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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.

Jonny Sonic will be streaming tonight’s Laptop Battle on our Periscope channel.

Show Notes & Links

  • Seattle’s Laptop Battle
    Elevating the form of electronic music performance.
  • 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.
  • Mark Wand
  • 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)”

 

Hosts

Brent Morris
Website: http://closetgeekshow.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/closetgeekshow

Craig Webster
Website: http://www.brotherwayne.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/craig0r

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A Little Compression

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.

Show Notes & Links

  • Protest music
  • 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.
  • Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
    The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy was an American industrial hip-hop band, active during the early 1990s.
  • 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.
  • Vegetarianism
  • Holly Herndon
    Holly Herndon is an American composer, musician, and sound artist based in San Francisco, California.
  • Honey Soundsystem
    San Francisco’s coveted queer dj collective and production group.
  • 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.
  • Machinima news
  • 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.
  • Conspiracybot
  • 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.
  • Storium
    Storium is the online storytelling game.
  • 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.
  • Beowulf: Beyond the Black
    Storium game that takes place in the Traveller RPG universe.
  • 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.

Hosts

Joseph Aleo
Website: http://josephaleo.com/blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/josephaleo

Steven Howard
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mentalnotesAFM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MentalNotesAFM

Brent Morris
Website: http://closetgeekshow.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/closetgeekshow

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It’s All in How You Play the Algorithms

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.

  • L.A. Zine Fest’s PlayDate 2016
  • Zines
  • Tonight You Die video game
  • Your Network is Your Net Worth video game
  • Mike Andersen live on The Lost Cause on Asheville FM
  • Mike Andersen “Every Day”
  • Daniel Johnston
  • Yo-yo culture
  • National Yo-Yo Museum
  • Redondo Beach Pier Yo-Yo Contest
  • Prince Rama’s new album, XTREME NOW
  • Glam rock
  • Now Age Manifesto
  • Prince Rama “Your Life in the End”
  • OkCupid
  • Tinder
  • PennySaver
  • 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.
    •  
  • Storium
  • Brent Morris’ Vaporwave Mix
  1. 3D Blast “Twenty15 父の年”
  2. Visceral “MIND OVER MATTER (Feat. Replica Federation)”
  3. Blank Banshee “Teen Pregnancy”
  4. Köshrimp “Oddy SeicentoSessentaSeis Experience”
  5. Bodyline “Sunset Shell”
  6. ULTRADREAM “america (VHS)”
  7. YOUTH FOUNTAIN “電気の銀行”

Joseph Aleo
Website: http://josephaleo.com/blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/josephaleo

Mike Andersen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mike-Andersen-243537738991451/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/M_AndersenPiano

Emil Brown
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ebilflindas

Steven Howard
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mentalnotesAFM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MentalNotesAFM

Ryk McIntye
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RykMcI

Brent Morris
Website: http://closetgeekshow.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/closetgeekshow

Alan Ranta
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alanranta

Jack Squires
Website: http://duendegames.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/duendegames

TLR
Website: http://taylorshechet.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_tlr_

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Dystopia Can Be A Little Depressing

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.

Joseph Aleo
Website: http://josephaleo.com/blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/josephaleo

Steven Howard
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mentalnotesAFM
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MentalNotesAFM

Brent Morris
Website: http://closetgeekshow.ca
Twitter: https://twitter.com/closetgeekshow

TLR
Website: http://taylorshechet.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/_tlr_

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