Thursday, April 1, 2010

Synthesizers, the Defense Industry and Transhumanism

Synthesizers really hit their stride in the Eighties with the advent of New Wave. Bands acknowledged the influence of the German group Tangerine Dream, a synth-only outfit. The synthesizers became cheaper and added novelty as well as compositional possibilities for the musically innovative.

Some rock bands hated the idea of synthesizers and others embraced them exclusively, but the general trend of rock music has  from electrically enhanced acoustic instruments to electronic instruments.

Part of the attraction of synthesizers is the pleasurable interface not only with a musical instrument but with a machine. Each technical advance allows for increased musical possibilities.

Military Music

The military-industrial complex would naturally be interested in tapping and promoting such a technologically innovative resource.

One group that fully embraced the technology was Devo.
Jim Mothersbaugh, brother of frontman Mark Mothersbaugh, built his own synthesized drums which he played in the first Secret Agent Man video and in 1979 he began working for the synthesizer company Roland. He says that he got to work on the development of MIDI, the system which allows diverse synthesizers to communicate with each other.
In the June 1984 issue of Keyboard Magazine is this question by Greg Armbruter to Jim:

"How do the technical needs of Devo affect the development of products at Roland?
A good example of that just happened. I told Devo that in a few months Roland was going to have a master mother keyboard, not the184 system, which would have a piano action and would control different synthesizers offstage. But Devo said 'We can't wait; we're ready for it now. We'll carry the expense.' So we developed it and built it just for Devo, and now we'll sell it (the MKB-1000 keyboard)."

Jim Mothersbaugh began working for a division of Roland called Roland D.G. (Digital Group) which contracts to the U.S. Military but now has his own company called Circle Prime Manufacturing in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. His company designs and tests electronic countermeasures for the military and is "the largest supplier of communications modules for pilots."

Another example shows how the the military tries to engage synth manufacturers in military contracting.

Midway through this interview (2:45) one of the guys from Fairlight mentions the Defense Industry trying to get the company to come over to the dark side.

A New Front

The Industrial band Front 242 openly styled themselves after the military and called their music "body music" and wanted to interface the rhythms of the human body with those produced by the synthesizer.

In this interview they talk about the military aspect:

Here, at the 7 minute mark, they talk about trying to integrate body rhythm with synthetic ones:

The Transhumanist agenda which is actualizing at an ever-increasing pace today seems to be one and the same with the goals of the military, to turn humans into cybernetic machines, with free will turned on and off by an external controller as needed.

One film that was sampled by Front 242 is David Cronenberg's Videodrome, a film where the human mind is fed specific video imagery which then manifests as a distorted reality. 

In this song, "Masterhit", the initial sample from Videodrome is "You know me.." 
Also interesting are the lyrics like "Give me some more of these warm little beasts I'm so fond of" and "You seem so tender".
Kay Griggs has said that the military intelligence hit squads are initiated homosexually. Then combine this with the child sex-ring exposed in Belgium where Front 242 is from and draw your own conclusions...
Is the band just a "front"? (Notice the Masonic grid in the beginning)

This song title and content of a Front 242 side-group  is  all from  Videodrome not to mention the samples:

Popular music serves the purposes of entraining the human body to certain esoteric and mechanical rhythms, shaping people's minds to accept desired ideas and concepts as well as making the human-machine interface as pleasurable as possible.

Who would not find this fun?

Here is how far the military has come with  robotics:

And Cybernetics:

 Not Cool

Many people embrace cybernetics as being helpful to humanity or "cool" but what they fail to realize is how technological development has been pushed and prodded to move at an ever-increasing pace but in a certain direction.

Think about radio in the early part of the 20th century. If it had not been for the prohibitive cost (i.e. , the ability to profit off of and enslave the populace) everyone could have had their own radio station. At least people could have had their own show on the radio and this technology could have been slowly developed without the idiotic template (state and commerce controlled) that has lasted until this very day. Television and film as well.

Shortwave, which has the capability of reaching the entire globe, mixed with conventional radio could have been a sort of early internet. That is, if individuals were allowed to harness the technology and not the guys at the top.

Each successive development, videocassettes for example, is discarded and abandoned for the "next phase" and people accept this as natural but it is not. Because of the state/corporate system people are forced to work long days in factories (if you're lucky, these days) making short-lived products which never seem to live up to their potential or ever get us anywhere.
People are prepared by media hype for the next technological phase and accept it on arrival as if nothing could be more natural. Just as the old product becomes inexpensive, the new, must-have and expensive items come out. What a scam. The same with software updates. What is the point of life? To constantly shell out cash for crap that gets us no closer to understanding our reality and, in fact, seems to be leading us further and further away?

It's always just around the corner, this ridiculous technological utopia. Can't people see they are being led along to the most fucked-up future imaginable?

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