Invisible PAIN Field Generator (9. Loop and Percussion) 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.

”Loop and Percussion” is an exploration of found materials — an old reel-to-reel tape recorder and a box of tapes from a garage sale.
The cantus firmus is a loop from a randomly selected reel which seems to be of a steam-powered train. Overlaid is percussion played on material at hand.
All was recorded with a variable-speed recorder onto probably the world’s worst cassette tape. The tape cost 99 cents for 3 cassettes. It came in a bag. The medium made the mess: an antique, degenerated soundscape.
Source: 1984
Edited: 2002-03
PerformerS: Frank Koustrup, Kevin Curtis-Norcross
Copyright 2006 Frank Koustrup and Kevin Curtis-Norcross

Copyright 2006 Frank Koustrup, Kevin Curtis-Norcross

  • Year of composition: 2003
  • Duration of the submitted work: 1:43
  • Production: Home

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