Esoteric Sensationalism! - Techniques and Tools for Experimental Composition
Esoteric Sensationalism is BACK: The original domain name of this site has been reclaimed!
Some years back, I allowed my registration of the domain name "esoteric-sensationalism.com" to lapse and some person or automated bot snapped it up to garner whatever small amount of notoriety it had achieved to make money by running advertisements (which had no relation at all to the original content of the site).
"So what?" - You say? well here is the story of my first forays into website building back in the final years of the previous millenium:
What is "Esoteric Sensationalism"? The first domain name I ever registered back in 1997 was "esoteric-sensationalism.com". In those long-gone foggy pre-millenial days of the "World Wide Web", I did not think of The Internet as a marketing tool, and wanted a domain name that was intentionally obscure, hard to understand and hard to type! The 1990s seems like a lifetime ago now, and my thinking has evolved (or possibly devolved)... So for the many other websites I have built over the years, I selected domain names that were short, meaningful and succinct as opposed to long-winded and ambiguous! Now however, out of a sense of nostalgia or just plain stubbornness, the new launch of this site will once again require much frustrating typing in the address bar of web browsers... and given that the content is formatted in the most mobile-unfriendly way possible, it will be pointless tapping the tiny virtual keys to view it on "smartphones"!
New Sensationalist Video Release:
Esoteric Sensationalism's C.P.Bryan has begun a new series of videos which showcase his collection of retro computer-based music production workstations: Just over a few decades ago, you could only record 2 tracks of audio on a computer workstation. Nowadays, even the cheapest computers have the processing power equivalent to the million-dollar professional audio engineering studios of yesteryear. And yet, there is still something about the physical twiddling of knobs which brings great pleasure! Come with me on an audio journey back in time:
The background music in this video's soundtrack was actually produced on this recording system and is available for royalty free licensing from THIS PAGE.
The "Esoteric Sensationalism" VISION STATEMENT:
Esoteric Sensationalism is dedicated to the exploration of random processes and experimentation in creative writing and music composition. Randomness has long been identified as a source of inspiration - not only for authors of fiction, poetry, music and visual art, but also for businesspeople, scientists or creative thinkers of any type. Techniques such as "cut-up", "collage", "cut 'n' mix" and "mashup" are all based on a process of recombining previously unrelated words, sounds or images. In business, this process is often referred to as "lateral thinking" - a way to derail the train of thought from it's linear, predictable route into more uncharted, creative territories. The theory section of this site explores the rationale behind the uses of randomness and other forms of experimentation for the purpose of creative inspiration.
Related sites and online resources:
Esoteric Sensationalism spawned a number of offshoot domains over the years. Now some of the defunct, languishing or abandoned sites are being brought back under the E.S. banner: The first three are focussed on the mainstay of E.S: "experimental writing":
(Mash)Mashup - mixing different content sources to produce an original piece of writing
ROBOPOEM - the algorithms and associated Windows application used to generate randon poetry
BOT.ROBOPOEM - this site was originally the launch page of an online demo of the random poetry algorithm, but now simply delves deeper into the purpose and function of computer poetry
MYRANSOMNOTE - A site devoted to the art of making ransom note art
Cut'n'Mix (With ROBOPOEM), Wizzypage, ROBOCOLLAGE
These Windows applications previously published as shareware through the affiliated sites mentioned above have now been re-released and are available for free download from:
Online Fiction, Poetry, Music and Interactive Wordplay
New for April 2017:
April 19: Two new Electronic-Jazz-Funk tracks by Stargazer Jazz have just been released on the freesoundtrackmusic royalty free music site: "The Little Prometheus" and "Bleak House of Funk" are a continuation on the themes of experimental jazz and mashup of musical styles begun with the release of the trio's self-titled album in late 2015. To listen to previews and/or license the tracks for video production use, check out the Stargazer Jazz Music Listing Page.
April 6:Francis V from Rome, Italy presents a selection of electronic soundtrack music ranging from Minimal Jazz to Spaghetti Western. Video producers will find compositions that could work well in artistic video animations or emotional, dark or dramatic scenes. To preview or download the music from this artist go to: Francis V's track listing page.
Another noteworthy Spring 2017 additions to the production music library: Stephen Graf - Electronics and environmental field recordings merge to create moody, atmospheric soundscapes...
Welcome to the New World of Counter-Actuality!
In the days following January 20, 2017 the world finds itself learning to live in a new realm of "alternate truth", where the key to establishing the dominant reality is found in the formula mastered Donald Trump: Merely assert something is the case, then repeat it ad-nauseum despite all evidence to the contrary. It is a "Brave New World" (or more likely a new "1984" - as there are very many obvious similarities between the propaganda methods used in the dominant ruling class described in that novel and the methods employed by the new Trump administration). It is in this historical context that I am in the process re-releasing some material from the late nineties: originally packaged under the artist name "Protoflake", this cut-up audio collage music was meant to be a kind of antidote to control systems. Here is the initial tracks listing and preview clips.
Cover art from the Protoflake "Morphing Nothing" album,
originally released on MP3.COM in 1999
THE "FRANCHISING YOUR DREAMS" TRILOGY:
Sensationalism.co producer C.P.Bryan presents a new trilogy of short films exploring topics now familiar to Esoteric Sensationalism site visitors: propaganda, alienation, the domination of capital markets over natural systems, abstract expressionism, random collage and experimentation with media as an antidote to unsolicited programming of the human biocomputer. To watch the film series and find out more details about it's theoretical underpinnings, check out the
"Franchising Your Dreams" Launch Page.
Stills from "Franchising Your Dreams":
March 2014: Apple Quicktime versions of these short films are now available for free download from the digital media library @ medialib.interannex.com.
Automatic Collages of Images and Words: The ROBOCOLLAGE application from Sensationalism creator C.P.Bryan:
Example Output from The ROBOCOLLAGE Collage Generator:
More Interactive Tools for Your Edification and Amusement...
Esoteric Sensationalism has assembled a collection of unique online and downloadable applications. The common theme here is "Language Arts" and how computer programming can add new dimensions of interactivity to reading, writing and understanding texts and poetry. For online "magnetic poetry" try the virtual paper and scissors style Cut-up Laboratory. To write prose and poetry to astound, confuse and impress the groundlings, try Shakespeare's Brain. To read experimental and cut-up texts submitted by Cut 'n' Mix users, check out the texts page @ cutnmix.com. Read Esoteric Sensationalism's: How To Be A Postmodern Writer. For links to related tools and information about experimental writing, check out the links page @ cutnmix.com. Address all comments and enquiries about Esoteric Sensationalism or Cut'n'Mix to firstname.lastname@example.org. A Cut-up Life: An embarassingly intimate recounting of the dismal lives of deluded counterculture wannabes as they consume 50 pounds of potatoes and churn out increasingly eccentric and fanciful cut-up rants on a communal electric typewriter.
Recommended Viewing: Flicker - The Dream machine and the revolution in human consciousness
Check out the legendary story of The Dream Machine: an antidote to TV culture which provides a "portal into the time/space continuum". Nik Sheehan's film Flicker is an essential, informative documentary introducing the writer/poet/artist Brion Gysin through interviews with artists, writers and musicians who have been inspired by his work and ideas.