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Cyberia Xl

QUADRUMATRIX

The Story

Cyberia XI was a mammoth undertaking, inspired and spawned by volumnous .mp3 downloads through certain channels of questionable legalities -- regardless of the RIAA's efforts to curb creativity and the spread of new ideas, approaches, styles, and musical directions. This edition could very well have been subtitled Against The Odds on account of the additional personal challenges and stress that had unexpectedly reared their ugly heads during the period of its creation. It may have also been called Monster as a result of the 60-track beast it grew into.

Blurb: "Even more grotesque, disorienting, and cyber-extreme is the work of Bill Sienkiewicz, whose Stray Toasters series epitomizes the darkest side of the cyberpunk comic style. The story -- a mystery about a boy who, we learn, has been made part machine -- is depicted in a multimedia comic-book style, with frames that include photographs of nails, plastic, fringe, packing bubbles, toaster parts, leather, Band-Aids, and blood. This world of sadomasochism, crime, torture, and corruption makes Neuromancer seem bright by comparison. There is very little logic to the behaviors and storyline here -- it's almost as if straying from the nightmarish randomness of events and emotions would sacrifice the nonlinear consistency. In essence, Stray Toasters is a world of textures, where the soft, hard, organic, and electronic make up a kind of dreamscape through which both the characters and the readers are moved about at random. As Bruce Sterling would no doubt agree, an accidental or even an intentional electrocution could come at any turn of a page."

Once again, the Cyberia XI compilation broke new ground:
1. It is a quadruple album.
2. All tracks -- bar the sound effects used -- were grabbed off the 'net in .mp3 format.
3. Mixing was done almost entirely with a specific software DJ tool.
4. One of the discs is a CD-Extra, featuring a music video in line with the animé and mash-up themes.

Indeed, much of the new territory that was introduced with Cyberia Four had since Y2k become regular and standard features: 80-minute media, specific themes, ripped DVD Audio, embedded .mp3s, true mash-ups, and unlisted tracks!

The Music


Disc A features mostly Trance tunes (some of which had been featured in this series before, albeit in older guises), thus presenting another interesting parallel with Cyberia Four. The introduction and the following track had been eagerly awaited for four years!

0001>    Introduction...        01:04
0002> Zion - Fluke (2003) 04:08
0003> Vegas (shortened) - Agnelli & Nelson (2001) 04:14
0004> Everyday 2002 (Alex Gold Instrumental mix) - Agnelli & Nelson (2002) 08:39
0005> Instant Moments 2002 (Fire & Ice mix) - ROOS (2002) 04:02
0006> I don't wanna lose my way (Divide & Rule mix) - Dreamcatcher (2001) 07:23
0007> Saltwater 2002 (shortened Thrillseekers mix) - Chicane (2003) 03:29
0008> Life is too short (shortened and reshuffled Energy mix) - Kai Tracid (2001) 03:33
0009> Cyberia - DJ Quicksilver (1998) 05:14
0010> Freed from desire 2002 (Original Club mix) - 770 (2002) 06:36
0011> You're not alone - ATB (2002) 04:53
0012> Man in the Moon (2003 Club mix) - Fragma (2003) 05:41
0013> Pulsar 2002 (shortened DJ TiŽsto remix) - Mauro Picotto (2002) 03:57
0014> Ride like the wind 2001 (Pumpin' Dolls Club mix) - Christopher Cross (2001) 05:39
0015> Feel Good Time (Boris & Beck's Massive Feel Good Vocal Dub) - P!nk featuring William Orbit (2003) 10:55


Disc B, conversely, concentrates on mostly House music and includes several Madonna mixes, as well as some of the best mash-ups this side of the phosphorus. This disc is a personal favourite.

0001>    Introduction...    00:56
0002> All the things she said (Mark's Intellectual Vocal mix) - t.A.T.u. (2003) 07:57
0003> Fascinated (Joey Negro Club mix) - Raven Maize (2001) 06:42
0004> Filthy Mind (Peter Rauhofer Club mix) - Amanda Ghost (2000) 06:10
0005> Rise up (shortened Murk Club mix) - Funky Green Dogs (2002) 05:30
0006> 643 (Love's on fire) (Quivver Vocal remix) - DJ TiŽsto feat. Suzanne Palmer (2002) 03:31
0007> Point of view (Quivver's Vocal mix) - DB Boulevard (2002) 06:57
0008> Stealth (Quivver mix) - Way Out West feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw (2002) 03:44
0009> What it feels like for a girl (Paul Oakenfold Perfecto mix) - Madonna (2001) 06:00
0010> Cherry Lips (Go baby go!) (MaUVe's Dark Vocal with accapella mix) - Garbage (2001) 05:52
0011> Point of friends electric (a.k.a. Electric Point) (White Label) - DB Boulevard vs. Gary Numan (2002) 05:20
0012> The real life (Original 12'' mix) - Raven Maize (2001) 04:56
0013> Hollywood (Mike Danavan & Idaho's Murder On Fairfax mix) - Madonna (2003) 07:12
0014> Beautiful Stranger feels love (White Label) - Madonna vs. Donna Summer (2002) 09:05


Disc C has, from a chronographical point of view, the shortest content -- since it's a CD-Extra. Its musical direction leans primarily towards Techno and can truly boast next to nothing but remakes, remixes, rehashes, and general updates. Become a motherfuckin' test pilot!

0001>    Introduction...                      01:13
0002> Born Slippy 2003 - White Label vs. Underworld (2003) 04:53
0003> Bellissima 2002 (Club version) - DJ Quicksilver (2002) 04:44
0004> Thunderstruck (Warp Brothers remix) - Blizzard Brothers (2002) 03:40
0005> Children 2002 (Future Breeze vs. Junkfood Junkies mix) - 4 Clubbers (2002) 02:28
0006> Let me show you 2003 (B-Side mix) - Camisra (2003) 04:13
0007> Don't stand so close to me 2002 (Neil Christian White Label mix) - The Police (2002) 05:17
0008> Loving you 2003 (Fairlite Mix) - Marc et Claude (2002) 06:42
0009> Cambodia (Fragma remix) - Pulsedriver (2001) 04:22
0010> I like Chopin (Rainy Daze) (Pulsedriver & Ole Van Dansk remix) - DJK (2003) 04:49
0011> I feel love (Plump Deejays Black Label mix) - Donna Kebab (2002) 05:13
0012> Addicted to love 2003 (LMC Extended mix) - Robert Palmer vs. Shake Before Use (2002) 03:51
0013> Piece of my heart (Grey & Frost Club mix) - Intermission feat. Grey & Frost (2003) 06:18
0014> The Virus 2003 (2003 Club mix) - De Donatis (2003) 06:25
0015> Rhythm is a dancer 2002 (CJ Stone Club Mix) - Snap! (2002) 05:07
 
CD-ROM Music Video 03:14


Disc D: Funk. Pop. Rock. Disco. Remakes. Snippets. Eighties. Nineties. Noughties... great stuff!

0001>    Introduction...               01:33
0002> Silver Screen - Shower Scene (Thin White Duke mix) - Felix Da Housecat & Miss Kittin (2002) 05:58
0003> Every breath you take 2003 (ON House mix) - Sting (2003) 05:54
0004> Lookin' 4 love (DB Boulevard Electro Club mix) - Lucrezia (2002) 03:32
0005> Photography Philosophy - spoken by Robin Williams 00:47
0006> Looking for love (Peter Rauhofer's mix) - Karen Ramirez (2001) 08:26
0007> Tu es foutu (Original Extended) - In-Grid (2002) 05:41
0008> Fired Up! (FeelGood 2003 mix) - Funky Green Dogs (2003) 08:55
0009> Beautiful (Peter Rauhofer remix) - Christina Aguilera (2003) 06:13
0010> Edge of Seventeen (shortened 2002 White Label mix) - Stevie Nicks (2002) 02:50
0011> Put the needle on it (Cicada Vocal Mix edit) - Dannii Minogue (2002) 04:52
0012> Damage I've done (Sound Bisquit mix) - The Heads featuring Johnette Napolitano (1996) 08:02
0013> Situation 2002 - Tom Jones & Yazoo (2002) 05:55
0014> White doves cry (White Label) - Kasio Kid (2002) 04:42
0015> Sledgehammer (Illicit Vocal mix) - Peter Gabriel (2002) 05:55


The Artwork

Producing a quad album creates its own unique set of challenges in the art department: Not only four times the regular amount of CD labels were required -- the front and rear cover formats are somewhat different from the established norms. Hence, far more time and effort were exhausted when compared to previous editions -- considering that a mixture of the Matrix data flow, television, and japanimation imagery was sought.

The Data

Total Running Time: 79:27 + 79:56 + 69:15 + 79:15

Compiled: April 29th to September 1st, 2003

Released: September 1st, 2003

Recordable Media: TDK

Disclaimer: Cyberia XI © 2003 8007L36 R3C0RD5. The copyright of this compilation and artwork is owned by 8007L36 R3C0RD5. Individual tracks and/or samples may or may not be owned, partially or in full, by their respective copyright holders. Unauthorised copying, hiring, lending, public performance, broadcasting, or resale of this compilation is strictly prohibited. Enjoyment in any form by private cybernetic organisms is highly encouraged by 8007L36 R3C0RD5. Although all reasonable efforts were made to minimise vinyl scratches and other analogue noise prevalent on the source music carriers, some may remain audible to the human frequency receptacle at times. Optimisation enhancements are welcome. Snide verbal remarks are frowned upon. Music Piracy and P2P sharing remain illegal. Made in a digital world.


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