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 two debut tracks by Obsolete Capitalism Sound System (La Machine Informatique Dub) and the Network Ensemble (La Machine Informatique Dub – Urban Sonata Remix). The Network Ensemble recorded their debut track using a custom-built machine which translates signals captured from surrounding wireless communication into sound in real time.
La Machine Informatique, included in the collection of essays Moneta, Rivoluzione e Filosofia dell’avvenire (Obsolete Capitalism Free Press, 2016) as a form of experimental sonic writing, is released via bandcamp as a digital download and a double-sided EP. The publication was designed by a member of the Demystification Committee.