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Above: Death Valley Drawing from December 12, 2008. One of the subjects of this drawing was the idea of myself as a snake shedding it’s skin.

Six Years Of A Seven Year Plan

onehumanbeing.com was established 6 years ago as a way to initiate a new season of art for myself. It is a super-project that launched a number of different sub-projects that have come and, mostly, gone (into my digital portfolio) such as redbotlovesyou.com, The Philip K. Dick Reading Club, The Turning, The MMJ Project, The MMJ Lists, The All-Seeing Eyebama, and UFOverdriver.

Most of this work has been done as Jungian experiments to explore the use of consciousness and the collective conscious as both subject matter and as an art material. The projected length of this project was 7 years when I began in June of 2008.

I’m now in the last year of the project and it’s time for me to try and make sense of all I’ve learned since the project began. My worldview has certainly been altered by the process, and I’m sure I’ll be writing about that soon…

All of this has accumulated (here) on my website as posts, sound collages, stories about dealing with bi-polar disorder, many many graphics and art pieces, and the time has come to archive some of this material, and start thinking in terms of creating a final document to complete the work by next June.

I’d like to express my deepest thanks to everyone who has followed my work, either on my various project sites or on Facebook. I appreciate your comments and “likes” more than you can imagine.

Until later, best of health,
Jon

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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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 eight tracks of high-quality MP3s, complete with album art in a zip file (49 MB) – ready to drop in your iTunes (or whatever MP3 music player you use) and enjoy – instant gratification.

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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…

Do It Yourself and Give It Away

On my birthday, back on June 18th, I got the idea in my head that NOW would be a good time to look into making a CD out of my latest group of sound collages and call it Grand Deception Star.

Now it is the end of July, a day before Tania’s birthday, and I’ve just about completed 7 CD’s of sound collages from UFOverdriver. The artwork is finished and I’m just waiting on 3 test pressings, which are on their way to me, and once those are approved, we have a complete set!

The UFOverdriver CD Collection – 2010 through 2012 (shown above from bottom to top)

My Brilliant Marketing Strategy

If I was doing this to make money, I have the worst marketing strategy in the world – I’ve encouraged people to download all my work for free (which many people have done), even on the same pages where I offer people an opportunity to buy the CD, usually for the outrageous price of $7.99 plus $3.00 – as close to giving it away as I can.

Guess how many CD orders I’ve had since I released the first 4 CD’s on July 25th…

Of course, I said if I was doing this to make money – which I’m not… I’m practicing my favorite form of living – D.I.Y. and G.I.A.

Do It Yourself and Give It Away.

A Few Reasons, But Just A Small Part Of The Bigger Thing…

Even if I wanted to be a good capitalist, I’m just not wired that way – I’d rather give stuff away than have to think about money.

I mean, sure I’d like to have some extra money to buy stuff I need for my art plans, get a little something special for Tania, or have some kind of cushion in our financial budgeting situation, but hey, maybe someday in the future.

One of the reason I love making buttons is they are so easy to give away. I could work out some money-making scheme to try and get people to buy my stuff, but that would just take time away from doing what I really enjoy – making art-objects.

Multiples and the Uniqueness Of Paintings

Selling paintings is something I’ve come to terms with. Each one is such a unique creation you have to put a price on it so it ends up going to the right home.

Above: We Sit At These Tables – a painting that got added to a very good collection this week…

Paintings have a lifetime of their own and good collectors respect that paintings must be hung in a good place, viewed over long periods of time and allowed to live with you as a part of your life.

But some art-objects are multiples – unnumbered series of art-objects, reproduced in limited number or mass-produced – and they are so much easier to give-away.

This is not to say they have no value – value is a whole different subject. Money, giving stuff away – these things have nothing to do with the value of the art-object.

These buttons I make and give away are multiples…

The sound collages, in both their digital form and in their new CD form are also multiples.

Due to the cost of making CD’s, I can’t give them away – but I can just make them as inexpensive as possible.

Sure, I can afford people downloading for free until the end of time, but CD’s – unfortunately those cost money to make.

A CD As An Art-Object

For over twenty years I’ve been thinking about what makes an art-object. Here are two categories I (sometimes) break my work into:

1. External Work – Painting, Large Sculpture, Framed Art, Videos – This is work you stand back from and observe or experience, like a painting on a wall or a sculpture on a pedestal.

2. Internal Work – Handmade Books, Sound Collages, Videos, CD’s – This is work that is experienced as a hands-on experience – like listening to a sound collage or looking through a handmade book.

Video can fall into either category.

These are rather imperfect category names – but that’s how I define them for myself.

The Art-Object As Revolution Against The Monetary System…

To me, an “art-object” is a created, non-commercial object, which can be either given away, or sold in a commercial transaction.

Sure, I could be like everyone else and go for the money, but I hate the current monetary system, so giving stuff away subverts and by-passes the whole commercial system.

Even if I sell my work, I can under-cut the monetary system by pricing “below value” and inducing a state of monetary-dissonance – when “value” and “price” don’t match.

My marketing system will not help you pay your rent – you’ll probably use your rent money to create art-objects any ways – and could be referred to as a “get-poor-quick” scheme. I don’t recommend my methods to anyone.

As for me, I’m just built this way – I’m going to take those ideas that flow through my head and make stuff, then I’ll probably give it away… D.I.Y. and G.I.A.

About The Process

Since I started UFOverdriver I’ve had it in my mind to eventually put my sound collages on CD’s, but until now I hadn’t found a way to do it that made me happy…

Two years ago I tried to do a handmade set of CD’s, but the project – with all it’s various pieces and elements – quickly got out of hand and then abandoned.

On my birthday I gave it another go, and I was very happy to discover a CD fulfillment company in Minnesota called TrepStar that produces CD’s on demand and sends them out to your fans – just what I needed.

I’ve been working with TrepStar (via emails) for a month and a half and they have been very good at helping me get through this process.

The CD setups aren’t elaborate – Standard Jewel Case with Insert Card – but they are perfect for this project at this moment.

Above: TrepStar project preview page…

So – if you’re an artist or band looking to get some CD’s self-produced here in the good ol’ USA, I’m recommending TrepStar to all my friends…

CD Fulfillment: TrepStar in Minnesota

To Sum This All Up…

That all being said – I’ve created seven art-objects over the last month and a half – 4 are available now and 3 more will be available very soon.

This is for those who what to collect the “art-object”, in physical form, of they favorite sound collages.

I like having CD’s. Once I converted my whole CD collection to digital and sold the CD’s I realized how much I like the physical CD, so I’m slowing building a new CD collection.

Now my CD collection has 7 more CD’s in it.

Until later, best of health.

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Release Date
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Length
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This set will be available after mid-August, but everyone who pre-orders the 7 CD set will get special UFOverdriver buttons sent to them – how sweet is that!

Collection Includes

This collection will be shipping around mid-August – Pre-Order now and save over $20!

 

LINKS

UFOverdriver website: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/

UFOverdriver on Bandcamp (FREE Downloads): http://ufoverdriver.bandcamp.com/

Buy First Four UFOverdriver CD’s: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/2012/07/25/ufoverdriver-cds-now-available/

How do I get some free buttons? Contact me and I just might send you some

PS. The complete set of all 7 UFOverdriver CD’s, along with some UFOverdriver buttons will be available very soon – pre-order now for just $50! (plus shipping and handling)

Grand Deception Star Promo #1

“Why do you try and put out a CD during a Mercury Retrograde?” I ask myself… not just one CD, but four of them*.

Since June 27th (when I “officially” released this collection of sound collages through my UFOverdriver bandcamp site) I’ve been working on getting this CD release ready – and it’s been one glitch after another… I’m currently awaiting the latest test-pressings to arrive in the mail and hoping – just hoping – it’s all ready to go this time.

But it’s process – all process.

So while we’re waiting for the test-pressings to arrive, I’m moving on to the next step – Promo Videos and then Merchandise.

Yes UFOverdriver fans, coffee mugs, stickers, buttons, t-shirts and other UFOverdriver merch are headed your way, but first – promo videos!

Here’s promo video #1

That’s all for now – until later, best of health.

* The four UFOverdriver CDs I’ve been working on…

  • Grand Deception Star
  • Calling Down The UFOverdriver
  • The Brothership Has Landed
  • A New American Prayer

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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This month I’m in the process of preparing CD’s for the first 3 UFOverdriver albums (including this EP) from 2010, along with a new release – expected early this next week… stay tuned, as they say.

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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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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

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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

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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.

Happy 420 From UFOverdriver and onehumanbeing.com!

Here is 11 tracks with over a half-hour of marijuana culture in one delicious, fat, blunt-sized mix…

Listen To This Sound Collage

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Total Running Time – 33:50

 

How Long? Not Long!

As someone who’s watched the long drama of the drug war for over 27 years, I can’t help but feel the time is getting near… the end of this fiasco is in sight.

The last push to end this unjust, immoral and racist prohibition of marijuana is upon us, and I hear the voice of freedom saying “How Long? Not Long!” I hope I’m not too optimistic in saying, “This is the year we legalize it…”

This sound collage is dedicated to three medical marijuana activists – Charles “Chuck” Witt, Jack Herer and Josh Howard (the heart and soul of our medical marijuana collective – AAC, Apothecary’s Assistant’s Collective in Long Beach, California)

Who’s In This Mix?

In this mix you’ll hear expert advice on the meaning of 420, how to smoke a joint, get a lesson in marijuana etiquette, listen to some great marijuana stories along with various other entertaining sound clips…

For Track Information, Click Here: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/free-downloads/how-long-not-long-the-4-20-10-mix/

FREE MP3 Download

Click below to download a Zip file containing all separate 11 Tracks from this sound collage.

Unzip the files on your hard drive and add the tracks to your iPod or other portable audio device. You can also burn your own CD if you like – all tracks are high quality 320 kbs MP3s.

Enjoy, reflect and pass it on – do not Bogart this mix…

Right Click Here : How-Long_Not-Long-The-4.20.10.-Mix.zip | 72 Mb

Happy 420 from UFOverdriver and onehumanbeing.com

Enjoy!

You’ve Got To Be Crazy

You’ve Got To Be Crazy – The Glenn Beck VS Eric Massa Mix

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Listen to This Sound Collage…

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A little theater for the mind…

For your enjoyment – a new UFOverdriver sound collage – contains: Pink Floyd, David Byrne and Brian Eno, a DJ John Digweed Mix, Johnny Cash, Eric Massa, Glenn Beck and more – based on “Dogs” by Pink Floyd – best with headphones and eyes closed…

Total length: 16:42 of goodness…

Part I (0:00 – 1:12) – Intro
Part II (1:12 – 6:38) – You’ve Got To Be Crazy (Part I) – Diamond Dogs Dance Mix
Part III (6:38 – 11:08) – What Part of Mea Culpa Don’t You Understand
Part IV (11:08 – 14:47) – You’ve Got To be Crazy (Part II)
Part V (14:47 – 16:42) – Who Was Trained Not To Spit

(Note: This is part of the Change Has Come Series – Parts IV through VIII)

I will post complete information about this mix very soon. Enjoy, and have a restful weekend…

FREE MP3 Download!

Would you like a MP3 copy of this sound collage to listen to on your iPod or other portable music device?

Download Instructions

Right click (with your right mouse button) here with your mouse, and choose “Save link to…” and then select where you want to download the MP3 file. Click enter and the download will begin.

You’ve Got To Be Crazy – The Glenn Beck VS Eric Massa Mix | Size: 23mb | Length: 16:45 | MP3 Bit Rate: 192 kbs (high quality)

Until later, best of health…

Introducing UFOverdriver

My new sound collages now have a project name – UFOverdriver

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That’s pronounced “You-Eff-Overdriver”… and the U and the F are initials that stand for lots of different things… but that’s something we’ll discuss sometime later down the road.

Here’s the first sound collage created under this name (even though my previous sound collage called Area 5150 is being retroactively added to the UFOverdriver project); it’s called:

Integratronic – The Obscure Transmissions Mix.
Running Time:
9 minutes and 20 seconds

Enjoy!

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About this piece…

“This is Long John once again with The Party Line…”

The basic drum track and the first synthesizer tracks were laid down in just a couple of hours, and then proceeded to get reshaped until I found a mix I liked a couple of days later on Thursday afternoon, January 28th… then I started to add the voices of Long John Nebel and George Van Tassel to the mix.

These voices were taken from a public domain recording of the Long John Nebel’s early morning AM radio show in the mid-1950’s – you can download this recording here: http://www.archive.org/details/LongJohnNebel062157GeorgeVanTasselRidinginaFlyingSaucer

The recording is interesting in pieces, but the audio quality is horrible, so I decided to just make it even more obscure sounding for my collage… I had space transmissions in mind.

Some Quotes Used In This Piece

The following are (mostly) from George Van Tassel

  • These beings are not like us… however, they have many advantages over us… they don’t have to walk around like we do…
  • They move by an act called levitation… uhh, and they don’t have to turn when they go… they’re shaped like, umm, uhh, an electric light bulb…
  • Van Tassel: They don’t have to turn to look, they can see in all directions at once – Interrupted by Long John: Are you talking about about beings from another planet? Van Tassel continuing: I’m talking about intelligent beings…
  • Van Tassel: I’m talking about intelligent beings… other forms of life Interrupted by Long John: From other planets? Van Tassel continuing: I don’t know… I don’t know if I can classify us with them or not…
  • A thought is what it is, it can’t be anything else (statement followed by indistinguishable word sounds…)
  • Long John: Was this at Giant Rock Airport? Van Tassel: Yes, this was at Giant Rock. Long John: Underneath the rock? Van Tassel: Yes, under the rock…

The rest of the quotes I’ll leave as a mystery for you to discover…

About the Integratron and George Van Tassel

Before last March (click here to go to the March 2009 post with photos of our trip to Pioneer Town, The Integratron, Giant Rock and Joshua Tree) I had never heard of a very unusual building that exists in Landers, out the Mojave desert near Joshua Tree called The Integratron

Nor had I heard of it’s creator, a man named George Van Tassel or the huge rock in the desert nearby called Giant Rock where George Van Tassel claimed he had contacted the aliens that had given him the plans to build The Integratron – a body rejuvenation machine.

Here’s some Wikipedia info to fill in the story…

George Van Tassel

George Van Tassel was a former aircraft mechanic and flight inspector who moved out to California’s Mojave Desert to operate an airport and inn. During his time there, he supposedly began meditating under Giant Rock, which the Native Americans of the area held to be sacred.

In August 1953, Van Tassel claimed that he had been contacted both telepathically and later in person by Venusians, who gave him a technique to rejuvenate human cell tissues. Van Tassel, acting on these instructions, began constructing the Integratron in 1954.

Construction costs were paid for by an annual series of successful UFO conventions, the Giant Rock Spacecraft Conventions, which continued for nearly 25 years. Van Tassel was clearly inspired by earlier 1950s contactee George Adamski.

Construction of the Integratron was supposedly complete in 1959, but Van Tassel continued to make minor modifications until his sudden death in 1978.

Sources:
The Integratron – Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integratron
George Van Tassel – Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Van_Tassel

The Integratron

The Integratron is a dome-shaped structure constructed out of plywood and fiberglass by George Van Tassel. He built the structure in Landers, California, USA as a “rejuvenation machine” supposedly following instructions provided by visitors from the planet Venus.

The workings of the Integratron, according to Van Tassel, supposedly rely chiefly on two principles.

The first principle involves the occult sacred geometry of domes, and their ability to concentrate mystical “energies” within the earth. The Integratron is also said to be constructed atop a powerful “energy vortex”. According to adherents of this belief, the dome-shape naturally concentrates the energies of the vortex for the benefit of users. Also, the building is said to borrow design cues from the Tabernacle of Moses and the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Giza, both of which were thought by some occultists to have similar “energy focusing” properties.

The second part of the theory centers around the belief that human beings are truly electrical in nature. It is believed that, though each individual has his unique personal “wavelength,” the multiple wavelengths of energy put out by “focusing and concentrating devices” such as the Integratron will find a “resonance” with the individual’s basic harmonic frequency and “re-charge” his cellular structure, as if he were a battery.

Source:
The Integratron – Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integratron

Also see The Integratron official website: http://www.integratron.com/

Giant Rock

Giant Rock is a large freestanding boulder in the Mojave Desert near Landers, California, that covers 5,800 square feet (540 m2) of ground and is seven stories high.

In ancient times it was considered sacred by the Native Americans of the Joshua Tree, California, area.

In the 1950s it was a gathering point for UFO believers. It is located on land which was at that time leased by George Van Tassel, a purported flying-saucer contactee and organizer of UFO conventions.[1]

Van Tassel also built the nearby Integratron and a small airport in the vicinity, which he operated from 1947 to 1975.

A single large room, which was subsequently filled in, was dug beneath the rock and resided in by a prospector named Frank Critzer during the 1930s and early 1940s. Critzer, a friend of Van Tassel’s, perished in a self-detonated dynamite explosion in this room on July 24, 1942, while being investigated by local police.[2]

Shortly after the turn of the 21st century, Giant Rock fractured in two, revealing an interior of white granite. The entire exterior surface of the rock is now reportedly covered in graffiti.[3]

Giant Rock – Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Rock

FREE Download –IntegratronicThe Obscure Transmissions Mix

Area 5150 – The UFO Take Over Mix

Abducted by Aliens…

Some people might have been wondering where I’ve been lately… maybe abducted by aliens or something?

In a way I have been, as the last week was taken over by this project and the ideas that it plays with…

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Above: Jon, onehumanbeing working on Area 5150 – Photo by Tania

About The Video

This is a sound collage visualscape taking you on a journey into the world of space alien true believers, Area 51, UFO conspiracy theories and shadow governments…

Most of the video material used in this project was taken from found videos and are about real events or real people…

I appropriated them, altered them, sampled some audio clips, and created a new story for your auditory and visual pleasure…

Enjoy!

Definition

5150 – from Wikipedia

Section 5150 is a section of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (specifically, the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act or “LPS”) which allows a qualified officer or clinician to involuntarily confine a person deemed to have a mental disorder that makes them a danger to him or her self, and/or others and/or gravely disabled. A qualified officer, which includes any California peace officer, as well as any specifically designated county clinician, can request the confinement after signing a written declaration. When used as a term, 5150 (pronounced “fifty-one-fifty”) can informally refer to the person being confined or to the declaration itself.

Credits

Original music and sound collage by Jon, onehumanbeing

Visualscape
Directed by Jon, onehumanbeing

Video Sources

All of the pieces I used for this sound collage visualscape have been re-edited, altered, color and time shifted and manipulated in a number of ways to achieve my final results… but here are the originals if you would like to delve into the “real” stories.

Prophet Yahweh – Nevada Man Summons A U.F.O. Using The Hebrew Teachings Of Moses – Las Vegas Channel 13 News story of a man named Prophet Yahweh calling down UFOs…

Area 51 : The Frantic Caller – This is the man who sounds paranoid and like he’s about to have a nervous breakdown. He is a caller into the Art Bell radio show… see the original video for more info…

Eisenhower ‘s TV Warning about “Military Industrial Complex” – In 1961, as President Eisenhower leaves office he warns the nation in a Television address about the growing power and influence of the Military Industrial Complex…

Nice video about a man inside an alien craft – Video showing a picture album of  photographs taken by a person named Billy who says he traveled on an alien space craft…

UFO: The Greatest Story Ever Denied – The Disclosure Project – Shadow governments, conspiracies and UFOs – oh no…

Atomic Bomb Test on human subjects – I went looking for footage of atomic bombs exploding and military people and found this piece… just what I needed for images of the military and their bombs…

FREE Download!

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Right click (with your right mouse button) here with your mouse , and choose “Save link to…” and then select where you want to download the MP3 file. Click enter and the download will begin.

Area 5150 – The UFO Take Over Mix | Size: 13mb | Length: 7:17 | Bit Rate: 256 kbs (very high quality)

And A Last Photo From The Studio

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Above: Jon, onehumanbeing creating the Area 5150 Visualscape – Photo by Tania