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The Cult of Shadows, K.
Grant Muller 1975
"Listening to music is listening to all noise, realizing that its appropriation and control is a reflection of power."
_Noise - The Political Economy of Music_ by Jacques Attali. 1977
Programmed by Clock DVA at the Anterior Digital Facility 1989
-liner notes from _Sound Mirror_ 12" on Wax Trax
The first users of tools were not men (a fact appreciated only recently) but pre-human anthropoids. The old idea that man invented tools is misleading, more accurately tools invented man - so began thesymbiosis. The physicist J.D. Berna's book published in 1929 called _The World, The Flesh and The Devil_ decided that the numerous limitations of the human body could be overcome only by the use of mechanical attachments or substitutes until eventually all that might be left of man's original organis body would be the brain. The word "cyborg" (cybernetic organism) devised by Dr. Manfred Clynes and Nathan Kline, define a cyborg as "An exogenously extended organisational complex, functioning as a homeostatic system". Along with other computer experts Dr. Clynes believes that intelligence need not be confined to the DNA structure. He also believes that life is more a matter of relationships and organization than of material. Clynes points out an understanding of the nature of our thoughts in terms of their mathematical, electronic and time-space identities which will permit us to communicate better than we do at the present time, we may find new shapes and discover means of utilizing them to communicate in entirely new ways. Ways that cannot presently be imagined. Arthur C. Clarke sees the outcome of the future of the man machine as eventually a machine based evolution. Whatever the key may be to longevity, man continues to amplify himself ever onwards in his desire to expand the natur eof the self towards new points, new levels, that currently cannot be accurately predicted. The man amplifier is presently increasing its volume.
- liner notes for track _Man Amplifiers_ MP3 off of _Man-Amplified_ CD on Contempo (1992)
sample: "...combining with economic advantages of the linking structure far surpasses any disadvantages in increased perversions, a final note, an infinite translated mathematics, tolerance and charity among artificial memory devices is ultimately binary. Stimulating rhetoric, absolute. The theatre of noise is proof of our potential..." from the film _THX-1138_ (vhs/ntsc) (1971) directed by George Lucas
The Italian anatomist Luigi Galvani
(who inspired Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's classic novel _Frankenstein_ in
1818) discovered in 1786 that electricity
was one of the essential secrets of life. This discovery galvanised society,
its future applications are only just beginning to be envisaged. Its infiltration
and uses are beyond calculation, its symbiosis presently is even greater than
before as technology increases the use of electricity becomes even more fundamental
to the workings of machines - Machine Breeds Machine. Duchamp's
futuristic vision of allegorical machines is one of the true marriages between
matter and spirit, art and technology, "the spirit is the bride". Duchamp
invented a new physics of his own, closer to Jarry's pataphysics than to conventional
science, a fourth dimensional
engineering that goes beyond the rational axiomatic rigidity of scientific law.
One of Duchamp's greatest works, _The Large Glass or the Bride Stripped Bare
By Her Bachelors Even_ (1915-23) represents the most difficult and mysterious
of all domains, the fourth dimensional phenomenon of sex. These theoretical
suggestions which were later to be discovered by Baron Von K. Reichenbach and Wilhelm
Reich, isolate and demonstrate a tangible biological energy generated by
the human body (particularly during sexual activity). These discoveries
can only enhance yet even more new possibilities in the future exploration of
the man machine symbiosis in all levels of creation. As technology accelerates
and new knowledge formulates so does the spirit in its needs to expand its own
awareness, only in the pursuit of knowledge of all things can we discover ourselves.
- liner notes for track _Techno Geist_ off of _Man-Amplified_ CD on Contempo (1992)
"Everything is sentient." - Pythagoras.
A "failure of logic" in a "paranoid democracy", ghost in the machine? Sentient
Electronics? As technology develops also our dependence on that system
increases, even fault tolerant computers are vulnerable to overload, no standards
have as yet been developed, "software is not predictable". The nine hour
breakdown of AT&T's long distance telephone
in New York dramatizes the vulnerability of complex computer systems everywhere
and that chaos is evident in all systems. Chaos
breaks across the line that separates scientific disciplines because it is a
science of the global nature of systems. Science was heading for a crisis
of increasing specialization, dramatically that specialization has reversed
because of terms of their constituent parts,quarks,
chromosomes or neurons, chaos is looking at the whole. We have to look
at chaos. Norbert
Wiener, father of cybernetics,
as "essentially a negative entropy". In modern communication theory entropy
is equated with noise which causes a waste of information. According to
the second law of thermodynamics "the general direction of physical events is
towards decrease of order and organization". Schrodinger
was led to postulate the existence of an ego which ultimately "controls the
motion of the atoms". Whatever the theory, something unseen and as yet
unknown is at work behind the mechanisms of the world and the universe.
From the beginning of consciousness man has been all too aware of the existence
of some mysterious force,
and we can see this most obviously reflected in his spirituality.
- from the liner notes for the track _NYC Overload_ MP3 off of _Man Amplified_ CD on Contempo (1992)
E. Shannon, father of information theory, whose work _The Mathematical Theory
of Communication_ is one of the greatest works in the annals of technological
thought. It showed how an algebra invented in the mide 1800's by British
Boole, (Boolean Algebra) could represent the workings of switches and relays
circuits, its implications were profound. He defined the overall potential
for information in a sytem of messages as its entropy, which in thermodynamics
denotes the randomness of a system. Shannon defined the basic unit of
information which came to be called a "bit". Information could then be
encoded as bits. Code compresses information into its most compact form.
Shannon's ideas were almost too prescient to have an immediate
impact. Vacuum tube circuits simply could not calculate the complex codes
needed to approach the Shannon limit. Not until early 1970's, with the
advent of high speed integrated circuits did engineers begin to fully exploit
information theory. Today Shannon's insights have shaped virtually all
systems that store, process or transmit information in digital form. Obviously
this information applies to the above applications but science and computer
technology is returning to the much older concept of connectionism. "Does
not the fiction of an isolated object imply a kind of absurdity,
since this object borrows its physical properties from the relations which it
maintains with all others and owes each of its determinations, and consequently
its very existence, to the place which it occupies in the universe as a whole".
Bergson: _Matter and Memory_ 1910
from the liner notes of _Bitstream_ off of _Man-Amplified_ CD on Contempo (1992)
Could be said to be the ultimate
software, once programmed it expands indefinitely, redeveloping its own structure
designing new systems so that it can activate new forms of existence, outgrowing
its own limitations as it proliferates to new states of being. The final
program could also be the development of the finest organic computer we at present
know. The human brain whose limitless capacity we have never harnessed,
but whose possibilities are endless. The quest for the development of
evolution can move in two ways, outwards or inwards. The outward projection
seems to have progressed and developed more rapidly than the inward, eventually
if we are to succeed then the two must join. For eons this knowledge of
arcane connections has been employed in mythology and within occult science,
now we must go back to the beginning and develop the tool that gave us light.
In a recent article on _The Connection Machine_ - a new breed of parallel computers,
W.D. Daniel Hillis, graduate of M.I.T.
and co-director of the Thinking Machine Corporation, says "The applications
worthy of a billion-processor
machine are those that entail a radical change in the way we think about computation.
A parallel computer with a billion processors might provide the basis for a
computational utility analogous to existing electric utilities. Just as
a plant generates electricity
that is transmitted to individual appliances, a huge parallel computer could
provide computational power to a city's worth of robots and workstations.
- liner notes from track _Final Program_ MP3 off of _Man-Amplified_ CD on Contempo (1992)
The electrical signals that are
conducted to the brain by the auditory nerve fibres are like the impulses that
activate a computer. They are not themselves sounds; they are symbols
of sounds. In this role they evoke different reactions in the various
sections of the brain which govern responses. The brain has a sound memory
center which begins accumulating sounds even before birth. We are able
to distinguish between some 400,000 signals. It is in the brain where
the journey of sound ends, an instant after it begins that hearing and the memory
of sound becomes the keynote of all communications.
- liner notes from track _Memories Of Sound_ MP3 off of _Man-Amplified_ CD on Contempo (1992)
samples from film _THX-1138_ (vhs/ntsc) (1970) directed by George Lucas
There is a real
possibility that we may one day be able to design a machine that is more intelligent
than ourselves. There are all sorts of biological limitations on our own
intellectual capacity, ranging from the limited number of computing elements
we have available in our craniums to the limited span of human life and the
slow rate at which incoming data can be accepted. There is no reason to
suppose that such stringent limitations will apply to computers of the future,
it will be much easier for computers to bootstrap
themselves on the experience of previous computers than it is for man to benefit
from the knowledge acquired by his predecessors. Moreover, if we can design
a machine more intelligent than ourselves, then a fortiori that machine
will be able to design one more intelligent than itself. Dr. Marvin Minsky
has predicted: "As the machine improves we shall begin to see all the phenomena
associated with the terms "consciousness", "intuition" and "intelligence".
It is hard to say how close we are to this threshold, but once it is crossed
the world will not be the same; it is unreasonable to think that machines could
become nearly as intelligent as we are and then stop, or to suppose that we
will always be able to compete with them in wit and wisdom. Whether or
not we could retain some sort of control of the machines, assuming that we would
want to, the nature of our activities and aspirations would be changed utterly
by the presence on earth of intellectually superior entities. But perhaps
the most portentous implication in the evolving symbiosis of the human bio-computer
and his electronic brainchild was voiced by Dr. Irving John Good of Trinity
College, Oxford, in his prophetic statement: "The first ultra-intelligent machine
is the last invention that man need make"
- liner notes from _Man-Amplified_ CD on Contempo (1992)