Empty and Pointless

by Real Space Noise

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The New Electric Self
In Revision
Let Us Reassure You
Something to Say
An Unwelcome Guest
The Sky Would Fall
I Am Replacing You
The Distance


Electronic musician/producer Chad Blinman (The Legion of Doom, Viva Death) presents the first new Real Space Noise releases in 13 years: the LP Empty and Pointless and companion EP Lost Science.

“‘Sci fi electro-rock’ is my awkward attempt to describe the project in as few words as possible,” says Blinman. It’s an apt descriptor, for music that doesn’t fit neatly into any existing genre. To create Real Space Noise, Blinman borrows liberally from early electronic music and B-movie soundtracks, 70s/80s post-punk and new wave, industrial, shoegaze and trip-hop; yet he seems determined to avoid easy clichés and retro trends, forging from raw materials his own brand of dark, brainy postmodern electropop.

A 30-year veteran of studio recording, Blinman moves fluidly through disparate realms of technology, recording and processing sound with cutting-edge digital tools while inviting and amplifying the analog noises and artifacts of the esoteric synths, drumboxes, tape machines, spring reverbs and other arcane devices in his studio. Echoes of the early BBC Radiophonic Workshop are pervasive in Real Space Noise: magnetic tape bricolage, test oscillators bathed in mechanical reverb and tape echo, crude techniques deployed for warbly, distorted character. Ghostly radio transmissions and swirls of synthesized atmosphere are punched through by thick drum beats and sharp-edged sawtooth basses. Acoustic and electronic timbres collide, contrast, and mesh together; moments of stark minimalism drift between towering constructions of guitars, drums and synths. These mixed-technology soundscapes make an apt setting for Blinman’s voice, and for his subjects: humanity’s relationship with technology, information and superstition; treachery in political, social and corporate power systems; the grim comedy of life in the 20th century’s “world of tomorrow.”

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releases October 4, 2019

Composed, performed and produced by Chad Blinman

Recorded, mixed and mastered at The Eye Socket by Chad Blinman

All songs: Music and lyrics by Chad Blinman
Published by Zooxot Particle Mechanics/BMI

All sampled audio, video and photographic materials are from sources in the public domain

Graphic design by Chad Blinman

Cassini mission images 2016-2017 courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

© 2019 Functional Equivalent Recordings

Recorded for and on behalf of Fourth Side Communications


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Real Space Noise

REAL SPACE NOISE is the work of electronic musician and producer Chad Blinman.

This work is made with synthesizers and samplers, drums and guitars, computers and radios, voices and echo machines, analog and digital, order and chaos. It sounds like radiophonic post-punk electro/industrial new wave gothic science fiction art rock. ... more

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Track Name: Utopian
Some lines are drawn to fail
Some figures not drawn to scale
One axis: power drained
The other self-contained

This inconvenient choice
To reconcile or revoice
One way reflects the shame
The other does the same

Follow the prince of lies
Shown here at actual size
One hand recounts the facts
The other hand attacks

To make the world
You fake the world
Utopian today

The truth is inexact
Your disposition intact
One move to fix the game
One to project your name

So you elucidate
What you destroy to create
Was never meant to be
As far as you can see

To make the world
You fake the world
Track Name: The Promise
I am entitled
So it is written
So I am certain
That it is true
It is my birthright
And I am special
I have been promised
I’m not like you

And when I claim it
It will be righteous
I am exception
I prove the rule
And I deserve it
Because I’m better
And this is justice
However cruel

I promise there will be reprisal this time

Let me explain it
We have the answer
It is predestined
The end is planned
There is a profit
For the selected
You are unlikely
To understand

When I’m rewarded
For being perfect
All vice forgotten
In my rebirth
You will be grateful
In your last moments
To be enlightened
For what it’s worth

I promise there will be reprisal this time

I am embarrassed
To have to say this
But you are plainly
Not making sense
There is a reason
For this transaction
And your exclusion
Is consequence

You had the option
Of one condition
But you’re resisting
Now it could happen
At any moment
The revelation
And then you’ll see

I promise there will be reprisal this time