Esoteric Sensationalism is dedicated to the exploration of random processes and experimentation in creative writing and music composition. Randomness has long been identified as a source of inspiration - not only for authors of fiction, poetry, music and visual art, but also for businesspeople, scientists or creative thinkers of any type. Techniques such as "cut-up", "collage", "cut 'n' mix" and "mashup" are all based on a process of recombining previously unrelated words, sounds or images. In business, this process is often referred to as "lateral thinking" - a way to derail the train of thought from it's linear, predictable route into more uncharted, creative territories. The theory section of this site explores the rationale behind the uses of randomness and other forms of experimentation for the purpose of creative inspiration.
An embarassingly intimate recounting of the dismal lives of deluded counterculture wannabes as they consume 50 pounds of potatoes and churn out increasingly eccentric and fanciful cut-up rants on a communal electric typewriter.
Exotic Music based on Mashup Composition Methodology
Esoteric Sensationalism site creator C.P.Bryan presents a unique library of music compositions which can be downloaded and used on a royalty-free basis for a variety of multimedia productions. The Free Soundtrack Production Music Library is the audio equivalent of a stock footage archive, presenting a variety of mixes in different genres ranging from Jazz, Industrial, Heavy Metal, Techno and Dub Reggae to Orchestral and Neo-Classical. Vocals, melodies and rhythms are warped out of context and mashed together again in dense repeating layers. This is audio collage, postmodern Gestaltenmusic heavily influenced by the cut-up method of William Burroughs and the audio looping composition methodology of Steve Reich. The intention is to provide film students and other amatuer digital multimedia production experimentalists a free (or low-cost) option in obtaining original source material to use as background music.
More Interactive Tools for Your Edification and Amusement...
Esoteric Sensationalism has assembled a collection of unique online and downloadable applications. The common theme here is "Language Arts" and how computer programming can add new dimensions of interactivity to reading, writing and understanding texts and poetry. For online "magnetic poetry" try the virtual paper and scissors style Cut-up Laboratory. To write prose and poetry to astound, confuse and impress the groundlings, try Shakespeare's Brain. To read cut-up texts submitted by Cut 'n' Mix users and other visitors to this site, check out the texts page. For links to related tools and information on other websites, open the links page. Address all comments and enquiries about Esoteric Sensationalism or Cut'n'Mix to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommended Viewing: Flicker - The Dream machine and the revolution in human consciousness
Check out the legendary story of The Dream Machine: an antidote to TV culture which provides a "portal into the time/space continuum". Nik Sheehan's film Flicker is an essential, informative documentary introducing the writer/poet/artist Brion Gysin through interviews with artists, writers and musicians who have been inspired by his work and ideas.