RIP Activist Dave Cutler

This year we lost our friend Dave Cutler of Acton, Massachusetts. Here he is outside a lucrative and exclusive  Cheney fund raiser where Boston police, according to a Boston Municipal Court ruling in my favor, illegally seized sound amplification equipment while in use by bona-fide Gubernatorial Candidate.

RIP MFSO’s Charley Richardson of JP

Charley Richardson Of Jamaica Plain, passed away on May 4  Beloved and eternal soul-mate of Nancy Lessin; loving parent of Nick and Joe Richardson, Nikki… (Boston Globe

Charlie Richardson in 2003
When Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) began in November, 2002, co-founders Charley Richardson and Nancy Lessin’s son was being deployed to Iraq. They shared with other military families a deep fear and worry about those who would be in harm’s way for no good reason.

Memorial  on the Labor Notes website


Recordings: Charlie Richardson speaking in Roslindale (2003)

  • Nancy Lessin
  • Terry Rockefeller for September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
  • Lee Cranberg of Roslindale Neighbors for Peace, which hosted  the event

Somerville Journal: FZ and Friends Stand for Brad Manning

The Somerville Journal has kindly printed a brief article on our ”Bradley Manning Square,” activities. The local news item prominently features a link to the collateral murder video.

Freeman Z, Susan McLucas and Veteran Bob Bowes…

have appeared for several months in Davis Square, transforming it to “Bradley Manning Square” on fridays. “The photo was shot by a kind stranger using Susan’s camera, then I tweaked it a bit.. It was a team effort,” says Freeman, a once-upon-a-time professional photographer.”

The group speaks out, displays signs and banners, collects signatures, and distributes literature to raise awareness in accordance with the program.

Speaking for the trio, Susan says, “We welcome all to come join us on fridays from 1-2pm, or to do their own thing for Brad. Either way is good.” Asked why she wants to free Manning, Susan says, “If Bradley did indeed leak those materials, which have been the source of innumerable world-shaking news stories, and which may reveal our government’s criminality and self-defeating brutality, which endanger us all, then he deserves our deepest gratitude and support.” (article)

R.I.P. Brian Arredondo (1987-2011)

“Cowboy Hat” hero of 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing

My dear friends and world class peace activists, the Arredondos of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, have suffered a second tragedy since the loss of their son Alex in combat. After years of unresolved grief over Alex, my new friend Brian took his own life a few months after the local post office was named in Alex’s honor. Brian was 22.

I was responsible for sound and stage at the event. As a tribute to my favorite peace activists, I’ve released what I expect to be the last high quality video of Brian, cut from footage shot from the tech van at stage-side by my good friends at Chronos.

Carlos and Brian at the post office dedication ceremony

Brian Louis Arredondo was the son of Victoria Foley and Carlos Arredondo, Stepson of Mélida Arredondo, Brother of Nathaniel Foley and Brother of US Marine Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo. Brian was 17 when Alex was killed in Iraq.

Recordings of Chomsky at Tufts 2011 (BQ!)

Chomsky at Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

part 1 Lecture (62 minutes)
part 2 Q and A Session (33 minutes)

Noam Chomsky answered questions from an overflow crowd in the ASEAN Auditorium at the Fletcher School’s Cabot Intercultural Center.

Freeman Z’s media services for this Standing Room Only event included Public Address Amplification for auditorium and audience overflow room and Press feeds.

More Chomsky from Freeman Z
Freeman’s Other recordings
More media from Freeman Z
Freeman’s Radio Portfolio

New Gear from the 492 Cafe Workshop

Since its inception a few years ago, we knew this was going to be another quantum leap in what it is. Here’s a closer look, but the insides are secret…

FZ Predicts: Guerilla Sound Reinforcement for the 99%

“The CIA had Powder Ridge,
and other rock music events,
under surveillance…”

Mic Check-Fact Check-History Check:

Peace Activist Brad Little is to be credit with inventing the Cranially Mounted Electro-Acoustic Distributed Array, an element of which is illustrated here by Freeman Z as he displays his “Hel-Horn.” (helmet+horn) which affixes an aggressive acoustical snout firmly atop the wearer’s skull.

Brad Little created an array of University IB-A horn loudspeakers mounted on helmets in response to state repression of public speech , according to Sound Engineer Bill Hanley who helped to creating the means to deploy sonic support onto a “festival” site. For the first time, a festival can happen anywhere, and more spontaneously. One innovation born in Bill’s little workshop, formed largely by his own head and hands, is the Magic Stage, which unfolds from a tractor-trailer into a covered stage, metamorphosing rapidly rather like a “Transformer” toy. Folding stages are now in common use.

Well, guess what?

Bill’s participation in protest amplification happened after he’d invested his personal resources in providing sound reinforcement and stage services for the 1969 Powder Ridge Rock Festival, called by some, “the Woodstock that never happened.”

The Medford, Massachusetts native, had designed, built and operated the original Woodstock Festival sound system and to some extent also the stage, a structure whose primary design criterion, preventing a stage rush from the audience, was achieved. Few folks remember that Woodstock also featured a second “open” stage. Much of the Woodstock system served for years in illegal “mixed-race” concerts in Soweto Township, South Africa, perhaps helping to brew the peaceful revolution which brought Nelson Mandela from prison to power.

Hanley was also chief engineer and partners with Bill Graham at the Fillmore East around this time. He was arrested for his role in perpetrating and attempting a heinous act of amplifying Sly Stone and others at the 1970 Powder Ridge Rock Festival. Because authorities tried to prevent the event, thirty thousand people showed up to find no facilities. It gets worse. (moar about Powder Ridge) Woodstock entertained an estimated five hundred thousand, more than twice the intended crowd.

By 1970, rock festivals were regarded as having a political dimension. Carol Brightman wrote that “Rock shows… such as the Powder Ridge concert… were increasingly being covered by the national media as civil events, one step removed from street demonstrations.” The CIA had Powder Ridge, like other rock events, under surveillance (more)

The future of sound reinforcement?

Freeman says “We will see smaller and less conspicuous personal sound reinforcement systems …mini-megaphones if you will, powered by modern high-efficiency amplifiers. These will be linkable, at the wearer’s whim, with other wearers’ transducers such that each participant in the network can repeat, ignore or challenge others at will, creating a communal consciousness. Such networks may impose protocol among the users to maximize the quality of conversation, a new sort of Robot’s Rules of Order, if you will”