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1. DER EINZIGE - Adhesive Metal 1:28
1. aal - Embodiment 4:31
An exploration of what can be achieved when pushing against the limits memory space, clock speed, restricted functionality and purpose specific infrastructure. The digital voice of micro-processor machinations to the arhythmic frustration of system failure to the stress fracture of unintended interoperability. Over 80 minutes of sound. Packaged in a dual DVD case with full colour cover, accompanying booklet and professionally printed and duplicated CD-Rs.*
* Description taken from the Deterrent Industries website.
"The interference of a video signal through an old SB16 soundcard was recorded back in October 1996 on a DAT tape. At that time my old and faithful 14" video screen wasn't working very well... that was due to the damaged cable... I couldn't replace it because it was fixed to the video screen. I usually had to bend or move the cable to force the inner wires in their correct position and have the screen do its job. I accidentaly discovered the beautiful sound created by this process and spent several hours recording it. I was very very impressed. On purpose of providing a suitable track for "Embedded", in November 2002 I decided to edit and use that old archive recording that I never forgot about. Althought rich and extremely powerful, it wasn't going to turn into a track by itself: it needed and deserved some friendly help. Late at night, hour by hour, I was getting very excited about this project... I took off the case of my PC and staring at that wonderful naked vision I started having nasty ideas about it. Using a self-built contact microphone (...courtesy of Ciccio) I recorded many different sounds. I carefully caressed the warm case with my hands, each side of it. The case was responding in a low subdued metallic howling. That was fine. Then I got myself armed with a blue medium screwdriver and repeatedly stimulated the two cooling-fans, one by one. Each time the screwdriver touched a fan the whole machine was having some kind of start. A leap for pleasure? I would say so. Just like in a voyeuristic trip I attached the microphone to the hard disk that was storing the temporary recording file. Can't forget about the shouts: some kind of a "Peeping Tom" effect, you know what I mean? Reaching the final climax I seated and showed some courage using a discrete amount of scotch tape to apply the microphone on myself. I tried to capture the sound of the blood running through my veins but all I managed to catch was the sound of the scotch tape pulling my hair away as I was frantically typing my impressions in real time."
Equipment / Hardware / Software
used for recording and assembling this track includes but is not limited
Recorded and assembled in November 2002 at Lips Vago Digital Studio. Special thanks to Ciccio and Giuseppe Verticchio for their invaluable support.*
* Original notes written by Andrea Marutti in late November 2002.