“Come on clown, sing us a chorus from Pagliacci!” - Randy Keanes, The Killing (1956)
Recorded in Montreal, Quebec by Duncan Moore (reel to reel tape, voice, electronics), Max Eilbacher (electronics, synth, voice) and Alexander Moskos (voice, programming), SEF III presents a series of visions and vignettes on LP. Moskos (Dranolith, AIDS Wolf) hired Eilbacher (Horse Lords) and Moore (Headband) as the rhythm section for Drainolith after seeing them perform as Needle Gun, their ferocious Baltimore based acid rock combo. Before the Drainolith tour the trio decided to play together doing a text and electronics piece in Duncan’s front yard. “Let’s make a record,” they said.
SEF III presents their vision as post-music. Everything reduced to a process, the dream of creating a story-based record for the age of memetic fractal echoing. Post-music excludes the idea that music is a source of immutable power. When did music become so sacred? Its practitioners become so priestly. Where’s the power come from, clown? Post-music admits the clown in us all. SEF III moves forward and leaves the music behind. It’s the noble clown move.