In 1975, French philosopher Félix Guattari gave an important lecture at the University of Vincennes. During it, he announced the advent of internet-era ‘informatics machines’ for profiling and controlling people by tracking their movements and communications and predicting their behaviours and emotions.
This influential speech has been audio-synthesised in Chaos Variation I, the debut EP of Obsolete Capitalism Sound System and the Network Ensemble. ‘La Machine Informatique Urban Sonata Remix’ by the Network Ensemble was recorded using a custom-built machine able to translate data it captures from surrounding wireless networks into sound, in real time.
Chaos Variation I is released on NUKFM, as a form of sonic writing sitting alongside the collection of essays Moneta, Rivoluzione e Filosofia dell’avvenire (Obsolete Capitalism Free Press, 2016). Available on bandcamp and Rough Trade record stores.