I rarely nowadays feel excited about podcasts. I severely overdid my podcast consumption some years ago and since then I've been bored with podcasts altogether.
However the Fall of Civilizations Podcast by Paul M.M. Cooper is very good.
A podcast that explores the collapse of different societies through history.
YouTube's mysterious algorithm suggested 8. The Sumerians - Fall of the First Cities and I got hooked immediately. I have no idea about the validity or historical accuracy of the wealth of information presented in each episode but I find it extremely soothing. Highly recommended.
When I lived at my previous place of residence I had a small voice in the back of my mind telling me that if I just moved to a better place everything would be alright. I had the same shitty job back then as I currently have. Now that small voice in the back of my mind is telling me that if I just find a job to my liking everything will be just fine.
I find this kind of interesting. My mind prioritizing what is perceived to be most harmful to my well being and focusing in on that. In the best of worlds this would spur me on to take the most appropriate action in order for me to achieve my goals and improve my life situation but in truth this focus mostly gives me anxiety and leaves me with melancholy.
Say I find that job, what's next up to "fix"?
It's sometimes said that that every crust band needs a weird noise side project...
I ordered a DIYPCBSNR kit from noise.kitchen. I've played around with some very simple noise circuits, the Atari Punk Console and I've been doing some digital mischief in the past but this shit is on a completely different level.
It was quite expensive getting it shipped to Sweden especially since I bought it pretty much on a whim, I believe I found it on Instagram of all places. Despite the hefty cost I'm very happy.
The kit arrived swiftly and it was a little bit scary to start working on the assembly since it was a good while since I've soldered anything more significant than the odd cable here and there but I managed to get it working on the first try. I'm not good at troubleshooting electronics so this was a big relief. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow and the PCB has nice little hints on where each of the components should go. A fun little project.
I haven't recorded anything yet but this thing sounds insane and it's amazing how this tiny circuit can output such a huge array of varied outer worldly sounds.
For those curious minded you can listen to a sample by following the link in the image below.
There's also a DIY version of PCBSNR to support Ukraine.
The next step is to make some kind of cool looking enclosure (I'm thinking wood...), figure out a good way to record stuff, maybe start looking into cheap mixers and sound cards and also try not to fall into the rabbit hole of DIY noise circuits.
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Meme Credit: @punk_affirmations