Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On February 11 I'm going to be in Liverpool to give a talk on the Hardcore Continuum hosted by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), in association with The Wire. There'll be an audio-visual component (expect: rude 'n' cheesy) and the main body of the talk will be followed by an onstage discussion with Mark Fisher (Acting Deputy Editor of The Wire/K-punk) and then a Q/A session with the audience.

Location: FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L14DQ
Date: Wednesday February 11th
Time: 7.00pm to 9-00 pm
Admission: £7.00/£5.00 (members & concessions)
Information: tel. 0151 7074444 or

In parallel with the FACT lecture and as part of the magazine's 300th Issue commemorative program of online selections from its voluminous archives, The Wire presents my series of hardcore continuum articles: seven essays, midway between scene reports and thinkpieces, that appeared in the magazine between 1992 and 2005, documenting in real-time the paradigm shifts from rave to jungle, UK garage to grime.

Here's my introduction to the series archive
here's the first piece, on Ardkore and "Rush Culture", from November 1992
here's the second one, about Ambient Jungle, from that glorious summer of 1994
here's the third one, on The State of Drum & Bass, June 1995
here's the fourth one , Slipping Into Darkness, about Jump Up and Techstep, June 1996
here's the fifth one , Neurofunk Versus Speed Garage, December 1997
here's the sixth one, Adult Hardcore a/k/a Feminine Pressure, about 2step Garage, from April 1999 -- plus the infamously long footnotes to the piece originally on the Blissout website
the seventh one, on Grime (and a little bit of Dubstep), published April 2005

Once the whole set of pieces is up, I'm going to scribble down here some of my more straggly and whimsical afterthoughts/memories relating to this series, which after all constitutes, in a funny, veiled sort of way, a kind of autobiography.