Thing and Nothing
He wakes up with his underwear around his knees.
He has a whore for any occasion and salesman to kill. Fuck.
Simon Still is driven to murder the slave master of the woman he loves. The
master, known as Mashpee Mungquack, is a household appliance, the woman is
for sale, and Simon's only alliance is a deceptive adventerer.
predictions of a computer networked society is praised by the media, sanctioned
by government and passionately embraced by computer weenies. The
terror that humans will stop natural and physical communication altogether
is what visionaries may one day call Actual Reality. Thing & Nothing's
anti-hero, Simon Still, is ruined and dehumanized by the computerized society
his parents at the turn of the century had championed.
WHAT IS THIS?
Thing and Nothing" is a chaotic, manic, circus of an album about love,
sex, technology, and murder. Its an opera or a radio play of sorts - it has
four + characters who sing their way through a twisted 60 minute plot about
virtual reality and finding sex/murder on the future's internet (much like
'The Matrix" , but more like a computerized "The Cell" in
themes). The singers sing, talk, scream and howl through the drama. The dialog
and poetic (and sometimes sexual, filthy, and cruel).
THE SONGS run together
like an opera - there are no 3 minute songs separated by space, the action
flows from one song to another. Although there are 37
tracks on the CD, the music carries about 12 main musical themes, with 50
sub themes. The whole story is broken into five large movements or chapters.
track titles help tell the story.
THE MUSIC is a circusy, orchestral midi-bomb,
with a virtual orchestra playing synthetic, sampled violins and timpanies
and fugal horns and drums and cellos
and tubas and saxophones and harps. No ones' being fooled that this is
a real orchestra, but the tone and grandness of huge band is captured to support
singers singing and screaming. There are no beebs and blips, and no disco-beats
or electronica to be found here. The music is fast - like punk rock or
- and its grand like Shastakovich or Holst - and its discordant like Stravinski
or Bartok - and its sometimes ethereal and textured like Cocktiel Twins
or My Bloody Valentine - and sometimes it is slow and sensual like a sexy Kate
Bush number - but most of the time ITS ABSURD like Mr. Bungle or John Zorn.
sounds a little like...Mr. Bungle, A Danny Elfman movie soundtrack, Oingo-boingo,
Nomeansno if they were a twenty piece, the soundtrack from
a Warner Brothers's
cartoon, Kate Bush when she's crazy or sexy, Stravinski, an updated,
industrial strength Jesus Christ Superstar, moments of Faith No More, a touch
Valentine, parts of Thought Industry, like the Damned's "Phantasmagoria",
or like Killing Joke, John Zorn, lots of uppidy ska beats, um, Screwtape
y1.993k, The Victim's Family, maybe Portishead sometimes, and even Queen.
performers include Brent Oberlin from Thought Industry, Chris Bryers
of Sleet and Twitch, Michelle Graf of Blue Dahlia and Colin Bradford
and Undercast. Music and words by Jeff Till himself.
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