The Soft Machine

A critical examination of modern subversive culture, art, literature and philosophy examining various artists, writers, philosophers, cultural figures and movements and their role in culture and history. IG: @tamarafrankel Tumblr: Twitter: @tamarafrankel @softmachinepod
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A critical examination of subversive culture. 

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Sep 19, 2017

I remember the time that we shared grace and hate and wine...


A special Soft Machine music minisode where Tamara shares some of her music from past and current projects & discusses the recording of and inspiration behind them.




Sep 2, 2017

Exploring The Soft Machine...

Tamara discusses her personal experiences with biohacking, self-transformation, self-healing, raw veganism, alternative healing modalities, the mind/body connection, online pseudo-scientific communities & demimondes, nutrition and being human in the floating world. 


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"good artists copy, great artists steal" 



Aug 20, 2017

Discussing youtube star Trisha Paytas, decadence, reality tv culture, maximalism, and existential failure. Hosted by Tamara Frankel. 


Mar 7, 2017

In part 3 of The Soft Machine's series on internet culture, Tamara discusses online privacy & global mass surveillance, the dark net, hacktivism and it's evolution from driving ethos of the young tech industry, the evolution of man's technological tools, the price of freedom in the modern world and what the future holds. Also an interview with Julian Assange about Google. 

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Dec 20, 2016

In part 2 of The Soft Machine's Art & Culture of the Internet series, Tamara examines the effects of social media on our society & culture and social media's impact on the art world. Topics of discussion include Richard Prince's New Portraits series, Andy Warhol's lasting cultural legacy, Lauren Alice Avery, Lolcow, the social & existential revolution brought about by social media, internet fame, data mining, the Right to Be Forgotten and social media as art.

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Nov 15, 2016

In part one of The Soft Machine's Art & Culture of the Internet series, Tamara discusses the effect of technology on our culture, the idea of the internet as a logical geography with it's own culture, the social revolution created by social media, Spectacle Culture and the prescient ideas of Jonathan Crary, Jean Bauldrillard & Guy Debord, Vaporwave aesthetics, J.G. Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibit, curatorial democratization, the re-parochialization of aesthetic and beauty standards and the work of William Ndatila.




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Sep 25, 2016

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Aug 30, 2016

Tamara discusses the life and work of Yukio Mishima and Douglas P of Death in June. Other topics of discussion include Nietzsche's Birth of Tragedy and Antonin Artaud's Theatre of Cruelty.