Phog Masheeen | Shoutland

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by Phog Masheeen

Shoutland captures the frenzied terror of having the worst neighbors in the world. It continues phog masheeen's work with dry ice, found objects, fabricated instruments and household percussion. Music Concrete in a noir setting.
Genre: Avant Garde: Noise
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Life Unwinds Slowly
2:32 $0.99
2. Sonic Warfare On the Neighborhood
4:15 $0.99
3. I Want to Take a Shower (Agatha's Theme)
7:28 $0.99
4. The 4 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot)
2:21 $0.99
5. Armored Raincoat
2:35 $0.99
6. Buzzing Like Cicadas
2:06 $0.99
7. The Party's Over (Now Get the Fuck Out)
3:11 $0.99
8. Sonic Warfare On the Neighborhood, Pt.2
5:00 $0.99
9. A Broken Garden Hoe & a Flat Blade Screwdriver
4:13 $0.99
10. An Ice Chest of Donor Organs
3:14 $0.99
11. A War of Attrition
1:35 $0.99
12. Gone Up North
1:30 $0.99
13. Bad Plumbing
1:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
Notes on the character phog masheeen:
He represents a sleep deprived apartment dweller trying to get some rest.
Garbage picker fighting style: commonly picks up debris to fight with from the alley where fighting occurs. i.e. ripping an aluminum can in half to use it as a knife, using a discarded mop as a staff etc. Trash bags, shopping bags, garden tools, Particularly a broken garden hoe as a tomahawk and a flat blade screwdriver as a crude gouge. In tight spots, phog masheeen brings out the box knife that is hidden in a secret pocket up the sleeve of the trench coat.
Outfit: london fog raincoat, gray balaclava, gray hat, black gloves, black pants and black doc Martins. Sunglasses at all times. It is revealed in fighting scenes that his raincoat is armored and has other unique attributes.

Because phog masheeen’s mouth is obscured by the balaclava his interior dialog is all narrated. His voice is that of a weary detective or newspaper reporter that has seen it all. The effect is that he is always listening, rarely speaking.

Obsessed with Recycling: After dispatching a ShoutLand denizen. Phog masheeen checks to see if they have a donor card. He then, whether or not they have the card, he parts them out and delivers the recycled pieces to a shifty orderly at a downtown hospital who quietly adds the pieces to the stock at the hospital.
The unused portion is fed to a pack of coyotes that live on the river bed.
From time to time the fact that both phog masheeen and the dwellers of shoutland are deeply involved in recycling is illustrated for ironic effect.
His only super-powers are punctuality, listening and imagination.

50’s style comic book features:
At the end of each episode phog masheeen speaks directly to “children” about Sonic Awareness.
Why slamming doors and screaming across rooms does not contribute to making the world a better place.
Why hearing and listening are different and how developing listening skills helps a person communicate better.
How the sonic environment is always changing and the sounds we hear now were not here 100 years ago. Those sounds are obsolete and may only be heard in rare circumstances.
He also mentions protecting your hearing and being aware of loud noises, as well as recommending earplugs for loud environments.

From time to time he speaks directly to children about re-purposing common objects, in this discussion he references his “hoe-a-hawk” where by knowing history, he was aware of how the native Americans created a very effective weapon for close quarters combat and by seeing that in the garden hoe it allowed him to be armed without being on some government list. From there he coins the phrase “Just because it’s used, it doesn’t mean it’s useless!” he sites the South American orchestra with instruments made from trash. He returns to the phrase every time he visits re-purposing common objects.

At one point early on phog masheeen dissolves the “fourth wall” and speaks directly to the readers confronting the reality of the character being a Homicidal Vigilante that deals with noisy neighbors by killing them. He could just call the cops, or move a couple blocks. But NO, he kills them brutally with garden tools. This does not represent good problem solving or having a good grasp of how to deal with situations. Historically, comic book characters resolve issues in a manner that would suite a 12 year old. Bullies are pummeled and humiliated. Justice occurs. Although life isn’t like that. What comic book characters should be doing is picking larger targets. Criminal bankers, cardinals that hide pedophile priests, senators that obstruct the business of the country. But no the genre is bound to tiny conflicts, in tiny settings by the genre. The point here is: Kids, Choose your heros carefully. It is a tough world out there. Some people swim through it like a fish in water. They might be worth observing and modeling your life after. Characters in comics are developed to serve a genre. Comics are a diversion, they are not a map of the territory. Enjoy them for what they are. If you don’t, you will find yourself at age 35 living in the same room you grew up in wondering if Kryptonite exists.
That leads us to “Super-Powers,” it is questionable that the three super powers attributed to phog masheeen are super-powers at all! Punctuality, Listening and Imagination aren’t the same as being able to fly from place to place. However, if punctuality is not a super-power then why is it so rare. Ask yourself that the next time you are waiting on someone. Listening and Imagination fall into the same camp. Both arguably attributes, not super-powers. But by the actions of focus and refinement punctuality, listening and imagination can be developed at least to an artful level. Super-Powers, perhaps.

Notes on Shoutland dwellers: They don’t realize that they are using Sonic Warfare on the entire neighborhood. They can’t effectively communicate because their drugs of choice effectively deafen them. They are commonly frustrated by this and often fall into violent arguments among themselves on seemingly inane topics. i.e. “Where is the trash can?” “You’re a whore! No! You’re a whore!”
The ShoutLand Dwellers also repeatedly commend each other on how smart or brilliant they are.

The dwellers of shoutLand are unaware that they are under attack by phog masheeen. As one at a time disappear in phog masheeen’s war of attrition they repeatedly attribute it to “They must have gone up north, to get their shit together.”

Main character in ShoutLand is Philly Steve, his main distinction is his high pinched voice. He has the apartment at ShoutLand, everyone entering the apartment must be as high as he is on arrival. He commonly orders everyone to “Get the Fuck Out” when the company no longer pleases him.

In phog masheeen’s war of attrition on Shoutland we are introduced to a different colorful character in each episode.
Agamemnon - a brother with an attitude that is a cross between a pimp and a surfer. He has a penchant for non-linear lines of logic.
Arturo - An unusually cheerful lawn maintenance technician. Phog masheeen has his hands full with Arturo as he has a holster of yard care weaponry of his own.
Agatha - Although constantly perspiring from the wild combination of drugs she has ingested. Agatha has some keen insights into the character of Philly Steve. It is inferred that they are physically familiar from time to time and have a tense truce that is easily shattered. She is commonly seen in front of Shoutland yelling at Philly Steve’s apartment “I want to take a shower.”
Andy - Philly Steve’s only friend from Philly. Andy serves as Philly Steve’s strait man. Feeding him lines and keeping him talking. Andy says little and forgets everything.
Characters are introduced and at least one is dispatched each episode. Not necessarily the same character that was introduced.

When phog masheeen realizes that a war of attrition will not work against ShoutLand. He begins to modify the plumbing in Philly Steve’s apartment till the dripping and randomly running toilet are applying water torture to the occupants. The landlord sends a handyman to fix the plumbing. After the third call the handyman follows the pipes to find that phog masheeen has put contact mics on them and is amplifying the sound back into the apartment. This sends Philly Steve into a rage and he walks to the alley and while flipping off the all the apartment buildings he tells them to fuck off. He doesn’t know his nemesis but the war is on.



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