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Options October 9, 2009: On the Weaponization of Music -- including an interview with Suzanne G. Cusick

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Artist Track Album Comments Approx. start time
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Jeannie Lewis  Celluloid Heroes   Options Looking Backward to Tomorrow    0:04:04 (Pop‑up)
  Air Force Reserves promo       0:09:52 (Pop‑up)
Robert Wyatt  Heathens Have No Souls   Options Radio Experiment Rome, February 1981    0:11:31 (Pop‑up)
Jack Webb + Joe Williams  Come on Blues   Options v/a: Weekend Sound Flights '63 -- Air Force Reserve 5-minute programs    0:18:50 (Pop‑up)
Max Wall  My Little Tune   Options v/a: You Are Awful But We Like You    0:23:32 (Pop‑up)
Ronee Blakley  Fred Hampton   Options Ronee Blakley    0:26:37 (Pop‑up)
Mel Blanc  Money   Options The Best of Mel Blanc, Man of 1000 Voices    0:29:33 (Pop‑up)
Jim Carroll  To the National Endowment of the Arts   Options Praying Mantis    0:31:55 (Pop‑up)
The Loud Family  The Ballad of How You Can All Shut Up   Options Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things    0:33:54 (Pop‑up)
Herbie Nichols Trio  Terpsichore   Options The Complete Studio Master Takes    0:42:00 (Pop‑up)
Francoise Hardy  Avec des Si   Options Mon Amour Adieu    0:45:28 (Pop‑up)
Michael Caine  interview   Options Sdtk: Tonite Let's All Make Love in London    0:48:10 (Pop‑up)
Marquess of Kensington  Changing of the Guard   Options Sdtk: Tonite Let's All Make Love in London    0:48:59 (Pop‑up)
Nora Guthrie  Emily's Illness   Options 7"  Woody's daughter, recorded in 1967  0:52:25 (Pop‑up)
Elsa Popping & Her Pixieland Band  Jalousie   Options Delirium in Hi-Fi  aka Andre Popp  0:54:42 (Pop‑up)
  AN INTERVIEW WITH SUZANNE CUSICK: In recent years, the U.S. military has “weaponized” music and noise. Both on the battlefield and in U.S. detention facilities, so-called enemy combatants have been subjected to high-decibel sonic assaults in forms ranging from Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” to “I Love You,” sung by Barney the Purple Dinosaur. Musicologist Suzanne Cusick has been researching this use of music and sound for more than three years, including interviews with former detainees and military personnel. Tune in as David talks to Cusick about her findings, about the current policies under the Obama administration, and about the eerie resonance between music-as-torture and the revolution in musical aesthetics since John Cage.
Suzanne Cusick  interview   Options   Here are some links related to this interview: Zerodecibels.org   1:02:56 (Pop‑up)
      On Suzanne Cusick   1:32:01 (Pop‑up)
      You might also be interested in Jonathan Pieslak’s Sound Targets: American Soldiers and Music in the Iraq War   1:43:49 (Pop‑up)
      Cusick’s article “Music as Torture / Music as Weapon”   1:19:21 (Pop‑up)
      Cusick’s article ““You are in a place that is out of the world. . .”: Music in the Detention Camps of the “Global War on Terror.” Sadly, this one's not available without a subscription.  1:20:10 (Pop‑up)
      On the use of music against protesters at G20 summit in Pittsburgh  1:26:48 (Pop‑up)
      On here’s an article on it from the AP/New York Times   1:29:33 (Pop‑up)
Faust  track 8   Options tour only CD    1:35:50 (Pop‑up)
White  47 Rockets (For Wan Hu)   Options White    1:40:15 (Pop‑up)
  locked grooves     compiled and edited by yours truly, for WFMU's forthcoming locked groove LP  1:46:33 (Pop‑up)
Family Fodder  Philosphy   Options Even More Great Hits!    1:48:31 (Pop‑up)
Arthur Russell  Calling All Kids   Options Calling Out of Context    1:51:20 (Pop‑up)
Edikanfo (The Pace Setters)  Blinking Eyes   Options African Super Band  prod. Brian Eno  2:06:26 (Pop‑up)
Misha Mengelberg Quartet  Kweka P'Kwana   Options Four in One    2:10:29 (Pop‑up)
George Lewis  North Star Boogaloo   Options Endless Shout  based on a poem by Quincy Troupe  2:16:16 (Pop‑up)
End  LSD Made a Wreck Out of Me   Options The Dangerous Class    2:37:02 (Pop‑up)
Felix Kubin  Der Hund Der Hond   Options Felix Kubin    2:40:14 (Pop‑up)
Ros Bobos  Descend the Staircase   Options Mandatory Astral Projections    2:43:19 (Pop‑up)
Evangelista  I Lay There in Front of Me Covered in Ice   Options Piece of Truth    2:53:34 (Pop‑up)
        2:53:38 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  3:08pm Cecile:

wow this is both impressive and kind of awful.
  3:14pm Yer DJ:

You hit the nail on the head!
  3:15pm still b/p:

Thank you, Jesus, for not putting me in the
room/venue/studio with Jeannie where I'd have to tell her it was...."Nice..really...nice..."
  3:21pm Cecile:

it's just the phrasing...and the overthetopness...it's like Julie Andrews singing Leonard Cohen or something.

Exactly, SBP
  3:24pm theo:

i want to eat jack webb's voice
  3:26pm Cecile:

here's what's funny - in the year homegrown bands were making a real name for themselves (AC/DC, Coloured Balls, Skyhooks) "Looking Backwards to Tomorrow" got some kind of huge Australian Album of the Year prize WITH NO RADIO AIRPLAY AT ALL. What?!?!?!?! Googling some of her later projects is kind of earnestly hilarious.
  3:30pm Cecile:

Fred Hampton from the Black Panthers?
  3:31pm Yer DJ:

Yes, that's the one.
  3:32pm Cecile:

You are doing a great job testing today's interview subject matter on me today with these warped chanteuses.
  4:11pm Marshall Stacks:

LRAD: http://www.atcsd.com/site/content/view/208/110/
  4:16pm lipwak:

Years ago I was curious about what music was used at the siege at Waco. These guys re-enacted it. Info here:

Also, the use of loud sound by the Navy has had bad consequences on whales.... torture of a different sort.
  4:25pm Marshall Stacks:

Great interview, David.

Trevor Paglen's written about the "Dark Prison," as has, if I remember correctly, Jane Mayer. Paglen's book: http://tinyurl.com/yhtb7sj. Mayer's: http://tinyurl.com/yfb4n4m.

Alfred W. McCoy was on top of this early: http://tinyurl.com/yg2lfvq.

The Geneva Conventions clearly outlaw psychological torture. The Danner piece on the ICRC report in the NYRB is chilling and depressing.
  4:29pm Harvey:

How can I study with this woman?
  4:31pm north guinea hills:

Don't forget the U.S. military playing heavy metal to dislodge Manuel Noriega from the Vatican embassy in 1989.
  4:36pm north guinea hills:

Being forced to listen to Rage against the Machine would be torture in any circumstance.
  4:40pm Carmichael:

Hello David, commenters and Faust.
  4:40pm Ricardo:

Thanks for that little segment. That was good. I'm going to look into that zero decibel thing...
  4:44pm Cecile:

Me, too.
  4:44pm Cheri Pi:

is this band White on the Look directly into the Sun comp? It sounds so familiar...
  4:44pm DS:

A small request to David, could you stop using "war on terror"
you well know the term is bullshit
  4:50pm paul:

oh wow, i remember the "gay bar" remix contest. total blast from the fmu past...
  4:50pm lipwak:

- http://www.zerodb.org/ worked. Was that the one you wanted, David?
- The link to Zerodecibels.org takes me to a parked domain though when I get there it changes to http://zerodb.com/
- The link to the NYT article is "malformed."

I do see you've updated some of these links so maybe they will be taken care of eventually.
  4:56pm Carmichael:

Arthur sounds like a Communards wanna-be.
  4:57pm erm:

Sound is definitely torture. I just had to suffer through "street vibration" which is when 25,000 jerks with really loud motorcycles show up in Reno. I would love to get my hands on one of these sonic weapons so I could drive downtown and subject these a hole bikers to 150dB of Manilow.
  4:57pm Yer DJ:

thanks re bad links -- I'll correct 'em as soon as I can
  5:08pm keith:

no high pitch here. plus my pugs just laid there...but what else is new?
  5:09pm tim:

David! Sound cannons come under the heading of "non-lethal weapons" which were a big part of late-Clinton and early-Bush DoD research. They are about controlling civilian populations, and most are lethal, just not instantly.
  5:10pm Carmichael:

Nuthin' like a little ass wigglin' on a Friday afternoon.
  5:11pm DS:

the bandwidth of FM is only about 3500hz
even hifi speakers have bandwidth of at most 20,000hz
  5:13pm Cecile:

keith, open the fridge door, and watch 'em wake up. LOL!
  5:14pm keith:

yeah, then it's tornado time -- they spin like you wouldn't believe!
  5:16pm Cecile:

oh, yeah. Can opener for cats, fridge door for dogs. Never fails.
  5:40pm Cecile:

David, I have enjoyed your show a lot!
I hope you won't be a stranger around these parts, and we'll catch you subbing a lot!
  5:41pm Carmichael:

Are you sure this isn't The Shadows??
  5:41pm angrysaturday:

I'm getting here late . . . is this the last Inner Ear Detour show? Ever?
  5:42pm angrysaturday:

I'm getting here late . . . is this the last Inner Ear Detour show? Ever?
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