Kroker/Weinstein: Data Trash Book Review (1995)

DATA TRASH
Arthur Kroker & Michael Weinstein [New World Perspectives – Montreal 1994]
(Review published in Alien Underground 0.1, 1995)

“Take your choice: The VR Helmet or the disciplinary state” [Read more →]

Critical Art Ensemble: The Electronic Disturbance (Autonomedia, 1994)

Review from Alien Underground 0.0, London 1994
by Flint Michigan

Critical Art Ensemble:
The Electronic Disturbance
(Autonomedia, 1994)
A collection of 6 essays that take a look at the changing face of resistance in the now much hyped technological age with its electronic spaces that are creating social conditions that the CAE like to call liquescence. On a first flick this collection looks like one more revamping of the Deleuze and Guattari vocabulary with a nod to everyones best mates – the Situationist International. [Read more →]

Cabaret Voltaire:

The Attic Tapes 1974-1978 [Mute- Grey Area]

Slipstreamed out a little by the recent art world worship of TG, this 3CD release of early Cabs material is something of a crucial release. Never ones for the limelight and shying away from the expressionistic excesses of performance art that propelled TG into public view, CV got on with making experiments in their early years that are as provocative if not ‘better’ produced than the tracks they began to commit to vinyl from 1978. This collection of tracks highlights what’s missing in music-practice these days: a blissful lack of conceited self-consciousness and a determination to use the force of sound as a means to change consciousness rather than to trade in ‘sign value’. [Read more →]

MEAN FROM AN END – on recent Mille Plateaux releases

Various: Modulation and Transformation 3
Gas: Zauberberg
Terre Thaemlitz: Means From An End

“What we are interested in is the dimension of otherness, alteration. There is a constant displacement and this displacement as such is what we are interested in, the fact that we are disconcerted, put out of time, caught on the wrong foot… Yes, the absence of a locus”
Lyotard: Driftworks

1. (Grey-blue) With music we can change the world; subtle changes of perception, shifting an outlook that can no longer be solidified, coherent or self-orienting. We turn instead to an outside: a large window… several horizons… adjectives and vision absconding through red solarised trees. Blanked-out and suspended on other plateaux, listening to music as it fragments and molecularises, creates strata from that which was previously discarded, incommunicable and redundant. Seemingly disorganised sound containing elements of spontaneity and extemporisation, entices us away from doctrinaire and inflexible traditions towards fragmenting and molecularising sound composed into intermittent structures and hidden pools that draw out a shadowplay materiality of experimentation and transformation. [Read more →]

WE CALLED IT TECHNO

WE CALLED IT TECHNO: New Order: Video 586 [Touch]
A 20 minute long studio dabble from New Order recorded as a test for Blue Monday but shifted to the role of Hacienda video soundtrack finds here its first vinyl release. An intriguing track that marked the onset of a recombinant disco music shot through with a waning punk ethos. This move by New Order (circa 1982) really was disliked at the time by many in the rock mindset but listening back this track manages to retain something of its original neu-funk impact. Wavering on the borderline. [Read more →]

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