Cosmic Trigger audio book

The story behind RAW’s Cosmic Trigger Audio Book

posted by Rasa
Ever since I heard Ken Campbell reading Part One of Illuminatus! in the 2007 Deepleaf Audio production, I had the idea in my head that I’d love to hear an audio book of Cosmic Trigger, and Prometheus Rising, and, well, most of Bob’s books. It took some years for Christina to sort out her dad’s legal affairs enough that we could create Hilaritas Press, start republishing mosbunall of Bob’s books, and then begin thinking of creative ways to further Bob’s works and ideas. In early 2014, Daisy Campbell began to pull together the resources and diverse energies needed to pull the Cosmic Trigger and create her stage adaptation. The RAW Trust was in full support, and already thinking of how the production could one day be staged in Santa Cruz. While Daisy realized her inspired interpretation of Cosmic Trigger, we were creating HIlaritas Press and publishing Cosmic Trigger as our first RAW title.
Oliver Senton, narrator for the audio book, played Robert Anton Wilson in Daisy Campbell’s “Cosmic Trigger – The Play”
Watching video clips of the production led me to write an email to Daisy in March of 2016, asking her thoughts on making Cosmic Trigger into an audio book. Her response was enthusiastic, and she immediately said, “The best possible man for the audio job would be Oliver Senton who played Bob in the play.”
Oliver was equally enthusiastic. Before he went into the recording studio to begin the project, he wrote to Christina,
“I have a strong faith that your father’s works are going to grow and grow in popularity and appreciation in the coming years, and that this re-framing of them you’re currently undertaking can only accentuate that. Rereading Cosmic Trigger Part I recently has only reminded me of how much brilliant thought and “feeling good” there is there. Truly, his was a mighty heart.”
Christina and I were ecstatic – we had an amazing book and a great actor to narrate – now we only had to make the thing. Easier imagined than done, but the RAW community has a lot of talent. I asked Steve “fly agaric 23” Pratt if he might be able to lend a hand. Oliver knew Steve as the drummer in Daisy’s stage production of Cosmic Trigger. I knew Steve, from back in early 2012 when he approached the Trust about his RAW360 virtual reality project. Steve lives in Amsterdam, doing a wide array of creative projects, and working a lot in the last years with poet/activist John Sinclair. I put Steve in touch with Oliver, and since I was more than 5000 miles away, and Oliver and Steve only had the English Channel to deal with, I took a back seat. That was a great decision. I’m taking the same tack in writing this blog post and letting Steve and Oliver take over . . .
Steve writes . . .
“Pull It!”
Finally the final secret of the Illuminati is out in the air, the Cosmic Trigger audio book project comes 40 years after the book was penned by RAW, and with luck will inspire new generations to come.
The project reflects a labour-of-love on behalf of all involved, from the studio recording itself, through the fine tooth-comb editing, and preparations for the audio book launch. To repeat a popular phrase in Cosmic Trigger circles, ‘heroic’ – defines the project perfectly.
RAW often suggested (in his Finnegans Wake writings) that reading a text aloud can unlock what were once dormant meanings in the text. Along lines sketched out by Marshall McLuhan, RAW also propagated signals inferring that the medium defines the message, and listening to speech impacts differently on the brain-body system than reading text silently in your head. The ear world and the eye world and the interacting processes of all the senses together, produce a holistic experience in time. This audio book can literally open up new dimensions, inner and outer.
Oliver Sentons’ reading stamina and continued ability to keep the listener engrossed in the comprehensive text is a delight to behold. Rasa and Christina have given hundreds of hours and incurred considerable expenses in producing this audio book. I dearly hope you help share and spread the word far and wide, and consider buying this one of a kind, 8 hour Robert Anton Wilson audio trip. With your help and support we can start work on the audio book for Cosmic Trigger Volume II: Down to Earth.
Special thanks to Mark Sampson, Simon Reeves, Oliver Senton, Tom and Della Pratt, Scott Groves and to Hagbard Celine for the ill artwork, all RAW heads worldwide, and those who are about to hear the book. Hoo fasa.
“Pull it!”
– Steve “fly agaric 23” Pratt, April 23, 2017
And from Oliver . . .
Birmingham, the city in England, has always held a half-formed shape in my memory: my sister went to university there thirty years ago, and since then I’ve only passed through briefly, just changing trains or spending a night or two in standardised hotels. Where better to dive deep into the stream of R.A.Wilson’s thoughts and words; to attempt to capture his elusive, charming, ever-morphing wit.
Steve Fly and Mark Sampson installed me safely inside the rock bunker which is Framework Studios, with fruit and water, and shortly we were off, engineer Simon and me, with just a mike and constellations of ideas. I’ve been carrying some of those words in my head for a while (I play RAW in Daisy Campbell’s theatre adaptation of the books), but tackling the whole thing was a whole new challenge.
How do you recite a graph? How do you describe an illustration? Above all, how do you capture for so many paragraphs that deep, rolling, barely modulating tone that Wilson had, which carried his bright intelligence so clearly to so many?
After a while, a long while, talking as somebody else for so long, it’s impossible to tell how ‘accurate’ you are (whatever that may mean); it becomes more like a meditation than a performance – you disappear down the channel between your brain and the studio’s digital memory and hope for the best when you see the light at the other end.
My thanks to the gentlemen for looking after me (and to Steve’s mum and dad for giving me a bed); my respect and gratitude to the man who provided the RAW material. Whatever you think as you listen: believe nothing.
– Oliver Senton, April 23, 2017

Listen to an excerpt . . .

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excerpt: Multiple Realities chapter

Written by Robert Anton Wilson
Narrated by Oliver Senton
Recorded and mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Studios (September, 2016)
Edited by Simon Reeves and Steve “fly agaric 23” Pratt
Cover art by amoeba
Co-producers: Mark Sampson (Iron Man Records) & Steve “fly agaric 23” Pratt
Executive Producers: Richard Rasa & Christina Pearson
Special thanks to Mark Sampson for transport and logistics, and to Tom and Della at Broadmeadow for help with lodgings.
 

Toot and Come-Inn: Cannabis Seeds and Finnegans Wake, and dogs, you dig?

Toot and Come-Inn: Cannabis Seeds and Finnegans Wake, and dogs, you dig?

By Steve Fly Agaric 23. (Dedicated to Sirius, the dog)

— Is that answers? — It am queery! — The house was Toot and Come-Inn by the bridge called Tiltass, but are you solarly salemly sure, beyond the shatter of the canicular year? Nascitur ordo seculi numfit. — Siriusly and selenely sure behind the shutter. Securius indicat umbris tellurem.

–James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, pages 512-513.

 

Back in 2002, when i asked Robert Anton Wilson by email ‘Can you give a list of items for our emergency survival suitcase please?” he replied:
Cannabis seeds, Finnegans Wake, one Rottweiler.”

Cannabis Coffeeshop Journal 2017: Writings On Coffeeshop Culture (Volume 1)

by Steven James Pratt

Link: http://a.co/hMWdKax

Continue reading “Toot and Come-Inn: Cannabis Seeds and Finnegans Wake, and dogs, you dig?”

Hilaritas Press – The New Home of Robert Anton Wilson publications

Hilaritas Press grew out of a desire to keep the books of Robert Anton Wilson in print and to fulfill Bob’s wish to provide for his children, something that during his life was difficult when authors typically receive less than ten percent of the money generated by their work. Bob’s daughter Christina and his friend Rasa, directing enterprises of the Robert Anton Wilson Trust, created Hilaritas Press as a way to fulfill Bob’s wishes and insure that his legacy remains robust. We’ve enlisted the aid of a small group of Bob’s treasured friends and others who are advising and helping out the Trust on RAW related matters. Bob would have loved that. Throughout his life he generously gave thanks and returned support for the many people who were touched by his heart, humor and wisdom.

Bob said that he first got the word hilaritas from Ezra Pound’s Cantos which was quoting the Byzantine philosopher Gemistus Pletho who said “you can recognize gods even in their human form by their outstanding hilaritas.” Bob notes that in Pletho’s time, hilaritas meant “cheerfulness, good humor we would say, but not in the sense of always joking.” For many years Bob would often sign his letters, and then emails with “amor et hilaritas”, or simply “hilaritas”.

After editing, reformatting and publishing Bob’s books in eBook and Print editions, a huge task that will take us a while, Hilaritas Press will invite other adventurous authors to become members of the Hilaritas Press family. Stay tuned to this internet channel for more details!

http://www.hilaritaspress.com/

The Robert Anton Wilson Trust

Yes yes,
2016 will see new activity from the RAWtrust
and Hilaritas Press.

I would suggest signing up for the RAWtrust newsletter
so keeping informed and updated.

Your socks will be blown off
and blown back on again
trust…

–Steve ‘fly’ Pratt

raw360.net
t4qs.fm

“Bob’s daughter Christina Pearson, Trustee of the Robert Anton Wilson Trust, has engaged Bob’s long-time friend and legacy-supporter Richard Rasa as Metaprogramming Director of the RAW Trust. The two are working with a small group of extraordinary and beloved advisors* in an effort to maintain the trajectory of pasta (KTLF). We are forever grateful to this dedicated group, and all the other wonderful people who have offered their help over the years.
*The RAW Trust Advisors (Friends of Bob and other Intelligence Agents):

New HILARITAS PRESS to publish works by Robert Anton Wilson

Posted by Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson)

RAW estate to launch Hilaritas Press 

Robert Anton Wilson’s estate is dumping New Falcon as the publisher of most of RAW’s books, and instead is launching its own publishing imprint, Hilaritas Press.

Here is the official word from Richard Rasa, projects coordinator for the Robert Anton Wilson estate. (I wrote to Mr. Rasa earlier this week, after I noticed that all of RAW’s books have vanished  from the New Falcon website).

In terms of RAW Trust matters, this is good news. We didn’t want to announce anything before we were more prepared, but I think an explanation is due. Bob and now Christina have fought with New Falcon over many issues over the years. Bob often spoke about how he would have loved to have had another publishing opportunity. He especially wanted the profits from his writing to help his children, and I heard him complain more than once about how New Falcon offered no such possibility. This became even more true with the changes in New Falcon since Alan Miller “left” the publishing house to his son Michael. Google “Michael Miller arrest”, if you haven’t already.

We’ve been preparing for months and are close to being ready to launch The RAW Trust’s new publishing house, Hilaritas Press. We will be republishing all of New Falcon’s RAW books. We’re meticulously editing the books for typos and other mistakes, and then reformatting for eBook and Print publications. It’s a huge job, and so we are planning on releasing the books as each is done. At the moment we are nearing completion of Cosmic Trigger I, Prometheus Rising, and Quantum Psychology. We’re still working on a few new prefaces, and new covers. Still no clear launch date, as we keep tweaking, but we’ll let you know.

Check out the temporary landing page for Hilaritas Press: http://www.hilaritaspress.com

Only a few people know about this change, and we’ve been keeping it quiet while issues were being settled, but most of the legal issues have been resolved, and so there’s no reason that rumors can’t start. 

Amor illuminatio hilaritas et pasta volans!

Rasa

A couple of notes: I wrote about Michael Miller’s arrest last November; I could not find an update when I ran a couple of quick searches. New Falcon has been RAW’s publisher for just about everything except Illuminatus! and Schroedinger’s Cat. There was a schism that I don’t know much about after Christopher Hyatt died, resulting in a split and two book publishing companies, New Falcon and Original Falcon.

http://www.hilaritaspress.com

Cosmic Trigger Replay: Maybe Logic Class. Sept 23 to Nov 23

Come join a crash course cosmic adventure through the lives and ideas of Robert Anton Wilson!

The Maybe Logic Academy is once again opening its invisible doors for an intensive 8 week RAW workshop, which leads directly into the premier of the highly anticipated stage adaptation of RAW’s Cosmic Trigger by Daisy Eris Campbell!

The workshop is divided into four 2 week sessions, presented by MLA Alumni: Steve Fly Agaric, Propaganda Anonymous, Toby Philpott aka Bogus, and Bobby Campbell.
Whether you are a new initiate to the Maybe Logic chaosmos, or a fully vested Ascended Master of all things maybe, there will be an abundance of RAW delight!

 The secret society reconvenes on September 23rd, come find the others here at: maybelogic.net

(Suggested donation €23, but pay what you will shall be the whole of the law)
 
For more info check out this smorgasbord of flying lasagna!

SECTION 1: RAW Artists Workshop

Presented by Steve Fly Agaric

A collaborative jimjam of like minded mutants and MLA critters creating new meps and mapaphors to help find the others just in time for space migration.
“The biosphere—Gaia—the DNA script—is more intelligent than all individuals. Gene-pools and species. It has survived everything thrown at it for nearly 4 billion years, and is getting smarter all the time.”–RAW, Prometheus Rising, pg.181.

WEEK ONE: RAW RENAISSANCE

Presentation: RAW & the tale of the tribe
Workshop: Language of poetry & eggshells

“The instrument that measures all other instruments—the human nervous system—has its own laws, and one of them involves always seeing the results one wants to see until and unless something really startles the brain enough to reframe its experiences.”–RAW, Dangerous Experiments, Cosmic Trigger III, pg134.


WEEK TWO: REPLAY

Presentation: RAW360.net
Workshop: No place place like dome

 


SECTION 2: Perilous Lessons from the Chapel of Ill-Repute
Presented by Propaganda Anonymous

WEEK THREE: NEUROGEOGRAPHY OF CONSPIRACY THEORY

Workshop: RAW’s 8 Elements of Conspiracy Theory
Presentation: Lots of Cussin and Discussin this presentation of Wilson’s analysis

WEEK FOUR: A TRADITION OF EXPLANATION

Workshop: The Anthropological Approach to Conspiracy Theories
Presentation: More Discussions and Cussin about the ‘Illuminati’ Conspiracy Motif, plus more!



SECTION 3: The Latest Model
Presented by Toby Philpott aka Bogus

In which we examine the language we us to describe the world, and the models we develop to try to explain it, or at least find our way around.
WEEK FIVE:  THE MENU IS NOT THE MEAL
Presentation:  Language as a virus
Workshop: Using E-Prime for a week – an exercise to help us evaluate the words we use, and communicate more clearly

WEEK SIX: 8 DIMENSIONS OF MIND

Presentation:  Models of the Mind, with special reference to the 8 Circuit Model
Workshop: Discussion of the model, experiences with it, variations and alternatives – “all models need revision, when new information comes in.”


SECTION 4: The Cosmic Giggle Factor
Presented by Bobby Campbell

Wherein we will endeavor to use the whimsical magic of art & technology to unleash the RAW power of change in ourselves and the world. PULL MY FINGER!

“The world is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.”
– J. B. S. Haldane

WEEK SEVEN: COSMIC TRIGGER HAPPY
Presentation: The Great Magician
Workshop: Metaprograms & Sigils

WEEK EIGHT: THE FINAL SECRET OF THE ILLUMINATI
Presentation: Operation Mindfuck
Workshop: RAW Memetics

http://www.maybelogic.net/about-menu/faculty/upcoming/cosmic-trigger-re-play#

http://t4qs.fm/replay

Cosmic Trigger: self induced brain change, from wikipedia

Cosmic Trigger I deals with Wilson’s experiences during a time in which he put himself through a process of “self-induced brain change” as well as vignettes of his earlier life. The main discovery of this process—which, he tells us, is known in certain traditions as Chapel perilous—is that “reality” (although a noun in most Indo-European language systems, and therefore[citation needed] commonly conceptualized as being a definite, unchanging “‘thing”) is mutable and subjective to the observer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmic_Trigger_I:_The_Final_Secret_of_the_Illuminati

Steve Fly Musical Director for Cosmic Trigger play

“Steven ‘The Fly’ Pratt is a native of Stourbridge UK now an Amsterdam resident who plays drums, spins vinyl, writes novels and literary and cultural commentary.” —John Sinclair.Traveled to Palm Springs, C.A, acting as executive assistant to Robert Anton Wilson at the Prophets Conference (2000)

Worked as associate producer with Deepleaf Productions and Robert Anton Wilson on the award winning documentary movie Maybe Logic: The Lives and ideas of RAW (2003) Founding member and faculty staff at the Maybe Logic Academy studying alongside RAW, in 2010 led his own MLA class: email to the tribe.

Currently involved in innovative uses of new media. As creative director involved in a long term work in progress dedicated to the presentation and exploration of RAW explanations and theories. The project has guaranteed contributions from the Robert Wilson Anton Wilson estate, Maybe Logic Academy, Paul Krassner, Coldcut, Kid Koala, DJ Food and the Cinematic Orchestra.

c. 150 gigs as a drummer, 100 DJ turntablist appearances, with Reggie Watts, Bernie Worrell – P_Funk, Benny Reitveld – Miles Davis & Santana, Leo Nocentelli – The Meters, , Tal Morris – Credence Clearwater Revival, Rasaki Aladokun – King Sunny Ade. Festivals: Glastonbury, Burning Man, High Sierra.

“…a soundtrack of jazzy turntablism and live drumming provided by a Stourbridge native living in Amsterdam (enough said!).” –Q Magazine. Mohawk Album Review April 2014.
http://cosmictriggerplay.com/the-team/production/steve-fly/

https://www.indiegogo.com/project/cosmic-trigger-play/embedded/7864355

The RAW-OTO-Illuminati Rabbit Hole

Over the years (as RAW notes in Cosmic Trigger) some suggested that he was the Real Head of the Illuminati, which of course RAW would never actually confirm or deny—not because it was either true or false—but because it was more amusing to let people believe whatever they wanted to believe… and it probably didn’t hurt book sales of Illuminatus!either. Whatever the case, around 2003 I posed to RAW this very same question, inquiring if he was indeed the one and only Head of the Illuminati, and his answer, in typical satiric fashion, was “No, I’m the toe.” This wasn’t exactly the response I was looking for, but just the same I asked if he’d appoint me an Illuminati High Priest, to which he didn’t hesitate one second: “You are hereby appointed.” And although this lofty position hasn’t improved my sex life or finances to any measurable degree, you must admit it’s one hell of an honor belonging to a secret order associated with Robert Anton Wilson.–Adam Gorightly, http://historiadiscordia.com/the-raw-oto-illuminati-rabbit-hole/