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With my longtime partner-in-crime .miQ S. far away in Stoney Creek at sound engineering school, I was hard at work, in about early Spring '2000, on my own material in SCHIZOID, an ill-fated DJ RABIES/SCHIZOID split recording. .miQ was busy producing tracks for a whack of projects including .miQ-E, .clipFit, ZYMOTIC, noCore and as well up to D-hijinx with his new cohorts in ALL OUT ASSAULT. When we could we'd get together and get trashed... this is when we decided that we should do a track together for this upcoming remix/compilation that this cool underground mailing list/zine Existential Boredom was doing. The computer was handy and we started working on this crazy noise track together.
Maybe every 2-3 weeks or so... we'd get together, smoke a storm/get spun on caffeine and sleep dep, and work more and more on this track we started. It was fucked! Sounding very different than our other projects, this track had a life of it's own, it's own reality, it's own dimension(s). Pressing
But then... disaster struck!!! My HD crashes (Lesson #1: Always backup your HD when you make tracks on your PC) and everything, my SCHIZOID tracks, the "existnoize" track, everything, is lost. Alas, .miQ had a copy of the first 24 minutes of the track as MP3 on his HD, and work began on a part that would be tagged onto the end of that track to continue the insanity - another 8-orso minutes was added as a concludatory send-off to the "eXistnoiZe" track...
Somehow in the process, what was supposed to be a continuation of the track, later dubbed "01.01.1980 [noiZe}", turned into a track that could stand on it's own... With the same awkward and noisy soundscapes, but with gabber/breakbeat loops progressing things along.. Across the internet, trading samples and sequencer files, we developed more and more of these tracks - I concentrated on fucked up sampling and a general cornycore song structure with .miQ kicking the song in gear, and in the ass, with his clipfitting glitches and other general chop/chopsuey mayhem... When another track "09.09.2000 [acidicream]" was completed for contribution to the "Riot-Soundz" mailing list's CD compilation, it was far, far too late; we shortened the long song's nickname to "EXIST" and used that as the official moniker for our newfound "band"...
We liked EXIST as a band name because it was general, and vague, it can mean whatever you want to read into it, or not read into it - it definitely provokes a reaction, I don't know whether to laugh with the sounds, or be scared by them. Now that the CD's done, I listen to it with delight and horror, and try to understand what the music is trying to convey to me, and I am still light-years away from figuring it out - Oh the tension and the darkness of it all!
j.schizoid & .,miq