paul verhoeven got lodged really deep in my subconscious at a very young age. total recall, robocop, starship troopers… this one was about the troopers trying to kill me. it was night, cold, winter. i tried to hide atop a rocky crag as they stormed passed me like a wave, but they saw me. lots of machine guns.
i haven’t heard muslimgauze. checking them out now…
i’ve been reflecting on this and had a thought. in our current age we’ve lost the “diy garage rock, my friends band” thing. why? well, artists have this intense pressure to release these highly polished and complete works. get it mixed and mastered. get a tight bandcamp page a video… we’re modeling / echoing / imitating what major labels did in the 90s and 00s. but what is lost in this is the beautiful journey of watching a local project grow and develop. one of my favorite parts of music has not only been live shows, but also going to band practices. it was like this before the pandemic, but the pandemic definitely exacerbated and amplified it all.
so, this isn’t a proper release because it doesn’t quite say what i’m trying to say and how i want to say it. but it excites me and i want to invite you into the process. so i think of this release like a CD-R a friend let you borrow, or a .zip you got from limewire that was tagged wrong because someone thought it was another band but you ended up liking it anyways.
Ohhhh sorry I totally assumed/misread, but happy to introduce MG into your life! It was the big influence for Vatican Shadow and also has this conceptual political vibe; all about middle eastern conflicts. Because of his gigantic discography, I’ll give you these albums a starting point:
note the liner notes for this release make available a private key. you should never ever share your private keys with others. ssh keys use what is called “asymmetric” design - there is a public key and a private key. the private one is yours. the public one gets installed on other servers and allow you in.
in the domain of authentication, ssh keys are an example of, “something you have.” passwords are an example of, “something you know.” biometrics are an example of, “something you are.”
none of the above matters with social engineering. remember in blue velvet when jeffrey poses as an exterminator to get the spare key? all it really takes is a jumpsuit, a tank of chemicals, and a smile.
That ssh doc is really useful; thanks for linking. I’ll spend a little time on it - I’ve used public/private keys before, but a long time* ago, so could do with the refresher.
*where ‘long time’ in internet years is like dog years to humans
Yeah, I think a lot of unauthorised access gets granted that way; be it via unsolicited phone calls, or phishing emails, or a lot of other methods. The “hacker” in the black hoodie is such an outmoded and trite stereotype.
“The street finds its own uses for things”, to quote Wm Gibson, and MITM attacks are a great example of that, too.
Edited to add: How rude of me not to say thanks for sharing the Cipher Suite demo - Chinese Remainder Theorem and Something You Have are the ‘first-listen faves’ - I’ll give it another play tomorrow.
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(but still, prefer if you’d also take my money )
(was great to discover the twitch stream earlier, too… hope to catch many more)
I will do as your secret-code-wording(“Download includes “64chain-3.3.wav” to use with your own sampler”) has implied and introduce your weaponized .wav file into my polyend tracker in order to infect its wavetable centrifuges
on a more serious note: i especially feel moved reading of how you relate to 9/11… helps me realize, how trauma across wide populations often serve as reference points from which we all venture forth into different avenues of coping and surviving.
in this way, it’s great how all your work resonates with a sense of this depth of introspection, gets me to take a cold, hard look at both the trauma and the triumph of my days in this world thanks for all of it!
thanks @tyleretters for sharing this cool and inspiring project! i really like the way you’re presenting your work, giving us insight to your process, involving us with reference points of inspiration and further exploration, braiding together music, code, discussion, live streams, memories, dreams…