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The Hungarian label, FLOPPY KICK invited me to curate a compilation of Cleveland, Ohio area music experimentalists. SPECIMEN was the result. Not only did I get to release a project with some really talented performers, my music is alongside theirs.
I designed the artwork, wrote the liner notes and contributed one track “ETERNAL SCREAM TRAPPED IN A GRAIN OF SAND” under LURE OF THE UNKNOWN. Interestingly, Floppy Kick specializes in releasing music on 3.5 floppy diskette and Specimen is an example of such a release.
My contribution was interesting to make. I had to reduce it to 8 bit music. The floppy diskette has limited space. 1.44 MB. Specimen features 15 performers. Eternal Scream Trapped in a Grain of Sand is not only the longest title on the compilation, after a lot of playing around with changing it to 8 bit, its the longest piece on Specimen.
Taking into account that the the title accurately describes the sound imagine how it combines a techno feel with experimentation and noise.
Note that it was this piece that gained the interest of SILBER MEDIA, who then requested that I participate in their 5 IN 5 SERIES that led to me creating DAY OF ENDINGS.
Kai Nobuko reviewed Eternal Scream Trapped in a Grain of Sand:
“…a captivating track by Lure Of The Unknown.”
“… the artist recorded a choir of exciting cannibals that sing…to celebrate the prospect of eating a freshly captured lost tourist.”
“It is jolly good fun to hear and perhaps even perfectly suitable to scream along with. As long as you are not the one taking a bath in their large cooking pot, you will have plenty if time to enjoy this moment the lighthearted way.”