pincushion socialism

At its core, Socialism calls for social ownership and control of the economy. That means that either the State or the workers or in some instances, both, own major sectors of the economy. Socialists believe that this model allows for basic services to be provided more cheaply and fairly. It is NOT to be confused with communism – a political ideology where there is a total absence of government which, ironically, many of the detractors on the political right seem to favor.

Democratic Socialism is the combination of a political democracy and a socialist or mixed economy. Although Bernie Sanders is advocating for economic reform, he doesn’t want to do away with Capitalism entirely. He believes that the government should pay for health care and higher education, but those services should be provided by a combination of the public and private sector.

Historically, Socialism has been a polarizing term in American politics, but as more people are turning a deaf ear to all of the fear mongering coming from the corporate media, they are also becoming more educated on the facts – especially the reality that we already have wonderful, rather quotidian, socialist aspects to our American way of life: our highway system, public libraries, police and fire departments, the postal service, garbage collection, and dozens of more positive ways that our lives are impacted by a functional Socialism – ways that we take for granted each and every day.

According to recent Gallup survey, 47% of Americans would consider voting for a Socialist as President and according to the PEW Research Center, younger people are also more likely to favor Socialism with 49% of Americans, 29 years old and younger, having a positive view of Socialism.

chantal akerman: film like breath


Ṭēpāka tanmana mātāli dulabāra


Work using field recordings and electromagnetic field generated sounds
recorded in Linz, Austria this year. Created for the Presque Rien Prize 2015.

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Taatquaouinan luxury

A short excerpt from a recording I made of a long train ride –
a train almost entirely filled with Syrian refugees – into München.
Hours later, we were greeted by a large number of security personnel and media.

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BEIJING — The Chinese police forcibly seized the ashes of a prominent Tibetan monk whose death in prison this month set off public demonstrations and raised suspicions about his treatment while incarcerated, supporters of the monk said on Tuesday.

Geshe Nyima, a cousin of the revered religious figure and community leader, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, said that four Tibetans transporting his cremated remains to his hometown, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, for Buddhist funeral rites were held at gunpoint by Chinese police officers last Thursday night in the town of Luding and forced to hand them over.

“The ashes were taken back and not given to the family,” said Geshe Nyima, speaking in a conference call from Dharamsala, India, where he lives in exile.

“Police said that they would throw the ashes into the nearby river. The four people don’t know what happened to the ashes.”




HONG KONG — The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said he was given back his passport on Wednesday after being barred from traveling abroad since he was detained in 2011 in Beijing.

“Today, I received a passport,” he wrote onTwitter and Instagram, along with a photograph that showed him holding the burgundy-colored Chinese travel document.

Phật 151 ⬙ Cross duryoga Tadusa ári

Tenzin Delek

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Je Suis Charlie (Āṟa maḻa naṭaṉam tuṟaṭṭi iṉṉala)

Je Suis Charlie

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I was told of the Musique.laclasse CD that was released in 2007, but was unable to find out how to purchase it or even if it was still available, so I set out to create my own version which is what you can hear above. I have no idea if mine is even close to the original, but it’s not really intended to be – just a fun exploration of the soundfiles made available from the site. It was done in one uninterrupted 50 minute take.

The Musique.laclasse.com CD was the result of numerous workshops Lionel Marchetti conducted in schools with children from 12 to 16 years old. The composer helped the kids record source material then process it themselves with effects and montage. The 2007 CD was a selection of some of these musique concrète tracks and was meant to be played on shuffle mode with the silent tracks popping up here and there. Some of Marchetti’s own technique would spring up occasionally but with a fresh and naive take on musique concrète.

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Rod Stasick is a composer in the broad sense of the term. He is interested in the creation of event-systems for various situations. Template scores are often created using a combination of graphic signs and symbols that usually suggests a syncretism of styles and methods of performance. Using these methods, he produces works in diverse disciplines (audio, video, text, mail art, conceptualism, etc.) utilizing assorted influences: Eastern Philosophy, Fluxus, The Situationist International, Oulipo, Semiotics, Discrete Event-Systems, random numbers to revamp Zen planning and forms of Information Theory.

  • Psychoacoustics
  • Generative Music
  • Composition
  • Sound Diffusion
  • Interactive Art
  • Installation
  • Sound Design
  • Radiophonic Art
  • Field Recording
  • Electroacoustics
  • Sound Art
  • Performance
  • Sound & Image

  • His studies with Karlheinz Stockhausen (2001-2007) have renewed his interest in various aspects of compositional integration.

    Extensive number of performances
    of experimental works.

    Archivist for the Jerry Hunt Estate

    Percussion studies:

  • Steve McCall
  • Dennis Charles
  • Charles Hammond
  • Gary Burton

  • Eternally grateful to these folks who had, in person, taken the time to encourage me in my compositional work (chronologically listed):

  • Alan Watts
  • John Cage
  • Joseph Beuys
  • Jerry Hunt
  • Alvin Lucier
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Merce Cunningham
  • Buckminster Fuller
  • Nam June Paik
  • Charlotte Moorman
  • Anthony Braxton
  • David Tudor
  • Earle Brown
  • Christian Wolff
  • Ben Patterson
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen