Invisible PAIN Field Generator (7. Unfinished Parking Garage) 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 recording documents an acoustic exploration of a parking garage in the basement of an uninhabited, high-rise, condo building that was under construction. The garage was empty of cars but offered debris and echo. Aside from trespassing, the exploration was innocent.
But the results sound more sinister. They evoke a summary execution in a sordid, abandoned, concrete shelter. This may be a dank place with soggy pornographic magazines piled in the corners — a place that reeks of rotted sperm and murder.
Performers: Kevin Curtis-Norcross, Frank Koustrup
Source: 1986
Edited: 2002-05

Copyright 2006 Frank Koustrup, Kevin Curtis-Norcross

  • Year of composition: 2005
  • Duration of the submitted work: 2:08
  • Production: condo garage, home

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