Sound, Noise, & You

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Conan Neutron Another blockbuster release from the unstoppable Rick Valentin! Thoughts Detecting Machines has now released enough music to have it's own voice, but if you for some reason don't know, this is nervy, sometimes electronic, new wave, punky/post-punk indie rock. It's unique, in a better world that might be a selling point, instead it's niche music for niche weirdos.

As a niche weirdo, I wholeheartedly approve. Great stuff! Favorite track: It's a Mad, Mad, Madman's World.
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released January 11, 2019

Channeled by Rick @ Studio Tedium
Digital/CD/CS Master by Jonathan Pines @ Private Studios
Vinyl Master by Christopher Goosman @ Baseline Audio

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Thoughts Detecting Machines Normal, Illinois

Rick Valentin spent a good part of the past 30 years touring and recording with the indie guitar group Poster Children. He also spent the '90s playing synthesizers with the instrumental electronic combo Salaryman. Thoughts Detecting Machines is Rick armed with only a guitar and laptop, building loops into songs that are simultaneously emotional and mechanical. ... more

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Track Name: Fugitives
We drive ourselves to the beach on Saturday
To feel the heat of the sun
We forget all the castles we have built
They wash away in the tide

We eat and drink out of bottles, bags and cans
Like they did in the past
We hand write letters on paper with a pen
And throw them into the sea

We are fugitives
From the labyrinth
We are on the run
From the momentum

We take in unfiltered air straight from the source
There’s nothing like the real thing
We use our arms and our legs and we speak out loud
We try to dance, try to sing

We touch each other directly with our hands
We look out with naked eyes
We see our bodies under the natural light
And we embrace all our flaws

We are refugees
From reality
We have been reborn
In another form
Track Name: Pay No Mind
We got some bad news yesterday
We lost the house out on the lake
Some dutch boy pulled his thumb out of the dam

From the penthouse you can watch
The waters crest, if things go south
We can always take the yacht to higher ground

The ice is melting pay no mind
The river’s rising pay no mind
The streets are flooded pay no mind

The bodyguards all called in sick
I spent the morning dodging bricks
Who needs police when you own an armored car

The doormen have been compromised
Don’t take the stairs in case of fire
The helicopter’s fueled and set to go

The mountain's burning pay no mind
The air is burning pay no mind
The city’s burning pay no mind

Flying into Doha on a private jet
Meet security with cash in hand
Air conditioned stretch to the center of town
Ride the elevator to the top of the tower

The ice is melting pay no mind
The river’s rising pay no mind
The streets are flooded pay no mind
The mountains burning pay no mind
The air is burning pay no mind
The city’s burning pay no mind
The streets are burning pay no mind
Track Name: It's a Mad, Mad, Madman's World
Swimming in the river with rocks in your pocket
Trying hard to break the surface but always scraping bottom
It’s time to take a deep breath and make the great escape
Stop looking in the mirror and drop that extra weight

You gotta
Just forget the guys who lie and cheat
You are not the one who’s incomplete

Everybody’s broken in one way or another
They just sweep up all the pieces and keep it undercover
There’s nothing wrong with you, no you don’t need another fix
Get back down to the basics and find a peg that fits

You gotta
Try and rise above the gutter boys
Separate yourself from all their noise

He’s a cop without a badge
A god without a plan
He’s a boy who loves his toys
And you are one of them
He built this prison with his own two hands
It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, madman’s world

Don’t look inside for answers, have no shame
You’re not the problem, you are free of blame
Just forget the guys who lie and cheat
You are not the one who’s incomplete
Track Name: Middle Path
I walk the line you push it back
I compromise and you attack
I can’t respond I can’t react
I will take the middle path

When you open your mouth
There are no words there are just sounds
Your testosterone shout
Is freaking me out

You need to win at any cost
I’ll take the hit I’ll take the loss
You can take your victory lap
I will take the middle path

What happened to you?
You used to be cool
Your true north has gone south
You’re freaking me out

Behind your back I’m on fire
When I get a chance I’ll crucify you
But I can wait, I can’t wait
Don’t mistake my silence for being weak
You can never sleep

Nothing good will come of this
You should quit while you’re ahead
You can have your heart attack
I will take the middle path
Track Name: Master and the Slave
Here's a picture of me and my dog
This is what I think about the war
May I present what I ate for lunch

Every interaction has a price
I will push your buttons if you like
If you follow me I’ll follow you

As my invited guest you get to tag along
As I gaze upon my reflection in this pond

I press the lever and I get a hit
I’m rewarded for the negative
I can quit any time I want

There’s a riddle running round the lab
Can you tell a human from a rat?
Rats know when to leave a sinking ship

I’m at the mercy of my amygdala
A prisoner in this bag of chemicals I call a brain

I’m the pimp, the whore, the john rolled into one
Pusher and the user
Master and the slave

Have you ever read your history?
Gave yourself away with every link?
Is this what it means to be free?

We found a way to entertain ourselves
In the dark alone and on the phone
As Nero tweets the fall of Rome

I used to believe in our democracy
But now I question the wisdom of the crowd
Track Name: Do the Math
There are no fish left in this sea
The boat we’re in’s about to sink
No other options to pursue
There's one of me and one of you
Come on baby take a chance
Come on baby do the math

Weigh the costs and benefits
Calculate reward and risk
Count your options on one hand
It’s simple supply and demand
You know the song
You know the dance
Come on baby do the math

Do the math
Come on baby do the math
Come on baby take a chance
Come on baby do the math

We come to terms and then combine
We multiply and we divide
All these exes and these whys
Leave us reduced and undefined
Come on baby take a chance
Cause tonight might just be our last

Do the math
Come on baby do the math
You know the song
You know the dance
Come on baby do the math