Since 2009, artist Marc O’Callaghan has been experimenting in self-programing his own life by methods extracted from DIY ceremonial magick, inspired by those suggested by currents such as the Temple Ov Psychick Youth: systems of demistified magick in which the individual reclaims control of his or her own self-initiatic construction, where creative freedom with no moral limits is the fundamental tool. As it is usual in these kind of processes, Marc kept taking note of his experiments and all kinds of symbolic synchronicities, writing down diaries that would establish some sort of personal jurisprudence oriented towards the management of chance.
Two of these diaries, covering years 2010 and 2011, have been recently recited and audio recorded by the author as a spoken word piece. These recordings are now released on tape by Barcelona label Cønjunto Vacíø: a label intrinsically connected to the author and to the scene in which he has been moving around in the recent years, and that adheres itself to the same subcultural premises that vertebrate these diaries.
PURGA is a duo composed of Afonso Ferreira (FARWARMTH, HRNS) and João Rochinha (UNITEDSTATESOF, ADW), two young producers from Portugal. Their collaboration is one that started in an informal way after meeting online in their very early teenage years. Countless stems, samples and original piano and guitar recordings have been traded between these two from the start of their individual paths in electronic music. There is a bit of João Rochinha in FARWARMTH and a bit of Afonso Ferreira in UNITEDSTATESOF, each of their solo projects. PURGA is the outlet for their individual ideas, techniques, processes and styles to clash together and be thrown into a particle accelerator. CENTRO holds very true to this statement. The grim, unvarnished drones of João wash away Afonso’s brutal and glossy instrumentation work. The noise textures that crawl under the skin and the oppressive clutch of the intense, surreal sound blasts create anxiety that is almost palpable. But there is space for light under the skin too and you will feel it in short dabs of Senegalese singing, beautiful Erhu playing and the rest of the very dynamic sound pallet of this release. It’s a very immersive listening experience but far from a soothing one. This seems only natural when you learn that PURGA means “purge” in Portuguese. That’s all the two have ever done with their music.
Salary Of Stagnation is German Army’s third release on Cønjuntø Vacíø, a journey that started with Tanna (cassette), continued with Worthless Spectrum (double cassette) and ends now with Salary Of Stagnation (triple cassette). This is German Army’s most ambitious work to date, with 34 songs and more than two hours of new music. Salary of Stagnation elevates German Army’s trademark rhythmic sound collage in the vein of Nocturnal Emissions, Muslimgauze or Cabaret Voltaire to its finest.