Not much is know about the last few years of Preston G Parallax‘s murky existance. After we found theÂ flounderingÂ Sci-Fi hack in a Berlin backsreet, trying to proclaim the intermingled co-existenceÂ of rubber-masked energy beings to a red Volkswagen Polo, he seemed to be suffering from some form of amnesia. To say that this amnesia was selective was a hideousÂ understatement. Preston’s power of recall was anÂ over-fastidious Emperor, whose capriciousÂ taste would readily gulp down bitter memories of being dropped by his publisher or some interminableÂ anecdoteÂ with glee, yet would toss rememberingÂ to take out theÂ rubbish over his shoulder like a halfÂ gnawedÂ chicken leg.
His journal offered little assistance. Â For the last 5 years Preston had recorded his life in Crawloz, a language spoken by the Crawillian race who appear only twice in his early work. With less than a passing interest in the magnificent complexities of linguistics, he spent the summer of 1985 fabricating an entire alien language, so that the brief passages of CrawillianÂ dialogue contained in his would be more ‘realistic’*. Unfortunately he forgot to tell anyone anything at all about the language. He also destroyed all the documentation he created in that heady summer – in case the human race ever made contact with the Crawillians, and he could thus warn them of the brutal C.I.A pursuit they would inevitably encounterÂ .
The quasi-coherent, paranoid last of Preston’s recorded days make for disturbing reading, and we only share these grim extracts with you today in the hope that someone is out there is able to dechiper them.
September 6th 2005
Received a letter from Packard today. That old dog, still mocking me after all these years. Little does he know that I’ve been working on this century’s ‘2001’. My ‘The Time Machine’ of the modern age that will wipe that smug grin from his face. Tomorrow I finish chapter 4. Must also rememberÂ to pick up myÂ prescriptionÂ from â€ he Â©hâˆ‘m^sâ€ Â´.
September 7th 2005
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September 8th 2005
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*They were translated in English before publishing.
Design A Wave are one of 20JFG’s secret obsesssions that we have been yearning to share with you since the sublime day we first heard them. Now they have a new 12′ out, and a track duly featured on Rough Trade’s recent synthwave comp – meaning that we may finally see them in these eager pages.
Design a Wave are a London based occasional ensemble comprised of the SynthÂ GeniusÂ from Cleckhuddersfax, and a cast of rotating vituosos who lived for the last 15 years in the warped part of Bernard Edward’s mind. Â Hippasus is a scratched early Pulp vesselÂ pilotedÂ by a post punk vocalist elite, his onlyÂ companionÂ on this journey a marbled plastic drum machine who robot claps out the unique timeÂ signature that sends this pop-enhancedÂ vesselÂ into Crawillan Hyperspin. The magical ‘Remedy’ also featured on the Rough Trade comp is Gloria Gaynor being sat down and told that she wasn’t 100%Â responsibleÂ for the disco movement by a well meaning Swell Maps.
Live on Your yard EP is availiable from the magnificent Alter records, who also recently broadcast an ancient codec from the HieroglyphicÂ Being, and in fact their entire back catalogue is severely worth checking out.