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Richard Caceres (M)
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    Here is a trailer for a documentary about 8-bit art and culture. I have not seen this film, but the trailer is interesting. Their website is,http://www.8bitmovie.com/.

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    I have been discovering 8-bit music and "Chiptunes" (music made for the sounds on specific microchips) on the web. There is a musical style, visual aesthetic, and consistent mentality to the whole thing. Also, artists' interests appear to be generational. What I mean is, it seems like the older you are, the older the systems you use to make music. People are making music with the video game systems they spent their childhood on. Right now the scene is dominated by Commodore 64, NES, and Gameboy music, but I wouldn't be surprised if newer systems are soon used by the younger generations. Here are some links:

    http://www.littlesounddj.com/lsd/  - Turn a GameBoy into a musical instrument (Rom $40 + Blank Cartridge $89 = $130).
    http://www.wayfar.net/index.php  - Turn a NES into a midi controllable synth an responsive glitch video machine (Cartridge with midi cable $98).
    http://qotile.net/synth.html  - Turn an old Atari 2600 into a synthesizer (Cartridge $25).
    http://music.headlessbarbie.com/  - An album released on a NES cartridge!
    http://www.8bitpeoples.com/  - A hub for some fine and free 8-bit music
    http://www.micromusic.net/  - Another hub for free chiptunes. Notice the aesthetic too.
    http://personal.inet.fi/taide/junttila/desert/engani/linklinklink.htm  - A ton of similar links for further research.
    http://www.chiptune.com/  - Finally, this site takes the cake! There is a ton of free music to download, and design of the site is fucking awesome! They say it is "Based on the @Amiga Workbench 1.3" (needs Firefox). This site embodies the connection between the chiptune scence and the demo scene. Maybe I'll do a post on the demo scene later.

    I'll post more links as I find them. Talk to you soon.
    -Richard
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    I have been reading a tiny bit about psychotherapy lately, because I picked up a book call "The Essential Phychotherapies - Theory and practice by the masters" at a garage sale. So far I have read the first two essays - one was by Freud, and the other was by Reik. The essay by Reik is called "Free Floating Attention". He talks about attention and the main idea, which, as I have underlined, is,

    Poised attention generally involves the renunciation of the immediate recognition of links of association. It apprehends the several details of the psychical data equally and prepares the way for us to work our way among them later. Free-floating attention provides, so to speak, a storeroom of impressions, from which later knowledge will suddenly emerge.


    Physcotherapists, according to Reik, will not try to comprehend every detail as their patients tell it to them. Instead, they rely on their subconscious and inner thought processes to handle the data for them, which will, at a later point when there is more information to draw upon, compute the meaning and relationships among the stored data. I think it is valueable to understand this process, especially, when many things in the present don't make sense. Later, things experienced may make more sense than when they were experienced, and just because you don't understand it now, doesn't mean it is not worth exposing yourself to.
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    The following is a journal type entry so please excuse the poor writing.

    there is so much complexness in every detail about everyday it is funny to try to recall and focus on every aspect. there is enough to keep the outer layer of the mind and thought processes occupied. I have been realizing lately that it is possible to employ inner layers of thought to perform active thinking - create programs for my mind. For example, I can image that I am playing piano or bass, and actually practice the instrument in my head. For example, I can recite chord progressions in my head, or transpositions, or voicings, all in my head while waiting for the bus. It is a very literal image for me to image myself putting a cap on the meaningless chit-chat in my brain, and invoke this more productive use of this computer in my body.

    I have also been thinking about the body a lot. I have been fascinated by simple sensations such as touch and sight, and then I have also been fascinated by superficial emotions such as lust, and I have decided that lust is animalistic, and civilized human beings do more productive things with their times. If this sounds scary to you, then I am scared too, because what am I becoming?

    I am addicted to the computer, and it is depriving me of my life. It is separating me from reality and experiences that are passing me by, such as, friends, family, nature, ... youth.

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