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Album: The Best of “Futil­ity Music” Vol­ume 1

Artist: Adam de la Cour

Release Date: 10 July 2009

Track List­ing:

1. mama
2. Box 1: The amputee
3. Box 2: The foe­tus on the sofa
4. Box 3: The mir­ror dwarf
5. Field Test (Cube)

The first four tracks of the album are to be used as mate­r­ial for the ‘sen­sory bom­bard­ment’ (enhanced inter­ro­ga­tion) of a detainee. Three large speak­ers pro­ject­ing this mate­r­ial were placed in three rooms of a dis­used house, in which the detainee was sub­jected to var­i­ous forms of sim­u­lated tor­ture; drown­ing, gag­ging, stran­gu­la­tion and being beaten with rolled up mag­a­zines, the recorded results of which were then jux­ta­posed with amer­i­can ‘roots music’ pastiche.

Track 5: Field Test (Cube) is the lay­ered record­ing of three inter­ro­ga­tion ses­sions which took place on the 18th of June 2009.

Cast & Crew:

Adam de la Cour — orig­i­nal con­cept, vocals (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5), gui­tar (track 2), detainee (track 5)
Alan Witts — Sound engi­neer (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4), vac­uum per­former no.2 (track 3)
Joe Turner — Sound engi­neer (track 5), head tor­turer (track 5)
James Fos­berry — Sound engi­neer (track 1)
Paul Spencer — (sound engi­neer track 2), laugh­ter (track 2)
Mark Knoop — Piano (track 5)
Rich­mond Stock­well — Drums (track 5)
Vicky Wright — Bass Clar­inet (track 5)
Peter Will­cock — Bari­tone voice (track 5)
Ben Pig­gott — Laugh­ter (track 2)
James Cole — Laugh­ter (track 2)
Reuben Cain — tor­turer (track 5)
Ian Monk — tor­turer (track 5)
Sam Nes­bitt — Pho­tog­ra­phy, graphic design
Tom Hunt — Inter­roga­tor (Album sleeve)
A big thanks to Char­lie Rivers for pro­vid­ing the record­ing space for track 5
All music writ­ten by Adam de la Cour Copy­right (2004–2009) except piano part (track 5) which is an arrange­ment of “They Always Pick On Me” by Harry Von Tilzer (1911)

Pro­duced by Adam de la Cour, Alan Witts, Joe Turner
Mas­tered by Alan Witts
Score sculp­tures for Three Boxes and a Cube con­structed by John Delacour

Dis­tri­b­u­tion Part­ner — squib-box