Mr. Kinetik | Spectrum

Spectrum cover

Spectrum is the latest album from Mr. Kinetik, release 10/22/2014.

This album is a range of tones, vibes, emotions and statements. Mr. Kinetik (Marc Williams) delivers another album full of thoughtful musicianship and songwriting that is straight from the soul. The album is held together by the reality that life is a spectrum; a range of experiences and knowledge gained from day-to-day living. “On My Mind” uses an 808 kick-driven pattern to explore memory lane, insomnia and the clouded mind. “My Lane” details excitement about the possibilities and opportunities of life when we are able to maintain our course. The lead single “Anyway” is a mania stroll complete with mentions of escape-ism, unhealthy habits, emotional numbness, the death of Eric Garner and how somehow, we still “hit the dance floor” and go on with life.

Spectrum  provides multiple perspectives and emotions that are produced in the journey of life. These perspectives are shared honestly and with detail. These perspectives and emotions come to life in each of the compositions present on this album in a show of respect for the range of life and the interconnectedness of life experiences.


 

01. Anyway

02. On My Mind

03. Running

04. Channels

05. Going

06. Welcome

07. Fluid

08. Here We Go

09. My Lane

Enjoy.

The P.E.A.C.E.,

Mr. Kinetik

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Indiana State Board of Education Meeting

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Mr. Kinetik | Unit Sixteen

Mr. Kinetik | Unit Sixteen

Movers & Groovers,

This is “Unit Sixteen [Barry]“ from the Units Of Study mix series. It is a collection of Barry White songs. If you know me, you know I’m a Barry White fan. Enjoy this blend of songs responsibly. Check out the previous mixes as well.

The P.E.A.C.E.,

Mr. Kinetik

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Mr. Kinetik Goes To Rwanda

Movers & Groovers,

Ok, here it goes…so I was in a production of “To Kill A Mockingbird” this past fall at Grace Community Church in Noblesville. Great experience all-around but the biggest moment was unexpected. The cast met Dr. Celestin Musekura and Benjamin Nkusi (that’s me with both of those wonderful gentlemen!) from African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM). We partnered with them so the offerings were going directly to them. They came to give us more background on what ALARM is and does. 

Their stories were incredible. I tried to wrap my head around genocide, neighbors killing neighbors in extremely large amounts and the road to reconciliation. I listened to Celestin and Benjamin discuss how God guided them to forgiveness and peace after great conflict and pain. Leadership development, reconciling relationships and transforming communities are the three main focuses of ALARM. After the genocide, the country had to come back together somehow; enter ALARM. And I sat amazed at the magnitude of what they had the courage to do. Hearing them talk about the danger they faced for even doing this work; Celestin described being beaten multiple times by people who didn’t agree with the work of ALARM. It was so much to grasp but so much of what I needed to hear. I hope to never forget it.

When they finished, I took a picture with them and posted it on Instagram and felt great! I met some awesome people from Rwanda…so what’s next?

Our director told us that there was a short term trip planned to Rwanda to work with ALARM. I came home and told my wife: I gotta go on that trip. I had to see how this worked. How could anyone salvage and rebuild a community after all of that? And if they did it, can we do it here?

So, I’m going to Rwanda. In March. To meet and work with some amazing people that God has called to do some amazing work. The offerings from the play are being used to send 50 Rwandan professionals to a leadership conference that we are going to be apart of, in service (teaching some of the curriculum) but also just to BE and build with the attendees. There will be professionals from all areas, including education in attendance at the conference. I’ve been told my experience will be valuable to people who might not even be getting paid to teach but are doing it because it is TRULY their passion. I’m excited about what will happen there and what it will change in my life. 

I would love for you to support me if you would like to do so. Any amount you want to give is fine. I’ll be settling my trip costs by February 8. My prayer is that I see and learn something that I can bring home to put to use in my home community because we need it. 

If nothing else, I hope all of this leads you to serve others somewhere. More to come as time passes. 

http://gracechurchin.org/serve/short-term-trips/trip-support-online-giving/
(You do have to make an account if you are giving but it doesn’t put you on a list or anything like that. Feel free to share this with anyone you think might be interested in giving. Thanks and I love ya.)

The P.E.A.C.E.,

Mr. Kinetik

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Mr. Kinetik | Unit Twelve

Mr. Kinetik | Unit Twelve

Movers & Groovers,

This is “Unit Twelve [Planner Jams Part 1]“ and it is telepathically unofficially inspired by Pete The Planner. He mentioned one song in this mix and that was the catalyst for the mix. Head over to his website and get some info about your finances and other thangs.

Enjoy.

The P.E.A.C.E.,

Mr. Kinetik

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Mr. Kinetik | Unit Fourteen

Mr. Kinetik | Unit Fourteen

Movers & Groovers,

I present to you “Unit Fourteen” in the Units Of Study mix series. This is a trip through some of the music of the South. Some tunes I used to play heavily and still play from time to time. For the language sensitive, there is language in these tunes that could be too much for you; listen with that warning.

PS I know I skipped a few numbers; I’m not ready to put 11, 12 and 13 out yet BUT they are already complete. Stay tuned. Tracklist below.

Mr. Kinetik | Unit Fourteen

The P.E.A.C.E.,

Mr. Kinetik

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Mr. Kinetik | Unit Ten

Mr. Kinetik | Unit Ten

Movers & Groovers,

“Unit Ten [Snow Jams]” is the latest mix in the Units Of Study mix series. This will be my memory of all this snowstorm that is currently happening. Throw this on and jam. Thom Yorke, James Brown, Thundercat, N*E*R*D, yours truly and more.

The P.E.A.C.E.,

Mr. Kinetik

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Mr. Kinetik | Snow Fitted

Snow Fitted

Movers & Groovers,

New sounds for y’all to listen to and absorb. “Snow Fitted” is a new landmark on my musical journey. Taking the advice of a friend of mine and sharing more music more often.

Enjoy this and head over to the Bandcamp page and buy some music. If you’re reading this then I bet you’ll enjoy something there!

The P.E.A.C.E.

Mr. Kinetik

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Madiba and America: Tell It Like It Is

Mandela in his law office, 1952

Movers & Groovers,

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has physically left this planet but his legacy will remain until the end of time. His pursuit of equality, equity, peace and reconciliation should be a source of inspiration in all of our lives.

In my travels across the Information Highway (the Internet) I found an article by Peter Beinart titled, “Don’t Sanitize Nelson Mandela: He’s Honored Now, But Was Hated Then.” Naturally, I stopped to read the article and I encourage you to do the same.

I have been drawn to the role of American government in affairs around the world since I was a little guy playing a plastic guitar pretending to be Ernie Isley. I wouldn’t say my Pops is a revolutionary but he is a fan of history and he never tried to hide facts and possibilities from my sister and I. With that, I can remember my Pops talking to me about how the American government has plenty of dirt that has been ineffectively swept under a rug. For me, I could not understand why the American government felt the need to nose around in other countries, many times on the wrong side of what was truly right. Especially given the unsolved and unreconciled issues of our nation. I always thought, “Shouldn’t we get it right here first?” As I learned more, I became aware of economics and politics; long story short, we get involved if we think our interests will be compromised if we do not get involved. Where we have little or no economic or political interests, we tend to stay out on the fringe…which is tragic because in those places, our presence is needed most.

Beinart explores points regarding Mandela’s legacy that quite frankly, we just do not hear very often. We have been sold an image of Mandela as an aging man who fought for freedom for his people, which he certainly did, but the young Mandela has been somewhat silenced. Maybe people are ashamed that Mandela and the African National Congress were considered “terrorists” by the American government until 2008. Or maybe the shame lies in Ronald Reagan referring to South Africa as “a country that has stood by us in every war we’ve ever fought, a country that, strategically, is essential to the free world in its production of minerals” at a time when racism, segregation and oppression were the calling cards of South Africa.

Maybe there is no shame. The reality of the matter is that in the midst of the Cold War, when America and its allies were in conflict with the USSR and its allies, America was on the wrong side of freedom in a few places in the world. As an American, I can accept that. I want to see the whole picture of history; I have spent countless hours looking at as many perspectives as possible on various issues because I do not want to miss other perspectives. Beinart seems to support that effort in his article by exploring Mandela’s stance against the ideology of the American government at various points in history.

As with King, it is this subversive aspect of Mandela’s legacy that is most in danger of being erased as he enters America’s pantheon of sanitized moral icons. But it is precisely the aspect that Americans most badly need. American power and human freedom are two very different things. Sometimes they intersect; sometimes they do not. Walking in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps requires being able to tell the difference.

I believe that in America we sometimes do a shoddy job of remembering what really happened. We have been wrong many times in the area of human rights, liberation and reconciliation. As an educator, I believe our youth and public at large need to know the truth. The truth is that Mandela, now celebrated, was once viewed as a threat to America primarily because he was going against the South African government, to whom America had ties. Economic and political posturing was more important than the needs of humanity, the pursuit of love, peace and unity.

I’m grateful for the work of Mandela and the work of all people who truly have advocated for love, peace and unity worldwide. I hope that we always remember that sometimes a true pursuit of justice will be met with force from those who benefit from injustice. However, we are called to support each other in love and peace. It is my prayer that we continue to seek out ways to live in love, peace and unity with each other throughout the world.

P.E.A.C.E.,

Mr. Kinetik

 

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Beeple | Transparent Machines

Very interesting video from one of my favorite multimedia producers and directors, beeple. More information below.

We are the Transparent Machines™ | fullscreen please |

Our society is obsessed with the conflicting concepts of transparency and privacy. We are “outraged” by the actions of the NSA, yet continue to willfully upload more and more of our personal information to Facebook and Google. This film explores the contradictory nature of our actions and beliefs regarding transparency.

directed by: beeple
sound design: standingwave / soundcloud.com/standingwave
music: hecq – pulverized / hecq.de
voice over: rachel salaman

see the REMIX: vimeo.com/79293746

additional artwork from the project: behance.net/gallery/Transparent-Machines/11987377
download the entire cinema4d project file: beeple-crap.com/resources.php

more creative commons: vimeo.com/channels/beeple
info: beeple-crap.com
daily artwork: facebook.com/beeple
twitter: twitter.com/beeple

Spotted this at Brainfeeder (Flying Lotus’ multimedia label).

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