PSYCHOPHYSICIST – The Sone of Total Proximity

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Psychophysicist is a project of ClockDVA’s frontman Adi Newton and futurist Mauricio Reyes, creator of the Alectroacoustic Abstractionism art movement. The SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY is Psychophysicist’s first studio album since 1996.

The SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY is the latest collaborative endeavor between Mauricio Reyes (Telekinett) and Adi Newton (Ai/Anterior Research Station International), operating under the auspices of the PSYCHOPHYSICIST ensemble. Its primary objective is to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the properties of sound, vibration, sones, and phonemes. This initiative represents a significant research effort aimed at delving into the intricacies of mind control and information conspiracy theories.

This recent collaboration between Telekinett and the Ai/Anterior Research Station represents the second installment in a series of significant sound research projects. The inspiration for this production stems from the pioneering acoustic phenomena research conducted by the Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1959.

The project showcases a collection of audio research experiments crafted by Mauricio Reyes and Adi Newton, who operated in distinct locations and time periods. The inaugural piece in the Acoustic Phenomena series, entitled “The Sone of Total Proximity,” serves as the foundation for this collaboration.

The outcome of this endeavor is a distinctive audio documentary that studies the intricacies of the world surrounding us. It adeptly captures the diverse sounds, both organic and mechanical, that permeate our physical environment. The investigation encompasses a wide range of subjects, including information conspiracy theories, acoustic phenomena recordings, and studio experiments, all meticulously assembled within the framework of the Science Series. The creative production of this recording was overseen by the esteemed pantheist Adi Newton and the visionary futurist Mauricio Reyes. To enhance the listener’s understanding, the recording is accompanied by comprehensive documentary notes, offering valuable insights into the subjects explored and providing additional information about these intricate sound research experiments.

Two versions of the album are being offered. The music in both versions is presented on a 4 GB USB chip containing all tracks, notes, project PDFs, and videos. The audio programs on each version are similar but not identical; each version contains at least two tracks not included on the other.

Every copy “The Proxima” and “The Frank Baxter Box” includes an exclusive CDR (not mass-produced CD) just for Soleilmoon customers: RELATIVIST MECHANICS is a 30 minute collaboration between Mauricio Reyes, Adi Newton, and Z’EV. Each copy is signed by Mauricio Reyes and Adi Newton. Mauricio writes: The concept behind the track is the unpredictability of the universe, life as a system that relies on vibration and rapid alternations of energy. Life is a process without a blueprint. Believing in the idea of a supreme being is simply a subjective process.

The Sone of Total proximity “The Proxima”
This presentation contains 9 tracks

The Sone of Total Proximity “Proxima” – Track list
1. THE SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY 1 (Adi Newton) (17:28)
2. THE SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY 2 Proxima Mix (Mauricio Reyes) (1:00:23)
3. ARTIFICIAL SYNESTHESIA (Adi Newton / Fabio Kubic) (12:41)
4. SONIC HOLOGRAPHY (Adi Newton) (9:39)
5. AUDITORY RESONANCE Marconi (Unione Radiofonica) Mix (Mauricio Reyes) (1:08:02)
6. THE FREQUENCY OF LOVE 2 Reich Bioelectrical Investigation Test Mix (Mauricio Reyes assisted by A. Newton / Jack Dangers) (35:07)
7. SUB-HARMONIC RESONATION FOR JACQUES BELOEIL Dedicated to the memory of Jacques Beloeil RIP 07.09.63 / 26.06.2023 (Adi Newton) (19:55)
8.* PSYCHOMETRICS (Adi Newton) (8:52)
9.* ACOUSMATIC SPACE (Adi Newton) (17:32)
* Tracks exclusive to this release

What’s in the package?
1 Bi-fold booklet/folder (Folder serves as an informative booklet)
3 Chromalin prints designed for this project by Adi Newton/Mauricio Reyes
1 Original gallery-grade framable Art montage created by Adi Newton, especially for this project printed at an insane 1,700 X 1,700 DPI
1 Eye Mask inside sterilized anti-static bag
4 Cotton swabs inside sterilized anti-static bag / to calibrate users’ ears
2 Ear cleaner wipes / to calibrate users’ ears
1 Oversized project sticker
2 Letters (One from each artist)
1 Edition numbering card
1 4BG UDP-USB chip containing all tracks, notes, project PDFs, and videos
1 RELATIVIST MECHANICS CDR

The Sone of Total Proximity “Frank Baxter” Box
This presentation contains 11 tracks

Frank Baxter Box – Track list
1. THE SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY 1 (Adi Newton) (17:28)
2. THE SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY 2 Proxima Mix (Mauricio Reyes) (1:00:23)
3. ARTIFICIAL SYNESTHESIA (Adi Newton / Fabio Kubic) (12:41)
4. SONIC HOLOGRAPHY (Adi Newton) (9:39)
5.* RADIOLARIAN (Adi Newton) (7:30)
6. AUDITORY RESONANCE Marconi (Unione Radiofonica) Mix (Mauricio Reyes) (1:08:02)
7.* AUDITORY RESONANCE Pythagorean Inertia Mix (Mauricio Reyes) (30:07)
8. THE FREQUENCY OF LOVE 2 Reich Bioelectrical Investigation Test Mix (Mauricio Reyes assisted by A. Newton / Jack Dangers) (35:07)
9.* THE FREQUENCY OF LOVE 2 James Graham Futura Mix (Mauricio Reyes assisted by Adi Newton / Jack Dangers) (26:10)
10. SUB-HARMONIC RESONATION FOR JACQUES BELOEIL Dedicated to the memory of Jacques Beloeil RIP 07.09.63 / 26.06.2023 (Adi Newton) (19:55)
11.* LEXICAL PHONEME (Mauricio Reyes) (53:03)
* Tracks exclusive to this release

What’s in the box?
1 Bi-fold booklet/folder (Folder serves as an informative booklet)
5 Chromalin prints designed for this project by Adi Newton/Mauricio Reyes
1 Original gallery-grade framable Art montage created by Adi Newton, especially for this project printed at an insane 1,700 X 1,700 DPI
1 Audiogram card to calibrate users’ ears
1 Pencil to fill the Audiogram card
2 Ear cleaner wipes / to calibrate users’ ears
4 Cotton swabs inside sterilized anti-static bag / to calibrate users’ ears
1 Eye Mask inside sterilized anti-static bag
1 Ear wax removing tool inside the sterilized anti-static bag / to calibrate users’ ears
2 Ear Plugs / to calibrate users’ ears
1 Oversized project sticker
2 Official project letters (One from each artist)
1 Edition numbering card
1 4BG UDP-USB chip containing all tracks, notes, project PDFs, and videos
1 DTF printed L or XL T-Shirt (please specify your preferred size during check-out; we will do our best to accommodate your request)
1 RELATIVIST MECHANICS CDR

A note from the artists about the eye mask:

When faced with difficult listening situations, shutting one’s eyes may seem like a natural tactic to enhance auditory focus and comprehension. From a neurological standpoint, this action heightens the strength of alpha oscillations (around 10 Hz), which are a key indicator of auditory attention. Meanwhile, relying on both ears can aid in gauging distance, as the brain utilizes sound volume and timing discrepancies between each ear to accurately pinpoint the source of a sound.

The SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY features four tracks that are meant to be listened to while blindfolded:

Artificial Synesthesia
The Sone of Total Proximity II
Acousmatic Space
Auditory Resonance – Listen to the Marconi (Unione Radiofonica) Mix

These tracks contain frequencies that target the Alpha Activity of your brain and can generate virtual visual environments created by the sound waves and your brain as you listen. These are part of a concept we are exploring called VLP “Virtual Listening Mapping”

We provided a blindfold in both presentations, “The Frank Baxter Box” and “Proxima”

Copies of these releases (and more)  are also  available from https://www.9beet2.com/store/

REVIEW PUBLISHED JANUARY 16, 2024 IN VITAL WEEKLY

I’m old. You all know that by now. My musical taste is ‘weird’, but that’s the reason I’m writing for Vital Weekly. In the 80s, I started listening to different music, and through stuff like Birthday Party and Joy Division, I started enjoying some EBM-related music until 1992, when I heard Coil for the first time. It went through the roof from that moment on, and I listened to everything extreme. I had a bi-monthly round of Amsterdam stores I’d check out (amongst which were Boudisque and Staalplaat), and each time, I came back with weird findings. I listened, I explored, and I developed a few favourite artists. Amongst those artists were, of course, Coil, Brian Lustmord and Adi Newton.
So when in 1996 I heard of an album created by Adi Newton and – at that moment, the for me still unknown Andrew McKenzie / Hafler Trio – recorded and assisted by Lustmord, I bought it right away. And that my droogs were The Psychophysicist CD, as released on Side Effects / Anterior
Research. Some 25 years later, it is still an absolute favourite in my extensive collection, and it made me dive deeper into “everything Adi”. More Clock Dva and definitely more Anti Group because everything I heard from him those days was pure gold. He still is, by the way, because somehow, the sounds he uses are timeless. His works emphasise sound creation, so you won’t recognize a certain sound that is typical for this or that machine; Adi takes the next step. And he still does. Timeless Sonic Art.
In the last few years, there were a few mentions of new works, and a few samplers featured tracks under the Psychophysicist moniker, with Adi Newton as a recurrent name in the personnel list. After 26 years, there is a new release under the name, without McKenzie but with Mauricio Reyes as co-creator. My heart skipped a beat, or maybe even nine beets, and I couldn’t wait to dive into this massive work. You can imagine how high my hopes and expectations were. ‘The Sone of Total
Proximity’ was released in two versions, and while there is an overlap in tracks, there are differences too. Both are based on a USB memory stick with music packed in an elaborate box with an additional non-USB track on CD-r. “The Frank Baxter Box” is the most elaborate one, with 5 hours and 40 minutes of music; the “Proxima 10” D-LP” version is a little bit shorter and “only” plays for 4 hours and 10 minutes. And both versions come with that 30-minute CDR entitled ‘Relativist Mechanics’.
Let’s dive into the music a bit. The releases are released under the Psychophysicist moniker, though when playing the tracks – and which is affirmed through the listings at discogs.com – the ID3 tags show the tracks are by Adi Newton and Mauricio Reyes, as mentioned before, with a few added names like Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto fame and Fabio Kubic (Coagulant). With my mind running on 6 or 7 coffees, I wonder what the psychophysicist actually is. As on that first album, it seems
more of a collective effort than a project. But when listening to all the tracks, there is such a beautiful coherency amongst the tracks that the form or name kinda doesn’t matter at all. Some of the liner notes we’ve received explain it a bit, I suppose. “This production showcases a collection of meticulously crafted tracks created between 1997-98 and 2020-23.” This again underlines a remark I made earlier that the sound I love so much is because it’s timeless. You can simply not hear whether a track is from the late 90’s or early 20’s. Believe me, that’s a difficult thing to do.
With the timespan of creation comes another question into my mind: coherence. So much music has been made by Adi in the meantime. I remember the beautiful live sets in the cube … So, for me, the question was raised if it would all be Psychophysicist. If I’m sincere, there are a few tracks that – if wanted – would perfectly fit a release by T.A.G.C. in the Meontological Research style. Those were
from the late 80’s, and since then, the T.A.G.C. style changed a bit, so maybe those Research Recordings were the first actually to play with the subject of what became the Psychophysicist. And to get my own thoughts into perspective again: Does it matter? Or is my mind being activated by the sounds I’ve now listened to for an impressive 10 hours already?! Several of the tracks are fully in sync with the atmosphere on the original CD from ’96, so if you loved that album as I did, this release is a must. And if you are intrigued by T.A.G.C., you should also get it as soon as possible because these beauties go very fast, and they’re already sold out at a few places. Each of the two boxes is a work of art in itself as created by Mauricio under the art-direction of Adi. The “Proxima” one containing 3 Chromatin prints, cotton swabs to calibrate your ears, an eye mask for some deep listening and more; The “Frank Baxter” box even more Chromatin prints, more different tools to let all those
extreme frequencies hit the exact right spot and even a shirt.
After listening to the USB, you still have that CDR – signed by Mauricio and Adi – in your package, and the music on it is worth a special mention. In 2003, a project at Telekinett involved Stefan Joel Weisser, aka Z’EV. The initial research material of ‘Universal Mechanics’ was combined with material by Adi and Mauricio, resulting in “Relativist Mechanics”. And this track is the proverbial cherry on top.
What more can I write? I’ve waited for 26 years, and I got two releases with a total of 7 hours (excluding the doubles) of new music to listen to by one of my all-time heroes and a new one. (BW)

 

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