Melbournian mega-glitch-funk cephalapod, The Mollusk speaks about his new album, a story is shared from the edges of drugged-space and another story from one who’s marijuana smoking enjoyment lapsed.
Released October 10th 2012
Do you smoke cigarettes? According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, smoking rates have been consistently dropping for at least the past 10 years. In fact, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare claim that Australia has one of the lowest smoking rates in the world!
So what has caused this? On the fifth of October, Melbourne’s Mx reported on an RMIT survey, that found, “smokers aged between 18 and 24 found tougher laws and price rises could actually decrease their will to quit”.
But surely the reason why fewer people are smoking in Australia today has to do with the government health campaigns and the scary pictures on cigarette boxes and the rising taxation… right?
This is the assumption. I think that it is important to inform people and ensure they have as much knowledge as possible in order to make the best personal decision. And personal decision is the crux of this. No matter how scary an advertising campaign is, whether it’s the TAC telling you to wipe of five, or Department of Health graphically showing you that smoking causes what I will refer to as “festy-mouth”, it always comes down to a decision from you. You are the one in control. We should know from the billions spent worldwide on drug propaganda over the past century that scare campaigns don’t work. That should be intuitive to us by now. If you treat people like stupid dumb-dumbs, then it is not that they will act like stupid dumb-dumbs… they’ll just think that you’re the dumb-dumb and consequently, ignore you. When a government engages in stupid dumb-dumbery, then it creates mistrust in what ideally should be the most trustworthy organisation we know. And don’t scoff at that. Ideally… it should be. I want to trust my government.
The end of the Mx article mentioned earlier has comments from the Department of Health and Ageing, saying that anti-smoking campaigns have been successful. And that 99 per cent of smokers spoken to for campaign research are aware of the National Tobacco Campaign, with 56 per cent of respondents indicating they had taken action as a result. I don’t doubt that people’s attitudes to cigarettes have changed. And I think that the government has played a part in this. It’s hard for anyone, including governments to figure out where the line of usefullness is. I generally think that sharing stories among our peers and giving them a rich context for understanding is the most important thing – above any advertising campaign. It is through cultural shifts – not policy shifts that attitudes change. Policy shifts sometimes influence culture – but if this is through fear or persecution, through propaganda and misinformation… then people are going to start feeling like you’re treating them like stupid dumb dumbs. And we know what happens then.
The point I’m trying to make is not that we should end all government health campaigns. I think they have their place and help to inform people. But when a health campaign relies on scaring the shit out of you to produce results, you might start to feel like the government is peddling nonsense, and start to mistrust what they’re saying. And the main point i’m trying to make… the best shifts it attitude happen through you. Look after yourself, keep yourself informed and critical, speak to your family, friends and colleagues. Share your story.
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Rainbow Serpent after party, the stage was set. Everything pointing towards a good night. All sorts, from trippers to the Amal head. The party had it all, well everything apart from a muddy dance floor that is.
The troops were russeled, tickets in hand. There’s always that anticipation of a line. Whether its going up your nose or your going through the door, you just can’t wait for the party to start.
We were in, the smell of drugs surrounded us in the form of scattered lasers through clouds of smoke. You could see it written on everyone’s face. People staring off into the abyss, obviously on some sort of psychedelic. Pupils falling out of other’s heads, speaking at a rate at which only every second word could be understood. The smell engulfed us like a new born. the night was set for indulgence.
My crew didn’t bring anything to munch on and so we knew what we needed to do, and so, we started to mingle.
It was at this point things started to get a little messy.
I was quite drunk to say the least and I finally, after about two hours of mingling, found the goods. A random tripper in a top hat with a towel dressing gown as an overcoat.
The only place with such a being… “Hey man, was looking for something to brighten the night?” He replied, “I got some K, should do the trick.”
By this stage I didn’t care what it was, me and the boys had the coin and the alcohol said, “DO IT!”
I had never tried this substance and because it was cheap, I thought a big line was in order. I found one of my friends and we went to the bathroom for a tester. Racked up two fat lines on top of the toilet roll dispenser. I proceeded to suck one down and knocked most of the other to the ground, “Sorry bro,” I said and he proceeded to have what was left. We made our way to the door in the hope we could find the rest of the crew. As I walked across the bathroom the walls bent slightly in and the door moved into the distance. This feeling of wonkyness started to bend my mind like the room… and a thought, “Hummmm… Ok… this is a different sensation.”
I made it to the bathroom door, my mate one step in front. And then it hit me, the wonk bent over itself and reality formed a new. I walked through the door and took no more steps. The ground ceased to be and my legs disappeared as I fell like a sak of springs in a pool of what was left of me.
There was no colour left, only black with fine outlines of definition. A fish bowl effect. A bubble of a new world. People were trying to talk to me but sound reverberated to the point of a half-way mix between glitch and static, no voices were left to be heard. These beings with their strange sound stood over me, elongated giants rippling in the underworld. Miniscule pin like legs formed into widening torsos with heads the size of planets. They looked exactly the same. Like they were cloaked and hooded, somewhat like Grim Reapers. Pure black with faint lines of definition. This black was not solid though, it was liquid, or more so, paint. Like they were constantly being covered in it. Layers slowly making their way down the features of the beings until they hit the ground. With each layer, the beings grew yet the definition faded, slowly but surely light was fading out of existence and the beings were becoming it. although no voice could be heard the feeling of death was imminent and the fight for light was slipping.
The last layer of paint washed over them and the beings faded from existence. I was left in nothingness, not a sound nor a movement, just a small circle of light in the center of my vision and a voice telling me it was time, that the end was now and to let go of this reality.
I accepted death and the circle slowly shrank. I knew the nothingness had become me. There it was the last pin point of light disappearing forever. Life was over, and I would cease to be.
Then a miracle happened. I remembered a reason to exist, a thought came and saved my existence, the thought of her, the thought of love.
As this thought entered my mind the pin point of life and light exploded and the world was reborn a new, through the wormhole of death and out the other side at what seemed the speed of light.
Love had saved me from the darkness, and once more I knew what it meant to be alive.
I will explain that later after I woke in the hospital bed, it was not ketamine but PCP that the stranger in the top hat and the towl dressing gown overcoat gave to me. There are always surprises in life, some better than others, some a learning experience.
Christopher Psyraver – The Crazy Things You Do
The Mollusk Interview
Deep in the swampy jungles of your cell-soup brain there is a place that weary signals go to play. They meet up, splatter in to eachother and go off again, to tell your feetsies to get groovin’ and the rest of you to start movin.
There are some digital shafolk out there who seem to have a particular knack for splattering signals and transforming cellsoup in to dancefloor soup. I think it quite appropriate that odd looking invertebrate ocean dwellers should be that which this particular digisonic manipulator should name himself after. And also quite appropriate that he choose those tentacled swirly cephalopods as the name of his latest vibratory incarnation. September first was the release date for The Mollusk’s latest album, Nautilus. The human being behind this creation, Shane, joins us now.
Nick: When was the first time you can remember, making a dancefloor, however small, ‘Bop’, so to say.
Shane: I thought I might actually tell you about the first set I ever did. This was a long time ago, when I was under the alias Liquid Fusion, fucking ages ago. I went to play this party, sunny day, really lovely, dancefloor was pretty much empty, it was like the second stage or something. I got up there and there was about five people standing in front of me, all tripping off their heads. As soon as I hit the play button for the first track, immediately this gigantic cloud came from nowhere and… it was like I pressed a button to turn on the rain. It was ridiculous. This huge gust of wind completely fucked the whole stage up, and I was like… this is AWESOME! And this guy, completely tripping off his head came up to me and said, “How did you DO that man?!”
Nick: And that was your first gig that you played?
Shane: Yep, the first outdoor party that I ever played. Luckily, the tarp at the top of the stage didn’t fall off, but pretty much everything else… all the decor flew away. It was ridiculous… it just immediately turned into a mudbath.
Nick: So, you’ve had at least one other musical endeavour which is Liquid Fusion, what other musical projects have you had in the past?
Shane: I’ve tried to do a lot of things actually… I was in a death metal band once, that was like a stupid kind of project… all joke songs and stuff, about just random shit. That was one of the projects. I did a rock project for a little while, playing a bit of guitar.
Nick: So you’ve played a few different instruments, before you came to producing electronic music?
Shane: Yeah, that’s where it all kind of started. I’ve been writing forever using my computer. Initially it started all as a complete joke, me and my mates would sit down and make stupid noises and stupid songs about stuff that we thought was funny.
Nick: Speaking of stupid noises… well, I wouldn’t call the noises you make stupid anymore… they’re quite unique and they seem to be strewn throughout your creations. I guess you started making noises there and you’ve gone on. Where do you get these from?
Shane: All over the place! I do a fair bit of field recording and I have a fascination with creating a sound from something that is completely different. I made a bass line from bouncing a bouncy ball. I bounced the ball on a piece of metal and it created this really fast resonant tone and that tone I took into the computer and re-worked it and cut the pieces out that I liked the most and kind of made big nice sharp saw wave and turned that into a bass line.
Nick: Do you often find sounds from the natural world? Do you take recordings rather than hit a synthesizer?
Shane: Bit of both really… I’m not biased, I’m definitely not an analogue junky or a digital junky or anything like that. I guess it’s all a bit even, I take sounds from everywhere. If you just write digitally, then you leave yourself kind of closed in to a box… It’s the kind of thing where you should use everything you’ve got.
Nick: Did the name, “The Mollusk” emerge from the sounds you were creating and they felt kind of Mollusk-y, or did you create the music first and then The Mollusk came to mind?
Shane: Well, there’s a few reasons why I chose that. Firstly, the Ween album, “The Mollusk” is awesome and I love that album.
Nick: I’m glad it does relate back to that somehow, because whenever I type “The Mollusk” on Google it comes up with that album.
Shane: Yeah I know, it’s really annoying actually, because I can’t even find my own stuff! I type in The Mollusk and I just get a whole bunch of pictures and you can’t find it on the internet at all. Mostly it was inspired by the texture of sound… and I came up with the name after I’d written a few of these first tracks that I’d done.
Nick: When did you first start to perform as The Mollusk?
Shane: That was about four or five years ago.
Nick: I’m interested in your own musical background, you’ve mentioned a few things already, but out of all the gigs and festivals you’ve been to, what was your favourite musical experience?
Shane: Probably the Eagles of Death Metal at the Palais in St. Kilda. That was just awesome, the vibes were amazing, it was a really fun night and it always just sits in my mind as being a really awesome night. But, that said, it’s really hard to choose one because there’s been so many awesome gigs that I’ve been to and so many awesome acts that I’ve seen.
Nick: What about out of all the gigs and festivals that you’ve played yourself? Is there any one that particularly stands out to you?
Shane: Actually, the Rainbow (Serpent Festival) one that I just played was awesome. I think that was my favourite set that I ever played. The crowd was absolutely insane… there was like… naked people on stage. It was ridiculous, but I mean, it’s always heaps of fun at Rainbow, you almost can never have a bad set at Rainbow.
Nick: I remember your set a couple of years ago was out of control as well.
Shane: Yeah, as soon as I started, about 15-20 people just stormed on to the stage and started dancing.
Nick: Do you often have that reaction when you play at festivals? Because I’ve seen that happen a few times I feel.
Shane: Yeah… I don’t know what it is, but for some reason, that does happen a lot!
Nick: So, you’ve released the new album, it’s been out for a little over a month now, Nautilus. You haven’t played a gig for it yet, because you’ve got an upcoming gig. Can you tell us a little about Nautilus, what the production process was like… whether you wanted to get any particular things in to it?
Shane: Originally, it was going to be a 22-track album, but I decided not to put a lot of it on there. There was a lot of down-tempo stuff, so for anyone that’s listening, it’s going to be coming out soon… I haven’t given it a name yet, but it’s all the down-tempo stuff that I’ve been working on for the last 14 years. I mean… not all of it obviously, but the favourites of the stuff I’ve been working on. I thought with the Nautilus, I’d just take the more dance vibe stuff and keep it rocking all the way through and make it in to a chunky album. It took me ages to finish it actually… I was meant to bring it out two years ago… not quite that long, but ages ago. That’s the problem a lot of producers get… it’s very hard to say something is complete. I’ll write something new and then I’ll think that sounds way better than the last track, I’ll put that track on there now, I’ll put the new one on there, ohhh, but now I want to put… and it keeps going like that. I had to just go, I’ve been stuffing around with this for ages, I keep fucking changing it and changing my mind about it so bugger it. There were so many people complaining that I hadn’t released something and they were like, “Come on! When’s this bloody release coming” and I was like alright, I gotta do it, I’ll put the best of this together and just release it.
Nick: So does it feel pretty good to have released it now?
Shane: Yeah, I’m really happy with it, and the response has been really good. People have told me that it’s the best thing they’ve heard for the entire year, which is a massive compliment and just awesome to hear that.
Nick: For anyone that hasn’t got the album yet and wants to get their hands on it, where can they get it?
Shane: Well, at the moment….
The Mollusk – Connecting Flight
The resulting recipe is a combination of flavors from downtempo, electronica, folktronica, glitch-hop, left-field hip hop, brokenbeat, jazz groove, funk, disco, dubstep and more. but that said ,The Mollusk’s cutting edge style has such a distinctive sound design that most people find it impossible to relate to anything they have heard before.
The Mollusk started back in 2007 as a solo project, and since had toured the globe with his unique music. The Mollusk has had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of his favourite artists such as Kilowatts, Bluetech, Bassnectar, Vibesquad, to name a few.
“Breaking convention” is the Mollusk’s middle name, with his constant array of inventive ways of coming up with new sounds. These include recordings of a spray can underwater, circuit bending toys and wet towels thrown at a brick wall, among hundreds of other hair brain & fun ideas to create sound art. After recording these sounds, a select few are re-worked in the studio to become a bass line, synthesis, percussion and other quirky re-creations.
The Highly anticipated full length album “Nautilus” will not disappoint with its genre stretching array of musical style. The album spans from Crunchy Disco Electro, Broken Beat, Hiphop, Break beats all the way to Down Tempo/Ambient styles, taking the listener on a quirky & epic journey into the deep.
Marijuana Stories – Helma speaks with Bec
Enpsychedelia interviewer Helma has a chat with her friend Bec about her use of marijuana, which started off fine but she eventually found it detrimental to what she wanted to do in life.
Although around 15% of all Australians smoke marijuana, a small portion of those do develop problems with the plant. All things have the potential to become problematic and it is important to take care of yourself, take note of your mind state and body health to ensure risks to you are minimised. If you think you have an issue – The best thing to do is speak to someone. Simply speaking to a friend or family member can help you to see things in a better perspective and allows others to understand where you’re at. If you need further help and are in Victoria, Australia, the health department offers various services including counseling.
Alcohol and other drugs treatment and support.
Enpsychedelia believes it is useful to share your story with others. Through sharing, we can understand common stories and common things that happen to people using various substances. Through this, it is also our hope that you will be better informed to make decisions for yourself in the future and able to enjoy what you enjoy and stop what you don’t like any more.
Big thanks to Bec for sharing her experience with us and to Helma, who conducted an excellent first interview!
In Lak’ech Ala K’in