Music for Fireworks
2011 release. In 1978, Philippe Genion bought a guitar for 1000 Belgian francs (25 euros). He connected it to his hi-fi amp, quickly learned how to play "Smoke on the Water" and a few punk songs with two fingers, and within two weeks, pushing the amp more and more to the limit, blew his 200W speakers out. Later, around 1980, he bought an old ARP synthesizer from Walloon band Jo Lemaire + Flouze and started playing with these instruments and a few old flanger and distortion pedals, and started recording songs on a reel-tape recorder belonging to the RTBF. Genion started creating bands with all the friends that he was meeting on the train from Charleroi to Brussels, on the way to the rock concerts he went to several times per week. In this way many bands were created, among which Los Casios, The Presocratic Umbrellas, JTB, Confite Sonar and à;GRUMH, which became a major EBM band of the '80s and now has a practically cult status. In the meantime, parallel to being involved in bands with other people, Genion, who had become S3 EVETS, created three solo projects: A Finger Society, for pop electronic songs, The Penultimate Infinity, for arty projects, not only music but also painting, poems, writing and performances and Polar Praxis for more serious and also industrial music. The only project that became prolific was Polar Praxis. A first tape called Gory Oscillation came out on Titicaca, a long improvisation made on the basis of three cassette tapes, mixed together with live studio interventions. After that, S3 started to compose songs in various styles -- industrial, electro, experimental, minimalistic, and also repetitive music. The first tape called Werk Een was released on TTKK, later followed by Werk Twee and Werk Drie both with collectible multiple covers. In 1985, Polar Praxis released Music for Fireworks on Play it Again Sam's Scarface sub-label, a two side/two song LP containing rhythmic, dance-like electronic music, which pre-figured the DJs at the end of the '90s. Later, on the new label created by S3 and Kenny Gates of PIAS, Circle Records, Polar Praxis released a second, and last, mini-album Fireworks. Music for Fireworks is repetitive music in the style and inspiration of Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Both tracks were actually used as music for professional fireworks in Belgium and Europe. Remastered from the original masters. Pressed on colored 160 gram vinyl and housed in a black & white glossy cover.