Thursday, April 16, 2009

Frank Zappa - Synclavier

An album called Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention, marked the beginning of Zappa's public opposition to the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC – a US organisation whose members want to "clean up" rock music, among other things) and their goals.

The `Porn Wars' track was 12 minutes of digitally generated music concrète, using recordings of PMRC senate hearings as source material which Zappa twisted, stretched, and otherwise mutilated using his Synclavier.

Since the time of the PMRC hearings, Zappa's face has appeared in American television interviews concerning the PMRC, and other topics such as proposed mandatory drug testing of federal government employees.

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