Invisible PAIN Field Generator (5. Surly Applause) Frank Koustrup


The “Invisible Pain Field Generator produces a directional field of moderately intense pain to back of head up to 50’. Cigarette pack size enclosure is easily hidden.”
Inspired by the sheer malice of such a device, the Invisible PAIN Field Generator performed three times. First was an improvised, radio broadcast one wintry night in 1985. Last were as an intermission act at a bar on Easter weekend, 1986. Within months, the members left town.
This compilation is a 60-minute, radiophonic show. It combines and juxtaposes recordings of the performances with thematically similar material. The sources are noisy and feature debris from highways, railways, alleyways, and inside abandoned factories. Plug everything together. Use really shitty tape. Play with the buttons. These original experiments were almost instant. Editing and processing took half a decade.
Not all music has to uplift. But relax. The Invisible PAIN Field Generator is invisible; really quite safe. Just don’t point it at a dog.

This is the applause from the final performance of the Invisible PAIN Field Generator. It ends with a burp and a snide comment. The Invisible PAIN Field Generator was not greatly missed.
Performers: the audience
Source: 1986
Edited: 2002

Copyright 2006 Frank Koustrup

  • Year of composition: 2002
  • Duration of the submitted work: 0:24
  • Production: Onyx Tavern, home

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