Monday, August 21, 2017

Escaping the Matrix

Part 1: New World Notes #494, 29:10 (August 22)
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Part 2: New World Notes #495, 29:03 (August 29)
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Dialogue from the film. (Click to enlarge.)

First some brief personal reflections by KD and a bit of music. Then a reading (by Lyn Gerry) of the first half of Richard K. Moore's classic essay, "Escaping the Matrix."

Moore's essay, published in 2000, is a fine discussion of the gap between the Establishment's official propaganda and the real truth about how The System actually works. It's also a concise history of the changing interplay among the forces of imperialism, capitalism, economic policy, and the state.

Lyn Gerry's reding is from installment #87 of her Unwelcome Guests radio program (January 11, 2002). Thanks to Lyn, her successor Robin Upton, and the Unwelcome Guests Collective.

I snipped the song, "The Design of the Galaxy" (in Part 1), from one installment or another of Radio Ecoshock, several years back. "Thanks and a tip o' the hat" to producer Alex Smith.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

What If You Knew

Part 1: New World Notes #492, 28:52 (August 8):

Part 2: New World Notes #483, 28:42 (August 15):
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Virtual Renderings' fine audio collage on our environmental crisis, especially global climate change. Features many perspectives and a wide range of voices going back as far as 1958 ... and some relevant music . . . and a little post-apocalyptic science fiction.  I've chopped the piece into two parts.  Introductions and a few inserted notes by K.D.

I've condensed the 55-minute collage slightly to fit our radio timeslots.  The complete 55-minute version (50 MB MP3) may be downloaded  here.  (Right-click then Save)  A smaller, low-bandwidth file (13 MB) also is available.  A large archive of Virtual Renderings' audio collages is available for free listening or download.

The title song is (IMHO) one of David Rovics' best. It's played in its entirety near the end of Part 2.

Originally broadcast, as NWN #306-307, in January 2014. MP3 files downloaded from the links, above, are identified as #306-307.