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TRANSISTORS, or, acoustic cultures of transference resisters and empire deserters

PR No. 2.02 "Transistors"
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PR No. 2.02.008
Release Date: December 1, 2006

Artist: Union de Vecinos
Title: Plaza Mariachi
Series: Transistors
Description: This album features an edit of the original hour-long soundscape composed for the Oasis Sonoro exhibit in Mexico City by Ultra-red's Elizabeth Blaney and Leonardo Vilchis. Using the sound of mariachi musicians looking for work in La Ciudad's Bellas Artes, this composition celebrates the mariachis of Mexico and East Los Angeles as heralds of labor and the autonomy of migration.

PR No. 2.02.007
Release Date: August 21, 2006

Artist: Various
Title: BLOK70:Translations
Series: Transistors
Description: The Belgrade market in Blok 70 stages a remarkable convergence of Chinese shopkeepers, war refugees and Roma deportees from Germany. Ultra-red invites five artists to compose original tracks using the sounds of Blok 70. Featuring Octex (Ljubljana), Vuneny (Mostar), Belgradeyard Soundsystem's PoS (Belgrade) and artists from Zagreb and Sarajevo.

PR No. 2.02.006
Release Date: June 30, 2006

Artist: Ultra-red
Title: BLOK70
Series: Transistors
Description: The recent expansion of the European Union into Eastern Europe has placed increased pressure on countries like Serbia to adopt new migration policies. In 2004, Ultra-red traveled to Serbia to hear from activists and migrants how those changes have impacted everyday life. Field recordings, broken beats and techno explore a landscape of precariousness.

PR No. 2.02.005
Release Date: April 1, 2005

Artist: WR
Title: border sounds
Series: Transistors
Description: Pulled from the archives of Manoa Free University, "border sounds" traces the efforts of the WR aesthetic-political collective to map the Eastern perimeter of the EU border as it existed in the summer of 2001. Composed from field recordings and interviews, "border sounds" forces the larger question of how might soundscapes resist a "Beautiful World" tendency to inform and interrogate political process.

PR No. 2.02.004
Release Date: March 1, 2005

Artist: Various
Title: Movement for Airports Transistors Remixes
Series: Transistors
Description: Taken from "Play Kanak Attak," this single hits the dancefloor in the vein of Ultra-red's classic "A16." One part electro-house, one part electro-acoustic, "Movement" is as close to an anthem as one can imagine (or care to imagine). Guest remixes from Elliot Perkins, Belgradeyard Sound System off-shoot POS, Ultra-red and others.

PR No. 2.02.003
Release Date: February 1, 2005

Artist: Ultra-red
Title: Play Kanak Attak
Series: Transistors
Description: In 2001, audio activists Ultra-red joined forces with the German migrant network Kanak Attak. These encounters offered both groups a chance to compare notes on strategies and analysis around migrant struggles. "Play Kanak Attak" compiles the first two years of that encounter with soundscapes, minimal-house, and electro-beats.

PR No. 2.02.002
Release Date: January 1, 2005

Artist: Elliot Perkins
Title: Eurodac Express
Series: Transistors
Description: Elliot Perkins (fka Phonem) returns from a three-year hiatus with the opening chapter to his epic "Eurodac Express" project. Originally a collaboration with internationally-renowned Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam, the project follows migrant struggles against the techno-bureaucratic controls on migration in Europe.

PR No. 2.02.001
Release Date: December 1, 2004

Artist: Ultra-red
Title: Play Los Jornaleros del Norte
Series: Transistors
Description: DSP desperados Ultra-red face-off with LA's Los Jornaleros. From the rehearsals of the Ranchero posse to the street corners of day laborers, the album takes in the sound and poetry of migrant struggle in Los Angeles. "Play Los Jornaleros del Norte" features a mix of minimalismo and Ultra-red's interpretation of electronic norteña.

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