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HACE/26,250' b/w 11° 22.4'N 142° 35.5'E

(Misanthropic Agenda) LP $16.50 (Out-of-stock)

Inspired by early explorations of extreme locations -- and the clash between the will of humans, the limits of their bodies, and the immutable laws of the natural world-the latter which can easily destroy both of the first two -- Blake Edwards’s primary device is a Russian Polivoks synthesizer. The “11° 22.4'N 142° 35.5'E” side (based on the 1960 dive by Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh in the bathyscaphe Trieste to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point on earth) mirrors the combination of analytic scientific preparation and calibration that the team did, and the inherent and unavoidable human concern of dying should anything go wrong. The “HACE/26,250'” side (named after High Altitude Cerebral Edema, which has the greatest potential for striking in the Dead Zone [26,250 feet], where available oxygen cannot sustain human life for more than three hours) is a soundtrack for a body closing down; heart rate slowing, blood flow slowing, everything once moist and carrying life slowly becoming brittle, dry, and unable to function due to duress. Edition of 200 copies, packaged in tip-on jacket.