AUTHOR: TRAX 0982
GENRE: punk / musique concrete / psychedelic / abstractism / avant-garde / electroacoustic / power electronics / sound art / experimental / collage art / noise / nonmusic / networking / conceptual art / industrial music / drone music
FORMAT: winzip file
ARTWORK: collectible do it yourself mini poster digifile / inserts
EDITION: web edition / free | collectible
REPRINT WITH NEW E-XTRA!!!!
Complete original release, including flyers and photos of TRAXx era; a special text by Rod Summers and a new 25 minute's long piece, mixed and arranged by Gianluca Becuzzi with source materials from Nigel Ayers / Nocturnal Emissions, Simon Balestrazzi, Pietro Riparbelli / K11, Fabio Orsi, Rod Summers!!!
The international pioneeristic network sound art project of the arly '80 live AGAIN!!!!!
One year after the reprint as a free download and limited edition cd of the Trax 0983 Anthems project, Radical Matters reproposes with the same formula the first vinyl album produced by the atypical group/label TRAX in the distant year 1982. Following up a series of audiocassettes assembled with similar methodologies (Technodeath, Horrorbox, The Cop Killers, etc.), this pioneering album conceived and coordinated by Piermario Ciani synthesized brilliantly the idea of a “telematic” (and “modular”) music, composed and played through collaborations at distance, a concept explored before the age of Internet both by activists of the heterogeneous international “tape network” and by exponents of the “serious” electronic music scene, for example Pietro Grossi.
As usual in this series of reprints started in 2007 with the double cd Rednight, Gianluca Becuzzi took care of the remastering from the original vinyl and added a new experiment in composition at distance (NewXtra). Nigel Ayers is the only participant of Xtra that has been involved again, creating thirty years later an ideal bridge between the two projects. For the occasion, I immersed myself once again in the archive of memories, digging up some images and documents of the period (the Grand Trax 0184 box, in particular, contained some graphics originally created for a deluxe edition of the Xtra lp, never completed), added here as an extra bonus and testimony of the multimedial disposition of the whirl of products and events that TRAX got under way between 1981 and 1987.
Whatever happened to the original TRAX Units? Some friends (to whom this reprint is dedicated) have sadly come to an untimely end, others are still active in areas connected to the artistical and musical scene, even with high-profile results (like Massimo Giacon in the fields of design, comics and contemporary art, or Martin Hall, who has become in Denmark a cult writer and composer), yet others are today professors of high repute or hold public offices in the cultural sector (Martina, Ciullini). If you appreciated the unique mixture of bizarre new wave, darting elettropop, ferocious industrial-noise and minimalist ambient of Xtra, let us know, we will feel more motivated to retrieve a few other rare relics. Once more, my warmest thanks go to all the authors involved and to Gianluca Becuzzi and Sandro Gronchi, without whose genuine enthusiasm this work would have never seen the light of day. - Vittore Baroni, January 2011 -
Full lenght audio: 45':00"
Edition, Curating, Design by V.B. | P.M.C. | M.G. | SG.
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