NOTES: Dokument Two is a folded booklet between A4-A5 size, that
came with the second LP Leichenschrei
The second in the series to update on progress and projekts.
We have begun working on the second album : Leichenschrei, due for release from the UK in April, 82. This will be the final produkt, as we originally intended. However, there will be a movement into video and film, beginning with L'Etat Haemophiliaque (Internal Bleeding) which is in progress and will have its first screening in Australia later this year. SPK will then specialise in soundtrack, a medium we have always had a strong sympathy with.
In response to the considerable interest shown in our projekt so far, we have decided to devote a Dokument to an explanation of some of the areas of research into sound and visuals which we have used. Subliminal content in lyriks and voice tapes occupies much of our attention. However it requires feedback from others in order to evaluate their effectiveness. That is why we always encourage correspondence, even though various members of the group prefer to remain anonymous (as far as possible). In addition, we try to provide some interesting information on experiments into mental phenomena, and to dispel some of the boring myths about infra/ultra-sonics.
We have often been asked the reason for apparently limiting ourselves to the mental sphere. The answer is that we feel the need to intensify interest in the SPECIFIC locus of consent to be repressed in the individual. We therefore claim to be "politikal", but not in the accepted sense of the term.
In 1982 SPK will abandon its earlier practice of limited publik appearances, with scheduled live assaults in Japan, Europe and Amerika.
Watch out for a show in a town near you.
|SOUNDS OF EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCE
There exist dynamic mechanisms whereby the emotionally disturbed person
produces a specific acoustic impact on the listener. Acoustic patterns
are subject not only to the physiological laws governing respiration and
phonation, but also to social rules regarding acoustic expression of emotion.
Experiments by Peter Ostwald in 1960 resulted in objectification of some
patterns into 4 categories:
But what effects do such impact patterns have on the auditory system
of the listener? The intake structure of the human ear
|BEHAVIOR CHANGES PRODUCED
BY ACOUSTIC STIMULI.
Systematic manipulation of the acoustic environment can and has been
used as a primary technique for influencing human behavior. High intensity
noise was used in the cells of the prison at Sta'T~nheim in West Germany
where the Baader-Meinhof were imprisoned. The constant inability to hear
the sounds of their own bodies and the unceasing stress caused must have
been a major factor in their suicides.
Sequence from L'Etat Haemophiliaque -
SPK's impending film
|SUBLIMINALS AND UNCONSCIOUS
The unconscious provides frames through which consciously perceived
data is interpreted and evaluated. The task of art,
|exposed over the art layout at
around 1/100 of a second. The zenith of obscenity was reached in the daily
newspaper photograph of Vietnam atrocities, which often had an extraordinary
mosaic of SEX's scrawled subliminally over them (see photo.) To sell war
better? To make it more palatable? More erotic? The other technique used
very often is incorporating ANAMORPHIC images into the copy. This is high
distortion, often grotesque, and only at times consciously distinguishable.
One of the earliest examples in art is Holbein's anamorphic skull in the
Ambassadors (1533). Frequently this method of triggering unconscious response
in advertising involves strange and distorted shadows in the ground.
Television and film have incorporated subliminals for a long time. They are presumed banned from television but are often so subtle that they escape censorship. A fairly recent example in film was the apparently innocuous Exorcise where the whole range of techniques was used, including death-mask embeds of two frames at 1/48 of a second. This was consciously visible to about 1/3 of the audience, and another 1/3 was vaguely aware of it upon questioning. But the group on whom the film showed most emotional impact were those who had not noticed it at all, i.e. those who had consciously repressed the images. Soundtracks are also especially important in management and control of movie audiences. Hitchcock ranked sound as more vital to the success of his suspense movies than his visual illusions.
It is often claimed that subliminal material does not really affect the subject. In fact it is true that the subtlety is difficult to specify in simple cause-effect terminology. But it can be shown that there is something going on in the unconscious by watching EEG and galvanic skin response meters, and retinascopes which measure the compulsive expansion/contraction of the retina, plus Mackworth camera which tracks the ultra-fast movements of the fovea across any scene. In addition the Poetzle Effect whereby people exposed to subliminal ads reveal their effectiveness much later by unconsciously choosing that brand out of a wide range, is statistically verified. Experiments with fovea cameras have shown that the fovea moves in a saccade from point to point in response to symbolizing content. Symbols involving death will pull the eye irresistibly towards a specific locus, and even sex has to run second in Westem culture in almost 100% of cases. Design elements - lines of movement or attention - also are vital in directing the fovea. Meaning is derived from the sequence of microsecond stops compulsively made by the fovea in its saccades. Change the sequence and the meaning changes, even though the frame content remains the same.
|An example of subliminals used
on the front
cover of TIME Magazine March 1971
|Tests carried out by psychologists
in the auditory field show much the same unconcious processes operating
as for visuals. It is fairly easy to see that sublimal stimuli presented
at intensity just below that necessary to hear them properly will trigger
off psychic responses. But a stimulus influences not only output behavious,
but also input, because the meaing of the word contributes to its audibility.
Sex words presented 5db below threshold to anorexics, for exapmple, let
to signigicantly more food responses that neutral or conscious stimuli.
It is important however to adopt an attitude to sublimal techniquse,
as to most technology, that it is not, in itself, a grat evil. The problem
is that we are being manipulated without our knowledge for purely commercial
or reputational gain by corporations or artists interested in pantentialting
specific responses. In both cases the subject has no choice in the
|INFRA / ULTRA SOUND.
Sound sources at frequencies outside the nomlal limits of human auditory
response are the subject of much popular mythology. First research in depth
by the US Military in the 50s, they are now used primarily in warfare and
medical applications. SPK has been using certain kinds of low and high
frequency generators: for some time in live assaults. Here we present some
facts about such signals.
Yet perhaps most interesting of all is that in no case did any of the subjects request that the experiment be discontinued, though several were unwilling to submit to a repetition. In fact if the same volume of sound is fed to experimental subjects at frequencies above theinfrasonic region (e.g. from 50 -100 Hz) the above symptoms are seen to be far more acute, and at lower volumes.
|At the other end of the spectrum,
it is necessary to have more specialized equipment for generating signals
in the megahertz range. But the effects are severe and applied in sophisticated
Ultrasound works by raising the temperature of living tissue, the main parameter being DURATION of exposure rather than variation in frequency or intensity of the source. The threshold temperature is inversely related to the logarithm of duration, for irreversible damage to the mammalian central nervous system it is sufficient to generate a signal of 2.7 MHz pulsing 10 - 200 microseconds sustainer for anywhere between 0 1 - 180 microseconds, giving a temperature rise of 42c.
Specific effects from experiments at similar levels
Neurological/Behavioral - altered EEG
Genetic - decreased incorporation of nucleic acid precursors
Foetal Development - mutations
Hematological / Vascular - decreased clotting time
Immunal System - depressed response in general
Art Brut is the name given to the collection of paintings, sculptures,
drawings, and writings by patients in mental asylums of France, or by people
found living in total obscurity producing works producing works of
art obsessionally. It is housed in a small museum in Laussane, Switzerland
and periodically is shown at obscure venues around Europe. The quality
of the work is screened (for better or worse) with a view to retaining
only that which seems entirely original. The result is a living array of
undecipherable calligraphiks, primitivist figures, unreadable muzik, and
obsessive designs as well as a vast array of curious paintings of style
found nowhere in "art history".
|xywoleh vay barec het vay yomar
elohim ascher tywohe hythale chuabotay lep
ha nawabra hanveys ha hakla elohim haro
he otymeo dy addhayon hazze hamalech hago
Lyrics from SPK's forthcoming record