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“I am an alien (wo)man . . . I beheld the Life and the Life beheld me.”

January 22nd, 2009

In his book, The Gnostic Religion, Hans Jonas unravels the enigmatic instability which lies at the heart of alienation:
“The alien is that which stems from elsewhere and does not belong here. To those who belong here it is thus the strange, the unfamiliar and incomprehensible; but their world on its part is just as incomprehensible to the alien that comes to dwell here, and like a foreign land where it is far from home. Then it suffers the lot of the stranger who is lonely, unprotected, uncomprehended, and uncomprehending in a situation full of danger. [Read more →]

Lab Rats a go-go

January 22nd, 2009

You have only one question to ask yourself: do I give good data-set?

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Even automatic doors don’t notice us

The security camera is slotted into the space left by an omniscient god. But this is a deity that’s had to downgrade its ambitions and if god is love, this one has a corner of a shopping centre as the object of its unrelenting devotion. Surveillance is the maintenance of the mundane, of business as usual: of flow control and correct deportment. [Read more →]

Test Tube Kid Interview

January 22nd, 2009

Starting with E-de-Cologne’s Live at the Sex Shop Patric C. has released a steady and prolific output of tracks on the hard fast & noisy end of the spectrum, most recently as Ec8or and Test Tube Kid.
Interview conducted in July 1995

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TTK: Whatever you want to ask, but maybe a bit about things in general.
datacide: Let’s start with your work – the earliest things I know are the records on Monotone. They were already quite speedcore, but also experimental – were those your first records, and how did you conceive this sound?
TTK: Yes, my first record was LIVE AT THE SEX SHOP on Monotone, Monotone 19 I think it was, and if you look at Hardcore, that was at the beginning… The first record I bought was PCP: T-Bone “Fucking” Castro He’s Ruff, He’s Rugged, He’s Full of Shit, and at the time I thought Hardcore would go into a direction of getting noisier and noisier, so it would move away from the usual ideas of Techno that are dominated by grooves etc, not progressing from grooves, but intensifying certain things and including a certain attitude. [Read more →]

Teknival – Summer Thunder

January 21st, 2009

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A Paris based record shop & distribution company called Techno Import have ‘officially’ registered the name Teknival as their own using the cover name of Cyborg Productions. This shameless act of plagiarism follows a mysterious CD deal with Network 23 (another french based company formerly dealing with their own label and other small independents). The highly controversial CD has been heavily advertised on TV as Spiral Tribe – The Sound of Teknival. They initially also the registered the name Spiral Tribe but relinquished it after a short and intense battle [Read more →]

Radio Free Robots: Silicone Carne – Art Kill Art 01

January 13th, 2009

Art Kill Art label out of France asks the question “What does it mean to produce vinyl records in the digital era?” The sound artist collective Radio Free Robots explores the possibilities and limitations of vinyl records as a medium for manipulation. The white 12” is packaged with a lengthy perforated paper printout that lists a lot of technical information such as what computers and other equipment was used to produce the robot voices, when these various sound collages were performed and a statement of purpose written in several languages. The external sleeve robot graphic is one visualization of robots of the future, while the inside graphic charts frequencies and sound levels over time (cycles per second). Non-music, experimental collage, spoken word, rhythmic dissonance, or something entirely different? A radio show transmission recording or electronic sound performance? Robotic philosophical ramblings interwoven with noises, beats, glitchy metallic sounds produce a strange, provocative cacophony.

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