NOTES: Dokument One is a folded A4 formatted booklet that came with
the first LP Information Overload
Thank you for your interest. This is the first of a series of Dokuments,
with the intention of providing a visual interpretation of SPK to accompany
standard aural output. This particular Dokument is expressly intended for
use with the first LP by SPK, Information Overload Unit.
The project ideal is to express the content of various psycho-pathalogical conditions, especially schizophrenia, manic - depressive psychosis, mental retardation and paranoia. Information Overload supersedes normal, rational thought structures, forcing deviation into less restrictive mental procedures of so-called 'mental illness'. SPK is trying to be a voice for those individuals condemned to the slow decay of mental hospitals and chemical / electro / surgical therapy, without fetishising them into blatant entertainment product. 'SONIC FOR MANICS' aims to be a vehicle for sharing mental experiences through sound.
Owing to the instability of personalities associated with SPK output is likely to be irregular, as it has been up to now.
We would like to hear from anyone interested in what we are doing, especially
those with interest in, or history of, psychotic disorder. We will reply
personally to all correspondence. Our name and material will vary with
each project, but once established, you will have no difficulty in maintaining
"The mean I.Q. of 'fighters' was 91; for 'non-fighters' 78. But the mean I.Q. of the whole group of combat soldiers was 85, i. e. 15 points below the average. In other words, the less inteligent men are those into combat & the more intelligent among them, though they are still well below average."
Almost 50% of psychoneurotic soldiers were in the army for over 18 mths, and 22% became NCO's of some sort. In fact, psychoneurotics were 50% more likely to be promoted to NCO than normal privates."
'Fighters' were less ectomorphic and more meadmorphic than 'non-fighters', on average an inch taller and 8lbs heavier. The first sexual experience occured a year later for fighters, (15yrs 8mths against 14yrs 3mths). The fighter has faster refelxes and performs much better in pencil maze and mirror drawing tests. Very few first-born children, being by and large more anxious."
SAKA: A mental patient stole a car and was involved in a 80 MPH police chase. After driving several miles at breakneck speed he chrashed into a wall. Then he was pulled from the wreckage he had substantial head injuries. Now doctors say that by a million to one chance the metal of the windscreen surround gave him an involuntary lobotomy, and the patient is now socile enough to be discharged from the mental hospital.
|Stress Reduction Training.
At the Neuropsychiatric Lab. in San Diego the men are shown a series of
gruesom films which become steadily more horrific. The trainee is forced
to watch by having his head clamped so he cannot turn away and by the use
of a device which keeps his eyelids open. One of the first films shows
an African youth being circumcised with a blunt knife and without anaesthetic.
When the film is over, the trainee is asked questions like "What was the
motif on the knife handle?" or, "How many people were holding the youth
It appears this technique was particularly employed towards the end of the Yom Kippur war. So far, from using research to prevent atrocities occurring in the future, it appears that atrocities are being studied to learn more about killing, and to train people to be better at it.
A technique used to exploit the need to comply is to spend hours asking and shouting questions to which the prisoner cannot possibly know the answer - details of atomic weaponry etc. Many ex-prisoners spoke of the "...tremendous feeling when he finally asks you something you can answer."
The Russians were reported to have used succinyl chlorine on Israeli prisoners in Syria, 1973. The drug, administered by injection, causes convulsive muscular spasms, leaving the victim totally paralysed, in agonising pain, unable to breathe properly, but conscious. The victim feels himself dying, for lack of oxygen, although the effect is transitory, but there is then the threat of a repeat experience.
|Operation Black Eye is a good
example psychological threat manipulation. Selected South Vietnam operators
were organized into terror squads, trained to infiltrate villages. As a
result, Viet Cong leaders started dying in their beds. On each of the bodies
was a piece of paper printed with a grotesque human eye, which came to
represent a threat. Next, 50,000 of the eyes were printed by the USA and
started appearing pinned to people's homes. Now the eye took on a more
potent form because it was an uncertain death.
Following the appearance of the Baader-Meinhof group, the Germans developped long-term solitary confinement units known as Tote Trakt (Silent Floor) in which all walls and furniture were painted harsh white, the lights were permanently on, and the windows were dark and extremely difficult to see through. This system led to Holger Meinz starving himself to death and to Meinhof's suicide by hanging in May 1976.