Genre: Electronics / Rhythmic Industrial / Dark Ambient
01. Anywhere Out of My Mind (Original Version)
02. Liquid Skies
03. Pulsar 23
04. UFO Pulsations (The Pulsating Fluid-Filled Sphere Mix) Remix - Liquid Sphere
05. Re-time Remix - (dell.tree)
06. Distance Remix - Human Flesh
07. Positive Propagation Remix - Sizzle
08. Pulsating Star 23 Remix - Planetaldol
09. Lythurgic UFO Remix - TZii
10. Anywhere Out of My Mind Remix - Giscard Le Survivant
11. HIV+/T2 (ETA GrLoop Mix) Remix - Atrabilis Sunrise
12. Pulsar 23 (H5N1 Mix) Remix - Finalcut
13. Meeting UFOs (On HIV+) Remix - Iloj Tone
01. Une Chienne Andalouse
02. Point Exe
03. Pulsar 23
04. Erased - CYBUNK
05. 00,1% Ex Echo - Stere < 0> Pathe + K-RO
06. Harsh Industrial Virus
Collecting music is akin to being let loose inside a huge sweetie shop. You
start with a certain favourite, wine gums for example, then gradually move
onto some other confectionary that takes your fancy. The wine gums are all
but forgotten about until some distant memory makes you want to sample them
all over again. HIV+ was my wine gums. I had purchased the ‘Abstract & Harsh
Ironworks’ and ‘Censored Frequencies & other mystic territories’ releases,
both on the Divine Comedy Records label,
before promptly moving elsewhere for my aural thrills and thus completely
forgetting all about the act. These things happen all the time. Fickle
fucker that I am.
HIV+ is the work of one man. He is Pedro Peñas y Robles who was born in
Spain sometime in the 60’s. He became a DJ before releasing his first
recording under the name HIV+ back in 2001. This release features three HIV+
tracks and 10 remixes by artists closely associated to 3Pattes Record label.
Therefore anyone expecting a full HIV+ recording should be aware of this
fact before purchasing it. I’m have rather mixed feelings about any re-mix
in a recording. More so when they take up the bulk of the release. If the
re-mixer completely overhauls the piece of music and adds their own
dimension to it then I’ll go happily along with it and see what pans out.
When the re-mixer adds nothing new to the brew that is when I start tut
tutting in exasperation for the wasted opportunity all round. Fans of HIV+,
the utterly dedicated ones, of course won’t give a fuck about this. Good for
them I say. To each their own.
The CD: 13 tracks. Comprising a variety of musical styles. There’s rhythmic
Industrial with harsh beats. Some of this is bio-mechanical in nature and
others come with a hypnotically charged density to them. They pulse and
throb like a pulsing throbbing thing from some far fetched Science Fiction
classic film. Occasionally the rhythms veer close to the far edge of
tolerance…which is good in my book. When the thrusting rhythms aren’t
present you get to indulge / gorge yourself on the heady atmospherics of
music that is more dark / space ambient orientated with samples thrown in
all akimbo. Hear the foreboding sounds. Fear the foreboding sounds. Scary
shit here we come. We float in the celestial plains surrounded by the stars
and alien encounters.
Which may lead you to think I didn’t actually like the CD. Far from it. For
once the re-mixers have all done the work of HIV+ justice and actually adds
another facet to Pedro’s work by redefining it but without totally losing
the originals identity completely. The HIV+ tracks highlight the artists
touch with Industrial rhythms and a variety of doom laden atmospherics and
is worth the price of this CD & DVD combo alone.
The DVD: An intriguing prospect and quite strange if I’m being honest. I’m
not sure if it will be to everyone’s taste. Taking the films in order of
Une Chienne Andalouse: features a black and white film of a church, interior
and exterior, cut with a red coloured film of a woman in her underwear
posing in a variety of way. Her pants feature an upside down cross. The film
concentrates mostly on this fact. What it’s actually trying to get at I have
no idea. I do like the pants though.
Point Exe: is the most disturbing film of them all. A montage of moving
images depicting animal slaughter, cows, pigs and chickens, coupled with
human slaughter from WW2(?) through Vietnam to the atrocities of terrorists
in the Middle East. You see the animals culled. Blood all a flowing. You
watch as people are decapitated and hacked to death. That’s when they’re not
being shot in the head. Trophies are grisly displayed for all to see. I got
the connection. In retrospect I didn’t need to watch this. Death is the new
entertainment. Enjoy your viewing.
Pulsar 23: Starts with a journey down a long corridor. We go into a room. A
man lies in a bed. He is awake. A tiny spacecraft hovers near him. It has a
red cross on its side. Plastic tubes appear from the mans nostril cavities
and mouth and start to spread out. The nasal tubes go into the mans ears.
The mouth tube goes towards his groin. This tube passes two others coming
from that direction heading for his mouth into which they pass. We pull
back. The end. The director of this piece is obviously a fan of David
Cronenberg. Of that I’m certain. Which is the only thing I can figure out
about this piece.
Erased - CYBUNK: We see a building. Slowly we approach until we are inside.
From the window something blows up. Clouds of smoke make patterns in the
sky. Pulling back we are now in the country side. Explain that fucker
00,1% Ex Echo - Stere < 0> Pathe + K-RO: A cartoon film of sorts this
features a spaceship taken from ‘2001 a Space Odyssey’ that is travelling
across deep space…which then cuts to planet Earth and missiles going
everywhere…and then ends in some alien planet. Weird shit indeed.
Harsh Industrial Virus: is a live performance by HIV+ covering the classic
Velvet Underground song ‘Venus in
Furs’ in its entirety. A nice take on the song with Pedro looking like Nash
the Slash…for those of you old enough to remember that violin playing
Also included on the DVD is information on some selected artists, artwork by
someone called Nuvish, information on HIV+ and lastly a photo montage of
HIV+ in concert. This last piece features Pedro accompanied by an undressed
woman with gaffer tape stuck across her breasts. Which has stayed far too
long in my memory for health reasons. All the films and static displays
feature the music, of course, of HIV+. Although I did find the rather
pleasant jauntiness to the musical piece accompanying Point Exe even more
surreal and disturbing because of that.
All in all this is a fantastic release. The music is impeccable and the DVD
presentation of the highest quality. I haven’t been so endeared to a music
related DVD before as this one. In fact if you purchased both items
separately you wouldn’t feel short changed. To get both in one package is
reason enough to let open the wallet and free the moths living there.
Essential without any doubts or reservations. Go people go.