By Jon Kelly
Vancouver, BC – Exclusive new video published to social media on April 4, 2019, offers a look at detecting future intelligence using a portable speech synthesizer. “Cyberpunk 101: The Series” is a collection of short films that decrypt comments from newsmakers of the past two decades to reveal future intelligence about the Iraq War, identity of the BTK Killer, the name of a Russian spy and a resurgent CIA operation. According to the series description “Cyberpunk 101”’s speech synthesis video magic will have viewers decrypting the matrix like an expert in less than five minutes.
The series contains four short live-action chapters where the first explores the inaugural address of U.S. President George W. Bush. Findings of the original granular analysis released January 25, 2001, exposed a “Mission of Baghdad” that anticipated the Iraq War that commenced March 19, 2003. The second in the series looks at a pre-trial jailhouse interview of BTK Killer Dennis Rader where granular analysis exposed demonic possession issues to which the then-confessed killer openly admitted less than one week after those findings were first aired.
The third chapter of “Cyberpunk 101” examines the statements of Russian spy Anna Chapman while she was operating undercover in New York. Granular analysis revealed the name of a youth accomplice in the “Illegals Program” spy ring who was named by the Wall Street Journal nine months later. Final chapter in the series follows then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Kiev in wake of Euromaidan’s 2014 Ukraine Revolution. Under granular analysis the secretary’s press conference remarks are shown to indicate a resurgent CIA Phoenix Program that was discussed in The Intercept three years after it was reported in a popular column for Examiner.com.
Repurposing off-the-shelf technologies for novel applications is a trope of science fiction’s cyberpunk ethos, invoking a recognizable symbol of the cultural movement that led to “The Matrix” movie franchise at the turn of this millennium. In this story’s example, Swedish manufacturer Teenage Engineering (makers of the PO-35) never marketed the device as a time machine useful for identifying Russian spies before their names are released by the mainstream press. But “Cyberpunk 101” shows viewers just how nerdtastic this application can be.
The Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-35 Speak is a portable sampling speech synthesizer with nine discrete sound synthesis engines (including a drum machine) and a sequencer plus 15 different effects. The PO-35 can sample human speech then regenerate the characteristics of those sounds with controllable parameters including pitch, tempo, formant and time direction.
The PO-35 is reportedly based upon linear predictive coding (LPC), the same technique found in the Speak &Spell educational toy of the 1980s. LPC is said to represent the spectral envelope of a digital speech signal in compressed form based upon a linear predictive model where predictive modelling applies statistics to anticipate outcomes. According to one source, in 1974 LPC enabled packet speech communications over ARPANET, the data network that first implemented packet-switching and TCP/IP protocols that characterize the foundations of the modern internet. The same research is cited in foundations of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) commonly used in present-day telephony.
The Pocket Operator’s palm-sized design suggests homage to German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk who’s 1981 “Pocket Calculator” had a “special key” that “plays a little melody”. Stating “I’m the operator with my pocket calculator,” futuristic tunesmiths of the 1980s showed the world they had everything under control. (Warning: Animalistic nerd out shown in this video may be too intense for some viewers).
Hamburg-based Russian techno DJ Xenia Beliayeva’s new Instagram video for “Violet” features background images by NewsInsideOut.com reporter Jon Kelly. The videographer explains “In what I understood to be a highly symbolic gesture of good will an established figure in Europe’s electronic music scene reached out at a time when news organizations in North America faced an existential crisis over status of Special Counsel’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia. Collaborating publicly with Xenia in this way affirms no Russophobia guided my decisions when I covered those events nor does it today.”