Despite all of the “Keep Austin Weird” bumper stickers and signs, Kronos9 recently discovered that Austin Texas is plenty weird and wonderful. Last month’s visit to the annual South X Southwest Festival attracted a fair influx of non-weird corporate types, tech hipsters and the like. However, the natives were out in force and the bugged out Austin architecture, bars and other immovable fixtures stood tall and weird. This short series is a collaboration between Kronos9 (photography) and Enzo23 (graphics + art). Please enjoy Kronos9 vs Enzo23's AUSTINAUT 2018 - punctuated with random "Oblique Strategies" by Brian Eno + Peter Schmidt.
The debut album from the Miami ill-hop underground’s Kronos9 & Mont Carmel is a tripped out ambient beats driven LP (yes vinyl only) codenamed “PHREAKER.” The album’s title is explicitly inspired by phone phreaking. But in Kronos9’s lab the clicks, clunks, beeps, bleeps and bloops of the isolated analog telephone set of your past are reimagined in collaboration with Mont Carmel into a bespoke Su Misura of harmonious chants and eerie melodies. Trapped in exile within these tracks is the being called the Code Poet. this album serves as the soundtrack to a book of poetry published by the entities within ONIWERKS aka “The Demon Workshop” titled “Code poet” also by kronos9.
Kronos9 and Mont Carmel have succeed in producing eleven tracks of sheer neuropathic electronica, a verisimilitude of the early intrusion of analog telephone network hacking in the early 1960s and the late 1980s. Each track is a re-engineered blast from the past with the innovations of the future. Each track; produces soul soothing Rag’s and Surr’s. Numero uno on my list is the track “Therapy App featuring chez mille” the brain fucking, hypnotist vocals by the English artist Chez Mille smoothly articulate horrific examples of hackers accessing implanted bio-medical devices like pacemakers to devastating effect. This track lays waste to both the high tops of your frontal cortex and short circuits your primitive brain stem. The Monorhyme drum kicks of “Orgasm Packet” are digging down into your genitals while pre-second world war German propaganda chills you to the bone.
In “Phone Tap” Kronos9 & Mont Camel weave an intimidating alien trance into an audio debacle of audible ripples and effervescent serenity. Correspondingly the PHREAKER lp is home to the likes of “Cookie Mount” and the “Dookie Selfie Sticks”, featurettes infused with a sense of utter pandiculation. Last but not the least, the all expansive “Aqua Box Plans”, the septuagenarian “Track 11” and its honest lamination at being a comical representation the hysterical infographics of an “in case of emergency landing airline safety card.” Each measure rolls on from one sonic landscape to another within a perfectly void soundstage.
PHREAKER is a remarkable album, crafted with finesse in the heart of Miami, for the hyper-literate hipsters and musical snobs who no doubt read W.S. Burroughs, Tristan Tsara and listen to Brian Eno and Saul Williams. The mischiefs afoot at ONIWERKS (“Oni” Japanese for Demon and “Werkstatt” being German for Workshop) are can be clearly heard within the grooves of PHREAKER.
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Vivienne Westwood creates fashion for the bold, plain and simply said. Her designs have mesmerized us for decades and at the tender age of 76 she continues to delight. Unequivocally and regardless of location (Tokyo, Milan, Manhattan, Helsinki... well you get the idea) when we encounter a woman wearing Westwood in our travels, she is always the best dressed woman in the room. Westwoods designs are quintessentially English, theatrical, instant classics and hyper-punk simultaneously. We love her because she plainly loves what she is doing wholeheartedly.
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Oniwerks® is conducting an exhaustive search for phreaker boxes for an upcoming book. So, if you are familiar with the old-school Heathkit catalog, longingly miss the analog telephone networks and have been itching for a build project involving bread boards... your day has come! Choose + build + win fame + $500 USD!
Respond to this opportunity by downloading FREE EBOOK THE Phreaker’s Recipe Book. Choose and build the box that “speaks to you.” snap 5, high resolution photos of the build, tell us in 1,000 words of less why you choose to BUILD THIS PARTICULAR BOX. Then, sign with your Phreaker handle and email everything to email@example.com. We will jury the boxes and award $500 to the winning Phreaker. The winning box will be professionally photographed (we will send a SHIPPING LABEL TO YOU) and featured on the cover of the forthcoming book.
DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT OCTOBER 1, 2017
Kronos9 busy composing new analog work at Gramps' (Miami) "Artists in Decadence" series, April 2016. Photography courtesy of Dinna Alexanyan.
Rocket & Wink has long been famous for maximize size and increasing performance. This time they have outdone themselves. They proudly present the Rawman 3000. The first portable vinyl player from the 80s. The Rawman 3000 produces such a big, rich sound, that it only can be compared to a very elaborate and expensive component stereo record player system. Yet, it´s so small that you can take it anywhere you go . There is really no way to convey the remarkable sound quality of this little machine. You´ve got to hear it.
The Rawman comes with featherweight (1.4. oz.), stereo headphones, USB Port, Smartcard, antenna for Bluetooth connection and practical carrying strap. Furthermore an exclusive Hot-Line button which lets you carry-on a conversation or sing along over the music.
Eleven tracks of iIll-Hop electronica composed by Kronos9 and Mont Carmel in Miami. The album is a collection inspired by Phone Freaking, an early form of hacking that targeted the analog telephone networks of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
"Buy it Once" is a curated collection of 50 modern heirlooms worth of your attention and if possible purchase. During conversation about the modern life we came to realize that the concept of heirloom is simply not part of the conversation any longer. We are all busy chasing the next disposable soon to be obsolete product. Worst yet, we now have the tendency to purchase the same shoddy products over and over and over again. Why not aggregate those multiple purchase costs into one lump sum and buy a modern heirloom once? Ultimately you will save money while cherishing things as mundane as a waste bin.
The Vinyl Factory is producing some of the most beautiful vinyl releases on the planet today. Everything from the most lavish re-issues of classic Hip-Hop, Progress, Electronica and Rock to top notch audiophile ready new releases and box sets. Everything about this company breathes vinyl. Everyone at Oniwerks encourages a visit to their site - if you are a vinyl-head you won't be disappointed.
Kronos9's new collection of broken word poems titled "Code Poet" is on sale now at Amazon.com. The poetry collection is a first for and artist renowned locally for his experimental ambient electronica compositions. However, the poems are no less experimental and eschew traditional structure and typical themes. Starting with a predominantly Haiku as a framework, Kronos9 stylistically breaks apart and remixes the poetic form as a matter of craftsmanship. Broad themes of communication in the age of the internet, technology as fetish and interpersonal mediation are thoroughly explored in "Code Poet."
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Peter Dean Rickards was a much more than a photographer, publisher, Banksy identifier, cinematographer . I knew Peter first and foremost as a keen observer and lover all things culturally valuable to Jamaica. I met Peter when he was publishing the remarkable blog Afflicted Yard (1999-2014). We hit it off immediately because we shared the same interests (humor, culture and a punk DIY approach to expressing one’s perspective). Afflicted Yard was irreverent, funny but most of all brutally honest in it’s assessment of the state of Jamaican culture. It allowed the audience to peek under the hood to great effect. This is something that Peter would continue to accomplish with each new project including the critically acclaimed First Jamaica - perhaps the most beautiful (visually and editorially) magazine ever published in Jamaica.
On December 31, 2014 Peter Dean Rickards succumb to cancer. He remains sorely missed.
Oniwerks® is now accepting pitches for experimental writing such as: short stories,novels, stream of consciousness and other far out ramblings of the mad via twitter. You may become our next published author.