PhotekModus Operandi

Label:Science – QEDLP1, Virgin – 7243 8 44614 1 6
3 x Vinyl, 12", Album
Style:Future Jazz, Drum n Bass, Experimental


A1The Hidden Camera6:47
A2Smoke Rings6:27
B2Aleph 18:42
E1Trans 77:48
E2Modus Operandi7:00
F2The Fifth Column7:07

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℗ 1997 Virgin Records Ltd.
© 1997 Virgin Records Ltd.

Printed in U.K.
Made in the UK
Published by M.C.A Music Ltd.

BPM is not provided on the record.
A1: 127 | A2: 172
B1: 172 | B2: 172
C1: 124
D1: 170
E1: 170 | E2: 98
F1: 162 | F2: 172

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 24384 46141 6
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, stamped): QEDLP 1 A-1-1-|
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): Stu.
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, stamped): QEDLP 1 B-1-1-|
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C, stamped): QEDLP 1 C-1-1-|
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D, stamped): QEDLP 1 D-1-1-X |
  • Matrix / Runout (Side E, stamped): QEDLP 1 E-1-1-|
  • Matrix / Runout (Side F, stamped): QEDLP 1 F-1-1-|
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A+B): 7243 8 44614 1 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C+D): 7243 8 44614 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side E+F): 7243 8 44614 1 3
  • Price Code (F:): PM 264
  • Rights Society: bel BIEM

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Modus Operandi (CD, Album)Science, VirginCDQED1, 7243 8 44614 2 3Europe1997
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Modus Operandi (CD, Album)Astralwerks, ScienceASW 6207US1997
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Modus Operandi (Minidisc, Album)Science, Science, VirginQEDMD 1, MDQED1, 7243 8 44614 8 5UK1997
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Modus Operandi (Cassette, Album)Virgin7243 8 44614 4 7UK1997
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Modus Operandi (CD, Album)VirginVJCP-25337Japan1997



  • Ajapanagamanas's avatar
    Edited 3 months ago
    whilst i do feel the tracks go on for a bit too long and there's barely any melodic hook whatsoever to any of these tunes (i hate how simple the title track is), most of these numbers are about texture and rhythm anyways, and they sure deliver: sounds are grim and scary and the drums are tight as hell. took me a couple of months to realize i was listening to 'Aleph 1' wrong and years after first encountering this im just now questioning if 'The Fifth Column' is also fooling me somehow.
    • 20hz's avatar
      Reissue available end of 2023 for those who don't have this masterpiece already
      • Numanoid's avatar
        Edited 7 months ago
        Listening back to it in 2023, this is really sad, even tracks like Aleph 1 which has some melody are basically the same loop repeated 8 minutes over. Back in 1997 this was called intelligent drum and bass, go and figure!
        Photek et al were like the Isaac Newton of Drum and Bass, even calling their label Science...
        • somethinginmymind's avatar
          Why not repress this masterpiece? Looks like so many people want it.
          • J.Knecht's avatar
            Would love to see some reissues of this classic Photek material.
            • DJFUNK2DJPHUNK's avatar
              Perfect release ....
              Perfect production ...
              Perfect Mastering ....

              Historical Release from 1997
              • chadallen's avatar
                An interesting feature of the CD versions of this, and the single Hidden Camera, is that both seem to feature a vinyl sound effect at the beginning. I don't think for a minute that either CD is a vinyl rip, but it just seems that the label decided they wanted the CD to sound a bit like it.

                On the Modus CD, the vinyl effect is present at the start of "Trans 7".

                On the Hidden Camera CD, the vinyl effect is present at the start of "Hidden Camera (Static Mix)".
                • cybotron_909's avatar
                  groundbreaking impact after the 1st wave - timeless gem - even 20 years later. thx rupert!
                  • rogears's avatar
                    Edited 6 years ago
                    Such a great album. Almost 20 years old. All time favorite!
                    • DjuiceHimself's avatar
                      just hear the gun's click on "Hidden camera"…


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