microphyst: high octane sex death (2009).

beatwife: all over yer face (2009).

two releases on ideation records out of edinburgh. they have a lot more goodies worth paying attention to there also. microphyst has been mashing it on illphabetik and elsewhere and beatwife is unhinged.

merry 2010.


the paper i wrote for this event, on noise, 'meaning', representational violence and internet filtering:
‘extreme’ music and graphic representation online.
this is the final draft and has not yet been through peer review. if i got it horribly wrong, let me know. in fact let me know if you have any thoughts or feelings about it, some of the argument approaches the 'controversial'. the abstract reads:

Previously obscure musical genres, traditionally mediated by tape trading, mail order and the like, become relatively public as they migrate into online environments. The niche is now easily available in ‘pirated’ format: mp3 blogs post links to material which was previously only available on limited-run cassette or vinyl. Such material also circulates widely on peer-to-peer networks, and listeners can conveniently find each other and new bands through platforms such as Last.fm. One such genre is considered here: power electronics or ‘noise’. The textual and visual material around power electronics is presented as a limit case for considering the grounds upon which censorship operates in Australia.
Power electronics has a longstanding thematic preoccupation with transgressive content, and it addresses such issues from a complex and sometimes indeterminate position, ultimately leaving judgement with the listener. However, such material appears increasingly problematic where there is no grasp of the context of use, and no grasp of the often surprisingly nuanced approach taken by the artists and fans involved. Ambivalence is characteristic of the subtle orientations evident in power electronics, and this has in the past led to interpretive problems inside and outside of the subculture. Regardless of whether an argument can be made about the aesthetic merits of this genre, its increasing online visibility is inflected in the Australian context by a legal framework likely to criminalise it ‘on sight’. This is an imposition which obfuscates the meaning of the material, its social use, and most seriously, the broader societal context which gives rise to such material in the first place.





fully sick mashcore shiznit (mate), especially the last tune. blurb reads:

Hailing from Slovakia, Non Human delivers four slices of superb gabbabreakcorejungle mash-up jiggery pokery. With more pop-culture references than you could shake a stick at, this e.p will get any party started!

1. Mash Dat Shit
2. Bombaclat
3. War Nah Done
4. Trip


hentai lacerator. incredible abstract grindpunk skronk out of dayton, ohio. i'm really glad something sounds like this. robert inhuman of realicide on vocals. it's about slimer hentai.
realicide have a kind of megatorrent, which i'm still waiting to see if it moves.


simplemente mortal y brutal. narcotico.

out on day of the droids, a breakcore netlabel from barcelona. especially the 4th track, idiot pilot, with finegrain, superfast amens and quick-fix anthemic aspect.

the other releases are also quality, although the mp3s are locked and the metadata is missing, not so cool maybe depending on your media player and how you use it.



grindhouse schlock, maybe in a good way, i couldn't tell. it sure seemed to last a long time.


The 2nd Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2010 in Hong Kong: Call for Papers

Date: June 22 (Tues) - 23 (Wed), 2010

Venue: NAH 208, Humanities Bldg
New Asia College The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong (http://mmlab.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/CMT/CM.aspx?lang=e&bldgId=119).

* About the campus map, transportation and shuttle bus, see below: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/v6/en/campus_map/campus_map.html.

Organized by:
Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (http://interasiapop.org/)
School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Institute for East Asian Studies, Sungkonghoe University

Conference theme:
Genres of Popular Music in Asia

Key Note Speaker
Motti Regev (The Open University of Israel)

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Inter-Asia Popular Music Conference in Hong Kong in collaboration with School of Journalism and Communication in the Chinese University of Hong Kong at 22-23 June 2010. After having the first conference at Osaka in 2008, we move forward to having the next one at Hong Kong, the birthplace of one of the most popular and most globalized sounds of Asia: Cantopop.

The studies on Asian popular music are still in its embryonic stage. There is no institution devoted to popular music studies within Asian universities, neither is there is a journal which specializes on Asian popular music. What we have now is an online based, transnational research portal, Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group in 2007 plus a rapidly growing research network that at the moment includes 80 scholars not only in Asia but also in Europe, America and Oceania. Although the organization has just taken its first steps, there is no doubt that the academic interest in Asia popular music is rising both inside and outside Asia. There is a growing feeling that Asian popular music has not received sufficient attention from international popular music studies and that the existing paradigms of popular music studies may not be that adequate for Asian popular music. This conference will be the unique event to engage with all the scholarly debates surrounding the emerging field of of Inter-Asia popular music studies.

The 2nd conference has a main theme entitled ‘Genres of Popular Music in Asia’. The 2nd IAPMS Conference will focus on different genres of Asian popular music. The central theme is on the emerging specific Asian music genres as a consequence of globalization/inter-Asian cultural flow/hybridization between indigenous and global culture. Rather than just introducing different kinds of music genres in Asia (melody, lyrics, etc), the paper submitted should focus on how these musical genres intersect/ engage with different social, cultural and political arenas. Genres of Asian popular music can cover pop, rock, hip-hop, reggae and any other traditional musical expressions in Asia. But we welcome any paper if it seriously studies Asian popular music.

31 December 2009: paper proposal (extended)
31 January 2010: acceptance of papers
31 March 2010: registration
31 May 2010: submission of full paper
22-23 June 2010: conference days

Call for papers
The organizers of Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2010 in Hong Kong would like to invite paper presenters to send their abstracts (not more than 250 words) before 31 December, 2009 to; asianpopstudies@gmail.com

If you have any inquiries, please feel free ask asianpopstudies@gmail.com or to local host Anthony Fung anthonyfung@cuhk.edu.hk

Registration Fee (This is for lunch, no frills)
Waged members: 240 HK$ (=30 US$)
Unwaged members: 120 HK$ (=15 US$)

Organizing Committee
Anthony FUNG (Chinese University, Hong Kong/China)
Angel Lin (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong/China)
Eric Ma (Professor, Chinese University, Hong Kong/China)
Philip Benson (The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong/China)
Masashi Ogawa (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong/China)
You Fai CHOW (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Jeroen de Kloet (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Yoshitaka MORI (Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan)
Tunghung HO (Fu-jen University, Taiwan)
Kai Khiun LIEW (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Viriya Sawangchot (Wathanasala Centre for Cultural Studies, Thailand)
Hyunjoon SHIN (Sungkonghoe University, Korea)
Jung-Yup LEE (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA/Korea)

1) Please use the specific form (download) when you submit paper proposal, which is attached. If you organize panel with more than two people, just fill in ‘the panel title’ as well as paper title in the form (There is no need for further description about the panel).

2) English is the only language in the conference as there is no common language among Asian languages. Translation service can be provided only during questions and answers, if the presenters need it.

3) Please observe that this conference is deliberately scheduled right after the ACS Crossroads 2010 Conference in Hong Kong. For more information on that conference please go to http://www.crossroads2010.org/.


analog cyberpunk, for archivists.



presenting this.
then here:

presenting this. i've previously posted links to all the musical examples i used: here (i remember when), here (orinoco grind), here (copy), and here (both ace of bass rmxs).

there were too many good heads at these amazing events to list right now, but you can find live reviews of the iaspm event here.

in between, some of this:

and of course this: