This recording was lifted from the last two minutes of a three hour talk by Alan Watts; commissioned by IBM in the early sixties. In this mammoth piece, we find Alan in one of his most imaginative moods. Among other things, he predicts the need for a company to simply "organize the world's information" and describes the iPhone in great detail right down to the touchscreen. In the last two minutes he states the need for human kind to have a common knowledge of life as a spectrum, rather than a linear birth death perception.
Naturally, I was alarmed to hear this as it hits my work with ThePresent right on the nose.
I delight in imagining how much Alan would have appreciated ThePresent. Not only has his vision for a circular spectrum come to life but to be in the form of a year long timepiece; I think he may have just gone to pieces over it.
You can purchase ThePresent at the MoMA and find out for yourself what it's like to never see time the same way again.