Invisible PAIN Field Generator (12. Learning is Lifelong Process) 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.

Two beats — ‘Latin’ on top, ‘rock’ as bass — are the core of this composition. Relative to most Invisible PAIN Field Generator material, “Learning is a Lifelong Process” has a sunny, cheerful mood.
It was recorded during an early-morning session. Tape echo bounces the beats across the stereo field. Tape loops play readings of text from labels in the studio and a newspaper from the garbage can.
This newspaper promoted night school courses with the slogan, “Learning is a lifelong process”.
Source: 1985
Edited: 2005

Copyright 2006 Frank Koustrup

  • Year of composition: 2005
  • Duration of the submitted work: 4:09
  • Production: Fanshawe College, home

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