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Tribute: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Season 3, Ep. 2

An incantation, a moan, a breath. This is my digital collection of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge’s music - a mere fraction of their enormous output over 6+ decades: all 154 tracks from the following recordings play simultaneously spread out at random as one song, 14.5 hours of music packed into 28 minutes. I had been a fan of their music since 1990 and then in 2015, along with 12 others, I spent several weeks with Gen at Pioneer Works deeply getting to know their philosophy, art and music. I haven’t adjusted any of the individual volumes or strategically placed any of these tracks. I only spread them out visually in the audio software, and this is the voice that spoke. Anyone familiar with the plurality of this incredible pandrogyne will know the role chance, intuition and magic played in their practice. I recommend headphones.

The recordings represented include every track from the following (not in this order): 20 Jazz Funk Greats; Allegory and Self; Fred; Heathen Earth: The Live Sound of Throbbing Gristle; Jack The Tab: Techno Acid Beat; Live at Thee Berlin Wall, Part One; Live in Bergenz; Live in Paris; Live in Thee East Village; Live in Toronto; Tale Ov 2 Cities: London and Glasgow Live; Thee City Ov Tokyo; Thee City Ov New York; Throbbing Gristle Greatest Hits.

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In this lecture from The Night of Philosophy in 2019 at 05:00 am on October 06 at the New School for Social Research in New York City, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Nicolas de Warren, discusses our debt of plastic and nuclear waste. While many of us dream about augmented technology and the possibility of becoming cyborgs in the future, Dr. de Warren considers a different transformation of homo sapiens. With the prevalence, distribution and breakdown of plastics and nuclear waste into micro and nanoparticles, it is likely that we will consume so much as a species that future homo sapiens will indeed become part organic and part something else. Our waste habits produce an uncontrolled Kippleization – a term de Warren borrows from Philip K. Dick – that is guaranteed to transform the bodies of humans 100,000 years in the future. That is close to twice as long as homo sapiens have roamed the earth. The pyramids in Egypt are much younger than that, and yet the lazy gift we will saddle our descendants with will be far more cursed than the tombs of the pharaohs. In another Sci-Fi nod, this time to the Strugatsky brothers, de Warren compares us to disrespectful roadside picnickers - we have not taken from the forest everything that we brought in. Our campsite remains a mess.Nicolas de Warren is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University. He has published extensively on phenomenological subjects such as Original Forgiveness, Husserl’s Awakening to Speech, Emmanuel Levinas and the Evil of Being, Sartre’s Phenomenology of Dreaming and Towards a Phenomenological Analysis of Virtual Fictions.