• 'Nay, Nay!' Hear the 1960's Stranger-Danger Ballad "Patch the Pony" Turned Into a Halloween Horror Soundtrack

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Greetings, everyone. Welcome back to the show. This week is our Halloween episode. It's a tribute episode to a familiar childhood pony, named Patch, of the 1960s-1980s. Patch the Pony taught children an easy to remember rule: "Nay, Nay! From Strangers Stay Away!" — I love the story of Patch the Pony.

    To keep with the Halloween season, audio from Patch is turned into a Halloween Movie. This is done with a variety of synthesizer beds, spray-can webbing, fake plastic hands, witches broomsticks, rattling skeletons, and vampire teeth. It's also achieved through the soundtrack of Patch the Pony itself, an unusual story of a wandering Pony who watches over children, and the peculiar voice acting for The Stranger who has a ball of candy, and an offer to "climb in" and ride in his new automobile. Nay, Nay, Stay Away!

    Patch the Pony is a nice success story of an independent creator, too. While most cartoon mascots were corporate owned, Patch is one of the few guardians of children to be independently created, a heroic creation of a mother from Watertown, Wisconsin — who went on to share the story of Patch with millions of children for decades. Other than Art Clokey's Pokey from Gumby, I can't think of many creator-owned safety horses.

    Side B for this week continues our serialized story of The Recovery of Charlie Pickle, with Psychiatric Notes #1.

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #28: A Tribute to Patch the Pony

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    Thanks and have a "ghoul" week, E

  • Download a Free Ringtone of "Donald Trump's Covid Cough"

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week, our close friend Donald Trump phones in for a five minute interview, where we discuss his second term ambitions. This phone call was made earlier last week, and just a day or so after being released from Walter Reed for the Guinness World Record in Hospitalized Covid Recovery. Incredible!

    The White House switchboard was muting any moment Trump coughed, but one got past their censor button, so we've isolated the hacking wheeze and cough and have made it available as a free ringtone.

    We then take a train down to Hell to hear The Devil's opinion on 'Stupid Covid Masks', and conclude the episode with Part Nine of Charlie Pickle.

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #27: A Phone Interview with Donald Trump, 26 Days Before the Election.


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    Thanks and have a good week, Ethan

  • Learn how to do 'Thought-Based MIND SURGERY' with this 1985 self-help cassette

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Hi, everyone – Welcome back to the show. This week we present a course on Mind Surgery, which is a cassette I found in a thrift store bin in Denver in 1993. The tape itself is a product of Denver, a part of the 'UNIQUE-TECHNIQUE' Program, based in suburban Littleton in 1985. I've enjoyed the lessons on Junk-Proof Filtering, avoiding the NIOPS, and celebrating the MMMS for years. So this episode is a tribute to the Mind Surgeon. You'll find full audio, along with a tribute track.

    Mind Surgery is an unusual audio product, especially if you listen to a lot of self-help audio. It's overwhelmingly positive, for one, it doesn't blame you for your problems. It lives in its own self-made psychology, which is delightful, and it doesn't have a manipulative agenda. I'd label it "outsider psyche". There's a benevolent Scientology vibe found within, too, with self-created William Burroughs-esque terms and procedures. And I haven't even mentioned the backup singers. I love this cassette.

    Side A is a full-out tribute to Mind Surgery and the Junk Proof-Filter. Side B for this week continues our Charlie Pickle story.

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #26: A Self-Help Course on MIND SURGERY and JUNK-PROOF FILTERING (1985)

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    Thanks and have a good week, Ethan

  • Do You Believe in "Thumb Hypnotism"? (Hear it!)

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Hi, everyone – Welcome back to the show. This week is all about Thumb Hypnosis. That might provide more questions than answers. Specifically, "Thumb Hypnosis" is a 1960s recording (I'm presuming, it's undated) that arrived to me with other hypnotism records some years ago. I love self-pressed hypnotism recordings, and "Thumb Hypnosis" is one of the best out there. It answers no questions. It solves all problems. Thumb!

    Enjoying THUMB HYPNOSIS, raw audio is provided in track two, with a full reworking of sampling opportunities in track three. Audio is processed through a Radio Music module, 907 Fixed Filter Bank, and an SSL Samplecorder. Also, a quick demo of a Korg MicroSampler is provided, which is one of the nicest and most playable pieces of Korg hardware ever made, sadly pulled from production after less than a year on the market. It's a GREAT sampler, very similar to an E-MU. So this episode covers a lot of sampling hardware, processes, and tips.

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #25: Do You Believe in THUMB HYPNOSIS?

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    Thanks and have a good week, Ethan

  • How Much Electricity Can Kill You?

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Greetings, everyone. Welcome back to the show. This week, survival and home safety is on our mind, and the discussion is on THE FATAL CURRENT! (Including this article from 1966, which advises you to not wear wet shoes, or a soaking wet robe, when working near electricity) There's a lot of misconceptions about how electricity becomes deadly. Appliances around the house are JUST as dangerous, or SAFE, as large electrical sources. For example, a static shock can be thousands of VOLTS but lacks the CURRENT to kill you. So we discuss the difference between voltage and current, the fun rule about how your hands can complete a circuit across your heart (don't try it) and include a basic primer on Ohm's Law. A fun discussion, including my own electrical injury at age ten, which nearly became a cautionary tale, titled: "Death By Alarm Clock".

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #24: How Much Electricity Can Kill You?

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    Thanks and have a good week, Ethan

  • Worried About the Election? VOTE BY PHONE!

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Greetings everyone, welcome back to the show. This week we look back at telephone polling hardware from the 1980s and ask the question: "What if they'd evolved into how we vote in elections?" The technology for phone voting became pretty robust, including synthesized voices and other nice ideas. But nice ideas are quickly exploited, so it got quickly monetized into the foul world of 1-900 numbers.

    The monetization of spending 50¢ to call a 1-900 number and leave an opinion destroyed public perception of the phone as a democratic tool, but before that happened there were a few wonderful innovations. Bell Labs had been working on voice recognition since the 1950s, for example, and this week's episode of SWWE focuses on one company's effort to develop two devices: The simply named TELEPHONE POLL from 1982 and the exotic named follow-up, the ESCAPE-600, from 1986. Here is a collection of brochures and other material on both the TELEPHONE POLL and the ESCAPE-600. We also discuss the September 15th "Burn Your Mask" day, which Media Matters has chronicled here in full idiocy.

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #23: 1980s Telephone Voting Hardware

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    Have a good week, Ethan

  • Hear: "Quantum Ocean", a Russian meditation device that turns your mind into a transmitting/receiving antenna

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Greetings, all. Welcome back to the show. This week, the discussion is on meditation and making our body into a conductive circuit. A meditation device called the SOMA Quantum Ocean arrived from Russia last month. It's an experimental device from Moscow that has four coin-shaped sensor pads.

    The device arrives with a book (also downloadable here as the "QO Book") of exercises to perform while you are meditating. This list of exercises suggest thinking different things or focusing on different goals when in session with the device, and seeing if the sounds change. They might!

    This episode of SWWE includes a demo of twenty minutes of Quantum Ocean sound, along with instructions from the first session, which asks you to identify one path of noise in the chaos of the audio and follow it as it moves within the sea of other noises.

    Two of the pads send a small amount of voltage through your body, and two of the pads are radio receivers. Essentially this is similar to a feedback loop, using your body to complete a signal path. This is a barely detectable amount of voltage but it's enough to be perceived. To test this, another SOMA device, the ETHER, is used in the demo. At about 9:00 of the demo track, you'll hear the Ether interpret the Ocean.

    Chaos Theory, Experimental Circuit Electricity, Shamanistic Psychology, and Russian Mind Research aside, the Quantum Ocean plays a saturating and pleasing stereo noise field of noise. The QO receivers interpret all sorts of interference, including whatever transmission your body's electrical pulse produces through this contacts, and it blends into the audio you hear in the headphones. There are few products that think about thought or noise in this way. It's a fascinating, mentally liberating, and optimistic device.


    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #22: A Review of the SOMA Quantum Ocean (And "Charlie Pickle" Part 2)

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    Thanks and have a good week, Ethan

  • Spoken Word with Electronics: Are TEMP N TOSS Adhesive Thermometers the Future of Foreheads?

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Welcome back to the show. This is episode 21 of SWWE, and we return after taking a five week break. The big news this episode is TEMP N TOSS, our favorite new pandemic product, which is an adhesive thermometer you wear on your face. This entire show was recorded with a TEMP N TOSS on our head, providing an accurate reading throughout the entire episode, so you can be assured all audio this week is symptom-free and under all triple digit heat hazards.

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #21: I'm in Love with TEMP N TOSS — The Adhesive Forehead Thermometer

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    – Thanks and have a good week, Ethan

  • Hear an electronic music tribute to poet Anne Sexton

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Greetings, all. This is the final set of SWWE for a few weeks. This has been a crazy experience to put together an hour-long show every week for around twenty episodes, and I need a little time off to regroup, record some new music, and write out a few other pieces. This final episode catches me up, personally, with posting a bunch of work, too.

    Much of this show originated as a proposed album series on writers I love. It became a weekly show, partly out of Covid changing my focus and time. But there have been a number of writers I love included here from those earliest recordings: from David Berman, Henry Miller, Kathy Acker, e.e. cummings, Paul Krassner, and even performers like Mel Blanc or Belle Barth.

    The final piece from those original set of music are two tracks I'm posting today. It's a tribute to Anne Sexton, and I suppose a subheading could be "Romancing our worst intentions". — I think about Anne Sexton a lot. I think about her from her work, which has an indelible effect on anyone who ever reads it, to the final beautiful book title, "The Awful Rowing Toward God", and to her poised and amazing speaking voice. Few poets speak their work as well as Anne Sexton, which I think you'll hear in the two tribute pieces in the playlist. I think about taking care of ourselves this challenging year, too. If you have people that matter in your life, tell them. And if you're feeling worried about your own health or happiness, mention it to others, anonymously or directly, too. The talking cure is real, either clinically or with a friend. Be well, and, to quote Sexton, "Live Now". Life is an amazing experience, both dark and bright moments included.

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #20: A Tribute to Anne Sexton

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    We'll return after a brief break. Have a very good August, EP

  • Listen to an hour of unusual synthesizers going bonkers

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Hi everyone, welcome back to the show. Pictured above this week is my studio, or the main corner of it. A lot of wonderful noise makers in the room, and the stress of this year has finally started to hit me. A room of equipment like this is very good for moments like this. So this week is about making as loud a noise as possible.

    Jump in for a fun ride as we turn the studio into the tornado of sound, with leading contributions from Metasonix, Soma Labs Lyra-8 and Pulsar 23, Moog, and Dave Smith and Tom Oberheim's collaboration, the OB-6. Lead vocals by the Landscape HC-TT, a manually controlled tape player.

    I purposely decided to make these beautiful instruments into as noisy and obnoxious a set of sounds as possible. I think you'll enjoy the stress relieving sound of a thousand oscillators out of tune with one another, going off like 700 springs clanging out of a mattress. Or at least that was the working idea. Really, just a head-cleaner. I call it: My Tribute to July, 2020.

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #19: Odd Times, Loud Noises

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    Thanks as always, and be well. Stay proud and keep it loud! – EP

  • Often Feel Like You're Missing Eleven Days From Your Life? Blame the British Empire for The Calendar Act of 1750.

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Hi, everyone – Welcome back to the show. This week, the topic is on Time Keeping, and asks: What's your favorite Riot? My favorite riot is mythically referred to as "The Calendar Riots". It was a reaction across the British Empire for a government theft of eleven days from September 1752. Specifically September 2nd would immediately be followed by September 14th, with September 3rd-13th deleted.

    People stormed through villages demanding these stolen eleven days, and the possible loss of experiences, be returned. Some say the riots didn't happen, and I think that makes the riots even better. You can't control an invisible riot, and a riot that never happened is one that never stops.

    As to why, The British were one of few standouts on shifting from the flawed Julian Calendar to the more accurate but less pagan Gregorian one. The solution on shifting to the Gregorian was sloppy. The Calendar Act is an interesting moment at controlling a population through decrees.

    Jump into our Time Capsule and bounce back to 1752. Hear an actual Riot Act declared (reference audio), and consider The Calendar Act in modern times as a new effort for Time Made Great Again by the Trump Administration. "Clock, You're Up!"

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #18: The Calendar Act of 1750 & The Fake or Real Calendar RIOTS of 1752

    In this era of Covid, "Give Us Our Eleven Days" sounds resonant. I'm wondering if "Give Us Our Eleven Months" might catch on.

    Connect with SWWE via British Decree on Bandcamp, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Podcast Republic, and Google Play.

    Thanks and be well – Today or eleven days ago today, Ethan

  • Sound Design: How to Make Your Home Into Eraserhead or 2001: A Space Odyssey

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Hi, everyone – Welcome to back to the show. This week is all about noise. Noise in a home can be a disruption, like when an air conditioner cranks on suddenly; that's a common disruptive noise source. But noise in a sculpted sense can add a second layer to your home and help transport a space. Two of my favorite examples of this are the inventions of sound design found in Eraserhead and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Both of these films use noise as an core part to the world they present. So for this week's episode, I thought it'd be nice to use only the technology available to Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch at the time of their films to recreate those sonic atmospheres.

    So this week you'll learn how to use noise to modify your home, including a tutorial on how to make your kitchen sound like a room from Eraserhead or turn your attic into a control center from 2001: A Space Odyssey. It turns out limiting the techniques and tools to those eras is not very restrictive. Both Kubrick and Lynch had some of the finest gear in history to work with. It's my guess that they both used noise generators along with a 907 or 914 Moog Fixed Filter Bank. We'll use an inductor based 907A FFB to replicate the steps involved in The Lady in the Radiator scene and get a nice space sound aboard Discover One on your trip to Jupiter.

    Your co-host for this week is an inductor-based Moog 907A Fixed Filter Bank

    Both of these films use a variety of colors of noise, so to best understand this, track two discussed the Colors of Noise. A tutorial on using noise color to achieve these moods is included in track three. My studio has a good variety of colored noise generators and even includes a Scat Talker from Synthetic Sound Labs, which includes a Votrax SC-01 chip for speech synthesis. Using the Scat Talker, I've included a song of Daisy, just like in 2001. (That's blue and purple noise, incidentally)

    In terms of making your own home into either of these worlds, you can do this with digital noise generators. I regret the app I refer to in this week's recording, called "Noises" no longer seems available on the Apple Store (my apologies, it's perfect) but this online noise generator should work nicely. If you'd like to follow some of the steps discussed, you can get very close with the FFB included in the Moog Model 15 app, as well.

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #17: Sound Design Tutorial for ERASERHEAD and 2001: A Space Odyssey


    Sides A and B this week conclude The Apartment, which is now available on Bandcamp as a complete album. You'll also find episodes one through ten there if you'd like to download a Road Trip pack to support the show.


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    Thanks and a good radiator to all of you from my Jupiter-bound space helmet, Ethan

  • For triggers, gates, clocks, and sociopaths alike, "Master/Slave" faces retirement

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Hello, everyone – Welcome back. Part of this week's show is on language. One great result of the recent protests is a reassessment of some of our worst phrases. "Master/Slave" is an ugly one, with a direct path to some of the world's most terrible history. Unfortunately, it's largely adopted into electronics as an example of one device maintaining control over countless other devices. It's been suggested a better phrase might be Leader/Follower, and in that way you realize "Master/Slave" also describes politics, too.

    As language is finally being addressed on this shameful history of semantics, I offer one final discussion on "Master/Slave" as an EXPLANATION for how people are still following and supporting Trump. Electronic control can be their only defense. In sympathy, I call for us all to love Trump Supporters and seek to emancipate them from this mental prison.

    Mind Control is an interesting subject. There's been an ongoing effort to control minds with technology, and some consider this to be happening right now. Today's episode discusses triggers in drum machines as an explanation for how Trump's very sharp signal clock controls his followers. He's a perfect drum sequencer. He keeps his messages monosyllabic and sharp. That's the best signal for opening up a drum to follow a controller. And the term for this in synthesis is, regrettably, "Master/Slave", in that the Master is the sequencer and the slave is the follower.

    Jump aboard for a 45 minute exploration of Triggers, Gates, Clocks, and Sociopaths. We also get semi-local and discuss the murderous deeds of Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Identifying an April 28 order to open Texas and ban Texas Mayors from protecting their cities, I accuse Greg Abbott of every Covid death related to any unmasked transmission since. This is a significant number, and it's only gotten much worse:

    It's only gotten much worse

    Electronics are useful for describing humans. We operate the same way as many synthesizers. Our brains operate through subtractive synthesis, for example. The stimulus in the world is a constant blaring signal, and we are constantly filtering out noises and thoughts to develop a personal perspective. Otherwise we would go crazy, literally. Subtractive Synthesis keeps us sane. One opinion on psychedelics is it removes some of these filters, which allows us to see more of the world for a brief moment. It's a very vulnerable state, however, which is why psychedelics are temporary. We couldn't survive too long with those filters wide open and sensitive to every breeze.

    This week's show is also about timekeeping, specifically analog clocks for drum machines. Analog drum machines are special things, especially, in that they mimic a lot of engines and other mechanical equipment. They are wired up with trigger cables that fire off each drum noise with electricity, which is very different than digital emulations of drums. They are literally drum MACHINES, and this week demonstrates exactly how that works.

    For a little humor, or maybe a direct explanation for the madness going on in this world, this week's bonus link is on Soviet Mind Control machines from the 1980s. Enjoy: The State of Unclassified and Commercial Technology Capable of Some Electronic Mind Control Effects

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #16: Analog Drum Machines and THE REPUBLICAN MIND

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    Thanks and good mind control to you all, Ethan

  • In Praise of THE SPAMP! And SPIT-COIN: A Proposal to Convert All Money to Saliva

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Hi, everyone. Welcome back to the show. This week we sing the praises of portable headphone amplifiers, specifically The SPAMP and the ROCKMAN — This leads to a discussion on the good work of Tom Scholz, who designed and built the entire sound of the band Boston in a home studio in the basement of his apartment in Watertown MA, and the likelihood that many of you were conceived to More Than A Feeling. With grief, the sad ending of Brad Delp's life is also briefly discussed .

    Tom Scholz went to MIT and was offered a good job at Polaroid right out of school. This earned him a salary that funded much of Boston's burgeoning sound. So this episode also discusses how to spend money. Lots of people are very boring about how they spend their money, and the chance that you might not be born if Tom Scholz had opted to cash out and not build a home studio is explored. Good guy, that Tom. But why did Scholz need money in the first place to pursue this great dream? Money is a problem.

    Track two for this week solves money entirely. Presenting SPIT-COIN, A new economic platform based on points and saliva. You can opt to transfer your money to a shared resource for every human, or you can have your cash liquidated into saliva that you carry in your mouth perpetually, your choice. We discuss benefits of both options.

    This week's show closes with two tracks from THE APARTMENT, a "Recovered Memory of Chicago, 1996". This will be a serialized short story for the next three episodes. I wrote and recorded The Apartment in 2003. It's as interesting a true story time capsule about a landlord's bad behavior as it is a parable about data storage. The original vocals were recorded to digital audio tape and backed up to zip disc. Both formats are completely obsolete now, and I wasn't able to access either until 2015, along with other files. I returned to the tracks in 2019 and mastered them this year. So this week is the first of three stories from The Apartment.

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #15: SPAMP AMPS AND SPIT COINS

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    Thanks and please register to vote. More than a feeling, Ethan

  • Space Aliens are no longer visiting Earth due to an allergy to our cell phones

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    Headline: Space Aliens no longer visit Earth because our technology now drives them crazy. They are allergic to our EMF Radiation.

    Welcome back to Spoken Word with Electronics. Episode fourteen greets us with some real news. Important stuff. Humans have long benefited from help from alien lifeforms. They taught us how to make fire, possibly introduced the virus that gave us the consciousness, and even invented Febreeze. These are all alien gifts to us.

    Recently, however, we haven't been seeing much proof of alien life. Our race of humans have insisted on making our own technology. Like any kid in the kitchen, we've made quite a mess, too. Our bodies don't have the development to perceive our mess, but Space Aliens sure sense it. It's EMF Radiation, or Electromagnetic Fields, and our planet is now covered in it. It's gotten so noisy Aliens don't ever visit. They are allergic to our progress.

    Jump into our spacecraft and spin around the planet for an hour as we discuss this phenomenon, including a basic primer on alien allergies, the flaws of human hubris, and how insects are much more advanced as creatures than any human (or any human technology, for that matter).

    This episode includes ACTUAL EMF RADIATION, as captured by a Soma Labs Ether. All sounds of static, feedback, glitchy clicking and comfortable washes of noise have been received from the air around us through this wonderful Russian device. I have had one for a year or so, and I love it. I walked around Austin one night during SXSW in 2019 and recorded all the insane EMF from all the traveling music and technology blasting about in town. Listen to this recording to see why space aliens might find Earth a little noisy.

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #14: Space Aliens No Longer Visit Earth — Why? Our Technology Is TOXIC!

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    Thanks and have a nice week, Ethan

  • Behold, Massospora! The Insect Pandemic That Turns Cicadas Into Uncontrollable Sex Addicts

    Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds

    Hi, everyone, welcome back to the show. This week, being in the human world is getting too painful, so we're taking a trip into the wonderful world of insects. Our civic responsibility to comment on the craziness of the world isn't ignored, however, so if insects aren't your bag, jump to the final track, advocating for a Police Reform Act to be enacted by Congress.

    Cicadas are the focus this week. If you're in a part of the world that doesn't have these incredible creatures, they are insects that emit a warm droning tone. The drone itself is a kind of clicking chirp, with hollers and other singing, and they fill trees happily during the summer. All cicadas in a tree syncopate with one another into doing this harmonic noise, and talk to other trees filled with cicadas, often pausing their drone while the other tree is talking. I love cicadas. Learn about red wasps truly terrible behavior turning cicadas into brain food, and you might be interested in some Cicada Facts, including the Cicada disease that causes them to copulate until their bodies are molden humping zombies. True sex addict affliction!

    Featured music for this week are electronic insect noises. Side A, "Fill Your Room with Electronic Moths!" is from my album, "This is the TRUTH!", which is available as a looping track to fill your room with a cascade of moth going back and forth for however you'd like. For this week's broadcast, a one minute loop of moths is provided. Side B enters you into the eye of a bug storm at night, appropriately titled "Bug Night". It's a noisy one.

    Also discussed is Erin Osmon's terrific biography of Jason Molina. We ruminate on James Madison's original concept of America as a two-lizard system, and provide a meditation tutorial with a review of the Mindspace Kasina with Deepvision Frames, which is an incredible device that can cause hallucinations on a click of a button.

    Featured Electronics Maker for this episode: Michael Rucci, of RUCCI, Handmade Electronic Instruments in Oakland, CA. Just look at this beautiful metal box:

    Shown above is a Rucci 4×4 Matrix Mixer. I picked one up this month and it's the nicest matrix mixer I've ever encountered. Incredible build quality, really. It's especially useful for thinning hot modular signals down to line level. It is a passive mixer that requires no power to operate, which you can learn about, in excellent detail, from Mickey Delp of Delptronics.

    You'll hear the Rucci matrix mixer in the insect tracks. Rucci also makes some wild electronics, including a transformation of a vintage Marsona sound machine. Here is an unmodified 1970s factory version of the Marsona:

    Compare to the Rucci modified version. This is its own box capable of wild electronic insects!

    And this light strip which operates off of control voltage is really a marvel to behold, as well:

    Here's individual tracks for the show:

    SPOKEN WORD WITH ELECTRONICS #13: Cicada Sex Pandemic! …and THE SCOURGE OF THE BRAIN-EATING RED WASPS

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    Happy noise making. Talk with you next week, Ethan