Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Brief and Unilluminating Update

In the early morning of the 22nd, after being delayed by heavy weather, the air-clipper Man-Cub reached the last logged position of the missing airship Jane Guy. There was no sign of the lost ship or its crew, nor any clear indication of what may have happened to them. Some scraps of metal were found on the ground nearby, but they were determined not to have come from the Guy. Weather reports from the time of the disappearance do not indicate any hazardous or unusual conditions, and discrete inquiries among the local residents have turned up nothing (though many of the people interviewed appeared red-eyed and haggard, and some complained of sleep disturbances, a frequent marker of PDI operations in the vicinity).

The last transmission from the Jane Guy has also been declassified, though it is not at all clear what we are meant to glean from it. I reproduce it here in its entirety (minus call signs and other radio arcana):

when shall the laurel and the vocal string resume their honours when shall we behold the tuneful tongue the promethean hand aspire to ancient praise alas how faint how slow the dawn of beauty and of truth breaks the reluc

Analysis quickly revealed that the text is taken from the opening of the Second Book of The Pleasures of Imagination, by 18th century poet Mark Akenside. The message was delivered in clean code with a steady and unhurried hand on the key, but was cut short mid-line and mid-word. Whether the poem was intended to convey specific information which they dared not transmit openly, even encrypted, or whether the Guy's radio operator was just being inscrutable (a propensity which I have been led to believe is endemic to the vocation), we do not yet know. Akenside's poetry is not unknown to our technicians, though it has not been found to be particularly active under laboratory conditions. Further experimentation and field testing is, no doubt, indicated.

Once again, if you have any information concerning the whereabouts or fate of the airship Jane Guy, I ask that you contact the Institute without delay. I will continue to post updates as they become available.


Saturday, March 22, 2008

New Release: [Esc.] Laboratory - date of production V1.0

[Esc.] Laboratory - date of production V1.0
[free download, 256kpbs mp3]

(studio-projects-compilation 2003-2007)

"We are very pleased to present you the ultimate collection of extravagant sound sourcery, emerged directly from the very deepest heart of our facility.

"Compiled by the hands of Doc. AtmosfearCrush comes a journey of abstract urban sound experiences, extracted with lust, oil, colour and blood. A melange of the different split personalities incorporated in the genetic manipulated organism known as [Esc.]Laboratory / Art Factory Worms. The brilliant synergy of unreleased songs and the beautiful 'errors' of already released projects`albums are the perfect mix to represent the 'what-happens-there?' mythology of modern urban ghost`s culture..." -[Esc.] Laboratory

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01. [ur:neon:ono] - defragment
02. [revolting:Robotniks] - asylum sleepers
03. [Yahuy-Che-Kabah] - runtime error
04. [angström:institute] - cocktail dancing
05. [Throatwobbler:Manegrove] - one day left
06. [amt_23] - preek
07. [ur:neon:ono] - rowerz auto blah-blah
08. [Flux:Kompensator] - fromaghe
09. [amt_23] - isdate recorder
10. [phace/it!] - slow drain to gnawn
11. [off:error] - documentary
12. [bloodmakesnoise] - morningstar
13. [ur:neon:ono] - crack reprise
14. [off:error] - fourtyninecrushes
15. [off:error] - guitar and cellular
16. [amt_23] - bodyonesomeelse
17. [Yahuy-Che-Kabah] - irregular
18. [interrupt:Jumper] - rebuildings
19. [meta:Human] - construction END
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This album is hosted at This Plague of Dreaming by special arrangement with [Esc.] Laboratory. For more information about the projects featured on this compilation, visit the [Esc.] Laboratory website.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Breaking News

Four days ago, the Institute lost radio contact with the airship Jane Guy in the midst of a coded transmission. After repeated attempts to restore contact failed, the Dept. of Exploration dispatched the air-clipper Man-Cub to the Guy's last logged location (not without a certain smug air of step-aside-we'll-handle-this, if I may say so). It may just be a down transmitter. But if it's not, the Dept. assures us that crew of the Man-Cub is trained to handle "these kinds of situations." Updates will be made available as soon as they are declassified.

If you have any information pertaining to the whereabouts or fate of the Jane Guy, please contact the Plaguedream Institute immediately. Your prompt action may prevent disaster.

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In other news, the members of To Repel Ghosts have been on unofficial (and unauthorized, dammit) leave since the completion of their recent album Partisan Songs. I apologize to any and all correspondents who have been awaiting responses to their queries while TRG are away. I have been trying to get them to forward me their login information so that I can take care of administrative tasks like approving MySpace Friend requests, but in the meantime I respectfully ask for your patience.

I suppose I can't blame them for cutting loose once in a while - they're unnaturally wed to their research, and I'm sure it takes its toll - but a little bit of notice (or a contact address, or something) would have been appreciated.


Sunday, March 2, 2008

New Release: Fabrizio Torri - Funny Thoughts

Fabrizio Torri - Funny Thoughts
[free download, 320kpbs mp3]

i like when the strings can be seen. (i believe it's called metafiction, a kind of metalanguage). when children play "let's pretend", using the past tense to speak of what they are still about to do. when a painter doesn't hide "pentimenti".

Funny Thoughts" is a showcase of hypotheses for songs. in this six-packed collection you can find tunes that can be whistled, if one wishes to do so, together with thought-provoking chords progressions and interesting rhythmical parts. listen to them more than once, if you really want to catch them, because they'll try in every way to escape you. forewarned is forearmed.

01...The Livornine Laws
02...Wit (to M.)
04...Tongue in Cheek
05...Why a Duck
06...Herbert H. Heebert

Funny Thoughts is presented at CD-quality 320kbps.