Wolfgang Dorninger does it again! His cassette culture presentation will go to Vienna (Austria) May 29 to June 27, 2019.
His first Cassette Culture Node Linz exhibition in June/July 2018 was an extremely well structured insight in this cultural movement. With lectures, exhibition, work shops, concerts and more.
His lecture on video brought many thoughts to my mind - the differences between now and then
https://www.electroniccottage.org/lord-litter/thoughts-based-on-wolfgang-dorningers-cassette-culture-lecture (comes with the video)
Here you find an extensive website with info (german/english) videos, slide shows, mail art, pictures and more on what will happen in Vienna.
Be there - virtual or in Person!
Social Media (the way it is now) = Death, Destruction, Hate, Lies, Racism, Fascism, Homophobia PART 2
I think it's extremely significant that a discussion on *Social Media* brought an overwhelming feedback. Makes it obvious that it moves people - whether you're in or outside of it.
First I want to make absolutely clear: I don't *dislike* anyone of the EC community who is using *Social Media*. EC as a community only gathers positive human beings in my view and from my experience. I also want to point out, that the basic idea of *Social Media* is of course a positive one. There can't be something wrong with people coming together..but...
I think Hal came close when he wrote that it depends on one's age how one regards *Social Media*. For human beings now growing up, it is normal that people are beaten up just because they are non-white or non-heterosexual. Not *ok* (I hope) but *normal*. In Europe it was not *normal* some years ago - now it is, it happens every day - it is in the norm - it is *normal*.
Regarding *Social Media* and your age, there are sure exceptions. I see 70 year old smart phone addicts in the streets - for example, and I see 20 years old people with NO smart phone in hand. I didn't grow up with it, so I see it with a (what I think) healthy distance.
In the mid 1990s I studied multimedia in all forms, HTML, website construction, soundcreation, grafix, video, etc. With this knowledge I spent inspiring years of freelancing. The internet was in its very early days in Europe. It was an inspiring area and one could even make a very decent income. It was quite normal that one who was on the internet was learning new things, understood structures, got inspired and creative. One was automatically a creator not a consumer.
I started using the internet to spread alternative culture. A first internet radiostation that webcasted my show regularly was Indieport.com (long forgotten). In the end I had four shows. Two online, two on air. One of the shows was a weekly show that was webcasted daily. In the beginning I sent the shows on CD-R via snail mail. No way of sending big files via the net in those days. I had an early website with all kind of alternative information, links, reviews, articles, etc. Electronic communication started and all was innovative and inspiring.
A worldwide level of communication, experiment, creativity - it was called *The global village*. In those years I definitely experienced the attitude and *flair* I knew from the cassette scene in/on the internet. The whole internet was a *Social Media* like area. It was easy for me to go from *cassette culture* to *internet culture*.
Slowly something else took over. I started teaching how to use the internet A new expression was *blooming*: e-commerce. I made quite some money teaching this to companies in Berlin. And more and more the *making money* aspect took over. The world was realising how much money was to be made with these millions of people that suddenly were on the internet.
Slowly the internet turned into a money making tool. FB and the whole *Social Media* idea came alive in the early 2000s. Right from the start there was just one idea - create as many clicks as possible, this generates the profit. Yeah - this was the savior of those days: generating clicks! I remember this was a main aspect of my lectures - your website has to generate clicks - this will guarantee profit.
This never changed and the whole internet today is slave to this rule.
C U T .................
I remember an early Electronic Cottage info where Hal defines that NO hate, homophobia etc etc etc .. is welcomed at EC. - no such obvious call is known from FB (and the general *Social Media*) from the early days. So everybody was welcomed.
I repeat again - clicks should be generated, clicks would guarantee companies placing advertisement. After a slow start the amount of money involved in this process became *scary*.
People as human beings became irrelevant, they became units generating clicks.
Ever since groups that so far had no worldwide *mouth*, started using *Social Media* to come together on a worldwide level and began to spread Death, Destruction, Hate, Lies, Racism, Fascism, Homophobia ... no one stopped them. Especially not the owners of *Social Media*, every click meant profit. Whether a peace loving hippie or a hate spreading Nazi. *Social Media* embraces and unites them all.
Today - whether Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc etc, if you look behind it's all Zuckerberg - it's all there to generate clicks. He makes that much money that he can put billions aside *just in case* he needs them for being sued - billions.
I painfully began to realise that every human being, who is not white and heterosexual, is now in danger in Germany and in general in the modern society. After decades of coming together (after the Second World War), we're again drifting apart because all negative hatemongers found a platform to come together worldwide.
And I'm shocked and sad that all my non-white and non-hetero friends are back in a greater danger than they were when I started this life .. a part of the background is, because *Social Media* found a total uncontrolled playground on Planet Earth.
One of the most dangerously insane politicians ever, rules (Planet Earth) via Twitter. .. rules Planet Earth via Twitter! Every time I realise this, I simply can't believe it.
I really think we have to start to react - offer different ways, work on alternatives, start to shout, cry, and don't stop until a different movement is noticeable.
Especially being part of *Social Media* makes us part of the mainstream of today. We feed and support today's mainstream. I once entered the *alternative underground* to get away from the mainstream and its devastating effect on culture to offer a counterweight. A very *clever* move made the *new* mainstream catch all *alternative* people in recent years.
And again the mainstream teaches us how to think, look, walk, talk etc. ..
The time to offer a *adjusted counterweight* is now. All over the world I see gentle small plantlets whispering *no* ... I'm one of those old trees, so I cry. NO!!!
So again I repeat: *Social Media* (the way it is now) = Death, Destruction, Hate, Lies, Racism, Fascism, Homophobia
A fact is that I'm definitely not the only one warning against this. One example. The inventor of the Like button, after realising what he has done, feels very guilty for inventing this tool of addiction, which was right from the start planned as a tool, of addiction...and that's really only one example.
Too many people worldwide just live for this *feedback call* of *Social Media*. As soon as the bell rings they jump to the device and put their dose into the system, which sends the call to other people .. and so on.
Sure there are also positive movements supported by *Social Media* - everyone who is not white and heterosexual found a mouth to say: "Here we are and we are *normal*". But what price have we paid to support endless greed and profit...plus many of these *mouths* were there long before *Social Media* .. like Christoper Street Day.
What a chance we missed that the basic idea of *Social Media* was not used on pro-life movements..
And now please don't tell me, well - that is just the way it is, the way it always has been, business as usual - this is cynical and supports Death, Destruction, Hate, Lies, Racism, Fascism, Homophobia.
All this is just the beginning, if we don't oppose to a algorithm ruled world. I just received a first example of what will happen now, that we have a new Europe copyright law, controlled by algorithm, and of course a first *victim* I heard of is a good old buddy from the cassette culture days - and of course it happens via a *Social Media* platform. I'll try to research this and I'm planning another article on this.
PS: I barely *touched* the whole subject - I didn't even mention the expression *fake news* which is all a result and heavily supported by *Social Media*. And I didn't talk about GOOGLE - a whole planet led to search results by one company. This is horrible and terrifying - to say the least ... but it's *normal* to everyone.
Yours Don Quijote
better known as Lord Litter
I recently had an ongoing Email exchange with Anton Barbeau where we talked about what being on Facebook does to you. One of his comments "... the red "like" of FB etc does take something away. Not just time, but focus and clear-thinking." (Yes he struggles to get away from the vicious circle) I'm totally sure (and other *official* investigations proved that) being on FB dominates your way of communication - and communication is living. Being on FB and being a vivid member of EC the way you want it is kind of opposing. With every *I like* click a whole *communication* is done on FB. On Electronic Cottage one needs to think, research, work, act, react, reconsider, etc etc etc. All this is very unwanted in *Social Media* land.
43 of 55 EC Community members being on Facebook is the majority. It's a miracle EC works at all.
I'm spreading the following with every mail:
>> Social Media 2019
After recent events ... Social Media became the driving force on planet earth for Death, Destruction, Hate, Lies, Racism, Fascism, Homophobia and many more society corroding effects.
All this is based on a system that works with addiction of the individual partaker.
Addiction caused by structures, that use the longing of the human psyche. For example, "Likes" in Facebook use the longing of the humans for appreciation. After a while the call of the "Likes" becomes your heroin.
The only argument pro Social Media I often hear is "I can keep in touch with my loved ones". There are so many ways on the modern internet to keep in touch, without feeding a system that a pro life person simply can't like to support.
Every move within the Social Media structure, every message, every smiley, every click supports a system that became the driving force on Planet Earth for Death, Destruction, Hate, Lies, Racism, Fascism, Homophobia and many more society corroding effects...makes it stronger, tighter.
I imagine a world where all these people would work on small personal networks, where are (all ) these people keep in touch with their loved ones. Systems where you really only are in touch with the selected loved ones you choose.
I really wonder how much all the already obvious disastrous effects of Social Media have to increase before people will even start to learn.
I'm not spreading Social Media links via my network.
>> DON CAMPAU
1. Don Campau - part#1
2. Don Campau - part#4
1/2 CD - Disclaimer
3. Don Campau - dreams of the spiral - CD - dreams of the spiral
>> STAN BATCOW
4. Howl in The Typewriter - Black cat
5. UNIT - Game of Thrones
6. AWARE - 2000 in 10 followed by King Piranha
7. Howl in The Typewriter (plus dJohn) - A Mill1000000n
8. UNIT - The Lock & The Glen
10-12 from CD compilation - godspunk volume nineteen - http://www.pumf.net - UNIT http://www.unit-united.co.uk/
>> MASSIMO DISCEPOLI
9. Massimo Discepoli - Both Sides of the Line - http://www.massimodiscepoli.com
>> WOLFGANG DORNINGER
10. Dorninger - Analoge Systeme Intro
11. Dorninger - Analoge Systeme 3rd Movement
CD - Analoge Systeme - http://www.base.at
>> ANNA HOMLER & DAVE TUCKER
12. Anna Homler, Adrian Northover, & Dave Tucker - Nocturnal Dancer - LP - FTS003 -https://www.firstterracerecords.com/
Andrew Stulle always has been some kind of "star" from a parallel world to me. In another world he probably would've been "famous". In our universe he is just too bizarre and different.
Andrew Stulle is music and sound - 100%. Whatever he does turns into something which sure turns out to be 100% Andrew Stulle.
The first time I *met* him was via a cassette compilation in 1984. The Berlin cassette by JAR was quite cult-ish and brought a special brand of Berlin underground. The sound that wasn't easy to put in a category, so it definitely wasn't the cliche Berlin noise scene of those days I found there.
One band was Bollerman. Front man was Andrew Stulle, providing vocals, lyrics, keyboards, composition and more. It was obvious that the band was really able to play their instruments. If I remember that correct this was the song on the Berlin cassette - Bollerman: Apparattchic
Bollerman was always *between the chairs* as they say in Germany. On the one hand they had songs close to Neue deutsche Welle pop but they always spiced that with elements that took them somewhere completely different. So I guess they had problems being accepted in all cliche scenes. We liked them and I got many Bollerman release via JAR, who was distributing their releases.
I became a Bollerman fan, invited them to my *Tapedepartement Radioshow* at Radio 100 and played them regularly at my shows. In 2017 I produced a Bollerman special for Radio On Berlin. The songs but one are in german but the presentation is in english langugage. So if you want to get to know a unusual Berlin band .. here it is.
Lord Litter's Radio On Show - 29/2017 - the Bollerman Special
In 2016 Uegszel Yazmen, Bollerman's guitar player, died which marked the end of Bolleman. Noone can be replaced in this band. The whole story you can visit here http://www.bollerman.de
Here is an infotext from a Soundcloud page which offers a last 3 hour(!!) ongoing Bollerman session:
Bollerman emerged 1982 after "alganon", a berlin freerockband, split, with belando belandini and andrew stulle as the founding members. Uegszel yazmen (Guitarist of lutz ulbrich (ashra temple, lüül)) joined bollerman 1983 producing the first 10inch EP with a little help of peter schwertdfeger (producer of malaria) and bommi bommarius (formely drummer of karthargo). Productions and gigs with victor vibrator (guit.) mixing "new german wave" and allstyle improvisations marked the following years, twice a year wuddn joined in on his saxophon. But Bollerman wasn't to stop at that: art projects, i.e. with designers stiletto, gordon monaham and laura kikauka (akademie der künste, berlin '94), tv-shows for open channel berlin (OKB) and the legendary FAB tv live concert (quartier latin) kept everybody busy. The late 90's saw new artists robert ratte, stoepsel, blasebalg, the wonderfull Bert Wax and many others contribute to the ever evolving BOLLERMAN!!!!!
Since the early days Andrew Stulle had an own studio, creating whatever, whenever. Here is a view into this studio, taken 2013. As so often the song is an out of the blue creation including lyrics, which are always a special aspect presenting bizarre dimensions.
Andrew Stulle had/has several projects with all kind of very different music/sound.
An early one was Nesthaken, described as "Porn Scratching". Unfortunately the real bizarre first LP is nowhere to check out. This brought Andrew Stulle a short moment on German mainstream TV, presenting his Nesthaken concept. If I remember that correct, the audience stared in disbelief and smiled helpless.
Sometimes he likes to appear as Andrew Stulle as solo piano ballad musician.
Andrew Stulle (bollerman) - poet poet
Sometimes he is FROYD, some kind of Techno Kraut
Froyd - abhöre eins / elektrotonstromsause
A new project(?) simply as Andrew Stulle, some real bizarre creations .. or is it just sketches? ... or what the hell is this?
Andrew Stulle - aeusserstes Level
And a real new online release, some kind of electronic Kraut. Starts with the statement "Dialog mit den Maschinen" / "Dialogue with the machines".
Autopilot - Signalstation
Andrew Stulle is always Berlin, Berlin Kraut living in Rudow. When it was a divided city the district Rudow was almost East Berlin, deep in the heart of the East Berlin districts Treptow/Koepenick. I think that brought a special flavour to his work, a flavour one can't translate. That starts with the name "Stulle", which is translated as "sandwich". Sorry, really total nonsense, a Berlin "Stulle" has no relation whatsover to a "sandwich". The feeling/flair of a Berlin "Stulle" you can't translate - the Berlin cultural context defines a Berlin "Stulle". One song though was *famous* in the USA, a track from the Bollerman LP called "Fuck my horse", which was also appreciated by Don Campau probably not on his radioshow.
Many Berlin musicians became quite famous after the Berlin *explosion* of the 80s - most of them now totally boring to me because they joined the usual choir. Andrew Stulle always stayed in the underground..always interesting and surprising..and still around! ... somewhere in Rudow...
Lord Litter, February 2019
1. Blake Jones and the Trike Shop - Goldfinger
2. Blake Jones and the Trike Shop - That Abandoned Theatre
1/2 CD - Make -
3. Sleep 13 - Birds
4. Sleep 13 - Asbestos
3/4 CD - Sleep 13
5. Wipeout - Thrift
6. Wipeout - Subwoovers on wheels
5/6 CD - Anthems for the underachievers
>> Classic Cassette Compilation Special
ODE TO SAMANTHA FOX / Soft Blend
7. Paladin Chamber Orchestra With Vivaldi Percussion Ensemble - La mutande de Samatha (extract)
8. Pol Silentblock - Somme en tas; fax
9. Jody And The Creams - Moulted fur from a labrador (part 2 & 24)
10. E. Hermbersin - Prelude pour Samantha
11. Les Amis De Sammy S'y Sont Mis - Ode a Sam (attention, le gain's barre) (part1 &2)
12. Sack - Showing - http://haraldsackziegler.de/
13. Lady June - I think I'm growing down
14. Machine Maid Man - Simple sam says
The compilation was released on INSANE MUSIC in 1990, whose mastermind Alain Neffe you will find here:
>> Alain Neffe
- YouTube Interview (from 2015)
15. Walls Of Genius - Wishful Thinking
16. Walls Of Genius - In the Belly Of The Trombone
15/16 CD - Wanted: "El Jefe Loco" -http://www.haltapes.com/walls-of-genius.html
17. nick nicely - The Doors of Perception - 7" vinyl -http://www.fruitsdemerrecords.com
>> Cassette Compilation > Berlin TAPE Run (Cassette Culture Node Linz Edition)
18. James Edmonds - opening boxes
19. Beryl Smith / Lara Suzanne Schroeder - milk causing realisation
20. Marcel Turkowsky - visitation 159
I produced this exclusive radioshow with the EC community in mind - there may be more forthcoming...hope you like this!
Listen in streaming audio and download — 320 kbps mp3
hosted right here at the Electronic Cottage website
1. Stephane Leonard - Train
2. Rinus van Alebeek - Theme from Thomas Park
1/2 MC - Berlin Tape Run (Cassette Culture Node Linz Edition)
3. June Crawford - excerpts from side a - MC - What That Says About Me
1-3 http://www.staaltape.wordpress.com - http://www.Radio-On-Berlin.com
Rinus van Alebeek
>> PUMF RECORDS
4. Quougnpt - Arse Goop / Sick Light - CD-R - Sprouting Potatoes
5. UNIT - Game of Thrones
6. AWARE - 2000 in 10 followed by King Piranha
7. The Large Veiny Members - Hanging Like An Elf
5-7 CD compilation "Godspunk Volume Nineteen"
8. Howl in the Typewriter - 7 minute excerpt from Manifesto - CD -
Manifesto, A Universal Declaration of Indespendence
9. Walls Of Genius - Wishful Thinking
10. Walls Of Genius - In Uneasy Dreams
9/10 - CD - Wanted: "El Jefe Loco"
11. The NoMen - Trogglodyte - CD - The Pain Of Jazz - http://www.topplers.net
12. Mutant Press. - fukdnra - CD - Hand of Fate - http://www.mutantpress.com
13. The Smiling Buddhas - Rocca dei Borgia - CD - Latium - http://www.base.at
LORD LITTER'S RADIO ON SHOW_7
The show was on http://www.Radio-On-Berlin.com in october / november 2018 and is now on archive.org *forever*...
>> Classic Cassette Compilation
1. 48 Cameras - Eleanor Rigby
2. SHA 267 - Me:Shell!
3. M. Nomized - Blackbird (j'aime pas trop)
4. P. Silentelock & Co - Yellow Submarine
5 Machine Maid Man - Hello Goodbye
12/13 - The Great "We Love The Beetles" Swindle - 2 Music Cassette Compilation - comes in Curver mini Trash Can - sorry no more contact available
>> GENERATIONS UNLIMITED back at TRASH TONE STUDIO Berlin ....
At the summer 2018 visit Generations Unlimited (Gen Ken Montgomery & Crystal Penalosa) talk about: Internet, Social Media, Electronic Cottage, cassettes today
Ambience created with the following cassettes:
6. Conrad Schnitzler - RED (presenting the cassette player concert)
7. IF, BWANA - Porto Piece I, Percussion Box
8. Seidel & Montgomery - side a
>> The Kylie GOLDEN Remix tape (Vol. 1 & 2)
9. Kylie Minogue - Golden Cassette
10. El Tonto Bing Bang - The very exiting Moment
11. Olivia Pathos - Ping Pong Ployd
12. Iggy Jazzrock - Are you ready for this?
>>> Darrell Draeger's Cassette Culture Blog
13. Raul Salinas w/ Richard Rodriguez (Trumpet) - Casting My Vote - MC - INTIMACIES - "Austin Poets Audio Anthology Project Vol 01"
14. The Someday People - Kraftwerk Vs. Tarzan - MC - Very Silly!! (1989)
15. Hal McGee - flight patterns of birds (excerpt) - CD - between coincidence and augury - http://www.haltapes.com/ - http://www.electroniccottage.org
Facts, Myths & Lies of DIY music 1987-1993
Darrel Draeger's cassette culture blog
1. THE RUDY SCHWARTZ PROJECT
- Lynyrd Skynyrd Memorial Tractor Pull - MC - Bowling For Appliances
(1987) - today:
2. Gary Wray
- The Wind - MC - Back From Pluto - today: Tabonga's Monster Shop
3. Hermanos Guzanos
- Got'sta Giv'it Up - MC / CD - The Worm People
4. John Bartles / Hermanos Guzanos
- Used To Be A Preacher! - MC - Music Licked Clean By Dirty Crows In The Moonlight (1990)
5. THE LARRY MONDELLO BAND
- Somebody/Nobody - MC - Mondello Mantras (1991) -
http://www.mondellomusic.com/ - interview/article:
6. Rattus Rex
- Different Ways - MC compilation - Underground Pop? - Gaby Tiger (Rattus Rex)
7. SCOTT DAVEY
- Tales from the Grassy Knoll: Entrances & Exits - MC - Goner (1993)
8. Big Jed - My Town First
9. Crash and Burn - Last Night Stand
8/9 from Cassette Compilation "Refried Dreams"
The United World Underground Collection
.. a Lightscribe data disc, contains 30 DIY cassette albums, several PDF books, CD compilation, bonus tracks.. and more.
1. L.G. Mair Jr. (U.S.A.) - Return To The Vortex
2. (Magic Moments) At Twilight Time (U.K.)
- Caulphorquaets - IN LOVING MEMORY OF KATE TWILIGHT 1968-99
3. Elza (Ukraine) - Marijuana
4. Galactic Lilah Et L'Orchestre-Fantôme (Belgium)
- Jumping Heart, Variation II
5. Toshiyuki Hiraoka (Japan) - T10 - http://www.toshiyukihiraoka.com
6. Rotton Kidz (Thailand) - Southeast Asia Peace Circle Dance
7. Jaws Of The Flying Carpet (Canada) - Sub-Orbital Grig
.. all tracks taken from the free music webpage that goes with the compilation, all bands taking part.
The United World Underground Collection - http://www.mickmagic.net
the show was on daily rotation via radio On Berlin throughout september 2018 and is now available *forever* from http://www.archive.org
...The *I HEAR A NEW WORLD* Special...
1. Joe Meek - Glob Waterfall
2. Joe Meek - Magnetic Field (excerpt)
1/2 CD, special edition, enhanced CD - I hear a new world
3. The NoMen with the Blue Giant Zeta Puppies - Valley Of The Saroos
4. The NoMen with the Blue Giant Zeta Puppies - I hear a new world
5. The NoMen with the Blue Giant Zeta Puppies - The Builblight
3-5 from CD - I hear a new world, a stereo fantasy, composed and devised by Joe Meek - https://thenomen.bandcamp.com/
6. The NoMen - The Pain of Jazz
7. The NoMen - Spontanous Baby
8. The NoMen - Middle Class Blues
9. The NoMen - Black is Black
6-9 CD - The Pain of Jazz - https://thenomen.bandcamp.com/
10. Katie Anne Mitchell - Chapter 1: Origins
11. Katie Anne Mitchell - Goodbeye Eddie
10/11 double CD - The Many Lives of Mockingbird - https://www.katieannemitchell.com/
Lord Litter's in depth interview with Katie Anne Mitchell, Singer-songwriter/ Storyteller/actress: “As one fan describes on watching her perform at Folk Alliance International that watching her is like watching the musical “Theatre of the Absurd”.
>> Gen Ken Montgomery explains in-depth about the *Twenty-Seven Years Later* Cassette release
12. Gaston Bertin
13. Tom Dimuzio
14. David Lee Myers
15. Charles Goff III
16. Bill Buchen/Sonic Architecture
17. Mariano Airadli
18. Mark Lane
19. Small Cruel Party
12-19 word messages, 20 Sound from MC *Twenty-Seven Years Later
>> ELECTRONIC COTTAGE .........compilation...............
21. Ditlev Buster - Welcome to the EC compilation
22. Don Campau - Too Hot for Hands
23. Walls of Genius - Escape of the Madman
34. Swami Loopynanda - Twisted in Space
35. Ken Montgomery - Kisses
36. Chris Phinney - Slap Shot
37. Hal McGee - microcassette assemblage for Electronic Cottage
> ELECTRONIC COTTAGE - alternative international community
dedicated to homemade & DIY experimental art and music, Cassette Culture, Mail Art and zines - https://www.electroniccottage.org/
> Electronic Cottage Magazine Issue One April 1989 (download)
38. Kris Gietkowski - A Visit to Newport Hospital - color vinyl LP