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Your Brain is the Universe

by NCN & Big City Orchestra

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Questions 07:16
Help Me 05:45
Big Bang 06:50
Reduction 04:14
Home Again 11:13


This is our version of Negativland's long-running series on their radio show 'Over the Edge' titled: 'Your Brain is the Universe'.

It was made from show #297 of UBRadio Salon and was mixed live in the UBRadio Salon studios in Alameda, CA, by Big City Orchestra and NCN on September 22nd, 2013. It was broadcast live at that time on DFM out of Amsterdam.

This program explores big questions: the nature and origin of the Universe, the limits of science, quantum mechanics, and what the future holds.

Phineas has done post-production work on it for the version available here at Bandcamp. The source for this was from the lossless master. See below for a link to the original webcast recording.

All the background and enveloping music you hear is original, and was done live and improvised by Big City Orchestra (dAS and Ninah Pixie). Phineas provided the content and timing of foreground samples.

If you wish to donate to our ministry you can go to nationalcynical.com/donate or become a patreon at patreon.com/nationalcynical or consider entering in a dollar amount for this program which goes back into the project.

All derived material in this program is used fairly, accredited, and transformed (remixed / fragmented / re-contextualized / re-worked) for the purpose of education, cultural reference, and to artistically capture the cultural conversation about the subject matter during the time of this program's creation.

This researched program is the result of an artistic and creative process, which can be documented, and is meant to be heard, and taken in its entirety. Payment is not a prerequisite fee in exchange for content in order to get this package but is considered a voluntary donation toward supporting the creative work and expense behind the program.

All material from the radio show "Over the Edge" used in this program is used with the express permission of the show's producer(s).

All the used material from the radio show "UB Radio Salon" used in this program is used with the express permission of the show's producers, Big City Orchestra.


released September 26, 2013

Big City Orchestra; Ninah Pixie; dAS; Phineas Narco; The National Cynical Network;

Excerpted and mixed sources: Neil Turok; Michio Kaku; Carl Sagan; Ken Wilber; Alan Watts; The Wizard of Oz (1939); Star Trek- The Next Generation episode 'Remember Me'; Dr. Quantum; www.divinitynow.com; Carl Sagan; Geeky Alert!; George Carlin; The Tape Beatles; Brian Cox.

Big City Orchestra's Site is at:


DFM out of Amsterdam is here:


The original untouched version of this program is available at archive.org in the UB Radio Salon archives here:





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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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