Friday, February 16, 2007

Factrix - Scheintot,LP,1981,USA

JUST NOTICED THAT THIS HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY POSTED BY The Thing On The Doorstep BLOG....SORRY ABOUT THAT RE-POSTING....WASN'T DONE BY PURPOSE...CHANGING MY LINK AND DIRECTING PEOPLE TO THAT FIRST POST
1979:
A musical partnership is formed by Bond Bergland [guitar/vocals] and Cole Palme [electronics/vocals]. They initially collaborate with Patrick Miller [electronics/vocals] and perform 3-4 shows using Miller's moniker Minimal Man. Tommy Tadlock (San Francisco's Joe Meek) assists with equipment, rhythm tapes, and live signal processing. Back to being a duo, they choose the name Factrix and soon enlist a third member, Joseph T. Jacobs [bass/vocals]. Factrix begins rehearsing in the basement of San Francisco's premier punk store, "Supplies," and experiments with psychoactive chemicals, instrument processing, and unconscious composing methods.

1980:
▪ Factrix have their first high-profile show, the "Live at Target" videotape shoot w/Nervous Gender, Flipper, and Uns (aka Z'ev); two tracks from this show appear on the Subterranean Records compilation LP.

▪ They meet Ruby Ray and begin to incorporate slides/projections into live performances. A show at the Savoy Tivoli also features onstage collaborations with Bachelors Even (featuring Christian Marclay, the soon-to-become-famous turntable virtuoso).

▪ Factrix also form lasting alliances with Monte Cazazza and Mark Pauline/Survival Research Laboratories -- these associations culminate in the notorious Kezar Pavilion show.

▪ They release the "Empire of Passion"/"Splice of Life" 7” on Adoles-cent Records, and record material for the Scheintot LP in the living room of label mate Slava Ranko (aka the late Donald Philippi, an eccentric linguist/scholar/musician who translated ancient Japanese and Ainu texts).

1981:
▪ Factrix perform shows in New York, Boston, and Chicago before returning destitute back to S.F. They record four further songs at John Altmann Studios for an EP (never released), and perform shows with DNA, Cabaret Voltaire, SPK, and the Sleepers, among others.

▪ "Night of the Succubus," another self-promoted event (in collaboration with Monte Cazazza, Tana Emmolo-Smith, and Kimberly Rae), is recorded and videotaped for eventual release.

▪ “Scheintot”, a full-length LP, is released on Adolescent Records. After pondering the inevitable, all three members part company.

1982:
▪ Bond and Cole reunite to record new material in home studio in Vermont, with Ruby Ray creating corresponding visuals for a proposed Spring tour of the East Coast with SPK; a few tracks are completed but desire to perform live dissipates and Factrix subsequently implodes.

▪ The Factrix/Cazazza “California Babylon” LP is released on Subterranean Records.

▪ Factrix members provide instrumentation to Monte Cazazza's single "Stairway to Hell"/"Sex is No Emergency" on Sordide Sentimentale,

▪ A year later the "Prescient Dreams" EP is released, featuring Monte Cazazza and Tana Emmolo-Smith along with Factrix member Joseph T. Jacobs
note: link removed as this is due for reissue in mid-June 2012 on Superior Viaduct Records. Check here for more info.

6 comments:

Over The Moon said...

The Factrix "Scheintot" LP is AMAZING. I am so happy you offer such otherwise UNHEARD gems! Cannot thank you enough, Mutant Sounds. Your blog is the greatest, hands down, no competition!

-OTM

musicgnome said...

A friend of mine sent this to me via a trade of CD-R's (he heads up a great blog, "Grown Up All Wrong"). Anyhoo, it blew me away. What a GREAT share. Hopefully others will try this one out. Awesome!!!!

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Jeremy said...

Hi Mutant Sounds fans. I have a copy of this that i found for cheap in a second hand store in New Zealand. I would never had recognized it were it not for MS. Anyway, I would like to swap for some DVD burns of mutant sounds downloads...quota and speed is crappy and expensive in NZ. So if you have managed to keep up with the MS team and are willing to burn off a bunch of stuff to some DVDs and send it to me in NZ, I'll send you my copy of this factrix record. I know this sounds like a Nigerian scam but it's not:) email me at jcoubrough@gmail.com. thanks J

Anonymous said...

found a sealed copy of this today. Wonder if some copies have turned up from Subterranean or something??? Great record!

-Clayton S.

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