I find it hard to describe what I’ve learnt this week, but I’ll share some very broad things’ I started to learn about more deeply just today after reading Mark’s ‘Hyperpeople’. In particular…. “MP3 recording uses a mathematical technique known as Fourier Transforms to break an audio signal into its constituent sound waves. It’s like a chord played on a guitar: you can think of a chord as a set of individual strings being played simultaneously.” This caused me to think of Claude Shannon, and led me, via a quick wiki search to revisit some fascinating info’ at wiki describing his contributions to the ‘digital age, and the technology of sharing?
To my mind, today, I kind of learnt that good poetry’ has a resonance with the Fourier Transform, and music too by way of the sweet chord-analogy made by Mark. I’m not sure I have fully processed and learn’t about Fourier transforms, but I have found a new field of interest I feel worthy of deeper investigation and sharing here as an example. I also learnt a little about Giordano Bruno, Nietzsche, Giambattista Vico, James Joyce, McLuhan and Claude Shannon and what they have in common with my own warped interpretation of some parts of ‘Hyperpeople’. Furthermore, I feel that, although Internet may have no historical precedent, certain individuals have a strong resonance with the world wide web. Today I learn’t why Nietzsche and Shannon, in particular, are important historical figures, kick-started by thoughts inspired while reading ‘hyperpeople’ if… we were to fiddle with historical events, contrasted with the current refreshing focus on the present 2009 – scenario-universe.
I shd/ come clean here though, friends, and confess that I’m not an academic, a Phd, or a University student, but I’m probably best classed in the realm of the drop-out I guess. --Fly, Share This Course.
Hollywood Studios - Dark. Night: Dr. FRANKENSTEIN says: “These machines will have an input, and an output. The input will be an infinite sequence of binary digits.
CUT TO: John Coltrane saying: “This definition is extended to infinite sequences, as follows...
CUT TO: Film footage of Jesse Owens at Berlin Olympic Games 1936.
NARRATOR: “Think ‘infinitely’ to see the paradox of writing about paradox.
SUBTITLE: To appear in the cosmology of the infinite.
CUT TO: Studio Engineer: “And hence the rate should probably be defined with respect to a machine whose tape is infinite dimensional.
CUT TO: Old man in library reading book. We pan into the book and see the chapter heading: Infinito – De l’infinito, universe et mondi.
CUT TO: Tight close up of map with red, blue and green dots on it:
SUBTITLE: “He had seen as in a glass darkly.
SOUND: A shot rings out. Narrator falls dead in studio.
Camera pans back to Announcer with gun.
CUT TO: Announcer saying: "Musictime & Sporthistory (An introductory fable) to cable."
SUBTITLE on screen: A survey of the music, painting, sculpture, and poetry of the decade as seen by a vorticist.
DISSOLVE TO: Close shot of young female Italian Gymnast at the Games saying: “We imitate this geometry in our art, music, and architecture, and express it in the symmetry of our own bodies.”
SUBTITLE: A discussion of geometry; musictime' and the dissociation of ideas.
Camera Pan around a class room, An old GREY BEARDED SCHOLAR says: “...Ending with a piece of music, this chapter also helps explain that a work of art, architecture, music, or literature should proceed linearly and logically, with harmony, symmetry, proportion, and concision,
NARRATOR: “That was the rule laid out by Aristotle in his poetics.”
CUT TO: The ocean, Aristotle is seen by children on the beach, far-out swimming with a porpoise.
SUBTITLE: Accidental music providently arranged by L’Archet...
NARRATOR: “Garments were adorned with the figures of suns, moons, and stars, interwoven with those of fiddles, flutes, harps, trumpets, guitars, harpsichords, and many other instruments of music, unknown to us.”
Camera pans around the Apollodelphi theatre, as the band play their decorative instruments and the actors play out the last scenes of Mcgraff’.
CUT TO: Four men sitting back in the eighth row with speech bubbles hanging over their heads full of mathematical equations, musical notation and more.
CUT TO: Man in audience turning to his neighbor and saying: “In that music I thought I heard an earthquake letting loose a primeval life-force that had been dammed up for ages.”
Zeppelin flying over Berlin plays ‘Beethoven’s Opus 109’ on massive speakers.
CUT TO: Obi Wen Kinobe to Luke Skywalker: “Use their ways and their music, keep form of their charts and banners.”
CUT TO: Man behind cell-bars: “T’ao Ch’ien heard the old Dynasty’s music as it might be at the peach-blossom Fountain.”
CUT TO: Photograph of Ira Pod, Giles Chase and Cutler Bates sitting at the Oilympic fountain in the village.
INTERCUT: A Talking turntable character on the telephone saying: “The ear analyzes a sound wave into its component frequencies.
NARRATOR: Question, what is music?
MAN:“The pregnant recurrence of domination notes in the melody and chords in a harmony.”
WOMEN: “The separation of words and music by the print technology was no more decisive than its separation of visual and oral reading.”
CUT TO: close up of a painting - Acrylic on canvas - depicting the musical stave with notes in black and white, with red paint dripping through the scene, swirling toward a download Icon in the bottom right hand corner.
CRIMINAL ARTIST: “You have a music magazine. You have a magazine on economics. Why? Because the advertiser pays for the magazine.
DISSOLVE TO: PLUSH, responding to BBC radio interviewer: “Sound effects and music are essential to any air drama; we are using all the equipment that radio offers. Economically and intelligently. We are smuggling implements of music.”
CUT TO: POV of automobile passneger passing a Billboard on L.A's sunset strip for 'Radio hobbyhorse: All music when you come to think.”
DISSOLVE TO: Still shot of LP cover art saying “Music rots when it gets too far from the dance.
SOUND: Sequence of voices recorded from Tape reel and new acetate disks:
CUT TO: Young musician: “Words were printed with the music?”
CUT TO: On a TV screen we see three Nordic, leotard-clad, full breasted girls swinging exercise clubs decorated with symbols, in union.
RADIO NEWSCASTER: “...and there was a failure to supply music for those entering the Oilympic stadium.”
NARRATOR: “Question, what scale of values, what preferences in music, for example?
Newspaper headline in Rapalltown: “All that Italian florid music.”
MAN ON STAGE: “But let gentle silence wrought with music flow.
CUT TO: Guinness TV add, Einstein flying/falling through a clockwork Universe.
CUT TO: PLUSH asking: “How confident did my dream look on this finite world?
SUBTITLE: “The number of words in such a vocabulary, natural for man, is infinite.
MAN ON STAGE: “Acting in illegal secret, pouring oil on the press, giving nominal loans on inexistent security.
Close-up Photograph of piece of tape, with caption: “Fly-catchers of the moon,
STAGE ACTOR in McGraff: “It is time I wrote my will; I chose upstanding men.”
CUT TO: Max typing the words: “Sonny did not set out to discover prejudices; he did not even set out to criticize our conceptions of space and time.”
CUT TO: Door to door time-machine salesman: “We may question and revise our conception of timespace. Opening new adventures in literature for our time, space machine. Read this...”
NARRATOR: Question, Tell me, who made the world?”
MONTAGE: Vincent Quarantino saying: “The real film-maker is a writer. He or she makes the world.”
INTERCUT to Lisa Simpson on skype: “I think the maker Transforms in Hilbert space.”
CUT TO: Photograph of a Turntable with the slogan: “The technical revolution of our time.”
CUT TO: Inside the Temporal Institute, three scholars discuss a timespace machine, reading the transcripts of voices recorded earlier that afternoon.
BILL LASWELL: “Axioms, provide an overview of the evolving concepts of geometric space and form that have impacted the literary imagination throughout western history. In a sense, for any input situation including past history, E’ merely looks up in a “dictionary” the appropriate response.”
VOICE 3: “That changed endocrine history.”
FLASHBACK: Percy passing Max a photograph of an MRI scan of his brain.
DRUNKEN HISTORICAL ENGINEER: “A period of history of a process. A period of History defined by the prevalence of some particular state of things. Like the Glowball Illumage defined by Mclure.”
NARRATOR (Voiceover): “An event ‘E is representable by a property of the state at time ‘p of a finite automaton with an infinite past, only if E is definite.
CUT TO: Realistic film of a singing Bard riding a comet to earth: “The phenomena of the idea, arise and pass away in time like fleeting dreams.
VOICEOVER of TV ad for an ‘Elvis’ DVD: “He offers a history of philosophy from the beginning to our own time.”
NARRATOR: “But he had not solved the problem of how to include novelistic realism and history in a modern literary work, especially a poem.”
CUT TO: Back blurb of a Novel: “Social and political issues, religion, British History, advertising, and naturally enough the conflict between art and economics.”
CUT TO: Photograph of an Andy Warhol Obama button on the orange jacket of a prison inmate.
CARTMAN from South Park: “The time has also become ripe for a conception of human knowledge, history, and the human condition.”
CUT TO: Man receives fax from his fax-machine reading: ...And they ran into debt to keep up appearance, they were there busy with sciences, poetry, history, dancing.
MAN at the Butchers: “Persecution, says he, all the history of the world is full of it. Perpetuating national hatred among nations. Can I have some chicken wings mate?
CUT TO: Old man in a libarary:“...so pay tribute to the Confucian tenets found in shu jing or the Book of History.”
NARRATOR: “Question, what is history?
James T. Kirk: “All history is the experimental refutation of the theory of the so called moral order of things.”
CUT TO: Hannibal Lector in Berlin saying: “There is reason in History?”
DISSOLVE TO: Photograph of Newspaper headline reading: 'Economics and national security?
LONG SHOT: Data screen showing wiki page, from inside a Prision cell: “...This stupendous double antithesis seems to me the most significant fact in all history, certain ideas and theories placed the history of civilization in an unusual light...”
CUT TO: Swiss Sports coach shouting: “Rules involve interpretation, and to escape the infinite regress there seems to be no escape from the necessity of considering agreements concluded outside the game.
INTERCUT: Max saying into his phone: “Different meanings for different specialists?
SUBTITLE: “Von Noman’s response was similar to that in his formalization of quantum mechanics: just expand the formal character of the ‘space’ in which the model would reside.
CUT TO: Bard on a hill: “Sing, O you little stars.
SUBTITLE: “Infinite-valued, process orientations.
BARD on hill: “About the stars and moon and sun...
SUBTITLE: “All statements made about them stars are only probable in various degrees.
CUT TO: Studio engineer: “We may think of a Turing machine as having three parts: a control element, a reading and writing head, and an infinite tape.
CUT TO: Percy saying into his phone: “He was trying to write an epic poem.
CUT TO: Man holding Koran and Bible in hand saying: “This book can’t be the whole of history.”
TV SPORTS COMMENTATOR at the 2012 games opening: “Berlingham provided a suitable backdrop for the greatest spectacle ever seen in the history of sport.”
MAN WITH A MEGAPHONE: “Men and their business took the soul’s unchanging look. An epic is a poem including History. Increase their flow, throw flower at histories feet, when will we meet?”
CUT TO: M.I.T Professor: “Well, Santa Monica was a point of reference to those working on Game theory.”
CUT TO: Bankman, the economic superhero shouting: “Merchants will not confess over trading nor speculators. Do they pour national revenue into banks of deposit in seasons of speculation?...
CUT TO: Hadron super-collider firing lottery balls against different currencies and Scientists and economists gathered in the lab, measuring the scatter patterns left by the collisions.
SCIENTIST: “Terminology continues to be traditionally magical, covered in the writings and signs of the past, and with these signs over-painted with new signs in a cyclic nervous chain, interconnected in a bewilderingly complex way.”
SUBTITLE: Clouded silence : Silence that is the infinite of space.
CUT TO: Max saying: “The fourier transform of a function vanishing exponentially.
CUT TO: Studio Engineer: “The term ‘finite’ is used to distinguish these automate from Turing machines, which have an infinite tape, permitting them to have more complicated behavior than these automata.
CUT TO: Film of Rotating figure eight – Mobius strip – made of magnetic tape.
FLASHBACK: Plush, reading in the wave the words “Infinite swell in unfitting induments."
CUT TO: Photograph of guitar covered in the world’s currency symbols and signs.
CUT TO: Percy: “All we shall have to do is unveil it, to simply remove the political cloak. The Olympics and other competitions exist partly for this purpose – to wave their cloaks and flags.
LONG SHOT of Max running with a flag bearing the symbols of the other flags at the games, flags of nations on one side and as he runs past, corporate logos combined with the symbols of the stock and bond worlds, and currencies from around the world.
CUT TO: Close-up of Max saying: “The most striking result of this cloak-research, by von Norman, elaborated his theory of ‘Olympic games and economic fluxuations’ after his 1928 paper: “Time, and the Oyl Race: The political use of the Olympic games, time and money.”
CUT TO: Tight close up of paper by von Norman, being inspected by Plush and Percy.
CUT TO: Man at speakers corner, London: “To have shortage neither in time nor in place but to have money there ready for sailing of ships, wangles of merchants and for the due pay for soldiers.
CUT TO: Max speaking of Geo Runoh: “The notion of a group is transformation and invariance. For these are not on terms, they twain.
PLUSH saying into his skype headphone: “This is the multiplicity inherent in his rhetoric. To weave and share. To approach the infinite by form, he was revolting against art.
INTERCUT: PERCY replies on a cell phone: “He demanded more wood alcohol to pitch in with.”
CUT TO: Artist in the dock: “I’m drawing on the methods of Imagist lyric, of drama, of narrative poetry, the realistic novel, cinema, to create a synthetic form capable of including the scope of modern consciousness, sir.
CUT TO: Computer screen froze during ‘Prose-tools’ session. Message flashing Reboot!
LIBERAL JUDGE: “But the results of human acts and decisions are alterable by acts and decisions.
COURT HECKLER: “This statement is equivalent to the assertion that it is the product of two functions; ‘ren or virtuous human nature and ‘Jing, Respect.
CRIMINAL ARTIST: “A precise language of sharing can be built up of stable, visually perceptible signs.
CUT TO: Looping footage of Angel falls.
NARRATOR: “Nature, image and sound play significantly interlocking parts. These parts are now altered, and augmented with a cyclical view of history.
Plush: “That history proceeds through corsi and ricorsi.
Percy: “The method of construction is roughly as follows;
CUT TO: Plush, Max and Percy in the studio.
PLUSH: saying to his friends: “We design a rhythm machine with an alphabet of ‘m letters (symbols used on the tape) and ‘n internal states,
PERCY repies: “We design a machine with two internal states, a rhythm-sharing machine.
NARRATOR: “Both man and Universe are indeed complex aggregates of motion.
CUT TO: Ezra Pound asking: “What could save infinite time and labour for pore mutts trying to learn a little Chinese.
SUBTITLE: “The overtones of words, the halos of secondary meaning, are struck among the infinite terms of things.
CUT TO: Peruvian Shaman, translated: “You won’t really need all that money.
NARRATOR (VOICE OVER): “Question: In What sense does the infinite universe radically modifies the relationship between God and the world, between God and human beings.
CUT TO: Frank Zappa: “Let us suppose that f(z) is measurable, and of summable square over any finite interval.
SUBTITLE: “Representability in a finite automaton with an Infinite past.
CUT TO: Jesus on the cross, the hill crowded with bitter faces, the wounds in palm and side, the vinegar heavy sponge.
CUT TO: Tour guide, as she folded the phone into her untidy bag and snapped the catch: “The Egyptians finally used abbreviated pictures to represent sounds.”
CRITIC: “Well, I cannot swallow all the sacrosanct principles and accepted truths underlying the writings of people who try to deal seriously with the problem, that is, the expression of the wave.”
BEARDED CARTOON PIRATE: “The great new tool of this age is information, from which has been born sharing.
CUT TO: Screen shot of computer running a Bit Torrent download.
VOICE 1: “The infinite which it superficially concealed in the notion of “any”.
VOICE 2: “It cannot be elsewhere, since its coincidence of spirituality with infinite matter means that ‘elsewhere’ does not exist.
CUT TO: Backstage at Rapalltown Hall, a Woman is responding to a question: “I did not catch the words, so I couldn’t respond to what he just asked. Mechanics represents an average of...the total weight of values...what?”
DOCUMENTARY STYLE VOICE OVER: “The Greeks invented both their artistic and scientific novelties after the interiorization of the alphabet.
CUT TO: Footage of a man making a cross-word puzzle on his plate, using alphabet soup letters.
OLD MAN saying: “Masterpieces of art, if they were stated formally in the language of self recursive function theory, and not tomato sauce...
MONTAGE: BATMAN: “Napoleon has invented a word, Ideology, which expresses my opinion:
SUPERMAN: Let S be a sequence of symbols. S is to denote the Set of all pairs.”
SPIDERMAN: “There was a whole will of the people. Knowledge and love collide and coincide with their object in the infinite.
CUT TO: Old man tapping TV screen with walking stick.
SUBTITLE: Language poetry, and the transparent slingshot”
SPIDERMAN: “Then came an adder and bit his throat so that he cried out in pain.”
CUT TO: Computer screen message:“To Play thou schouwburgst, Game, here endeth.
(The curtain drops by deep request, the image of a large hand projects onto the curtain, pointing to a sign that reads: The danger of single, absolute, or hegemonic principles or rules can be overcome with awareness of multi-dimensional meanings.)
CUT TO: Documentary Film Producer: “The above explanation, as well as the neurological attitude toward meaning, as expressed by HEAD, is non-elementalistic.
TIGHTROPE WALKING PHILOSOPHER: “It is an earthly virtue that I love the hierarchy of being extended between two extremes, pure act and pure potency.”
CUT TO: Independent 16 year old scholar on youtube: “The 21st’ century renaissance occurred because of a shift in the way the scholars regarded timespace, and linguistic relativity, it seems.
WOMEN TEACHER: “The limit of the integral of a function of the sequence is the integral of the limit.
RUPERT MURDOCH high on LSD: “But a visually homogenous mass consists of individuals in a new subjective sense, lecturing mostly on Highgull and Human-bat Spincer. We should be dazed and terror struck. ”
CUT TO: Plush tossing a coin in the air.
CUT TO: Percy saying: “Both finite and infinite games are analysed.
SUBTITLE: “Thus the formulation of the present infinite-valued non-aristotelian system became also an imperative necessity.
CUT TO: Man: “But what will you do with that money?”
WOMEN: “The return to the tribe!”
SUBTITLE: “It was in order to avoid an infinite regress that Aristotle taught we must assume premises that are indubitably true.
Photograph of M.C Escher’s 'Reptiles’ with the caption: “Infinite regression of proofs?”
BARD singing: “In sum an infinite great fall of rain and all refreshed.
VOICE FROM THE DIRECTORS CHAIR: “When the camera falls in love, what’s begotten is the authentic movie star.”
A ginger cat walks stiffly around the leg of the directors table.
YOUNG MAN: “Sewing machines will never come into general use’
OLD MAN: To study reading-books and history, to cut and sew and be neat at everything.”
Sound: First notes to ‘So what by ‘Miles Davis’.
CUT TO: fragment of a letter translated from French: “I Don’t know whether they were right or wrong?
CUT TO: Film canisters being thrown into an incinerator by Micky Mouse and William Randolf Hearst.
OUR HISTORYS BACK BY Fly Agaric 23:
Before Dr. Robert Anton Wilson graduated life in early 2007 he shared with the world a tantalizing glimpse into an epic project that he called ‘the tale of the tribe' (TTOTT): the blueprint for a new synthesis of some of the greatest minds of the 21st century, uniting quantum mechanics, neuro-semantics, design-science, Ideogramic method, history and culture, together into a typically RAW montage' of forces and values to help others distinguish useful information from all the bullshit. The historical characters or 'evolutionists' from RAW's TTOTT krewe were individuals that helped to speed up the ability of humans to condense ideas and then share information, that has directed humanity into the - information age - and the sharing mass-age. In Our Historys Back' fly has designed an environment based in 1936 where these TTOTT characters can blend their creative genius and fall into orbit with one another; poets, linguists, logicians, design-scientists and artists meet to share their wisdom on advancing humanity into the 21st century. New creative research into the tale of the tribe aims to open up a new vista of interpretations from the fragments left to us by Dr. Wilson. And this adaptation of Dr. Wilson's 'tale of the tribe' is the first such project, to my knowledge, to tackle TTOTT lineage and place some characters into a new Novel architecture. I hope that this project will at least encourage some of you who are on a similar road of investigation and nudge-nudge - create your own TTOTT synthesis.
Our Historys Back’ features remixed 'TTOTT' characters rounded into a tale within a tale by our protagonists. The tale within a tale follows a band of old bards who journey to the 1936 Olympic Games into the sick-heart of the Nazi intelligence games to boldly state their perfected word and communicate their sporting peace to all nations on behalf of artists, painters and poets worldwide. Standing in their way are a sordid alliance of spies from many nations including English, American, German, Canadian and Soviet agents; who have arranged to meet in Berlin to finalize their annual guns, dope and intelligence 'trade off'
Max, Percy and Plush are three friends living in Amsterdam, 2012, united by their synchronistic interest in RAW's ‘tale of the tribe’ and producing their own story that includes a culture’s hierarchy of values and histories. Plush has perfected his turntable-altable method of mixing and cutting specially crafted LP’s, that contain pre-recorded samples from the 1936 tale and afterwards, together with Max and Percy, they splice the recordings into dialogue and a dramatic sequence of events. The MPHDJ Method translates roughly as mixing special kinds of sampled literature using the approach of a musical DJ or turntablist.
The 1936 tale spans 48 hours and three main locations, taking place in theatres in New York and Rapallo’ simultaneously on July 31st', and then moving to Berlin and the opening of the IXth Olympic Games on August 1st. The recurring theme of the story is probably the precept of ‘ language versus the equation’, translated into how the characters share their different fields of experience and wisdom creating a communication network, to help others bring a new peace to Europe through a linguistic relativism, a new language to help facilitate peace and communication between all nations and humanity.
--Steven "fly" Pratt.
28th October. 2009. Amsterdam.