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Radio8Ball rolls into 2017 with Viggo Mortensen, Veda Hille, Lisa Wilcox & The Hard Way

January 16th, 2017

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It seems I’m always working on several Radio8Ball Shows at once; editing the last one, deep in pre-production on the current episode, and keeping my eye out for the guest or venue for the next one. Luckily, synchronicity transcends time and space. It’s all now, man.

The simple act of asking a question, picking a song at random and exploring the connections between the two is more than just a quirky little concept for a game show. It’s calisthenics for a part of our minds that we must develop if we are to transcend the ignorance that keeps us separate and fumbling in the dark on the precipice of destruction. Synchronicity pierces the temporal illusion, illuminating the role each of us has to play in the evolution of consciousness. In times of peace and ease the exploration of sync is a joyful past time. In an age of rising fascism it is a precious connection to the electric and immutable truths that cannot be altered to fit a corrupt narrative. You can’t fake or program the sync and only a fool would try.

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I’m currently putting the finishing touches on the edit of Episode 4 of R8B Season Zero, featuring Olympia’s The Hard Way and celebrity guest Lisa Wilcox (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 & 5). This event was part of the 2016 Olympia Sync Summit last August and I hope to begin releasing the first of 8 segments in mid February. It was a profound event that now seems like it happened in a very different world. The show features thoughtful questions from Nomy Lamm (Sins Invalid, The Transfused), Vince Ynzunza (Pacific Northweird) and other intrepid syncronauts who engaged the Pop Oracle for your pleasure and their own. For those who aren’t familiar with The Hard Way, this will be a perfect introduction to their vocal and instrumental virtuosity, and to the genius of their lead singer and songwriter Scott Taylor. Longtime fans of Radio8Ball will need no introduction to Scott who has been a regular contributor to the show as a guest on the radio show, the live stage production, and as a member of The Radio8Band. He also has several songs in our online oracle. The Hard Way’s performance at this show is, I’m told, the best document of them live onstage yet so if you’re a fan, this is going to be a real treat.

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In the mean time we are gearing up for a very intimate Episode 5 with musical guest Veda Hille and celebrity guest Viggo Mortensen on Feb. 22, 2017. That’s Episode V with Viggo & Veda. Fun, right? Viggo, requires no introduction. His iconic roles are too many to mention. He’s up for an Oscar this year for his role in “Captain Fantastic”. See it! Veda, like Scott, is a veteran of many Radio8Ball shows and so should be familiar to our audience. If she isn’t she certainly will be after this show. This episode will be filmed in Apartment Eye with no audience but the cameras and crew. Aside from Viggo’s question and my own, the participants engaging The Pop Oracle will be individuals who have expressed the desire and willingness to go as deep as possible with their question and the interpretation. If you are going to be in Olympia, Washington on that date and wish to be a part of this show please reach out to me directly at theradio8ballshow-at-gmail-dot-com.

Olympia Sync Summit 2016 Announced!

January 19th, 2016

The Sync Summit returns to Olympia in August of 2016 starting with an exciting month long IndieGoGo campaign through the month of January coinciding with the release of all the footage from the 2014 Olympia Sync Summit.

In August of 2014 Sync Book Press hosted the first Olympia Sync Summit. The event featured; A Radio8Ball Show hosted by Andy Shmushkin with music from Peter David Connelly of The Mona Reels and a Skype-In question from Mark Hosler of Negativland; A tour of The Kabbalistic Tree of Olympia led by Andras Jones (Accidental Initiations); & presentations from Rodney Ascher (Room 237), Joe Alexander (Back To The Future predicts 911), Ezra Sandzer-Bell (Astro Musik), Marty Leeds (Pi and The English Alphabet), Scott Onstott (Secrets In Plain Sight), Swami Anantananda Giri (The Yogic Gospel of Thomas), James Evan Pilato (Media Monarchy), David Plate (Always Record), Will Morgan (42 Minutes) & Alan Abbadessa-Green (Sync Book Press). As great as the presentations were the Sync Summit was way more than the sum of its parts. The connections we shared and the projects inspired are still resonating in the Sync community.

The entire event was filmed and is now available at thesyncbook.com/oly2014

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The time has come to prepare for the next Sync Summit. There are many details yet to be set but this is what we know…

– The Sync Summit will kick off on August 18th with full moon walk of The Kabbalistic Tree of Olympia.

– On the evening of August 19th there will be a Radio8Ball Show hosted by Andras Jones with guests to be announced.

– As opposed to presentations, this Sync Summit will focus on moderated conversations on a wide range of Sync topics led by luminaries from the Sync community.

– Like last time, presenters and guests will be housed at Fertile Ground and their associated facilities, a beautiful, bountiful little bit of paradise on the edge of downtown Oly built around a community garden that provides the materials for the breakfasts we will share each morning.

The rest really depends on the success of the IndieGoGo campaign and ticket pre-sale that is running through the end of January. It’s basically a ticket pre-sale (with some other sweet perks for those who want to support it but may not be able to attend).

The thing about a Sync event is that every attendee is crucial to the fabric of what we will create, and that means you. Do you feel the call? If you do, we want you to be there.

Radio8Ball with Sandman & David Ury at Obsidian a huge success!

September 29th, 2015

On September 23rd we filmed the most recent Radio8Ball Show featuring the music of Chris Sand aka Sandman: The Rappin’ Cowboy, with support from The Radio8Band (Scott Taylor, Skyler Blake & Chad Austinson). The show also featured a sync film by Will Morgan about our celebrity guest, actor David Ury and 6 great questions from our audience.

For this event each audience member represented a local sponsor. The sponsors whose representatives who were chosen were Symbiotic Cycles, Olyphant Art Supply, Last Word Books and Salon Refu. In a sense you could say that they won Radio8Ball. These businesses will be heavily featured in the final edit of the show.

We owe a huge debt of thanks to all of our participating sponsors, not just the lucky winners. Without these local supporters of art and synchronicity this show would never have happened. Thank you Little General Store, Oly Bungalows, Hot Toddy, Druid’s Knook, Gravity Beer Market, Three Magnets Brewing Co., The Washington Center For The Performing Arts, Harlequin Productions, Capitol Florists, The West Central Park Project, Olympia Federal Savings, Pizza Rocks, Symbiotic Cycles, Fertile Ground Guesthouse, Wisp Adornments, Sylvie Sovina & The Brotherhood Tavern.

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R8B20150923-04-ForUploadSandman & The Radio8Band (Scott Taylor, Chad Austinson & Skyler Blake)

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R8B20150923-16-ForUploadDion Jardine representing Olyphant Art Supply

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R8B20150923-17-ForUploadDana Cole experiences the power of The Pop Oracle on behalf of Last Word Books

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R8B20150923-10-ForUploadChristie Tran from Olyphant Art Supply with Andras Jones

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Will Morgan’s Sync Film about David Ury

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Photos by Christopher Kirk

Sandman headlines R8B in September…with 8 new sponsors

July 20th, 2015

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The next live taping of The Radio8Ball Show will be on September 23rd at Obsidian in Olympia with Sandman: The Rappin’ Cowboy as our musical guest. He will be backed by The Radio8Band (featuring Scott Taylor & Chad Austinson).

We are very excited to announce or second 8 of 32 sponsors for the show. Joining our first 8 (Little General Food Shop, Last Word Books & Press, Oly Bungalows, Salon Refu, Hot Toddy, Druid’s Nook, Gravity Beer Market & Three Magnets Brewing Co.) will be…

09-OlyphantOlyphant Art Supplies is downtown Olympia’s premier art supplier with a new location 119 5th Ave SE.

TheCenterLogo-web-resEveryone knows The Washington Center For The Performing Arts is Olympia’s finest venue for traveling shows and performances.

11-Harlequin_logo_tileHarlequin Productions presents stimulating and enriching theatrical experiences by producing an eclectic season of new works, “buried treasures” and unconventional treatments of classics year-round.

12-Capitol FloristsCapitol Florist has been a fixture of downtown Olympia for decades providing exceptional floral design available for delivery throughout Thurston County.

WestCentralParkProjectThe West Central Park Project is an exciting new development at the corner of Harrison & Division; a pedestrian park envisioned as a community art space and garden.

14-OlympiaFederalSavingsLogo300x219Olympia Federal Savings is a financial institution that has been serving the good people of Olympia, and supporting art projects like our, since 1906.

15-PizzaRocksPizza Rocks is a festival vendor specializing in stone-fired pizza and precious crystal stones.

16-Symbiotic CyclesSymbiotic Cycles is an Aquaponics design, installation, and consultation company working to bring renewable and accessible food production systems to the forefront of food security and community building.

 

There are only 16 sponsorship spots left and they are going fast. If you have a business or project that would benefit from promotion and networking please contact the production using the contact form on this website.

Radio8Ball announces 8 new sponsors!

April 8th, 2015

In preparation for the next live filming of the Radio8Ball show in Olympia we are building a team of participating sponsors who will be funding the show AND representing Olympia as the audience at the event.

There are 32 sponsorship opportunities and we are happy to announce that the FIRST 8 are now confirmed.

They are…

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Little General Food Shop is downtown Olympia’s premier boutique grocer, featuring lots of locally produced products.

Now they can add synchronicity to their inventory.

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Last Word Books

Last Word Books is one of Olympia’s coolest bookstores carrying many titles from Sync Book Press,
including Andras Jones’ book, “Accidental Initiations”.

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Oly Bungalows

Oly Bungalows provides affordable, private and cozy lodgings
for local and international visitors to the birthplace of The Pop Oracle.

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Salon Refu

Salon Refu (located across from The Broho) is a local art gallery
featuring the finest local artists in a respectful environment.

Currently dark and re-opening on April 24th 2015 with a show from Nathan Barnes.

 

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Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy, as all the well-dressed women of Oly know, is our downtown fashion nexus
and we can only hope that their influence will make our whimsical little synchronicity show
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more elegant.

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Druid’s Knook

Druid’s Knook is our kind of place,
providing Olympia with all manner of divinatory tools and supplies
for the magickally inclined.

 

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Gravity Beer Market

Olympia is a beer town and nobody provides a wider or more refined selection of beers, ciders and mead than Gravity Beer Market.
Growlers welcome.

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Three Magnets Brewing Co

By this point everyone in Olympia knows that 3 Magnets is churning out some of the finest beers for local consumption.

We aim to let the world know

We are honored to have these local businesses as a part of our show and encourage all R8B fans to support them. I look forward to adding more groovy local businesses to this endeavor of creating Radio8Ball as a TV/web series filmed in Olympia.

If you know of any local Olympia/northwest businesses that would benefit from greater promotion and an opportunity to engage The Pop Oracle please send them our way.

The date and time for the next R8B show are still TBD but it will take place at Obsidian in Olympia, and we are already talking with some great artists about participating.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Did R8B sync with Patricia Arquette’s “Boyhood” triumph back 2010?

January 15th, 2015

Australian blogger Darren Broo has noticed an interesting synchronicity between Patricia Arquette’s recent win at the Golden Globes for her portrayal of a single mother in Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and an answer she received when she appeared on Radio8Ball in 2010 with The Janks. The song was “When I Was A Kid” and the interpretation delved into the discussion of projects that take a long time to bring to fruition.

You can read Darren Broo’s blog here.

This is an example of one of the key aspects of a Radio8Ball TV show; the value of time and context. You never know how the future will unfold but in my experience The Pop Oracle is usually in sync with our trajectory in ways that are only revealed over time.

Congratulations to Patricia who is growing into one of the great mature actresses of her generation.

The Music Is-Ness

December 28th, 2014

Radio8Ball is what it is. It is from this “is-ness” that The Pop Oracle derives whatever power it possesses. For almost two decades I have chosen to keep the integrity of this format while exploring and expanding its boundaries of expression.

3 Simple rules: Ask A Question, Randomize A Song, Talk About It

We’ve done it on the radio, onstage, in classrooms, rock clubs, coffeehouses, in private sessions, on the web, in a box, with a fox. You get it. We’ve tested this format with audiences and celebrities and rock stars and teachers and authors and visionaries and porn stars and mostly, on ourselves.

If Radio8Ball is, as I have claimed, calisthenics for the part of our mind that experiences synchronicity, then I can honestly say that I have been practicing this form of mental yoga for 17 years. It’s all sync all the time in my head and that’s what allows me to continue in spite of anything and everything.

In the course of developing Radio8Ball I have been celebrated and slandered, loved and ignored, and mostly, I’ve survived and kept The Pop Oracle as sacred as possible, within the profanity of its industry. And for all the pitfalls and obstacles, the synchronicities have never ever wavered. Neither has the music. My peers and guests on the show fill my world with the most delicious art, and with The Pop Oracle as an ever present companion, my impoverished life is so rich it hurts sometimes.

This IS what it IS and this is your invitation.

WELCOME to the realm of The Pop Oracle.

Presently Yours,

Andras Jones

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