Published April 30, 2016 by POP CULTURE INTELLIGENTSIA
Today on Pop Culture Intelligentsia Brent Morris talks to Andrew Luck, the event coordinator of Seattle’s Laptop Battle, a competitive event for an electronic musician to match their skills against others. Brent also talks with Laptop Battlers Mark Wand, IG88 and Jack Birnie.
Laptop Battle Laptop Battles are a competitive event for an electronic musician to match their skills against others. Competition rules limit equipment to a laptop computer and an external pointing device (mouse). Some competitions will allow external hardware, usually a single MIDI controller (this set up is very similar those used for Live PA). There are typically three or four rounds, following a single elimination bracket or similar structure. Each round consists of a number of head-to-head matches between two randomly selected participants. Rules vary, but typically the competitors are allowed two to three minutes on stage to play their individual compositions and/or sounds. Stage presence is often a key element for judging, in addition to technical finesse and ability to engage the audience.
IG88 Branden Clarke is IG88, and he shares the love. A prolific solo producer and remixer. The primary producer for both the electrosoul goddess Shaprece and midnight hour-dwelling rap group Triceracorn. A performer sharing stages with the likes of Battles, Tycho, SZA and Odesza. Part-time friend to all living creatures.
Jack Birnie Bassey, glitchy, squishy, downtempo goodness from the pacific northwest!
Mark Wand “Gang Rang(1st RD KO Mix)”
IG88 “The Cogs Are Falling”
Jack Birnie “That Goddamn Particle (Live APC40 Performance)”
Published March 18, 2016 by POP CULTURE INTELLIGENTSIA
Today on Pop Culture Intelligentsia we’ll talk with producer, engineer and mixer, Mark Pistel about protest music. Is it relevant? Does it change anything? Mark was a founding member of the band Consolidated, who had radical activist leanings. We’ll also talk with Eric Drass, who is an artist who paints, creates digital installation, and generative experiments that live on the net. In particular, we’re going to talk about his latest foray, The Glitch News Network, a bot that scrapes various online news sources for images of the latest stories and glitches and mashes them into a 2 second video. In our third and last segment we’ll discuss Storium, an online storytelling game. Storium is based around creative writing. As you play, the game helps you figure out what to write next and how to keep your story interesting. We’ll be joined by Storium’s CEO and co-founder, Stephen Hood.
Consolidated’s Friendly Fa$cism LP Friendly Fa$cism is the second full-length album by industrial/hip hop artists Consolidated which was released in 1991. The name comes from the title of a 1980 book by political scientist Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America, which laid out the form of “creeping fascism” that Gross feared might come to pass in the United States.
Michael Franti Michael Franti is an American rapper, musician, poet, spoken word artist and singer-songwriter.
The Beatnigs The Beatnigs was a San Francisco band, which combined hard-core punk, industrial and hip hop influences, described as “a kind of avant-garde industrial jazz poets collective”.
Spearhead In 1994, Franti formed a new band called Spearhead with a few studio musicians, including mainstay Carl Young, and announced the dissolution of Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.
Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, politician, television personality, and candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election.
Holly Herndon Holly Herndon is an American composer, musician, and sound artist based in San Francisco, California.
Dark Entries Dark Entries takes great care in preserving sound quality and respecting the aesthetics of its artists.
Bézier Robert started DJing in 2003 and joined SF’s DJ collective Honey Soundsystem in 2007. He produces music under the moniker Bézier.
Rykarda Parasol Rykarda Parasol is a composer, lyricist, vocalist, musician, and performer.
Blipvert A blipvert is a very brief television advertisement, that lasts just one or several seconds.
tl;drbot This bot takes works of literature and algorithmically summarizes them, a chapter at a time, to 1% of their original length.
bffbot If you follow her, she’ll follow you back and send you a cheery greeting. She’ll favourite your tweets (she especially likes your ‘plain text’ tweets, rather than recycled links or retweets). Every now and then she’ll reply.
trippingbot MARTA (Meta. Aphoric. Recurrent. Tripping. Algopoet) starts taking drugs at 6pm each day, and then reports on its mental state intermittently over the next 6 hours. As the evening progresses, the bot takes more drugs and becomes more intoxicated, which is reflected in the (in)choherence of the reports it delivers. This reaches a peak at midnight, when the reports cease until it begins again at 6pm the next day.
Robin Rimbaud A.K.A. Scanner Robin Rimbaud is an electronic musician who works under the name Scanner due to his use of cell phone and police scanners in live performance.
Private Sector Multimedia band that Eric Drass is involved in.
Matthew Plummer-Fernandez Matthew Plummer-Fernandez is a Colombian-British artist based in London known for playfully and critically exploring socio-cultural entanglements with technology, through 3D printed sculpture, autonomous bots, software, and his ongoing research blog Algopop.
sekuMoi Mecy Ongoing exploration of derivatives of a 3D scan of Mickey Mouse, titled sekuMoi Mecy (a simple computer generated anagram). Each derivative demonstrates the progression of scanning and remixing processes Matthew Plummer-Fernandez is developing. The choice of character also raises issues of potential clashes with big copyright holders that could potentially choose to lobby for legislation against 3D scanning.
Julian Oliver’s cell phone jamming battle tank With the flick of a switch No Network implements a blanket ban of mobile telephony in its presence. All access to the cellular (mobile) network within a 6-15m diameter aura around the object is jammed, including calls, SMS and data connectivity.
Culture jamming Culture jamming (sometimes guerrilla communication) is a tactic used by many anti-consumerist social movements to disrupt or subvert media culture and its mainstream cultural institutions, including corporate advertising. It attempts to “expose the methods of domination” of a mass society to foster progressive change.
Democracy Now! Democracy Now! is a daily progressive, nonprofit, independently syndicated news hour that airs on more than 1,250 radio, television, satellite and cable TV networks around the globe.
Role-playing game (RPG) A role-playing game (RPG and sometimes roleplaying game is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting or through a process of structured decision-making or character development. Actions taken within many games succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines.
J.C. Hutchins J.C. Hutchins is the pseudonym for American podcast novelist and journalist Chris Hutchins. Hutchins is best known for his 7th Son series.
Play-by-post role-playing game A play-by-post role-playing game game (or sim) is an online text-based role-playing game in which players interact with each other and a predefined environment via text.
Dungeons & Dragons Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. (TSR).
Champions Champions is a role-playing game published by Hero Games designed to simulate and function in a four-color superhero comic book world.
Published March 11, 2016 by POP CULTURE INTELLIGENTSIA
On today’s show we chat with TLR and Jack Squires about L.A. Zinefest’s PlayDate 2016 and their indie video game, Tonight You Die. Steve Howard interviews Mike Andersen and we hear a song from Mike’s performance on Asheville FM’s The Lost Cause. Emil Brown explains yo-yo culture. Alan Ranta prasies Prince Rama’s new album, XTREME NOW. Ryk McIntye reads us a poem about his experience with OKCupid. Brent plays us a Vaporwave mix.
Ryk McIntye’s “OkCupid is To Dating, as Salmon is To…”
I posted a new profile on OkCupid recently,
figuring it’s like playing cash lottery, but
more “It’s just so crazy it might work!”
as opposed to odds of lightning strikes. “It’s all in how you play the algorithms”,
friends offer, the same way Math teachers
explain things to people who have allowed
themselves to be born as Poetry students:
ar-tic-u-late-ing “al-go-rih-thim” as if
it might better take root, the knowledge
sinking deeper into my hopeful imagination.
I expected personal questions, and receive
questions better suited to astronomers- “Which is bigger- the Sun or the Earth?”
it asks, then asks me what is acceptable
for a possible match to answer, and to rate
that importance, using the three-finger metric: “A Little”,“Somewhat” or “Very”. So, I answer,
“the Sun”, make it clear I’d want my match
to also answer “the Sun”, stress it is “Very”
in its importance, explaining “I need to know
that you come from the same Galaxy as me.
Long-distance relationships suck.” Satisfied
I am being as specific as possible, I go on.
OkCupid asks, “When it comes to pubic hair,
do you make a regular effort to maintaining
its appearance?” Well, I’ve stopped picking
out the grey ones… does that count? I have
no particular opinion on how or if a match
needs to answer that one, assume it’s the same
sort of thing as “What noises would she make?”-
things I’d find out if a match is found; the first
date gone so well, that she asks me to drop her
off, circle the block, and ask her out again, but
this time, she says, “Park the car… lose the keys…”
…and this fantasy is interrupted by the next
question, which asks me to describe my life
by what stage of Salmon I would describe me
as being at? The metaphors are not even subtle:
a.) Fry (youth), b.) Smolt (young adult), c.) Adult
fully developed) and d.) Spawner (has kids/dead).
My Life in Dating as sad coda to nature documentaries.
This is where my perfect match would say “e.) Sushi-
now shut down the computer. Let’s get to eating.”
I would mumble glad praise to algorithms, and join her.
Published February 28, 2016 by POP CULTURE INTELLIGENTSIA
On today’s show we chat with Lisa Ronson about her new album, Emperors of Medieval Japan. Brent talks about his affection for the 90s revival sound and Vaporwave. TLR talks about creating a Choose Your Own Adventure audio drama.
Vaporwave, a musical micro-genre characterized by a nostalgic fascination with retro (typically that of the 1980s, 1990s, and early-mid 2000s) cultural aesthetic, video games, technology and advertising, and often involves the fusion of modern popular music with lounge, smooth jazz and elevator music