In June 2010, just after the Blow Parade was put to bed, I produced some new station imaging for triple j – one hundred stings, sweepers and IDs for announcers to play between tracks. The music is all original stuff, created in the ABC studios with a band made up of Jamie and Jerry from Bluejuice (bass and keys) Mick from Kid Confucious (drums) and Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall (guitar). The band improvised over loops I’d created earlier – some of them (like the recording of the wind-up penguin from The Penguin Cup) were kept, most of them disappeared. The recorded results were further looped and cut-up and generally messed about with, vocals came courtesy of Xannon Shirley (The Tongue), Shantan Ichiban, Brendan Maclean, Ange Lavoipierre (triple j newsreader), Darren Scarce, Marianne Mettes and some year ten students from Manly High School.
There’s no samples in the music, but some of the voices were taken from weird old records found in the ABC library, or given to me by friends. The word ‘music’ comes from a record of a British actor reading poems by Keats (“fled is that music…”), and the letters of the alphabet are from a Morse Code tutorial LP. There’s a few rock star appearances in there too – the phrase ‘dirty and direct’ comes from the same Peaches interview featured in Acceptable in the 80s, ‘this is what we want’ is from Mel and Charlie’s chat with Interpol in 2003, and that’s Julian Casablancas asking you to ‘come to my show’.
'The bigots, the hysterics, the destroyers of the self - these are the writers who bear witness to the fearful polite time in which we live... Ours is an age which obsessively pursues health, and yet only believes in the reality of sickness. The truths we respect are those born of affliction. We measure truth in terms of the cost to the writer in suffering - rather than by the standard of an objective truth to which a writer's words correspond. Each of our truths must have a martyr.'
'Spinoza thinks that, if you see your misfortunes as they are in reality, you will see that they are only misfortunes to you, not to the universe, to which they are merely passing discords heightening an ultimate harmony. I cannot accept this; I think that particular events are what they are, and do not become different by absorption into a whole. Each act of cruelty is eternally a part of the universe; nothing that happens later can make that act good rather than bad, or can confer perfection on the whole of which it is a part.'
'Sexual freedom, sexual liberation. A modern delusion. We are hierarchical animals. Sweep one hierarchy away, and another will take its place, perhaps less palatable than the first. There are hierarchies in nature and alternate hierarchies in society. In nature, brute force is the law, the survival of the fittest. In society, there are protections for the weak, society is our frail barrier against nature. When the prestige of the state and religion is low, men are free, but they find freedom intolerable, and seek new ways to enslave themselves... My theory is that whenever sexual freedom is sought or achieved, sadomasochism will not be far behind.'
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'In short, this power is exercised rather than posessed; it is not the 'privilege', acquired or preserved, of the dominant class, but the overall effect of its strategic positions - an effect that is manifested and sometimes extended by the position of those who are dominated. Furthermore, this power is not exercised simply as an obligation or a prohibition on those who 'do not have it'; it invests them, is transmitted by them and through them; it exerts pressure upon them, just as they themselves, in their struggle against it, resist the grip it has on them.'
'It is not untrue to say that chairs have seats and that rain falls downward. Many poets write truths of this sort. They are like a painter adorning the walls of a sinking ship with a still life... Those in power cannot corrupt them, but neither are they disturbed by the cries of the opressed.