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    Cut-Up: A Music Compilation in Honor of William S. Burroughs

    Dear listeners and supporters!

    After the warm and kind reception from the public and the critics to our inaugural music compilation "The Black Lodge Music Compilation", for which we are immensely grateful and proud of the affection of listeners and supporters, we have decided that it is time to publicly launch the call for submissions of tracks for our next music compilation.
    After some discussions on the theme of the new project, we came to the conclusion that, although the netlabel basically focuses on unconventional music, we should allude to the memory of the writer, visual and sound artist William S. Burroughs who, with his cut-up technique , greatly influenced contemporary music, both popular and avant-garde, in poetry, arrangements and post-production; and mainly electronic music.

    Therefore, we invite everyone to send their tracks up to eight minutes long to [email protected] by May 31st. The compilation will be released on June 4th on our Bandcamp with its free download.
    The audio file formats supported by Bandcamp are WAV, FLAC or AIF. If you would like to submit artwork for the track, please send JPG, GIF or PNG files with a minimum aspect ratio of 1400x1400 to [email protected].

    The musical style is free as long as it has some connection with William Burrougs and the cut-up technique, because no matter what you play, if you want to record your music it will always end up being an audio clip ordered or arranged randomly in a mixing table. And you can cut, paste and recycle this "sample" just like William Burroughs did with magnetic tapes and to this day this is used a lot in music production.
    We count on you! And may this be a great compilation for all of us!

    The Church of Noisy Goat

  • #2
    FYI,
    Burroughs's cut-up technique was purely text-based - i.e. he literally cut words or phrases from a page of text (typed or handwritten on a sheet of paper), then pasted them back together in a random order. The effect could be quite disorienting, at times hypnotic, and often new meanings would emerge from the text. David Bowie sometimes used this technique with his lyrics.

    Other artists have appled this cut-up technique to magnetic tape, but as far as I know, Burroughs never did.
    My new album "Exeunt Omnes" is available now, here:
    https://thoughtexperiment.bandcamp.c...m/exeunt-omnes
    Check out my (hopelessly out-of-date) SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/thought_experiment

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    • #3
      William S Burroughs, son of the famous sci-fi writer Edgar Rice Burroughs- he was gay, had several relationships with men and few of them worked out. He used to run with Jack Kerouac and his band of merry associates back in the ‘Route 66’ days.

      He was an out-of-the-box thinker. I once listened to a recording of him at a symposium with Dr Timothy Leary and Terrence McKenna. Fascinating stuff!

      He did some audio recordings with Laurie Anderson back in the 1980’s.

      Oh, yes, and he was a heroin addict. He chronicled his experiences in many of his writings.

      I might sit down this weekend and try to come up with something for this.
      Last edited by Sonic Bodhi; 04-26-2022, 04:01 PM.

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      • #4
        Don't think he was any relation to Edgar Rice Burroughs....other fun facts though:
        - he 'accidentally' shot and killed his second (common-law) wife Joan Vollmer
        - he didn't invent the cut-up technique (it should be said he never claimed to either), it goes back at least to the Dadaists
        - although his life was pretty chaotic to say the least, he was a very funny guy - his short story 'Exterminator!' in particular is hilarious
        My new album "Exeunt Omnes" is available now, here:
        https://thoughtexperiment.bandcamp.c...m/exeunt-omnes
        Check out my (hopelessly out-of-date) SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/thought_experiment

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        • #5
          Another fun fact. I had a job interview at the Burroughs Corporation in 1977. I almost got the job after 2 rounds of interviews and 2 aptitude tests.
          Whatsisname's Little Fluffy Clouds | Campsite | Hearthis | SeismicTC | Twitter | Ello | Youtube

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Thought Experiment View Post
            Don't think he was any relation to Edgar Rice Burroughs....other fun facts though:
            - he 'accidentally' shot and killed his second (common-law) wife Joan Vollmer
            - he didn't invent the cut-up technique (it should be said he never claimed to either), it goes back at least to the Dadaists
            - although his life was pretty chaotic to say the least, he was a very funny guy - his short story 'Exterminator!' in particular is hilarious
            Okay, so not related to Edgar Rice Burroughs- That’s what I get for believing the internet. But everything else I said was true- I have read at least one of his books, ‘Naked Lunch’- they eventually made a movie out of it starring Peter Weller.

            I do remember reading that he accidentally shot and killed his common-law wife while they were drunk, during what he called a ‘William Tell’ experiment.
            Last edited by Sonic Bodhi; 04-27-2022, 05:00 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Thought Experiment View Post
              FYI,
              Burroughs's cut-up technique was purely text-based - i.e. he literally cut words or phrases from a page of text (typed or handwritten on a sheet of paper), then pasted them back together in a random order. The effect could be quite disorienting, at times hypnotic, and often new meanings would emerge from the text. David Bowie sometimes used this technique with his lyrics.

              Other artists have appled this cut-up technique to magnetic tape, but as far as I know, Burroughs never did.
              According to Wikipedia, Burroughs explained his ‘cut-up’ text technique as a form of ‘sorcery’ to avoid his being possessed by what he called the ‘Ugly Spirit’, which he claimed was brought on by the death of Joan Vollmer. He described it as a ‘life-long struggle in which he had no choice but to write his way out of it’.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by seismic1 View Post
                Another fun fact. I had a job interview at the Burroughs Corporation in 1977. I almost got the job after 2 rounds of interviews and 2 aptitude tests.
                ...another fun fact...William Seward Burroughs II (the novelist/junky etc) was the grandson of William Seward Burroughs I who founded the Burroughs Corp

                ..although the link to Edgar Rice Burroughs would probably have been cooler, if bizarre
                My new album "Exeunt Omnes" is available now, here:
                https://thoughtexperiment.bandcamp.c...m/exeunt-omnes
                Check out my (hopelessly out-of-date) SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/thought_experiment

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sonic Bodhi View Post

                  According to Wikipedia, Burroughs explained his ‘cut-up’ text technique as a form of ‘sorcery’ to avoid his being possessed by what he called the ‘Ugly Spirit’, which he claimed was brought on by the death of Joan Vollmer. He described it as a ‘life-long struggle in which he had no choice but to write his way out of it’.
                  Yes, he was quite into practical magic. I wonder if he ever crossed paths with Jimmy Page - they would have had at least a couple of umm..hobbies in common
                  My new album "Exeunt Omnes" is available now, here:
                  https://thoughtexperiment.bandcamp.c...m/exeunt-omnes
                  Check out my (hopelessly out-of-date) SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/thought_experiment

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by noisygoatchurch View Post
                    Cut-Up: A Music Compilation in Honor of William S. Burroughs

                    Therefore, we invite everyone to send their tracks up to eight minutes long to [email protected] by May 31st. The compilation will be released on June 4th on our Bandcamp with its free download.
                    The audio file formats supported by Bandcamp are WAV, FLAC or AIF. If you would like to submit artwork for the track, please send JPG, GIF or PNG files with a minimum aspect ratio of 1400x1400 to [email protected].

                    The musical style is free as long as it has some connection with William Burrougs and the cut-up technique, because no matter what you play, if you want to record your music it will always end up being an audio clip ordered or arranged randomly in a mixing table. And you can cut, paste and recycle this "sample" just like William Burroughs did with magnetic tapes and to this day this is used a lot in music production.
                    We count on you! And may this be a great compilation for all of us!

                    The Church of Noisy Goat
                    Is there a limit on resolution, such as 44.1 kHz as opposed to 96 kHz, or is that ‘user’s choice’? I prefer to upload to bandcamp in flac format.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sonic Bodhi View Post

                      Is there a limit on resolution, such as 44.1 kHz as opposed to 96 kHz, or is that ‘user’s choice’? I prefer to upload to bandcamp in flac format.
                      Thanks for asking!

                      Please submit your files in WAV, FLAC or AIF.

                      You can send 1 or more tracks if you want with info plus artwork in a minimum aspect ratio of 1400x1400 if possible.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by noisygoatchurch View Post

                        Thanks for asking!

                        Please submit your files in WAV, FLAC or AIF.

                        You can send 1 or more tracks if you want with info plus artwork in a minimum aspect ratio of 1400x1400 if possible.
                        Can I send a DropBox or WeTransfer link to the e-mail address? I have something almost finished for this.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sonic Bodhi View Post

                          Can I send a DropBox or WeTransfer link to the e-mail address? I have something almost finished for this.
                          Yes, sure! Thanks in advance.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by noisygoatchurch View Post

                            Yes, sure! Thanks in advance.
                            Doing the post-production now, you should receive an e-mail before the weekend is over with a DropBox link in it. :-)

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                            • #15
                              Okay, file is uploaded to Dropbox, link and info sent via g-mail address provided!

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