Wednesday, December 19, 2012

MICRO BIONIC: Radical Electronic Music & Sound Art in the 21st Century

MICRO BIONIC: Radical Electronic Music & Sound Art in the 21st Century

By Thomas Bey William Bailey

MICRO BIONIC is an exciting survey of electronic music and sound art from cultural critic and mixed-media artist Thomas Bey William Bailey - first published in late 2009 - This new edition includes all of the original supplements refused by the publishers of the first edition, including a full index, bibliography, additional notes and  commentary with a large updated discography.

As the title suggests, the unifying theme of the book is that of musicians and sound artists taking bold leaps forward in spite of (or sometimes because of) their financial, technological, and social restrictions. Some symptoms of this condition include the gigantic discography amassed by the one-man project Merzbow, the drama of silence enacted by Onkyo and New Berlin Minimalism, the annihilating noise transmitted from the laptop computers of Russell Haswell and Peter Rehberg and much more.

Although the journey begins in the Industrial 1980s, in order to trace how the innovations of that period have gained greater currency in the present, it surveys a wide array of artists breaking ground in the 21st century with radical attitudes and techniques. A healthy amount of global travel and concentrated listening have combined to make this a sophisticated yet accessible document, unafraid to explore both the transgressive extremes of this culture and the more deftly concealed interstices thereof. Part historical document, part survival manual for the marginalized electronic musician, part sociological investigation, Micro Bionic is a number of different things, and as such will likely generate a variety of reactions from inspiration to offense...

Numerous exclusive interviews with leading lights in the field were conducted for this book: William Bennett (Whitehouse), Peter Christopherson (r.i.p., Throbbing Gristle / Coil), Peter Rehberg, John Duncan, Francisco López, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Bob Ostertag, Zbigniew Karkowski and many others weigh in with a diversity of thoughts and opinions that underscore the incredible diversity to be found within new electronic music.

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Belsona Books - 2012 Release - 400 Page Paperback - Revised and Expanded Second Edition - No Illustrations or Photos - Industrial Noise // Mash-Ups // Sampling // Glitch Core // Drone // Plunderphonics // Electronics - PRICE: $20.00 






 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

PROGRESSIVE LYCANTHROPY: Cassette and Booklet - The Soothing Sounds of the Feraliminal Lycanthropizer w/ an Explanation


PROGRESSIVE LYCANTHROPY: Cassette Tape and Booklet -- Explanations & Sounds of the Feraliminal Lycanthropizer

Composed / Edited / Mixed by Thomas Bey William Bailey @ High Plains Driftworks, summer 2007

Cassette track listing:

Phase 1 (Irritation)
Phase 2 (Offense)
Phase 3 (Wrath)

Total running time approx. 33 minutes

Feral means wild and untamed - Lycanthropy means having to do with wolves...

The 'Progressive Lycanthropy' package includes one professionally duplicated cassette and a handsome information booklet, in which Thomas Bey William Bailey explains his motivations in an exclusive essay “A Weapon For The Wolf Age” - with history, descriptions and various details about wolves and wolf-like behavior.

The three epic pieces on the cassette were built up from the drones of a “feraliminal lycanthropizer” which is a low frequency generating device that gives off sounds and frequencies too low to hear with the human ear - these 'sounds' are more 'felt' than 'heard' - it is described as an 'experimental binaural frequency generator' and was supposedly used by the military as an 'audio truth serum' or as a 'combat stimulant' - as the name suggests, this audio technique was meant to hurl individuals into 'wolf-like' states where they would careen between poles of focused rage and woozy ecstasy.

Complemented with other sonic ornamentation and digitally manipulated samples, this material is an eerie interpretation of the ‘lycanthropized’ state as it might exist in a hyper-modern, technology-driven society.

Conducted in the spirit of the d.i.y. audio research that characterized the ‘industrial music’ era, this material should have a wide range of effects on individual listeners, from restlessness to wild abandon, and comes complete with a disclaimer stating: "do not play while experiencing high stress levels or while engaged in potentially dangerous activities" (driving motor vehicles, handling firearms, etc.)

If you have ever wanted to travel to a world where fur and fangs mesh with integrated circuits to form an invincible hybrid, here is your ticket. BRUTAL INDUSTRIAL NOISE!!

Each copy includes:

Professionally printed 22-page booklet on Lycanthropy
Cover: Black & Silver printing on 260gsm art card

Professionally duplicated and factory sealed cassette tape w/ Black and Silver cover art

Limited Edition: 200 copies - Booklet & Cassette Tape - PRICE: $10.00

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

RITUAL AMERICA: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on America - A Visual Guide

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RITUAL AMERICA: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society - A Visual Guide

By Adam Parfrey and Craig Heimbichner

America's biggest secret is hidden in plain sight !! - the vast, fundamental and ongoing influence of fraternal orders on our culture. Not long ago, one out of every three Americans belonged to a secret society, and more than six hundred such groups flourished throughout the country. Today they are still mighty, particularly in the military, police and government. The pomp and circumstance, the control, the patriarchy, the racism, the misogyny... it is all revealed in RITUAL AMERICA through hundreds of rare images and provocative text.
















Feral House Books - 2012 Edition - 337 Page Large Format Harcover Book - Hundreds of Photos and Illustrations (24 pages in color) - PRICE: $25.00

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