Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DEVO & TIMOTHY LEARY PT.2

"A 'cyber-punk' is a person who takes navigational control over the cybernetic electronic equipment and uses it, not for the Army, not for the government, not for the Lufthansa Airline, but for his or her own purpose." Quote from Timothy Leary in Cyber-Punk documentary (1990).

Well...That part sounds good but something tells me Cyber-punk is the cousin of transhumanism. I am not merged with machine but I'll use the internet to research and then EXPOSE you Mr. Leary and any punkers who are guilty by association just by being in the presence of your CIA, culture creating ass .
(Above) This is a weird clip with Leary discussing the future of computers while DEVO play music and dance robotically in the background.



WE'RE ALL DEVO!
 In Devo's music videos, early concerts, literature, and short films, the band created a pastiche and parody of the real world via the idea of "Spudland". Many characters and concepts reoccur in different media. Dr. Byrthfood is one of these characters. Dr. Byrthfood, played by Timothy Leary, works for Lifeforms Unlimited and makes sure that Devo are kept in tip top working condition. Byrthfood (Leary) can be seen performing a reprogramming session on DEVO (pic below) in their video compilation release We’re All Devo! from 1984 (clip below pic).




(Above) Leary is standing at a CMI Series II synthesizer in the film. Mark Mothersbaugh reportedly sampled a celesta into the CMI for the title theme to the Nickeldeon cartoon, Rugrats (1991).


NEUROMANCER MIND MOVIE
Timothy Leary optioned the rights to the Cyber-punk styled book by William GibsonNeuromancer and attempted to make a game called Neuromancer: Mind Movie that featured Grace Jones, David Byrne, Keith Haring, Devo, Jack Nicholson and William S. Burroughs. Douglas St. Clair Smith Church of the Sub-Genius was credited "For Pixilation" in the credits.
(Above) Screen shot of David Byrne in Neuromancer from Leary's archive.

Timothy Leary, brought his game to Interplay for development. Neuromancer became an adventure video game developed by Interplay ProductionsInterplay is a video game developer and publisher, founded in 1982 by Brian Fargo (a descendant of the family that created Wells Fargo and American Express), and Bill Heineman (In 2003 Bill was diagnosed with gender dysphoria and now calls himself a woman named "Rebecca Ann Heineman). 
Neuromancer was released in 1988 for the AmigaApple II,Apple IIGSCommodore 64, and DOSThe game was set within both the fictional "real world" and the extensively realized and detailed world of cyberspace. It is also noted for having a soundtrack based on the Devo song "Some Things Never Change". In the instruction manual for Neuromancer there is a "special thanks" to Timothy Leary included on page 1, in acknowledgement of his role enlisting the rock band DEVO to provide licensed music, and also for his production of several early drafts for game art and dialogue.

NEUROMANCER OPENING THEME BY DEVO (below)

OLD NEUROMANCER PROMO VIDEO FEATURING LEARY (below)


SHOUT
Shout is the sixth studio album by Devo, It was originally released in October 1984. The album cover is a head shot of Timothy Leary's son Zachary Chase Leary on a composite background with his left hand raised by his open mouth in a "shout" gesture(above). The album's back cover depicts a head shot photo of guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh's daughter Alex with her eyes focused upwards and her left hand raised by her ear in a listening gesture.(below)
From Michael Pilmer at Devo-Obsesso.com Backstage at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA - April 17, 2010: "This gift was already backstage when we arrived at Coachella early in the day. It's from Zach Leary, son of Timothy Leary. Zach was on the cover of DEVO's "Shout" album....and he recreated the cover using an updated 2010 photo of himself (pic below). We thought it was brilliant, and DEVO really appreciated the gift. Thank you, Zach!"


ZACH LEARY'S PODCAST WITH MARK MOTHERSBAUGH
"Its All Happening Podcast" Episode 77 featuring Mark Mothersbaugh  : (quote from Zach Leary) "We are all DEVO! This episode stops by the famous Mutato Studios on the Sunset Strip to sit down with the legendary Mark Mothersbaugh. For over an hour I took part in one of the most brilliant, though provoking, inspiring and wacky conversations that I’ve ever been a part of. First and foremost, I’m a fan of Mark’s and of DEVO. They were one of the most influential bands of my youth through their ahead of their time use of multi media and music. Mark was so generous with his telling of the story behind the de-evolutionary roots of the band as well as his journey into being a soundtrack composer. Mark’s view of how technology, media, culture and music fits into one cohesive narrative is unparalleled. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did."


MOTHERSBAUGH'S INSTAGRAM

(Above) A post from Mark Mothersbaugh's Instagram page, caption reads "#tbt (throw back Thursday) to my romantic weekend with Timothy Leary"

Timothy Leary you have just been posthumously cyber-punk'd by Masonic Youth!

CHECK OUT PREVIOUS 4HA LEARY POSTS:  
DEVO: 9/11 & TIMOTHY LEARY PT1
TIMOTHY LEARY'S PUNK ROCK EXPERIMENTS

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