long since a new post... so here we are the 'research center for the definition of happiness' compilation. below's the press release / site text
v/a : research center for the definition of happiness
cdr, limited to 199 or how the series started. a documentation of a series of events that took part in 4 random days in 4 random places around the province of phokis. events out of which the idea around the research center was expanded and for which you can learn more here. including recordings of sons of god, cm von hausswolff, ilios, costis drygianakis, chondros/katsiani, rlw, nicolas malevitsis, illusionist.
track listing / event dates here
12/7/98(somewhere in an abandoned warehouse at the mount gion)
costis drygianakis 'the marriage' nicolas malevitsis 'infinite static worlds (laughing at anaximandros)' tiina aste / sons of god 'the cabinet song'
somewhere on a hill between the mounts gion & parnassos
21/7/98 (somewhere between the villages of galaxidi and eratini)
chondros / katsiani : na! ilios : afternoon at the lounge
30/7/98 (somewhere near the village of delphi)
illusionist : camberdean cm von hausswolff : airport data log test rlw : even weber knows when it's not schmidt
regarding further info on the 4 random days event no further info survived between various hard disc crashes, etc. so it's still a mystery if it ever happened, when happened, how happened, etc etc etc
initially for release in '98 shelved for a few years to be finally issued in 2003.
ok i know someone will say why not 'noise-below' well it was a matter of disguise for each of us (kostis & i) i'd say.
for long 've been fond of alfredo's sounds pascal's as well so when they proposed this one to kostis we got hooked w/ a 2 label split as well. so was out to 160 copies on both organized music ... and a question of re_entry scratchy noisy soundscapes whatelse do you need?
this is sound that finds connections and establishes connections.
guess press release info says it all, a 'walk' in the kreuzberg district and the connections between various cultures, at least that's how the recording started and jeff mixed his own sounds too to the field recordings he did. a release of jeff's that i fancied a lot together with his cdr on triple bath (as both were issued around the same time) hope you'll do the same
negative entropy was a short lived project of the late, gert feytons (of noise-maker's fifes) & michael prime (of morphogenesis / mycophile records) whose debut cd 'city open to the nomad' came out on beta lactam ring records in early 00's. back then i had asked for a possible release on absurd and a couple of years ago having in mind their performance at m.s stubnitz back in 98 i was surprised to receive a cdr of the recording with the proposal to issue it. without second thoughts i accepted the idea (of course) no matter the rather ambiguous feeling of the sound. however that ambiguity slowly with the passing of years has become a great love for this recording. listen and listen and listen again at infrequent times and let yourself flow with the sounds...
matt weston got in touch a couple of years ago sending promos of his recordings to review in my infrequent 'multiple personality disorder' column. got nuts with his work as i still do love it A LOT! percussion improvisations in musique concrete / electroacoustic moods. so sometime i think fall 08 or early 09 asked for a cdr release, got the master in mid 09 surprised from the title but sounded cool. and is totally stunning music too!
tasos stamou did the cover, including in the inner a photo of the brass band of the greek national bank's orphanage kids in the city of ioannina, photo is shot sometime in fall 19th century or early 20th not sure unfortunately notably from their 'notoriously infamous' supervisor / conductor mr. lalakos!
issued some 3 1/2 years before #5 during a bizarre time. problems that today sound nothing back then sounded almost unsolved. anyway early / mid 20's back then and in total love for harsh noise / jap noise and lotsa other things. back then perverse series was happening or almost happening as it was bankrupt and absurd was just unleashing its very first releases.
it also has a supplement with reviews (as absurd #5 had a 2 page ad as supplement of the ant-zen toy bizarre cd and ant-zen in general) which can't track down in the archive but as soon as i do i'll upload.
happy new (y)ear! it's almost a decade since this baby was published. a product of a turbulent period of a few months time since a great depression and sadness between 96-00. still one of my favest absurds certainly compared to any other publication i've been involved the last 20 years this one's closest to perceive language as sound and vice versa. the first part of the 'zero 'trilogy that somehow was completed during the decade or almost completed you can say.
could be considered either as an mp3 release in a written form or a text that could turn to an audio format.