Farmers Manual – Fsck (Tray, 1997)


Farmers Manual
Fsck

CD Tray TRAY 2 (UK, 08-1997)

01. 363
02. 364
03. 365
04. 366
05. 367 (Mix)
06. 368 (Mix)
07. 369 Fin
08. 370 (Magic Leise Mix)
09. Nuk (Mix)
10. 371 Adv3
11. Frog Dies in Sunlight.Aif
12. I Out
13. Klopp01.Proc (Mono)
14. Loop Der.II.Proc
15. Untitled
16. Inter #001 (Mono)
17. Inter #002 (Mono)
18. Inter #003 (Mono)
19. Inter #004 (Mono)
20. Inter #005 (Mono)
21. Inter #006 (Mono)
22. Inter #007 (Mono)
23. Inter #008 (Mono)
24. Inter #009 (Mono)
25. Inter #010 (Mono)
26. Inter #011 (Mono)
27. Inter #012 (Mono)
28. Inter #021 (Mono)
29. Inter #022 (Mono)
30. Inter #023 (Mono)
31. Inter #024 (Mono)
32. Inter #013 (Mono)
33. Inter #014 (Mono)
34. Inter #015 (Mono)
35. Inter #016 (Mono)
36. Inter #017 (Mono)
37. Inter #018 (Mono)
38. Inter #019 (Mono)
39. Inter #020 (Mono)
40. Inter #025 (Mono)
41. Inter #026 (Mono)
42. Inter #027 (Mono)
43. Inter #028 (Mono)
44. Inter #029 (Mono)
45. Inter #030 (Mono)
46. Inter #031 (Mono)
47. Inter #032 (Mono)
48. Inter #033 (Mono)
49. Inter #034 (Mono)
50. Inter #035 (Mono)
51. Inter #017 (Mono)
52. Inter #018 (Mono)
53. Inter #019 (Mono)
54. Inter #020 (Mono)
55. Inter #013 (Mono)
56. Inter #014 (Mono)
57. Inter #015 (Mono)
58. Inter #016 (Mono)
59. Inter #017 (Mono)
60. Inter #018 (Mono)
61. Inter #019 (Mono)
62. Inter #020 (Mono)
63. Inter #016 (Mono)
64. Inter #017 (Mono)
65. Inter #036 (Mono)
66. Inter #037 (Mono)
67. Inter #038 (Mono)
68. Inter #039 (Mono)
69. Inter #040 (Mono)
70. Inter #013 (Mono)
71. Inter #014 (Mono)
72. Inter #015 (Mono)
73. Inter #018 (Mono)
74. Inter #019 (Mono)
75. Inter #020 (Mono)
76. Inter #025 (Mono)
77. Inter #028 (Mono)
78. Inter #029 (Mono)
79. Inter #030 (Mono)
80. Inter #031 (Mono)
81. Inter #032 (Mono)
82. Inter #014 (Mono)
83. Inter #015 (Mono)
84. Inter #033 (Mono)
85. Inter #034 (Mono)
86. Inter #035 (Mono)
87. Inter #036 (Mono)
88. Inter #037 (Mono)
89. Inter #038 (Mono)
90. Inter #039 (Mono)
91. Inter #040 (Mono)
92. Inter #041 (Mono)
93. Inter #014 (Mono)
94. Inter #015 (Mono)
95. Inter #016 (Mono)
96. Inter #041 (Mono)
97. Inter #042 (Mono)
98. Inter #043 (Mono)
99. Myself II

Farmers Manual is an electronic music and visual art group, founded in Vienna in the beginning of the nineties. The core members of the collective are Mathias Gmachl, Stefan Possert, Oswald Berthold, Gert Brantner and Nik Gaffney. Part of the very lively viennese electronic music scene of the 90s, Farmers Manual were successfully crossing the boundaries between electronic music, live visuals, experimental graphic and web design.
Their CDs, published through avant-garde labels such as Mego, Tray or OR, often contained multimedia content. Their most significant release might be RLA (which stands for « Recent Live Archive »), a DVD released on Mego in 2003, which contains the bands extensive backcatalogue of live concert recordings from 1995–2003, compressed in mp3 format – totalling 3 days and 20 hours of audio content and released under a Copyleft licence.
Fsck is the second full-length release by Farmers Manual, published in August 1997 on Tray (a sister-label of Ash International). A 2nd edition was reprinted in 1999 on OR (another sister-label of Ash International). The album title refers to a command of the Unix operating system, where fsck stands for file system check – a command used by system administrators if there is believed to be a problem with the file system. Nevertheless, some critics took the title as a misspelling. Fsck was hailed as an « abstract genre abuse », and compared to acts as Pan Sonic, Merzbow or Photek. The album was included in the top 50 albums of 1997 by British music magazine The Wire.
(Wikipedia)

This is the second release by Tray and again we welcome Farmers Manual. The first 12″ was a weird drum & bass track backed by a likewise weird hard-chill track. Indexed with 99 points this is an extension of that 12″. Weird tracks, owing in some ways to d&b as much as it does to industrial music. If I say a lot of this sounds fucked, believe me this is truly fucked. The more accessible (if that is an appropiate word in this context) are in the beginning of the CD, but it gradually grows noiser and weirder throughout. The noisy bits and pieces at the end are suitable for random play or looping mode. Again fun for home-DJs (as you would be thrown at out of the club if you play this on the dance floor) and bedroom composers. Industrial music for the digital generation! (Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly)

More abstract genre abuse from the Vienna collective, this time spreading a multitude of ambient, electro, and drum’n’bass reductions across 99 tracks geared toward those with a deficient attention span. The easy comparison would probably run something like a cross between Pan Sonic, Merzbow, and Photek, but Farmers Manual bring a humor and lackadaisical production vivance to the proceedings that make their strange, somewhat abrasive musical oddities as enjoyable to hear as they are fascinating to stretch out in. (Sean Cooper, Allmusic)

On s’attend à tomber sur du concassage numérique en règle, et on atterrit sur ce machin ludique qui part en vrille sans partir en vrille (ah oui, dit comme ça c’est très clair…). Farmers Manual fait des loopings, le résultat se découvre en images dans le livret du CD.

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