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Cancer Telematic
04 :34
02 05 :53
03 03 :44
04
Amok & Mecanique Vegetale Untitled
02 :12
05
Daniele Ciullini & Amok The Secret Door
02 :11
06
E Coli Borax
01 :36
07 04 :32
08
Peter Mayer & Rod Summers Notterossa & Rednight (excerpt)
04 :09
09
Piermario Ciani & Vittore Baroni Live Blister Bump
03 :37
10
Piermario Ciani & Ado Scaini I Love Caner
03 :15
11
B Sides Trybuna Ludu
02 :50
12 06 :16
13
Piermario Ciani Co Mix
03 :12
14
Naif Orchestra Fratelli Italiani
04 :35
15
Merzbow Kimigayo
04 :23
16
Monty Cantsin Catastronics Die form
04 :40
17
Die Form Sex By Force
03 :20
18
Utopia Production Chainsaw Massacre
02 :16
19
Spirocheta Pergoli Merendine
03 :21
20 03 :18
21 03 :00
22
Vittore Baroni Living with Prosthesis
02 :07
24 03 :35
25
I Nipoti del Faraone Prendi losso e corri
01 :36
ARTIST
TITLE
Trax Test (Excerpts From The Modular Network 1981-1987)
FORMAT
2LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
ELP 030LP ELP 030LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/6/2017

Trax Test is the first ever survey of Italy's pioneering, visionary, and influential label and mail art collective Trax, which ran from 1981-1987 as a network for the creation of collaborative projects. The collective included a pre-NWW Colin Potter and some of the earliest work from Masami Akita, aka Merzbow, but also had deep connections with the art world; a few Trax members went on to become famous designers and artists -- Ettore Sottsass of hugely influential Memphis Group even guests on vocals on the last track of the compilation. The whole selection here is rare as heck and sorely in-demand by collectors, much of it now making its vinyl premiere some 30-odd years after the fact. With credit due to compilers Vittore Baroni of Trax and Ecstatic's avowed wave fiend, Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving) -- who was also behind the Mutazione (Italian Electronic & New Wave Underground 1980-1988) compilation (2013) -- Trax Test is a portal to the international scene which laid the grassroots for a proliferation of electronic music over the proceeding decades -- a pioneering part of the infrastructure for independent music distribution which could be said to pre-echo the myriad social networks and platforms today. As Frans De Waard astutely points out in the 16-page booklet, there were no "templates" for this thing back then, meaning artists did everything DIY: from cutting, pasting, and Xeroxing their artwork to experimenting with recording techniques and disseminating their work; all resulting in a wonderfully daring and freeform mosaic of ideas which valued the virtues of ostensibly "unfinished" or open-ended work. Traces of disco, cosmic krautrock, jazz, electro-pop, and industrial noise are all tessellated across the compilation's 25 tracks, with a number of artists and the same equipment -- cheap drum machines, synths, FX and tape -- cropping up in various, mutant formations. This set is right up there with the best compilations from Vinyl On Demand, Light Sounds Dark, or Minimal Wave. Features: Cancer, M.A.Phillips, Nausea, Amok, Mecanique Vegetale, Daniele Ciullini, E-Coli, The Cop Killers, Peter Mayer, Rod Summers, Robin Crozier, Capitalist Pig, Biagio D'egidio, Piermario Ciani, Vittore Baroni, Nocturnal Emissions, De Rezke, Ado Scaini, Enrico Piva, Giancarlo Martina, B Sides, Colin Potter, Naif Orchestra, Merzbow (Vacation Of Merzbow Lowest Music & Arts), Monty Cantsin, Die Form, Utopia Production, Spirocheta Pergoli, Nostalgia, Ptose, Ddaa, Zone Verte, and I Nipoti Del Faraone. Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy.