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Gnostic Front – Cultural Studies and Other Suicide Cults

January 22nd, 2009

‘It is in Gnosticism, that failed religion of the West, that there appears an experience of time in radical opposition to the Greek and Christian versions…it posits a concept whose spatial model can be represented by a broken line. In this way it strikes directly at what remains unaltered in classical antiquity and Christianity alike: duration, precise and continuous time. The cosmic time of Greek experience is denied by Gnosticism in the name of the world’s absolute estrangement from a god (God is the allòtrios, the supreme other) whose providential work cannot be a matter of preserving cosmic laws, but of breaking them. The impetus towards redemption of Christian linear time is negated because, for the Gnostic, the Resurrection is not something to be awaited in time, to occur in the more or less remote future; it has already happened.
The time of Gnosticism, therefore, is an incoherent and unhomogeneous time, whose truth is in the moment of abrupt interruption, when man, in a sudden act of consciousness, takes possession of his own condition of being resurrected. In keeping with this experience of interrupted time, the Gnostic attitude is profoundly revolutionary: it refuses the past while valuing in it, through an exemplary sense of the present, precisely what was condemned as negative (Cain, Esau, the inhabitants of Sodom), and expecting nothing from the future’.

Giorgio Agamben, Infancy and History

In The Baffler No. 8, Chris Lehman makes an eloquent case against treating this theology of time as anything other than a cultural curio, or at best a melancholy symbol of academic feeble-mindedness. [Read more →]

virtual worlds & concrete STRATEGIES

January 22nd, 2009

The internet server and web-site t0 and Public Netbase, an open access point that combines many threads of subversive uses of technology are located in the heart of Vienna, also hosting a weekly evening with talks and experimental electronic music called e-scape. Konrad Becker, techno-activist for a decade and a half, is the brain and pulse behind this, along with a dedicated crew of cyber-guerrilleros. I spoke to him in February ‘97 when I played at e-scape. [Read more →]

BREAK/FLOW versus DATACIDE

January 22nd, 2009

…once desire is specified as sexuality, it enters into forms of particularised power…
Felix Guattari

Libidinal Musics
Electronically composed sound, communally celebrated has the effect of some collective plateau phase. Music becomes a device, a prosthetics that leads to a hypersensitization – an overspill that establishes a field of flow between listeners. This incessant repetition with its controlled highs and lows, its deep grindings is nothing other than the continuation of erotics by other means, an erogenisation without object or delimited locale. The carefully placed touches of digitalised breaks, tips of searing reverb and the conducting of frequencies through skins plays the body to effect a libidinal response… to take us elsewhere. The desire for music is the desire for erotic communication as diffuse sensuality. [Read more →]

BREAK/FLOW versus ACID PLANET

January 22nd, 2009

MIXED UP IN THE HAGUE (REMIX)

Dough boy probably told you i don’t carry any Saturday Night Specials or crap like that. It’s all outa State, clean, brand new, top-of-the-line stuff…
Andy the Dealer: Taxis Driver

Whilst those of us in the UK were being deluded by the rise of ‘intelligent techno’, a pocket of resistance arose in the Hague through the activities of the Acid Planet parties and the Bunker label: Unit Moebius, Interr-ference, Rude 66, Sulphur Surfer… [Read more →]

Bonjour Vitesse

January 22nd, 2009

When the first french hardcore productions appeared in 1994 (Weapons, GTI, Explore Toi) the tone was set for a sound that differed considerably from what was around at the time, most notably the Gabber scene that had begun to dominate (and some might argue, spoil) the hard-side productions maybe a year earlier. Of course there had been renegades and pioneers mainly in Germany – most importantly C-Tank, but also some stuff on the PCP sublabel SS, Urban Primitivism on Pod, some Praxis and some Monotone stuff – but it was the advent of the french underground that created a whole new field of what became a fairly distinct sound dominated by the fastest succession of repetitive beats around that supplies a steady backbone to freestyle electronic experiments much more noise-based than their east German and Australian speedcore counterparts (who certainly drew some inspiration from Gangstar Toons Industry) who take a lot of elements for their post-Gabber whirlwinds from speedmetal and hip hop. [Read more →]

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