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Cellarlar Heroes

november 05, 2006.

there are stars [...] in every house and
on every street
... everybody's a star ( * )

[ vodcast :: rpc30/31 "we need rock 'n' roll!" -- part 1 / part 2 ]

I recorded my very first cassette on my very first cassette recording machine, which must have been a christmas or something present ... sometime in the early 1970's. I (think I) do no longer have that cassette, but I still remember at least two of the songs that were on it, recorded by posing a microphone in front of our tube radio's (one) loud speaker. One of these was John Lennon (and Yoko Ono)'s Happy Xmas (War is Over). The other one was Ray Davies' Celluloid Heroes, from the Kinks' Everybody's in Showbiz album.

cellarlar

I'm telling you this, because, unlike the Lennon song, Celluloid Heroes ever since has been probably the most persistent among my personal PMT's, my 'perpetual music tracks'. By this I mean: musical images (melodies, tunes, songs ...) of which - at mostly unpredictable and sometimes inconvenient moments in time - parts start and continue to loop-play, unasked for, inside of your head, and that often seem near impossible to turn off again, except by 'replacing' them by some 'next' PMT ... ( ** )

A most curious phenomenon.
And why is it Celluloid Heroes that after all of these years still pops up to play inside my head, and not Happy Xmas, which was on the same tape? That can hardly be because as a kid I was more of a Kinks fan than a Lennon fan. I like(d) Kinks songs, but I never ever bought a single Kinks album. I did buy Lennon's albums in the 1970's though ... (Well, so maybe I should have bought Kinks records, and that stubborn 'inside my head' recording is but there to remind me ... :-) ...)

All of this has gotten as far as being written down on this here page, because since the morning after our Paradiso Cellar Hall Placard on tuesday evening october 10th, Celluloid Heroes has been playing persistenly for several weeks again ... though - curious enough - it was only after a few days that I realised that the first line had changed: my in-head recorded Ray sang "Everybody's a hero, and everybody's a star" ... (instead of "Everybody's a dreamer ...") ... The reason must reside in the words 'cellar hall' and me naming - without thinking - the ookoi set we did that Paradiso evening: Cellar Hall Heroes ___ thus causing - but also caused by - a curious circle of associations ...

cellar hall
us us us

The Cellar Hall placard was the second in a series of public 'presentations' (in front) of and around ookoi's 1024, many more of which will surely follow. [ Including those were it actually will be possible to obtain a copy of the dvd ... (at the time, official copies are not yet available ... ) ] We set up in Paradiso's cellar hall (thanks to Jan Dietvorst and Paradiso) on the eve, and indeed as part of, an event entitled Darkness is Enlightening, which included, in the big hall right above our heads, performances by Lydia Lunch and Genesis P. Orridge's Psychic TV ( *** )

We streamed from 20h00 until midnight, with live sets by Ate M. Hes, by Wiel, by Rinus van Alebeek, and by us, ookoi ...

Setting was great, so were the sets and the recordings that I have just been listening to. I do think this was a particularly fine 'placard'.
It ended with someone from the audience grabbing the microphone around midnight, and commenting our combined 'Paradiso Cellar Hall All Stars' set.

Here's what the man (he wore a fur cap) told us:

"We need voice! We need punk! ..." he moaned, he groaned, "we need rock 'n' roll! ... I like rock 'n' roll, like Vince Taylor ... Vince Taylor working on station ... we need rock 'n' roll station to Vince Taylor ... we need ... rock 'n' roll ... we need punk ... we need rock 'n' roll ... please ... give me ... rock 'n' roll! ... "

But then, hey, haven't we been feeling that way all along? Did not the guy with the fur cap, in but secs, here sum up many a good year of our lives?
Thus, in the best of traditions, we decided to document the Paradiso Cellar Hall placard as a two part Raudio vodcast: "We need Rock 'n' Roll!" part 1, and "We need Rock 'n' Roll!" part 2 ...
Clicking the images will beam you on to ookoi's YouTube page, where you may watch the clips (as well as (extracts from) earlier Raudio vodcasts) ... Alternatively, if you scroll down a bit, you'll find them embedded on this page...

rock 'n' roll part 1 rock 'n' roll part 2



Added August 11th 2019: The second of these clips, the Rock 'n' Roll part 2 has been viewed more than 22000 times. I guess that's due to early hits, probably from visitors thinking they'd hit upon the Gary Glitter song with the same name. Curiously, Part 1 attracted not even 8% of Rart two's viewing volume ...








About the Placard international Headphone Festival on the SoundBlog:

(january 30, 2021) - assemble/dissemble (Antivirus 101 Placard)
(september 14, 2019) - A brief history of Le Placard (1998-...)
(august 11, 2019) - Vive Le Placard ! Varia ...
|→ (august 04, 2012) - 72 Hours of Post-Nuclear Survival
|→ (august 08, 2009) - (Le) CLeUb, Placard, CLeUb
(february 12, 2008) - Karlheinz's Song of Praise
(november 28, 2007) - Placardée l'Agence XP
(november 05, 2006) - Cellarlar Heroes
(october 20, 2006) - Funky Shit!
|→ (august 14, 2006) - placard : la générale
(july 30, 2006) - "le zida ne passera pas par moi..."
(july 07, 2006) - de_'tails of lite house keeping'
|→ (july 27, 2005) - tafelmuziek: placard & cd
(july 31, 2005) - tafelmuziek: paradiso placard
(june 18, 2005) - zandoog placard & cd
(december 31, 2004) - soundinjury placard
(may 31, 2004) - old bears new tricks
(may 13, 2004) - tafelmuziek placard
(july 13, 2003) - gaité lyrique
(june 20, 2003) - live chronicles



Read about the ookoi and Raudio and Stduio on the SoundBlog:
(2022, april 25) - Awesome Foursomes (viii) - No. 664
(2022, march 31) - Awesome Foursomes (vii) - No. 138
(2022, february 20) - Awesome Foursomes (vi) - No. 419
(2021, november 01) - Awesome Foursomes (v) - No. 954
(2021, august 20) - Awesome Foursomes (iv) - No. 793
(2021, july 18) - Awesome Foursomes (iii) - No. 562
(2021, july 09) - Awesome Foursomes (ii)- No. 284
(2021, june 21) - Awesome Foursomes (i) - No. 019
(2021, may 31) - d.ookoi writes b.ookoi (i)
(2020, january 26) - STDUIO Arti: aLife @Hal-fIve
(2020, january 25) - STDUIO Arti: The LⒶst Weekend
(2019, march 03) - ookoi 2.0: the remake of a spect[r]al b[r]and
(2017, april 12) - 1024
(2015, march 07) - The men once in green are now writing a book!
(2014, may 09) - You are NOT Hier!
(2013, july 03) - How to keep devils away
(2013, may 06) - Next Numbr!
(2012, june 24) - Ninja Fruit Plus Instruments
(2012, may 06) - Y.3 = Yltra !
(2012, may 06) - Our final gig / Ons laatste optreden
(2010, may 23) - 'Raise the trumpet, sound the drum'
(2010, april 02) - [Second Life and WudyWudy]
(2010, january 05) - ookoi: onderood
(2009, november 17) - Soli Deo Gloria !
(2009, october 10) - Project Icarus OST
(2009, august 24) - ookoi ShakeNRoll
(2009, july 18) - Pure . Reactive . Music . Hack Day
(2009, april 07) - "Blood and Bottom" (Raudi0GaGa)
(2009, february 21) - Insular arithmetic (ookoi toont)
(2009, january 31) - A glimpse of Heesbeen
(2009, january 15) - Rien à voir
(2008, october 02) - The right to be slow
(2008, june 06) - Raudio Graffiti: almost live !
(2008, february 24) - The Great Washing
(2007, december 04) - I'm an island
(2007, november 20) - Live Beyond the Paradiso, Amsterdam
(2007, september 04) - leve ookoi! (3)
(2007, august 22) - leve ookoi! (2)
(2007, august 12) - leve ookoi! (1)
(2007, april 12) - Back to Berling [Raudio 11/15]
(2007, march 24) - Vicky, Killers and Avatars
(2007, february 15) - Every presentation is a premiere
(2007, january 25) - 1024 Waarden, by ookoi
(2007, january 19) - Preparations for a Second Life
(2006, november 05) - Cellarlar Heroes
(2006, october 20) - Funky shit
(2006, august 14) - placard : la générale
(2006, july 07) - de-'tails of lite house keeping'
(2006, may 06) - jam karet?
(2006, april 04) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [3] [Raudio 07]
(2006, march 20) - raudio @cosman's
(2006, march 12) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [2] [Raudio 07]
(2006, march 03) - 100+ new (r)audio philes ... [1] [Raudio 07]
(2005, october 12) - Raudio #06 [Raudio 06]
(2005, september 25) - 0 OK, 0:1, life on ze road
(2005, july 31) - Outside - Inside Paradiso
(2005, june 18) - Sand-Y da-Y #5-7 [Raudio 05]
(2005, june 05) - Sand-Y :: da-Y #04 - da birds
(2005, may 26-24) - Sand-Y :: da-Y #03, #02, #01 - Crew cut ; "The truth is out here" ; ::
(2005, may 14) - 9 Beet Stretch [Raudio Special]
(2005, march 31) - Raudio #04 :: "GespRek 1982-2005" [Raudio 04]
(2005, february 10) - raudio #3 (drie/three) [Raudio 03]
(2004, december 08) - pure sound [Raudio 02]
(2004, november 24) - other, and good news! [Raudio 01]
(2004, october 10) - raudio launched
(2004, september 24) - made in ameland
(2004, june 09) - boyzz buzz # listen!global corpus
(2004, may 20-31) - >∞-îl_o_tré

Read some of the ookoi's papers [pdf]:
(2014) - Localized Sounds, Sounding Locations.
Presented at the International Symposium "Locative Media and Sound Art", Kortrijk (be)
(2007) - ookoi - Uptime Publishing Demonstration. (With Jay Needham.)

Read about the ookoi in Gonzo (Circus) [Dutch]:
Gonzo #88, september/october 2008 - Zelfcomponerende Klankstukken

ookoi - The works:
(2015—now) :: writing b.ookoi: pick a number!
(2017) Weekly, 10'24" :: ookoi dooki podcast
(2014) HIER - iPhone app, 4 track album of localized Future Popp
(2013) Y ¬ Y.1024 (HTML5 web app)
(2013) Wandelzand - iPhone app, soundwalk for the Dutch isle of Ameland
(2012) Palm Top Theatre V2
(2010) WudyWudy, machina movie, filmed in Second Life by Evo Szuyuan (trailer)
(2009) ookoi_@_E@rport, Amsterdam - channel 19 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2009) ShakeNRoll, Project Icarus OST - scenes for the RJDJ reactive music iPhone platform
(2009) iRingg®, iPhone ringtones
(2009) 2525 (video)
(2008) L'Ecoute - public space screen video
(2008) Jam Karet I & Jam Karet IV - pocket movies
(2007) Live beyond the Paradiso (USB-stick data-dump)
(2007) Leve ookoi! - channel 16 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2007) 1024 (DVD)
(2007) 1024 Waarden - flash animation
(2006) "Roam Stroam" - channel 12 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2006) Tijdrekken - flash animation
(2005) Sand-Y (Zandoog) - channel 7 of the RAUDIO IIIII streaming audio art iThing app
(2004) Muziektafel-Tafelmuziek (CD)
...
(1980) Signs and Symptoms


[ Earlier related SB-entry : funky shit! ]

notes __ ::
(*) ... "celluloid _ cellular _ cellarlar _ cellar hall" ... the motto's lines of course are taken from the lyrics to Ray Davies' Celluloid Heroes. Ookoi's set in the Paradiso Cellar Hall Placard of tuesday october 10th, 2006, was entitled Cellar Hall Heroes. The similarity, indeed, is purely coincidental. Or is it ? [ ^ ]

(**) The expression 'PMT' stems from a recent article by Steven Brown in the Journal of Consciousness Studies (volume 13, nr. 6, may 2006), entitled The Perpetual Music Track: The Phenomenon of Constant Musical Imagery ...
(Added november 29th, 2006: ) This is surely related to what often is referred to as: earworm. During this year's edition of the 'Beurs voor Kleine Uitgevers', on sunday december 10th in Paradiso, Amsterdam, FPCM will be spreading them, for free ... 'Mopjes', we Dutch sometimes say ..
Here is (a transduction of) Peter's own description of his deal ('Mop')... :
"Reader!

It goes this way. You walk in, state open, look around, let yourself be led. By something. No idea. Without for zoeken to find your hands this.
An expenditure. You thumb, late pages rustle. You think wanting sniff the fragrance of verse paper cut. Rondgeklopte caress back. Gutenbergs mirakel herbeleven.
You read say u. now you give to the eyes the costs. Black on blank, columns, rules, senses, words characters. Your senses lead u. grope, feel, smell. To sigh.
The welt.
Have! A new love, a new friend who you tell what you want, he who you are. Or can become.

And there - or here - between the rules shrieks the wonder of the small editor.

There is information, knowledge, instruction, an idea, an idea, impulse and insight. Sensitive judicious pivots, the cross point of then now and then. You are in contact with now with! You are in contact with with already!

And in already I am.

The smallest editor of everything. The smallest editor of all. And most fine. Directly in contact with your spirit, your interior interior. Immaterial. Delicious.
I want your soul. I have your soul. I am your soul.
Easy zat.

Nothing to thank. It has been given you.
Soon you run further, to. Lives further. Everything what you move are differently. You are your new friend, your new I.

Directly of between these rules a new song sits in your head sits. New mopje. Definitely a praise song. A melody to whistle. You purse lips. Whistle! Buitenzintuigelijke a bel tone which there no longer goes out. Unforgettable. Try it but."
[ ^ ]

(***) Here's how these two fit into my 'personal soundscape' : I remember Lydia as a singer mainly from her 1982 recording of Lee Hazlewoord's Some Velvet Morning, as a duet with Rowland S. Howard (who at that time played guitar with Nick Cave's Birthday Party).
Genesis P. Orridge I remember from the fine Throbbing Gristle albums to which most notably Alien Brains' Nigel Jacklin introduced me, and from his compilation of William S. Burroughs' tape experiments and cut ups, released on the Industrial Records label (Nothing here now but the recordings, 1981, IR0016) ... [ ^ ]

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