Let silly America
be happy with
its dude from a
test-tube
M ichael
Jackson, let
British
maga-
zines mass-pro-
duce interviews
with Jarvis
.Cocker and
Gallagher bros.
In Russia we
have our own
'icon'.
Bogdan
Titomir is the
most scan-
dalous and
contradictory
character on
the local pop-
music scene.
He w as pro-
nounced a sex
symbol of
Russian pop.
He had found
a squat, where
among bums
and criminals
one could
sometimes spot
real Russian
house-music
pioneers. He
allegedly took
out a
patent for
a word
rave’
in Russian.
He
once paid in a
restaurant with
a fake credit
card.
His video
"Moscow -
.
Clubbers' Time’
was prohibited
on TV. He is
eager to
become a new
M essiah.
But
will there be
any true believ-
ers?
PRELIMINARY
RESULTS
The best and the most suc-
cessful
project of the year is
definitely the Solar X vinyl
release on Defective
Records.
His newest project
called "X-Rated“ pours a lot
of breakbeats with a wink
at Aphex Twin.
Hey,
man,
stop flirting with Western
celebs, you are up to a bet-
ter future!
Www.enjoy.ru.
For some time Russian W eb sites were redly
poor. But this state of affairs has recently been
changed. W w w .enjoy.ru. is a pretty co c; site.
It has a few sections. The following two are the
most interesting:
Music Review (subsection Techno Underground)
and N e Spat’ M agazine.
The former is one of few Russian sources on
techno music and electronic underground cul-
ture. Here you can find full info on Ptuch
Records, an independent label, a part of a
wide Ptuch Project's cobweb.
Plus reference
guide on styles in electronic music.
Ne Spat' M agazine is the most complete on-
line guide to Moscow night life: clubs, night
shops, casinos, discos,
and last but not least, a
very well-compiled schedule of the city’s coolest
radio siations.
CYBER
M ay 31,1996 died Timothy Leary, a psy-
chodelic revolution pioneer and ideologist of
cyber-punk movement.
His name frequently
appeared on the pcges of Ptuch:
in our second
and third issues w e had published excerpts
from his book Flashbacks about the first experi-
ments with altered states of consciousness; in
our cyberpunk issue #4 we had translated his
rtarvellous essay
Cyberpunk: Reality
>ilot\ This section is
dedicated to Timothy
Leary and his links to
the W orld W ide W eb.
Compass-Vrubel, one of the
most popular Moscow Dl's,
iocked
himself up in the stu-
dio. His mix
ACID
Orthodox’ released on
Ptuch-Records is super elec-
tronic stuff for a later hour.
Noviye Kompozitory,
techno
veterans from Sr.
Petersburg,
released an elaborate com-
pilation of quiet ambient
music called ASTRA on
Finnish label Aquarin
Publications O y. Actually,
they didn't invent anything
new,
but ASTRA may sell in
Europe.
Experience,
hard
work and lack of comoeti-
tion let them call themselves
the best techno group of the
year.
Virtual
Casino
It is hard to tell now
who w as the author of the
first virtual system for shaking money out of
hypo-dynamic Interne* users
pockets. The main
thing is: someone understood, that it is not real-
ly necessary to hire the whole staff of dealers
and bouncers,
invite brass bards and rent huge
halls without windows,
in case some loser
wants to make a suiciaa
dive, it is quire possi-
ble to collect money from those, who ere too
lazy to lift up their asses and take their eyes off
monitors, from those, who when played com-
puter poker, dreamed of crunchy bi Is fa. ing out
of 3-1 /2-inch floppy disk drive.
This kind of systems work pretty easy - as usuc .
you have to connect with some www-site,
choose you favorite game and give out the
number of your credit card. Just make sure you
press the right buttons ond money w ii1
rain
down straight into your hands.
RITUAL
Our correspondent
went to Chicago, the
City O f The W inds, a
birthp ace o: house
music. It’s a scientific
fact that house music is
the most significant
musical phenomenon
in the last 2 0 years.
House music, con-
ceived in Chicago's
rblack ghetto“, speaks
with samples. It has
turned homo listening
into homo dancing.
W e are not claiming
our study of Chicago
house scene to be
complete. W e only
tried to show a few
portraits: of the 80s
pioneer FRANKIE
KNUCKLES, a godfa-
ther and inventor of
contemporary dance
music and of the 90s
hope - Curtis Jones, a
man behind the iwo
most interesting
inde-
pendent labels:
'Casual' (aka
CAIM ERE), and 'Relief'
(aka GREEN VELVET).
Also read about
Derrick Carter,
01
Sneak and D) Skull.
90's
Fashion:
Eyes
on
GB!
BEAT
L.S.
They play hardcore.
Sometimes in clubs,
once on TV. Their track
is on 'M oscow Beats 2 “
CD compilation. So,
they are
100 per cent
underground.
Ps
W hot kind of music
do you make?
- W anted to make
breakbeat but it came
out pop.
P:
3op music? W hy
then nobody wants to
record you?
- It’s underground pop.
They say our music is
not joyful.
.. doesn’t
bring out positive feel-
ings. Its suicidal.
P:
Do you like hard-
core?
- 1
can’t put it dow n.
..
Though.
.. I won't say
nothing. You know,
happy hardcore is big
now. Masses could go
up-tight ond kick oss.
W e gonna flatter.
EURDTRASH
It is the first Russian
translation of Irvine
W elsh's short story from
his book Acid House. It
is about Amsterdam, a
city of personal free-
dom’ , European integra-
tion, changing genders
and, of course drugs, as
it is W elsh's major
topic. It is rendered in a
live, contemporary lan-
guage most concepts of
which ironically have
their counterparts in
Russian slang'.
Both fashion victims
and hip magazines
long for new
clothes. They want
it, at the same time,
excentric and com-
fortable,
intelligent
and bright.
Everybody
now turn to the
British catwalk with
its young designers
like Alexander
M cQueen,
Hussein
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Chalayan, Owen
Gaster. They are
daring. They don’t
care about both the
traditional and alter-
native fashion.
McQueen doesn't
revive the 60s but
he is out with a new
erogenous zone - a
builder's crease.
Hussein Chalayan,
a 26 year-old whiz
kid,
started with
clothes deconstruc-
tion.
Now his clien-
tele include Bjork,
the queen of past
two years, and Kylie
Minogue, eventually
decided to be cool.
Third designer,
O wen Gaster, has
been gradually sink-
ing into the world of
insects - just have a
look ot his shocking
collections. A group
of designers,
honest-
ly calling themselves
Red O r Dead,
makes lively shows
using
impossible
combinations of
colours.
At first glance you
might think they are
not into money or a
career.
But it's all
coquetry: they will
not be able to avoid
success. They, obvi-
ously,
know that,
feeling fully self-con-
fident.
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