National Cynical Network Archives
Summary: Bizarre stream-of-consciousness industrial comedy music, voicemail art, stuff from Negativland, and other such fun. From Phineas Narco, Ronald Redball, Alexander T. Newport and others! In .mov format.
Webcast on January 31st, 2016--Continuing in our tributes to musical 'Heroes' such as David Bowie a couple of weeks ago: this is a moving, heartfelt tribute and synthesized collection of different styles and genres: interpretations of Peter Gabriel's work in the form of mashups, remixes, covers and variations. Most of us have heard his original songs, but this program explores influences and inspirations of former Genesis lead and solo artist extraordinare: Peter Gabriel in these effectively de-facto collaborations with other artists who have taken that work and done interesting things with it. The Peter Gabriel Remix Project is a 'Best Of' compilation of obscure ephemeral rarities, DIY interpretations, versions, mixes, interview clips, and overall variations on Peter Gabriel's music in order to show the scope, breadth and influence of his life's ( so far ) work. From his departure from the rock band Genesis in the 70's to his solo work, collaborations and politically-minded work, his activism and beyond it's all covered here - A 3 hour collage mix / tribute. Best if heard with headphones!
This is a moving pastiche of different styles and genres: interpretations of David Bowie's work in the form of mashups, remixes, covers. Most of us have heard his original songs, but this program is exploring influences and inspirations of David Bowie (8 January 1947 to 10 January 2016) in these effectively de-facto collaborations with other artists - Everything But Bowie / and All Bowie: A Best Of compilation of obscure rarities, DIY interpretations, versions, mixes, interview clips and variations to show the scope and breadth of his life's work - A 3 hour mix / tribute. RIP David Bowie.
From January 10th, 2016--A somewhat somber show, with some upbeat sequences punctuating here and there. A collection of many mystical, artistic and journalistic voices from around the web giving prognostications for the coming year. Much commentary from various astrologers and psychics giving their predictions for the coming year. 'Predictions' literally means 'the words that come before', words which reflect the hopes, dreams and fears of the speaker(s). Think of it as imaginary pre-News. With Donald Trump remixes and work from Stallio!, Grimes, Stembreo and other sample-based artists in this - a 3-hour mix.
This is a 6-hour program looking back at the 'Best of' NCN's mixes in 2015, done on New Year's Eve, December 31st, 2015 / January 1st, 2015 and played to as much as 200 listeners, on the KFJC stream and countless more listening in on radio waves in the SF Bay Area while we brought in the New Year. Some post-production work has been done to edit this down from 7 to 6 hours, fix transitions and occasional redundancies, dead air, etc. Includes material from 'Mad or Bad', 'Man Up', 'Blurred Versions' and many, many other shows we did in 2015, including material that came out of our housing crisis as well as pieces having to do with the news events of 2015. The Midnight Hour celebration happens right before the 4hr 20 min. mark. The program includes a couple of new sets / material about Donald Trump and Bill Cosby, in the mix. This is like getting a year's worth of NCN shows in 6 hours.
A show for everyone with a father! Around the family holiday season comes a mix that was first played on 11/20/11 on Plundercast and DFM about issues that spring up between fathers and their kids (especially sons) and... a situation we can all understand: 'Daddy Issues'--who do we know who doesn't have them? Even daddies! A creative collage mix of instances in popular and not-so-popular culture in which the subject is dealt with and explored. Mutated music clips from the likes of Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, Cat Stevens, The Nice, Harry Chapin, Linkin Park, movies like The Great Santini (1979) and A Boy's Life (1993) and remixed comedy from Kids in the Hall, George Carlin and Mr. Show and many others. Get an extra hankie for this one. One of the most moving show's we've done (IMHO).
This was originally played on the 52nd anniversary of the JFK assassination: November 22nd, 2015 to about 15 people between plundercast.net and http://dfm.nu out of Amsterdam and it was well-received. It is a bit of a 'best of' Puzzling Evidence retrospective borrowing material from the 2011 Special we did on The Puzzling Evidence Show including live mixed collages and song as well as monologues from the November 8th, 2013 Puzzling Evidence Show (which commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the assassination). Much collaged material in here about JFK as well as, sprinkled throughout, pretty much all the versions, treatments, variations and covers of 'They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Haa!' by Napolean XIV originally. - 3 hours.
Note--Some material in this program may be NSFW or triggering. Listener discretion advised! Webcast live, originally on October 25th, 2015 (also in the Second Life Burning Man virtual environment) a show about psychopaths, narcissists, sociopaths: Who among us can say they have not been affected? Not to worry, this program has a LOT of special information on them and advice on how to deal with and avoid them. A psychedelic audio documentary, this is a new, practical-minded, informative, deeply inspired, and one of the most worked-on and complex shows of ours in a long time... a vibrant cross-section of voices, at once musical, scholarly, historic, and artistic, concerned with psychopathy, sociopaths, narcissists, criminals, and the problem of evil in individuals, and in society at large. Is the world getting more psychopathic? Is the world run by psychopaths? And what, if anything, can we do about it? - A 3 hour mix.
Webcast originally on October 18th, 2015 to dozens of listeners--over a couple of weeks after the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon. A cultural commentary made up of news, clips of politicians, comedians and pundits addressing the gun issue, songs about guns, the controversy of gun control, and a digital deconstruction overall of the endemic gun problem in America which gets more ingrained with every mass shooting. This was simulcast originally in the DFM Second Life Burning Man virtual environment at the time. It has some re-worked material from Don Joyce's solo show 'Guns' on Over the Edge (Negativland's radio show) from 1994. Running throughout the show also is a dramatization of Shirley Jackson's short story 'The Lottery'. - A 3-hour mix.
This was webcast on September 27th, 2015 on NCN, Plundercast and DFM out of Amsterdam. The entire program was 'Counting Sheep (and Pigs) v2.0 which was a redux of an earlier program. We present here the section that was most-changed: about pigs. With different versions of Pink Floyd's pig-oriented songs (from their album 'Animals') running throughout this section as well as riffs on 'War Pigs' by Black Sabbath and pig songs from Nine Inch Nail version medleys and mashups are in effect. Also covered is an event which took place in late Summer of 2015 concerning 'Pig Gate' a scandal involving alleged bestial past actions of British Prime Minister Dave Cameron as well as the retroactively prescient first episode of the TV series 'Black Mirror'. Also included is material and collages concerning swine flu. - 99 min. mix
From September 13th, 2015: Played to over 17 listeners then on Plundercast and DFM out of Amsterdam--this is a confusing program all about the universal subject of confusion and being confused. We were pleased with how this came out. Variations of The Temptations' 'Ball of Confusion' run throughout, as well as variations on 'Land of Confusion' by Genesis. Some original mixtures in this long playing psychedelic mix. Best with headphones! This program took over 30 hours of work to put together. A sequel, of sorts, to the 'Confessions' show from the week before. - 3-hour (mostly music) mix!
From September 6th, 2015: A comprehensive, if somewhat choppy (at times) and not back-announced mix of many, many, many different examples (cinematic, in song, comedy, and otherwise) from the media at large demonstrating the confession as an expository and narrative device in stories as well as a fixture in real life. Includes the episode of Midnight Voicejail: 'Breaking and Entering' and clips from the unreleased 'Cauldron of Agony' both by NCN. Note-This is disturbing at times and may be 'triggering'. Listener discretion advised. - 3 hours.
Just about exactly as it was broadcast on August 16th, 2015 with minimal trimming--NCN appearing live, and solo, on the 'Day of Don (Joyce Unto the World)' all-day Negativland / Don Joyce tribute show on KFJC: Remembering the great talent and work of Don Joyce who curated 'Over the Edge' on KPFA for over 35 years. We collected some choice rarities and pieces not heard for quite some time from Over the Edge and Negativland and composed them 'conversationally' using Don's own handed down technique. The result is a wild mix of mixes, bouncing from one subject to another, and always surprising, showcasing Don and Negativland's work since 1981. The apex of our memory lane mix was getting to in-depth interview Mark Hosler for well over an hour in the (more than) last hour of the program. - A 4 Hour Program.
From August 2nd, 2015 - A redux of a previous show from years past, all about time, time travel, and time control amongst other things. Includes actual Subgenius content! Also includes the Midnight Voicejail episode 'Coping Mechanism'. Thanks to Richard Lindsay from KBOO in Portland for some of this material. Includes work by Steinski, Jack Hertz, Re-Drum, Mastermix, DJ Schmolli, ToToM, Sweet Brown, DJ Aristocat, Hour of Slack, The Subgenius Show, Over the Edge, Negativland, Hellpope Huey and Zoogz Rift. - 3 hour mix.
This is NCN's adaptation of the show 'Breathing' that we did with Jon Leidecker (Wobbly) of Negativland and Puzzling Evidence (Douglas Wellman) on 07/17/2015 on Negativland's radio show 'Over the Edge' in Berkeley, CA. We were helping to fill in, at that time, for our friend and long-time mentor and Negativland member Don Joyce (1944-2015). This is representative of that show with some post-production/mixing/additional material added to/done on it including a new ending. This is the last Over the Edge show done while Don Joyce was still alive, and in the hospital, at the time, due to breathing issues. Don sadly passed away on July 22nd, 2015 from heart failure. RIP Don Joyce and Long Live Negativland! - 3 hour program.
We are working backwards sequentially in this two-part show, which is in part about breath and breathing, and is also in tribute to our mentor and friend Don Joyce (of Negativland, who is currently ill with breathing issues) on The Puzzling Evidence Show. We will present Part 1 next week which will be the Over the Edge portion of the show. This program is made up of some post-produced 'Show' from earlier this week, on KPFA 94.1 in Berkeley, upon which NCN appeared, along with Puzzling Evidence and Wobbly (of Negativland). We didn't know the program was going to be about breathing until 20 minutes beforehand! So a lot of our prepared material was rendered irrelevant, and not used, but some of that is presented here in tonight's remixed augmented redux of the last two hours of that big 5-hour OTE/Puzzling Evidence program. A 3-hour mix. Stay tuned for Part 1.