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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 →]

This is the Way, Step Inside….

This is the Way, Step Inside…. Various Artists: Privileged Frames [V/Vm]

Hack Intro…After having spawned the early acid-house LPs of 808 State and the early crossover pop-techno of a Guy Called Gerald, Manchester hasn’t been noted for providing the scene with much to get excited about. The predominance of Warp in the Northern swathe of England has meant that many Northern producers have been ‘signed’ up to the Sheffield label and had their identity swamped not only by corporate design but by becoming easily labelled as ‘Warp acts’. However, over the past years a more ‘minor’ independent label activity that services the electronic dance scene has been becoming more visible. [Read more →]

Datacide 1 record reviews

All record reviews published in Datacide 1. [Read more →]

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

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 →]

Radio Free Robots: Silicone Carne – Art Kill Art 01

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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