Another Room Vol. 2 No. 9 : March 1982


SPK Updates: 
SPK will be visiting San Francisco for performance, etc., sometime in April as part of a fairly auspicious tour of the North American art hubs. Attendance is mandatory for those wishing a litmus for their ability to assimilate such intense data as SPK has to offer. For background on the more clinical aspects (highbrow, if you will) of their approach, please refer to their essays which appear in S.F. Research #3. With luck you might even ferret out a stray copy of "Dokument," #1 or 2, a tract published by SPK to further their efforts to publicize mental and physical disorders considered irrelevant by society. Vinyl is available in the form of a single on Industrial, their first E.P. is on the Side Efforts label (theirs) and their second L.P., which is due to be released domestically on Thermidor in April. Finally, our proofreading staff would like to point out that all spelling and structure on the part of SPK is (sic).

Q U E S T I O N S

WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST LAMBS? 

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IS TONE GENERATOR AS STAGE PERSONA STILL A PATIENT AT HEART?

tone was never a mental patient. he was admitted to spk on the grounds that he has twisted view of the world. because his eyes look in opposite directions. when he was a little boy his eyes were straight. he had an operation for some other thing and the surgeon fucked it up, result was his left eyeball turned 50 degrees to the outside. they operated to get that one straight and succeeded, but the right one turned out instead. they operated and got the right one straight again, but the left one turned out again. his mother ran out of money …

CAN THE OPERATOR BE CONSTRUED IN THE MEDICAL SENSE?

once again, if yu like. it's just a neutral term indicative of removal of subjectivity by bureaucracies and machine technology. also a desire on all our parts not to be known as one persona, so we can change, so nobody can take us as models (as if they would want to). and it also has something to do with the best book never published: The Agony of the Plasm by Rudolf Cynek but it's too complicated to go into here.

DO YU GET GIRLS MORE EASILY NOW?

can't see the correlation between playing muzik and killing girls.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF ORGANIZED RELIGIONS?

shame, because most of them are quite interesting before the Organization phase takes over. even Christianity. the probably exception to this kind appraisal is Judaism. no we're not anti-semitic fascists. but the religion is too dogmatic to be nice about.

WHAT DID YU WANT TO BE AT AGE 12?

a girl to kill

DC YOU ISOLATE YOURSELVES FROM CURRENT EVENTS?

no, the media does that for us

AT WHAT AGE DID YU LEARN TO TIE YOUR SHOES AND WHY.

someone has given yu some inside information here. can never get shoes to fit so always have to leave them untied. did learn to tie of sutures at age 10 however.

IS ANYONE TAKING NOTE OF YOU IN AUSTRALIA, WHO AND WHY..

can't answer that until we play live in November. we are considered as a minor legend so they tell us, but that doesn't mean we have    a great impact. Australia has a strong tradition of anti-intellectualism. for example, a relatively mainstream band was recently criticized for their ‘pretentious’ desire to play live only rarely so that when they did it could be different each time. that's the sort of things we have to contend with so we just stay VERY out of it all.

DO YU CONSIDER SOME REACTIONS TO YOUR MUSIC INDICATIVE OF YOUR SUCCESS, AND OTHERS INDICATIVE OF FAILURE?                             

Not really. All reactions are interesting. Some more predictable than others. Suppose the old one about provoking any strong reaction is success and no reaction is failure may be right. But there is never really no reaction at all.

CAN BORDERLINE PSYCHOTIKS HAVE BORDERS
OR ARE THEY BETTER LEFT UNENCUMBERED TO
PURSUE THEIR COURSE TO PROPER FRUITION?

HOW DOES SPK’S DEVELOPMENTAL ZONE RELATE TO CURRENT ENDEAVORS? IN TERMS OF WHAT'S BEEN DELETED OR TRANSCENDED. . .

we feel that there is one thing which sets spk apart from the 'fringe' in general. that is that we are not interested in either art or entertainment. it is no longer necessary to make any sort of compromises in order to attract a wider audience. we give whatever people who want to us some credit for being intelligent. in this way we don't need to do anything cute like producing pop singles. we feel that there is little enough time as it is without wasting it on entertaining even if it does go under the disguise of cynicism. the task of creating new things is not to run around in little circles taking the piss out of everything else. it is to try to make the quantum leap into another way of thinking or arranging. we also try to do the things in as intense a way as possible. this intensity and inaccessibility of course turns a lot of people away. but then we are not interested in those sorts of people anyway. and that's not elitism, it's incommensurability. look it up.

CAN BORDERLINE PSYCHOTIKS HAVE BORDERS OR ARE THEY BETTER LEFT UNENCUMBERED TO PURSUE THEIR COURSE TO PROPER FRUITION?

a hypothetical question. to be left unkontrolled must sure be better than what happens to us now. but the real problem is that there can be no ideal condition where there is absolutely no kontrol. it is in getting down to the SPECIFIC ways in which we can decontrol all the restrictions on our thought that the work of the future lies. and this is why we place so much emphasis on mental phenomena. not just on mental patients, but on the some syndromes going on in all of us. you can blame the media or the army or the cia or whatever but unless you know the exact mechanisms by which we internalize and mirror their ways of thinking (normalized) we will never get anywhere. your mind is not to blame but it is where the problem has its greatest impakt. psychosis is one way of breaking out but so often it is regressive and simply repeats established patterns, because there is also normalized madness. this is how deep the kontrol goes.

WHERE DOES NATURE AS BALANCE FIT INTO OR OUT OF YOUR SCHEME?

philosophy. To answer has taken about 8000 years so far. suffice to say that we are interested in plurality/diversity. we spend a great deal of time researching things that others have done just so that we can avoid repeating their work. we are very conscious of this need for DIFFERENCE but sometimes naturally we fail. have avoided the question a bit because it is too broad. chaos interests us perhaps more than balance, which implies average, compromise, order, homeostasis, normality. but we can say that chaos has its own kinds of order always, and we are not simply chaotiks. though it would be an interesting disorder to go along with neurotics.

IS THE CRIB SHEET REFERRED TO IN PERFORMANCE FOLLOWED STRIKTLY OR IS IT ANOTHER IMAGE OF EFFICIENCY?

have you ever tried memorizing (even loosely) an hour’s worth of a mixture of medieval hebrew-based magik, incoherent russian, and a crazed medikal latin from 1621?

DO YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR PERFORMANCES INTIMATE?

yes. but doubt if we have any choice in the matter anyway. do you honestly think we would ever get enough people in one place at an spk assault to take us out of the intimate class?

SOME CURRENT NON-MUSIKAL AMUSEMENTS.

film in progress = L'Etat Haemophiliaque (Internal Bleeding) which will be shown next year at our assaults in the USA etc. along with our collexion of slide which we were unable to screen in san francisco last year.

moving the organization slowly over to specializing in synthesized video and soundtrak material. the medium of the immediate future.

construktion of an insectarium for breeding initially albino cockroaches and other delights. experimental purposes. time-lapse photography. micro amplifikation of activity. future film use.

watching world series baseball of course.

WHAT ARE THE SOURCES OF YOUR GRAPHIKS? (QUESTION FROM D.A. VEGA)

spend a lot of time in medical libraries in the pathology and forensick sections. plus artificial limbs, venereal diseases, dissektion: also wander around hospitals and medikal schools with a camera. look at things set up our own variation. recently researching artificial intelligence, robotology, medieval religio-beliefs. all good sources of material have good collexion of specialist journals on these subjects. also psychology, terrorism, military, technology.

WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO PUBLISH YOUR LYRIKS?

no. maybe make some tape transkripts available i.e. those that aren't our own but are for that reason more interesting. or the forthcoming album none of the verbal material will have been written by us. using for one side our illegal tape bank taken from mental hospitals. for the other curious modern-ritualist incantations konstrukted from medieval magik medicine/20th century autopsy tapes/ russian chantz etc. these may be worth publishing at some later date.

IF YOU WERE TO STEP INTO WHAT'S CONSIDERED THE WORKING SOCIETY, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR PLACE WOULD BE? IN OTHER WORDS, BEING ON THE OUTER FRINGE OF THE ESTABLISHED OUTER FRINGE, WHERE WOULD THAT LEAVE YOU IN NORMAL SOCIETY? (QUESTION FROM J.M. EDWARDS)

at the risk of destroying some image you may have, we all still have to work as least from time to time to support the expense of spk. two of us work pouring drinks, one in a university library, but most of the time just on the dole, with the masses. have to trouble with normal society keeping up the average fašade/ anonymous. would never consider working again as we have all tried working in institutions of various types to help people but have found it futile in view of the structures within and the shit outside which you always come back to in the end.

Surgical Penis Klinik
Review by Johny Meyers

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