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Genesis P. Orridge
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June 25th, 2005 and is permanently
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genesis (jèn´î-sîs) noun
plural geneses (-sêz´)
1.The coming into being of something; the origin.
2. Genesis (jèn´î-sîs)Abbr. Gen., Gn.
3.A book of the Bible.
[Latin, from Greek.]
porridge (pôr´îj, pòr´-) noun
A soft food made by boiling oatmeal or another meal in water or milk.
[Alteration of pottage
(influenced by obsolete porray, vegetable soup, from Middle English
porreie, from Old French poree, leek soup, from por, leek, from Latin
- por´ridgy adjective
(b. Neil Megson, circa 1952)
According to Goa Gil, these Goan parties are the direct ancestors of raves. Techno historians already know that English working-class kids brought raves back from Ibiza, the cheap vacation island off of Spain whose weather, slack and lack of extradition treaties made it a Goa-style hippy colony decades ago. While many DJs shuttled between Ibizan summers and Goan winters, some claim that the more authentic lineage of electronic ecstasy belonged to the East. As Genesis P. Orridge put it, "The music from Ibiza was more horny disco, while Goa was more psychedelic and tribal. In Goa, the music was the facilitator of devotional experience. It was just functional, just to make that other state happen."
- Erik Davis - _Sampling Paradise - The Technofreak Legacy of Golden Goa_
Genesis P. Orridge (his band, Psychic TV, released 23 albums on the 23rd of each month for 23 months) told the members of another British band, Cabaret Voltaire, about the enigma. They showed interest, but skepticism. Two days later, Genesis received a phone call from them:
"You bastard! . . . We've come to Holland to do three gigs, and in every hotel we've had room 23, and the gig on the 23rd was a complete disaster. And everywhere we turn, there are 23s. What have you done?"
"Well, I did say you'd start noticing it," answered Genesis.
track _How To Operate Your
Brain_ MP3 by Timothy Leary
and Genesis P. Orridge
In February 1992, while Porridge was in Nepal, a British TV documentary passed off a ten-year-old Psychic TV performance-art video as an act of Satanic child abuse. The authorities rushed to judgment, and British police seized P-Orridge's possessions and threatened to imprison him if he or his wife, Paula, ever returned to the country. Orridge exiled himself to the San Francisco area, where he paid visits to the dying Timothy Leary and published a book of essays, _Thee Psychick Bible_ (circa 1995). In April 1995, he was critically injured escaping a fire at the Los Angeles home studio of American Records (fka Def Jam) head Rick Rubin.
I had already heard about Gil from Genesis P. Orridge, who had filled me in earlier on the technofreak legacy of late-60s London clubs like Middle Earth (ref J.R.R. Tolkien's _Lord Of The Rings_ series) and UFO. "The basic premise was smoke and light shows, large quantities of ecstatic chemicals, and dancing like a dervish to accentuate your artificially-induced mental state to a point that was equal to and integrated with an ecstatic religious state." When the scene decayed, the heaviest psychedelic warriors split, taking their musical alchemy with them. Some went to the Spanish island of Ibiza, while the more esoteric heads went east. Though Gil was from San Francisco, he had trod a similar path. "You have to find him", Genesis told me. "He's one of the links."
- _Sampling Paradise_ by Erik Davis
Q: You were trying to break down pure sound in order to gauge its magickal effects?
GPO: Well it struck me that the original reasons for music were ritual reasons and that somewhere along the line, if we jump to rock and roll, people started to believe that if the audience got excited and leapt around and felt sexy and wanted to fuck the singer and ripped up the seats, it was because the band was good. Because the singer was sexy. And it was my feeling was that this wasn't what was happening at all. The sound and the resonance and the frequencies and the rhythms and the pulses and the lights and the group mind psycho sexual effect were actually as important, as vital, if not more so. That was what was interesting and no one had really looked at and explored that in an interesting way in so-called popular music. It was wide open to be explored and also relevant: there was no music that really seemed to reflect the disenfranchised, economically depressed, predominately white, Western European post-industrial revolution culture.
"You should always aim to be as skillful as the most professional of government agencies. The way you live, conceive and market what you do should be as well thought out as a government coup. It's a campaign, it has nothing to do with art." - GPO - _Heathen Earth_
P-Orridge models a Yellow Magic
Orchestra shirt on the back cover of _Greatest Hits: Entertainment
Through Pain_ 12" (1981) by Throbbing Gristle on Rough Trade
first mention of Genesis P-Orridge in Usenet:
From: ir408 (ir408@sdcc6.UUCP)
Subject: Re: Birdsongs, Einsturzende Neubaten, & Holy Cow live!
Date: 1985-05-15 22:30:08 PST
As an ardent fan of Einsturzende, it bereaves me to here they were on the east coast and did not play here in southern California, as they did last year (definitely my concert of the year). Serious industrial rock fans should be alerted to the film "Dekoder", which stars F.M. Einheit (one of the buzzsaw players in Einsturzende), as well as Christiane Fellenshur (the reformed junkie on whose life the film Christiane F. was based). Genesis P. Orridge and William S. Burroughs have bit parts. The film has been released in Germany, and the filmmaker is currently trying to arrange distribution in the US. I saw a poor quality VHS copy with abyssmal subtitling, but even this could not detract from its brilliance. There will probably be a soundtrack album out soon (imported, of course), and this should be good mood music for those nights when you feel like playing with the high voltage coils in the back of the TV. One other thing to watch for is an EP from a group called the Abasydarians (spelling is approximate). Etherial, but gloomy none-the-less.
"Life ... Don't talk to me about life"
E Mandel MD
UCSD Anesthesia Research