Wednesday, June 27, 2012

SAMPLE & HOLD : rhk / the war against terror

From the totalitarian point of view history is something to be created rather than learned.
-George Orwell, 1946

Thousand have died in the so-called "War against Terror," an american president's response to the attack of 9/11.  Manufactured with unquestioning theocratic zeal in the hope of creating a new "democratic" Middle East AND procuring a limitless cheap supply of America's drug of choice, oil, this particular construct or rationale or FOLLY continues to this day...mission accomplished?

Richard H. Kirk's  The War Against Terror is a particularly corrosive response. Like the war that seems  to have produced a myriad of brutal acts this 6 track work is one of Kirk's most Merzbowian, ranging from sickening blasts of repeated noise motifs to insistent beats that harken marching orders. Kirk knows only too well the deceptively murky political jargon insistent on the creation of America's imperial history, and also the disinclination of the american populace to allow unpleasantness of any kind to sully the beautiful lie. 

Kirk's NOISE gets right in your face in an attempt to generate a wake-up call...ah, but ignorance is indeed bliss...and we suffer the consequences ultimately.

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