Ultra-Red

Ultra-Red

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In the world of modern electronic music and sound art, Ultra-red distinguish themselves for their intrepid blend of political commitment and innovative sound. Rejecting both self-satisfied formalism and convenient political posturing, Ultra-red have for over ten years pursued a precarious but dynamic exchange between art and political organizing. Collectively, the Los Angeles-based group has produced radio broadcasts, performances, recordings, installations and pubic space occupations (ps/o).

Working within a variety of urban ambiences, Ultra-red have investigated the spaces of needle exchange (Soundtrax, 1992 - 1996), public sex (Second Nature, 1995 - 1998), public housing (Structural Adjustments, 1997 - Present), resistance to global capital (Value System, 1998 - Present), labor (Social Factory, 1997 - 2002) and education (School of Echoes, 2001 - Present). Throughout each of these efforts, Ultra-red have pursued two aesthetic-political objectives: to explore acoustic space as enunciative of social relations and, secondly, to radicalize the conventions of electro-acoustic art.

Founded in 1994 by two AIDS activists, Dont Rhine and Marco Larsen, Ultra-red have expanded over the years to include activists and organizers from a variety of social movements both in Los Angeles and abroad. In 2004, on their tenth anniversary, the four members of the new group launched a restructuring of Ultra-red into an aesthetic-political organization. The newly reorganized Ultra-red permits a greater diversity of projects and campaigns on a local and international level, with multiple groups and alliances taking up the Ultra-red moniker.

Ultra-red has established partnerships with community-based organizations like the Union de Vecinos in East Los Angeles and, internationally, with Ballymun Women's Resource Centre in Dublin, Ireland and the Germany-based migration and anti-racist network Kanak Attak. In addition to these groups, a number of artists have entered into tactical and provisional alliances with Ultra-red for purposes of specific and on-going cooperation. Some of these artists include Eddie Peel (of Sony Mao and Needle), Elliot Perkins (fka Phonem), Terre Thaemlitz, and others. To offer an outlet for the release of projects to come out of these alliances, in 2004 Ultra-red launched Public Record, a fair-use on-line archive for audio, text, image and video documents.

Since the late 1990s, Ultra-red have featured the following four artist-activists: Elizabeth Blaney (artist, organizer, Union De Vecinos), Pablo Garcia (musician, organizer, Woodcraft Rangers), Dont Rhine (artist, AIDS activist), and Leonardo Vilchis (artist, organizer, Union De Vecinos).

More recently, the band has expanded further with new members Manuela Bojadzijev, Janna Graham, Chris Jones (46), Elliot Perkins, Robert Sember, and Ceren Tuerkman.
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Ultra-Red Discography

Albums

MP 62 Ultra-Red Second Nature An Electroacoustic Pastoral.(CD, Album) Mille Plateaux MP 62 Germany 1999 Sell This Version
MP 078 CD Ultra-Red Structural Adjustments(CD, Album, Dig) Mille Plateaux MP 078 CD Germany 2000 Sell This Version
TCCD-008, 0071 Ultra-Red Fs59: An Otobiography(CD, MiniAlbum) True Classical CDs, Transparency TCCD-008, 0071 US 2000 Sell This Version
2.03.011 Ultra-Red The Debt(8xFile, MP3) Public Record 2.03.011 US 2004
2.02.001 Ultra-Red Play Los Jornaleros Del Norte(9xFile, MP3) Public Record 2.02.001 US 2004
2.02.004 Ultra-Red Movement For Airports: Transistors Remixes(9xFile, MP3, Album, 224) Public Record 2.02.004 US 2005
2.02.003 Ultra-Red Play Kanak Attak(10xFile, MP3) Public Record 2.02.003 US 2005
Ultra-Red An Archive Of Silence (Album) Public Record US 2006 Sell This Version
2.02.006 Ultra-Red Blok70(7xFile, MP3) Public Record 2.02.006 US 2006
2.04.003 Ultra-Red The Minutes(7xFile, MP3) Public Record 2.04.003 US 2006
Ultra Red 01 DL Ultra-Red, Art Angel, Tin Roof (2) Ultra-Red, Art Angel, Tin Roof (2) - Collected Spaces (First Listen)(LP, Album + , Gat7", Single, Lim) Public Record Ultra Red 01 DL UK 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

C.005 Ultra-Red Ode To Johnny Rio(12") Comatonse Recordings C.005 US 1998 Sell This Version
none Ultra-red N30(CDr, EP) Comatonse Recordings none US 2000 Sell This Version
Ultra-Red Plan De Austeridad Beta Bodega US 2001 Sell This Version
Ultra-Red / Anna* Ultra-Red / Anna* - Split Series #14 FatCat Records UK 2002 Sell This Version
FAT-SP04 Ultra-Red La Economía Nueva (Operation Gatekeeper)(CD, Mini) FatCat Records FAT-SP04 UK 2002 Sell This Version
Ultra-Red Imperial Beach (EP) Soundslike UK 2003 Sell This Version
AN003 Ultra-Red ¡Amnistía!(CD, Maxi) Antiopic AN003 US 2003 Sell This Version
EN/OF 026 Ultra-Red (Jack)(Tactic)(12", Ltd) En/Of EN/OF 026 Germany 2004 Sell This Version

Compilations

BB06 Ultra-Red Desarrollos Sostenibles (Sustainable Developments)(CD, Comp, Album) Beta Bodega BB06 US 2002 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

7FAT02, 7FAT03, FATSP-04 Xinlisupreme / Drowsy / Ultra Red* Xinlisupreme / Drowsy / Ultra Red* - Forthcoming Fatcat Releases(CDr, Promo) FatCat Records, FatCat Records, FatCat Records 7FAT02, 7FAT03, FATSP-04 UK 2001 Sell This Version
2.01.006 Ultra-Red Articles Of Incorporation(40xFile, MP3) Public Record 2.01.006 US 2004

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