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AUTOPSIA - Factory Rituals 1989/2009

Format: DVD-R
Label & Cat.Number: Illuminating Technologies ITV01101
Release Year: 2010
Note: impressive video-clips produced for the "Mirror of Destruction" exhibition that happened in Belgrade 2010; numbered ed. of only 48 copies (silkscreen-cover & 3 silkscreen postcards)
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Reality can only be grasped indirectly - seen reflected in a mirror, staged in the theater of the mind.
We make ghostly fi lms - haunted by great cinematic models: Hans-J. Syberberg, Chris Marker, Akira Kurosawa, and anti-models: Hollywood, MTV .
A posthumous fi lms, in the era of cinema s unprecedented mediocrity.
The key to Autopsia fi lms is beyond the narrative, beyond the story that we witness.
What provides the density of cinematic enjoyment
is material from beyond interpretation." [ikkONA film info]

"Factory Rituals was initially a soundtrack for an exhibition that Autopsia took part in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1989. These tracks are not and were not available in any format prior to this digital release and as such can be considered their own entity. The tracks have been digitally remastered from the original 4-channel tape and contain no manipulations via computers or samplers. This release will bring a nostalgic point of memory to any fan of Autopsia who has followed their works from their early days. As such, Factory Rituals sounds nearly exactly what one could conjure in their imagination about the sound of the workings inside. Upon the entrance of the work, were led up a cold stone stairway through ornately carved wood doors into the factory, full of harmonic Gregorian chants. Monks shattered in time itself, amongst the ruined rusted metal fragments of existence. Mind you, it doesnt seem this release is meant to be a solidifi ed conceptual album, but rather seven experimentations that play into this time frame (1984 1989). You WILL go between tracks, sometimes abruptly, and not be able to
simply flow with the music. As the press sheet states though, Music is order and disorder.
Both, indeed, are found here in great volume.
From industrial rhythms and dark ambient backgrounds to relentless choral swells and droning to dramatic stringed sequences, Factory Rituals brings about music that is rarely heard these days. Too many put too much faith in the technology they use today as a means to create great works of industrial noise and experimental
compositions. However, with this journey into the birth of Autopsia, it is quickly seen that the tools readily available to most of us, perhaps even collecting the dust of time in the basements of friends and family, are capable of creating quality and fascinating works.
As with most music on this level though, there is definitely a spiritual synthesis to be found in Factory Rituals. It is more than noise, more than music, more than making a point. There are few projects today who can claim to have the same passion for what they do now 20 years later down the road as they did in their
artistic birth. Simply put, its through this authentic manifestation of talent that Autopsia not only continues to compose great works of art, but continues to inspire its listeners now two decades later. If you dont understand what Im saying, feel free to check out the score artwork available for download with the album
from their website. Intricate, beautiful, and strangely inhuman."
[Sage W., Heathen Harvest]

"In my heart there is always space for Autopsia. I know, I know. Its perhaps not something you'd expect from me, Autopsia being, at least for some, a gothic band of orchestral sampling and/or a small time version of Laibach, but maybe its a historical thing that I like what they are doing. I first came across them on a few compilation cassettes in the 80s, eventually released a whole cassette by them, and after that kept up with them. Their CD 'Death Is The Mother Of Beauty', one of the earliest CD releases on Staalplaat, is still a particular favorite. Since a few years, Autopsia keeps me informed of new releases and so I got this release, which is, apparently, part of Mirror Of Destruction, an exhibition in Museum of Modern Art in Belgrade. Lots of black and white footage of factory halls, cars, Mercedes flags, but also nature shots. Some moving images, some static images. All in a rather political mood, which is something I haven't seen that openly before with them. Nice enough, but not something I would watch a lot. I'd always rather go for the music. That is an odd mixture, like always it seems, of those much sampled orchestral sounds and industrial sounds. The mechanical rhythm of industry in motion. 'Gothic' perhaps, but there is something in Autopsia's music that I like. Perhaps its just the mighty cliche of classical music, the pompous playing of horns blearing away, much strings and percussion hammering. A form of military marching music even. This I liked more than the actual films, which, I must admit add a frighting sight. Not easy listening, but demanding - although not always on a pure musical level." [FdW/Vital Weekly]