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1.A reanimated corpse that
is believed to rise from the grave at night to suck the blood of sleeping
2.A person, such as an extortionist,
who preys upon others.
3.A vampire bat.
[French, from German Vampir,
of Slavic origin.]
- vampir´ic (vàm-pîr´îk)
or vampir´ical (-î-kel) or vam´pir´ish
Word History: Dracula might
terrify some younger members in the audience of a horror film, but we know
he is an imaginary
creature. The word vampire, however, comes to us from other words and other
times, when these bloodsucking reanimated corpses were considered real.
The word entered English by way of French (vampire) and German (Vampir),
but it came into German from an Old West Slavic source of the form vùmpir.
The word vampire is first recorded in English in a work written before
1. Belief in vampires.
2. The behavior of a vampire.
Vampire, in folklore, a corpse
that rises from the grave during the night, often in the form of a bat,
and, for nourishment, sucks the blood of sleeping humans. According to
tradition, vampires can be destroyed only by cremation or by stakes driven
through their hearts. Belief in vampires originated in ancient times.
The novel _Dracula_ (1897)by
British writer Bram Stoker tells the story of the Transylvanian vampire
taker: bloodsucker, leech,
parasite, vampire, harpy, vulture, wolf, shark
hellhound: ogre, ogress,
witch, vampire, werewolf, monster
glutton: vampire, blood-sucker
demon: ghoul, vampire, lycanthrope,
loup-garou, werewolf, werefolk
"The Wurdalak" - face: Boris
Karloff - a Russian count in the early 1800s who stumbles upon a family in the
countryside trying to destroy a particularly vicious line of vampires - 1 of
3 short stories in the 1963 film _Black
The final anti-zombiefication technique
that I will look at is called the funk theme (also referred to as 'the funk').
When I refer to the funk I'm actually indicating the way certain cultural activities
can harness this technique to nullify the effects of Zombie Culture. However,
it is in the very nature of a funk theme to resist elucidation by language;
in other words, as soon as you try to explain how to do it, it just stops working.
So we will have to concentrate on what exactly it is that can make the funk
a threat to Zombie Culture, and how this manifests itself.
Funk themes can occur in any form of creative expression,
but it is in the realm of music that they find their most potent use, and where
all the elements for an effective funk theme find their best expression. Let's
look at these elements in turn, and also reflect on how the funk continues to
successfully mutate itself in order to resist Zombie Culture.
The first element to consider is the way the funk destroys
the split between producer and consumer. For example, when dancers
(or listeners) are completely immersed in a funk energy burn-out there is no
distinction to be made between product and consumer. Each side is entangled
in the other in a series of endless relays and recombinations. The funk is never
part of a finished product, it is being constantly recreated and reinterpreted
(this fact is also in evidence in much present-day dance music that is almost
entirely sample-based; a dynamic cross-fertilisation and hybridisation is happening
that creates a music that is endlessly re-mixed in the minds of both the producers
and the listeners).
Secondly, the funk can dissolve
individual identity. The funk opens up the psyche to possession by others,
even more so in terms of the collective
nature of musical production, the way that music is able to trace its influences
in several directions at once, not just historically but also in terms of the
that have given inspiration to it. Multiple identities feed into the production
and consumption of music. Belief in the sanctity of individual identity actually
bolsters Zombie Culture by making us adopt fixed patterns of behaviour and thought.
The funk can destroy this zombiefication process
by eroding personal identity through attacks on the zombie mind/body split.
Music can overcome the repression of body intelligences by Zombie Culture, intelligences
that when activated by the funk on enough occasions will eventually lead to
a relaxed and understanding attitude towards the millions of diverse and contradictory
personalities that live inside each and every one of us.
Finally, the funk expresses a desire for psychic spaces
that have not been colonised by Zombie Culture. This creates a confidence and
power that has an effect in other areas; a desire for transversality, for movement
and change in other domains. The funk can take everyday experience and invest
it with marvelous possibilities, creating intense
moments where the deadening force of Zombie Culture is breached.
The funk is essentially a way of reclaiming power against
the Vampire Management, and this power should not be interpreted simply as an
escape from everyday routines. To regard the funk in this way is to refuse that
can exist beyond words. The funk operates at a level beyond verbal
comprehension. The funk just makes you feel good - you know, something
noise/feeling that cannot be put into words. And does not need to be
put into words.
By way of a conclusion I want to return
to something that I said at the beginning. I stated that Zombie Culture reproduces
itself in the actual processes
of our minds. This can only happen when the space between perception
and conception, what we perceive and the interpretation of our perceptions,
is not continually re-examined. All these anti-zombiefication techniques aim
at questioning pre-conceived ideas.
Collective Phantoms discard individual
identities and use multiple imaginations
to fabricate and disseminate cultural projects.
Media Invasions use the power we have
to reverse the zombiefiecation function of the various media machines.
Speculative Playgrounds create spaces
for important epistemological games.
Psychogeographical Tours reclaim the 'free'
that is stolen from us by the work and consume routines of Zombie Culture.
And finally, the experience of Funk Themes,
like listening and dancing to music, operates beyond verbal comprehension, and
therefore eluding capture by the manipulations of Zombie Culture.
- _Resisting Zombie Culture_
release _Vampire State
Building (Red)/Vampire State Building (Purple)_ MP3
by Planet B.E.N. & Synchro
on Naja (1999)
- 604 track _Vampire Strikes
Back_ MP3 (192k) by
Growling Mad Scientists & Manitu off of _Download_ compilation on 3D Vision
- 604 track _Dracul_ MP3 (192k)
by Infected Mushroom
off of _Classical Mushroom_ CDb
- 604 release _Vampires MP3 (192k)/Back_
12" by Authentik on Boshke Beats (2002)
- 604 track _Murphy_ MP3 (160k)(ed2k160k)
off of _(Mrs. O'Leary's mix)/(Velocity Carport mix)_ 12"
(1998) as well as _Elastic_ compilation 12"x3
on 21-3 (1998)
- sample: "this is a [?]
vampire at work... yes..."
and bass track _Vampyros Lesbos_ MP3
- ethnic drum & bass track
_Vikram The Vampire_ MP3 (192k)
by Talvin Singh off of _OK_ 12"x2
on Omni (1998)
neo electro track _Energy Vampire_
by I-F off of _Fucking Consumer_ 12"x2 on Disko B #69 (1998)
- alternative rock release _Scream,
Dracula, Scream!_ CD
by Rocket From The Crypt (1995)
- track _Energy Vampires_ by Itch
off of _x8 Bones_ 7"
(glow in the dark clear vinyl) on Scratch #2 (1991)
- indie pop track _Ghost vs. Vampire_ MP3 (256k)
by Quasi off of _R&B Transmogrification_ on Up (1997)
- hardcore ghoulpunk track _Vampira_ MP3
by The Misfits
- indie pop track _Ohio Town Saved From Killer Bees
By Hungry Vampire Bats_
by Jad Fair & Yo La Tengo off of _Strange But True_
on Matador (1998)
- emo track _Drinking From The Necks Of The Ones You Love_ MP3 (vK) by These Arms Are Snakes off of _This Is Meant To Hurt You_ on Jade Tree (2003)
- grunge funk track _Dracula From Houston_
by Butthole Surfers off of _Weird Revolution_ on Hollywood
- punk pop grunge track _Do The Vampire_ MP3 (160k) by Superdrag off of _Head Trip In Every Key_ (1998)
- noise rock track _Vampire Boy_
by The Dinner Is Ruined
- detroit techno track _I Have
Got Garlic Hanging On My Front Door_ MP3 (192k)
by Carl Craig off of _Onsumothasheeat_ on Shadow (2001)
- release _Lake Of Dracula_ by Lake Of Dracula on Skin
- _Biographers Of The Flaming Druglords_ MP3
- release _The Curse Of The Golden
Vampire_ 12"x2 by Techno Animal & Alec Empire
Recordings #014 (1998)
- c1 _Anti-Matter_ MP3
- d1 _Temple Of The Yellow Snake_
- d2 _Ultrasonic Meltdown_ MP3
- bluegrass indie art rock track
_Vampire Sushi_ MP3
by Old Time Relijiun off of _Witchcraft Rebellion_ on K (2001)
- industrial breakbeat track _Special
by Vampire Tea
- video (vhs/ntsc)
for track _Vamp_ by Outlander
- hardcore grind track _I'm A
Fufucking Vavavampire_ MP3 (192k)
by Usurp Synapse
- minimal tech house track _Boston Vampires_
MP3 (160k) by Stewart Walker & Gregory Shiff off of _South Suburban ep_
12" on Personal #003 (2001)
- tech house track _Live In The Light (Evolved Trip)_ MP3 (192k) by Vampires
- downtempo breakbeat track _Emulator-Angel
(Sub-Vamp'ed Mix)_ MP3
- monologue hard bop track _Blues
For Dracula_ MP3
by Philly Joe Jones off of Blues For Dracula 12" on Riverside/OJC (1958)
- rave track _Vamp_ MP3
by Outlander off of _Vamp_ 12" on R&S #001 (1991)
- singer songwriter country pop rock
track _Vampires, Mummies & The Holy Ghost_ MP3
by Jimmy Buffet off of _Fruitcakes_ (1994)
- new wave track _Tell That Girl To Shut
by Transvision Vamp off of _Pop Art_ (1988)
punk track _Fearless Vampire Killers_ MP3
by Bad Brains off of s/t cassette on ROIR (1982)
covered by Shai Hulud
- title taken from the film
_Fearless Vampire Killers_ (vhs/ntsc)(1967)
directed by Roman
- tech-house release _Nosferatu
Danger/In Your Own Sweet Time_
12" by Silicone Soul on Soma
Recordings Limited #093 (2000)
- dub track _Vamp A Dub_
by The Upsetters off of _Arkology_ compilation CDx3 by Lee
Scratch Perry (1997)
- dub track _Vampire_ MP3 (192k)
by Devon Irons off of _Arkology_ compilation CDx3 by Lee Scratch Perry (1997)
- chamber pop lounge track _Evergreen
by High Llamas
off of _Cold & Bouncy_ on V2 (1998)
- jangle pop track _Vampire's Claw_ MP3
by Teenage Fanclub & Jad Fair
- film _Near Dark_ (vhs/ntsc)
- faces: Lance Henrikson, Jenny Wright, Joshua Miller
- film _Lifeforce_ - my first
introduction to the idea that the vampire mythos originates from space - directed
Tobe Hooper (_Texas Chainsaw Massacre_)
- film _The Hunger_ (vhs/pal)(1983)
directed by Tony Scott (brother of Ridley
Scott) - faces: David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve,
Sarandon, Willem Dafoe
- unfortunately based on a
story by Whitley Steiber of _Communion_ fame. some say the main character
is technically not a vampire, rather a humanoid demi god or alien
dating back to egypt,
as her predatory methods involves a knife in the shape of an ankh.
the film was known for mainly two things: the MTVesque club scene with
playing the first goth track _Bela Lugosi's Dead_ MP3,
as well as the lesbian love scene between Deneuve & Sarandon. cameo
by Willm Dafoe (payphone scene)
- jazz lounge breakbeat release _The
Spirit Of Vampyros Lesbos_ compilation 12"x2 on Sideburn Recordings
- a3 _The Lions & The Cucumber_
by Rockers Hi Fi
- film _Nosferatu: A Symphony of
- film _Nosferatu The Vampyre_
by Werner Herzog
- face: Klaus Kinski, Isabel
Adjani, Roland Topor (as Renfield)
Tenant_ was based on the novel by Topor. Topor,
Jodorowsky & Fernando Arrabal had once formed an anarcho-surrealist
group called the Panic Movement. Inspired by Artaud
the three had performed chaotic
theatre "mainly in Mexico" during the 1960s. Topor directed
the French animated sci-fi
- scored by progressive electronic
kraut rock entity Popol Vuh - _Nosferatu_ soundtrack 12" on Spalax
- in Mayan,
name translates to "meeting place"
- _Morning Sun_
- _Venus Principle_
- _Mantra 2 - Choir_
- _Die Nacht Der Himmel_
- _Der Ruf Rorhrfloete_
- _To A Little Way_
- _Through Pains To Heaven_
- _On The Way_
- _Zwiesprache Der_
- this is the best film
i've seen of the vampire genre, and possibly within the entire horror genre
as well. there is nothing gory or shocking about this film.
it goes about the job of quietly, subtly creeping into your subconscious.
it is a simple story of tragedy provoking empathy for the antagonist.
a creepy classical score as well as perfect lighting and color. it's
a twist on the original Nosferatu, in that the storyline is replicated,
but the style is lavishly expanded. - @Om*
- film _Shadow Of The Vampire_
- faces: John Malkovich as F.W.
Murnau, Willem Dafoe as Max Schreck
- in a memetic feedback twist,
the film goes about creating a storyline based on the making of the original
Nosferatu film. it hypothesizes that the chilling acting job done
by Max Schreck in the original film was due to his real vampiric tendencies.
- @Om* 3/17/01