Friday, April 07, 2006

Starchild




"... he waited, marshalling his thoughts and brooding over his still untested powers. For though he was master of the world, he was not quite sure what to do next. But he would think of something."

- Arthur C. Clarke: 2001: A Space Odyssey


Delusions of grandeur and low self-esteem being different sides of the same coin (as are manic and depressive), one struggles for years to attain some sort of stable and "realistic" mindset and worldview, not to speak about... ahem, cough... "peace of mind", but the paradox lies therein that the world really does not seem to revolve around any "realistic" and "rational" standards. The more one tries to give up one's negative qualities such as the solipsistic self-centredness, egotism, greed and envy (and any other such things that were in the pre-Enlightenment times called "mortal sins"), the more one becomes disillusioned by the fact that even though these qualities are officially frowned upon, in the world of prevailing double standards (and double-binds), these are actually encouraged and found positive! Because aren't these exactly the ideals of the world of aggressive, ever-expanding capitalism seeking ever-larger profits, and also of the obsessive-compulsive media cult of celebrity? An imminent moral decline may ensue -- why should one seek to pursue any high moral standards when society and the whole world around one seem to refuse to do so? Is man in fact a higher entity full of divine potential, or just an animal amongst other animals? Blessed be those who can sleep their nights in peace without having to worry about any moral constraints!

As for yours truly, I'm at the moment seeking for strength and some sort of, ahem, spiritual guidance, even though I don't exactly know what the source of that would exactly be.

The main task at hand, of course, would be finding a publisher for our long-prepared album. I don't want to publish myself any more because without having any sort of decent distribution that's virtually a dead-end job, and in fact I'm planning to fold pHinnMilk Recordings after the release of Club Telex Noise Ensemble's CTNERMX II remix collection (there's still not enough material together for that compilation, so that will yet take some time).

My own DJ activities seem to have waned, withered away and vanished altogether. I don't know why; there just hasn't been an appropriate occasion or no one has asked me to play, and I haven't been into pushing myself any more. I'm not into being a "genre DJ", anyway, and I'm not too enthusiastic about being classified as an "electro DJ" or an "IDM DJ", or whatever. Why can't I play in the same set, for example, some Drexciya tracks, a bit of Bollywood film music and perhaps an old Scott Walker song? Because that confuses people, messes up those little neatly categorized and tightly separated genre boxes in their brains. Plus of course, there's always the question of "technical competence": it was quite describing when I once asked from a local DJ if I could perhaps play at one of their clubs, and he just quipped: "Just when you have learned to mix"; then probably realising just how blunt this sounded, added something like "perhaps some time in the future, we'll see". And that was it, in the end I never heard from the guy.

So, "sore grapes, pHinn", you might say now, but the fact is that I don't really care. With DJing, I can really take it or leave it, and the scales seem to have tipped for the latter. Once there was a time when there was nothing I could have wanted more.

Anyway, "don't complain, don't explain" seems to be the rule of thumb here. Any perceived injustices don't matter, and talking about those only indicates paranoia and persecution syndrome, going against the "happy-go-lucky" ideal.

Making our own music is more important at the moment anyway than playing someone else's (I've already done here my whining about the difficulties of arranging clubs, etc. etc. etc.; just check the archives if having a morbid interest in that). Doing Kompleksi, I think with Mike Not we are a working team, and on many occasions I've noticed even a sort of musical telepathy between us (for the lack of a better word), when doing a track everything just seems to "click", and no further explanations are needed. Just like "this is exactly how I would have done it myself".

Now I have a strong feeling this is why I am on this planet. This is my purpose.

4 comments:

Peter said...

Don't get too disheartened by things like DJing.. The scene is such that if you can beat match you can probably get away with about 6 records all night. Its part of the reason why dance music has been in decline, its less and less about what people play and more about having the 'right' skills of being a beat match nerd. Sad but true.

And credit to you for trying to push and promote different music. Its just a shame that people don't really think for themselves, and just consume whatever crap is pushed at them by the marketing departments. Are we really right to be this cynical?

pHinn said...

Thanks for your kind words, Peter! Well, obviously I don't worry too much about the disappearance of my my DJing "career" now. There are always other roads to travel -- never get stuck in one rut!

casionova said...

This is the only non-political blog (I actually mistyped that as 'pHlog' !) I regularly read - because you are a long term unemployed hard working intelligent depressive who sees the world for what it is, and there are damn few of us saying what we think on this internet thingy.

on the dj front: the function DJ's have for me is that they are people who buy records I would like and play them in public so I can hear it (preferably on a loud good sound system and surrounded by fellow appreciators).

So the prerequisite for MY kind of DJ's is taste - and you had that in spades.

Obviously what I consider to be the DJ function is grossly different to everyone else. sounds like you made a good decision to stop putting up with the crap and throw yourself into making music. ace!

oh and mister pHinn switched me onto Stanislaw Lem, who has led me to my only solace during these times. civilisations rise/fall/rise/fall/rise/fall and ours is gonna fall disgracefully cause we KNOW what causes falls. Lem's contemplations of deep time and the far far future and our relationship with our machines and our minds gives me hope - that maybe in fifty thousand years time those intelligent machines that sprung from us have finally got it together.

here:
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/philosopher/default.htm

is neat a little program that was on the radio today (Saturday 29 April 2006) about Lem. have a listen, I think you'll like it.

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