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Are we being systematically manipulated? Lied to? What kind of information do we get from our mainstream media? Is it “fair and balanced,” or are some voices amplified while others are suppressed? Does it cover a wide range of opinion? Has our media watchdog become a lapdog? Are we being fed a steady diet of lies and disinformation designed to make us docile and subservient to corporate and government power? Some of the statements presented in PRopaganda may be shocking or difficult to believe. If you’re unfamiliar with alternative media, you probably won’t be used to hearing things that stray so far from the dominant discourse. But don’t take our word for it. Look it up for yourself.

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A Unique Collaboration

PRopaganda has been with me for some time. I originally concieved of the project about two years ago, after a conversation with my father which challenged me to create a simple tool to get people interested in media manipulation. The subject matter has been of interest to me for a number of years, and I had been wanting to find a way to merge my politics with my music. I feel strongly that the propagandistic nature of our media system is the greatest barrier to necessary social change. People are simply not getting the information they need to make informed and intelligent decisions about the major crises facing our world. Most people don't even know about these crises. Worse yet, they don't KNOW that they don't know. The media is excellent at making people feel informed while providing us with virtually zero information and steering us clear of issues that might endanger the corporate profit of advertisers and media owners. I felt intuitively that the album should have a strong hip-hop element to it. Unfortunately, hip-hop is not a style of music I am overly familiar with. Enter Kody, a.k.a. "Colourful Approach." He and I go way back. I grew up with his older brother, Craig from The Doctor Is In. Kody and I also played together for years in Ostara, an experimental rock band with no analogues. There he quickly earned my respect and admiration as a dedicated, talented, creative, and powerful bass master. Since that time, he's delved into more hip/hop-influenced stylings. Listening to his progressive and groovy tracks one day, I realized that Kody's music was exactly what PRopaganda needed. Fortunately for me, Kody agreed. Several months later, here we are. This project was a unique long-distance collaboration. Kody and I live several thousand kilometres apart. There were many phone calls and countless emails. I was surprised how smoothly everything worked out, considering the barriers. PRopaganda was a lot of work. Quite frankly, if I have to listen to another radio broadcast or watch another documentary about propaganda, I'm going to puke all over myself. I estimate that I compiled about 18 hours worth of 30-second clips, which were then organized and cut down to probably about 6 hours worth of material, which I then sent to Kody. Choosing what to use and what to discard was a brutal task. At times, it felt like I was choosing which of my children to sacrifice. The music is all Kody, with the exception of "Making Nonsense of Democracy" and "Arming One Side (Israel Vs Palestine)," which were written and recorded by me. Kody did all the mastering himself. He also did most of the work on this fantastic-looking myspace, including the artwork. I helped stupervise. We made this entire project on zero budget. It cost us nothing to make, and we are not charging anything to give it to you. We believe that this information should be shared and disseminated as widely as possible. For us, the truth is not a product that can be packaged and sold. If you like what we've done, please let us know. Comment on our blog, send us messages. If you have a pic or know of any cool independent media that we can promote through this space, feel free to contact us. Peace, Alex.


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2009-11-08 at 13:08:43
Listening to "The Magic System." Great Sound, Cool Real Song, Style and Vocals. Have you had a chance to check out our "ObamaNation." Paul, your fan from Future Now
2009-11-06 at 07:53:58
stopping by to show love stop by anytime.. im here to network emusik
2009-10-31 at 19:53:47
2009-10-31 at 16:14:46
Interesting! Have a good weekend! Iza
2009-10-31 at 16:12:22
Love your music!!
2009-10-29 at 16:26:29
Hello, just stopped by to listen and liked what I heard. 'The Time Is Now' is the song which I liked the most. Have a nice time. :) Calley
2009-10-27 at 23:08:44
You ROCK. Regards, Martin-Idjit Savant
2009-10-27 at 02:07:14
set yourself to shake and move those around you...Free to influence the world in some simple to travel to the four corners of expression
2009-10-26 at 18:00:11
Ahhhh, great stuff!!!
2009-10-25 at 03:37:57
Love your sound!!! Thanks for the friendship!!! Carissa
2009-10-24 at 04:51:58
TELL EVERY ONE ABOUT IMRadio -- Got to thinking. What if each of us independent musicians told our family, friends, fans and acquaintances about, how besides the main station, it has stations for each of the states individually, 52 countries, and just about every musical genre -- reaching any internet connection around the world. We could tell them in person, on the internet or at small or large venues. Anyone we tell would appreciate the convenience of such good music from independent musicians on their computer. It would be such a good way to help all of us reach even more listeners. With IMRadio, we aren't just waiting at the mercy of some major label to decide whether or not they will let us be heard around the world. There are enough of us that the outreach could be exponential. And, wouldn't it be a great way to say 'thank you' to Paddy and all of the other fine folks who have put on the world's musical map. They have put in money, time, energy and dedication, and all they have asked of us in return is to upload our music and profile. I am sure that they have great plans to publicize IMRadio and bring it to even more listeners. In the meantime, through, wouldn't it be great if we could all help a little by just taking a little time each day to tell family, friends, fans and acquaintances about IMRadio. It wouldn't cost a dime, just a little time. Yours, in Musical Solidarity, Paul.
2009-10-22 at 23:13:11
Hello! Love your stuff! Great sound! Please stop by and check out the things we are doing. I have already hit you up from my personal page but this one is for my fundraiser concerts. Take care and keep in touch. Wishing you the best of luck! Peace, Kimmi
2009-10-22 at 05:55:46
Love the music. Keep up the great work!! Bray Tarver
2009-10-20 at 15:25:00
2009-10-20 at 01:41:17
Thanks for support my friend... Cheers from Brasil
2009-10-19 at 19:23:35
Alex and Kody Great idea! Love this project, Censorship hits the spot. The world needs people like you tellin' it like it is,no holds barred. Excellent, more power to you, you wrote that it took nothing to make these songs, just..I'd add time passion dedication and inspiration and that's something in my book! I've got a song on our upcoming album called Shame on You that I've got a feeling will be right up your alley, I'll keep you posted. Best of luck to ya'll, Lisa
2009-10-18 at 23:33:27
HI there! we are happy to become your friends! Nice tracks. Kisses from Ukraine.
2009-10-18 at 16:39:00
Thank you for your interest about my music !!! Greetings from Germania
2009-10-18 at 11:43:35
only Censorship I agree to!
2009-10-15 at 21:22:32
very cool :)
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