Invisible PAIN Field Generator (18. Dead Man Theme) 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.

”Dead Man Theme” assembles percussion, feedback, a budgie, distant thunder, a pitch pipe, and spoken words. The spoken words were an experiment to understand the “Number Nine->Turn Me On, Dead Man” secret message in the Beatles’ “Revolution 9”, and to find out how other spoken numbers sounded backwards. Only “Number Nine” was interesting and only if spoken with the same accent and inflection as on “Revolution 9”.
”Dead Man Theme” ends with a monophonic extract from the “Mail Tape”. How it got on the source tape is a mystery. But interesting combinations and overlaps arise when you play tapes that were recorded in 8-track cartridges on reel-to-reel tape players.
Sources: 1982-83, 1987
Edited: 2002-04

Copyright 2006 Frank Koustrup

  • Year of composition: 2004
  • Duration of the submitted work: 1:45
  • Production: Home

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