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liner notes for the forthcoming "Beeing On The Beat" Moloko + compilation CD
written by Phil Shoenfelt, September 2020
“The cut-up technique (or découpé in French) is an aleatory literary technique in which a written text is cut up and rearranged to create a new text. The concept can be traced to at least the Dadaists of the 1920s, but was popularized in the late 1950s and early 1960s by writer William S. Burroughs, and has since been used in a wide variety of contexts.” (Wikipedia)

Instead of writing theoretically about the revolutionary Burroughs/Gysin/Balch cut-up method (which took the Dadaist experiments of the 1920s into a completely new dimension), I thought I would try a little experiment of my own to see how it works in practice.

On Thursday September 10th 2020 Dim Locator played a concert at the FLUC club in Vienna. The following day, Chris Hughes and myself were interviewed by journalist Robert Froewein for Kronen Zeitung, the largest selling Austrian daily newspaper, which I later gathered is something like The Sun in the UK. A “boulevardian”, maybe even “populist” stalwart, in other words, with a history dating back to 1900. Whatever the case, the journalist was very sympathetic and asked intelligent questions. In one part of the interview we touched upon the present situation with the Covid virus (“Language is a virus”: William S. Burroughs), and how it is affecting live performance and rock music in general. What follows is an extract from the interview – first in linear form as it appears in Kronen Zeitung, followed by a cut-up of parts of the same extract. This was a literal cut-up that I did the old fashioned way, with paper and scissors, as Burroughs & Gysin did back in the early 1960s. The interesting thing is the multi-dimensional view that emerges in the cut-up, a view which allows all kinds of random associations to appear as the linear “word lines” are cut and the unconscious mind takes over: “When you cut into the present the future leaks out” (William S. Burroughs). In other words, they may not be random associations at all, and may be guided by some higher or extra-terrestrial power. Decide for yourself…

Linear (extract from Kronen Zeitung interview):

Shoenfelt: “Personally, I will not take any Covid vaccine that is rushed through without proper testing, just to satisfy politicians who want to claim credit and use it to get themselves re-elected. It could be highly dangerous and could make matters worse. Everything will change, for sure. I suspect there are several different agendas that are being pursued simultaneously. But I DO NOT believe that everything was planned by the Illuminati, the Rothschilds and Goldman Sachs. I’m not into huge conspiracy theories, they simply don’t add up. I don’t believe the proposition that the virus was intentionally created in a laboratory in China (or America, as the Chinese say) and spread around the world by Bill Gates and Xi Jinping. I believe that it probably came from a bat or pangolin in the Wuhan wet market, just as most scientists have said. But I also believe there are forces that want to use the virus opportunistically to their own advantage: ‘Under Cover Of The Covid’, to misquote an old Rolling Stones song. The powers-that-be WANT to frighten people in order to get more control over them. Fear sells very well in the mass media, and on Facebook the advertisers get more exposure as everybody clicks on the bait. Covid is a much better policeman than any CIA, MSS, FSB or MI5 agent. I believe that governments everywhere are increasingly nervous about the huge numbers of people moving around the world at will. Whether it’s because of terrorism or because of refugees/immigrants, they don’t like these uncontrolled movements. The Covid virus is the PERFECT opportunity for governments everywhere to increase police powers and electronic surveillance – all with the excuse that they are ‘protecting’ our grandmothers. And of course, not many politicians are fans of rock ‘n’ roll and other random gatherings of people.  Such gatherings are a nuisance for them. I’m not saying I’m 100% correct here, I'm just saying what is POSSIBLY going on. Perhaps at some point only the rich elites will be able to fly around the world, because the airfares will be so expensive once the low-cost companies have gone bankrupt. Goodbye Ryan Air, goodbye Easyjet, goodbye cheap holidays in the sun for office workers and assembly line workers. Only the mega-rich will be able to fly. Exotic beaches will be much less crowded, without obnoxious British football hooligans shitting and vomiting in the sand. On the ecological ‘green’ side, the demise of air travel is a good thing too – much smaller ‘carbon footprints’. This is what I mean by several intersecting agendas – Covid is an excellent control mechanism right across the board – from radical right to radical left…”

Cut-Up of part of the same extract:

“the excuse they are ‘protecting’ our governments everywhere to increase exotic beaches and intersecting agendas is POSSIBLY Goodbye Ryan Air police increasingly nervous at some point the rich elites came from mass media and fans of grandmothers on Facebook is the PERFECT opportunity for virus powers and electronic surveillance – all with pangolin are many advertisers ‘Under Cover Of The Covid’ from Rolling Stones credit and use it to re-elect better policeman than CIA, MSS, FSB, MI5 because of terrorism virus used opportunistically to their own advantage around the world by Bill Gates sells well and matters worse than uncontrolled movements but excellent mechanism across the board will not take vaccine from random gatherings of radical right to radical left that are being pursued simultaneously by Illuminati, Rothschilds and Goldman could be extremely dangerous for rock ‘n’ roll because of terrorism or more exposure to refugees/immigrants and British football hooligans WANT to frighten people (or America, as the Chinese say) spread different agendas intentionally created by Sachs in a laboratory in order to get rushed through simply don’t add up and NOT believe the proposition that everything was planned but I DO control over them fear…”