sexta-feira, 18 de janeiro de 2019

Frankenstein, or the 8 Bit Prometheus : micro-literature, hyper-mashup, Sonic Belligeranza records 17th anniversary @ TOOLBOX (Paris)

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1818: first edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein


2018: many horrific applications of technology (social network for example with their push to have people volunteering their time and creativity for their IT business purpose, they are represented in the book by @maryshelley.fr, not to mention the applications of technology like breakcore and the other musical sub-style, or the society of spectacle created monster Bally Corgan).





Frankenstein, or the 8 Bit Prometheus
micro-literature, hyper-mashup, Sonic Belligeranza records 17th anniversary 
by 
Riccardo Balli


Volume +06 of THISCOvery CCChannel collection published by Chili Com Carne and Thisco140p. b/w with illustrations and photographs. Full color cover. IN ENGLISH. Cover art, illustrations & design by RudolfoSupported of IPDJOh Cristo webradioRokko's AdventureTasca Mastai and  Distroed

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Released on 6th April 2018 @ Rauchhaus, Berlin ... mention at Bandcamp article about Extratone genre ... Portuguese release @ Tasca Mastai, Lisbon 12th July, 20h; and DJ set party @ Lounge, 23h ...  Low-resolution séance @ Galeria Municipal do Porto, 13th July under the influence of the exhibition O Ontem morreu hoje, o hoje morre amanhã ... presentations @ Lauter Lärm (Wien) om 2sd August & Echo Buecher (Berlin) on 26th September 2018 ... registered in Neural magazine archive (wow!) ... presentation @ Buchandhung Stuwerviertel (Vienna), 18th January 2019

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After having whistled quite a number of 8-bit versions of famous pop songs, and delighted his ears with chip-tune covers of black metal and classical music, Riccardo Balli thought it was about time to extend micro-music aesthetics to literature, and remix Mary Shelley's classic accordingly. 


Through some sort of low-resolution séance, the author evoked the spirit of corpse reviver Giovanni Aldini (1762-1834), credited for having inspired The Modern Prometheus. Aldini tells a compressed version of the original Frankenstein, exposing its language to retro-gaming jargon and simplifying the plot as if it were an arcade game.


The aforementioned 18th-century electrifier was the nephew of eminent Bolognese scientist Luigi Galvani. Also from MIDIevil Bologna is DJ Balli's electronic music label Sonic Belligeranza, whose 17 years of existence (2000-2017) this volume celebrates with 17 texts that explore the multitude of contradictory sounds constituting the corpse of this Sonic Frankenstein.


Send him an impulse from your Game-Boy! BLEEEEEEEEEEEP! 



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ATTENTION The file "A forward to further experiments from MIDIevil Bologna" is corrupted. Remember to read page 16 between 20 and 21 to recover the original text meaning
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DJ Balli (1972) is a DJ/ producer, and founder of the label Sonic BelligeranzaA true fundamentalist of Breakcore since year zero of this non-genre of music, as the style was getting more and more codified, he progressively tried to personify its attitude and even bring it outside of audio realms. Hence following the motto of M(C)ary Shell8Bit "Every cacophony is possible, infect the Underground!", the creation in his lab a la Bolognese of Sound Monsters such as skateboard-noise, gangsta-opera and his infamous poetry readings pretending to be Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins. Riccardo Balli is also active as a writer: Anche Tu Astronauta (1998), Apocalypso Disco (2013), Frankenstein Goes to Holocaust (2016), all in Italian, this is his first full-length book in English.

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FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDBACK 

Introduzido por um ressuscitado Giovanni Aldini - através da galvinização provocada pela corrente eléctrica de nove cartuchos de Game Boy dispostos em hexagrama -, este «remix literário de baixa qualidade» é mais uma alquimia de Ricardo Balli (...) Este livro é uma bizarra justaposição do Frankenstein de Mary Shelley com a cultura gamer (as planícies geladas do Pólo Norte são substituídas pelas da Cool, Cool Mountain do Super Mario 64, homens são bots, amigos e irmãos passam a Game Boys) e outros elementos da cultura pop (...) Aqui, o monstro de Frankenstein é uma incompleta remistura musical, que jura vingança contra o criador, toda a humanidade e as convenções musicais repressivas e autocráticas que desprezam o seu chiar emancipado e rejeitam a criação de um remix tão grotesco quanto ele. 
Além deste excêntrico exercício, Balli escreve sobre subculturas e subgéneros musicais que surgiram no final do século passado: revisitando a conotação neo-nazi do gabber e purificando-o da apatia do 4/4, atira-se às possibilidades revolucionárias do breakcore e do hiper-mashup dentro da alienação tardo-capitalista; procede à mistura definitiva entre skaters, situacionistas e accionistas vienenses; sugere que o horizonte tecnológico é a reunião do humano com o resto da fauna, numa simbiose sónica já tentada por Caninus ou Run the Jewels; revela que o grande cisma deste nosso confuso tempo é a violenta divisão entre aqueles que consideram ou negam que o splittercore é um subgénero autónomo do speedcore.
Balli é (...) o derradeiro farsante durante a speedrun final, o Grande Apropriador, um artesão do ofício profano do colagismo, que troça da autenticidade do autor, rouba-lhe a voz e utiliza-a para proveito de todos. Apresenta-nos à nova arte do social: aquela que liberta um Prometeu ultra-moderno, alimentado por um discurso aparentemente demente, mas que, no fim de contas, apenas apresenta a obsolescência da sisudez à colectividade, ao mesmo tempo que cose a manta de retalhos de uma modernidade esgotada. 
Russo in A Batalha

The relevance of this book is not just the content, but also the way it is reflexively reworked with a plagiarist and demystifying attitude. (...) A second layer in the book’s composition is the core literary metaphor that supports the patchwork put together by the author (i.e. the creative elaboration of the novel Frankenstein) (...), the idea of a new living entity made up by parts coming from other dead bodies is a perfect metaphor to give expression to the culture of plagiarism and plunderphonics. To do this, Balli’s writing exercise consists of re-writing Shelley’s original text infusing in it musical references coming from those same music electronic genres performed by Balli as a musician (including styles like 8-bit music, gabber and grindcore), with the further addition of other interventions. In these excerpts we read about Mary Shelley (called Squirting Mary) and Lord Byron(anism) engaged in an MCing contest where all participants “should attempt to create the most horrific sonic monster of music history” (...) After much effort, the monster finally comes to life in the shape of a mash-up generated in Shelley’s “bedroom studio” with a Gameboy, where the modified machine starts producing “most scary sounds: remixes of neo-melodic Neapolitan singers in a porno-grindcore style!” (...). As the readers can tell from these examples, demystification is a relevant ingredient of the book, as the author does not attempt to sacralise the art of plagiarism, instead insisting on a relentless endeavour to reframe plagiarism in a sarcastic way, explicitly linked with the situationist tradition. This demystification is particularly evident in the third type of content in the book, represented by a set of Dadaist passages where, for example, famous bands’ names are distorted in irreverent ways with mash-up techniques; some also accompanied by humorous visuals, including a photo of (...) "Lionel Nietzsche’s” album “Is it Truth you are looking for?”. Probably the most situationist section of the book is where the author recalls the history of his alter ego, Bally Corgan—inspired by Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins (who the author physically resembles)—an alter ego actually used by DJ Balli along the years in both his recordings and live acts. Above all, this last example helps to understand the actual continuity between the situationist spirit of the book and Balli’s whole artistic career. 
 Unfortunately available to an Italian-speaking readership only, the book succeeds in offering an original, meta-discursive and demystifying contribution on plunderphonic culture, not just for the content it offers, but also for its ability to intertwine multiple discursive layers, producing an experiment that is finally able—like Frankenstein’s efforts—to give birth to a weird and bizarre textual monster.
Dance Cult about the Italian (and different) version of this book - academics are always late...

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