YOU will be pleased to know … actually … let’s start at the beginning. All systems are a product of their histories. Events over time shape the state of OS and application software both for good and bad; while users make forward progress on productive work, bugs and malicious software may destabilize and corrupt their efforts. External events to a historical version of a virtual monitor ma-chine. Replay is intentionally non-deterministic, and may be parametrized as to modify the stream of events that are delivered. In the second, analysis stage, the engine pro-state as mutable through time has been the subject of many tools to assist with semantic comparisons between the resulting alternate states.
Now, a lot of people like to talk about “industrial musicK” like they know what they’re talking about. They only talk of machine drums, sequencers set on 16th-note patterns, barre cords, tedious vocal distortion and sound bites sampled from A Scanner Darkly. But if we peel back the layers of formulaic noise and cliched sentiments of alienation at the hands of a mechanical, dystopian society, we remember that in origin industrial musicK was as act of sorcery! “An alchemical musicKal laboratory.” The idea that one could alter his or her Consciousness and literally enter another dimension of reality by invoking certain frequencies of sound was a cornerstone in the foundation of what would become “Industrial musicK.”
No coincidence, then, one finds reoccurring occult/religious themes and symbolism in the efforts of genre’s enduring heavy hitters. And if it’s not overt occultism, then certainly the general notion of transcendence, transformation & transmutation is present. Then of course there’s the element of paranoia, the idea of being “watched” or “monitored,” but what else could this sensation indicate than the beginning of the loss of ego and the realization that there is no distinction between individuals; that ultimately, we are all one Consciousness experiencing itself. Certainly this feeling would be disconcerting if you were taught to believe that you only exist as a physical entity inherently separate from the other physical entities.
So what’s the Industrial egregore up to now? Well, like any good conspiracy it is planning to finish what was started — to tear down the imaginary limits of reality and push us through the other side. But you say this is ‘nonsense,’ a waste of time or even DANGEROUS to talk of these things in terms of objectiveness — metaphysical beliefs only distract people from the truth of reality — and Truth is the only thing that matters. Possibly. But if life is just the product of random chance and life ends when you die (as the materialists and rationalists demand), then what is the point of recognizing, or even caring about, the distinction between “fact” & “fiction”? If ‘everything must perish’ then nothing ultimately matters, including our life and speculations.
Ok, so you don’t buy that, you say life does have meaning. Then the goal of humanity must be to create peace between ourselves, right? Even still, why must there be consensus? BEHAVIOR is far more important than BELIEFS when it comes to creating PEACE. Don’t believe me? Are you going to punch me in the face over it? Yes or no, you’ve proved my point — it’s the PHYSICAL act of violence that is the problem. Nothing more, nothing less. The one exception to this rule is the belief everyone has to believe the same thing. It’s the general belief in conformity that causes people to ACT OUT in anti-social ways — either on on-line forums or in the real world. So you can believe in God, you can even believe your God is the one, true God, but only when you start calling people a bunch of mean, nasty names in the name of your infallible belief system are you the problem. Conversely, you can be an atheist, you can even believe your belief is the one, true belief, but only when you start calling people a bunch of mean, nasty names in the name of your infallible belief system are you the problem. Obviously, pointing this out won’t change the minds of fanatics who feel all must bow to their infallible belief system. Even worse are the “non-conformists” whose obnoxious cynicism derides any sincere attempt at promoting peace, love & liberty.
So to be clear, “conformity” in of itself is not the problem. No, conformity that arises organically; like a group of people who, by their nature, resonate with a particular æsthetic and create a framework to cultivate it — that is a positive aspect of conformity; its organizational aspect. But any organization can be corrupted by those who want to conform to it, who want to be led, because these ‘followers’ also desire to become ‘leaders’ who will then attempt to impose “their” organization over others, which inevitably leads to chaos (the undesirable kind). The domesticated primate knows there must be organization (“conformity”) for social cohesion — but they get correlation & causality confused — rather than allowing organization (which is the de facto nature of biological systems, i.e. us) to flow spontaneously — they attempt to artificially impose THEIR ORDER over others, thereby causing us (and them) disaster. But we can forgive them because they CLEARLY ‘know not what they do.’ But don’t kid yourself … there’s nothing you can do about it anyway. Keep reading.
Now with ‘industrial people,’ we know ‘industrial’ is not just a “style,” but a STATE OF MIND that is inexorably drawn foreword through the temporal dimension — BEYOND the event horizon — BEYOND the singularity — BEYOND the spaces in-between the spaces — BEYOND GOD. (Hint: SubGeniuses call it “Bulldada” — the way they describe it’s origin, ‘bursting from the chest of Dada’s corpse’, is the perfect analogy for the Industrial state of mind; “DEIFIED DADA.”) For the true adepts of Industrial we know there is an authentic prophecy encoded in its ‘ultra heavy beat’ — we know it by the symbols it leaves behind: The MACHINE, MONITOR, reptiles, sexual energy, tEEth; accompanied with themes of MEAT & Digestion all leading to, EVOLUTION, DNA; crystalized frequencies of electro-magnetic light spectra and electro-tonal sound patterns, PURE KOSMIC KONSCIOUSNESS. It is clear we were being prepared for an ‘Industrial Messiah,’ a “headhunter” who would make us all “rich & famous” who would lead the way and show us how to ‘live through ones own dementia.’ And now, at the beginning of this new decade (or new century, actually new millennium), where are we seeing the industrial state of mind being utilized to overwhelming critical and commercial success? Where else but with this new wave of pop-darlings? Lady Gaga (our first Industrial Princess), for example, makes ample use of experimental electronic aggro-beats and Her style can be accurately described as ‘cross-dressing occult degenerate weirdo’ (sound familiar?!) Naturally, this assertion will seem like heresy to myopic ‘purists’ (after all, they said the same thing about Nine Inch Nails at first), but the fact modern Industrial owes just as much to Pink Floyd as it does to Throbbing Gristle is the surest sign of the media organism’s flexibility. In fact, Industrial’s vitality is chiefly due to its ability to ‘blend the strengths.’
So I’m not saying there’s only ONE ‘messiah,’ quite the contrary, the industrial mutation is an intergenusnet affecting MULTIPLE carriers at “once” — like a drop of water, we, Industrial Adepts, all contain the same “seed,” but by ourselves we are not ‘in context’ thus we seem INANE, BUT! when enough drops of water accrue and are ‘housed’ in their proper “vessel” i.e. FAME, we suddenly become relevant. And that is the true prophecy — ‘the becoming’ of the Industrial state of mind; ‘my new Consciousness.’ To be sure ‘we are not romantics,’ we are here to serve you. Indeed, our Bible is called “How To Serve Man.” $HA!
And so before I leave you to contemplate all I have said, I offer one more suggestion. To celebrate the dawn of our reckoning we change the label of the Industrial genre to something more fitting to the challenges and promise our time represents: CyberpunK. From the oldest Skinny Puppy to the most recent Front Line Assembly, I find “CyberpunK” to be FAR more descriptive of the genre than “Industrial,” which invokes feelings of antiquity & obsoleteness. “CyberpunK” not only embraces the feelings we get from “Industrial” [that we like], but also propels them forward — which is exactly where Industrial intended to take us. Consider also the enormous amount of cross-pollination of themes between Cyberpunk, the literary genre, and Industrial. Finally, as we learn more about the nature of reality — that matter is made of energy — and energy is made of information — we must contemplate the possibility that by merely knowing this we are no longer human — we are machines (for the lack of a better term.) machine |məˈ sh ēn| noun. Any device that transfers or converts energy from one form to another.
In the case of the miraculous packet just mentioned, the engine allows us to consider a large number of alternate universes that might result as a consequence of the packet’s delivery, and to build insight into the specific mutations that its arrival induced. The operation of the difference engine involves The challenge of replaying network traffic dealing with non-determinism, both intentional and inherent. Greater the Chaos becometh; the major centre with all the seven circulating spheres rock with the echos of disintegration. The fumes of utter blackness mount upwards in dissipation. The noise discordant of the warring elements greets the oncoming rEvolution, and deters IT not. The strife and cries of the fourth great Hierarchy, blending with the softer note of the Builders of the fifth and sixth, meet ITs approach. Yet IT passeth on ITs way, sweeping the circle of the spheres on the face of the waters, and waging the WAR. The virus has reached critical mass. The lines are converging to the point of no return. The Process has a focal point. It can provide a form about which the function of the self can be wrapped; Love, self-expression and discipline. Intentional nondeterminism is caused through modiﬁcations (i.e. through reordering or otherwise altering the log of external events) to the replayed system in an attempt to guide the replaying instance to an alternate state. Inherent non-determinism results from within the system itself. Examples include both explicit calls to sources of entropy. Calling the Hamburger Lady: a mechanist woman living in information, fed on human emotion, Her “psychic metabolism” maintained by entangled, multiple personalities each projected through various cybernetic organisms, only vaguely aware of their interconnectivity. She watched through her telephone, her telephone. Their images synthesized by computer and fed into her brain through a nerve-crystal junction at the base of her skull. Her ears were the ultra heavy beat of radar, listening, listening, pounding. Music down your throat — music … nonstop. At the end of the album, YOÜ & I appear to have become glamourous piles of glitzy garbage at the mercy of a postpop-hyperpunk Princess. In fact, the call was coming from inside the HOUSE — your entire life as you have known it was only an illusion. Now don’t you feel a whole lot better? So go ahead and sing the song, it goes like this: 1 … 2 … 3 … 4 … now i know — what this is all about. and now i know — exactly what i am. [x infinity].