Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Unintentional cutup

Picking up the series from last summer, with more unintentional comic strips courtesy of Huffington Post's website.  "Recommended for you", presented (I assume) in random order and unaltered by me or anyone connected with Cutupsound World Domination HQ.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

CutUpSound: Weather Facts With Frank Figures

(2:17) This is the sort of thing you could get a computer to do: cut a stream of words at the low amplitude point between words, and free up all those little blips and blops of sound.  This one was assembled manually.

link to bit

Friday, December 4, 2015

Narendra Modi: The Porthole

More news after this...
So, this photo of Indian Prime Minister Modi looking at flood damage, down there somewhere.  Pretty boring, huh?  What is he, in a ping-pong ball?  But the Indian government has Photoshop...

...and now it looks like he's inspecting Sim City!

As you can imagine, the wags of the Internet jumped on this when it came out yesterday. 

Here's one I did a couple minutes ago:
...trying to capture that Irwin Allen vibe.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

CNN: Ted Cruz outtakes

The cut up mentality is spreading to legitimate news.  Here's a CNN story on Ted Cruz and his family that's like some of the stuff people actually, you know, make.

CNN by way of the San Antonio Current

Monday, November 30, 2015

CutUpSound: No Soap Radio theme

(3:26) This has been on the site before.  It was pulled for some reason, when I was looking at this like some kind of playlist.  It's here now until they come around with boxes and collect my stuff.

No Soap Radio theme

About 20 years ago, I got a copy of Acid, the loop editing program, and made this.  It sounded so good, I knew I couldn't make anything that easily again, so I didn't do much musically on Acid after that.  But I used this as the theme for my show for 6 years.  And Acid was the first editor I'd seen that laid out multiple tracks in horizontal lines; it was my workbench between the amazing Turtle Beach Tropez-- imagine being able to clip audio files with a computer!-- and Audacity.

05/19/16 Omigod, a dead link.  How did that happen?  Works now, though. 

Friday, November 27, 2015

CutUpSound: I Believe, 1963

(1:25) I'm starting to use stuff from this massive aircheck of 50-year-old radio on YouTube.  It's a real time machine, for me-- "Deep Heating!  Deep Heating!"

I Believe, 1963

and here's 33 hours of old, eerie radio.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

CutUpSound: Bible Week

(6:36) Old Time Radio recovered from the Oort Cloud.  (I think that's a bar where comets and asteroids hang out.)


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dr Geoff: Mellotron Mix

(9:03) Geoff is a unicycle-riding naturopath who comes into town once a year for the John Lennon Birthday Show in October.  His Beatles mashups are an annual feature.  Here's a sample.


I want to be like Mr Haney for audio

Not sure exactly what that entails...

Haney: This harp used to belong to Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale.
Mr Douglas: But Jenny Lind was a soprano!
Haney: Well, she jammed on it in her spare time!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

WC Fields: The Fatal Glass of Beer

(2:56) This is the song from his surrealist masterpiece of the same name.  It's not here because of its bizarre stock footage cut-ins.  I've just had the song going around my head recently.  I want to be able to sing it.


Close the door and the light stays on!

Has it really been awhile?  I see these blogs that people quit posting on all of a sudden.  Like an old garden with the house gone.

This one started Sept 2008.  It's had different goals at one time or another.  Right now it's a box.  One of the challenges is dropping something in it once in a while.  I still plan to do that.  Had ideas at one time about building traffic here, but-- well, things are what they are.  Here and off line.

Which seems to be demanding a lot of attention recently.  Blah blah, woof woof.  But when you find an audio glitch that blares the truth, I'll be there.  When you hear kids laughin' because it's a weird old recording by Tony Schwartz from 1952 and they're playing stickball in Jersey City or something...I am that child.

No, I'm not really leaving.  Postings will be when they are.  More frequently I hope but who knows.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Rev Norelpref: Cut Up Bonanza vol 2

One of the Subgenuis folks.  Nearly 1,000 kooky little tracks.


I think I'll just work through it like a book.

Friday, August 28, 2015

CutUpSound: Edison

(3:18)  A mashup from John dos Passos' USA and various contemporary noise composers.  Assembled from a live audio collage broadcast.


This is like Kaltenborn-- I left the unusual sounds as they were, making them in fact the primary feature of the piece.  On the other hand, the linear narrative supplied by the original was chopped all to heck.  Like Kaltenborn, it's best heard on headphones.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Godfrey Comes to the Bay!

One deal I have on the burner is something with Arthur Godfrey-- it seems there's an entire broadcast day from 1939 at the venerable Internet Archive, including the morning show hosted by a somewhat inebriated-sounding him.  If I could just get that to work with Paula doing her last show on the BBC...this might end up being the art for that one.

Anyway, this thing here.  Arthur Godfrey was a radio guy-- announcer, host, emcee-- starting in the 1920s.  By the 50's, when TV came along, he was its biggest celebrity, with 3 TV programs on the air at the same time in 1953.

So when the network needed to plug him, like personal appearances, or if his show was starting in a new city, you'd see ads like this-- cheesy, grainy black & white giant-head ads (the Giant Head ad format was popular then, this head actually came off an ad for radio tubes.  You'd be flipping through the Saturday Evening Post and run into something that could be cut out and turned into a Halloween mask)-- Proclaiming GODFREY COMES TO THE BAY!  or THE TRI-CITIES! or whatever.

Which is a long way of saying, hey look, I imitated cutup advertising art from the 50s!

Why giant heads?  Who knows?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Cassetteboy: David Cameron takes extreme measures to keep out migrants

 (2:01)  Last month's news, remixed by Cassetteboy and posted to YouTube a couple days ago.  

Link to YouTube

Saturday, August 15, 2015

CutUpSound: The Speed Hawk

(1:05) Or, "Being Awakened Suddenly By the Late Movie."


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Unintentional Cutup

Ok, Huffington Post-- I know your little deals off to the side there are random-- they do appear in various sequences.  I don't know if it's just my computer, unless the Radio God has a hand in it somewhere.  But it's definitely like some kind of weird comic strip.  Maybe one of those one-panel jobs, with geese and explorers, or strange little kids with bean-shaped heads.  If this keeps up, I'm going to have to give it a name.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Unintentional Cutup

From the "Suggested For You" column on today's Huffington Post.  (For me personally?  Wow. Thanks!)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

CutUpSound: HV Kaltenborn

(3:27) when the aliens landed, some humans welcomed their new masters, including prominent news analyst HV Kaltenborn, and that went something like this!

Not sure what's going with the original here-- the ringing effects sound like the result of drastic noise reduction.  I cut it up, of course, but the original effects are left like they are.  There's more on this tape that may appear in another guise, later.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Mario Wienerroither: Speechless Speech / BARACK OBAMA (& DIY Obama statue)

There's the statue.  It's something I found on the internet-- no relation to today's artist.

The plans for it are below.  Print them on the type and size of paper you want; 8.5 x 11 produces a statue about 2.5 inches tall.

For the video-- I'll have to issue an extreme silliness warning.  My sides were hurting.

link to YouTube

Mario's got a good eye for clips.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don Joyce: Play It Again

A piece from 1987.  Inadvertently appropriate, I guess.  (But indeed, where are we without appropriating inadvertance?)

Play It Again (1:49), great example of simple and quick, taking an anonymous PSA from who knows when, and making it a commentary on obsession.

It was collected from Radio Lost and Found, last Thurs, which has lots of other stuff, an alternate version of Guns, a Negativland show recorded in Portland in 1991, etc.

Thanks, JA.  And Rich.

UPDATE 7/30/15:  I forgot the "for further" link.  This track and others like it can be found here.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

CutUpSound: GB97 & The Action Signal Tape

Here's a couple collages that didn't make it to either of the anthologies on Bandcamp.  They were in rotation on this site a few years ago.  Both were created from random clips drawn from diverse sources.

The source clips on GB97 (4:21) were originally recorded from TV by me, dumped into the editor and selected/ clipped fresh from the start.

The ones on The Action Signal Tape (4:14) were all clipped from an anthology of cheesy movies; pre-collected weirdness, that I didn't have to look for.  Time-saving idea.  Collections of trailers might be the most fertile source.

No, not that kind of trailer.

Like that.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Daniel Steven Crafts: Snake Oil Symphony, part 2 of 7

(2:50) An excerpt from his 1978 piece, when it was still called "found sound" with quotation marks.


And more on his site.  His opera "Too Much Coffee Man" will be performed in Berkeley CA this coming Sept.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Stock Photobomber

This guy photoshops himself into photobombing stock photos.  As phollows:

Interesting idea.  Virtue of simplicity.  Takes a little craft and care-- matching the originals, and finding them in the first place...
And the before and after shots are part of it, to heighten the unexpected juxtaposition that's at the heart of good cutup...
That tragic look and the beer.  These are inspired.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Jabberwocky: 4jabb

This group was around 2002-07.  The album is a collection of previously-unreleased bits that came out in 2009.

Full album at Internet Archive
More info.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Nightly Show: 12 Angry Men

That's what I'm talking about.  A well-crafted 50-year old lobby card (not a "poster") with fold lines, cheesy b/w photos, very nice.  With The Donald right there yelling-- this was obviously done by someone who knows the art form, putting an emotional grabber in the foreground like that.  And right next to the tagline.  Boom!

Here's the whole bit.  It's about Bobby Jindal running for President.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Public Works: Numbers

(4:40) This is a 2005 release by a couple of people from The Tape Beatles.  Link to the whole album.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sonic Outlaws

(1h 38m) A bunch of wild kids take over the TV station. Hilarity ensues.  Comedy, 1995.  Casey Kasem, Ronald Reagan.

You might have heard of this film, it's a documentary on a few groups who were running around back then.  Also, I see the IMDB says it's about 10 minutes shorter than this version on Internet Archive, which might mean something.


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

George Washington Eagle Mask

from Mr Smith Goes to Washington

(This might be kind of cool to make.  Start with molds of kitschy eagle and Washington's face obtained at local hobby store.  I'm thinking the face could be like purple latex rubber, and the eagle made out of injected styrofoam.)

Here's the whole collage on YouTube

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Emergency Broadcast Network: Live show and some videos

Our main feature tonight, a one-hour Austrian TV program that's mostly a live show.

STAY TUNED presents TV or Not TV starring EBN

And a couple videos that were also in the show:
The eerily beautiful and haunting 378 (conga!)
and the manic Electronic Behavior Control System.
(Not only are the collages incredible, they also rock.)

Unintentional TV cut and paste

I'm amazed at stuff like this.  Most of it's lost.  Someone saved this one, Radio God bless 'em.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

sin sin collective: The Day Before the Earth Stood Still

(2:46) Another video from Prelinger Mashups, this time illustrating an original song.


Tim Drage: Robots Don't Exist

(1:46)  A music video from the Prelinger Mashups at the Internet Archive.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Fred Katz, The Wasp Woman and Frank Zappa

(2:01)  Roger Corman's 1959 The Wasp Woman with soundtrack by Fred Katz.  (And no, unfortunately, she never turned into a giant wasp with great makeup-- doesn't she just look like a monstrous insect who's also a cosmetics tycoon?)

I recognized Fred from his work with Ken Nordine, but he had a long career doing a lot of other things, including teaching.  This music accompanies a montage of a police search.  (See if it sounds like anything else you might have heard.  Zappa could have called it "Variations on a Theme by Fred Katz.")

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Kinky Turtle: Mary Worth

What do you think about this cutup idea-- extra content:

the link

I like the simplicity.  And it doesn't have to be a perfect copy of the original-- obviously, it was drawn by someone else.  But for sheer silliness-- I mean, the guy in the second panel does have a fish on his head, and, yes, it is attached-- and the brilliant thought of tacking on, in effect, a punchline panel, it's a nice little piece of work.  Thanks, Kinky Turtle!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

tax break

I'm at work right now.  I do taxes for a living and it's kind of busy up through April 15.  Might post later tonight, but if I don't get back to it today, always remember...the something-something is, uh...I did have a question though-- has anyone else noticed that Windows seems to have eaten a bad update?  It used to be that when a cursor was blinking in a box, it meant the box was ready for input; like putting your zip code into the computer, you'd see that little blinking vertical line, and know you could start typing.

But in like the last 2 or 3 months, Windows seems to have switched over to showing blinking cursors. and the box isn't open for data-- you start typing and nothing happens.  If you have more than one application open, the other can actually be the one that's selected to work on, and the one you think you have, where the box is supposedly waiting for you to start typing, isn't the active application-- even though the cursor is sitting there, blinking, like it's ready. 

This is a new thing.  Windows didn't used to pretend that you could start entering data in applications that weren't ready for it.  I figure it's a bad update.  They should just junk Windows and go to a flat operating system.  Whatever that is.  (Sorry, tax thinking creeping in.)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Charles Keating: Come Join the Fun

(2:39) World-renowned Los Angeles news announcer George Putnam, on what has become a big, big business.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Low Profile Production Music

First off,
weird radio production music of the 1960's, courtesy of WFMU:


which sounds like the music of Henry Mancini, arranged by a blender...

And musical salvage--
the opening titles for They Shoot Horses Don't They, with as much non-music cut out as I could.  Still a few artifacts in there.  The melody is "Easy Come, Easy Go," arranged by Johnny Green.