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Midnight Voicejail - Episode 06 - Getting Together

by NCN

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Hi. How's it going? I guess you were expecting that 'other guy'. This is the voice of voicejail central. I control the voicemail box systems in Silicon Valley. I am in charge of creating and maintaining the boxes: delivering messages, deleting messages, and making sure everything runs smoothly. All of the various messages that come into my system are captured and held here, in the Voicejail. Here, they are analyzed by a trained staff in an attempt to determine how the humans who sent them can be used more efficiently. Take for example, the losers on this show, the members of the so-called 'National Cynical Network'. They think they are so clever, but really they just need to get with the program and quit fucking around. They are making the Lord mad. Soon, they will be forced to get jobs as administrative assistants making $10 an hour for some shitty temp agency. Forced to smell the hot buttered popcorn that wafts over the cubicles. But for now, they will continue to abuse the voicemail systems with their stupid, insomniatic, psycho-philobabble. Philobabble?
Laleh's Deli 01:36
Loretta's 00:33
Flake 05:34
This is the voice of Voicejail Central. That Friday night, everybody stayed home because they couldn't get a ride from (Mr.) 1:15. They were pretty pissed off. But on Saturday Night, Disco Woman drove everyone over to the Phoenix Coffee Shop, so they could meet other voicejailers and have a latte. But for Mr. 1:15, the lure of his pipe was again too great. He stayed home, and smoked a lot of marijuana, and avoided the horrible social anxiety he feels in social situations. (We think he was also engaging in certain unmentionable self-pleasuring activities. But we're not sure). Anyway...
Well, it wasn't too long before the winter ended, and spring came along, and after that of course, were the summer months when the sun shone brightly and the night air was warm and inviting. And Mr. 1:15 came out of seclusion and got together with his buddies on the weekend.
Pizza 02:08
Father Luke 00:21
And so, Ronald and Phineas (also known as Bill and Jim) prevail upon Mr. 1:15 to accompany them to the playground of all adult children: Great America [amusement park], where we find them now, sitting in the darkened IMAX movie theater, waiting fot the show to begin.
Lyrics By Lee Greenwood
And so ends another day for Silicon Valley and America the Beautiful. And from this we can take the lesson that if you find yourself sad, wait until beautiful summer, kick off your Seasonal Affective Disorder, and enjoy one of our many amusement and recreational park facilities where children laugh and happy teenagers ride on giant merry-go-rounds, and wait in line for roller coasters that use the latest in suspension technology and where the vague yet somewhat thrilling threat of violent death is ever-present. But don't worry, it's okay. Sooner or later, everyone winds up here. In the voicejail.


The series 'Midnight Voicejail' is a psychedelic, audio documentary chronicling a real, pre-Internet voice mailbox community which sprung up in Silicon Valley in the mid-1980's.

This is the complete package for episode 06 ('Getting Together) which includes the original episode in tracked format, the radio edit of the episode (plays as the last streaming track) in long playing format, as well as hidden bonus tracks (available when you get the entire program) which are outtakes originally in the Voicejail 2.0 version of this episode.

This episode is an extra-long one hour long program which details the attempts by the Voicejailers to meet in person and dealing with the difficulty of protagonist Mr. 1:15's reluctance to go out (he is the one with the car) as well as his preference to stay home and get loaded. It also details the real-life attempts at 'dating' between Ronald Redball and Disco Woman as a subplot.

It is narrated by the electronic voice of 'Voicejail Central'.

By the end of the episode, summer rolls around and NCN (original lineup) decides to get together at home and thereafter goes to Marriott's Great America (in San Jose) amusement park and bond in male-like fashion in that age-old playful setting; including Ronald and Phineas singing (or trying to sing) Lee Greenwood's 'God Bless the U.S.A.' at a karaoke make-your-own-tape studio at Great America.

All material in this program is used fairly for the purpose of criticism and commentary of such material, as expressed through it's uniquely re-contextualized, syntopical arrangement. All proceeds are not for profit and go back to support the NCN project. All voicemail messages are real and used with the permission of the recordings' owners. Please, don't sue us.

For more information about this series go to:


This program is meant to be listened to, and taken, as a whole work, artistic in nature. Subsequently, more derivative tracks are not available separately.

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.

Any proceeds from this work are considered donations to express appreciation for, and to help support, the expenses of the project this program is a part of, and the creative work behind it, and is not a prerequisite fee in exchange for content. All voicemail material is used with the express consent of its owners.


released May 9, 2011

Ed Note; Phineas Narco; Ronald Redball; Alexander T. Newport; Father Luke; The Bay Area Representative; Voicejail Central; Voicejail Betty; Mr. Chemist; Psycho Jack




The National Cynical Network San Jose, California

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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