PORTFOLIO – The Art of Jon Christopher

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Jon, onehumanbeing“So, what do you do?”

“I’m an artist.”

“Really, what kind of art do you make? Do you paint?”

This is where I always pause, while my brain quickly runs through the mental catalog of the numerous art objects I’ve created over my lifetime, the wide variety…

“I do all kinds of stuff…” I usually end up replying.

If they look like they might want to hear more, I might say, “Mostly I make collages. Just about everything I do is based on collage – putting separate items together to create a new image, object, idea, sound-scape etc.”

Most people seem to go blank at this point. That’s when I throw in a new idea for them to consider, “Right now I’m focused on consciousness, and how to make art out of consciousness.”

I’m very proud of the brave people who want to find out more after that…

Introducing PORTFOLIO

PORTFOLIO from onehumanbeing.com

  • 112 Paintings
  • 98 Drawings
  • 155 Collages
  • 41 Photo Works
  • 9 Videos
  • Sound Collages – 6 albums, 7 EPs, 5 Singles and 4 Early Works

I’ve spent the last week (about 80 hours of computer time) adding work to the online retrospective show of my art since 1991. This is a major upgrade to a site I started work on in 2011 – if you visited it before you’ll find that the whole site has been extensively updated.

It’s been a very involved process, and just might be my favorite website I’ve ever built.

The PORTFOLIO is now open and ready for viewing! Continue reading

UFOverdriver 2012 And Beyond Project

You can add your voice to a UFOverdriver sound collage!

I’m looking for people who want to do a little vocal acting and also share an audio recording of their opinion for a future UFOverdriver sound collage.

UFOverdriver 2012 And Beyond Project

The future is a great, wide expanse of imagination and intentions, and I’m going to try a capture some of that for an upcoming sound collage project – and you can participate.

Below you’ll find a script of phrases I’m looking for to use in a future sound collage along with a chance to add your opinion of what the future will be like in ten years…

Choose a few phrases, practice them a couple of times, and then record them on your smart phone, iPhone, or your computer – then send them into onehumanbeing.com using the form below and you just might hear your voice in a UFOverdriver sound collage.

Of course, I’ll give credit to anyone whose voice I use, and you could end up immortalized on a CD until the end of known time…

Scripted Phrases And Words To Choose From…

  • “I never could have believed such a thing could happen.” (a voice of wonderment)
  • “Is that all there is to the end of the world?” (cynical despair)
  • “Can I see your voter ID, please.” (Bureaucratic)
  • “Hope” (choose how you want to say it)
  • “Change” (choose how you want to say it)
  • “Be The Change” (optimistic, positive, forward-looking)
  • “Trash would be more like it…” (Dismissive)
  • “I’m a Prepper” (bold statement)
  • “Love – it’s all about love…” (Idealistic)
  • “I’m an Army of One…” (either menacing or boastful)
  • “No More Poverty Now” (like a protest shout)
  • “Don’t give me your do-goody-goody-bullshit.” (choose how you want to say it)

(Please note – more phrases will be added so check back – multiple submissions are encouraged)

Along with the pre-scripted phrases, I’m also looking for your opinion based on finishing the following phrase:

“In ten years human beings will be…”

Choose up to four phrases, record them (use the highest quality you can), save them to your computer and use this form to upload the to UFOverdriver.

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New Souvenirs From The End Of The Age

 The End Of The Age

There is a lot of talk these days about “The end of the world”, and in my opinion it’s not the end of the world but the end of the age we are witnessing right now – also known as the Kali Yuga – a time of chaos, destruction and rebirth.

The Dream of a King

There was a Babylonian king who had a dream thousands of years ago. He saw a giant statue of a man standing on a great plain of the desert.

The head and neck was made of gold, it’s arms and torso made of silver, it’s hips and loins made of bronze, the legs made of iron and it’s feet made of a mixture iron and clay.

As the king was watching this statue in his dream, a giant stone was shaped from a mountain and thrown by an unseen hand and it rolled across the great desert until it smashed into the statue and obliterated it.

Then the stone that smashed the statue became a new mountain and it’s kingdom was established forever.

We are now in that moment when the stone is rolling across the desert toward the statue.

Devolution And The Ages In Decline

Long ago there existed a golden age of man, which gave way to the silver age. Later on both of those ages were swept away and the bronze age began.

When Rome arose we entered the iron age of man and since the “Renaissance” we’ve been in the iron and clay mixture that made the feet of the great statue.

Where-as most contemporary history treats our moment in time as the pinnacle of man’s ascent on the mountain of civilization, I see it in reverse. We are the feet of clay and iron, not the head of gold.

But this won’t last – the next great age is just around the corner – but more on that later.

A Time Of Collapse

The ideas, sounds, emotions, and words in this collage represent a world in collapse, where violence seems to surround us on a daily basis and no one knows who is on who’s side anymore.

Is our Government for us or against us? Is our Government, CIA, FBI, NSA, TSA, DHS, and all those other lettered agencies for us or working against us? Who are these crazed mass-killers? Have they been hypnotized and turned into human sock puppets for some psychopath pulling the strings in the background?

And all these weapons – it’s like there’s been a giant Government giveaway of guns… hold it, that part is true.

These thoughts and more blend in this sound collage which contain Explicit Content – both language and violence – so be warned…

Close Your Eyes And Listen To This Sound Collage

Complete sound collage length: 20:12

Track Listing

1. A Free Weapons Giveaway Program 02:30

2. I Will Be King And I Couldn’t Control Myself 02:14

3. Nuclear Infowars Hypnosis – It’s In The Code 03:42

4. We’re All More Suggestible In Groups 03:35

5. A Fast And Furious Commercial Break 00:52

6. The Hot Seat Pinched My Ass 01:55

7. Fatman and Little Boy, We Can Be Heroes Just for One Day 02:14

8. The End Of The World Is The End Of The World 03:06

Materials Used

This sound collage really began a couple of months ago when the John Lennon song I Don’t Want To Be A Solider, Mama got stuck in my head.

I kept thinking “If someone starts a revolution, I’m going be a solider whether I want to or not – and I don’t want to be a solider, mama…”

That song, along with David Bowie’s Heroes, became the music that comes and goes in the back ground along with several drum loops mixed together…

I also took material from the movie Slacker which includes the Ranting “Weapons Give-away Program” Guy (played by Kendal Smith of Cameron, Texas – his rant starts about the 1:35 point):

In the process of creating this piece I found a video of The Amazing Kreskin – a mentalist, who ended up becoming a major star of this sound collage.

Here’s the video of The Amazing Kreskin I used – Enjoy!

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Note: My heart goes out to the Sikh community in Wisconsin – this kind of ongoing American tragedy is one of the subjects in the sound collage I’m just about ready to release today – which I just finished mixing last night. It makes me so sad…

Making Sound Collages…

Just a little thought about the process

When I’m making a sound collage it’s an experience that is very visual for me, like I’m working on a physical collage – except the picture is just in my head, and what everyone else experiences is an audio experience.

In my mind I’m seeing something like a Robert Rauschenberg collage painting…

Above: Kennedy by Robert Rauschenberg

And then there’s the mixer (shown below), which doesn’t look like the picture of the collage in my head, but creates a secondary image of the collage framework I have to work with to translate my mental image into audio form.

Here’s a screen shot of my latest sound collage I’m working on, tentatively called Souvenirs From The End Of The World

Building The Sound Collage

I tear off a large piece of some song or sound piece that I want to use as a background texture. I paste that down and then add various elements to build the collage.

If I have a theme in mind I gather materials to use to support my theme – a song clip of this, a loop of that, a variety of incidentals, maybe a major quote or two, and sometimes an extended spoken word piece.

If I don’t have a theme then I’ll go deeper into the sub-conscious and dig through some material I’ve collected and hear what catches my ear, and then another thing and then another… and slowly I start seeing and hearing the direction the sound collage is going to go and I gather more materials to support that direction.

All in all it’s a 25% purpose-driven and about 75% intuition-driven. I’m working on bringing up that intuition percentage.

4 UFOverdriver CDs Now Available!

3 complete albums, and one EP of sound collages are NOW available from UFOverdriver on CD!!!

Each album takes you on a journey of sound aboard the UFOverdriver into the sub-conscious realms of today and the quantum possibilities of tomorrow…

Click on an album cover to find out more information about that sound collage and use the PayPal button to order any album… (Shopping cart and multiple CD orders coming very soon…)

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Grand Deception Star

Original Release Date: June 27, 2012

Number of Tracks: 7

Length: 29:36

About: 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.

FREE Download Link: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/download/UFOverdriver-Grand-Deception-Star.zip

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A New American Prayer

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Original Release Date: June 10, 2010

Number of Tracks: 13

Length: 53:15

About: After numerous late night flights at 72,000 feet of the UFOverdriver for the purpose of taking audiographic measurement of the subconscious weather over North America during the spring months of 2010, one human recording is proud to present the composite audiograph (or sound collage) to document the flux density of this passage of time.

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The Brothership Has Landed

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Original Release Date: March 17, 2010

Number of Tracks: 12

Length: 43:37

About: What happens when you cut-up and re-mix Pink Floyd’s classic 1977 album Animals with various samples and loops from Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, David Byrne and Brian Eno, DJ John Digweed and other musical slices – along with a number of sound clips from the mass media and popular culture? You get a snapshot of current events in the form of an epic sound collage called The Brothership Has Landed…This sound collage was constructed between March 5th and March 17th, 2010 – The structure follows Pink Floyd’s Animalsand is divided into 3 Acts, and the completed piece contains 12 individual tracks, with a total length of nearly 44 minutes long.

FREE Download Link: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/download/The_Brothership_Has_Landed.zip

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Calling Down The UFOverdriver – EP

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Original Release Date: January 29, 2010

Number of Tracks: 4

Length: 25:36

About:These are the first two sound collages from UFOverdriver and the beginning of these journeys.Both tracks were recorded in January of 2010, and helped to call down the UFOverdriver… (CD includes two bonus tracks)FREE Download Link: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/download/Calling_Down_The_UFOverdriver.zip

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Today’s Image #308

Title“Red Astronaut Painting #1
Dimensions
36″ x 24″
Format – 
mixed-media on canvas
Date
February 2011

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This painting hangs on the wall across from the sofa I sit on while I write, draw, think, relax, drink my coffee, enjoy my herb, etc., so I’ve spent literally hundreds of hours staring at this Red Astronaut.

I created this painting in February 2011, during the same time period as when I was making my UFOverdriver “Space Odyssey” sound collages; Time Minus One, A Space Odyssey Mix (Dec 2010)  and The Esperanto Group, X Minus One Mix (January 2011)

Here’s the sound collage called Time Minus One, A Space Odyssey Mix – Enjoy!

I’ll be share a few other paintings from the same time in the next few days…

Today’s Image #301

Title“A New American Prayer – Album Insert
Dimensions – square format – various sizes
Format –  digital collage
Date – 2012

Here’s a photo of me wearing my Blue Katchina Headdress, my Kukulcan Helmet of Consciousness, my Quetzalcoatl Crown of Returning… all these things and more.

It’s one of the images I created while working on the CD package for the sound collage from 2010 (when Tania took this photo of me) called A New American Prayer.

I digitally added an old drawing of how consciousness works (or so they thought), and it fit so well I decided to keep it… I thought it added a very “Mayan” look with my dreadlocks.

Just a reminder – CDs are coming out very soon along with a special give-away!

Today’s Image #300

Title“A New American Prayer – Album Cover
Dimensions – square format – various sizes
Format –  digital collage
Date – 2010

This is the album cover I designed for UFOverdriver for it’s second full length epic sound collage called A New American Prayer.

This is much more personal sound collage, dealing with issues like bi-polar disorder, the civil rights movement, the power of Martin Luther King‘s speeches, the poetry of Jim Morrison, the deep inequalities in our country, and the destruction of the planet by our species.

I worked on the sound collage through May and early June of 2010 when the stories of the BP oil disaster were in the news constantly.

This album had a video called Dream Leaver

About The Video

This is a sound collage from UFOverdriver called The Dream Leaver – Track #6 from the album A New American Prayer – Release in June 2010

— Source material for this sound collage includes Dream Weaver by Gary Wright and God by John Lennon. Enjoy!

The Album Cover

The image used on the album cover was from the civil rights march that took place at the same time I was being born in June 1964.

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Today’s Image #299

Title“The Brothership Has Landed – Album Cover
Dimensions – square format – various sizes
Format –  digital collage
Date – 2010

This is the album cover I designed for UFOverdriver for it’s first full length (44 minutes long) epic sound collage called The Brothership Has Landed – the title being a direct reference the the Hopi Indian legend of the future arrive of the true white brother.

From The Back of the CD

What happens when you cut-up and re-mix Pink Floyd’s classic 1977 album Animals with Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, David Byrne and Brian Eno,  DJ John Digweed and other musical slices along with a number of sound clips from the mass media and popular culture? You get a snap shot of current and future events in the form of an epic sound collage by UFOverdriver called The Brothership Has Landed

This sound collage was constructed in 3 Acts between March 5th and March 17th, 2010 – and the completed piece contains 12 individual tracks, with a total length of nearly 44 minutes long.

About The Album Cover Image

This is taken from a photo of the Battersea Power Station on England. This building was used from the album shoot for Pink Floyd‘s album Animals – among other things…

You can find out more about Battersea Power Station here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battersea_Power_Station

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Today’s Image #298

Title“Calling Down The UFOverdriver – Album Cover
Dimensions – square format – various sizes
Format –  digital collage
Date – 2010

This is the album cover I designed for UFOverdriver for it’s first EP, which contains the first two UFOverdriver sound collages; Area 5150 and Integratronic.

Here’s the videoscape for Area 5150 – the sound collage that kicked off the UFOverdriver project in January 2010 – Enjoy!

Bonus Tracks

Also included in the EP is two bonus tracks, both them featuring Automatic Pete, the on-board computer – he’s very well spoken and a bit poetic. In the first he explains how the UFOverdriver flies through the air like a Vimana. In the second he gives a dramatic reading of Frank Zappa’s song Trouble Every Day – a real treat, in my opinion.

The Album Cover

The image used is of Shiva and his consort Parvati:

Shiva with Parvati. Shiva is depicted three-eyed, the Ganges flowing through his matted hair (which are yellowish-white or like molten gold), wearing ornaments of serpents and a skull bracelet, and covered in ashes, and Trisula and Damaru are seen in the background.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiva

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Today’s Image #297

Title“The Grand Deception Star Flies Over It’s Dominion
Dimensions – square format – various sizes
Format –  digital collage
Date – 2012

This is the graphic I created for the new sound collage CD from UFOverdriver called Grand Deception Star.

As you can see, the Grand Deception Star (constructed of all-seeing eyes, a pyramid of deception, a symbol of the International Monetary Fund and rays of light from a Freemason symbol) is flying over it’s dominion, a landscape of illusion.

The lands below are constructed from several charts – one of international corporate control, and one of secret societies and how they interconnect.

A rather famous landmark (hint: it’s located in Vatican City) is repeated three times in the background, and, of course, we have the masses of people underneath it all.

Does it have some kind of meaning? Oh yes, but I’ll let you work it out…

BTW – The new CD comes out in just a few days!

Grand Deception Star

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

Track Listing

  1. Transcendence Happening Here – The Earthquake and Tsunami Dream
    April 28, 2011 – 06:57
  2. This Land Is Your DreamWe Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.1
    November 20, 2011– 02:32
  3. Life Is But A DreamWe Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.2
    November 20, 2011 – 02:52
  4. The Old World Order Defense ScreenWe Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.3
    November 20, 2011 – 01:18
  5. The Highway Is A Riot Tonight – We Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.4
    November 20, 2011 – 02:36
  6. Has Anybody Seen Sam Lowry? The Seven Curses Mix
    February 20, 2012 – 09:57
  7. 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 DreamWe 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 DreamWe 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…

Also, the voice at the beginning of this track comes from a video by this cool couple that has built their own small house to travel in – here’s a link: tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house-video/homemade-spaceship-a-tiny-american-dream-house/

Track 4 -The Old World Order Defense ScreenWe Can Turn It Upside Down Pt.3

Released on November 20, 2011
Length: 01:18

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 TonightWe 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

 

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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 …




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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.

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The Sound of Early June…

Soundtrack For The June Gloom

I have several albums that I’m listening to that are forming my June 2012 soundtrack – the lead one is M. Ward’s 2006 album Post War, it’s really gotten under my skin and it’s turned out to be perfect for Long Beach’s “June Gloom” days…

Most June’s we have overcast mornings which are referred to locally as “June Gloom.” I like to think of it as extended coffee drinking hours…

Here’s one of the songs from this M. Ward album, it’s called Chinese Translation (this is a pretty cute video – enjoy!)

Now That The Coffee Is Kicking In

After playing Post War (and after my morning coffee is finished) I move on to John Lennon’s Mind Games – usually playing it several times in a row, letting the lyric saturate my mind.

This song really has my attention because it seems very relevant to the times we live in right now, today – Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple) – the video shows the lyrics, which is why I posted it.

After that I move on to other music, often coming back to a different John Lennon album later on in the day… and old Rolling Stones albums are starting to catch my attention, like Beggar’s Banquet and Goat Head Soup – maybe the sound of mid-June sneaking in.

Somewhere in all this is some of the sounds I’ll be using for my next sound collage – I just don’t know what pieces yet.

Any way, that’s how June, here in Long Beach California in 2012, sounds to me so far – and now, if it’s still overcast, I think I’ll put on an extra cup of coffee…

Make Today The Day


Above: Cover for the sound collage single, click to download it for FREE on Bandcamp!

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.

A few quotes from this sound collage…

Politics is weird… and creepy, and now I know it lacks even the loosest attachment to anything like reality… (Shep Smith on FOX News)

Exposure to true information does not matter anymore… (taken from a video of an “ex-KGB agent”…)

We talked through the air in those days… thousands and thousands of miles… (from a reading of a book written in 1913 about the world 100 years in the future which, in many ways, resembles today’s world)

Note: this sound collage, like all my sound collages, is best enjoyed with your headphones on…

Find more UFOverdriver sound collages….

All UFOverdriver sound collages can be downloaded (for FREE) from Bandcamp: http://ufoverdriver.bandcamp.com/

Dystopian Shifting

Note from Jon, onehumanbeing: I address this to you on the eve of a total lunar eclipse over North America, and just a few days before the Winter Solstice. We are on the cusp of a 30-year cycle of change as well as larger, era-changing moment in human history… these are significant times we are living in.

“People, I got to speak about something” – Tom Waits

I’m not really happy with the direction our country is heading.

Over the last month, the Obama administration has grappled (badly) with how to deal with the Wikileaks situation while trying to find it’s footing after the brutal November elections.

President Obama (or you can call him “Suzy Creamcheese”) is not doing well, and is looking for answers in all the wrong places.

Nope is the new Hope, Secrecy is the new Transparency, Censorship is the new Freedom of the Press, Propaganda is today’s FauxNews.

What Wikileaks has done over this last month has laid bare the wounded, fearful animal the Obama administration has become – and that’s a very dangerous thing.

Definition: Dystopia

A dystopia (from Ancient Greek: bad-, ill- and place, landscape) (alternatively, cacotopia, or anti-utopia) is, in literature, an often futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian.

Dystopian literature has underlying cautionary tones, warning society that if we continue to live how we do, this will be the consequence.

A dystopia, thus, is regarded as a sort of negative utopia and is often characterized by an authoritarian or totalitarian form of government.

Dystopias usually feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, a lack or total absence of individual freedoms and expressions and constant states of warfare or violence. Dystopias often explore the concept of technology going “too far” and how humans individually and en masse use technology.

A dystopian society is also often characterized by mass poverty for most of its inhabitants and a large military-like police force.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dystopia

Calling Down The UFOverdriver

Due to a number of circumstances (a different story entirely) I recently started working again on my UFOverdriver sound collage project.

Since late November I’ve created a number of pieces following the latest political shift in our country, one that I’m now calling a “dystopian shift.”

Poetics, music, art, and the great, universal subconsciousness are all deeply connected. This is one reason poets, artists, musicians, dreamers and deep thinkers often tap into emerging events (regardless of how they interpret them) before they crash upon the awareness of the general population.

Those of us who spend our lives completely involved in the poetic arts tend to see new human events before they appear on the horizon. Many times we sadly watch our worse fears unfold before our eyes, but fortunately, sometimes, something else completely surprising happens.

Needless to say, I hope I get it wrong as I feel a dystopian tsunami coming at us from beyond the horizon. I pray people make different choices and change the direction of the future. It only takes one human being to change things – the right one at the right moment.

But at this moment, since the November elections, the Obama administration and our country has shifted hard towards a dystopian future, and that is the story presented here.

Four Sound Collages – One Story

Part 1 – December 6th

Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One

UFOverdriver - Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One - The Wikileaks Big Cable Dump Mix

UFOverdriver has been busy this last week (written December 6, 2010) working on this densely layered sound collage of mixed-media from the first week of the Wikileaks Cable Dump – a week that will be remembered as a historical battle in the history of the InfoWars…

This new remix includes music from U2, Talking Heads and Radiohead, lectures from Alan Watts and sound clips from an audiobook version of 1984, as well as numerous other clips, cuts, samples and various bits of audio debris from this first week of skirmishes in the new InfoWars…

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Track Listing

Track 1 (0:31) War is Peace – Freedom is Slavery – Ignorance is Strength

Track 2 (4:12) Rule Number Two Will Be Told To You In Reverse

Track 3 (2:06) One Step Closer To InfoWar

Track 4 (2:19) If You’re Going To Be Human

Track 5 (3:27) Life During InfoWar Time

Track 6 (1:45) The Infrastructure Will Collapse

Part 2 – December 11th

This Is The Voice Of Your Conscience

After being deeply inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ filibuster/long speech on Friday (December 10, 2010), UFOverdriver worked quickly to make use of it in a sound collage. The goal was to capture the moment and preserve it in a form that would highlight long, uninterrupted stretches of his speech.

Sen. Bernie Sander began his speech at 10:25 AM and ended it over 8 1/2 hours later at 6:59 PM. Many of us who watched it as it happened felt we were watching a historic moment.

This sound collage is composed of 5 parts/tracks; with a short introduction, the beginning of the filibuster, a short interlude, another uninterrupted segment of the speech, and then the conclusion.

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Track Listing

Track 1 (03:30) Fortress America Is Waiting For A Message Of Some Sort Or Another

Track 2 (09:24) Mr. Sanders Goes To Washington – Part 1

Track 3 (03:21) I Am Equality 7-2521

Track 4 (10:30) Mr. Sanders Goes To Washington – Part 2

Track 5 (02:42) After 8 And A Half Hours, Truth Yields The Floor

Part 3 – December 16th

They Call Me The Breeze – Run Baby Run On Mix – The Wikileaks Version

In this episode: People are out to kill Wikileaks spokesman, Julian Assange, and some have made threats against him on FOX News, while the freshly-elected Representative Allen West (R-Fla.) suggested that we abandon the fundamental American principle of Freedom of the Press in his own statements about Wikileaks.

Thank goodness that Senator Bernie Sanders stood up on Friday and spoke with wisdom, compassion and truth for over 8 1/2 hours – it was brilliant and an outstanding moment that offered a piece of sanity in an otherwise insane time…

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Track Listing

Track 1 (1:19) They Call Me The Breeze

Track 2 (4:11) You Too May Come To Love Big Brother

Track 3 (3:47) Run Baby Run On

Track 4 (3:43) And Then The Senator Stood Up

Part 4 – December 18th

Dystopia (Is The New Utopian Dream)

Music to help you party like it’s 1984 – or use it as your getaway soundtrack when you’re on the run from the Suede Denim Secret Police.

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Track Information

Track 1 (1:22) You Know What To Do

Track 2 (4:20) I Never Lost Control

Track 3 (3:54) We Will Go

Download Album

4 sound collages – 18 tracks in all – one album: Dystopian Shifting

In the UFOverdriver tradition of D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) and G. I. A. (Give It Away), you can download a zip file of all the tracks in one long-playing album. An exclusive for UFOverdriver and onehumanbeing.com fans…

Download Here: UFOverdriver – Dystopian Shifting
18 Tracks – 1 hour 6 minutes

Listen, Enjoy and Share!

“Can I get an Amen?” – Tom Waits

Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One

UFOverdriver - Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One - The Wikileaks Big Cable Dump Mix

New sound collage completed last night and released on the UFOverdriver site.

Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One – The Wikileaks Big Cable Dump Mix

Listen Here

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Track listing:
(click on track name to hear individual track)

Track 1 (0:31) War is Peace – Freedom is Slavery – Ignorance is Strength

Track 2 (4:12) Rule Number Two Will Be Told To You In Reverse

Track 3 (2:06) One Step Closer To InfoWar

Track 4 (2:19) If You’re Going To Be Human

Track 5 (3:27) Life During InfoWar Time

Track 6 (1:45) The Infrastructure Will Collapse

About this sound collage

UFOverdriver has been busy this last week working on this densely layered sound collage of mixed-media from the first week of the Wikileaks Cable Dump – a week that will be remembered as a historical battle in the history of the InfoWars… Click here for more information on this sound collage.

Related News Notes

Julian Assange had not been arrested yet when this re-mix was finished last night. This morning he surrendered to Scotland Yard – here’s the story from AP.

Julian Assange Arrested: WikiLeaks Founder Taken Into Custody In London On Swedish Warrant

CASSANDRA VINOGRAD and RAPHAEL G. SATTER | 12/ 7/10 06:56 PM |AP

LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested and jailed without bail Tuesday in a sex-crimes investigation, but his organization scarcely missed a beat, releasing a new batch of the secret cables that U.S. officials say are damaging America’s security and relations worldwide.

A month after dropping out of public view, the 39-year-old Australian surrendered to Scotland Yard to answer a warrant issued for his arrest by Sweden. He is wanted for questioning after two women accused him of having sex with them without a condom and without their consent.

Assange said he would fight extradition to Sweden, setting the stage for what could be a pitched legal battle. And as if to prove that it can’t be intimidated, WikiLeaks promptly released a dozen new cables, including details of a NATO defense plan for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that made Russia bristle.

The Pentagon welcomed Assange’s arrest.

“That sounds like good news to me,” U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on a visit to Afghanistan.

WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson insisted Assange’s arrest and the decision Tuesday by both Visa and MasterCard to stop processing donations to the group “will not change our operation.” Hrafnsson said the organization has no plans yet to make good on its threat to release en masse some of its most sensitive U.S. documents if it comes under attack.

At a court hearing in London, Assange showed no reaction as Judge Howard Riddle denied him bail while he awaits an extradition hearing Dec. 14. The judge said Assange might flee if released. When the judge asked him whether he would agree to be extradited, Assange said: “I do not consent.”

Read more here…

InfoWars

Is this the start of a historic new chapter? For more we head over to The Huffington Post and writer Alexia Parks:

WikiLeaks: The First World InfoWar

Posted: December 7, 2010 10:21 AM

Daddy, what did you do during the First World Infowar? As the question of whether WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is a hero or villain moves from front page headlines to talk shows and the blogosphere, another big story is emerging.

Unlike the quickly suppressed Twitter linked student revolt in Iran in 2009 following the disputed presidential election, the move by supporters to avenge attacks on Assange has gone viral. The rapid duplication of WikiLeaks content over the past weekend from one to more than 208 mirror websites represents a global counter-force that is now worldwide. Around the globe, it has become a call to arms for a far flung team of anonymous hackers.

Taking place in cyberspace, it exposes a whole new battlefield for the US government. A “clean-tech” war, it is taking place far beyond the sand and dust of Iraq and Afghanistan which already has immobilized billions of dollars worth of the military’s engines, and electronics.

Yet this emerging Infowar is more than a multiplication of mirror websites. Operation Avenge Assange marks a power shift, an abrupt shift of power from those who hold power through secrecy, closed door diplomacy, or fear, toward those who favor transparency.

This shift to openness and transparency, declares Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts, and What Would Google Do?, is actually a shift from those who hold secrets to those who create openness. That is our emerging reality.

Even more real is the fact that what may be termed the world’s first Infowar has now entered the realm of online gamers. With the line between government secrecy and public transparency beginning to blur, those whose lives are plugged into the Internet are starting to feel a surge of power.

This shift of power to openness and transparency is occurring right under their fingertips, on the keyboard, and on the screen. To them, power is clarity.

The first serious Infowar is now engaged,” warns cyberlibertarian John Perry Barlow, a founding member of the Electronic Freedom Foundation, and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead. To the anonymous hackers and others who follow him on Twitter and in blogs, he reminds: “The field of Battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops.”

Read more here…

Alexia Parks is Author of ‘Parkinomics for the New Economy’


Download MP3 files of complete sound collage

Just right click on the link below and download the zipfile to your computer. The zipfile contains all 6 tracks and the album art.

UFOverdriver – Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One – The Wikileaks Big Cable Dump Mix

Enjoy!

Rule Number Two Will Be Told To You In Reverse

From my project site: UFOverdriver

Here’s the latest podcast from UFOverdriver – a sound collage about Wikileak’s release of over 250,000 confidential and secret U.S. State Department diplomatic cables to major news organizations around the world… Read more and Listen to the sound collage here.

Souvenirs From The Late 20th Century

The Zulu Lounge

Over twenty years ago, in May of 1990, Tania and I moved to Long Beach.

At the time we were involved with a group of artists, actors, musicians and short-film makers (who had migrated from Colorado to California together) which we had met through our job working at an interior design company’s warehouse in Costa Mesa/Irvine.

I was writing a lot of poetry, and one day at work I mentioned to Tania and our friend Brian that I needed a place to read my poems out loud, and get some feedback…

So we formed a Wednesday night group called The Zulu Lounge which met in the garage of Brian’s rented house in Irvine to read poetry, share our art, smoke cigarettes and drink.

I Like To Smoke by Jon Christopher – The Zulu Lounge – 1990

Here’s an audio recording of the first poem ever read at The Zulu Lounge. This was one of the “Smoker’s Rights” poems I was writing at the time called I Like To Smoke.

During the middle of this poem I try a flip a cigarette into my mouth…

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From The Lounge To Long Beach

When Tania and I moved to Long Beach, so did many of our friends from this group.

Three of the guys from The Zulu Lounge – Brian, Phil and Kirk – moved into an apartment on Broadway which had several bedrooms and, most importantly, access to the roof.

Soon after they moved in they threw a very big house-warming party…

I barely remember it, and I don’t think we have any photos of the night, but I still have the audio-invitation cassette tape and my Fish Pass.

When Cassettes Were King

In 1990 the cassette tape was king. We listened to most of our music on cassette tape.

If you wanted to share some music with a friend, you made a mix-tape and gave it to them… a special kind of gift you listened to over and over again.

That’s probably why I kept this particular cassette tape. It’s both a sound collage of audio theater and an amazing invitation to a party.

An Audio Invitation

Here’s the audio from the cassette tape – It’s about 31 minutes long and very funny, strange and unique souvenir from the late twentieth century.

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Included in the cassette invitation was a FREE Pass To See Chilly Willy Talk, and Entrance to The Attic of Doom – Enter and Worship

The Fish Pass

The prime party spot that night (if I remember correctly) was on the roof, which required a special Fish Pass – which we were suppose to share. I think the idea was to keep the number of people on the roof limited…

As you can see I kept mine. Here’s the photo I took of it today…

Note: If you have any photos from this party, please contact me so I can add them to this page…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo by Tania with drawing by Jon - From the mid 90's


Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a great day eating, relaxing and remembering all the people, places and things you are thankful for…

Here’s a song for the day from U2 called Scarlet off of their October album from the earlier 80’s.

Rejoice!

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Bonus Image of the Moment:

Here’s a photo collage I found last night while doing some cleaning. It’s from the same time as the Thanksgiving photo collage, and the photo was also taken by Tania.

(This Story Is) Subject To Change, Pt 1

Change? You’re soaking in it…

After a prolonged period of depression (this latest bout started in early July around the 8th) it takes some extra effort to start communicating again; responding to emails, getting back on Facebook, getting my various project sites updated and trying to reconnect with my friends again because my head is so filled up with all the various changes that have happened since my latest depression-induced social disappearance.

To get the “catching up” process started, here’s some of my Facebook postings since I cut my pinkie on July 11th (it’s all healed up now, but a have a new scar to remember it by), starting with the most recent posts first…

August 17, 2010

New post on UFOverdriver with a sound collage (recorded in July 2010) featuring Automatic Pete from UFOverdriver Information Services… Enjoy!

Read the post: The UFOverdriver Flies Like A Vimana


Metaphorically speaking, the UFOverdriver flies at 72,000 feet, through the stratosphere of Mid-Heaven.

By applying ancient techniques of sound modulation and frequency control to mysterious substances known to physicists as “Dark Matter” (“Dark” meaning they don’t know what it is) and propelled by Solar rays and an equally mysterious force called “Dark Energy”, or as I like to called it – “Vimana Fuel”…

Simply put – the UFOverdriver flies like a Vimana.

Read More Here: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/2010/08/17/the-ufoverdriver-flies-like-a-vimana/

August 17, 2010

Trying out a program called Blender that does 3D animation – steep learning curve.  Here’s my first weird little piece of something…

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August 12, 2010

Beautiful gathering of planets tonight looking towards the West during twilight: Venus, Mars and Saturn together in Virgo with the sliver of a crescent of the New Moon that slides under them towards Mercury… Enjoy!

Evening Sky - August 12, 2010

August 9, 2010

“The first thing you need to learn is to do your own thing…” – U-Roy

August 3, 2010

The Flower – this is a cute video with a great point… enjoy!

August 2, 2010

I’ve been very Facebook quiet due to an extended period of depression – I’ll have much to talk about when I’m back to the “normal” range… soon, I hope.

July 24, 2010

It’s been so many days since I headed down into Hades on this particular journey that I’ve lost track of time and the way back up to the surface… I’m very exhausted from trying.

July 19, 2010

live life slowly.

July 14, 2010

Our friend and reggae legend Claudius “Kingman” Linton has passed away… R.I.P. Claudius – thank you for your words and songs. We will miss you brother…

July 13, 2010

Land of the FREE? not by a long shot. We’re #1 in the world for imprisoning our citizens, kind of makes me want to scream… Wasted money, wasted lives, wasted time… and to think, we could build Super Colleges instead.

Read Article Supermax Prisons: Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading

David C. Fathi: Director, ACLU National Prison Project
Posted: July 9, 2010 02:30 PM

Excerpt

The court’s decision was not a surprise. International human rights bodies have repeatedly expressed the view that supermax prisons — in which prisoners are held in near-total social isolation, sometimes for years on end — may violate international human rights law. In 2006, the U.N. Committee Against Torture expressed concern about “the extremely harsh regime” in US supermax prisons, which it said could violate the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, a human rights treaty ratified by the United States in 1994.

Despite these warnings, supermax prisons are common in the United States. In the 1990s they were a raging fad, yet another round in the perpetual “tough on crime” political bidding war. Suddenly every state had to build one — Virginia was so tough it built two. By the end of the decade, more than 30 states, as well as the federal government, were operating a supermax facility or unit.

Article Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-c-fathi/supermax-prisons-cruel-in_b_641145.html

July 12, 2010

Those that are born of the Great Spirit are led by the Great Spirit; they move like the wind, flavor the world like spices, pray for justice and bind up the wounded… they do not need to announce themselves because you always know them when you meet them…

July 11, 2010 (the day I cut my pinkie very deeply…)

6:04 pm – just before I cut my pinkie finger…

Ah, the Bootsybumpandwigglepsychofunkadelic Funk Inducer Drive… just what I needed for the UFOverdriver – what a find!

7:23 pm – one hour and fifteen minutes after the pinkie accident…

bad accident installing the Funk Inducer Drive – now my pinkie is all funked up…

End of (This Story Is) Subject To Change, Pt 1

I think that’s enough of the Facebook postings for now; in Part 2 I’ll tell you what’s up with my various project sites…

Until later, best of health.