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control.org
control.org radiate 2002 album cover background

20 years of radiation

celebrating the control.org album radiate

radiate my sorrow

latest releases

broke and dirt vol 002
BROKE AND DIRT sample library vol 002 image

Sounds and loops are all custom from found sound, custom samples and sequences, analogue generation and many are routed thru the sweet sweet broken VHS deck. so dirty, so nasty, so little commercial potential. Just how we like it.

hell beings
C2 hellbeings single cover art

bumping dirty single created with material from Broke and Dirt Vol 001 loop and sound library release

broke and dirt vol 001
C2 BROKE AND DIRT sample library vol 001 image

Sounds and loops are all custom from found sound, custom samples and sequences, analogue generation and many are routed thru the sweet sweet broken VHS deck. so dirty, so nasty, so little commercial potential. Just how we like it.

C2 PENTALOGY
C2 PENTALOGY album cover

the illusion of individual voice
addicted to the paradox of choice
complacent in the greed divide
grind grind grind, slave to the blind

The entire discography and more is available for free or donation at our bandcamp and alternatively by file share linked from our liberapay. We will never intentionally be on any douchebag digital aggregators! Feel free to go grab it ALL for free and do fuck engorging the corporates.

biography


control.org is a creative umbrella for musical, media and technology projects. As a band, control.org have existed in some form as a performance entity for *yikes* three decades. control.org has weathered various live rosters and subtle genre shifts. With roots in synthpop, techno, house and industrial, control.org continues to do what it has always done and meld the sounds. Honest, organic and raw, we have never been much for form over function or calculated image over oontz. After the obligatory many year hiatus, control.org may return in 2022 with ERADICATE. We hope to do some cyber performances of the RADIATE album to celebrate its 20 yrs since release.

C2 is aggressive electronic music for the strong-willed dancefloor. formed to catch the more harsh and experimental content emanating from the control.org studio, C2 courts the sounds and structures of rhythmic industrial, ebm, drum n bass and ambient noisescapes to weave its sonic assault. C2 has been said to contain 'excellent complex contructions of beats that straddle dark ambient underpinnings like an abused mistress'. C2 has been releasing since 1997 and performing live since 1999. After hiding in the garden shed for years with only remixes here and there, C2 returned with a dirty low tech AM radio nightmare BOOM from 2013-2016 with a four EP series and fourth full-album QUADRANTS: the stories of four, PENTALOGY for Halloween 2018 and various singles and remixes since.

manifesto

*** 2018 note – Well then, maybe the masses starting to delete Facebook is a cool first step of late to the party outrage. Just remember that this wasn’t a scandle or an incident, IT IS corporate social media’s modus operandi! Next step, kindly be a dear to the people you communicate/collaborate with and don’t use google products either. It is painful deciding whether to respond or not to gmail knowing that it is even worse than Facebook. do avoid Google, Gmail, Dropbox, Instagram, Whatsapp, Telegram!!!!, Microsfot, Apple) * Open Source comms and collaboration to check out (protonmail, tutanota, your own pgp email if you are a sadist, riot.im and matrix, xmpp with otr (conversations), tox, nextcloud/owncloud, framasoft things, mastodon …) end 2018 note***

It’s not impossible to avoid facebook (instagram), yahoo (tumblr, flickr), google (youtube, android, everything), apple, microsoft etc in 2016, but pretty damn difficult. None of these things are good for humans and they are especially shit for artists, especially older ones who operate in the broom closet of the sub-basement of the dead horse beaten entrails of cannibalised underground ‘scenes’. After having various accounts locked on multiple music and social media sites because contrary to their hot air about your “safety” they don’t actually support randomised anonymous access, and losing all our recent tour “events”, I finally gave up succumbing to the fake need. So I’ve just stopped.

But here is the rub, all the metrics and the analysis of what was working on social media, WASN’T. For instance on our bandcamp, I am still getting the same (or better) plays per day, some downloads every week, and a few of those per month might even donate, all without wasting a single hour/day/week of my life trying to be cute or even visible for that matter on “social” media. I used to see a number of entries to our bandcamp music from facebook links, but they were exceptionally bad value insofar as they didn’t actually DO anything, not even download music for FREE. Some amazing quality traffic comes via facebook but only because it was shared from somewhere orginating outside the over alogrithm’d craposhere, ie from lovingly openly and honestly curated places like https://don-quichote-net.blogspot.co.nz/2016/08/c2-phlegmatic-ep.html. Now this will be a little more challenging during a new release launch, but again, the last release I spent literally weeks of time working facebook and got overwhlemingly more response to “it’s coming” than to “it’s here” *crickets chirping*. Think on that for a tick. On the latest release almost all actual download of music response came organically from Bandcamp and previous supporters (THANK YOU), real life suggestions, and from a number of web, blog and search sources originally OUTSIDE of facebook/twitter hole. The trick is going forward just as it personally failed with social web, is how to get new people to even give you an ear in, because statisically, once people find our bandcamp, they are usually fierce independent music supporters who usually check out and often donate for more back catalogue.

Bear in mind these releases for years have been avaialable free or by donation so really WTF facebook peeps you won’t even download something from your “friend” for FREE to help with visibilty? I’ve had the same domain for over two decades and the number of people I’m not in physical contact with, old friends and music buddies from facespace that have checked in considering I disappeared (twice) in quick succession…0. Is the web just that big and life that busy? Maybe, but I think academically speaking it is much more an indication that corporate social media truly has nothing to do with “connecting” friends or ideas and everything to do with infinite transient ego strokes to keep the masses complacent and ignorant that they are the product. Unless lucky, really lucky, flush with time or money, or dodgey you simply cannot bend that system to ethically work as a platform to invite sharing of creative work. The liberal pluralist narrative from the media and corporates means everyone is a “content creator” and the social internet is intentionally and effectively pollution that is getting too hard to sift against drip feed algorithms defined to keep you in the dark. Through the non-social web, I am hugely greatful for the durable and sustainable relationships I have with collaborators and a number of supporters who continually give my work a chance and ironically do their best to help share on the social web, but alas, the echo chamber is real.

On principle, I have and will never deal with digital aggregators and the corporate streamers. It is simply a kick to the groin to anyone thinking they are doing a solid to an artist by paying for music when most of the time, the artist truly gets fuck all and I’d rather give away which ironically, social media makes it exceptionally hard to do! And in terms of getting new people to even listen to our shit, the free or donation model is much less shit than dealing with schysters and middle-men and at the end of the day, requires less showers.

Therefore, I have reclaimed my time on the internet, my irl personal space and time and here on this “blog” we have a place where I can quickly post something of interest to myself or project status, it shoots the rss feed into the new basic bands page, and I can get back to doing actual things rather than waiting for it to never show up in supposed friends’ feeds for them to maybe click a stupid tracking button. To be sure, social media works if that is your full-time job or you have carved out a cutesy niche with a bunch of hangers on, but I can’t afford the time or the degradation to the soul for either. Life is short, art hard! No matter how you spin it, it simply cannot be punk rock to feed the tracking machine with you and your “followers” digital lives, so I’m out.

Yes I realise to embed bandcamp player there may be some google font or analytic scripts running from bandcamp’s side of things, and I don’t quite know how to get rid of youtube yet because holy shit does it have ALL the things in the shallow net, but for now, savvy people can block some of google’s assholery (at a minimum please install privacy badger add-on for firefox). But other than some legacy or reference embeds all my new web and art projects will be to the best of my ability free from evil wherever possible. I realise some people will say they that pervasive cross domain tracking on infinite share buttons is the future today and I’m just salty I couldn’t get 500 viewers on my live cam show. Spend 7 minutes flicking though some of that shit and you should have lost all hope for humanity to avoid catasrophic demise. Maybe you do fine “promoting” yourself or your art on the corporate web. I don’t care if you want to use the stuff and of course people will share my work to the wider social web, fine, I’ve just had enough with the existing paradigm, and I prefer for facebook and google to not own or define my material, events or identity. I have been working towards a free and open model that works for me and helps me feel decent about not feeding the machine, or our insane dependence upon it, if at all possible. I honestly don’t know how exactly to invite others to join me because neither the big corporates nor the transient giant killer apps/sites have been on balance, anything other than a waste of time for me. Certainly a few awesome people get connected via corporate social media, but in my experience at a ridiculous price of time and sanity thus relegating the ideas, art and culture you might have shared with them to the backseat while you constantly manage online promotion. I will retreat to the broken VHS deck and make my noises and if anyone wants to come along for the ride, cool potatoes!

Cheers j control Aug 2016

discography

The entire discography is available for free or donation at our bandcamp. We will never intentionally be on any douchebag digital aggregators. Feel free to go grab it for free as any activity does help other bandcamp users to find us and you might maximise your impact by donating directly. For other than personal listening, our general wish is that all our work is cc by-sa so share alike. For other arrangements or to support please see liberapay or contact.

C2

C2 hell beings -- FEB 2020 -- digital single
#powernoise #industrial #dirtyhouse #industrialdance #militant

C2 PENTALOGY -- OCTOBER 2018 -- digital
#powernoise #industrial #dirtyhouse #industrialdance #militant

C2 Phlegmatic EP -- JULY 2016 -- digital
#soundtrack #dichotomy #horror #noise

C2 CHOLERIC EP -- OCTOBER 2015 -- digital
#powernoise #industrial #dirtyhouse #industrialdance #militant

TETRAPHOBIA -- OCTOBER 2015 -- digital single
#powernoise #industrial #dirtyhouse #industrialdance #militant

QUADRANTS: the stories of four -- OCTOBER 2013 -- limited physical / digital
Urged to seek short-term physical gratification as pain relief, stuck in cycles of pain, we replicate pain as pain relief. We all have our sirens.
#industrial #ebm #powernoise #soundtrack #horror #noise

C2 SANGUINE EP -- SEPTEMBER 2013 -- digital
#industrialdance #beats #female #gothhouse

C2 MELANCHOLIC EP -- SEPTEMBER 2013 -- digital
#noise #soundscape #horror

CUBED -- 2004 -- digital / PHYSICAL (oop)
#powernoise #industrial #ebm #drumnbass #hardhouse #idm

CROWD CONTROL -- 2002 -- single ep / LIMITED PHYSICAL (oop)
#powernoise #industrial #ebm #harsh #noise

SECOND WAVE -- 2000 -- digital / LIMITED PHYSICAL (oop)
#powernoise #industrial #ebm #harsh #noise

INITIAL CONTROL -- 1999 -- digital / LIMITED PHYSICAL (oop)
#experimental #industrial #soundtrack #noise

CONTROLFREAK STUDIO

BROKE AND DIRT 002 -- MAR 2022 -- digital samples and loops
#loops #samples #ebm #industrial #house #dirty #noise

BROKE AND DIRT 001 -- FEB 2020 -- digital samples and loops
#loops #samples #ebm #industrial #house #dirty #noise

CONTROL.ORG

DEGENERATE -- 2011 -- digital / LIMITED PHYSICAL
#synth #ebm #industrial #house #goth-hop #electro

RADIATE -- 2002 -- digital / PHYSICAL
#synth #ebm #industrial #electro

MANIPULATE -- 2001 -- digital / PHYSICAL
#synth #ebm #industrial #electro

SP UNITED

HOW TO WORK -- 2018 -- digital
#house #techhouse #electro #dance #unite

REVIVE THE TRIBE -- 2017 -- digital
#house #techhouse #electro #dance #unite

SELECTED COMPILATIONS

control.org 'reciprocate' 2016
album: Electronic Saviors 4
label: distortion productions / metropolis

C2 'four on the floor' 2015
album: S.I.N.G.E.D. volume 2
label: blatantpropaganda.org

C2 'affirmative negative infinite' 2015
album: Endzeit bunkertracks [act 7]
label: Alfa Matrix

C2 'RLFv3' 2014
album: Electronic Saviors 3
label: Distorton Productions / Metropolis

C2 'scream in the mirror' 2013
album: NAR Sampler Vol 2
label: New Alternative Radio

control.org 'thought control' 2011
album: GCS 1
label: COMA Music Magazine

control.org 'sacrifice' 2003
album: State of Synthpop 2003
label: A Different Drum

C2 'warning' 2002
album: Kappa
label: MHz

C2 'connect [subsnow mix]' 2002
album: Subsnow Tour CD
label: Ad Noiseam

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2022-10-06

@mxtthxw invidious.snopyta.org/watch?v=



2022-10-04

RT @poncio Any admin with a working small Pixelfed server??

I created one that I think I have properly setup, but it only federates with itself (and mastodon, etc, that is nice, but not the point)

probably will end up uninstalling it...



2022-10-04

@zeitverschreib @madcap he should have used "pencil"



2022-10-04


you know I've never been mistaken for an optimist but I suppose there is some parable or allegory about zooming in and impacting nearby something something. I dunno, I'm just a drummer.

Never mind the multiple negative temp freezing nights of late, spring yeesh. It is Tuesday my verse, here are some tiny things kicking ass!

garden hard!



2022-10-03

@thegibson @c0debabe no, it's always DMX. rip



2022-10-03

@jesse I am so in the weeds with David Pumpkins



2022-10-03

@strypey i've tried all the would be giant killers, coops and distributed things. Even stuff that is gaurantted to suck like whatever the cryptobro fuck winamp has become I still keep an ear to the ground. this post still stands from when the epic buyout was announced. Some great feedback from other fedi musos in there as well.

hackers.town/@controlfreak/107



2022-10-03

need a light hearted challenge?

last year on my previous account I posted to please send help because I watched the David S. Pumpkins sketch every day in October, and then a further 17 days, so 48 straight all up. I have changed my mind that this is not a bug, this is a feature, let's do this shit!

Watch David S. Pumpkins every day in October with me! Haunted Elevator Challenge 2022

any questions!?

invidious.snopyta.org/watch?v=




2022-10-02

from the hey guys what the actual heck is time even files

Mundian To Bach Ke turns 20 as a pop smash single next month and is 24 years old as the proper underground jam................


invidious.snopyta.org/watch?v=



2022-10-02

@thraeryn local high school shop teacher Joe Early! Joe, thanks for joing us



2022-10-01

@hn50 lol meanwhile aws cloudfront for the consumerreports site pwns you in a bucket or blocks you from even reading. *golf clap*



2022-10-01

@binchicken too bad it was pies...



2022-10-01

@alilly @junkerg I don't disagree but I sadly also don't have anything else gui that I'm comfortable sending people away with yet. I don't hate lynx but it's a tough sell?

to that end and I understand not to the question, to at least push against the total monolithic google monopoly, I do like the fox fork @librewolf as it takes care of many more telemetry/tracking/security blocks or removals by default than I could ever remember at setup time otherwise.

to the actual question, I can't remember the name but there is a qute fork getting pretty close to being able to use the corporate web, mostly, by non technical users, mostly.

The bigger problem I think is we need to demand LESS. if the shallow web wasn't so bloated with js,cdns,beacons,etc,etc from 57 cross domains for everything and were not literally all about tracking, identifying, fingerprinting, advertising and selling you out, instead of i dunno presenting data, maybe we wouldn't be in such a landscape pickle?



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