Datacide 4

Virtual Government

Alex Constantine :
Virtual Government –
CIA Mind Control Operations in America
(Feral House, 1997)
Virtual Government starts where Constantine’s previous book Psychic Dictatorship in the U.S.A. (Feral House 1995) left off. Dealing with Microwave harassment, suggesting that the False Memory Syndrome was a hoax to cover up Mind Control operations by the CIA, Non-Lethal Technology, Secret State Death Squads and the NutraSweet Conspiracy, Psychic Dictatorship provided a mixed bag of research, insights and … speculation? [Read more →]

Wag the Dog

11 days before the election the president is suddenly facing a sex scandal after disappearing into his office with a teenage girl. He is leading in the polls but something has to be done, so a task force is set up, led by Robert de Niro, and it is decided the thing to do to get the sex scandal out of the headlines is go to war. To manage and produce this media event the services of Hollywood producer Dustin Hoffman are employed: [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 →]

The Endless Short Story – a six year loop

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A sample of the peal of a church bell has been copied and transposed to produce eight bell sounds which form the basis of a loop. The eight bells are tuned to a major scale, with the interval between the lowest and highest pitch being a single octave. Because the original sample was transposed to form the notes of the scale, the lower pitches have a longer duration and so repeat at a slower rate. The piece starts with all eight bells striking simultaneously, and reaches its conclusion at the repetition of this event, 6 years and 230 days in the future. [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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