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Genesis P. Orridge

Genesis P. Orridge

This nOde last updated June 25th, 2005 and is permanently morphing...
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genesis (jn-ss) noun
plural geneses (-sz)
1.The coming into being of something; the origin.
2. Genesis (jn-ss)Abbr. Gen., Gn.
3.A book of the Bible.

[Latin, from Greek.]


porridge (prj, pr-) noun
A soft food made by boiling oatmeal or another meal in internal linkwater 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 porrum).]
- porridgy adjective

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(b. Neil Megson, circa 1952)

Psychic TV - Cold Blue Torch (1996) Psychic TV - Spatial Memory on Dossier (1996)

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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 internal linkGoa-style hippy colony decades ago. While many DJs shuttled between Ibizan summers and Goan winters, some claim that the more authentic lineage of electronic internal linkecstasy belonged to the East. As Genesis P. Orridge put it, "The music from Ibiza was more horny disco, while Goa was more internal linkpsychedelic 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 - internal link_Sampling Paradise - The Technofreak Legacy of Golden internal linkGoa_

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Genesis P. Orridge (his band, Psychic TV, released internal link23 albums on the 23rd of each month for 23 months) told the members of another British band, internal linkCabaret 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.

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track _How To Operate Your Brain_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache by internal linkTimothy Leary and Genesis P. Orridge

digital trance formation...

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 internal linkTimothy Leary and published a book of essays, _Thee  Psychick Bible_ (circa 1995). In April 1995, he was critically injured escaping a fire at the internal linkLos Angeles home studio of American Records (fka Def Jam) head Rick Rubin.

Whirling Dervishes boundary dissolution...

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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 internal linkJ.R.R. Tolkien's _Lord Of The Rings_ series) and internal linkUFO. "The basic premise was smoke and internal linklight shows, large quantities of internal linkecstatic chemicals, and internal linkdancing like a internal linkdervish 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 internal linkpsychedelic warriors split, taking their musical internal linkalchemy 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."

internal link_Sampling Paradise_ by Erik Davis 


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Q: You were trying to break down pure sound in order to gauge its internal linkmagickal 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 internal linkresonance and the internal linkfrequencies and the rhythms and the internal linkpulses and the internal linklights 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.

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"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_

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Genesis P-Orridge models a Yellow internal linkMagic Orchestra shirt on the back cover of _Greatest Hits: Entertainment Through Pain_ 12" (1981) by Throbbing Gristle on Rough Trade

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first mention of Genesis P-Orridge in internal linkUsenet:

From: ir408 (ir408@sdcc6.UUCP)
Subject: Re: Birdsongs, Einsturzende Neubaten, & Holy Cow live!
Newsgroups: net.music
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 internal linkWilliam 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). internal linkEtherial, but gloomy none-the-less.

"Life ... Don't talk to me about life"

                       Jeff E Mandel MD
                       UCSD Anesthesia Research

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