BORIS interview / SUPER7 MAGAZINE
All 3 members of the band are requested to answer the interview if possible. Thanks!
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Here are the questions I would like to ask each member of Boris-
1. When you were a child, did you have a favorite Anime, Manga,
or live-action super hero TV show?
T: Yes, Masked Rider, Devilman, and animations with giant robots like Boltes Five, Convatler V.
Also Space Iron Man Kyodain, One Seven (17).
And I can't ignore Gudam!
W: I don't remember much... Ginga Tetsudo 999 (Galaxy Train 999), Uchu Senkan Yamato (Space Battleship Yamato), Gundam, Hokuto No Ken... something like that.
And I was into Cowboy Bebop several years ago.
A: Too many to pick up.
In Japan we had 4 or 5 new hero shows every year when we were young.
It would be more if we include animations.
We grew up watching uncountable heroes and animations unknown outside of Japan.
Japanese are crazy, more than non-Japanese think.
We still watch this kind of programs today, not only in our childhood.
You should watch GAOGAIGAR and La Fillette Revolutionnaire UTENA.
2. Did you have a favorite robot or super hero toy you played with as a child?
T: My grandmother used to buy some when I was a kid.
Such as a super alloy of Getter Robo.
After I became a schoolboy I always bought plastic toy-model kits of Gundam from my pocket money.
W: Something like a super alloy of Robocon. I loved "super alloy" toys.
I also made a plastic toy-model of Gundam
A: I often made plastic toy-models too. My parents used to scold me.
I remember I made a Godzilla. I made the Diet Building too and let my Godzilla destroy it.
GAOGAIGAR's toy is still my favorite.
3. Has any Manga or Anime influenced the music of Boris?
T: I don't think they influenced directly, but they might occupy large part of our memory and mind because we came through them in our impressionable childhood.
For example, appearing scary monsters, or heavy story became trauma.
And cool theme songs!
W: I think they did. Combining, transforming, flying speedy, going space.
A: They are the roots.
4. Do you like Kaiju? Do you have a favorite Kaiju?
T: Zetton and Jamira. I prefer Kaijin rather than Kaiju.
I had always loved anti-heroes since I was young.
W: Well... No.
A: Too many to pick up, again.
5. Do you like Godzilla (Gojira) or any of the monsters in the Godzilla
T: I didn't like Godzilla so much. It was too popular.
I liked minor Kaiju or Kaijin, something unbelievable concept and design.
Obscure things excited me.
Not a lovely kid I was.
W: I have not seen Godzilla very well so I don't know.
A: Forget about Godzilla. Did you see Gamera?
Last Gamera was awesome. You have to watch it.
I remember I watched it with Joe Preston in a movie theater in Japan.
6. Do you collect anything?
T: Now I collect frog goods. But never girly fancy ones.
W: Frog goods. But I don't like real frogs.
A: Interesting images, animations, experimental movies, and so on.
7. How old are you?
8. What is your favorite song on Akuma No Uta and why?
T: Ibitsu. Because we didn't have that type of songs before.
I still feel freshness when I play it.
W: Akuma No Uta. No specific reason.
A: My favorite is Ibitsu too. Environment of music I grow up is condensed in it.
draft one for the solstice. the sunwheel keeps turning...
I have a 74 minute audio piece collaboration with the sculpture of Banks Violette appearing in the following show. The piece is titled "Bleed". The sound is a powerful monodrone in the spirit of the Ur cow (thanks McGrail). It should be running continuously throughout the show.
Opening is 24th, the show runs through 19th August.
Barbara Gladstone Gallery
515 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
tel: 212 206 9300
Bridge Freezes before Road.
Curate by Neville Wakefield
Matthew Day Jackson
Israel May Use Sound Weapon on Settlers
By AMY TEIBEL, Associated Press Writer
Fri Jun 10, 2005
JERUSALEM - Israel is considering using an unusual new weapon against Jewish settlers who resist this summer's Gaza Strip evacuation - a device that emits penetrating bursts of sound that leaves targets reeling with dizziness and nausea.
Security forces could employ the weapon to overcome resistance without resorting to force, their paramount aim. But experts warn that the effects of prolonged exposure are unknown.
The army employed the new device, which it dubbed "The Scream," at a recent violent demonstration by Palestinians and Jewish sympathizers against Israel's West Bank separation barrier.
Protesters covered their ears and grabbed their heads, overcome by dizziness and nausea, after the vehicle-mounted device began sending out bursts of audible, but not loud, sound at intervals of about 10 seconds. An Associated Press photographer at the scene said that even after he covered his ears, he continued to hear the sound ringing in his head.
A military official said the device emits a special frequency that targets the inner ear. Exposure for several minutes at close range could cause auditory damage, but the noise is too intolerable for people to remain in the area for that long, he said.
Another official, also speaking on condition of anonymity because of his sensitive position, said the device hasn't been tested on subjects for hours at a time, so he couldn't discuss effects from prolonged exposure.
He said there was no direct connection between the recent introduction of "The Scream" and the forcible removal of settlers who resist evacuation orders, which is to begin in mid-August. But he didn't rule out the possibility of using it to root out settlers if persuasion fails.
The other official said "The Scream" could be used if protesters march on Gaza settlements or take up military positions.
"The whole issue of non-lethal is viewed from a desire not to get into a situation where soldiers are in distress and the consequences would be harsher than expected," he explained.
He said the military is still evaluating the device's debut performance in the field.
John Pike, director of the GlobalSecurity.org think tank in Alexandria, Va., said he believed last Friday's demonstration was the first case of such technology making it out of the laboratory and into the field. He said the U.S. and possibly China and Russia are developing acoustic weapons.
"I'm not aware of any other agency that is actively using it at this point," Pike said.
The military offered few details on the device, but Pike said he assumed it worked on very low frequencies that set off resonance in the inner ear. He said he was unaware of potential damage besides possible hearing loss.
Though the military refused to comment, Pike said the device probably sends its sound waves out in a specific direction, protecting the soldiers behind it.
"Most governments don't face large-scale demonstrations with a potential for lethal violence," he said. "So I think I would look to Israeli security forces to be an innovator in the non-lethal arena, simply because of the unique challenges it faces in the crowd control arena."
The military officials said Israel is constantly trying to bring new non-lethal weapons into the field but wouldn't disclose details. Its current arsenal includes tear gas as well as rubber-coated steel bullets, which have caused dozens of Palestinian fatalities.
Critics say Israel, with all its military technology savvy, should have done more in the years since the first Palestinian uprising began in 1987 to develop non-lethal weapons for use against hostile Palestinian masses.
Troops often turn to live fire, sometimes against teenage Palestinian stone-throwers. Police, too, used deadly force in October 2000 to put down rioting by Israeli Arabs at the start of the second Palestinian uprising. Thirteen Israeli Arabs were killed in those riots, and a commission of inquiry found that police used excessive force.
Israel's B'Tselem human rights group says Israeli security officers don't come equipped to police protests. "Although they could have anticipated they would have to disperse crowds, they didn't equip themselves with non-lethal means," spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli said.
Weapons they do have, such as rubber-coated bullets, are misused - fired, for example, at too close a range, Michaeli said. The rubber-coated bullets can be lethal from close range.
Pike said the reason there aren't more non-lethal weapons available worldwide is because it is difficult to achieve both safety and effectiveness.
"The number of things that are genuinely effective at crowd control and substantially less lethal than lethal weapons - it's a pretty short list," he said.
Weapons like pepper gas wouldn't put off a determined crowd, Pike said. Something like sticky foam might keep people out of a building, "but if I'm talking about controlling a mob in a city square, it just doesn't enter into play," he said.
Israel's past efforts to develop non-lethal crowd dispersal weapons included a gravel-spewing machine introduced and quickly abandoned during the first Palestinian uprising.
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Hello....attached is a flyer for an upcoming gig. We've also got a couple more listed below.
Our website should be up in the next couple of weeks. I'll let you know when it is complete.
Tuesday June 21st
Book of Black Earth
Friday June 24th
This is a wedding anniversary for our friends Johnny and Karin. It should be fun!
Friday July 1st
Chop Suey FLYER ATTACHED
Received this bizarre poster in my email today from a Federal Marshall! This is not a joke, but certainly is funny. Associative madness continues.
Debra S Boyd
Deputy US Marshal
District of Oregon
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