Tuesday, June 10. 2014
'Originally broadcast on Sunday 7th December 2003 - this film documents the story of Scottish musician and producer Martyn Bennett. The story of Martyn's life as a prodigious young musician and radical saviour of Scottish contemporary folk, as well as his (then) recent struggle with cancer and the extraordinary story behind Grit, his album on Real World Records, is told against the back drop of the beautiful Isle of Mull where Martyn lived and worked at the time. Grit was to be Martyn's final project before cancer robbed him of his short life at the age of just 33.'
'Richard Manning is an award-winning environmental author and journalist whose books include Against The Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization.
Monday, June 9. 2014
Sunday, June 8. 2014
'Anthony Peake is a consciousness theorist and perhaps the ideal candidate to write A Life Of Philip K. Dick: The Man Who Remembered The Future, a new biography of a novelist obsessed with probing the nature of reality.
Saturday, June 7. 2014
'Director John Dullaghan's biographical documentary about infamous poet Charles Bukowski, Bukowski: Born Into This, is as much a touching portrait of the author as it is an exposé of his sordid lifestyle. Interspersed between ample vintage footage of Bukowski's poetry readings are interviews with the poet's fans including such legendary figures such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Joyce Fante (wife of John), Bono, and Harry Dean Stanton. Filmed in grainy black and white by Bukowski's friend, Taylor Hackford, due to lack of funding, the old films edited into this movie paint Bukowski's life of boozing and brawling romantically, securing Bukowski's legendary status. Born Into This relies on interviews with Bukowski for biographical information instead of cheesy voiceovers, bringing the viewer even closer to the author. For example, in one amazing sequence, Bukowski rides the viewer around in the backseat of his car, telling us through his rearview mirror of his stint as a post office worker which inspired the novel, Post Office. Scenes splicing interviews with Bukowski's ex-wife, Linda Lee, and R. Crumb's comic strip panels portraying Bukowski as a sex-crazed maniac, set the tone for bawdier parts of the film. Occasionally the film displays lines of Bukowski's poetry on the screen, as reminders that he was not only a raging alcoholic with a fierce sense of humor but also a talented and beloved writer. With so much hilariously shocking footage of "Hank," Bukowski: Born Into This presents Bukowski as a troubled but classic genius.'
Saturday, May 31. 2014
Okay, so I'm almost two decades too late, but I've recently been playing around with Propellerhead's ReBirth RB-338 - a wonderful little acid machine emulator... 'ReBirth emulates two Roland TB-303 synthesizers, a Roland TR-808, and a Roland TR-909 drum machine all at once. Each of the emulated devices has its own pattern selector, a feature the original devices are lacking. This allows fast switches between different musical sequences, and re-programming the TB-303 for playing different notes, for instance, is rendered unnecessary. This feature has been adopted in some of Reason's devices. ReBirth also features mixers, a pattern controlled filter (PCF) and some of the standard effects in software synthesizers like delay, compressor and distortion.
'ReBirth emulates two Roland TB-303 synthesizers, a Roland TR-808, and a Roland TR-909 drum machine all at once. Each of the emulated devices has its own pattern selector, a feature the original devices are lacking. This allows fast switches between different musical sequences, and re-programming the TB-303 for playing different notes, for instance, is rendered unnecessary. This feature has been adopted in some of Reason's devices. ReBirth also features mixers, a pattern controlled filter (PCF) and some of the standard effects in software synthesizers like delay, compressor and distortion.
Friday, May 30. 2014
This week the UK Treasury was caught with its pants round its ankles over its estimates of how much it'll cost to set up Scotland as an independent country. Meanwhile the mainstream media continues to do its best to try and sidestep the issue...
Thursday, May 29. 2014
Elon Musk recently unveiled SpaceX's impressive new Dragon V2 capsule...
Wednesday, May 21. 2014
George Monbiot has just written an excellent article in The Guardian explaining why, if he lived in Scotland, he'd vote yes to rid the country of its feudal landowners...
Tuesday, May 20. 2014
'Here we go again. The latest IPCC report, the US National Climate Assessment report, and a report published by US military researchers all recently warned us yet again about the risks associated with human-caused climate change. While the planet continues to warm, ice continues to melt, and sea levels continue to rise, the conservative media are trying to distract everyone from these scientific realities with a shiny quarter named Lennart Bengtsson.
Tuesday, May 13. 2014
NASA's High Definition Earth Viewing Experiment places four commercially available HD cameras on the exterior of the space station and uses them to stream live video of Earth for viewing online. The cameras are enclosed in a temperature specific housing and are exposed to the harsh radiation of space. Analysis of the effect of space on the video quality, over the time HDEV is operational, may help engineers decide which cameras are the best types to use on future missions. High school students helped design some of the cameras' components, through the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program, and student teams operate the experiment...
Sunday, May 11. 2014
I've always been a sucker for a good doomy Black Sabbath-esque riff, especially when it's accompanied with powerful female vocals (the greatly underrated Sumo album by The Superjesus springs instantly to mind), but what makes Rooftop Revolutionaries unique is the air of political activism that is present at the forefront of all of the band's lyrics.
Wednesday, May 7. 2014
Now I know why I quit watching TV entirely...
Saturday, May 3. 2014
Media Underground's very own James Inman was recently interviewed by Doug Stanhope for his podcast.
Friday, May 2. 2014
Tuesday, April 29. 2014
Saturday, April 26. 2014
A fine documentary about how the 'Me, Me, Me Generation' are little more than a bunch of unintentional corporate shills being exploited through their use of social media...
Friday, April 25. 2014
'Biologist & writer Rupert Sheldrake explains how each species of animal has a collective memory, his definition of the Science Delusion, how living in India helped develop his theories, why he particularly enjoys 3-way conversations, and how he's never met anyone as lively and fun to be with as Terence McKenna.'
Thursday, April 24. 2014
You just know that some idiot is going to try snorting this...
Thursday, April 17. 2014
Brian Limond is probably one of the most underrated comedians on the planet. Here's a playlist of just about everything he's done to date as far as his series Limmy's Show is concerned.
Sunday, April 6. 2014
Saturday, March 22. 2014
Myself and good friend Dazbo (one of the true-life characters in my book Bothy Culture), are heading off-grid for a week-long bothy bagging cycle tour around the Scottish Central Highlands. As a result there will be no updates to media underground during that period.
Friday, March 21. 2014
'The world's first Cosmonaut; everyone knows his name, but few people ever knew the man. Some say Yuri Gagarin's iconic first spaceflight was the product of immense good fortune. Others believe he was destined for greatness. With the 80th anniversary of his birth drawing near, RT meets some of Gagarin's friends and family, who tell the more personal and untold story of the first man ever to venture into space.' (Russia Today documentary).
Thursday, March 20. 2014
Wednesday, March 19. 2014
The recent promises delivered by the beastly Johann Lamont (of the Labour Party) remind me of those made by the nitwit Alec Douglas-Home (of the Tory Party) during the 1979 referendum on devolution. One only hopes that the people of Scotland remember these failed promises and vote accordingly...
Tuesday, March 18. 2014
'Abby Martin takes a look the state of media today, highlighting instances of journalists who have gone against the editorial lines of their respective networks. Abby also speaks with investigative journalist and former CNN reporter Amber Lyon, about her experience with media censorship and the topic of journalist integrity in a time when disinformation is abound.'
Monday, March 17. 2014
Monday, March 10. 2014
I've been anticipating the arrival of this documentary series for months now. Finally it is here...
Saturday, March 8. 2014