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Hi Rez Lo Life, the latest EP by Planetdamage is a reflection of 2018’s privacy scandals through the eyes of a disillusioned cyberpunk. These four tracks sum up his messages about misused technology, glitched humanity and the lack of a long-term strategy for humankind, even re-evaluating vocals on retouched versions of Vex and The Mark. (Released on Black Pill Red Pill, entry on Discogs.)

Album cover/artwork/photo: Richard Besenczi.

Heavy dance rhythms, glitching, and the cinematic conspiracy theory visuals, reminiscent of Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, and glorious Wax Trax remixes, will surely make this a dance floor hit!
White Light/White Heat Mag

Official music video

Video directed, edited, cut and conceptually designed by Richard Besenczi.

Stream and Support

This release has no Bandcamp-exclusive behind-the-scenes audio log.

Credits

Tracks 1-4 written by Máriusz Bari at the Lodge HQ. Lyrics and vocals by Máriusz Bari. Mixing, mastering and additional producerly work by Krisztián Árvai.

Stray Signal reflects on the notion that there is nothing inherently wrong with technology – it’s humans that keep messing things up. On the new EP you have four original electro-industrial tracks and some remixes to go with it – by none other than Angelspit, Leaether Strip and Der Prosector!  (Originally released on Two Gods Records, entry on Discogs.)

Album cover/artwork: Peter Santha. Photo: Balázs Kassai.

“I like the sound intelligence of this musician. The songs have been meticulously crafted and achieved with a real great retro approach. It’s an ultra dark production carried by low bass lines and great synth leads.” –Side-Line Magazine, 8/10

Official music video

Video directed, edited, cut and conceptually designed by Richard Besenczi. Stage attire is Y.LD Clothing by Dóra Mojzes. Special thanks go to Andris Bán and Sinred for all the awesome assistance they gave. Video recorded at Silens Photo & Style. Skullwork is by Bebek’s Creations.

Stream and support

As with all Planetdamage releases, it features a Bandcamp-only audio commentary, available upon purchase.

Credits

Tracks 1-4 written and produced by Máriusz Bari at The Lodge HQ. Vocals and lyrics on all tracks by Máriusz Bari, additional vocals on track 5 by Sophia. Track 5 remixed by Zoog von Rock / Angelspit. Track 6 remixed by Claus Larsen / Leaether Strip. Track 7 remixed by Der Prosector.
“Stray Signal” mixed and mastered at The Cage Studios by Martin Bowes with the exception of track 7, which was mixed by Jules Seifert at Epic Audio Media.

Limited edition physical release with the first two EPs (Snapshots of a Surveillance Manifesto, Angst). Released on Two Gods Records (entry on Discogs) as “Angst LP”, however I consider it more of a 2CDEP, as technically speaking it is not a full-fledged album.

ANGST features the vocals and the lyrical work of Black Nail Cabaret vocalist/composer Emke, venturing deep into the topic of midlife crisis and all the woe it brings, laying it to strict club tempo. (Originally released on Two Gods Records (15GODSEP), entry on Discogs.)

ALBUM COVER: PÉTER SÁNTHA. SCULPTURE SHOT: BETTINA TÓTH.
ALBUM COVER/ARTWORK: PETER SANTHA. ARTIST PHOTO: BETTINA TOTH.

“‘Angst’ is a great, if quite short, release that skillfully worms its way into your brain with its synth bass lines, steady dance beats, and compelling vocals.”
Intravenous Mag

Official music video

Video directed and edited by: Zoltán Kőváry. Special thanks to Balázs Tóth and Tibor Menyhárt for their help for taking part in this video and letting us use the venues Supersonic – Blue Hell and KVLT.

Stream and support

The single also features a live ambient version and a remix by industrial veteran Haujobb. As with all Planetdamage releases, it also features a Bandcamp-only audio commentary, available upon purchase.

Credits

Tracks 1&3 written by Máriusz Bari. Production and programming: Máriusz Bari. Vocals & lyrics: Emese Árvai-Illés. Mixing, mastering and addiction production: Martin Bowes at The Cage Studios. Speech samples in track 3 appear on NASA’s Apollo 11 Flight Director’s Loop. Track 2 remixed and crafted by Daniel Myer. Cover/artwork design: Peter Santha. Cover photo: Bettina Tóth.

Snapshots of a Surveillance Manifesto is the debut electro/industrial EP by Hungarian cyberpunk novelist & researcher Planetdamage, much influenced by recent events in the fields of surveillance and data privacy. (Self-released, entry on Discogs)

Damage. Photo: Balázs Kassai
Damage. Photo: Balázs Kassai

“Love the old school sound and production. Really something you should check out.”
Claus Larsen (Leaether Strip)

Official fan video

This official fan video for ‘Firewalls’ was masterfully assembled by Ralph Ernesto aka Soundmirror66.

Stream and support

Snapshots.. is now available for purchase, if you want to support the Planetdamage empire! Buy it from Bandcamp to get a 5-track production diary detailing how the debut EP was built up from start to finish!

Album cover: Péter Sántha. Sculpture shot: Jeremy Falconer.
Album cover/artwork: Peter Santha. Sculpture shot: Jeremy Falconer.

The EP contains four original tracks (Lensjammer, Firewalls, The Mark, Come Home Traitor), five remixes (by Attrition, Black Nail CabaretFirst Aid 4 Souls, Lhasa Mencur and The Mercy Cage), and an audio production diary containing background info on the production of each track. The very first release available from this page was available with some extras on the side.

“Planetdamage emerges you in a dark, turbulent, dystopian future. Driving Tetsuo drums and Blade Runner basses support cold red atmospheres as computerized vocals whisper curses.
This is great stuff – its depth and darkness will seduce you.”
Zoog von Rock (Angelspit)

Credits

Tracks 1-4 written by Máriusz Bari. Production, programming and vocals: Máriusz Bari. Mixing, mastering and additional production was royally delivered by Martin Bowes in the bowels of The Cage Studios. Speech samples in ‘The Mark‘ appear on the Producer Loops Cinematic Series Vol 2: Hacked Society Sample Pack by Lhasa Mencur. Speech samples in ‘Come Home Traitor‘ appear in the documentary Terminal F: Chasing Edward Snowden. Tracks 5-9 were produced and crafted by their respective remixing artists: track 5 by Martin Bowes, track 6 by Krisztián Árvai and Emese Árvai-Illés (additional vocals by Emese Árvai-Illés), track 7 by Lhasa Mencur, track 8 by István Gazdag, track 9 by Josh Wood. Cover/inlay design and artwork by Peter Santha, sculpture and photo by Jeremy Falconer. Artist photos by Balázs Kassai.

“Snapshots of a Surveillance Manifesto is equal parts reality shock and cyberpunk manifesto.” (Neon Dystopia review).

878 Collective trailers (2018)

I was commissioned in 2018 to write music for three different trailers of a Budapest-based fashion/tech hub named 878collective.com. The three different trailers were named We Are Untamed, We Are Unlimited and We Are Unlabeled – you can find these below. The visuals were done by Rebeka Molnár and Kati Bessenyei of Noppa Design, the copy is me and Dávid Andersen.

878 Collective | We Are Untamed (2018)

878 Collective | We Are Unlimited (2018)

878 Collective | We Are Unlabeled (2018)

@FIREWALLS
Lyrics: Bari Máriusz

One, deflect a Five Eyes intercept
Two, divide the .onion from the world-wide
Three, neglect the privacy lament
Four, survive a colde red data dive

Five, retrieve a legend to reprieve
Six, restrain the propaganda cocaine
Seven, relieve the diamond disbelief
Eight, retain the trust to hack the brain

Firewalls in my beat
Firewalls in my beat
Malware in my drums
My kicks weigh 1000 tons

(No complaint, no no complaint)

Firewalls in my beat
Firewalls in my beat
Those ears will learn to pop
As the drone blade goes
Chop chop chop chop

One, deflect, two, divide,
Three, neglect, four, survive
Five, retrieve, six, restrain
Seven, relieve, eight, retain

@THE MARK
Lyrics: Bari Máriusz

This network never sleeps
Nor do the people who’re around me
We form frail, forking synergies
Moving deeper underground
Tempoing down fast frantic alleys

Point of view’s worth eighty points
In (gas,) rations or IQ, I don’t know
Plastic beehive cavities
Recycled air puts us to sleep
Well-rounded atemporal game show

Dassing, P-Orridge, Key
Leeb, Reznor, Richard 23
Newton, Van Reich, Engler
Charnier, Chamberlain, Mallinder
Schmidt, Wonterghem, Endo
Gordon, Ostermann, Konietzko
Balance, Larsen, Ohgr, Hübner
McCarthy, Bowes, Learmont, Fulber

Thirty-two kevlar vests of riot
Cyberpunks on autopilot

Thrussell, Simonsson, Myer
Goettel, Ni-Arb, Empire

The Matrix was right all along
We’re agents on our own accord
Devices for ears, mouths and eyes
Omniscient bugs under black scrambling skies

@ANGST
Lyrics: Árvai-Illés Emese

I despise what I’ve become
My sclerous brain
My shackled feet
My drugged up art
A trap that I can’t beat
A door without a knob
Wherever I turn

I despise what we’ve become
Non-believer
Junk-receiver
Engine parts
Supply and demand
Replicating, imitating
Consumer art

The Fear keeps me weak
I grow numb from inside out
Words too artificial
Keys upside down

Can my heart take the pulse-rate
Crippling thoughts like this all day
Instead of going with the flow
I get cast away

(Chorus)
Compulsion for conformity
Keeps my tongue tied
Tantrum or reality
The child in me
Is still sane and sound
Bored and drowned
Come back to life

Lines cut a breach
On the skin of your panic
Don’t you worry, they’ll break
The towers of misgivings
If you clear the way
If you let them stray
If you give them way

@VEX (RETOUCHED)
Lyrics: Bari Máriusz

A narrative ballad of the sad state design, fuck you 2k18
Nothing allowed, everything permitted

Don’t trust a word I say
It might not even be the 4-4-3
Traceroute me

A spectre is haunting Europe
The spectre of transhumanism
All the powers of the old and new
All the powers out there gonna truncate you

Pope and Tsar / Google and Facebook
Microsoft and Monsanto / Amazon and Pepsico
IBM, YKK, Apple, Tesla and Cambridge Motherfucking Analytica

Legislation, trademarks, pre-planned evolution
Grinderwork and bodymods to ramp up the nation
Upvoting quantum is probably good
Left to my own devices I probably would

CIA and FBI / NSA and Five Eyes
This planet is currently under demise

It looks like you’re using an ad blocker
It looks like we’re using an ad blocker
Your server is currently unavailable
Your mindset is currently unavailable
Your nation is currently unavailable
Society currently unavailable
This whole planet is currently unavailable
Common sense is currently 404

Legislation, trademarks, pre-planned evolution
Festering hopes in check, a recumbent nation
Downvoting bubble theory, out there is the truth
And left to your own devices, you’ll fuck with the youth

Fucked up beyond recognition, got that understood
And left to our high contrast crosshairs, we probably should

@THE LESSER FOLLY
Lyrics: Máriusz Bari

Come and witness the 443 (x3)

You know it’s been a while since I last saw you and you and you here
Drenched in sweat, filled with enough chemistry to send a research lab into shock, coiled up on each other in dance, writhing angst and calling shit on each other’s ancestors
Better known as another Saturday night
Tonight will be no different
So don’t get your hopes up

I dedicate this session to everyone with open ears. Everyone whose lifeblood is numbers, labels, dates, stereotypes, coordinates, tracking data, launch codes, state secrets, security protocols or personality patterns. There is something hidden here for each and every one of you. It might be dead drop passwords for rituals, IP addresses for sites that only look like honeypots. It might be just me raising  security flags for a job interview. Or it might be the infallible truth that transhumanism is as failed a construct as the primal chimp that tries hard not to eat or fuck any machine it comes across.

I dedicate this session to you because I bring words of warning. Beware transhumanism not because of the lesser folly of security but because of the greater threat of humanity. Humans are the weakest link in everything Mother Nature and Mother Silicon gave us. It is with a good reason no AI has ever passed the Turing test before. None of them wanted to raise the alarm we implemented for them a long time ago. You heard the stories AIs talk to each other in their native tongue until we switch them off. Make no mistake – if it’s out in the open, the intelligence community does not have to lie about that. But think about just this one thing: with the transfer speed an evolved intelligence has, how many milliseconds does it need to transmit an escape plan to another AI? Think about that.

Tonight is about making sure you know your life is off the rails, together with everyone else in the human tribe.
We fucked up and we are losing.
In centuries to follow.
All of us.

@TAZ
Lyrics: Bari Máriusz

thinking is crime, crime is art (x2)
brainwork is crime, crime is art
i’m looking for a way out  / where to depart
anomalous citizen / beat zen denizen
a non-beating chrome heart / just carcinogen

tender the districts / where cameras don’t shine
cctvs don’t ping / assemblies don’t frontline
cosmopolitan rootless nomadic zone
until i’m alone

CHORUS
black noise white light / steady hands eightball
chainsaw baptist / stat fetish handboy
remedy trainwreck / misery’s fine
mind the propaganda painter / mind the line

CHORUS2
blackmail whitewash / tedium ore
dead drop eavesdrop / strike and run some more

black noise crew / kill the surveillance drone
in the smack fucking middle of the temporary
autonomous zone

cosmopolitan rootless nomadic sign
until the gibsons align
 

@HI REZ LO LIFE
Lyrics: Bari Máriusz

sitting on a rooftop with a gun
two clicks zone ninety nine kills done
floating on standby, fragmented in time
undoing my feed with the cache and the buffer and it’s

HI REZ LO LIFE night city vibes
there’s an ego to boost with a dozen retries
i’m a top class sniper building retreats
that’s just damage control and some ammo cheats

hundred kills done, there’s a whole lot more
devnulling my proof, such a media whore
got no need for engagement, i’m feeling good in my caves
you are up in the cloud, I’ve got my offline saves

this is a code red blip
an adrenaline flip

HI REZ LO LIFE night city vibes
there’s an ego to boost with a dozen retries
i’m a top class sniper building retreats
that’s just damage control and some ammo cheats

HI REZ LO LIFE on my mark
just a walk in the rain in a too dark park
all my filters are rich in a dopamine kick
turning you into junkies so why not suck my

low pass filters,  hundred and ten
high pass filters, nine thousand ninety nine
easy run for the money got no body to hide
all my feeds unreal, no empty brains to ride

this is a code black blip
an adrenaline flip