)
00:02:03
Episode 7, Side A: "MARIJUANA" (The Shortwave Flower) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 27, 2020
Episode 7, Introduction: "Setting Up Your Own Home Bomb Bunker"
00:10:45
Episode 7, Introduction: "Setting Up Your Own Home Bomb Bunker" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 27, 2020
Public Domain Sample: "Food Horder! She's a Food Hoarder! Food Hoarder!"
00:00:05
Public Domain Sample: "Food Horder! She's a Food Hoarder! Food Hoarder!" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 20, 2020
Public Domain Sample: "Food Horder! Food Hoarder!"
00:00:03
Public Domain Sample: "Food Horder! Food Hoarder!" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 20, 2020
Episode 6, Side A: "She's a FOOD HOARDER!" (2020)
00:02:30
Episode 6, Side A: "She's a FOOD HOARDER!" (2020) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 20, 2020
Episode 6, Side B: "Mel Blanc Run Through Every Filter In My System" (2020)
00:06:52
Episode 6, Side B: "Mel Blanc Run Through Every Filter In My System" (2020) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 20, 2020
Episode 6, Introduction: "Hi, Everybody" (New Format)
00:03:27
Episode 6, Introduction: "Hi, Everybody" (New Format) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 20, 2020
Episode 6, Second Segment: "What Would Something Sound Like..?"
00:01:10
Episode 6, Second Segment: "What Would Something Sound Like..?" by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 20, 2020
PREVIOUS TRACKS:
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PREVIOUS TRACKS: by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 13, 2020
NEW THIS WEEK:
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NEW THIS WEEK: by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 13, 2020
Episode 5, Side A: "No Longer a Poor Woman" (Kathy Acker, Vocal, 1985)- Music added in tribute, 2020
00:02:55
Episode 5, Side A: "No Longer a Poor Woman" (Kathy Acker, Vocal, 1985)- Music added in tribute, 2020 by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 12, 2020
Episode 5, Extra Track: "Nightwalks During the Pandemic" (SOMA Ether, D2000 Drum Machine, Eurorack)
00:02:53
Episode 5, Extra Track: "Nightwalks During the Pandemic" (SOMA Ether, D2000 Drum Machine, Eurorack) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 12, 2020
"Captain, I Suppose You'll Be Very Glad To Get Home Again." "...Yes."
00:00:55
"Captain, I Suppose You'll Be Very Glad To Get Home Again." "...Yes." by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 06, 2020
Episode 5, Side B: "A Yamaha Loop and a Metasonix Thyratron VCO" (2020)
00:02:16
Metasonix R55 with a Yamaha CP Reface
Apr 06, 2020
Episode 4, Side B: E.E. Cummings Reads 'anyone lived in a pretty how town' (Music added, 2020)
00:02:16
Episode 4, Side B: E.E. Cummings Reads 'anyone lived in a pretty how town' (Music added, 2020) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Apr 06, 2020
Episode 2, Side A: Henry Miller Reads From The Colossus Of Maroussi (Vocal, 1949, Music added, 2019)
00:02:14
Episode 2, Side A: Henry Miller Reads From The Colossus Of Maroussi (Vocal, 1949, Music added, 2019) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Mar 30, 2020
Pat Cipollone's Opening Words in Defense of Donald Trump (Jan 21, 2019)
00:00:15
Pat Cipollone's Opening Words in Defense of Donald Trump (Jan 21, 2019) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Jan 21, 2020
Four Minutes with the SOMA Pulsar-23 Drum Machine (Serial #11, Direct Line Out, No Patch Cables)
00:04:20
Just arrived this morning. Over the moon. This thing is serious. No psychedelic required! It's like having a small David Cronenberg creature, living and talking, on tap in the living room. Here's four minutes with no patch cables. Ending moment just shows a few drum hits to isolate sounds for those curious. This is a very flexible and amazing device. I seriously have no idea how the planet is going to spend the next 20 years getting to fully understand all you can do with one of these. Very fun time to be alive.
Dec 11, 2019
Selection from Soundcloud for Ending Credits:
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Selection from Soundcloud for Ending Credits: by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 29, 2019
"Listeners of KUZU" (Version 2, 30 Seconds) — THE BUREAU on KUZU (Radio Announcement #4)
00:00:39
"Listeners of KUZU" (Version 2, 30 Seconds) — THE BUREAU on KUZU (Radio Announcement #4) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 28, 2019
"Listeners of KUZU" (Version 1, 50 seconds) — THE BUREAU on KUZU (Radio Announcement #3)
00:00:56
"Listeners of KUZU" (Version 1, 50 seconds) — THE BUREAU on KUZU (Radio Announcement #3) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 28, 2019
"Radio Listeners" — THE BUREAU on KUZU (Radio Announcement #2)
00:00:25
"Radio Listeners" — THE BUREAU on KUZU (Radio Announcement #2) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 28, 2019
"Citizens of Denton" — THE BUREAU on KUZU (Radio Announcement #1)
00:00:36
"Citizens of Denton" — THE BUREAU on KUZU (Radio Announcement #1) by Spoken Word with Electronics
Oct 28, 2019
A Calming Fog Covers the Ground (Disquiet0401)
00:02:45
https://llllllll.co/t/disquiet-junto-project-0401-noise-pacing/25247/21?u=eptc
Sep 07, 2019
David Berman Tribute 1/3, "Governors on Sominex" — Spoken Word with Electronics
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David Berman Tribute 1/3, "Governors on Sominex" — Spoken Word with Electronics by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 02, 2019
David Berman Tribute 2/3, "The Moon" (Live in Romania, 2016) — Spoken Word with Electronics
00:02:26
David Berman Tribute 2/3, "The Moon" (Live in Romania, 2016) — Spoken Word with Electronics by Spoken Word with Electronics
Sep 02, 2019
David Berman Tribute 3/3, "My Life at Home During Banking Hours" — Spoken Word with Electronics
00:01:20
From Spoken Word with Electronics Issue #1
Sep 02, 2019
Tucker Carlson's STEW and YUM (Half Speed)
00:00:18
Reference: https://twitter.com/nick_ramsey/status/1118312786776469506
Apr 17, 2019
AN EVENING WALK: ONE HOUR WITH THE SOMA ETHER (Raw Audio, Downtown Austin TX, March 11, 10pm-11pm)
00:55:55
Took the Soma Ether out for a night! There seems to be no end to what sounds can be caught with this wonderful EMF receiving 'anti-radio' from Soma Labs / Vlad Kreimer. Just received the Ether from Russia via USPS this morning. Here's raw audio of an hour in downtown Austin. Only had it for a day but finding it's very variable. In quieter environments, Ether can find produce/receive very calming ambient tones and purr along with some very polite static and reception. You can play it like a theremin, too, attenuating and gesturing on a signal frequency, and loop on something (or a device) til it fades out of reach. But this is a demo of how loud and nicely argumentative it can be as a noise source outside among a lot of activity. It feels like a nice audio photograph of the evening and street. Download available here: https://eptc.bandcamp.com/album/an-evening-walk-one-hour-with-the-soma-ether-raw-audio-downtown-austin-tx-march-11-10pm-11pm
Mar 12, 2019