Invisible PAIN Field Generator (10. The Hatred of the Party) 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.

”The Hatred of the Party” is a segment of dada readings from the Invisible PAIN Field Generator radio broadcast. These readings come from materials that include bank notices, debate rules for a student council election, instructions to radio announcers, and editorials from an American Communist Party newspaper. The title comes from a phrase in this newspaper, “The hatred of the party is directed at …”, and dates to a walk in Detroit in 1984. Two other encounters occurred during that walk. Someone needed a dollar for cigarettes. The second wanted to sell drugs. Gave the dollar. Didn’t buy the drugs — Detroit was already strange enough. To end, the American Communist Party admonishes us to procreate prodigiously. Percussion brings this point home in a youthfully obvious manner.
Source: 1985
Edited: 2000-2005

Copyright 2006 by Phillip Grant, Frank Koustrup, Kevin Curtis-Norcross

  • Year of composition: 2005
  • Duration of the submitted work: 2:26
  • Production: CHRW-FM, home

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