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STR8 SOUNDS "Incense & Pepper Spray" (live @ Studio Boheme)

Final 16 minutes of the hour and a half performance of STR8 SOUNDS at Studio Boheme boutique on Friday, February 5, 2016.

At 606 W. Main Street, Peoria, IL USA. Roland JD-Xi analog-digital synthesizer. Go Pro Hero 4 Black video camera. Go Pro Studio video editor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULqlT96xjhs

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We don't need our leaders. They need us.
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Mt. Rushmore of Political Domination by the 1%

"See no truth, hear no truth, speak no truth"
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Camouflage Danse art rock/electronic band, 1980

My old band Camouflage Danse in Chicago at the Clybourn Salon, Chicago. Halloween Night, 1980.

Bennett Theissen on vocals. Me way in the back (as usual) on electronic noise devices, Casio keyboard running through effects pedals, and Synsonics drum machine, Doug McCombs (later of Tortoise) on bass guitar, Jeff Lescher (not shown) on lead guitar.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Doug-McCombs/103495386349384?fref=ts

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Electronic Music Controversies

Some elitist musicians decide what is a "real musical instrument" or a "real synthesizer" and what is not. They live in a tiny world of extreme prejudice and mediocre artistry.

You hear people say it sucks when a synthesizer has mini keys, less than the standard 88 keys of a piano -- or a touch pad, ribbon controller, or other non-keyboard interface.

I was told that the Korg Kaossilator Pro Plus is "not a synthesizer, it's an accompaniment pad."

At first, I resented that remark, since the device is called a "dynamic phrase synthesizer and loop recorder." But lately I've been using it as, and calling it, an accompaniment pad.

There's the analog vs. digital synthesizer controversy.

The Moog vs. Buchla vs. Arp debate.

The ambient music vs. EDM vs. new age vs. noise music clashings.

Sync button beat-matching vs. "real DJ mixing."

Sequencers and arpeggiators vs. manual keyboard playing.

Keyboard playing vs. MPC colored light pads.

Loop and sample orchestration vs. playing real or virtual synthesizers.

Softsynths vs. hardware synths.

"Virtuoso synth solos" (Roger Waters, Keith Emerson, Vangelis, Jan Hammer, Trent Reznor, Herbie Hancock, Klaus Schulze) vs. minimalism (Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Merzbow, Boards of Canada, Richie Hawtin/Plastikman).

Gearslutz, for example, is notorious for petty minded bias and inflammatory opinions...if you want to explore such things further.

The audience booed when Bob Dylan played an ELECTRIC guitar at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. An electric guitar was considered "not a proper musical instrument for folk musicians."

I have also argued with purist punk rockers who hate synthesizers. "No electronic instruments," they whine when I tell them the German, Canadian, and French punk rockers often use synthesizers and The Fall used Farfisa organs.

"The minute you plug your guitar into an amplifier, you're making electronic music," I explain triumphantly.

What are some electronic musical controversies that YOU find annoying and juvenile?

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Bill Clinton vs. Vlad Putin

One played a saxophone. The other is a true hipster.

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Dangers of Synth Addiction

Synthesizer collecting is a terrible addiction.

Currently, there is no known cure. Sufferers must limp along through life, from one electronic instrument to the next, with no end in sight.

When you hear loud noises in a house next to yours, you probably are living next to, not a meth lab, but a synth lab.

It's easy for impressionable youngsters and retired seniors to buy one synthesizer, master it, then suddenly feel an uncontrollable urge to buy one more. Then another. And another. On and on it goes.

It's easy to get hooked.

And once you're a gear head, there's no turning back. There are no synth addict rehab clinics available.

Synth addicts spend inordinate amounts of time at Synthopia, Synthesizer Freaks, Sound on Sound, Electronic Musician, and Keyboard magazine.

They gaze at synthesizers with an excruciating, debilitating desire to possess every synth they see, even if a specific device sounds almost exactly like ten of their currently owned synths. It doesn't matter.

Each new synth that comes out has one little feature they decide they cannot live without.

They spend hours upon hours watching synthesizer demos on YouTube. They compare prices on Amazon, Guitar Center, Perfect Circuit Audio, Kraft Music and Control Voltage.

You can spot a synth addict by the glazed look in their eyes when you ask, "Don't you have enough synthesizers now? Why on earth do you need another one? How many is enough?"

But, sadly, one never has enough....

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JVC UK Boomblaster looks like my next boombox purchase

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My criticism of "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" theatrical production in Peoria, IL

"Peoria Players Theatre Presents brothel musical", proclaims the local newspaper, Peoria Journal Star.

The paper went on to say, “It requires a rare combination of sexy, talented women, good looking all-American guys that can sing and dance, and a slew of charismatic, colorful lead characters.”

Tyler Sutherland posted this comment:

"Corrupt law enforcement supporting human trafficking to benefit organized crime. Sounds like a laugh riot."

So I posted my opinion:

"Disgusting."

Another person, a male, asked how I can say this if the play has not even begun yet.

I stated:

"I'm not going to watch a "comical" play about a brothel. There's nothing funny about prostitution. It's a sexist, patriarchal exploitation of women that destroys lives."

The guy replied to me:

"That's okay, it's certainly not a show for everyone. So instead, how about this: sometime over the next 12 days while the show is running, I'd ask you to spend an extra two hours (the approximate length of the show's runtime) supporting or even creating some type of performance or art that you DO agree with; for that will be two additional hours of positivity in your life, and a little less time spent condemning the volunteer efforts put forth by other members of your community. I daresay it will be a more rewarding use of your time."

To which I replied:

"Perhaps you should spend 12 hours at a drug rehab and help addicted prostitutes free themselves from hard drugs. 

I do live musical performances all the time and I create music daily. I'm not condemning any volunteers, just expressing my opinion about the play itself."

The guy then stated:

"I'm not qualified or trained to treat drug addicts, but God bless those who are. I'm only qualified and trained to direct actors, and feel obligated to attempt defending them when their talents are seemingly dismissed by other artists sight unseen. I'm in over my head now, as I've never "trolled" or been trolled and not sure of the next steps. Goodnight."

I replied:

"I said nothing about anyone's talents, and you know it."

He responded:

"Well NOW I know. "Disgusting" could have pertained to any number of things."

I replied:

"Let me clarify then, if you still don't get it:  Disgusting theme for a play.

You and the actors and everyone involved in the production may be wonderful people. I'm only expressing my opinion about the play itself."

Then a woman jumped in with this remark:

"For the record, commenting "Disgusting" - whether you intended it to or not - implicitly sounds like you're passing judgment not only on the show itself, but on all those who have chosen to be involved. You are certainly entitled to your opinions, but when you so publicly and inartfully express them, please don't be surprised when people become defensive."

To which I replied:

"And you should not be surprised when people in the community make a remark about the sexual exploitation of women that a brothel represents.

Many people will not think a brothel is a fit topic to base a comical play on, not in this age of the War on Women allegations and the grief and suffering of victimized females."

She then, in another thread under the same post, said:

"There's nothing funny about defrauding people, yet most people can't help but smile through "The Music Man." “The Producers” was hugely successful, but uses Nazism for comedy. War is horrific, but people still love "MASH." Late night TV, sketch comedy shows, and comedy “news” broadcasts consistently use humor to draw attention to serious topics in the news. Viewing a serious topic through a comedic lens isn’t disgusting, it’s a way of tackling a serious matter in a manner that is, generally, more palatable to the audience. Whether a person walks away from “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” solidified in their stance regarding prostitution or pausing to question what they know about the topic, the comedy of the show does not lessen the seriousness of the issue. It merely allows people to examine the issue while taking a much-needed break from negativity. Besides, although the "Chicken Ranch" was a real place, this is a FICTIONALIZED account. In this story, it is an all-female operation. There is certainly no enslavement by males, as you suggest. If anything, the females in this story are portrayed as no-nonsense, sexually confident women, while the men are self-serving, slimy politicians and fear mongers and/or creepy young horndogs. If you truly want to fight the evils of prostitution, I hope that rather than targeting the arts, you join Amnesty International in the cause of decriminalization."

To which I replied:

"Decriminalizing prostitution is your answer to the problem of prostitution and the victimization of females?

You must not know much about the topic. The homes destroyed, the diseases, physical abuse, and addictions that are part of the scene. 

Woman as mere sex objects and targets of lust is nothing to laugh at. We need feminism to stand up against such exploitation."

CONCLUSION: It's a shame that sexist males think prostitution is a topic that can be presented in a comical manner.

And it's odd when a defender of a play like this tries to act smug and self-righteous about his support for it, telling me to do something more positive than criticize.

Maybe he should do something more positive than support plays that make a joke about the domination and abuse of women.

But the play is about good old boys down South, having fun, not meaning any harm.

Just innocent patriarchal pigs, drinking and laughing (and so handsome and charismatic, too) -- as they're enslaving unfortunate women as objects of lust and to provide pleasures to men for money.

Talk about a "War on Women"... there you go. We've come a long way, baby.
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Thingamagoop 3000 Light Controlled Synthesizer will be available in February 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CGEIZFgIQM

http://bleeplabs.com/store/thingamagoop-3000

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The web content developer, electronic musician & SEO specialist.
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I use internet marketing, SEO, and digital technology to help businesses increase sales and achieve business goals. I specialize in blogocombat against trolls and online con artists.

Trustee of the Peoria Historical Society. 

Techno music composer and music video artist as Str8 Sounds.

I contribute articles frequently to InterBusiness Issues magazine. 


Former direct marketing ad writer on Madison Avenue. I worked at Grey Direct, the direct marketing division of Grey Advertising.

I worked on such accounts as General Motors, US Department of Defense, American Express, Chemical Bank, Doubleday Book Club, and Pepsi.

I have worked full time at Scholastic, Inc, The Wall Street Transcript Corporation, PJS Publications, Ruppman Marketing Technologies, SpyderHost Web Design, and Garden Way Marketing Associates (Troy-Bilt).

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I was quoted in Robert Scoble and Shel Israel's book Naked Conversations and acknowledged as preventing them from calling it Blog Or Die. A CNN crew visited my client Apple Blossom Farm, due to a website my company built for them, for a story on Eating Local and apple orchards.
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    Web content developer, business writer, social media specialist, web usability analyst, 2000 - present
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    SEO Specialist, 2013 - 2013
    Create SEO audits and recommendations, including HTML and web content revisions, for clients of the advertising agency.
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