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Inabsolute Mix – how it works

The Inabsolute Mix is an ongoing project that incorporates different audio and video tracks from Youtube in an attempt to create disorienting and/or meltingly synchronous collages. I use music videos, famous news broadcasts, vintage movies, foreign films, tent revival preaching, saturday morning cartoons. I adjust the speed and the volume in search of a particular feeling. But then the same elements of the mix can be altered by a few twists of the button and it’s something new altogether.

I have felt the sensation of time traveling, head hopping, astral projection, and other forms of existential carnival. I partner some of these mixes with time in a sensory deprivation tank and in energy sessions.

What you need to do to participate — open multiple tabs (not windows) on your browser and push play on each video so that they’re playing at the same time. I recommend using over the ear headphones to maximize the full range.

If you decide to make your own mix (highly encouraged) please feel free to add it to the comment section. If you have time, maybe give a little description as to why you chose the tracks that you chose or what you experienced in the mix.

If you want me to create a custom mix for you, send me an email. I’ll have some questions for you before I go to the canvas.

11/5

Please take care of yourself and those around you. Your capacity for love and compassion is the greatest gift bestowed upon you and it is only through our collective wielding of these gifts that we will bring a total and lasting Light to the world (the world is the universe the universe is everything, even the parts we don’t understand).

Go forth in love.

Go forth and love.

An Alternate Sunday Night History

Carter beats Reagan in 80.

Carter is President for the 84 Olympics and is the symbol of America with Bruce Springsteen.

In 84 Mondale loses to Bob Dole.

Bob Dole is President when the Challenger explodes.

Paul Simon beats Bob Dole in 88.

Paul Simon signs monumental peace treaty with the Russia that restores nation status to the Soviet Union states and that the United States will divest itself from taking an active role in the affairs of the European, Asian, African, and South American countries. All countries respect the autonomy of others.

Paul Simon beats Dan Quayle in 92.

Paul Simon assassinated in the spring of 93. No killer is caught. No known reason. Nobody claims responsibility. Despite everybody’s best efforts, nobody ever finds out.

Vice President Ted Kennedy is sworn in as President, June 14, 1993. The new Vice President is Marion Barry, the former highly regarded mayor of Washington D.C.

Ted Kennedy is President when Hurricane Alex comes ashore as a Category Five storm and kills over thirty thousand people in Miami. Another two hundred thousand people are injured in the metro region. Aid comes not only from the rest of the country, but Caribbean nations, including a now friendly nation of Cuba. The entire world enters a ten day period of silence and fasting.

In 96 Ted Kennedy decides to not run for re-election.

In 96 the nation abolishes the role of President.

In 2000 the world is invited to Africa to study a new hybrid of agriculture and mathematics that has maximized crop yield efficiency in a way that also slightly increases the amount of breathable oxygen in the air, a development that leads to the discovery of a new type of consciousness.

By 2024 the world is doing mass experiments of exploring/adventure into new parts of consciousness. It is heralded as a time of exploring like that of the old explorers who crossed the seas.

In 2028 God comes to Earth to find every living thing has already moved on.

Inabsolute 9/29

Tonight’s Inabsolute Mix is:

Ramshackle Glory – “Never Coming Home”

Normandy – (WWII footage)

The idea for tonight’s mix beamed itself into my head. I wasn’t even listening to the Ramshackle Glory when I thought about what would pair with it. I don’t even know which one came into my head first.

In any case, I think, if you aren’t already familiar with Ramshackle Glory or specifically this song, that you should watch it once through before you do the mix. When you listen to it, turn on the closed captioning so you can see the lyrics. This will be part of the gut punch later. I’ll wait here while you do that.

Okay, I’ve cued up the Normandy link above to start at 1:00. You don’t need to fuss with it. It’s already taken care of for you.

Push play on Ramshackle Glory, then switch over to the Normandy tab and push play right away. Watch the Normandy stuff at full screen, BUT also you should mute the Normandy video. If possible, listen to this through headphones.

Holy shit, right?

Love,

Ben

Inabsolute 9-26

This is one of those great moments where if you play enough obscure stuff on Youtube, Youtube will introduce you to an absolute treasure trove of more obscure stuff. Yesterday I didn’t know these things didn’t exist, and now I know they do.


*Akira Ishikawa – “Africa Rock” (album, 1971, .75)
*Psychedelic Cartoons (playlist, .75)

I can find very little to no information about Akira Ishikawa. I like it that way. Everything about this is magnificent especially at slower speeds. The cartoons are not childish as much as they are drowning in weird. At this speed, you’ve got over an hour of seeking answers to the universe through animated jazz.

Inabsolute 9-24

I fell asleep super early last night, so there wasn’t a mix. But tonight? Tonight there’s a mix!

*The Blue Yusef Lateef – “Like It Is” (song, .75 speed)
* 60 Minutes of Smurfs – (cartoon, .5 speed)

I started off in a blue mood which is how we ended up where we did, but then I let autoplay pick the next song after “Like It Is” and they came through with Lonnie Smith’s “It’s Changed.”

I liked this mix, but I think the music is maybe a little too upbeat given the utter insanity that was going on with the Smurfs (lots more violent and subversive than I remembered). So then I switched over to my favorite thing to listen to these days, namely the duduk.

Lévon Minassian – “They Have Taken the One I Love “

I also slowed the Smurfs down to .25 speed.

Now we’re at the good stuff, gang. The really good stuff.

Inabsolute 9-20

Tonight’s mix is a cool experiment in reversing audio/video feeds.

  • The Letter (1940, movie, .75 speed, low(ish) volume)
  • Anika Pyle – The Void (2018, song, loud(er) volume)

This is illustrative in a couple of ways. Note the matched color and note patterns when viewing the movie but listening to the song. Now watch what happens when you switch the order so that you are hearing the movie, but watching the visuals from the song. Reread that sentence, it’s cognitively disruptive. We are being asked to listen to a visual medium and at the same time we are watching an auditory medium.

And yet? Somehow it all makes sense and evokes tons of emotion because of its base characteristic–its connection to the shared human soul/psyche/etc. It also probably means (and I don’t need to tell you I’m not a scientist, but I’ll remind you of it anyway) that our brains are getting a good workout, perhaps even playing, by trying to make sense of different information coming in from multiple directions without familiar landmarks.

Do you hear what I’m hearing? Or do you think I’m connecting dots where no dots exist?

Editing in Exchange

Hi! It’s that time of year. Maybe you worked on your novel all summer. Maybe you’re gearing up for NANOWRIMO. Maybe it’s something entirely different and that’s okay, too.

Anyway, if you’ll volunteer four or more hours in your community, I’ll edit the first chapter/20 pages of your novel for free because I think you’re awesome. Here are some of the rules:

  • I’m not your school teacher, I’m not going to follow up with any organization to confirm that you volunteered. And if you choose to do direct action, I’m going to take your word for it (because you wouldn’t lie to me). Please, please, don’t take advantage of this situation.
  • Editing is done on a first come, first served basis. There may come a point where I close the door if I get too inundated, so you’ll want to check back here to confirm that the door is still open. The first time I did this I had about 60 people take me up on the offer. I was happy to do it then, but will likely cut things off much earlier than that time.
  • If you do some super dedicated community service, it’s possible I’ll edit more/all of your book for free, but that’s going to be based on separate conversations that we have.
  • Volunteering MUST take place after 9/20/2019 but before 11/1/19.
  • If you volunteer during the window mentioned, but aren’t ready for editing at the moment, you can let me know and I’ll put your name on a list. You can then send me your pages when you’re ready.
  • This is NOT some elaborate sales pitch where I’m trying to trick you into hiring me to edit your entire manuscript for a million dollars.
  • My “expertise” skews towards crime, commercial, and literary fiction, but I have worked across a variety of genres including some non-fiction. I tell you this because I want to note my limitations to temper your expectations.

Who am I? Nobody really. But at one point in history I started Bleak House Books and served as publisher until selling it to a larger media company. Later, I started Tyrus Books and served as publisher including the time after it had been acquired by F+W Media and for a few months after F+W Media sold Tyrus to Simon & Schuster. If you want to, you can probably find info about all of that in other places. I am currently the Executive Director of the Independent Publishers Caucus.

And that’s it (for now). It’s possible I’ll update this with more terms/thoughts/etc. as questions are asked. But for now, you can email me at leroy.ben@gmail.com with “Editing in Exchange” in the subject line.

Love Yr Pal,

Ben