The Sone of Total Proximity

The Sone of Total Proximity

An Acoustic Study of Frequencies and Sound Phenomena

– Psycophysicist


The SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY is the latest collaborative endeavor between Mauricio Reyes (Telekinett) and Adi Newton (Ai/Anterior Research Station International), operating under the auspices of the PSYCHOPHYSICIST ensemble. Its primary objective is to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the properties of sound, vibration, sones, and phonemes. This initiative represents a significant research effort aimed at delving into the intricacies of mind control and information conspiracy theories.  This album revolves around the original compositions crafted shortly after the release of the first Psychophysicist album in 1996 on Side Effects.

These recordings were created over a period of several decades on different continents, ranging from 1997 to 2023. The Telekinett Analytical Audio Research Facility and Ai ARMComm International are organizations devoted to the study, dissemination, and advancement of sound art and experimental sound research.

This production showcases a collection of meticulously crafted tracks created between 1997-98 and 2020-23 and marks the return of Psychophysicist after a 26-year break.

Two unique collector versions of this release are available, each featuring a selection of exclusive tracks. Certain tracks included in these versions will not be made available in future releases.

The Sone of Total Proximity is an exceptional creation both in its interior and exterior. Its stunning design has been meticulously crafted by Mauricio Reyes, a gifted graphic designer, over the course of several months. Adi Newton provided input and guidance in terms of artistic direction.  This is an ambitious multi-lingual production.  Each presentation of this recording features over 3 hours of music!

For example, The Sone of Total Proximity II is an exquisite multilingual track that describes in detail how sound works in Spanish, English, and Russian while Lexical Phoneme has been regarded by experts in the field as a masterpiece of radiophonic experimentation.

The album is inspired by the experiments conducted by the Bell Labs, USA, in 1969, and archival recordings from Telekinett and the Anterior Research Station. These sound phenomena experiments were rich in prophecy and remain as relevant as they were in 1969.

The Bell System Science Series consists of nine television specials made for the AT&T Corporation that were originally broadcast in color between 1956 and 1964. Marcel La Follette has described them as “specials that combined clever storylines, sophisticated animation, veteran character actors, films of natural phenomena, interviews with scientists, and precise explanation of scientific and technical concepts — all in the pursuit of better public understanding of science.


Tracklist "Frank Baxter Box"
1
THE SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY I
Adi Newton
17' 28''
2
THE SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY II
Proxima Mix - Mauricio Reyes
60' 23''
3
ARTIFICIAL SYNESTHESIA
Adi Newton / Fabio Kubic
12' 41''
4
SONIC HOLOGRAPHY
Adi Newton
9' 39''
5
RADIOLARIAN *
Adi Newton
7' 30''
6
AUDITORY RESONANCE
Marconi (Unione Radiofonica) Mix - Mauricio Reyes
68' 02''
7
AUDITORY RESONANCE *
Pythagorean Inertia Mix - Mauricio Reyes
30' 07''
8
THE FREQUENCY OF LOVE 2
Reich Bioelectrical Investigation Test Mix - Mauricio Reyes assisted by Adi Newton / Jack Dangers
35' 07''
9
THE FREQUENCY OF LOVE 2 *
James Graham Futura Mix - Mauricio Reyes assisted by Adi Newton / Jack Dangers
26' 10''
10
SUB-HARMONIC RESONATION FOR JACQUES BELOEIL
Dedicated to the memory of Jacques Beloeil - RIP 07.09.63 / 26.06.2023 - Adi Newton
19' 55''
11
LEXICAL PHONEME *
Mauricio Reyes
53' 03''
* Track exclusive to this release: Frank Baxter Box

Tracklist "Proxima 10'' D-LP"
1
THE SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY I
Adi Newton
17' 28''
2
THE SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY II
Proxima Mix - Mauricio Reyes
60' 23''
3
ARTIFICIAL SYNESTHESIA
Adi Newton / Fabio Kubic
12' 41''
4
SONIC HOLOGRAPHY
Adi Newton
9' 39''
5
AUDITORY RESONANCE
Marconi (Unione Radiofonica) Mix - Mauricio Reyes
68' 02''
6
THE FREQUENCY OF LOVE 2
Reich Bioelectrical Investigation Test Mix - Mauricio Reyes assisted by Adi Newton / Jack Dangers
35' 07''
7
SUB-HARMONIC RESONATION FOR JACQUES BELOEIL
Dedicated to the memory of Jacques Beloeil - RIP 07.09.63 / 26.06.2023 - Adi Newton
19' 55''
8
PSYCHOMETRICS *
Adi Newton
8' 52''
9
ACOUSMATIC SPACE *
Adi Newton
17' 32''
* Track exclusive to this release: Proxima 10" D-LP

The Blindfold

When faced with difficult listening situations, shutting one’s eyes may seem like a natural tactic to enhance auditory focus and comprehension. From a neurological standpoint, this action heightens the strength of alpha oscillations (around 10 Hz), which are a key indicator of auditory attention. Meanwhile, relying on both ears can aid in gauging distance, as the brain utilizes sound volume and timing discrepancies between each ear to accurately pinpoint the source of a sound.

The Sone of Total Proximity features 4 tracks that are meant to be listened to while blindfolded:

  • Artificial Synesthesia
  • The Sone of Total Proximity II
  • Acousmatic Space
  • Auditory Resonance – Marconi (Unione Radiofonica) Mix

These tracks contain frequencies that target the Alpha Activity of the listener’s brain and can generate virtual visual environments created by the sound waves and your brain as you listen.  These are a part of a concept Reyes and Newton are exploring called VLP “Virtual Listening Mapping”

A blindfold was provided with both presentations, The Frank baxter Box and the Proxima 10” D-LP.


Relativist Mechanics

Telekinett created a number of projects in 2003, one of them involving Stefan Joel Weisser aka Z’EV.  One of these projects was called “Universal Mechanics.”  This initial research was combined with unfinished, unreleased ARMComm and Telekinett materials to create Relativist Mechanics.  The Frank Baxter and Proxima presentations of the Sone of Total Proximity ships with the exclusive 30-minute track RELATIVIST MECHANICS.

We wanted this to be an original (CD-R), not a mass-replicated CD. All of these are signed by Adi Newton and Mauricio Reyes and are EXCLUSIVE to these releases.

The concept behind the track is the unpredictability of the universe, life as a system that relies on vibration and rapid alternations of energy.  Life is a process without a blueprint.  Believing in the idea of a supreme being is simply a subjective process.


Reviews

A recent article by Vital Weekly, one of the most respected experimental music magazines specialising in writing album reviews.
VITAL WEEKLY • Number 1421 • Week 4 • https://www.vitalweekly.net/number-1420/

PSYCHOPHYSICIST – THE SONE OF TOTAL PROXIMITY (USB DeLuxe package(s) by Telekinett)

I’m old. You all know that by now. My musical taste is ‘weird’, but that’s the reason I’m writing for Vital Weekly. In the 80s, I started listening to different music, and through stuff like Birthday Party and Joy Division, I started enjoying some EBM-related music until 1992, when I heard Coil for the first time. It went through the roof from that moment on, and I listened to everything extreme. I had a bi-monthly round of Amsterdam stores I’d check out (amongst which were Boudisque and Staalplaat), and each time, I came back with weird findings. I listened, I explored, and I developed a few favourite artists. Amongst those artists were, of course, Coil, Brian Lustmord, and Adi Newton.

So when in 1996 I heard of an album created by Adi Newton and – at that moment, the for me still unknown Andrew McKenzie / Hafler Trio – recorded and assisted by Lustmord, I bought it right away. And that my droogs were The Psychophysicist CD, as released on Side Effects / Anterior Research. Some 25 years later, it is still an absolute favourite in my extensive collection, and it made me dive deeper into “everything Adi”.

More Clock Dva and definitely more Anti Group because everything I heard from him those days was pure gold. He still is, by the way, because somehow, the sounds he uses are timeless. His works emphasise sound creation, so you won’t recognize a certain sound that is typical for this or that machine; Adi takes the next step. And he still does. Timeless Sonic Art.  In the last few years, there were a few mentions of new works, and a few samplers featured tracks under the Psychophysicist moniker, with Adi Newton as a recurrent name in the personnel list. After 26 years, there is a new release under the name, without McKenzie but with Mauricio Reyes as co-creator. My heart skipped a beat, or maybe even nine beets, and I couldn’t wait to dive into this massive work.

You can imagine how high my hopes and expectations were. ‘The Sone of Total Proximity’ was released in two versions, and while there is an overlap in tracks, there are differences too. Both are based on a USB memory stick with music packed in an elaborate box with an additional non-USB track on CD-r. “The Frank Baxter Box” is the most elaborate one, with 5 hours and 40 minutes of music; the “Proxima 10” D-LP” version is a little bit shorter and “only” plays for 4 hours and 10 minutes. And both versions come with that 30-minute CDR entitled ‘Relativist Mechanics’.

Let’s dive into the music a bit. The releases are released under the Psychophysicist moniker, though when playing the tracks – and which is affirmed through the listings at discogs.com – the ID3 tags show the tracks are by Adi Newton and Mauricio Reyes, as mentioned before, with a few added names like Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto fame and Fabio Kubic (Coagulant). With my mind running on 6 or 7 coffees, I wonder what the psychophysicist actually is. As on that first album, it seems more of a collective effort than a project. But when listening to all the tracks, there is such a beautiful coherency amongst the tracks that the form or name kinda doesn’t matter at all. Some of the liner notes we’ve received explain it a bit, I suppose. “This production showcases a collection of meticulously crafted tracks created between 1997-98 and 2020-23.”

This again underlines a remark I made earlier that the sound I love so much is because it’s timeless. You can simply not hear whether a track is from the late 90’s or early 20’s. Believe me, that’s a difficult thing to do.
With the timespan of creation comes another question into my mind: coherence. So much music has been made by Adi in the meantime. I remember the beautiful live sets in the cube … So, for me, the question was raised if it would all be Psychophysicist. If I’m sincere, there are a few tracks that – if wanted – would perfectly fit a release by T.A.G.C. in the Meontological Research style. Those were from the late 80s, and since then, the T.A.G.C. style changed a bit, so maybe those Research Recordings were the first actually to play with the subject of what became the Psychophysicist. And to get my own thoughts into perspective again: Does it matter? Or is my mind being activated by the sounds I’ve now listened to for an impressive 10 hours already?! Several of the tracks are fully in sync with the atmosphere on the original CD from ’96, so if you loved that album as I did, this release is a must. And if you are intrigued by T.A.G.C., you should also get it as soon as possible because these beauties go very fast, and they’re already sold out at a few places.

Each of the two boxes is a work of art in itself as created by Mauricio under the art direction of Adi. The “Proxima” one contains 3 Chromatin prints, cotton swabs to calibrate your ears, an eye mask for some deep listening, and more; The “Frank Baxter” box even more Chromatin prints, and more different tools to let all those extreme frequencies hit the exact right spot and even a shirt.

After listening to the USB, you still have that CDR – signed by Mauricio and Adi – in your package, and the music on it is worth a special mention. In 2003, a project at Telekinett involved Stefan Joel Weisser, aka Z’EV. The initial research material of ‘Universal Mechanics’ was combined with material by Adi and Mauricio, resulting in “Relativist Mechanics”. And this track is the proverbial cherry on top.

What more can I write? I’ve waited for 26 years, and I got two releases with a total of 7 hours (excluding the doubles) of new music to listen to by one of my all-time heroes and a new one. (BW)

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