- cd. limited to 404 numbered copies.
- special cardboard deluxe sleeve.
Our present society progresses and changes at an incredible speed. The amount of information we have access to or that is proposed to us is way greater than it used to be, even 10-15 years ago, thanks for the most part to the rise of Internet and the tremendous pace of progress in existing or new technologies. Researchers of UC Berkeley (Peter Lyman/Hal R. Varian/James Dunn/Aleksey Strygin/Kirsten Swearingen) found that ‘’the world's total yearly production of print, film, optical, and magnetic content would require roughly 1.5 billion gigabyte of storage. This is the equivalent of 250 megabytes per person for each man, woman, and child on earth’’. One can only imagine what it will be like in 10 or 20 years from now…We are submerged in information, overwhelmed by it, the overabundance of information creates a potential or actual ‘’black hole’’, hence the birth of what we shall call the ‘’fear of information’’…Writers and futurologists Alvin and Heidi Toffler were the first to imagine the consequences of the paradigm change associated with the advent of the information era, in all spheres of human activity; the famous 1970 book, ‘Future Shock’, studies the acceleration of progress and its effects on every individual’s psychological structure. According to this book, an individual submitted to too much change in a too-limited time frame would experience stress and disorientation. This would then lead to various acute physical and mental disturbances, called "future shock", accompanied by a feeling of helplessness and inadequacy...Our mind, physiology and social structures are not able to keep up with the rate at which change happens, or with the amount of new data available, on a constant basis…While wandering through those infinite mazes of information, wading through a vast ocean of choices, the individual has to select what is best for him and truly choose and discover himself!
Musically speaking, many artists from the industrial and post-industrial scenes have addressed the topic of future shock, be it explicitly or implicitly; for example SPK, as early as 1979-1980…In 2006, it is still a hot topic, more than ever in fact. With a will to sonically explore the intricate and infinite mazes of information spun in the last few dozens years, and illustrate the tremendous changes which have been occurring during that period and which affect us all, TELEPHERIQUE’s Klaus Jochim and FLINT GLASS’ Gwenn Tremorin have joined forces for this collaborative album, which is indeed a concept album about information overload, the speed at which technological changes occur and the negative effects of this information overload on our psychological state. Both artists have sampled and gathered a great deal of sounds taken from computers or conferences on the topic, in a totally digital way from the FLINT GLASS perspective, and in an analogic/old-school fashion from the TELEPHERIQUE perspective. The idea was to confront the technological evolution with itself in the composition process, in a chronological way, by imagining the evolution from 1980 or so, up until now. You can then expect a pleasing and surprising ‘shock’ between FLINT GLASS’ trademark distorted idm-ish beats, intertwined with sinister and expansive atmospheres, and TELEPHERIQUE’s dirty soundscapes and machinesque old-school and sometimes or often lo-fi drifts for which they have been renowned since 1989. Let aural information flood you!