MAN, WE'VE HAD A LONG WAIT FOR IT!
FINALLY, THE CD BY LUTHER BLISSETT, THE OPEN POP STAR!
A collaborative project - details below!
"At the beginning, the matter was not to be 'I' or 'myself' anymore, to become a 'whoever' singularity, and then turn to a multitude of 'whoever' singularities that would choose this impersonal name, 'Luther Blissett'. When Luther would say 'I' or 'myself', s/he was actually telling us about his/her *numberless* selves. Now that Luther says 'I am not me anymore', s/he's referring to the fact that all those selves are no longer... themselves. You may keep calling them 'Luther Blissett', but they are no longer the same Blissett as they were, and if they turn around when you call them, that's just because your voice is music."
A sentence uttered by Luther Blissett at a celebration party organized by fans
At the beginning of 2000, some of the informal groups historically involved in the Luther Blissett Project - especially active in Bologna and Rome, Italy - will celebrate the expiry of their direct involvement (which was an old-fashioned Five Year Plan), stop adopting the name and leave other people with the task of taking the myth higher. Subversion continues, and Blissett too, without all that dago ballast. This will be remembered (at least by us) as "The Big Seppuku". The future's so bright that we've got to wear shades. Details will follow.
In order to celebrate this handover (from anyone to whosoever), Dutch record label WOT4 will release a CD by Luther Blissett the open pop star Luther Blissett. The "open pop star" is none other that the community of bands, musicians and djs willing to participate and send us one or more tracks. Rather than a compilation, it's going to be the output of one eclectic, multi-styled and multi-headed performer.
We call on all bands and composers whose discourse and praxis
are similar or close to Blissett's: send us tracks!
We also invite all multiple name bearers and fifth columns of the Project to forward this message to people who may be interested. We put our trust in our network's collective intelligence.
1) Technical details
The deadline is October 10th - media and formats: send DAT or CD by snail mail, or MP3 files via e-mail. Good quality required. The album will have absolutely NO COPYRIGHT, collaborations are no profit. The CD will be signed Luther Blissett. Bands and single performers shall not be credited as authors of the tracks; rather, they'll be mentioned as "guest stars" in the acknowledgements list. An example [we'll pick up a band at random, one we'd like to abduct for the project] : "I wish to thank Nocturnal Emissions for their kind participation to [track title]" etc. etc.
To sum up, bands are exhorted to become Luther Blissett for the duration of a track. Tracks shouldn't be longer than 4 minutes.
2) "Artistic" details (Aaaaarrrgh!)
Luther Blissett is an eclectic composer. That's his/her music ranges from drum'n'noise to symphonies, from jazz to Oi!, not only from one track to the next, but also (if you like) within the single track. We'd like a plenty of different styles, to release a rich and dense product. If possible, throw interesting voice samples into your track(s), no matter the language. Some of the tracks will include samples from Mario Schifano, Piero Cannata and Stewart Home, excerpts from radio broadcasts, ramblings against Identity, etc. However, this is just a suggestion - all-musical tracks and songs will be heartily accepted.
The track list will be decided by the editors.
3) Collaterals and packaging
The CD will also contain ROM tracks, and will be accompanied by a booklet - thus, it is possible to send short writings and multimedia stuff (e.g. video files, icons, net-art...).
For more info, contacts, etc.:
Luther Blissett: firstname.lastname@example.org
Luther Blissett: email@example.com