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Low budget German cult classic based on the writings of William S. Burroughs, featuring a cameo from the great author himself. FM (FM Einheit) is a young musician who discovers that certain sonic frequencies can induce different patterns of behaviour in listeners. Whilst going in search of new sounds, he stumbles upon a sinister band of pirates conducting a black mass in a subway. As he tries to record the gathering, he is caught and thrown before a tribunal. This surreal exploration of the political implications of sound features music from Dave Ball, Genesis P.Orridge, Einsturzende Neubauten and The The.
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Featuring cameos from William S Burroughs and Genesis P Orridge as outlaws of the underground struggling against nefarious forces of mono-culture, whilst assisting central protagonist and eponymous Decoder FM Einhert who has uncovered a brainwashing technique played into corporate slave makers H-Burger via piped mind programming muzak they play in their outlets which help to addict the user subverting them to surrender personality, taste and individual identity to the insipid fuzzy logic of one-size-fits-all labelling. High-lights include author Christiane F as a most fetching proto-goth with a love of frogs, surrounded as she is by them in her apartment, whilst prospective audio transformed prince- FM, attempts to pass on the message, but can't seem to break through her predominant lizard brain introspection. Stock footage of street rebellion, paramilitary and police laying down the batons of fear fuelled hate against waves of visible minorities, banners for media supposition of unlawfulness justifying the machine, levers in a patina of authenticity, which seem all the more prescient twenty six years on.Read more ›