Thursday, December 20, 2018

Quickie cut-up art

This started out as a screen-cap from YT:

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The Life & Times of Judge Roy Moore

Roy Moore was a candidate for the US Senate.  He lost.  Some of his supporters, like the man on today's installment, thought he was abandoned by his own party.  The original recording was from a Moore election-night rally on C-Span.  This guy was complaining within earshot of the C-Span microphone.  There were enough rhythmic connections between his words and the random background music to make some interesting loops.  You might be able to hear it better on headphones.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Mr F Le Mur: PR Gnus Of The World News

New stuff from the creator of Soupman, Dragnest, and (of course) PR Gnus.


Sunday, October 7, 2018

Beach Blanket Bustup

Surf movie radio mashup.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Bill's at the Station

Bill's still at the station. 


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tom Lehrer: Clementine

Tom Lehrer was (and is, I guess, if he still plays once in a while) a gifted mimic.  The Vatican Rag, just the music by itself, is ragtime with all the bells and whistles, and So Long Mom (I'm Off To Drop The Bomb) is the best tune George M Cohan never wrote.

This piece, where he takes the folk song My Darling Clementine through a few musical genres, is an excellent example of musical cut and paste.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

Brokaw (50 sec version)

NBC Nightly News used to start out with this kind of testosteroned-charged theme song, with Tom Brokaw announcing the headlines over it.  I wanted to do a longer bit linking them all together in some kind of demented poetry, but this is as far as I got for now. 


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tony Schwartz: City Pitchmen

From his album, Millions of Musicians (Folkways Records, 1954).  Mr Schwartz wandered around recording audio on the street, like a birdwatcher.  Here's an example of some of the more colorful species.


Some of these clips begin with a little speed-up noise.  Apparently, Mr Schwartz assembled his collage by recording satellite players into a master deck-- no cutting/splicing. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Vladimir Ussachevsky: Wireless Fantasy

Late-nite radio collage stuff, suitable for solo play or any kind of mix.  The orchestral excerpt is from Wagner's Prelude to Act 1 of Parsifal.

link to YouTube

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Frog Pond

Also previously on the site.  Not sure why they were all taken off a few years ago-- maybe I was thinking of putting them on Bandcamp.  Anyway, it's here now, to stay, probably.  Includes the famous Frog Pond recording, and I think a Folkways Records collection of deep-sea critters, and a little piece of Ussachevsky's Wireless Fantasy, which deserves to be here all by itself.  Maybe in our mid-week "other artist" slot.

Frog Pond

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bonobo: Cirrus

Video by Cyriak

If MC Escher made a music video out of Prelinger Archive films, it would have looked like this.

link to YouTube

Sunday, September 2, 2018

N17_Occupy Portland

Cutupsound covers the N17 protests in 2011.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Sunday, August 26, 2018

A Day Called Excerpt

This has also been on the site before.  I'm slowly dumping my archives, at least stuff that's not for sale at Bandcamp, onto this here blog, and eventually, I hope, newer creations.  This one is a collaboration between Dr Zomb, Rich and myself that originally aired, I guess, 10 years or so ago.


Sunday, August 19, 2018


Here's a bit I did on the radio 40 years ago this month.  Contributing artists include Orson Kellogg, a factory whistle, Don Voegli, the Walt Disney Spook Record, and Cathy Berberian.  It concludes with "Prelude No. 16" by Ilhan Mimaroglu.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Go Home Productions: Downtown Octopus

A  mashup of Petula Clark's "Downtown" and the Beatles' "Octopus's Garden" on YouTube.  (Although the aspect ratio is a little screwed up.)


Sunday, August 12, 2018

General Relativily

And scientists tonight are giddy about the Time Warp!


Monday, August 6, 2018

How to make Fake News in Chrome

Speaking of dummy headlines-- many people (i.e., no one) have asked me, "Say, Old, how do you make your own headlines with today's modern hi-tech equipment?"  Nothing could be easier.

1) Open an internet page.
2) Left-click and drag to highlight the text you want to change.
3) Right-click, and select "inspect".  This will open an editing window.
4) Right-click the highlighted part and select "edit as HTML".
5) Make the changes you want.
6) Click the X in the upper right corner to close the editor.
Your computer should now be displaying your altered story, all ready to go.
7) Hit "print screen" and paste it into Paint, GIMP or whatever.
8) Amaze your friends.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

The Woodwright Meets Mr Magoo

This was on the site a few years ago.


Monday, July 30, 2018

Broken Record Sale 2003_02

I was going to post one of the tracks from one of the CutUpSound albums available at Bandcamp (linked on the right side over there).  But this one's never been published in a collection, so here ya go.


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Building Code Under Fire

The "Building Code Under Fire" collection of fine dummy headlines is available in the "Other Pages" section, on the right side under the Blog Archive, or through this link.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Celebrity records...or are they?

Take the test: which of these 3 album covers is made up, and not actually a celebrity LP at all?  (Hint-- two of them are real.)

Is it... "Alan Hale's Roman Orgy"?

"Art Linkletter Presents Amphetamine Party"? 

or "Lee Marvin at the Mighty Wurlitzer Sings About...", well, you know.


The answer is...

"Alan Hale's Roman Orgy"!

This magnificently cheesy record jacket, complete with cartoony dancing girls, is the work of Cris Shapan-- who has a great eye and a sure hand when it comes to getting the look exactly right.  The lettering, the colors, the wear-and-tear-- it's perfect.  Inspired.  When it appeared on Facebook a few years ago, people thought it was the real thing.

There's more of his work at Dangerous Minds-- an all-too-scanty hint of the possibilities inherent in this new art form-- which I'll leave for you to discover on your own.  Except for this one:

I swear I've seen this at Goodwill.  It's not just weird, it's weird in precisely the way old records are weird-- a collision of non-sequiturs with a famous face to sell it.  Your free gift from Uncle Jemima Soap.  Beautiful work.

...OMG, he does paperback books too!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Rocket Man fireworks

The real deal. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

the lower case

Poorly-chosen headlines and text seem to be surviving into the e-publishing age, and Columbia Journalism Review is still running its "lower case" feature.  If you like seeing an authoritative little block of print declare something like "President, Congress, Butt Heads" or "Baseball Talks in Ninth Inning", or "Red Tape Holds Up New Bridge" (the title of one of their books), I highly recommend it.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Turning a page on radio

Well, now we know it's possible to at least set up an internet radio station on this site.

Keeping it going is another matter.  It's a lot of work for no pay.  I hesitate to completely take it off, but sometimes you have to make these breaks to keep moving forward.  And I can't really do the idea justice, as things now stand.  I need to work on making a living.  At the moment, anyway.

So, I'm setting it aside.  Sic transit gloria radio.  Maybe we can bring it back, more fully formed, next summer. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Today's radio upload

The internet radio station over there on the right is still very much a pilot project.  The big question is, can one person working on it part-time keep it interesting?

Let's try one-hour uploads into an 11-hour base.  Whenever it's possible.  That will move the program back (or ahead?) an hour, every time it plays.  So you can tune in regularly and hear something different at least some of the time. 

The next hour is up.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Cutup political ad

This lady's ad consists of her opponents agreeing with her.  It may be manipulated like cutup always is, but apparently none of it is out of context, and they really are agreeing with her.  Which has to be some kind of first for a political ad. 

Delaine Eastin ad

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Radio update

There's a playlist now, link on the right.  It will be refreshed with at least a half-hour of new material every Thursday, for now.  Enjoy.

Friday, May 11, 2018

New Radio!

A newly-compiled 11-hour program, on your right over there.  Streaming 24-7.  Click on the player of your choice.

This, I guess, will be like the Mother Sponge of CutUp Radio.  Minor changes, mostly all replaced in a month or three?  Who knows.  Next step, live radio!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Sinclair Broadcasting script

Here's how they demonstrate freedom of speech these days: TV news readers all reciting the same exact speech, about reporters avoiding political manipulation.

link to story at ThinkProgress

Nice cutup, too.

The original script:

Hi, I’m(A) ____________, and I’m (B) _________________…

(B) Our greatest responsibility is to serve our (AREA OF U.S.) communities. We are extremely proud of the quality, balanced journalism that (STATION) News produces.

(A) But we’re concerned about the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country. The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.

(B) More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories… stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first.

(A) Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think’…This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.

(B) At (STATION) it’s our responsibility to pursue and report the truth. We understand Truth is neither politically ‘left nor right.’ Our commitment to factual reporting is the foundation of our credibility, now more than ever.

(A) But we are human and sometimes our reporting might fall short. If you believe our coverage is unfair please reach out to us by going to (WEBSITE) and clicking on CONTENT CONCERNS. We value your comments. We will respond back to you.

(B) We work very hard to seek the truth and strive to be fair, balanced and factual… We consider it our honor, our privilege to responsibly deliver the news every day.

(A) Thank you for watching and we appreciate your feedback.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Touch screens are gross

I mean those point-of-sale terminals, in stores, although it's spreading to other things; we have a copier at work, where the display disappears after it's been off for a minute.  You can tell where to turn it on by the big, greasy fingerprint.

But stores are the worst.  It's not just touch once to get through it, either.  Touch it put in your PIN number, touch it to go, touch it for no cash back, touch, touch, touch.  Why don't they just ask us to lick it?  It'd be as sanitary.  I'd rather peel a tenski off a smelly roll of bills, than repeatedly press down on some grease-encrusted piece of plastic the whole neighborhood's had a whack at.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Larry Adler on the BBC

No cutup, just music.  I was listening to an old Goon Show, the BBC radio comedy series, and this scintillating sound came dancing out of the speakers.  And not cornball "filler" music, like most shows ran in the breaks.

Adler had quite a story.  Discovered playing for pennies in Times Square, he hit it big in vaudeville, and I mean Big.  Famous composers writing things for him to play, kind of big.  And no one had ever thought of the harmonica as a serious instrument.

The Commie Fighters turned his name into mud, after he fought back and sued them for libel.  But they kept it in court until he ran out of money for lawyers.  Couldn't buy a job in the US after that.  He moved to England, where at least he could work.  And thus to the Goons, where he regularly performed as "Max Geldray".

Probably the greatest harmonica player we'll ever hear.  His birthday was Feb 10th.

Larry Adler, 1955: Brazil

Thursday, February 1, 2018

William S Burroughs, Cutup Lecture On Cutups

For his birthday, Feb 5th, a bit originally posted 4 years ago, back by popular demand (mainly, mine!)

WSB 100th Birthday

Friday, January 12, 2018

cummings/Cohen: in just spring

I've often wondered what Linda Cohen's piece would sound like with the poem it's named after.  Sounds like this.