Category Archives: Fantastikoi Hxoi

The transport of delight

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Illustration above by Gianmarco Magnani, via Sci-fi-o-rama.

Iain Banks Transitioneers flit between an infinity of possible universes. They occupy a body for a short period, undertake a task, deliver a parcel, send a message, assassinate a foe, or one who would one day become a foe. They are endowed with a special sense of the history of a place called Fragre, which they use to orient themselves as they navigate the many worlds.

20JFG are transitioneers in a way, they drify between the infinity of possible universes which is the musical opus spilling from humanity’s collective Godhead. They are filled and sent, they receive, listen, and die as they do so. The universes represented by the songs that they explore have their own Fragre, a sense of history and place acting as a metadata category which is numinous, it cannot be written.

Let us try and fail, it doesn’t matter. You can flit to the place we are talking about easily, through that door called ‘play’.

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Once we go past a certain event horizon of historical accretion, our past becomes a net absorber of information, rather than a source for it, and each attempt at explanation or comprehension makes things obscurer, and more likely to obsess us– like the millennial architectures that cover the cradles of mankind and civilisation like strange jewels, or scar tissue.

Fantastikoi Hxoi’s latest reconfiguration of Greek folk tunes in Dream Weapons is an evocation of such places, of the sense of threat and awe we feel at their power – power that may be Byzantinely literal, if the conspiracy theorists and Hermetic scholars are correct. Power that is also a demonstrable syllogism because these are the sites where the cultural, religious and military wheels of the leviathan whose belly we inhabit started rolling.  We are in their thrall, and this is their beat.

Fantastikoi Hxoi – Nemesis Beat

Download the rest of the Dream Weapons EP from Fantastikoi Hxoi’s website.

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A sense of déjà vu in the elements of the Police des Moeurs song that describes this world: drum machine beats angular like a brutalist cityscape swerving in parallax past the vector of our mass transit, the burps and cries of synthesisers graphing the trajectory of machines of death and vigilance above, intoning a sad melody for those who fall in love in times of stagflation.

Or a déjà vu in the elements of this world to which the elements of the song refer: the end of spring and a totalitarian flashback, humans turned into data points followed by drones in the sky, and apparatchik algorithms in the digital glasshouse, people fighting machines in the automated marketplace.

This is the world we live in, in the surface in the cusp of tomorrow, at its heart a replica of yesteryear. And this is its natural song, to which we dance and we cry.

Police des Moeurs – Tu as honte parfois

Police des Moeurs’ (bandcamp) ‘Les mécanismes de la culpabilité’ is coming out on Atelier Ciseaux on the 30th of May. You can pre-order it here.

& Here is the video for Échéance, by Emilie Serri

“A call for new and different ways of perception, but presented in a language accessible to all”

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The 20JFG Collective Progress Broadcasting Trust (20JFG-CPBT) welcomes the publication of Betawave X’ Ghetto Hymns for the Earthbound and Weary (GHEW) and uses this opportunity to propose it to the members of its community as a quality assured and efficient tool to acquire the basic grammar and syntax of a language of organic collaboration that will be required if our species is to overcome the challenges ahead.

20JFG-CPBT acknowledges the limitations of a command and control strategy to teach the attitudes and behaviours conducive to the upkeep of common pool resources, investment on long-term scientific, technological and cultural research and development, and communication with species displaying alternative layouts and cognitive arrangements.

20JFG-CPBT endorses a subtler strategy based on the provision of a basic set of sound fables embodying basic axioms which when internalised demonstrate the logical and evolutionary necessity of the behaviours which are conducive to the attainment of those critical goals. GHEW contains several such fables.

One example would be Dignity of Labour below, a unit of astral dance packing many important teachings in a resource-efficient package. To wit, the necessity of avoiding a counter-position of what is right and what is fun, and what can be pondered and what can be danced. 20JFG-CPBT contends that the positive attitude thus attained will reduce friction in the transmission of the messages of mutual aid and workplace empowerment for which this unit is the vessel.

Betawave X – Dignity of Labor

For more information, visit here. Acquire the rest of GHEW here.

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20JFG-CPBT also acknowledges the contribution of Fantastikoi Hxoi’s self-titled document to the preservation of the ancient ‘party’ sounds of the Mediterranean and to the validation of combinatorial theories of creativity.

From a purely practical standpoint, 20JFG-CPBT welcomes the opportunity to dance through its lodging while the contents from FH exit  the sound-speakers at a volume and velocity which would perhaps be socially irresponsible, but have been permitted this time because of the increase the self-same contents have been proved to generate in desirable personality aspects like ‘soul width’, ‘perceptivity of invisible magic dimensions’ and ‘capacity for child-like wonder’.

20JFG-CPBT invites members of its community to share in this experiment through ‘Horizon Unfolding’, the catalogue for ‘Dionysius Eternal’, an exhibition recounting the ages of Rave from the pagan celebrations in the cradle of civilisation, through Medieval Heresies and carnivals to the cycle of the Sufi, and the enlightening metronome of post-war German classicism. ‘Dionysius Eternal’ is being  celebrated at the British Museum in August 2069 if everything goes according to plan.

Fantastikoi Hxoi – Horizon Unfolding

The self-titled document can be acquired here.