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Author Topic: Maurizio Bianchi 'Technology-X' - 1981 album - C47 + reviews!  (Read 2984 times)
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Mirror Tapes
« on: January 16, 2011, 08:47:23 PM »

Mirror Tapes presents an unreleased album from 1981, rescued from MB's archive with the sound carefully remastered and restored especially for the cassette tape format by Edward Sol of Quasi Pop Records / Garna Studio. Inlay vortography by Alvin Langdon Coburn.

Normal Edition

*A professionally duplicated & factory sealed C47 cassette tape
with tape inlay professionally offset printed in full-colour + silver.
*An MB 'Technology-X' badge.  

Limited Edition : 218 copies only
Retail : 8.50 Euro

Special Edition

*A professionally duplicated & factory sealed C47 cassette tape
with tape inlay professionally offset printed in full-colour + silver.
*An MB 'Technology-X' badge.  
*A film negative strip of abstract photography taken by MB, each one different from the next.

Limited Edition : 32 copies - only available directly from the label & artist.
Retail : 10 Euro


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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011, 05:15:38 PM »

will there be any USA distros?
Mirror Tapes
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 05:28:33 PM »

will there be any USA distros?

Feeding Tube Records will be the first to get the MB tapes in the US.

(Edited : They have listed the tapes for sale on discogs)

I am still waiting for a response from other US distros..

wish me luck!
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Mirror Tapes
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2011, 02:56:46 PM »

MB Technology-X has arrived / will be arriving at the following stockists!


Aquarius Records
RRR Records
Malignant Mailorder
Feeding Tube Records


Tochnit Aleph
Die Stadt
Old Europa Cafe
Bimbo Tower
Release the Bats
Antenne Tilburg


Volcanic Tongue
Norman Records


Quasi Pop Records


Sunshine and Grease


Art into Life
Deserted Factory
Doppelganger Records

However, the limited Special Edition is only available directly from Mirror Tapes and the artist himself.

Mirror Tapes

Orient Occident Mailorder

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Mirror Tapes
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2011, 07:13:12 PM »

Review by David Keenan - Volcanic Tongue

Great archival exhumation of a previously unreleased album from Italian Industrial/electronics legend Maurizio Bianchi recorded in 1981. Technology X has a parallel relationship to the 1981 double cassette Technology with a similar palette but with a completely different track listing. It catches MB on the cusp of a bunch of different approaches, with conveyor belt rhythms and miasmic/organic electronics giving way to triumphal single note keyboard solos that are as epic as Fushitsusha circa Pathetique. Some of the keyboard work has the wonky appeal of the early Asmus Tietchens/Conrad Schnitzler sides but the fidelity is so rusty and destroyed, with serrated beams of electro-violence threaded between sad gothic keyboard-isms, that it feels more related to terrestrial apocalypse than cosmo-fantasy. Edition of 218 copies with MB badge, fully remastered and highly recommended.

Review by Jim Haynes - Aquarius Records

The entire MB back catalogue is a daunting encyclopedia of industrial noise, bleak abstraction, and internalized struggles with abjection and salvation. Bianchi has been known to recycle titles for considerably different compositions, with Symphony For A Genocide being truncated for a different work called SFAG. The same goes for Technology, as this was the name of a double cassette originally released in 1981 with several bootlegs to follow until an official 2cd set was made available through At War With False Noise in 2009. Technology X is an entirely different composition, although much of the same electronic gear was obviously used in both sets of recordings (and throughout all of the MB recordings in the early '80s for that matter). Similarly, the track titles are slightly different ("Techno-X" vs. "Techno" and "Logy-X" vs. "Logy"); at the same time, the tracks on Technology X are considerably more caustic than those tracks on the original Technology.

Bianchi has long been an obsessive composer and documentarian of his work, which emerged in birth pangs of Industrial Culture in 1980 through the first of many self-released cassettes. His neurotic drones, turgid noises, and bleak electronics recognized influences from the Kraut-electron-magicians of Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream; but Bianchi was far more interested in revealing his own theories on the disintegration of the human mind, body, and soul through the encroachment of technological and informational warfare. Technology X, like the aforementioned SFAG album, is a very bleak undertaking of abstracted blorping electronics distorted and mangled through a number of effects giving the impression of a scorched battlefield rumbling with numerous panzer divisions, raked machine-gun fire, and various experimental weapons decimating whoever might be unfortunate enough not to have died in the first wave of dive-bombs and ballistic missiles. His compositions are known for their many turns and twists, moving from mind-wiping lazer shots to engine-revving accelerations of noise and into weirdly militant musical moments of atonal stabs on his synthesizer. It's altogether an exhilarating and claustrophobic recording; and one that's limited to a little over 200 copies. The cassette also comes with an MB / Technology X button!
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