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.
PART 2: of the serialization of FLOYDATAR, the Pink Floyd / Avatar (2009) mash-up movie project from 2010 put together by Phineas Narco and The National Cynical Network. In this sequence, Jake Sully, in the avatar body, tries out his new legs and meets up with Grace's avatar. Can you spot the slight added visual 'psychedelicism' near the beginning of this sequence? This scene is set to the rousing piece, 'Astronomy Domine' by Pink Floyd. We segue into 'Welcome to the Machine' as Jake is shown the base and debriefed by The Colonel. Later on, he goes on an expedition into the jungles of Pandora. - Running Time for this (Part 2) is: 9min. 54sec. with more to come! Stay tuned!
Webcast on January 21st, 2016 on Plundercast and DFM out of Amsterdam - A show all about the universally undesired state of boredom: ennui, malaise, doldrums, 'blues', call it what you will--an exploration to find out what causes it, represent the current cultural conversation about it, and discover what (if anything) should be done about it. It's actually an INTRIGUING SUBJECT as it turns out: something found extensively in popular culture as well as psychological and philosophical studies. Re-contextualized examples, song clips, samples and effects, pour forth in this 3-hour psychedelic and hyper-edited collage treatment of the subject. Adapted from a less-developed 2011 program (boringly titled 'Deconstructing Boredom'), this jazzed up redux asks the question: Is boredom a mental quagmire, or a doorway to peace and ultimately an opportunity for existential enlightenment? Includes work from FU2, Contemporary Casuals, Supercut, Stylust Beats, The Bonzo Dog Band, 10th Dimension, many many more!
Originally webcast on January 14th, 2016 - Excerpts from fascist-oriented commentary collage pieces by NCN from years past; and some more current remixes of Donald Trump in the current political race, from around the web, are mixed with excerpts from various mixes by other artists about fascism including The Unforgiven's 'Il Duce, Ha Sempre Ragione' mix from Mixcloud, and tracks from a Mabson Enterprises compilation album. Includes the new parody song, 'Unelectable' by Phinny, and excerpts from Episode 41 of the NCN Midnight Voicejail series entitled 'Conspiracies, Cover-ups and Crimes' poking some fun at anti-fascist researcher Dave Emory of KFJC, our old stomping grounds. A 3-hour mix, in all.
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.