Category Archives: Antoni Maiovvi

Total Eclipse of the Quark

Contrary to what you may think, the 20jazzfunkgreats diaspora likes to keep informed, and from time to time, participate in the key debates of that ‘real world’ of yours which floats parallel to the alternative dimension from which we broadcast. We still care for all you fleshers, left behind in a universe of scarce resources and crippling entropy. Today it’s the Great Stagnation that concerns us.

To simplify a lot, the ‘Great Stagnation’ thesis argues that median salaries in Western economies (and particularly the USA) have stalled because you have picked all the lower hanging fruit that was available for growth –  you have exploited the land, educated your population and reaped the rewards from technological breakthroughs earlier in the century. And now things are getting harder, and slower. Being the sci-fi aficionados that we are, we are of course interested on the technological bit of the argument, and its future implications.

We must say that, from the Lagrangian standpoint of post-humanistic singularity where our space station orbits, your future surely isn’t what it was cracked up to be. Yes, you have digital tablets and motion user interfaces, but no flying cars. Yes, you can access all of mankind’s imprecise knowledge base for free, but you still rely on notoriously unstable sources of energy. Yes, you have deciphered your genome, and will soon be able to engineer beautiful babies in abandoned oilrigs standing over fraught international waters, but you will be doing it for all the wrong reasons.

You are still stuck in this planet, all your genetic eggs in the same basket, waiting for the endogenous or exogenous conflagration that will erase you from the face of the universe. You need to sort it out, for your sake and ours– if you go, we are going to be stuck without human culture to devour and retransmit across the galaxy. For all its faults, your species is at its average amusing, at its best inspiring.

We would love to hook you up with the novel scientific constructs and amazing alien artefacts that we play with every day, but the protocols of the Cosmic Confederation to which we are bound forbids technology transfer to proto-civilisations under level Sigma-5 of evolution. You aren’t ready for contact yet. Either you swim or you drown.

If you are to create the knowledge that will take you to the next level, much needs to be done. We think that music has a role to play in inspiring new generations of curious youngsters to join the ranks of science, challenge established paradigms and break down those disciplinary boundaries that stand in the face of radical discovery. Trendy cop-out’s that merely nick Omni mag’s visuals without a deeper appraisal of its substance won’t suffice. No-one said this would be easy. No, we are talking about music that explores the potentialities of space, time and matter, and conveys its mysteries, something that requires a purity of intent, and even a knowledge of the subject.  Why shouldn’t a phD in physics be a meaningful pathway into pop stardom? As we reported last week, it happens in TV. So it should for music, otherwise your future is gronked.

Here you have some exemplars of music with the right stuff.

Emmanuel Tegel’s Solaris is featured in Love OD Communications release for ‘Earthbound – Surfing the Apocalypse’ transmedia project. The world needs more Utopian disco celebrating the moment when humanity stares at its reflection in the enigmatic mirror of an alien intelligence. If anyone was to re-issue Eduard Artemiev’s transfixing soundtrack for one of the most definitive classics of science-fiction ever made, they should seriously consider including this tune as a bonus. That is a seriously cool compliment in our book of Tarkovski/Lem worship.

Emmanuel Tegel – Solaris

Antoni Maiovvi’s Hot Biology EP packages the transcendent thrills of information exchange and extropic emergence which unfold at the micro/meso/macro level (quantum/cellular/cosmic) in a literally hi-NRG package that should be discussed in STEMNet afterschool clubs across the nation, not least because it sounds like Giorgio Moroder producing The Chase after a levitational epiphany over the dorky crop-circles of Fermilab’s Tevatron.

Antoni Maiovvi – Hot Biology

We embrace science as the collective trial-and-error adventure through which mankind makes sense of its environment, and crucially, learns to transform it in a non-short-sighted, non-destructive way. In doing this we don’t simply look forward, but also backwards and sideways, accepting that metaphysical constructs developed in cultures that some may disdain as ‘scientifically primitive’ have much to contribute to our understanding of the universe.

Maria Minerva’s stunning ‘Noble Savage’ EP, out in the brilliant 100% Silk Not Not Fun dance offshoot seems delivered from a Pacific atoll where slim priestesses have bootstrapped their belief system into a logically consistent, empirically sound cosmology through pure thought experimentation, and psychedelic revelries acquired after keen observation of the cycle of the tides and migration of the species at a pristine beach expanding as far as the eye can see.

The proof is sketched on the white sand, footprints that describe complexly choreographed festivals through which the tribe completes the universe, to the beautiful drone of a primeval techno anthem.

Maria Minerva – Hagasuxzzavol

DanZe XtraVaganZa

azari

Azari & III already made one of our favourite tunes of the year with the growling sexual menace of their malfunctioning, Voguing android, machine anthem, “Hungry For The Power”, and they continue to astound us with their latest high precision dancefloor killer in the making.

Around these parts anyone who sees fit to unleash the ghosts of chicago house upon unassuming night time marauders like the E.P.A. jerk who unwittingly shuts down the Ghostbuster’s spirit containment grid and lets loose a supernatural storm of activity upon NYC, is more than fine by us. Just imagine that grizzled old corpse in the taxi driver’s seat is in fact the grizzled old corpse of Hercules about to whisk you away into the black of the night for the cocaine joyride of your life, and the glowing blue gangling monstrosity that emerges from the subway in a flurry of screams and panic is the spirit of Ralphi Rosario returned to console all the fierce, yet sad eyed bubble divas in the world. Just know that somewhere in Vancouver luminescent beams of light are being projected through the roof of a long abandoned warehouse, still strong with the smell of dancing sweat and poppers, releasing these orbs of perfect jack-house energy into the atmosphere., and that’s a very good thing.

Azari & III – Reckless (With Your Love)

witch

Continuing on with the good vibes, and on familiar future-Argento pool party territory we find ourselves hidden behind ruby velvet curtains gazing onwards with curiosity and abject horror at a group of semi robotic, re-animated eurotrash witches, all decked out in poison sleek, vintage black Gucci, snorting red mystery powders off of slabs of pure gold engraved with an indecipherable ancient scripture as they sway and cavort and absorb the pagan party atmosphere, spines tingling, aroused by the felt presence of their High Queen’s spirit, unseen, but lingering in the air waiting to be reborn, at the kind of gathering you would expect to find something like the Antoni Maiovvi’s Carpenter sex-scene, bloodied dagger disco sounds to be on inevitable heavy rotation. Anyone who can claim to having conceived their new album as the soundtrack to a nonexistent 1983 Italian sci-fi giallo starring Barbara Cupisti and Ian McCulloch surely deserves their place there?

Antoni Maiovvi – The Chase: Part 1

Loop Festival

It’s the Loop festival this weekend in Brighton.

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As well as featuring artists like  Joakim, Feaver Ray, Telepathe, Fujiya & Miyagi, The Juan Maclean and lots of your favourite bands Loop also incorporates digital arts, this year with help from the people of onedotzero.

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ondotzero’s original ICA shows were the thing to be in for more cutting edge videos. They curated the best of computer generated work when the internet still wasn’t up to streaming video,  and it was a place you could go and see stuff that was maybe only shown on MTV2’s 120minutes.

The more abstract stuff that wasn’t a commission, you’d be hard pressed to find it accessible outside a gallery show.

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This years Loop audio-visual content is all programmed in conjunction with onedotzero.

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So it’s looking like a nice weekend for a trip to the seaside plus some great bands and multimedia fun. See you there!

Buy tickets for the Loop Festival here.