mixtapes for the psychotic

‘SYNTHAJOY’ by D. G. Compton (1968)

“Edward Cadence was a brilliant man, and a dedicated scientist. He had invented Sensitape, a means of recording the thoughts and emotions of great musicians, religious figures, etc. so that other could experience at first-hand just what it was like…was given the Nobel prize…finally he set to work on the ultimate application of his experiments: SYNTHAJOY. And when the enormity of this dehumanizing process became clear, he was murdered…Here is a novel of the day after tomorrow…that will make you think.”

The story, as told by his institutionalized widow/murderer(?) is whether the Sensitapes (a “method of recording electrical brainwaves of the purpose of subsequent playback into another individual who will then experience the emotion and sensation as they were recorded” p. 23) made by Dr. Cadence (music, relaxation, sex, guilt, death, etc.) are a benevolent tool for improving the mental state of mankind or an addictive method of mind-control? 

“You don’t stop technical progress by not approving of it.” (p. 11)

“There’s nothing like a good healthy interest in disasters.” (p. 30)

“The trouble with cynicism is that people enjoy it.” (p. 74)

“A man who has nothing but his job is always afraid of losing it.” (p. 79)

I also enjoyed the back cover descriptions –

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About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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