Tuesday, 8 July 2008

dead air

Music is for the most part best understood as a great homogenous lump of rancid lard. This form of mass entertainment is created by a handful of multinational corporate behemoths whose ideology is spread through an ever-changing parade of dancing ventriloquist's dummies. The packaging is of course at its most brazenly wrong-headed in its labeling of goods marked 'indie', a genre dominated by major labels and TV contracts out to sell high street fashions. So where to turn for an alternative? What might be genuinely independent and self-sufficient?

Sad to say that from today the CBS will no longer provide this service. A 24-hour internet radio station beaming out all sorts of strange and beautiful electronic disco nourishment, the brainchild of one Ferenc van der Sluijs, it will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone who ever bothered to tune in. Insofar as it spread arcane information and a greater understanding of forgotten music histories, it can only have been a force for good in the world. The Cybernetic Broadcasting System: you will be missed.

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