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There is an undeniable connection between the South and occurrences of extra-terrestrial form. From other worldly jazz guru Sun Ra, to German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, Alabama has always had more than an ample share of connections to outer space. Such is the case with Man or Astro-Man?, who arrived in a small college town in Alabama some years ago. ... Read more in Amazon's Man Or Astro-Man? Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0000019M8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 669,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Message From The CD
2. Lo Batt.
3. Jonathan Winters Frankenstein
4. Don't Think What Jack
5. Junk Satellite
6. 10 Years After World War
7. A Saucerful of Secrets
8. Breathing Iron Oxide
9. Muzak For Cybernetics
10. Structo
11. The Sound Waves Reversing
12. Theoretical Sounds Of Slow Motion
13. Static Cling
14. Evert I Pipkin
15. Weightless At Zero Return

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By the time they released Made from Technetium in 1997, Man or Astro-Man? had been releasing records prolifically since 1993, most displaying a reverence for '60s surf music and irreverent intergalactic shtick. The four Alabamans--Birdstuff, Star Crunch, Coco, and Dexter X--sound more like Sonic Youth than the Surfaris on Technetium, though they haven't let down their space-age aesthetic a bit. Titles such as "Structo (Mr. Microphone Mixup)" and "Theoretical Sounds of Slow Motion" contain grungy Batman guitar, feisty two-beat drumming, and vocal snippets from cheesy science-fiction movies, junior high science-class films, instructional tapes, and other odd sources. Elemental Astro-Man. --James Rotondi

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frederik Storm on 15 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is unlike the 5 other Man or Astroman records I've got, and I've got to be honest, at the first listen I was a bit disappointed, this was not like the other records (only talking pre this album). The sound was different, it's kinda hard to describe, because it still has all the elements of the other albums (more vocals though). It just seems like it's all boiled together in another way.

Now being that huge Man or Astroman? fan that I am, I was not going to just leave this album, so I put it on again, and again, and the album starting growing. This albums feels more like a whole experience, it creates a mood, it feels more "harmonic" and peaceful then their other records.
It still has the brilliantly put sound samples, weird moments that reminds you that this could only have been made by one band, like the last track ending with 20 minutes of a high frequent tone (I really don't know why they made it go on for 20 minutes). The album still has great guitar parts, though not quite as memorable as on their earlier records.

This is not as good as any of the albums that came before it, but really how could it be, all the records leading up to this are absolutely amazing.

So my suggestion would be, to any Astroman out there, who already got, Man or Astro-man?, Project infinity, Destroy all Astro-men, Experiment Zero etc. I'd definitely recommend this album, but if you are new to the amazing sound of the Astromen, I'll recommend their early records.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
StarCrunch's swan song 21 Jun 2006
By MantoM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To like this album takes an appreciation for the subtleties that separate the songs as each as that 'similar sound' feeling despite the songs being very different. This album is probably geared more for Astro-Man fans than the casual listener. However, there are some nice gems that anybody would like such as the sound waves reversing with it's cleverly inserted 50's sci-fi quotes. Lo-Battery is a cool intro to the album and one of the few times you'll hear Astro-men singing. But what really makes this album stand out from earlier Astro-Man offerings is the raw guitars. Gone is the twang.

Made From Technetium is about as close to present day modernism as the Astro-Men have travelled. Earlier efforts were obviously from the past while later efforts illustrate what happens when you don't watch your step and fall into a wormhole. Those looking for more 'edge' from the Astro-Men will find it here in full gamut. Took me a great while to accept this album, but once I did I started using it as a pace keeper for my long rush hour drives in Chicago traffic on the Kennedy Expressway. Once Mr. Microphone rolled around, I knew it was time to stomp on the throttle and get there. The tempos are appropriately placed along the album's length not tiring the listener's ear out before it's over. Think of a slow steady build in the background as opposed to an extravert's spotlight. Starts fast, slows down for a while keeping a steady pace, then picks it up again at the end after a brief rest for the final kick.

More singing on this album than any other Astro-man album if that means anything....but I wouldn't call it singing as much - voice acting probably more accurate. Much like the accompanying EP of it's time, 1000x, Made from Technetium integrates sound FX more into the songs instead of merely laying them on top, or at the head/tail like on previous efforts. This album is a very cohesive effort by the Astro-Men and a sign they've arrived on the big stage.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Unlucky Frank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This year the theme for my wedding will be space monkeys. I'll be renting a giant inflatable romper room. I'll be serving mushroom tea to my family and friends. And for dining and dancing music I'll also be hiring MAN OR ASTRO-MAN? to play my wedding. I only hope I can afford the fuel for their jetpacks. My future father-in-law thinks it might be a little bit too much.

How much is too much to pay to hear MAN OR ASTRO-MAN? on the most important day of my life?
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Perfect Man or Astro-man? 7 April 2000
By Trade Rat® - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This, along with "Eeviac: Operational index and reference guide, including other modern computational devices", is one of the Man or Astro-man? albums I listen to most often. The CD layout is, as always, just beautiful, and the quality of the songs are superb. From the hypnotic "The sound waves reversing", to the mesmerizing, "Theoretical sounds of slow motion", just beautiful music. And don't miss the amazing combination of "Evert l pipkin" and "Weightless at zero return".
Man or Astro-man? is the only band in the world that could make an air-raid siren sound good ("Muzak for cybernetics", track #9).
Love this band!!! I saw Man Or Astroman in concert and had to get all the albums. If you like surf rock then you need this album 7 Nov 2013
By Christopher Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this band!!! I saw Man Or Astroman in concert and had to get all the albums. If you like surf rock then you need this album.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Another great Man Or Astro-Man album, not my favorite but right up there. 21 Sep 2013
By Kenny Cross - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are already a fan of Man Or Astro-Man and you don't own this, seriously, you need to own this, listen to it, absorb it. That being said I would put this in my second tier of favorite Man Or Astro-Man albums. I LOVE the new album, DEFCON 5...4...3...2..1 and A SPECTRUM OF INFINITE SCALE. I would put MADE FROM TECHNETIUM just below those two albums. Why not 5 stars? Compared to most music out there I'd give it 100 stars, but for Man Or Astro-Man, 4 stars, just below my favorites.

Man Or Astro-Man? - Sci-Fi Surf Punk Consume Mass-Quantities of Awesomeness. I don't really have a better description.
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