ISDN (album)

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ISDN
Second edition cover
Live album by The Future Sound of London
Released 5 December 1994 (limited)
2 June 1995 (second)
Recorded Earthbeat Studios
Genre Ambient, techno, experimental
Length 74:57 (limited)
75:27 (second)
Label Astralwerks
The Future Sound of London chronology
Lifeforms
(1994)
ISDN
(1994/1995)
Dead Cities
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Almost Cool (8.5/10) [2]
NME 8/10 stars [3]
Fluffhouse 7/10 stars [4]

ISDN is a music album by experimental electronica artists The Future Sound of London which was released in two different versions in 1994 and 1995. The music on the album is edited together from various live broadcasts that the band had broadcast to radio stations all over the world using ISDN, which at the time was a relatively new technology. The band repeated the format in 1997 with the limited edition ISDN Show, another live album of ISDN broadcasts.

The album[edit]

Stylistically, the record features some of the ambient of their previous work, but brings in elements of hip-hop, trip-hop and acid jazz.[5]

The two released versions have different track listings and cover art. The limited edition, a 10,000-copy pressing released in December 1994, has a black cover. The later release, which first appeared in June 1995, has a white cover with black writing, and a different track listing.

The album contains numerous references to several films such as Repo Man in "Eyes Pop - Skin Explodes - Everybody Dead" is a line spoken by the character J. Frank Parnell, and the track "It's My Mind That Works" samples Miller saying "you know how everybody's into weirdness right now" and "it's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness." There are also samples from the sci-fi epic movie Aliens in the track "Far Out Son Of Lung And The Ramblings Of A Madman",[2] along with robotic sounds and laser-fire from the film "The Black Hole" in the track "Just a Fuckin Idiot", and samples from films Escape From New York, Predator and The Exorcist II scattered throughout the record.

Track listing[edit]

Limited edition[edit]

  1. "Just a Fuckin Idiot" – 5:39
  2. "The Far Out Son Of Lung and the Ramblings of a Madman" – 4:29
  3. "Appendage" – 2:26
  4. "Slider" – 7:22
  5. "Smokin Japanese Babe" – 4:59
  6. "You're Creeping Me Out" – 6:32
  7. "Eyes Pop - Skin Explodes - Everybody Dead" – 3:45
  8. "It's My Mind That Works" – 3:25
  9. "Dirty Shadows" – 6:15
  10. "Tired" – 6:32
  11. "Egypt" – 4:11
  12. "Are They Fightin Us" – 6:23
  13. "Hot Knives" – 3:20
  14. "A Study Of Six Guitars" – 4:13
  15. "An End of Sorts" – 5:26

Second edition[edit]

  1. "Just a Fuckin Idiot" – 5:39
  2. "The Far Out Son Of Lung and the Ramblings of a Madman" – 4:29
  3. "Appendage" – 2:26
  4. "Slider" – 7:22
  5. "Smokin Japanese Babe" – 4:59
  6. "You're Creeping Me Out" – 6:32
  7. "Eyes Pop - Skin Explodes - Everybody Dead" – 3:45
  8. "It's My Mind That Works" – 3:25
  9. "Dirty Shadows" – 6:15
  10. "Tired" – 6:32
  11. "Egypt" – 4:11
  12. "Kai" – 4:24
  13. "Amoeba" – 5:21
  14. "A Study Of Six Guitars" – 4:13
  15. "Snake Hips" – 5:52

Vinyl edition[edit]

  1. "Just a Fuckin Idiot" – 5:39
  2. "The Far Out Son Of Lung and the Ramblings of a Madman" – 4:29
  3. "Appendage" – 2:26
  4. "Slider" – 7:22
  5. "Smokin Japanese Babe" – 4:59
  6. "You're Creeping Me Out" – 6:32
  7. "Eyes Pop - Skin Explodes - Everybody Dead" – 3:45
  8. "It's My Mind That Works" – 3:25
  9. "Dirty Shadows" – 6:15
  10. "Tired" – 6:32
  11. "Egypt" – 4:11
  12. "Are They Fightin Us" – 6:23
  13. "Kai" – 4:24
  14. "Amoeba" – 5:21
  15. "A Study Of Six Guitars" – 4:13
  16. "Snake Hips" – 5:52

Crew[edit]

  • Written and produced by The Future Sound of London
  • Engineered by Yage for EBV
  • Recorded live at Earthbeat Studios, London 1995, during various ISDN transmissions
  • Guitar on Dirty Shadows was sourced from Robert Fripp live with FSOL, Radio 1 FM, on 14 May 1994.
  • John Williams - acoustic bass loops was sourced from the album Cavatina - put through the machines on Smokin' Japanese Babe & Are They Fightin Us.
  • Snake Hips contains a horn sample from Vegas El Bandito and additional percussion loop from Kundalini by 23 Skidoo.
  • Hot Knives is based on the Mental Cube track Chile Of The Bass Generation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ISDN (album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Future Sound Of London - ISDN - almost cool music review
  3. ^ NME (Magazine) (12/10/94, p.44) - 8 (out of 10) - "...has more bite and more energy [than Lifeforms], possibly as a result of being performed live...the ideal soundtrack for going surfing around the rings of Saturn or hang-gliding through the methane clouds of Jupiter..."
  4. ^ http://www.fluffhouse.org.uk/musicreviews/album.php?albumid=376
  5. ^ The Future Sound of London: Welcome to the Galaxial Pharmaceutical

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