The Hanged Man
collage, ink and colored pencils on paper
8.5″ x 11″
Images, Symbols and The World Around Us
We live in a world made of images and symbols which we perceive through our eyes and interpret with our brains. As we grow, we learn to see the world and it’s images, and these images become loaded with all kinds of meaning, some good and some bad.
Each one of us, through our different temperaments and experiences, will form our own individualized set of responses to these images around us. And these responses will, for the most part, lead and guide a person through life.
This leads to a very simple truth: Change the way you view the world around you and you change the way you think and act.
To me, this is the meaning behind the tarot card image of The Hanged Man. A man, viewing a world upside down, hanging in meditation, bliss and enlightenment.
Symbolism In This Drawing
In this drawing I borrowed the central image from The Hanged Man card, number twelve in the Major Arcana, from the Rider-Waite tarot deck.
Here he hangs suspended between heaven and earth on the World Tree, with white hair of wisdom, representing the hermetic ideal of As Above, So Below.
The two obelisks represent at least four different things, one of which is the twelve houses of the zodiac, as the hanging man’s illumination represents the sun at the center.
The clouds above represent the process of consciousness entering the body and the process of individualization… and that’s just a few of the many symbols in this drawing. With much thought and meditation it is possible to find and interpret the numerous other symbols imbedded in this drawing.
It’s this process of thought and meditation which helps us understand the “why” behind the way we see things and opens the door to seeing in a whole new way. Symbols are like keys to unlock those doors.
Enjoy exploring the drawing!
Other interpretations of The Hanged Man tarot card:
Documenting the deteriorating connection between truth and reality in these times…
About This Sound Collage Collection
UFOverdriver began creating sound collages in early 2010, and throughout that year released two different digital albums and a number of digital EPs and several collaborative projects.
Since April of 2011, UFOverdriver has limited it’s releases to a small number of digital EPs and single track recordings (you can find all those on the UFOverdriver BandCamp Site), capturing the various impulses from the collective consciousness, and my own impressions on this moment we’re living through – yesterday, today and tomorrow…
Grand Deception Star is a collection of selected sound collages from December of 2010 through May of 2012, and though previously released on their own, make a complete vision when grouped together.
A Grand Deception Star
Some people would say, without a doubt, our country (U.S.A.) has accelerated it’s long move towards manifesting the dsytopian dream of some very secretive individuals and groups.
Through the use of the mainstream media, political manipulations, financial control of the banks and monetary policies, the military industrial complex, the private prison industry and an innumerable amount of deception and lying, these people have created a world of illusion and misinformation that fools many people into believing what they’re told is the true reality.
But it’s not reality – it’s just a grand deception star that’s so bright and luminous, so all encompassing, it obscures the truth and illuminates the lies as reality.
“Exposure to true information does not matter anymore…” (taken from a video of an “ex-KGB agent”…)
This sound collage captures a small piece of this dystopian change, chaos and confusion.
Listen To Grand Deception Star
Transcendence Happening Here – The Earthquake and Tsunami Dream
April 28, 2011 – 06:57
This Land Is Your Dream – We Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.1
November 20, 2011– 02:32
Life Is But A Dream – We Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.2
November 20, 2011 – 02:52
The Old World Order Defense Screen – We Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.3
November 20, 2011 – 01:18
The Highway Is A Riot Tonight– We Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.4
November 20, 2011 – 02:36
Has Anybody Seen Sam Lowry? The Seven Curses Mix
February 20, 2012 – 09:57
Make Today The Day May 28, 2012 – 03:24
Track By Track
Track 1 – Transcendence Happening Here – The Earthquake and Tsunami Dream
Released on April 28, 2011 Length: 06:57
This sound collage is built around samples from the Buffalo Springfield classic – “For What It’s Worth”.
The piece takes the form of a dream of an earthquake followed by a tsunami and uses sound clips from audio recordings of the sound of the March 2011 9.0 magnitude earthquake in Japan.
Track 2 – This Land Is Your Dream – We Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.1
Released on November 20, 2011 Length: 02:32
UFOvedriver echos the voices of the 99% in a track that includes “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, the “Put A Bird On It” skit by Portlandia, sound clips from the movie “Ship of Fools” and more…
This track and the next three are from a sound collage EP called “We Can Turn It Upside Down” and the complete group was inspired by the actions of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Track 3 -Life Is But A Dream – We Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.2
Released on November 20, 2011 Length: 02:52
This track includes samples from “Exquisite Corpse” by Bauhaus, “The Ghost of Tom Joad” by Bruce Springsteen, “Mysticism” by Evelyn Underhill, quotes from Alan Watts and other audio material…
Track 4 -The Old World Order Defense Screen – We Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.3
Released on November 20, 2011
This track includes a man raving at a shopping mall, lots of typewriter sounds and Alan Watts pontificating…
Track 5 – The Highway Is A Riot Tonight – We Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.4
Released on November 20, 2011 Length: 02:36
This track includes audio from the fall of 2011 police crackdowns on Occupy Davis and Occupy Oakland, samples from “The Ghost of Tom Joad” by Bruce Springsteen, quotes from Alan Watts and other audio material…
Track 6 – Has Anybody Seen Sam Lowry? The Seven Curses Mix
Released on February 20, 2012 Length: 09:57
The title of this track comes from a quote in the epic dystopian movie Brazil by Terry Gilliam and uses various sound clips from that film.
When Obama signed the NDAA on New Year’s Eve, 2011 and opened the door to indefinite military detention for American citizens, we slipped further into the gravity of the Grand Deception Star…
After laying down “seven curses on a judge so cruel”, this track goes into the collective unconscious, wondering – Dreams, Choices, Decision, Stories… how does the world come into existence?
There is a long monologue during this sound collage – it comes from the opening scene of the classic stream-of-consciousness movie Slacker by Richard Linklater while riding in a cab from the bus station to the next scene in the movie.
Track 7 – Make Today The Day
Released on May 28, 2012 Length: 03:24
This track brings us into the heart of the Grand Deception Star –
“Politics is weird… and creepy, and now I know it lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality…” – Shep Smith
Using sound clips, atmospheric loops, video footage shot in Joshua Tree, along with the usual UFOverdriver blend of dreams, the sub-conscious, and the everyday, this sound collage visualscape from UFOverdriver takes a ride through the desert in that strange zone between the blue pill and the red pill, the real and the super-real.
“Exposure to true information does not matter anymore…”
“We talked through the air in those days… thousands and thousands of miles…”
Watch the video for Make Today The Day
Buy the CD – Only $7.99 Plus Shipping!
That’s right UFOverdriver fans, this sound collage will soon be available on a good, old-fashioned CD, with a jewel case and everything!
Of course, you can always download the album for FREE (at least for now you can), but the die-hard UFOverdriver fans want the real deal – the physical object – a CD to put in their collection and have available whenever the mood strikes them for that unique UFOverdriver sound experience.
This album was released on CD on July 25, 2012 for the very low cost of $7.99 plus $3.00 shipping and handling …
Download this sound collage for FREE
Don’t want to invest in a CD and have that exciting time of waiting for a new CD to arrive in the mail? Don’t worry, you can download this complete album for free – that’s right – FREE! (Until further notice, of course)
Either visit our BandCamp site and download it in a number of different high-quality audio formats (limited quantities available), or click the link below, and download all seven tracks of high-quality MP3s, complete with album art in a zip file (91 MB) – ready to drop in your iTunes (or whatever MP3 music player you use) and enjoy – instant gratification.