Sunday, November 12, 2006

DRL at MySpace

I've decided to start a MySpace page for Drexciya Research Lab. Why you ask, why for you dear reader! It may serve you as a way to connect with people with similar interests from the same city (Stay Safe) or at least in an online capacity. The MySpace thing is a good principle and another way to help all things Drexciya/Heinrich Mueller related to reach some sort of critical mass/tipping point leading to who knows where, reissues, a wider recognition/influence, their place in the Hall of Fame! I guess I'm also curious, as you may be, as to who is reading at this stage and what their and other fans feelings are regarding all things Drexciya related at this point in 2006 and beyond. The Blog is getting about 1000 hits a month at this stage which to me seems like a lot so maybe there's enough regular readers to justify this expansion into a third format, although this is more another aspect of DRL rather than another version of the same material as the website is. Post what you want but best to still use the comments box on the Blog when raising an issue on a particular article. But in saying that it's still totally up to you what you use it for, it will all get read by me in the end, but at this stage I see it primarily as a way for you to connect with each other. So please drop by, join, discuss, lurk, whatever and we'll see how it evolves.
http://www.myspace.com/drexciyaresearchlab

This additional text can be found on the MySpace page which is probably worth including here for our own new comers.

If this is your first time to come across Drexciya Research Lab and your wondering what it is I will explain.

Since May 2005 I have written extensive articles on each of Drexciya’s albums and 12”’s including discovering what I believe is the correct order for the Storm Series. I have also collected six interviews by James Stinson, putting his words into categories like origins, water, storm series etc to see his overview on these subjects. I am currently working my way through all the Gerald Donald/Heinrich Mueller releases, who was of course the other half of Drexciya. Various other strands of thought on this subject come and go.

Who are you? Like you, just a fan of Drexciya with too much time on their hands, or just enough. Alongside my ‘normal life’ I am also an artist and musician. More details on me can be gleamed at http://www.freewebs.com/stephenrennicks

Why a Blog? It started as a Blog, more for the free web space than anything, but this decision turned out to be the perfect zeitgeist surfing format for people to send corrections and communicating their own opinions. http://www.drexciyaresearchlab.blogspot.com

Why start the website version? The website version is easier to read and navigate through the 6 main topics featured on the Blog. Namely, Drexciya 1992 - 1999, The Storm Series, Gerald Donald aka Heinrich Mueller, Interviews, related links and miscellaneous. http://www.freewebs.com/drexciyaresearchlab

What’s next? More words on a subject that still remains essentially an enigma.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Black Replica

Black Replica is a new unsigned project from Heinrich Mueller and at least one other so far unidentified female. They first appeared, as so many new groups do these days, with a MySpace page (first registered on 16th October 2006) and later two video's of theirs were posted on You Tube. So far so enigmatic but this is a real break from the Mueller norm as far as it being a purely cyber affair so far. Whether this will continue time will tell, it may just be a way to publicise a forthcoming release of a more conventional nature. But with no commerce taking place and no artefacts to collect; the act just existing as music and video files on third party web portals with only the barest title information to stoke the imagination I think they may here have struck on the perfect medium for creating mystery. There is something very new, pure even, about this aspect of cyberspace which could very well suit someone that has a very high production rate and fondness for multiple pseudonyms. Perhaps Black Replica will turn out to be his first exploratory steps into a true virtual reality.

So far there are three audio tracks available to download from their MySpace site, namely, Mathematical Eyes, Spider Theory and Black Feathers. Two spooky video’s for the first two listed can additionally be viewed at You Tube. The user name of whoever put up the video's on You Tube is Paradox Twin which reversed is the name of a track on the new Arpanet album, 'Inertial Frame', coincidence? The MySpace site lists membership as being Black Replica and Heinrich Mueller which is factual, the only other information being listed is their location as Detroit??? which is something of a ruse trust me.

I can't say there's a whole lot more I can tell you about this project that you can't see for yourselves but by the time I get to it I will at least be working with the benefit of hindsight and better able to understand Black Replica and put them in some context. In saying that it's obvious Mueller and company are getting into some mystical stuff here with cloaked figures and magical symbols as featured in the video's; the music could also be described as being electro gothic; it looks like things are about to get very interesting.

Black Replica at MySpace
Black Replica at You Tube
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