act 314 · black lung · the great golden goal · cd

tracklist:
01. the business of selling
02. the prophet margin
03. the great golden goal
04. the cold call
05. access to excess
06. hype & drive
07. options/solutions
08. the great equalizer
09. consumption deluxe
10. the trickle-down effect
11. we dream of the pyramid scheme
12. the brotherhood of saturn
13. a valuable and rewarding two minutes for contemplation/reflection
14. the business of selling (munter s. thomson remix)
15. the business of buying (monster zoku onsomb! remix)

motivational pieces specifically designed for workspace, gym, competition cycling, internal value conditioning and reflexive behavior modification events.

the great golden goal.
the sale.
the highest expression and most pure distillation of kinetic energy and evolved physical relationships.
the logical end-point of all human endeavor.
commerce. exchange. intercourse. innovation. participation. reward.

our every interaction as a species is a sale. someone 'brings something to the table', and someone else leaves with it. we are forever selling ourselves as attractive mates, functional members of society, valuable employees or stellar executives. to paraphrase one of the great salesmen (aleister crowley): 'every man and woman is a salesperson'.
as a ranking member of the executive committee of the pan-national ayn rand institute (an incorporated 501 [c][3] non-profit), i was already aware of the sophisticated and sometimes cutting-edge work produced by internationally renowned composer/sound artist d. thrussell. thrussell's storied career of innovations in post-psychological audio sculpture and the expression of latent kinetic philosophies in sound, made our choice when considering artisans to communicate and manifest PNARI principles an easy one.

never ideologically content nor creatively static, thrussell exists as a stubbornly (and notoriously) difficult individual to summarize. a profoundly radical conservative with unpredictable and extremist viewpoints, the artiste exudes rugged self-motivation yet delicate market sympathies - the perfect voice to preach our cosmic capitalist evangel. and so we came a knocking, offering research funding and institutional backing for a project to construct musics that not only celebrated our joy in the pure radiant beauty of unrestricted commerce but also acted to motivate our peers, colleagues and ideological kinsmen to sell better, further, longer.

as a physical product of sound, you'll no doubt acknowledge that these pieces provide inspiration and enjoyment, but they truly exist to transmit a deeper purpose. ideas. the battle of ideas is raging. and we at PNARI are engaged on many fronts - education, research, public outreach, business outreach and art among them. the future begins in ideas - today. we take the arts very seriously indeed, because the seeds of today's art germinate tomorrow. and now, thanks in no small part to the many generous contributions of our patrons, we are active in an exciting new sphere: sonic philosophy - communications on a perceptible and non-perceptible audio-environmental level.
but enough from me. put the record on, drink in its splendid moral grandeur and rest easy in the knowledge that this powerful weapon is moving civilization toward the freedom in which greatness can thrive and prosper.

(xavier brookes, the pan-national ayn rand institute, may 2014)

from the musical viewpoint, 'the great golden goal' delivers a highly functional palette of technoid electro tunes with slight hints to classic electronic body music. driving analogue drum patterns build the foundation for pulsing bass riffs and warm, moody synth pads, offering fast forward tracks designed to make you move. there is not much space left for contemplation, take a deep breath and be prepared for the two concluding remixes by munter s. thomson and monster zoku onsomb! making their very own interpretation of black lung's motivational intention.

black lung - the business of selling (video): www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tSiHezMwz4

black lung discography on ant-zen 06.2014:
2014. cd. the great golden goal. ant-zen act314
2009. cd. full spectrum dominance. ant-zen act234
2006. 12 inch. concrete octopus. ant-zen act204
2005. cd. the coming dark age. ant-zen act194
2005. 12 inch. karmageddon. ant-zen act184
2004. cd / 12 inch. the grand chessboard. ant-zen act164 / act164.4
2004. cd-ep. the sound of meat. ant-zen act164.1
2003. 10 inch. the sound of meat. ant-zen act147
2002. cd. the andronechron incident (w/ xingu hill). ant-zen act132
2001. cd-ep / 12 inch. profound and sentimental journey. ant-zen act119 / act119.1
2000. 12 inch. rhic-edom. ant-zen act97
1999. 10 inch. the andronechron incident (w/ xingu hill). ant-zen act92
1998. 12 inch. silent weapons for quiet wars. ant-zen act84

black lung information:
www.discogs.com/artist/black+lung
www.worldwentdown.com/imcc

reviews:

alternativmusik.de
es klingt schon sehr ambitioniert, ein album erschaffen zu wollen, das für alle lebenslagen geeignet ist, sei es im fitnesstudio oder am arbeitsplatz. das aber soll the great golden goal schaffen und thematisch ein kommentar auf die kapitalistische gesellschaft sein, bei dem man sich jedoch nie sicher ist, ob dieser nun positiv oder negativ sein soll oder den hörer letztendlich selber entscheiden lassen will was er vom aktuellen system halten will. meist ist in der musik eine euphorie herauszuhören, eine musik, die im kaufhaus laufen könnte. gelegentlich erklingen finstere töne im hintergrund, die sich aber nur bei genauem hinhören wahrnehmen lassen und dann auch nur in bestimmten momenten. musikalisch bewegt man sich bei the business of selling nah in richtung kraftwerk, während klassischer ebm bei the prophet margin zu hören ist. mit the great golden goal kommen dann in form von orgeln auch mal düstere klänge auf, die aber schnell mit analoger elektronik überschattet werden. wave-lastig ist dagegen the cold call, genau so wie hype&dive. abgründig wirkt dagegen wiederum the great equalizer. die empirisch bis heute nicht nachgewiesene "trickle down effect"-these aus der ökonomie wird ebenfalls thematisiert und wirkt zäh und ernüchternd. mit we dream of the pyramid scheme wird ebenfalls ein wirtschaftmodell ("schneeballsystem" im deutschen) behandelt und das stück wirkt ebenfalls verstörend, da es nur durch frequenzen zusammengehalten wird. ein wenig aus der reihe fällt dagegen der abschluss the brotherhood of saturn mit chorälen und meditativen elementen. unterm strich ist the great golden goal ein sehr abwechslungsreiches album geworden, dss durchaus nebenbei gehört werden kann, seine wirklichen stärken aber erst dann zeigt, wenn man es bewusst hört. denn dann fällt die verspieltheit und die detailliertheit des albums erst richtig auf. (tristan osterfeld)

sonic seducer
es bedarf ein wenig fingerspitzengefühls und der hilfe eines haarföns, um die versiegelte verpackung von "the great golden goal" zu öffnen, ohne sie zu beschädigen. hält man den tonträger aber in händen, ist der erste schritt in ein neues, erfolgreiches leben getan. david thrussell schlüpft diesmal in die rolle des motivationstrainers und stählt den hörer für den vollen einsatz im großraumbüro, bei meetings und auf dem sportplatz. die mittel dazu sind ratternde synth-sequenzen, treibende bässe und stimmungsvolle flächen - musik aus einer zeit, als electro und hiphop noch keine getrennten wege gingen, angereichert mit spuren von ebm und electroclash. anders als bei snog lässt thrussell gesang bei black lung vollständig außen vor - nicht jedoch seinen beißenden spott am täglichen konsumwahnsinn. oder wie bereits der große geschäftsmann aleister crowley schrieb: "jeder mann und jede frau ist ein vertriebler." (sascha bertoncin)

green left.org
prolific melbourne electronic artist david thrussell is best known for his experimental outfit snog, named to symbolise "the marxist concept of destroying barriers between people". by the time of their last album, babes in consumerland, snog were calling themselves an all-female band, led by "dee", the new identity of thrussell, who was living as a transgender woman. thrussell's latest album the great golden goal, under his straight techno guise of black lung, ditches the lyrics and leaves the talking to the satirical song titles, which mock the world of finance.

cyclic defrost
after 4 years black lung has returned with a corporate motivation aid, a suite of punchy electronic soundscapes to boost productivity, whether in the office, gym or during competitive cycling. it's the work of australian artist david thrussell, who in recent years has dabbled in everything from film soundtracks (the hard word), to label ceo (omni recording corporation) to cynical electro folk troubadour (snog), to panel member off offbeat discussion show the star chamber. black lung is his darker more overtly electronic project, regularly imbued with an overarching conceptual basis for which to understand his bleeps and beats. from commissions from secretive us spy organisations to forgoing his vegan diet and experimenting with cannibalism during the recording of the soul consumer, thrussell continues this tradition with the great golden goal. offering song titles like "the business of selling," "the prophet margin" and "the cold call," it's pretty clear the direction thrussell he is heading here, particularly if you're familiar with his work as snog. the compositions are tight electro tunes that flirt with more techno orientated ingredients that keep everything bleak, or at least initially they are, where everything feels squared off and you wonder if thrussell is indeed creating electro pop for the economic benefit of us all. but as the album progresses something weird happens, the equivalent of the top button being undone and the tie loosened. the pieces begin to unravel, slowly at first with little hints and strange diversions, but before long the ground has shifted surreptitiously and we're in the elongated squiggly world of experimental synthesis. by the time we get down to "consumption deluxe," the crisp beats have disappeared and been replaced with large slow oscillations and highly textural sequencing. of course the following piece "trickle down effect," with its simultaneously taut yet dubby beats blows the argument out of the water somewhat, yet the explosive whooshes of sound that lurk behind the percussion are a world away from his initial pieces on the great golden goal. "we dream of the pyramid scheme" is an analogue electrics sugar rush. down here at the bottom end of the album the beats are slower and the structures freer, and as a result a little darker. perhaps recognising the maximalist bombast that preceded it, the two remixes begin with two minutes of silent contemplation time. and you need it. the munter s thompson remix of "the business of selling" is a strange kind of cubist funk, whilst monster zoku onsombi offers computer vocals and an over the top techno jungle frenzy. the list of ingredients on this album itself is impressive and can explain why thrussell's electric sounds are so textural and present. the likes of the buchla music easel, moog sub phatty, mini moog voyager xl, korg ms20, artuira minibrute, and numerous others, a salivating mixture between the analogue and the digital. but it's not the tools, nor even the conceptual package, it's thrussell's ability to transcend and integrate electronic genres and make a cohesive album this dramatically diverse. but then what would you expect from a man who can chronicle a dystopian view of corporate muzak by pure track sequencing alone? (bob baker fish)

i die : you die
no stranger to the highly conceptual, instrumental project black lung has become even more idea-driven with time, dovetailing the evolution of project mastermind dee thrussell's main musical outlet snog into a sardonic electronic-pop act. while the premise of the great golden goal - that the album is corporation-mandated inspirational music to enhance sales and productivity - isn't too far off from the kind of winking conceit that thrussel has traded in for years, the music itself is surprisingly straightforward, a mixture of cultured electro tropes with plenty of analogue squelch and hooky melodies for good measure. fittingly for an album masquerading as inoffensive and peppy, many of the lp's twelve songs move along at a spritely pace with bubbling bass and simple kick snare patterns. numbers like "hype & drive" and "the business of selling" play relatively straightforward, establishing simple sonic motifs which are then augmented and replayed in varying synth configurations. it's a formula that works well and says something about thrussel's skill as a composer: the playful use of instrumentation on "the cold call" transforms what starts off as a get-up-and-go motivational anthem into an uncomfortable and tense tune that perfectly matches the high-pressure sales scenario of its title. in the backhalf of the album matters become far more foreboding, the verve of earlier numbers replaced by less energetic and far more dramatic timbres. "the great equalizer" operates as a kind of turning point, its simple chiming lead and minor key pads coming across as far more deliberate than the feigned positivity that preceded it. never ugly but always hinting at something unpleasant, "consumption deluxe" and "the trickle-down effect" harness fluttering arpeggios and warm washes of sound in the service of menacing odes to the profit-driven mentality. by the time the listener reaches the final track "the brotherhood of saturn" the sense is one of indoctrination, as a choir solemnly intoning a wordless melody set to orchestral drums, ritual music for some theoretical six sigma workshop with satanic overtones. thrussell's skill as a writer and arranger shouldn't be revelatory at this point, although i think that black lung's capacity to be as expressive and mordant as any snog number is less celebrated than it should be. the great golden goal is as beholden to knowing the abstract idea behind it as any instrumental concept record, but you can at least draw easy lines between the story it's telling you and the mood and execution of its songs. this is the age of corporate rule, and at least one musical satirist isn't going to let that rich vein of material go untapped, sequere pecuniam. (alex)

santa sangre
these last four years have been quiet for black lung. after 2010's 'the soul consumer' it appeared that the mission had been completed, he'd made a record while subsisting entirely on human flesh. a rather strange stance for someone vegan, i'd say. but i should have known he'd find some new facets of paranoid melancholy in our technologically enslaved world to document. david thrussell is best known for his continuing satirical project snog, outside of that and for almost as long he's been chronicling the debilitating effects of modern society on the individual as black lung. he's also a member of the maddeningly vanished soma who are not ever coming back. i've made my peace with this. i'm fine. 'the great golden goal' changes up the sound of this project once again, almost imparting a catchy electronic flavor to it, but don't be deceived or taken in by the sweetness of the first five songs on here. this is a black lung album and as such it has the duty to go deeply into arenas of thought and sound other projects would run screaming from. you're not going to find the manic techno alienation his 90s records had in spades but you are going to get much more than merely beats and sampled noise. if there is a goal which thrussell's latest has in mind then that would have to be splitting apart at a subatomic level the connections between possessions and prestige. what ties one to another, in plainer terms: do the articles you own impart a feeling of arrival. just because you get the latest hand-held abomination lacquered in chrome on the day of release, have you "made it"? in our increasingly complicated and overwrought existence, finding the time to sit back and analyze just why it is we're so encouraged to give no thought at all to the ramifications of our actions is almost impossible. yet it can be done. you, sitting there reading this with multiple tabs open, stop. minimize yourself in the online experience and see how it feels. does your tactile awareness increase, maybe you start to value those around you who exist in real life outside this glowing screen with all it's tantalizing offers. black lung offer us twelve compositions which get further and further away from anything orderly as this new one plays out. 'the great golden goal' becomes almost playful once you get to the middle fourth of it; whimsical odes to the concepts of hype, consumption are amongst the weapons in the arsenal. because much like that inquisition no one expects, the last few tracks on here are perfectly sequenced to bring us back face to face with the horrors which the era of trickle-down economics has bequeathed upon our world. a pyramid scheme indeed, although no one called it that in the press when the gipper and his ilk pulled the wool over the eyes of the working class. an age of austerity is where we find ourselves now. those of us who have chosen look up from the collective trough of consumerism's vapid contentment and escape the gilded cage have goals of our own… as do black lung. while some protest overtly and others subvert from within the machine, mr. thrussell has left the poison pen letter in plain sight. have all the cake you want kiddies, but don't go pointing the finger at anyone but yourself when the nausea sets in. (peter marks)

midlands metalheads
you never know quite what to expect with a black lung release, "the coming dark age" and "the soul consumer" could be two different acts. as a fan, the only certainty is that david thrussel will cast himself at the centre of a kind of audio film, a sort of sci-fi/not too far removed from reality take on his subject. this time he's taking a theme of commerce and capitalism. that might seem really dry, and of course the album's been packaged and promoted with all the due corporate lingo and design. in stark contrast is the fact that this is the most accessible black lung release yet. black lung 2014 the phrase that immediately comes to mind when you combine the ideas of capitalism and music is "selling out" and this is exactly what the disc does with a sarcastic wink wink nudge nudge to the listener. it's a great deal of fun. from the off there's a nice warm phosphorescent glow to the synths and playful rhythms that conjure up all sorts of pleasing 80's associations like art of noise, portion control, cabaret voltaire, kraftwerk or whatever. not that it's a rip off at all, but it's an appropriate setting given the general association of that decade as the era of the yuppie. in the mix are several classical elements, strings, piano and ultimately a choir that add to the effect of a score for a film. as the story unfolds from its wide eyed, optimistic opener "the business of selling" i felt like there was a sense of corruption playing out. thrussel is almost cartoonish in his expression on this disc which makes it for me. there are villainous, desperate and insistent themes through many of the later tracks that contrast nicely with the brighter elements preceding. stand out track for me is "the brotherhood of saturn" which closes, sounding like a sinister illuminati ritual at bohemian grove. as i write i'm flicking through the booklet and the track is actually credited as being performed "live at bohemian grove", which made me chuckle. as usual dave thrussel has painstakingly put together a little world for black lung listeners to immerse themselves in down to the last detail of the liner notes. those expecting a bleaker, noisier affair in line with, say "the disinformation plague" might be surprised but i don't think anyone would have cause to be disappointed with such a well composed, produced and thought out addition to their collection. i'd just love to hear some of these tracks released as singles with some vocals. that's not an impression i've had with a black lung release before. (dj redbeard)

a review in russian language can be found on the machinist's webpage:
www.machinistmusic.net

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