Astroturfing

by Jochem Klaus

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about

Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization (e.g., political, advertising, religious or public relations) to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by grassroots participant(s).

It is a practice intended to give the statements or organizations more credibility by withholding information about the source's financial connection.

This collection brings together a series of of musical vignettes created over a 15 year period between 2000 and 2015, which all revolve around the theme of disinformation.

These musical pieces are all different experiments in recontextualizing musical tropes in an attempt to musically represent the disorientating nature of disinformation and the spectrum of anxieties it intentionally induces.

This concept and the theory of it's origins, purpose and effects, have been convincingly explored through the lucid prose of authors such as:

Mark Fisher - k-punk.abstractdynamics.org
Jaron Lanier - www.jaronlanier.com
Douglas Rushkoff - www.rushkoff.com
Oliver James - selfishcapitalist.com
Timothy Wu - www.timwu.org

And more broadly via publishers such as:

Zero Books - www.zero-books.net
Repeater Books - repeaterbooks.com/books/
Verso Books - www.versobooks.com

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released July 4, 2015

Mastered by Jan Pinnig at 21Mastering, Berlin

Cover Design by Rutger Zuydervelt

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Track Name: Attention Span
Hey, how are you?
I haven’t seen you here in quite some time
You look lost, in your own thoughts.

Take my advice
Don’t try and talk
It’s for your own good.
Track Name: I Like U
I like you
[b-but]
You’re the only one breaking all the rules
[I]

I like you
[b-b-b-but]
You’re the only one breaking all the rules
[I]

I like you
[b-but]
You’re the only one breaking all the rules

I like you
[b-b-b-but]
You’re the only one breaking all the rules
[I]
Track Name: Quantum Jam
Peg: You’re worried about breaking the record tomorrow aren’t you?

Al: X2 does a crash and burn, you float back on a pillow of silk. The moment you touch down, you leap forward, Tom leaps back, and the broad and I are gone to Las Vegas!

Sam: A minute ago you said it was crap.

Captain: Well, ready to become the fastest man on earth?

Sam: Huh, ready as I’ll ever be.

Greg: I’m so heavy.
Dvdvdv dvdvdv dv.

Greg: Gotta get down.
Dvdvdv dvdvdv dv.

Hotline: Hello?

James: Whatcha Say?

TV Lady: The women love you when you get out there

James: Why’s that ladies?

TV Lady: Well I’m asking you

James: Huh?

TV Lady: Why do you think that is?

James: ‘cause I look good.

TV Lady: You look good. Yeah…

James: I smell good, I feel good…

TV Lady: And you sing good

James: …and I make love good

TV Lady: Oh… well there you are, we don’t have to ask anybody else, we got that from the source!

James: Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Track Name: Moving [Video Combustion]
Women in transit
Politicising the actual body
Women in transit

Four by twenty
Forgetfulness and thunder
Women in transit

[Video afterburner]

In the face of others
Remote control
Questions to ask yourself

Injured in the face of others
Video combust

Intersections 2000
Video combustion

Women in transit
Track Name: Sleep OK
Take our pills
Tomorrow
Break our pills
Tomorrow
We’re all ready
Sleep OK?

Take our pills
Sleeping OK?
That’s right
It’s time
Everybody

You ok?
That’s right
It’s time
Track Name: 5th Unusual
Don’t forget to lock the door
Beware ides of 5th Unusual

Sun has gone we must prepare
Moon will rule the world emotional
There’s no time to shape the end
Track Name: Something You're Watching
You can only come in time with something you’re watching

You can only come in time with something you’re watching

You only come in time when you’re watching

You only come in time with something you’re watching

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