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Sunday, June 04, 2006

This Spartan Life: Malcolm McLaren

[Media: Video]

Although this may look like a videogame post, I assure you it is not. I have mentioned This Spartan Life a couple of times here on I'm a Human Inbox and it once again deserves mention. I haven't frequented This Spartan Life for a while now, but I went back there recently and delved into its new content. Additions of note are a discussion of Net Neutrality titled "Can't Buy Me Web" the Travelogue, a silly video showing off glitching in Halo 2, and DJ Octobit's music and playlists.

DJ Octobit does music based on sounds produced by the Gameboy's soundcard and speakers. I've been amazed by the variety and flexibility of such a limited instrument; initially you won't even realize that its music produced by gameboys.

Moving on to the actual purpose of this post, This Spartan Life did an interview with Malcolm McLaren.
Malcolm McLaren's career began in the early 70s with a clothing store that had a big part in starting the punk movement in Britain. He soon founded the seminal punk band, The Sex Pistols and set out to cause a huge disturbance, the effects of which are still being felt today. His work in film, television and on his own genre-hopping music releases has exposed his more thoughtful side, but he continues to situate himself in the midst of the latest radical upheaval, most recently gameboy music. He is currently producing a film version of the book "Fast Food Nation".

What struck me about this interview is the very nature of the environment in which it was situated, and McLaren himself. McLaren speaks in a hypnotic English accent and his words and vocabulary produce more poetry than actual discussion. As the host Damian Lacedaemion and Malcolm McLaren walk through the virtual reality of Halo, as if taking a leasurly walk on a sunny day, the world and players of Halo clash in the background. In one moment, a pair of glitchers jump ladder themselves into the sky, in another moment a massive battle with tanks and phantoms rages, and finally a dance group of aliens dance from the foreground into the distance. The playful and violent natures of the players in the background mixed with the philosophical monologue creates a really beautiful and striking juxtaposition.

In other words, there's a lot to see, hear and experience at This Spartan Life that you might not at first expect.