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Andrew Octopus: The Octopus Files, November 08

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My fellow Americans, I am happy to accept your nomination…wait, no.

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My fellow Americans, I am happy to accept your nomination…wait, no. This morning, the laboratory reeks of stale brominated vegetable oil and tight yet ambitious algorithmic code, forcing me to answer why I still make mixtapes. It’s my stubborn quantum journalist music nerd fact-checking know-it-all gene acting up. Sometimes the little things that hold the story together are ciphered into the high scores on pinball machines. But sometimes, they’re in plain sight, enmeshed in a celebrealist web. For instance: you all knew Hannah Montana was really Miley Cyrus. But did you know Miley Cyrus is really TrainReq08, posting her own pictures in an effort to keep her name in the news right before the Best of Both Worlds DVD release? Or which two worlds she might be saying she has (/is?) the best of? Think, people.

More from Mental Illness as a Technology headspace: isn’t the point of AIM and automata theory that you can share your multiple personalities on the Internet? The basis for a point-click topology of complex music; an imaginary DJ with real listeners?  Or just the teacher at an online school where the girls are doing body piercing and the boys are learning circuit bending. One day, historical analysts will look back and note that the Sony Corporation successfully developed and marketed the two most important developments in the electronics and popular culture of the Millennial era. One was the Compact Disc.  The other was Britney Spears. Speaking of the remixable cyberdiva, I hope I can count on your vote to produce her next album.

One of my experimental music correspondents has reduced his performance gear to Nintendo DS units running a mix of imported and homebrew audio ware. The ideal goal, he says, is to eventually run it from an iPhone. (Bill Gates predicted a few years ago that MP3 players and cell phones would begin to hybridize within this decade.) The upswing in text messaging and pop-music-as-ringtone shows not only a trend towards miniaturization, but also quantization—the move from continuous intervals to discrete samples, not just in terms of processing but also in the way of philosophy. Music is intrinsically linked to our notions of body, mind, space, and time. As these ideas change, so do the synesthetic sound cities we construct to translate our realities into imagination. And so, until next time, imagine...


Andrew Octopus, 2008

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