We're stilling looking for partners in this collaborative, desert project. So, if you want to be prepared for the coming apocalypse, please e-mail geni@insertions.com
Days left 'til the Apocalypse:
Recording after the apocalypse
The date December 21st, 2012 A.D.  ( in the Long Count), represents an extremely close conjunction of the Winter Solstice Sun with the crossing point of the Galactic Equator (Equator of the Milky Way) and the Ecliptic (path of the Sun), what that ancient Maya recognized as the Sacred Tree. This is an event that has been coming to resonance very slowly over thousands and thousands of years. It will come to resolution at exactly 11AM GMT. 

What this might mean astrologically, or how this might effect live recording and post-production on Earth in the days after the end of the 5th Age of Man, is what we hope to glimpse in the post-apocalyptic community of Disturbia 

Burning Man '98

This project is a documentation of the sites and sounds that we create within the Disturbia village at Burning Man 1998. We are looking for people (and equipment) to join us in this desert adventure. 

The result of X-mas 2012 A.D. will be an Omni-Platform, audio CD/CDROM - the next project in  collaborative, Industrial Insertions Series.  

With the artist and technological base collected during the last project (Multiple Insertions) and the enthusiasm behind Disturbia and  Burning Man, X-mas 2012 A.D. is predicted to hammer in the strength and concept of the independent, collaborative artist and the Industrial community.  

Partner with us to glimpse the future of X-mas 2012 A.D.
Prepare  (now)
Partner (Sept. 1-7)
Produce (Sept. 8-15)
Perpetuate (Oct. 31...)
Direct the collection and setup of: 
-Audio/vidio Equipment 
-Solar Power 
-Generators & Power Management 
-Survival Gear

July 31 - Neon Lighting of  BM

Record with us for a week: 
-Bring your equipment 
-Build the studio, Play, Engineer 
-Build Structures & Signage 

-Twilight Nightly Procession
-Meat Ball Sept 6th, after Burn
-Drum Wars, Sept 5th 

- FRIDAY, 8/4 23:59-2:00 - AMF Blood Wedding
- SATURDAY 8/5 23:59-2:00 - AMF Ritual: “AUT DEUX AUT MACHINA”
- SUNDAY 8/6 After the Burn - Meat Ball
- MONDAY 8/7 All Day - Remove all evidence

-Process images/music/vidio 
-Mixdown, choose suitable tracks in CDROM  or DVD format 
-Share in Duplication Cost 
-Distribute/ immortalize the experience
What Was Multiple Insertions ?

The Multiple Insertions project began in 1993 as a follow-up to the 1992, Below San Onofre, bicultural art and music compilation.  MI was an Omni-Platform CDROM -- meaning that you could "insert" this CDROM into any modern computer equipped with a CDROM drive and you could also "insert" it into a regular audio CD player.  

The Audio was Sweat-Engine and the DATA on the CDROM was an anthology/compilation of original still art, writing, animation, products, and anything anyone could creatively scrape out of their heads.  Over 100 people contributed to MI. 

A few months into the project, Mosaic was released and the web hype began. To aid in the development of the CDROM, the project was built in HTML live on the web and later formatted into something compatible for all CDROM drives.  

Contributors were able to purchase the CDROM at cost and resell as they saw fit.  While we did not actually make money on the project, we considered it a major success - from Dec 1995 - 1996 we distributed over 4000 copies.  

We had high hopes of jumping right into the Multiple-Insertions performances and the Multiple-Re-Insertions project, but MI's complexity burnt us out and many of us went on chasing the web hype.  

On to X-mas 2012 A.D. 
(multiple re-insertions)

May 18, 1998 - We need something to force us all back into the studio (at the same time). We're also faced with finding somthing-to-do at Burning Man Aug. 31 - Sept. 7, (given that it's next to impossible to actually webcast the event live). So, we are going to produce a CDROM in a studio that we build in the desert - simulating harsh, apocalyptic conditions. 

June 3, 1998 - Those currently involved in the project have decided to base the camp's theme around the Mayan apocalyptic prophecy.  We're starting early to gather enough equipment and manpower to build a decent recording studio. Of course, heat and power will be a problem, so we are working on solar solutions and reasonable generator, UPS and cooling solutions.  We are also working on computer/recording technologies, including MP3 compression. 

We'll record as much as we can to as many tracks as we can, then bring the stuff back to San Diego to quickly mixdown in time to have product for Halloween.  

So, what of the data? last year we brought back lots and lots of pictures, which we dumped on a website. We wished that we could have taken more video. So, this year, we'll bring back as much as we can and make it available on the CDROM- a collaborative (non-comercial) project.  

What of Burning Man? 

The inspiration behind this project is Burning Man. It is the perfect excuse to run away and do art.  X-mas 2012 A.D. will be produced completely at Burning Man. So, you have to show up to contribute. 

In the spirit of Burning Man, we won't try to sell anything while we're there. After we leave, anyone who contributed can have as many copies as they wish by sharing in the production and shipping cost.  

Note: there is an $80 Burning Man camping/entrance fee (for each person).  And a $25 recommended donation for those camping in the Disturbia village. (i.e. those sharing in the Disturbia resources.) 

The Deal  
  • X-mas 2012 A.D. is a community project, we all share the cost eventually.
  • On October 31, 1998, 1000 copies will be released. The estimated cost of each CDROM is ~$4 (including shipping). Every artist who contributes to the project will have the opportunity to purchase the CDROM at cost for personal use or resale. 
  • To insure that duplication will actually happen, Geni and Trevor (and some others to be named soon) will front the initial $4000. 
  • While we recommend a resale price, the actual resale price will be left up to the contributor. 
  • Depending on demand, we, may repress up to 10000 copies. 
  • The cost of repress will be less than the original (~$3). Contributors will be able to purchase X-mas 2012 A.D. at this reduced cost. 
  • While the X-mas 2012 A.D. CDROM may be copywritten, the artwork will remain the property of the artist. Artists are free to use their own artwork in any manner that they choose. we will retain *NO* publishing writes. 

What we still need to make this happen
Desert Survival
Committed People to direct/head activities: 
  • !!!Survival Coordinator!!!
  • Construction Supervisor
  • Lighting Director
  • Apocalyptic Attire Construction
  • Videographer/Photographer
  • Events Coordinator
  • Recording Engineer
  • Graphics Director
  • "No Trace" Supervisor
  • McGyver
  • Audio ( mics, mixers, recording, multi-track)
  • Headphones
  • Video (cameras, recorders)  
  • Generators (any/all)
  • Power Mgmt (cond., UPS, extension cords)
  • Solar  
  • Speakers & Amps  
  • Lighting, Projectors
  • Computers (Audio, video, RB-338, Maillist, MP3)
  • Air Con. 
  • Digital Cameras
  • Production Equipment List (what we have) 

  • Duct Tape (blk/yellow stripe, black) 
  • Police Line Tape (barricades)
  • Plywood (especially 8'x4')
  • Hardware (nails, screws, hinges, ties, wire)
  • Paint (Acrylics, Outdoor enamel, spray paint, brushes)
  • Plastic Bugs (cockroaches, flies)
  • Trash Bags, Ear Plugs 
  • Postcards, Stickers
  • Apocalyptic Gear (Gas Masks, Bones, attire)
  • Drum Mallets
  • X-mas Lights
  • Extension Cords
  • Gas & Diesel
  • Cooking gear (Rotisserie, anything)
  • Food & Water (Turkey, X-mas fixings, anything)
  • First Aid Gear
  • Ice Chests: Ice (block preferable)
  • Batteries (mostly AA), Battery Chargers
  • Walkie Talkies, Flashlights
  • General Transportation (Van, bicycles)
  • Tents, !!!Tarps!!!

  • Tools (Drills, Saws)  

    Camping Checklist (a list of good ideas) 
    Another Checklist (page-1) (page-2)

    To get involved: 
    geni@insertions.com Geni - main contact  
    trevor@insertions.com Trevor - audio  
    Arnieds@aol.com Arnie - Power Mgmt  
    zovoid@4dcomm.com Peter - Camp Layout 
    zovoid@4dcomm.com Barbara - Transportation Coordinator 
    djlatex69@aol.com Bryan - dj  
    Cheryl Zamora - Onsite Eqmt Mgr. 

    To stay informed: 
    bm@insertions.com - 2012 A.D.,  AMF List [sign-up] 
    disturbia@links.truenorth.com - Disturbia list  

    Other Disturbia Theme Camps: 
    amf-meat@pacbell.net (Aesthetic Meat Foundation) 
    paulm@psdcae3.gvg.tek.com (Global Thermonuclear Armageddon) 
    Denver Cacophony Society 
    CaTaClYsMiC Megashere Ranch

  • Info on Myan apocalyptic prophecy 
  • How and Why the 2012 end date
  • Mayan beauty tips 
  • Maps of Disturbia 
  • Burning Man '98 main page
  • Poly Vinyl Chloride
  • Burning Man '98 Maps
  • Super Sonic Samba School
  • Sunrise/Sunset Chart
  • 2012 and Disturbia mail archives
  • Beat Death: Big Drums Death Band
  • Pictures from Burning Man '97

  • BM Links
  • Black Rock City Map:
  • *Playa events calendar:
  • The new and improved weather page:
  • Harley's reminders:
  • Village Information page:
  • 1998 Burning Man Film Festival page:
  • Flambˇ Lounge #8
  • Theme Camp Information page:

    Video of AMF at BM '97
    (Get Real Player)
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    Disturbia Map 


      PVC Drums 


    We're Preparing, Are you? 

    more picts


    Collaborative recording project documenting the sites and sounds  that we create
    within the harsh, post-apocalyptic  environment of the Disturbia village at Burning Man 1998
    same price as MI
    double the strength
    Info: geni@insertions.com
    P.O. Box 948571, La Jolla, CA, 92037-9402