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The title of this program is a play on the word 'Idyllic'. It indicates an ideal life situation for producing art and music.

This is a 79 min. collage paying musical Tribute to primarily 3 more or less 'cynical' artists who inspire us. Namely, Frank Zappa, Roger Waters and Trent Reznor. To a lesser degree, but completing the foursome is Negativland. Many interview clips from the three principles as well as relevant musical references, as they are heard talking about their art, craft, in what it is they do.

Also much material and commentary on the music business which is admittedly somewhat dated, but an important historical touchstone in the stories of these artists, in their own words and interesting in light of what those same record executives they're talking about eventually turned into.

Also: post-produced bits from Midnight Voicejail, The Puzzling Evidence Show and Over the Edge (Negativland's Radio Show).

We offer on Track 7 a remix of Negativland's song, 'Cityman', which can be found on their album Free. This is the tracked and uncut version of this program. Some tracks are download only and are not set up to stream. An hour long Radio Edit does not currently exist.

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All derived and referenced material used herein is meticulously accredited and/or fragmented / transformed / re-contextualized, and/or remixed from its original form, and is used fairly as a cultural reference in the subtext, and artistic narrative, of this unique 'syntopical' arrangement.

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released November 9, 2012

Frank Zappa, Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails, Neil Boorman, Pink Floyd, The Easy Star All-Stars, Negativland, Don Joyce, Phineas Narco, Robert Klein, Janor Hypercleats, Hal Robins, Puzzling Evidence (Doug Wellman), dINBOT, Ronald Redball, King MIssile, Michael Nesmith, Genesis, Alan Thicke; Johnny Cash; U2




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The National Cynical Network (NCN) is a long-running, SF Bay Area alternate programming media remix project. It originally consisted of a trio of SF Bay-Area based radio collage artists: Phineas Narco, Ronald Redball and Alexander T. Newport. NCN seeks to play *with* music , using sound, and video media samples in the process of media collage or 'mediage'. ... more

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Track Name: Liquid Metal
We're in the building where they make us grow
And I'm frightened by the liquid engineers
Like you

My Mallory heart is sure to fail
I could crawl around the floor just like I'm real
Like you

The sound of metal I want to be you
I could learn to be a man
Like you

Plug me in and turn me on
Oh everything is moving

I need my treatment it's tomorrow they send me
Singing "I am an American"
Do you?

Picture this if they could make the change
I'd love to pull the wires from the wall
Did you?

And who are you and how can I try?
Here inside I like metal
In you

All I know is no one dies
I'm still confusing love with need