Walking on Rooftops

by The National Cynical Network

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about

This is the 2008 cut (but currently re-mastered version) of 'Walking on Rooftops' which expresses the worlds of expanded mind or 'hypo-mania', and higher states of consciousness such as those caused by Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.

The inspiration for this album came while watching the movie ’Lost Highway’ during the scene where police investigators are walking on the roof of the main character’s house. I was disturbed and intrigued by the realistic sound effect of the footsteps on the rooftop, as heard from inside the house. This dovetailed with the phrase ‘Walking on Rooftops’ which had been running through my mind for a few years. I took it to be a metaphor for an expanded or ‘hypo-manic’ state of consciousness. And this is what the program (burnable in its entirety to an 80 min. CD-R) is largely about.

This pretty abstract audio journey includes the very popular 'Stairway to Heaven Cover Medley' as seen on WFMU's 'Beware the Blog' and heard on The Church of the Subgenius' 'Hour of Slack' radio show. Includes some 'Voicejail' material as well as well as Phineas talking about his psychological theories in an essay on hypomania.

The Uncut NSFW version includes material from the aborted Al Newport spoken word album 'Be Glad You Get to Die' as well as the 'lost' (and cannibalized) episodes called 'Brain Biscuit Bongo' and 'Multiple Instances'.

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.

Thank you for listening, and thank you for your support.

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released August 12, 2011

Phineas Narco; Alexander T. Newport; Ronald Redball; Al Watts;

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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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