Tuesday, October 09, 2007

No, Hauling a Basket of Dirty Laundry in the Back of Your Tour Van Isn't Comparable...

- ∆ t (Minus Delta T) - The Project


(1984, Ata Tak WR 21 [LP] /Ata Tak WR 22 [bonus 7"]; out of print.)



Oh yeah... An ethno-avant holy grail and collector scum prayer mat rolled into one deliriously improbable package.

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From Mike Hentz' 1983 (?) essay The Philosophical Data Bank of Minus Delta T:

So who is Minus Delta T?

Minus Delta T is a name of a group of people who are not at all uniform, who do not have the same ideas—but who work together. The group has existed since 1978, with a lot of people who were out before they had even really been in (those were mostly the ”specialists”). One of the principles of the group is the non-specialization—we want to be open for everybody and everything.

In the beginning we used to work a lot in the musical area, made performances, exhibitions, we did a lot of private works—maybe fifty-fifty between private and public, which seemed quite a good balance. Since 1980 we are working at this project, which had as the first title the ”Bangkok Project” (cf. the catalogue of Ars Electronica 1982, p. 157/154).

This project included the transport of a 5 1/2-ton stone, a dolmen, a European monument to Asia, as a catalyst of culture. On the truck we had a multi-media equipment, including sound, movie, and photo equipment, computer technology and laundromat.

The greater part of the group is right now in Asia preparing the further transport of our monolith to China (the monolith as such being completely unimportant) and on a tour in India within the setting of the Bangkok Project.

Minus Delta T is composed of the artists Karel Dudesek, Wolfgang Hofmann, Bernhard Müller, Gerard Couty, Walter Baumann, and Mike Hentz.



(Above, Minus Delta T live in 1979. DAF's Robert Görl was once their drummer!)

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The Project: Ata Tak 21 (LP)

01 Child of God
02 Muslim Pulse
03 Bugo Schligo
04 Dallas
05 Ata Etno Turk
06 Tripoli
07 Turkish March
08 Don't Cry My Little Girl
09 Bus
10 Dervish Furioso
11 Cedar Babies
12 Damascus
13 This Is My Life
14 Excuse Me
15 Motorhead
16 Traditional Thai Music and Dance
17 Shiraz
18 Malang Dervishes
19 Ventilator
20 Europhorie
21 Waterpump
22 Sava Dikap
23 Concerto of the Laborday / Workers
24 China

The Project: Ata Tak 22 (7")

25 Mastika
26 Macho

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(147 MB, ripped from the original vinyl @ 320.)

Part 1 / Part 2

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Cheers,

TS/TLASILA

5 comments:

DDV said...

There is a live recording of Minus Delta t in Köln on the Club Moral Stocklist

Anonymous said...

WOW. Thanks for this... Was this set on the Klar! label or am I mixed up? Thanks again!

-rob in chicago

Anonymous said...

Jesus, I can't read. It's ATA TAK. Sorry.
-r in c

Alex T - El Topo said...

I'm really interested in this item, but, unfortunately, the links are no longer available. Could you kindly re-up them?
Thanks in advance.
All the best.

Alex T - El Topo

ommyth said...

Hello Alex,

Unfortunately, I don't have the album with me at present - it's in storage in the States. I'm planning on visiting later in the year, and when I do, I'll retrieve a stack of previously posted items so that they can be re-upped on my return. Deal?

Cheers,

Tom

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