Sunday, May 27, 2007

Negativland: Over The Edge Vol. 7: Times Zones Exchange Project (1994)

The seventh volume of Negativland's Over the Edge series, entitled Time Zones Exchange Project, marked the downfall of the former Soviet Union. The disc is edited entirely from radio broadcasts between 1989 and 1992. The focus of this double-CD set is on the fictitious Howland Island, where a time warp is created in the future to alter the Soviet Union of the past into a free-market nation. A character named C. Eliot Friday and his company Universal Media Netweb are central to the saga. Friday also owns the patent on Mertz, an imaginary drug that helps you make up your mind. Friday's goal throughout the disc is to teach the people of the Soviet Union to learn the ways of a free market, so he can exploit them in the future. More than two hours of audio collages offer mock investigative reporting about Friday, a call-in U.S./Soviet talk-radio show, and the selling of Mertz to the Soviets. This, and the other discs in the Over the Edge series, are, in the end, quality radio drama in the Orwellian tradition. The "Testwave" broadcasts on the second disc were aimed at, as the group called it, "planting the seeds of free market thinking." Testwave is the broadcast manifestation of Time Zones Exchange Project, pointing to the massive size of the U.S.S.R., which spanned 11 time zones. The collection includes 17 tracks of scattered and pieced-together audio experiments marking the historic end of the Soviet superpower. In the end, this is social commentary on the priorities of the United States. The result is a continually engaging, and often disturbing, presentation. Russian language assistance on the disc was performed by Taras Titarenenko. With the tongue-in-cheek help of "Radio Moscow," various Russian musicians, and numerous anonymous callers, the broadcasts became a landmark moment of, as the band puts it, "cultural transference." The radio programs on Time Zones Exchange Project originally aired on KPFA in Berkeley, CA, on the Over the Edge program.
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Disc 1 - Time Zones
mp3 - 160kbps
rar - 79mb

Disc 2 - Testwave
mp3 - 160kbps
rar - 82mb


H. said...

pt 1:

pt 2:

leave a comment and I'll do this more often :)

Brad said...

The kings of collage! They stood my ear on end in the '80s when I first heard "Escape From Noise". I enjoy most everything they do, but probably most enjoy the collage portion of A Big 10-8 Place for the sheer aural poetry.

Thanks for the upload!

H. said...

Thank-you for the comments!

10-8 was my first, but if I had to pick one I would prolly go w/ Helter Stupid! Not so much for HStupid but for Dick Vaughn's Moribund Music!

You can see why I requested OTE Vol. 4 :)

Anonymous said...

All I heard was U2, this was a suprise, thanks. have you listened to Miles Davis' "Dark Msgus" ? It seems to be a jazz equivalent to some of Negativlands' explorations.

Be Well

Anonymous said...

I'm truly grateful for this offering. I was really disappointed that the otherwise complete Negativland discography I got my hands on lacked the second disc of this album, which I found the most fascinating of the OTE albums.

Thanks again. No other possibility.

Anonymous said...

Where is 10-8 Place? I had found it but someone ripped it from vinyl. They show as mp3's, but nothing opens or converts them. Jolly git who did that boner.

griebs said...

outstanding! at long last a bit of brilliance. my deepest regards. truly great..

Ploni said...

!תודה רבה

Anonymous said...

cuts thrill my bones thanks