Chaos Variation IV is an extended play (45 rpm) comprised of two tracks: Paradise Underground (3'47'') and FSD/Full Spectrum Dominance (4'05'') as well as a 16-page booklet, including a text by Obsolete Capitalism entitled “In the Beginning there was Chaos and Rhythm” and a text by Mark Stewart entitled “Defy the Herd”. Like the previous Chaos Variations, the starting point of the project begins with an idea rooted in ‘variations of variations’.
Obsolete Capitalism invited artists to rework the tracks from their chaos-opera entitled Chaos Sive Natura, giving the artists freedom to re-characterise the underlying choice of perpetual variability, thus of openwork. With Mark Stewart’s involvement, the latent possibilities that each sound element possesses are unsealed.
The unequalled voice and unsurpassed frontman of bands such as The Pop Group and Mark Stewart & the Maffia, Stewart has consistently embodied the best dimensions of the post-punk, dub, and electronic music scenes. A great presence in the history of independent and underground music, his influence on artists such as Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Tricky, Massive Attack, St. Vincent, The Birthday Party, Nick Cave & many more is undeniable and well documented, producing work that has encapsulated art, music and political protest with fervour and foresight for the last 40 years.
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