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Str8 Sounds "Human Kingdom Collapse"

Studio soundscape jam on Roland V-Synth v. 2, Moog Sub 37, Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 201, Dave Smith Instruments Evolver, Bastl Instruments Microgranny.

Video recorded on Go Pro Hero 4 Black.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw1hQxywBtg

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Dreamies "Auralgraphic Entertainment" (1973)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1a1m4wzC2mM

Inspired by the aural collage of the Beatles' "Revolution Number 9," as well as the musique concrete of composers such as John Cage and Terry Riley and Bob Dylan's conscientious rock lyricism, Bill Holt quit his straight job in 1972 to follow his musical muse, hoarding various electronic gadgets and an acoustic guitar and holing up in his basement.

He emerged a year later with Dreamies, one of the finest pieces of experimental pop from the era.

Unlike the Beatles' White Album collage, though, the pair of sidelong, 26-minute epics -- "Program Ten" and "Program Eleven" (as if progressing directly from "Revolution Number 9") -- that Holt created were much more than symbolic representations of the chaotic times.

At its heart, the album is a blend of folk and pop/rock, and in many respects, Dreamies fits in with the singer/songwriter scene that flowered in the early '70s.

Instead of relying simply on the juxtapositions of his sound samples to impart subjective meanings, Holt composed lovely, downhearted melodies (very much recalling John Lennon) and trippy lyrics as a jumping-off point for each collage and then let acoustic guitar guide them through the gauntlet of sound.

In fact, "Program Ten" is a combination of two identifiable songs, "Sunday Morning Song" and "The User," the two melodies weaving in and out of the cacophony of noise-crickets, atmospheric sounds, a John Kennedy speech, NASA chatter, news reports, glass breaking, a thunderstorm, sports broadcasts, and gunfire while a synthesizer spits out spacey alien sounds or cuts like a kettle whistle, and an ominous bassline oscillates beneath it all.

"Program Eleven" exchanges that white noise for airport sounds, creepy Sgt. Pepper-style chants that bubble up from beneath the single melody fragment ("Going for a Ride"), game show catch phrases, and popping corn.

Of the two pieces, "Program Ten" is the more socially charged commentary, setting the innocent recollections of youth -- the sounds of summer and nature -- against the misanthropic confusion of war and politics to powerful effect.

"Program Eleven" is more psychedelically eerie and haunting, aurally dense, and thick with bad vibes, but wonderful nonetheless.

The spoken samples are mostly more buried in the background and difficult to make out. It adds both intrigue and mystery to the piece, a foreboding end to what began optimistically.

The music, in other words, ingeniously mirrored the sort of evolution of consciousness that was so much a part of the era.

Dreamies went virtually unheard when it was released, perhaps because it was the antithesis of commercial rock at the time, but, despite its grounding in the ambiance and issues of the '60s, it still sounds outstanding decades after the fact.

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Basil Kirchin "Quantum" (1973)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZWKI4O_hjM

Basil Kirchin (8 August 1927 – 18 June 2005) was an English drummer and composer.

His career spanned from playing drums in his father's big band at the age of 13, through scoring films, to electronic music featuring tape manipulation of the sounds of birds, animals, insects and autistic children".

His experimental pieces were released on two albums both called World Within Worlds.

The first was issued in 1971: Worlds Within Worlds, EMI Columbia (SCX6463) and included Part I – Integration 2; Part II – The Human Element.

The second was not issued until 1974: Worlds Within Worlds Island Records (HELP 18) Part III – Emergence; Part IV – Evolution.

Personnel included free improvising musicians such as Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and Kenny Wheeler. Liner notes for the second release included laudatory comments from Brian Eno.

Neither record sold more than a handful of copies, and it was not until much later that their pioneering techniques were recognised.

Meanwhile Kirchin became frustrated with the record companies meddling with his material, and went into seclusion.

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Str8 Sounds "Meltdown"

Cannabis 420 State channel on YouTube has uploaded another independently compiled album of Str8 Sounds music, this time from 2012, called Str8 Sounds "Meltdown."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmGdppp4LXM&t=1210s

1. Meltdown
2. Creature From The Glass Lagoon
3. Mandolin Kalimba Disco
4. Mars Flowers Feat. Prinze Marrero
5. Astro Symphony Intro.
6. Music For Mars Prelude Feat. Audrey
7. My Eyes Burn Right Through You
8. The Stars Are Disappointed in Us

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Str8 Sounds "Cosmic Pulsations"

Studio soundscape jam on Roland V-Synth v. 2, Moog Sub 37, Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 201, and Mutable Instruments Shruthi SMR-4 processed through WMD Geiger Counter.

Video recorded on Go Pro Hero 4 Black.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X44McX-ppYA

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Str8 Sounds "Anchorite At Night"

Track #5 from Str8 Sounds "Songs from the Hermit Cave" album (February 2010).

I don't think that you'll understand my plight.
I live in a place where there's very little light.
They bricked up my front door so I could not leave it anymore.
The moon is out and it's shining bright.
I'm the anchorite at night.
I've seen enough sights.
I've been excited by the world and society
till it burdened me.
No more drugs. No fancy foods.
No more secular music creating rotten moods.
I'm someone you cannot see.
I'm enjoying me.
I'm up late at night.
I'm the anchorite with inner sight.
I'm someone you cannot see.
I'm enjoying God inside me.
Looking through my squint.
My breath refreshed by a mint.
I abstain from enjoyment.
I give out my comments.
And my commitment,
my house is sealed with cement.
I'm shut up inside.
I'm a shut-in, something
I decided to do man.
I'm alright, full of delight.
I'm the anchorite at night.
I'm devoted to prayer.
I'll prayer for you where
I'm shut in, locked up tight.
I'm the anchorite at night.
I am devoted to prayer.
I'll pray for you right here.
I'm, at night, anchorite.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_TVrpNk1Oo

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STR8 SOUNDS "Maeng Da Kratom Soul Sailing"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtEg69zTzb0&lc=z12jyxfbfyynx34jr04cdnci1yjofb4ybjk

Arturia DrumBrute, Dave Smith Instruments Evolver, Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 201 through Boss RE-20 Space Echo.

Inspired by 7 grams of Maeng Da Kratom - Organically Purified Mitragyna Speciosa Silver Botanical Extract powder.

Video recorded on Go Pro Hero 4 Black.

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STR8 SOUNDS "Electro-Mechanical Meditation #2"

Studio soundscape jam on Pittsburgh Modular Lifeforms System 201, Moog Sub 37, Roland V-Synth v.2, and Mutable Instruments Shruthi SMR-4 sequenced by Arturia BeatStep Pro and processed through Boss RE-20 Space Echo.

Video recorded on Go Pro Hero 4 Black.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrytAcjGIHg

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Str8 Sounds "Eradicating the Desire for Enjoyment"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDKt0PwhSsY

What does a mystic do
for personal employment?
He starts eradicating
the desire for enjoyment.
What does a mystic do
for his inner employment?
He starts eradicating
the desire for enjoyment.
Crucify the flesh
and persecute your self.
Suppress your weakness
and craving for comfort,
attack them from every side.
Crush your comfort zone,
your enjoyment.
Do not give it air to breathe
Do not let it believe
that you will put up
with lust in you.
Tell it to shut up.
You've got better things to do.
Your carnal ego is trouble.
Satiate and you begin to hate
what in you cannot wait
to fool you.
What does a mystic do
in his inner employment?
He starts eradicating
the desire for enjoyment.
He looks across the yard.
He wants his life to be hard.
He throws himself across the yard.
He wants his life to be very hard.
What does a mystic do
for his inner employment?
He starts eradicating
his desire for enjoyment.

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