Truthdig presents Episode 1 of Bart Plantenga’s DIG•SCAPE series.

The soldier: walking battlefield, dramatic stage, national asset, selfless patriot, mercenary, victim, victimizer, working stiff, military-industrial enabler, dupe, careerist, zombie, alien in an alien world, ignored pawn, neglected invalid, liability, danger to society, opportunistic politician, & disappointing loser, quickly forgotten by an indifferent, easily distracted public moving on.

Soldiers return home guilty, ashamed, misunderstood, lost, & angry at themselves for not having been educated earlier about the grand deception they fell for. Some return changed, radicalized, keen on telling others of how they were preyed upon by recruiters savvy in the arts of Madison Avenue-Hollywood deception.

They come back broken, in a bag or wheelchair. They suffer from PTSD as the mind & body resist a forced reset to normal. The ones who come back as cannon fodder, of course, cannot be helped & quickly become nothing more than a name chiseled into a piece of granite. And yet, despite all we know, the wars are easily reignited by the elites & those in power.

This debut Dig•Scape is a visceral, “multicultural soundscape mashup montage of loud issues,” projecting the disorientation of the conflicted-vulnerable soul through a confluence of audio samples projecting war’s tumult & disillusionment, including sonic bytes from pop, rap, avant-garde music, anti-war speeches, first-person confessions, documentaries, Hollywood, rap, punk, jazz, metal, news reports, therapist analyses & veteran advocates, hopefully creating a cluster-f**k bomb of barbed, kinetic, propulsed emotions.

My view is mixed: pity, sympathy, & resentment. I was in the last US draft in 1973. I drew a high enough number to avoid induction. Me & my hippie friends had developed plans to escape to Canada if drafted. Often seen as cowardice, this can also be viewed as an entirely different form of courage – resisting the social default of joining a war effort regardless of goals or consequences. But, let us help the damaged overcome their PTSD, their self-medication in lieu of more effective governmental therapies.

The coda: the mash-up, after all of its boom & bam, ends on a high, happy note with the Dutch-Swiss jazz vocalist Kristina Fuchs & selected garden sounds of happy kids frolicking.

Playlist

O Yeh Echomix – Charlie Morrow & b/art
Shell Shock – Manowar
Where Am I Johnny Got His Gun [Dalton Trumbo]
The National Anthem – Radiohead
E-Thing 1969 – The Spoils Of War
Born On The Fourth Of July Interview Ron Kovic – Reelin In The Years
Thais – helicopters – This Mortal Coil
The World Is Transforming – Doctor L
A Soldier’s Story: Damaged Goods – Angie Peacock
Hell Broke Luce – Tom Waits
War Is My Destiny Official Video – ILL BILL & Immortal
Schunkel – Mouse On Mars
What Keeps Mankind Alive? [Brecht] – William S. Burroughs
BEER! Psychostick [exc]
Drunk Afternoon Dog [exc] Crow Squawk
Gi Junkies Treated Very Bad [exc]
Violence (Sound System Edit) [exc] Gary Clail Sound System
Men Are Cannon Fodder [exc] Unknown 5
Beer Is Cheaper Than Therapy Documentary [exc] Simone de Vries
Amnesty Report on British Army Torture [exc] The Pop Group
Dawn Over Israel [exc] Sun Ra & Pharoah Sanders
PTSD [exc] G Herbo & Juice WRLD, Chance The Rapper, Lil Uzi Vert
Random American Television [exc] Sub Pop
Prescribing for PTSD Know Your Options [exc]
PTSD [exc] Doc Todd & Abe Rivers
Dérive of Geiger’s Counter [exc] B/art + Black Sifichi
PTSD Euphemisms [exc] George Carlin
Life’s Nightmare [exc] Johnny Got His Gun
The Edge [exc] Spectrum vs Silver Apples
Your Head is Reeling [exc] Ultimate Spinach
Psychedelics Mental Health When Standard Treatments Dont Work [exc] Nina Vasan
LSD Segment Educational Film [exc]
Chumm, mir wei ga Chirseli gwinne [exc] Kristina Fuchs
Piggelmee Happy Ambience b/art

Sound Bites

Johnny Got His Gun trailer
Army Veteran Responds To Trolls and Discusses His PTSD Ste Nicholls

Catch22 Trailer Official A Hulu Original
Drunk Afternoon Dog Crow Squawk
The Edge Spectrum vs Silver Apples
Dawn Over Israel Sun Ra & Pharoah Sanders
George Carlin PTSD Euphemisms
Ron Kovic (Born On The Fourth Of July) INTERVIEW 1977 [Reelin’ In The Years Archive]
Boston shooting in Watertown: I heard explosions, says eyewitness
Female Vets A Soldiers Story SoCal Connected KCET
5 Worst Examples Of Soldiers Used As Cannon Fodder

Psychedelics Mental Health When Standard Treatments Dont Work Stanford
Iraq War veteran wages private war against PTSD, alcoholism
GI Junkies The Forgotten Veterans
Dalton Trumbos Johnny Got His Gun 1971 Kill me Scene
Actual audio recovered from one of the missions I flew in Vietnam
Army Veteran Responds To Trolls and Discusses His PTSD

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