Invisible PAIN Field Generator (20. Dancing on Hot Coals) 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.

”Dancing on Hot Coals” is a bookend to “Buzz Saw” for when the night becomes too late, too wild, and one does unwise things.
The main body features a ‘Latin’ rhythm and an analog synthesizer played through a mess of effects and distortions. The composition ends with the feedback of a flanger pedal. It was trying to imitate a Theremin, but no one was fooled.
Source: 1985
Edited: 2004-05

Copyright 2006 Frank Koustrup

  • Year of composition: 2005
  • Duration of the submitted work: 6:29
  • Production: Home

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