A new beginning (a new website)

Finally, after more than 20 years, i registered a domain and paid for a wordpress package.

Now, and in the coming weeks and months i’ll seriously update and add-to this site, and attempt to link up all my other works, and collaborations from around the web.

Thanks for checking in. Please leave a note or any suggestions for inclusion. Write on.

–Steve Fly

 

Steve Fly and John Sinclair
Steve Fly and John Sinclair at Red Light Radio.

Rockers, artists pay tribute to James Joyce with massive project

“What I found out,” says Pyle, “was that there were all these niches and subcultures — dead heads, punk rockers, out-there artists, avant-garde classical musicians, Robert Anton Wilson fans — and within their subcultures ‘Finnegans Wake’ has a lot of importance. … What I think happened was we were able to bring together a bunch of niches, people who were interesting and also supportive — that cult thing, when you’re really into something, you’re really into something. We brought together those people as both audience and contributors.”
http://www.telegram.com/entertainmentlife/20170510/rockers-artists-pay-tribute-to-james-joyce-with-massive-project

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.
 

A note to Bob

Dear Bob,

the world seems so messy without you, and we all miss your social commentary and King Kong like presence on the underground. Raw heads still turn to you for the clearest perspective on any particular issue, be it concerning intelligent signals from outer space, the perils of totalitarian government, any conspiracy you can think of, no matter how wild or crazy (as nothing could be stranger than the truth) We miss your humor and willingness to confront the boogie man in every corner of the cultural living room, where others fear to tread.

new readers are discovering your books daily, both fiction and non-fiction (oh whats the difference these days?) i dream of picking apart the bride of Illuminatus with a 10’000 strong, open on-line community, and to witness the films and games and weird works dedicated to you light up your face. Shit, it’s easy to forget how well you’re ideas are preserved due to your due diligence when writing. You might chuckle to see us all pushing onwards into the dark woods with the world on our shoulders, taking on the TSOG with art and magic. May you rest in peace, and continue to extrude your ubiquitous entanglement with those who wish to tune in. Please visit at any time.

–Steve Fly

Cosmic Trigger NinjaJamm – Demo’s

These 3 Cosmic Trigger themed, Ninjajamm packs are an example of what NinjaJamm can do, or what you can do with NinjaJamm. After carefully cutting up the samples, anybody with enough time on their hands, and will, can use the NinjaJamm framework to produce a unique tune pack. You can download the app free for both IOS and Android devices, here: www.ninjajamm.net

Special thanks to Tom Grashion for help programming the packs, and to Matt B, Alex, and Aneek at Ninjajamm.

–Steve Fly

Kick Out The Jamms – NinjaJamm Demo #1

 Fly Raw – Ninjajamm Demo #1

Fly Walk –

NinjaJamm Demo #01

Kick Out The Jamms – Ninjajamm Demo #2

Mondo Garaj by Garaj Mahal feat. Fly Agaric 23

Mondo Garaj is the debut studio album and fourth album by the jazz/rock/funk/fusion/jam band Garaj Mahal.
Recorded in late 2000 and early 2001 at In The Pocket Studio in Sonoma County, CA, then subsequently mixed/mastered over 2001 and 2002 at Talcott Mountain Studio in Simsbury, CT, The Plant Studios in Sausalito, CA, Phelps Studios in San Francisco, CA, and Fluffland Studio in San Anselmo, CA, and finally released in 2003 on Harmonized Records as the band’s first studio effort (after three live discs), Mondo Garaj captures Garaj Mahal in its relative infancy. Keyboardist Eric Levy had recently joined, and although he’s prominent on these songs, his contributions have grown considerably since. In fact, only two songs from this album appeared on any of the subsequent live discs. But with musicians of the caliber and experience of bassist Kai Eckhardt, drummer Alan Hertz, and Fareed Haque on guitars, there is nothing tentative about this recording. 
Sounding like a combination of Return to Forever and the Mahavishnu Orchestra in their ’70s heyday, Garaj’s jazz-rock fusion requires chops and innovation to stay interesting and avoid aimless noodling. They succeed, and even though the primarily instrumental cuts average seven minutes each, they never become repetitious or overstay their welcome. All four musicians are extraordinarily talented, but each adds his own instrumental prowess without hogging the spotlight. 
Not surprisingly, Haque’s guitar, especially his “sitar guitar,” takes center stage and infuses an East Indian feel to songs like “Beware My Ethnic Heart.” But he leaves plenty of solo space for Levy, whose fleet-fingered synthesizer work — reminiscent of Jan Hammer — trades licks with speed and precision on the opening funky workout “Mondo Garaj.” Michael Kang (musician) of The String Cheese Incident is featured as are DJ Fly Agaric 23 and DJ Roto (a.k.a. musician/journalist James Rotondi) who add turntable scratching, loops, and samples to keep the sound contemporary, but this is really a showcase for the jaw-dropping talents of the four band members. 
The band gels on all the tracks, but shows what it can do on “Hindi Gumbo,” which features Haque’s acoustic sitar/guitar solo. Nothing takes the place of seeing the band pull this off live, but Mondo Garaj provides a snapshot of how these four gifted individuals — each of whom could be a band leader in his own right — combine into a fine-tuned unit.

Track listing[edit]

  • Mondo Garaj (Eckhardt) – 5:33
  • Hindi Gumbo (Haque) – 5:31
  • Be Dope (Hertz, Levy) – 6:11
  • Junct (Haque) – 6:22
  • Poodle Factory (Hertz) – 3:51
  • The Big Smack Down (Eckhardt) – 0:35
  • New Meeting (Hertz) – 8:04
  • Beware My Ethnic Heart (Haque) – 9:11
  • Madagascar (Hertz, Levy) – 5:21
  • Gulam Sabri (Haque) – 7:47
  • Bajo (Hertz) – 7:07
  • Milk Carton Blues (Levy) – 3:06

Personnel[edit]

Musical[edit]

  • Fareed Haque – Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Steel), Sitar (Electric)
  • Alan Hertz – Drums, Art Direction, Mixing, Photography, Cover Photo, Roland Synthesizer
  • Eric Levy – Keyboards, Organ (Hammond), Clavinet, Fender Rhodes, Mini Moog, Oberheim OB8, Prophet 5, Sequential Circuits
  • Kai Eckhardt – Bass
  • Michael Kang – Fiddle, Mandolin
  • DJ Fly – Agaric 23 Turntables
  • DJ Roto – Turntables, Sampling, Effects

Technical[edit]

  • Garaj Mahal – Arranger, Producer, Art Direction, Mixing
  • Christian Weyers – Producer, Executive Producer
  • Toni Fishman – Executive Producer
  • Justin Phelps – Engineer
  • John Cuniberti – Mastering Engineer
  • Jason Andrew – Assistant Engineer
  • Mark Fassler – Assistant Engineer
  • Theresa Reed – Photography
  • David “Hot Rod” Shuman – Mixing Assistant