*IT CAN CHANGE and friends helped out in a big way in compiling
material for Audio Relay's visit to San Francisco.
Tommy Becker | And down came the mighty sword
compilation cd was produced in a large walk-in closet over the period of
two years. It includes short disappearing narratives, heartfelt scores of
power and bits and pieces of blubbering. As the green turned, turned to green-yellow,
beneath the war torn bodies that crows now hopped across, a space opened
for the soil to rise and show it's ugly underpinnings. The warrior, faced
with an axe to the brow, cared little, but the ripe bacteria that had accumulated
from the dead slowly slipped their way into his battered toe nail.
In a matter of a month he, the most valiant, would be placing his foot on
the block and down, down would come the mighty sword.
Flamethrower | 2003
of a drowning machine: manic rhythms, elegiac melodies, monolithic bass
welling up atomized, overdriven, a temperamental eddy of attenuated beats
combed in waves of static, echolocation of recondite memories submerged 'neath
shipwrecked hulk of halcyon days, salvaged in gurgling synthesis of halting
syncopation and interjections ruptured as if with the bends.
Hammer and Throck | Hammer and Throck, 2003
earthquake at the house taken apart by Oakland's Hammer and the basic rule
of Throck is the therapy of atonal impact, of the one. Theatre of cruelty,
Trevor Paglen | Security Housing Unit, 2002
recordings on this CD were made in the Security Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican
Bay State Prison, one of the nation's premiere "supermax" prisons. Built
in 1989 at a cost of $277.5 million, Pelican Bay represents the apex of California
incarceration. The SHU units at Pelican Bay are designed for maximum isolation:
prisoners are kept in small cells 23 hours a day and automated doors ensure
an absolute minimum of interaction with other human beings.
Margaritta Ranjii | Eviction Notice "A,B,C", 2003
Quaker notions of the rehabilitative power of reflection and introspection,
solitary confinement began in American prisons in 1829. The practice was
largely discontinued when it became evident that extended periods of solitary
confinement often led to mental breakdown. Despite repeated court rulings
of Eighth-Amendment violations at Pelican Bay, the supermax model of incarceration
has grown dramatically over the last ten years as American prison policy
has shifted from a philosophy of rehabilitation to one of punishment and
retribution. When it was built, Pelican Bay was one of the first prisons
toregularly keep inmates in isolation for more than 30 days at a time. There
are now an estimated 20,000 people living in 57 supermax units across 42
are part of a large project undertaken by Trevor Paglen with various prison-activist
groups about the everyday geographies of California incarceration. More information
about the project is available at www.paglen.com.
* Source: A
Question of Control by Angela Davis and Cassandra Shaylor. San Francisco
Chronicle, April 9, 2000.
immortal eskimo awakes from 100 years of hibernation, walks the ice in search
of living flesh to sustain his weary body, but the world has undergone a
nuclear apocalypse and he is the only one left save for one giant, fierce
polar bear that also happens to be immortal and starving. muted gusts of
blizzard breath; strident and distorted, loping and stumbling across arctic
wastes, punctuated by keening arcs of atavistic bloodlust: you must fight