V/Vm ‎– Machine Component 1

V/Vm Test Records ‎– VVMT0007.1
Vinyl, 7", Limited Edition, Grey



Comes in a plastic zip-lock bag.

Limited to 600.

The Machine components were all designed to be intermixable, thus from the components you could create your own machine. Each one is only discernable from the other by the hand written markings on the back of the sleeve.


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January 3, 2007
edited over 12 years ago
The Machine Components is not just machine music it’s organic, somewhere between Sun O))) and Mego with some dark string sounding sequences. It’s stated in that the Machine Components nods towards the dark photographs of Australian photographer Bill Henson and just as well as I can see the link, I’m sure you can when you have listened to the music.

It’s pretty dark and it's pretty pretty good.


January 30, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
A smoke stack send forth a billow of putrid ash, the smell of brimstone rides faintly in the atmosphere, and Moloch roars into life. As the gears slowly revolve around one another, a pulsating hum is created which fuses itself into the hundred similar sounds simultaneously rising from various machines. The duality of this industrialization is the pollution and mass production it creates; heralding itself as The Land of Milk and Honey as well as Gomorra.
These images, sounds and thoughts, which constantly surround any modernized society, were what Luigi Russolo was referring to when he claimed that we must "attune and regulate this tremendous variety of noises harmonically and rhythmically." Conventional instruments, which create 'pure sound,' are unable to invoke emotion in modern listeners. 'Pure sounds' are not taught to children by society. From a very early age, humans are indoctrinated into the cult of mechanics. Our entire contemporary life-style relies upon electronic devices on a day to day basis.
Sharing Russolo's philosophical theory of music, V/Vm use repetitious electronics, harsh glitches, and symphonic arias of circuitry to make the minimal tracks on any of the MACHINE COMPONENTS releases. V/Vm delve deeper into musical philosophy when they announce that these releases "MUST NOT BE SEEN AS A PASSIVE EXPERIENCE." An invitation has been given for "YOU to become the operator of the V/Vm MACHINE..."
The typical listener of any music is inherently passive, sitting comfortably in a plush chair and straining to hear each variation in tone, while the music itself is active. V/Vm are forcing their audience to become active, since each MACHINE COMPONENT can be played individually or in unison with any/all other parts in the series. You must construct your own machine.
This shift from passive to active is akin to John Cage's famed 4'33", which calls for the pianist to walk on stage and sit at the instrument for said amount of time. It is during this time that the audience self-orchestrates themselves into creating, through giggling, whispering, and other subtle noises, the piece in question. V/Vm have surpassed Cage in this matter, though, since their creation is active for the home listener as well as the live one.
Every MACHINE COMPONENT contains a minimum of four parts, or tracks, which the listener decides the context of. Even if played by itself, it is an active choice of the "mechanic" since you are made aware of this release's intended purpose. Through initial trial of various mixes it appears that V/Vm have exceeded all expectations: beyond releasing a theoretically brilliant idea, it is equally ingenious in working terms. Every mix randomly formed blended perfectly regardless of speed, placement, or turntable settings.
In the future V/Vm and like-minded musicians will supposedly be releasing further parts in this saga. The machine continues to be hungry and must be fed. Machines have no soul until you provide one "through experimentation and construction/deconstruction." What does your machines sound like?