10inch / Desire Records / 2013
lim. edition of 300 copies
Electronic arts pioneer, activist and researcher Konrad Becker (aka
Monoton) teams up with vocalist Sela for a project with a mission:
unveiling Operations in a shadow world of mediated realities. Linking
21st century technology to ancient communication practices in several
directions at once the hypermedia wizard and the young Viennese singer
celebrate the powers of media over matter. Sound becomes a weapon
against operation systems of containment and to be buried alive by
technologies of symbolic domination. Operations not only gives a voice
to radical discourse - but basslines and a deep groove.
The four-track EP covers vocal tunes from the recent Operations
performance series and short instrumental pieces for Theater of
Operations. Based on Konrad Becker's Dictionary of Operations the
cinematic live-show evokes phantasmagoric spheres of information
environments with pulsing street sounds. Exploring communication
machines haunted by ghosts, mirror worlds and dangerous
trans-communications. Channeling voices and emanating streams of
ectoplasm Sela stages a soulful embodiment of a medium in an urban ghost
dance. Spoken words and broken beats respond to the enigma of the
zombies: What is the difference between the dead and the living?
Operations EP's imagery is inspired by vaudeville soirees conjuring
miraculous wonders and 19th century spectacles of new technology as in
the Theatre Houdin of Paris. Digitally recorded but designed in a 10"
historic gramophone style, the record resembles artifacts from the
enchanted twilight zones of circling quasi-objects. Possession an eerily
deep tune grooved into side A is followed by crisply chilled beats of
Enchantment; the other side unleashes scary Monsters on the Rise tailed
by the convoluted noise dub Interlude.
- Possession is a 150bpm voodoo ritual addressing mediated flows, the
spirits of commodities and states. Theaters of possession are the
battleground for control of object and subject in information feudalism.
In a setting of zombies and haunted property, offbeats trigger the
coming of the Loas. Sela's voice evokes hidden channels of libidinal
economies, veiled desires and the empires of terminally unfulfilled
- Monsters on the Rise! beat the drums of madness and make some
twisted noise for anomalies fighting against enforced normalization.
Exploring the comedy in the dark cosmic horror of uncanny dimensions:
Who knows what quasi-monsters press hideously upon our globe? A threat
emanating from cracks of everyday categories, monsters raise the
question: What is?
Music/Artwork/Texts: Konrad Becker
Vocals: Sela / Mixed at Feedback Studio Vienna 2013