The MiniDisc uses
a table of contents (``TOC'') data structure that enables it
to link sections of audio scattered about the disc into one
continuous stream. Tracks can be divided, combined, moved, or
deleted, all with an "edit point accuracy of 60 milliseconds
(12 ms on modern units)". The space available after deleting
a track, or portion thereof, is now available for more recording.
It also features Repeat play-modes, Random play- Modes and a
track titling/ display facility! VINYL PURISTS BITE ME!! BWAH-HAHAHAHahahhahahahaaah
aheh heh ahem...
It is these unique
abilities of the MiniDisc that enables the average 'Armchair
Astronaut' to easily create their own Audio backdrops and soundscapes
for all kinds of magickal fun. It should be obvious that the
magickal use of cut-ups, as pioneered by Bryon Gysin and William
S. Burroughs, in particular is available with this simple format
- such use can be enhanced if you own a computer with decent
sampling/music software and really comes into its own with a
second MD unit. Indeed such sorcerous workings can be done 'in
situ' if one has a personal MinDisc recorder, microphone and
perhaps a small personal speaker. Allow me to give you an example
based on the ideas of Uncle Bill Burroughs:
Carry with you one
MiniDisc with prerecorded sounds of screams, scary noises, sounds
of death horror and destruction of a kind most frightneningly
real and easily available from film and television ;) Have these
short tracks divided as thou wilt...
Let us assume that
a retail establishment has decided to incur your wrath. Simply
walk around the shop a few times with your microphone secreted
and your Personal MiniDisc recording until you have recorded
enough atmospherics from that place. Now find a quiet spot to
randomly place dividing marks in that track. Plug in your mini-speaker
and play the MiniDisc on repeat/random mode thus providing you
with a decent, if unrefined, subliminal weapon for creating
unconscious fear and loathing! NOTE: The play back volume must
be equal to the general atmospheric volume around you or people
will wonder why a pig is squealing under your coat!
this technique with the successful removal of the London branch
of Scientology from their first premises and notes other uses
such as inciting crowds to riot.... YAY!
Of course the cut-up
could also be used as a background accompaniment to a ritual
designed to damage their profit margin....
Rather than say
more about the vast array of cut-up applications to your magical
working I shall rather point you to three excellent sources
- one book and two on-line articles to be found at Phil
I shall leave this
subject with a small sample of one of my own cut-ups of sorcerous
intention prepared with more time than the above example - listen
once and forget! I'll appreciate it ;)
<sample coming soon>
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AUDIO MAGICK DIARY
With the use of
a simple microphone, such as a tiepin electret type, your personal
MiniDisc recorder becomes a useful dictation device. Record
your Magickal entries without the encumbrance of the written
word. The important information such as time and date can be
spoken and placed as a track title! Have your diary on
hand when those magickal results turn up and get them down on
can be transferred to your personal computer and encoded as
MP3 files thus making for a searchable Magickal diary fit for
the 21st century!
ZEN MEDITATIONAL AID
This idea is based
on a simple exercise from the excellent book 'Zen Without Zen
Masters' by Camden Benares (Published by New Falcon). The difference
here is that the MiniDisc replaces the partner.
with the aid of a microphone, saying 'Where are you NOW?' or
perhaps simply 'NOWWwwww,' to a blank MiniDisc.
Record several more
tracks of complete silence with random timings anywhere from
a minute up to five or six minutes.
Place your MiniDisc
player in the Random/Repeat play mode and take up your asana
of choice. Bring your attention to the flame and focus there.
The point of Zen
meditation is to silence the internal dialogue and pay attention
to the present. The past is but memories, the future mere fantasies
- there is only the eternal NOWWWwwwwww. Got it?
As the MiniDisc
cycles through the tracks you will hear the sentence you recorded
being played at various intervals. On hearing this you should
recognize 'where' you are in relation to the job of staying
utterly focused on the flame and in the 'now'. If, as is likely,
you have wondered off into the abstractions of thought then
return your focus to the flame.
NEW BEHAVIOUR GENERATOR/MODIFYER
This is an extrapolation
of the above exercise with a functional difference. The idea
is based upon a self-improvement gadget called the 'Motivaider'
(see a review and tips on usage at BeyondHuman.com).
does the same as with the Zen meditation MiniDisc except that
it is useful to fill the whole disc with random blocks of silence
and with a gentle and non-too obtrusive 'signal' sound (such
as a cymbal or gong) recorded between six or seven times.
Choose a behavioral
trait you would like to modify, for example posture or depth
of breathing, and play the MiniDisc in the Random/Repeat mode.
Every time you hear
the signal noise then check whether you are behaving accordingly
and if not then adjust yourself. Eventually the process should
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