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"TBWB is credible for the clobbering lucidity of the overall design, a quality that allows him to sonically expound aspects of brutality and behavioral coercion with the scientific inflexibility of a laboratory analyst. Rarely have scathing hostility and harsh droning sounded so attractive..." - Massimo Ricci / Touching Extremes

ʻStrangeletʼ is a kind of “anti-concept” album, as the cryptic, seemingly unrelated track titles attest to (a quote from Bruce Sterling here, one from E.M. Cioran there, allusions to failed revolutions and declining empires everywhere.) The albumʼs title itself refers to a phenomenon in the world of particle physics: a strangelet being a hypothetical object which converts ordinary matter into 'strange matterʼ through liberating the energy of nuclei that it comes into collision with. While I am uneducated in the field of astrophysics, the pseudo-scientific misuse of the term ʻstrangeletʼ to mean a kind of infectious ʻweirdener,ʼ invisible to the naked eye, was irresistible as a descriptive term for this kind of music.

The circumstances surrounding the album were certainly unorthodox enough. Halfway through composition, the logic board on the laptop hosting my DAW gave out, and I found myself composing with a 3rd of the screen occupied by seething, strobing horizontal red stripes (this was after a previous failure in which the computer's trackpad sensor was registering temperatures of 1000 degrees fahrenheit...)

This sort of technological frustration, coupled with intense feelings of hopelessness brought on by failed interpersonal relationships and moronic temp labor, gave this record the sensibility by good friend Massimo eloquently mentions above. This has more or less become the template for all my subsequent work: not sonically, per se, but in terms of overall attitude. I've aimed to make each subsequent expression potent enough to be the last thing I will be remembered for.

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released March 17, 2009

Thomas Bey William Bailey: programming, composition, production, artwork

Denis Blackham: mastering

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Thomas Bey William Bailey is a researcher and author of several books (e.g. "To Hear The World With New Eyes," "Micro Bionic") as well as a dedicated sound artist: in whatever medium he chooses, he focuses upon the extremes of information in order to determine both their liberating potential and their hidden dangers. ... more

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