Aside

It’s been a good week for writing: Carousel Magazine has accepted one of my poems for publication; Riddled With Arrows, one of my stories; and I just got my copy of the latest issue of Quills — Canada’s erotic poetry annual — to which I’ve contributed a piece … thus advancing my moonlighting endeavours in writing the sort of ostensibly literary filth that should be wrapped in brown paper and kept on a higher shelf.

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My brief on fair dealing & education for Canada’s copyright review

Here is a copy of the brief I submitted last month to the Government of Canada’s current review of the Copyright Act (a review mandated among the Act’s 2012 amendments). This brief focuses on fair dealing and education. (Click here for the direct link to its Scribd page.)

Other excellent submissions to the review include Meera Nair’s and the Dalhousie Faculty Association’s.

Link & track list for ACCUTE Dance Party 2018 recording

Here’s the at-a-glance track list for the recording of the set I DJed at ACCUTE’s 2018 dance party. (Mixcloud only reveals the full track list during real-time playback.) This isn’t a recording of the whole set, but it’s a generous sample.
I’ll be sharing further reflections on the event in a forthcoming post.

00:00:00 Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean, “Hips don’t lie”
00:03:19 N.O.R.E. feat. Nina Sky, “Oye mi canto”
00:06:36 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
00:09:02 Sia feat. Sean Paul, “Cheap thrills”
00:12:05 Rihanna, “Pon de replay”
00:15:27 Mr Vegas, “Heads high”
00:18:20 Panjabi MC, “Beware of the boys (Mundian to bach ke)”
00:22:16 Lady Gaga, “Born this way (Bollywood remix)”
00:26:12 Boney M, “Rasputin”
00:30:26 Dead or Alive, “You spin me round (like a record)”
00:34:43 Depeche Mode, “I just can’t get enough”
00:38:15 Madonna, “Ray of light”
00:42:52 Cornershop, “Brimful of Asha (Fatboy Slim remix)”
00:46:45 Olivia Newton-John & E.L.O., “Xanadu”
00:50:00 Earth Wind & Fire, “September”
00:53:22 Spice Girls, “Wannabe”
00:56:09 Meatloaf, “Paradise by the dashboard lights”
01:04:23 Kenny Loggins, “Footloose”
01:08:10 Beyoncé, “Drunk in love”
01:13:02 Abhijeet & Anuranda Shriram, “Chunari chunari”
01:16:45 New Order, “Bizarre love triangle”
01:23:03 Drake, “Nice for what”
01:26:07 Nine Inch Nails, “Closer”
01:31:33 Tanya Stephens, “Good ride”
01:35:10 Missy Elliott, “Get ur freak on”
01:38:29 Soft Cell, “Tainted love”
01:41:05 Nena, “99 Luftballoons”
01:44:43 Lil Jon feat. Usher & Ludacris, “Yeah!”
01:48:52 Backstreet Boys, “Everybody” (+ samples of Lil Jon, “Outta your mind”)
01:53:24 Rihanna feat. Drake, “Work”
01:56:53 Ciara feat. Missy Elliott, “One two step”
01:59:55 Sean Paul, “We be burnin'”
2:03:20 Robyn, “Dancing on my own”
02:07:34 Groove Armada, “If everybody looked the same”
02:10:57 Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay, “212”
02:14:18 Capoeira Twins, “4 x 3”
02:18:40 Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, “It takes two”
02:23:20 Major Lazer feat. VYNZ Kartel, “Pon de floor”
02:26:52 Beyoncé, “Run the world (Girls)”

It’s alive. IT’S ALIVE!

Here’s one way to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818: I’m delighted to announce the publication of my new book The Medium Is the Monster: Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein and the Discourse of Technology. It’s published by Athabasca University Press, and it’s available in hardcover, paperback, and open-access PDF.

To order, see Indigo, Amazon, or UBC Press (AUP’s distributor).

To read the open-access PDF, see AU Press’ webpage for the book and click the Free PDF tab.

Briefly, the book argues, first, that Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein effectively reinvented the meaning of the word “technology” for modern English; and, second, that Marshall McLuhan’s media theory and its adaptations in Canadian pop culture (by icons like David Cronenberg, William Gibson, Margaret Atwood, and Deadmau5) have popularized this Frankensteinian sense of technology.

The Medium Is The Monster Mix

At Mixcloud, I’ve shared a mix that’s a sonic supplement to my book The Medium Is the Monster (Athabasca University Press, 2018).

The songs and tracks mixed here all adapt Frankenstein and are discussed as such in the book. The mix follows approximately the same sequence as the book, progressing from chapter to chapter, featuring the specific songs mentioned in each. The early chapters discuss hip hop, reggae, funk, and Afro-Futurist music (e.g. Maestro Fresh Wes, Dr Octagon, Janelle Monáe); the seventh chapter focuses on EDM (e.g. Deadmau5 and The Paladin Project). The mix also includes some alternative rock, folk, and country songs (e.g. Iggy & The Stooges, Neil Young, Corb Lund). Overall, most of the content is Canadian, given the focus of the book.

Here’s a complete track list, too (since Mixcloud only reveals the track list during playback).

Introduction

  • Jon Stewart & Samantha Bee, The Daily Show, 10 Feb. 2009 (sample) 00:00

Chapter 1

  • Eric B & Rakim, “Paid in full” (seven minutes of music – the Coldcut remix) 00:36

Chapter 2

  • Dr Octagon (aka Kool Keith), “Real raw” 04:08
  • Janelle Monáe, “Good morning midnight” (interlude) 06:04
  • Janelle Monáe, “Dance or die” 07:24
  • Wolfgang Rübsam & Capella Istropolitana, Toccato and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach 10:37
  • Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Cryptkickers, “The Monster Mash” (sample) 13:18
  • Dr Octagon (aka Kool Keith), “Wild and crazy” 13:33
  • Madness, “One step beyond” (sample) 17:35
  • Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, “Frankenstein ska” 17:54
  • Parliament, “Prelude to The Clones of Dr Funkenstein” 20:27
  • Parliament, “Dr Funkenstein” 22:05
  • Armand van Helden, “Witch Doktor” 27:44
  • Michael Jackson feat. Vincent Price, “Thriller” 32:01
  • Rockwell feat. Michael Jackson, “Somebody’s watching me” 37:03
  • Maestro Fresh Wes, “Let your backbone slide” 40:38
  • Handsome Boy Modeling School feat. Grand Puba & Sadat X, “Once Again (Here To Kick One For You)” 45:01
  • Ice Cube, “Dr Frankenstein” 48:47

Chapter 4

  • Iggy & The Stooges, “Search and destroy” 52:55

Chapter 5

  • Skinny Puppy, “Draining faces” 56:20
  • Front 242, “Masterhit” 1:01:06
  • Messiah, “Beyond good and evil” 1:07:53
  • Messiah, “You’re going insane” 1:12:40
  • DJ Luna-C, “Mind of a lunatic” 1:15:34
  • Ed Brown, “Industrial” (P.B.K. remix) 1:21:14
  • Neuromancer, “Pennywise” 1:26:15
  • Wippenberg, “Neurodancer” 1:29:49

Chapter 7

  • Foremost Poets, “Moon-raker” (Paladin mix) (sample) 1:33:49
  • Brainbug, “Nightmare” (Sinister strings mix) 1:34:11
  • The Paladin Project, “The panic room / Claustrophobia” 1:40:42
  • The Paladin Project, “The Palloween anthem” 1:45:50
  • The Paladin Project, “Darkness took me” 1:50:17
  • The Paladin Project, “Afraid of the dark” 1:53:30
  • Deadmau5, “Cthulhu sleeps” 1:56:01
  • Deadmau5, “Dr Funkenstein” 2:01:11
  • Deadmau5, “Dr Funkenstein” (Sage remix) 2:03:36
  • Deadmau5, “Dr Funkenstein” (Zoltan Kontes & Jerome Robins stripped mix) 2:05:30
  • Deadmau5, “Dr Funkenstein” (Danny Jay remix) 2:07:53
  • Deadmau5, “Complications” 2:12:19
  • Deadmau5, “Ghosts ‘n’ stuff” 2:14:35
  • Deadmau5, “Moar ghosts ‘n’ stuff” 2:19:22
  • Deadmau5 feat. Chris James, “The Veldt” 2:23:39

Chapter 8

  • Neil Young, “Vampire blues” 2:33:48
  • Corb Lund, “Roughest neck around” 2:37:48
  • Corb Lund, “Gettin’ down on the mountain” 2:40:50

Rock & Romanticism & Nick Cave & Palgrave

James Rovira’s just-published book, Rock and Romanticism: Postpunk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), includes my chapter “‘Little crimeworn histories’: Nick Cave and the roots-raves-rehab story of rock stardom.” (That chapter’s a full treatment of an inkling I first shared here nearly a decade ago.)

Rovira’s book is also accompanied by its own iTunes playlist that I was happy to help build and curate (and, in the process, encounter some great music I’d not previously known about); and the editor’s also got a whole blog post with listening samples and other links related to topics covered in the book.

For my part, I’ll just leave here a link to the video for the song that my chapter takes its title from: the exhilaratingly evil, deliriously demonic “Deanna”:

 

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“Happy Birthday, Frankenstein!”

Athabasca University Press’ Open Book Blog has a new post about the Frankenstein bicentennial: “Happy Birthday, Frankenstein!” 
The post curates a sampling of links to just a few of the Canadian Frankenstein adaptations discussed in my book #TheMediumIsTheMonster: from Larissa Lai’s writing and Matt MacFadzean’s playwriting, to the music of Deadmau5 and more.

This blog posts makes a great multimedia supplement to the book, for readers who may not know of some of these works.