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Alec Empire (born Alexander Wilke-Steinhof on 2 May 1972 in Charlottenburg, West Berlin) is a German musician who is best known as a founding member of the band Atari Teenage Riot. [1]

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A Thousand Plateaus

A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (Mille plateaux) is a 1980 philosophy book by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the French psychoanalyst Félix Guattari.

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Acid house

Acid house is a subgenre of house music developed around the mid-1980s by DJs from Chicago.

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Alec Empire vs. Elvis Presley

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AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide or AMG) is an online music guide.

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Ambient music

Ambient music is a genre of music that puts an emphasis on tone and atmosphere over traditional musical structure or rhythm.

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An anti-establishment view or belief is one which stands in opposition to the conventional social, political, and economic principles of a society.

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Atari Teenage Riot

Atari Teenage Riot (abbreviated ATR) is a German band formed in Berlin in 1992.

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Atari Teenage Riot: 1992–2000

Atari Teenage Riot: 1992–2000 is a greatest hits compilation by the seminal digital hardcore band Atari Teenage Riot.

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Audio Active

Audio Active were a Japanese reggae fusion band who released several albums between the early 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century.

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BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 1 is a British radio station operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation which also broadcasts internationally, specialising in modern and current popular music and chart hits throughout the day. Radio 1 provides alternative genres after 7pm, including electronic dance, hip hop, rock, indie or interviews. It was launched in 1967 to meet the demand for music generated by pirate radio stations, when the average age of the UK population was 27. The BBC claim that they target the 1529 age group, and the average age of its UK audience since 2009 is 30. BBC Radio 1 started 24-hour broadcasting on 1 May 1991.

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Beastie Boys

The Beastie Boys were an American rap rock band from New York City, formed in 1979.

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Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell; July 8, 1970), known professionally as Beck, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

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Berlin is the capital and the largest city of Germany, as well as one of its 16 constituent states.

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Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall (Berliner Mauer) was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989.

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Björk Guðmundsdóttir (born 21 November 1965) is an Icelandic singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, and DJ.

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Bootleg recording

A bootleg recording is an audio or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist or under other legal authority.

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Breakbeat is a broad style of electronic or dance-oriented music which utilizes breaks, often sampled from earlier recordings in funk, jazz and R&B, for the main rhythm.

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Carl Crack

Carl Crack (born Karl Böhm, 5 May 1971 – 6 September 2001) was a Swazi-born German techno artist best known for his membership in the digital hardcore band Atari Teenage Riot from 1992 to 2000.

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CBGB was a New York City music club opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal in Manhattan's East Village.

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Charlie Clouser

Charles Alexander "Charlie" Clouser (born June 28, 1963) is an American keyboardist, composer, record producer, and remixer.

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Charlottenburg is an affluent locality of Berlin within the borough of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf.

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Chiptune, also known as chip music or 8-bit music, is synthesized electronic music which is made for programmable sound generator (PSG) sound chips used in vintage computers, consoles, and arcade machines.

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Chris Vrenna

Chris A. Vrenna (born February 23, 1967) is an American musician, Grammy-winning producer, engineer, remixer, songwriter, programmer, and founder of the electronic band Tweaker.

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Coil (band)

Coil were an English experimental music group, founded in 1982 by John Balance in London.

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Cold War

The Cold War was a state of geopolitical tension after World War II between powers in the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its satellite states) and powers in the Western Bloc (the United States, its NATO allies and others).

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The word decadence, which at first meant simply "decline" in an abstract sense, is now most often used to refer to a perceived decay in standards, morals, dignity, religious faith, or skill at governing among the members of the elite of a very large social structure, such as an empire or nation state.

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Delete Yourself!

Delete Yourself! is the debut album by German music group Atari Teenage Riot.

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Detroit techno

Detroit techno is a type of techno music that generally includes the first techno productions by Detroit-based artists during the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Digital hardcore

Digital hardcore is a fusion genre of hardcore punk, industrial metal, and electronic music such as hardcore techno, breakcore and drum and bass.

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Digital Hardcore Recordings

Digital Hardcore Recordings (DHR) is a record label set up in 1994 by Alec Empire, Joel Amaretto and Pete Lawton.

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Dim Mak Records

Dim Mak is an independent, Los Angeles-based record label, events company, and lifestyle brand founded by Steve Aoki in 1996.

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Discogs (short for discographies) is a website and crowdsourced database of information about audio recordings, including commercial releases, promotional releases, and bootleg or off-label releases.

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Drowned in Sound

Drowned in Sound, sometimes abbreviated to DiS, is a UK-based music webzine financed by artist management company Silentway.

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Drum and bass

Drum and bass (also written as "drum 'n' bass" or "drum & bass"; commonly abbreviated as "D&B", "DnB" or "D'n'B"), is a genre and branch of electronic music which emerged from rave and jungle scenes in Britain during the early 1990s.

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Drum machine

A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument that creates percussion.

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East Berlin

East Berlin existed from 1949 to 1990 and consisted of the Soviet sector of Berlin established in 1945.

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EC8OR (pronounced Ecator, a contraction of "Eradicator") is a German digital hardcore band founded in 1995 by Patric Catani and Gina V. D'Orio and signed by Alec Empire's Digital Hardcore Recordings record label.

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Einstürzende Neubauten

Einstürzende Neubauten ("Collapsing New Buildings") is a German industrial band, originally from West Berlin, formed in 1980.

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Electronica encompasses a broad group of electronic-based styles such as techno, house, ambient, jungle and other electronic music styles intended not just for dancing.

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Emigration is the act of leaving a resident country or place of residence with the intent to settle elsewhere.

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Extended play

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP.

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Fashion victim

Fashion Victim is a term claimed to have been coined by Oscar de la Renta that is used to identify a person who is unable to identify commonly recognized boundaries of style.

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Fuji Rock Festival

Fuji Rock Festival is an annual rock festival held in Naeba Ski Resort, in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

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Funk is a music genre that originated in African American communities in the mid-1960s when African American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and rhythm and blues (R&B).

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Futurist (Alec Empire album)

Futurist is an album by Alec Empire, released in 2005.

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Gabe Serbian

Gabriel Serbian is an American drummer and guitarist, most famous for his work in The Locust, Cattle Decapitation, and Holy Molar.

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Generation Star Wars

Generation Star Wars is the second album by Alec Empire, released on Mille Plateaux in 1994.

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German reunification

The German reunification (Deutsche Wiedervereinigung) was the process in 1990 in which the German Democratic Republic (GDR, colloquially East Germany; German: Deutsche Demokratische Republik/DDR) became part of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, colloquially West Germany; German: Bundesrepublik Deutschland/BRD) to form the reunited nation of Germany, and when Berlin reunited into a single city, as provided by its then Grundgesetz (constitution) Article 23.

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() is a monster originating from a series of tokusatsu films of the same name from Japan.

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Grand Royal

Grand Royal was the Los Angeles, California-based vanity record label set up in 1992 by the Beastie Boys in conjunction with Capitol Records after the group left Def Jam Recordings.

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Hanin Elias

Hanin Elias (born 31 May 1972) is a Syrian German industrial/techno artist.

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Hardcore (electronic dance music genre)

Hardcore/Gabber is one of the many sides of electronic dance music that originated in the Netherlands from the emergent raves in the 1990s.

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Hip hop music

Hip hop music, also called hip-hopMerriam-Webster Dictionary entry on hip-hop, retrieved from: A subculture especially of inner-city black youths who are typically devotees of rap music; the stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rap; also rap together with this music.

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IAMX is the solo musical project of Chris Corner, formerly of the band Sneaker Pimps.

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Ian Pooley

Ian Pooley (born Ian Pinnekamp in 1973) is a German-born record producer and DJ.

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Industrial dance music

Industrial dance music is a North American alternative term for electronic body music and electro-industrial music.

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Industrial music

Industrial music is a fusion genre of electronic and experimental music which draws on harsh, transgressive or provocative sounds and themes.

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Intelligence and Sacrifice

Intelligence and Sacrifice is a 2001 album by German recording artist Alec Empire.

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Japanese Americans

are Americans who are fully or partially of Japanese descent, especially those who identify with that ancestry, along with their cultural characteristics.

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John Peel

John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist.

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is an alternative rock trio from U.S.A., formed in 1991 and based in New York City, New York.

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Jungle music

Jungle is a genre of electronic music derived from breakbeat hardcore that developed in England in the early 1990s as part of UK rave scenes.

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Kerrang! is a UK-based magazine devoted to rock music, currently published by Wasted Talent (the same company that owns electronic music publication Mixmag).

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Les Étoiles des Filles Mortes

'Les Étoiles des Filles Mortes' is an album by Alec Empire, released in 1996.

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Limited Editions 1990–94

Limited Editions 1990–94 is the first album release by German electronic musician Alec Empire.

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Live at Brixton Academy (Atari Teenage Riot album)

Live at Brixton Academy is a live album from German digital hardcore group Atari Teenage Riot, recorded and released in 1999.

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Low on Ice (The Iceland Sessions)

Low on Ice (The Iceland Sessions) is a 1995 album by German electronic artist Alec Empire, the third of five released on the Mille Plateaux label.

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Mark Stewart (musician)

Mark Stewart (born 1960) is a British musician and founding member of The Pop Group.

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Masaya Nakahara

, also known by his stage names Violent Onsen Geisha and Hair Stylistics, is a Japanese musician, writer and actor.

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Master of ceremonies

A master of ceremonies, abbreviated M.C. or emcee, also called compère and announcer, is the official host of a ceremony, a staged event or similar performance.

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, better known by his stage name, is a Japanese noise musician. He is best known for his style of harsh, confrontational noise exemplified on his 1996 release, Pulse Demon. Since 1980, he has released over 400 recordings, and has collaborated with various artists. The name Merzbow comes from the German dada artist Kurt Schwitters' artwork Merzbau, in which Schwitters transformed the interior of his house using found objects. The name was chosen to reflect Akita's dada influence and junk art aesthetic. In addition to this, Akita has cited a wide range of musical influences from progressive rock, heavy metal, free jazz, and early electronic music to non-musical influences like dadaism, surrealism, and fetish culture. Since the early 2000s, he has been inspired by animal rights and environmentalism, and began to follow a vegan, straight edge lifestyle. As well as being a prolific musician, he has been a writer and editor for several books and magazines in Japan, and has written several books of his own. He has written about a variety of subjects, mostly about music, modern art, and underground culture. His more renowned works were on the topics of BDSM and Japanese bondage. Other art forms Akita has been interested in include painting, photography, filmmaking, and Butoh dance. In 2000, Extreme Records released the 50 CD box set known as the Merzbox. Akita's work has been the subject of several remix albums and at least one tribute album. This, among other achievements, has helped Merzbow to be regarded by some as the "most important artist in noise".

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Metropolis Records

Metropolis Records was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1993.

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Mike D

Michael Louis Diamond (born November 20, 1965), better known as Mike D, is an American rapper and founding member of the hip hop group the Beastie Boys.

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Minimal techno

Minimal Techno is a minimalist subgenre of techno music.

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Ministry (band)

Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded in 1981 by Al Jourgensen in Chicago, Illinois.

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Miss Black America (album)

Miss Black America is the sixth solo studio album by German producer Alec Empire, originally released through his Digital Hardcore Recordings label as a part of it's DHR Limited series of single pressing albums.

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Mixing console

In sound recording and reproduction, and sound reinforcement systems, a mixing console is an electronic device for combining sounds of many different audio signals.

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Mogwai are a Scottish post-rock band, formed in 1995 in Glasgow.

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Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback

Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback is a 2006 film directed by Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios about the seminal German-American beat band The Monks.

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Most Precious Blood (band)

Most Precious Blood is a metalcore band from New York City, formed from the remnants of the band Indecision.

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MTV (originally an initialism of Music Television) is an American cable and satellite television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks (a division of Viacom) and headquartered in New York City.

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Musical improvisation

Musical improvisation (also known as musical extemporization) is the creative activity of immediate ("in the moment") musical composition, which combines performance with communication of emotions and instrumental technique as well as spontaneous response to other musicians.

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Musique concrète

Musique concrète (meaning "concrete music")" problem for any translator of an academic work in French is that the language is relatively abstract and theoretical compared to English; one might even say that the mode of thinking itself tends to be more schematic, with a readiness to see material for study in terms of highly abstract dualisms and correlations, which on occasion does not sit easily with the perhaps more pragmatic English language.

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Nazi concentration camps

Nazi Germany maintained concentration camps (Konzentrationslager, KZ or KL) throughout the territories it controlled before and during the Second World War.

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Neo-Nazism consists of post-World War II militant social or political movements seeking to revive and implement the ideology of Nazism.

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Nic Endo

Nic Endo (born January 7, 1976) is a Japanese-German-American noise musician who plays with the German digital hardcore group Atari Teenage Riot.

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Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, commonly abbreviated as NIN (stylized as NIИ), is an American industrial rock band founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Nippon Columbia

, often pronounced Korombia,, is a Japanese record label founded in 1910 as.

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Noise music

Noise music is a category of music that is characterised by the expressive use of noise within a musical context.

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On Fire (EP)

The On Fire EP is an EP by Alec Empire, released on December 7, 2007, from his album The Golden Foretaste of Heaven.

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In music, an ostinato (derived from Italian: stubborn, compare English, from Latin: 'obstinate') is a motif or phrase that persistently repeats in the same musical voice, frequently at the same pitch.

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Phonogram Inc.

Phonogram Incorporated was started in 1970 as a successor to Philips Phonographic Industries, a unit of the Grammophon-Philips Group (GPG), a joint venture of Philips N.V. of the Netherlands and Siemens A.G. of Germany.

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Primal Scream

Primal Scream are a British rock band originally formed in 1982 in Glasgow by Bobby Gillespie (vocals) and Jim Beattie.

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Protest song

A protest song is a song that is associated with a movement for social change and hence part of the broader category of topical songs (or songs connected to current events).

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Psychosis is an abnormal condition of the mind that results in difficulties telling what is real and what is not.

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Punk ideologies

Punk ideologies are a group of varied social and political beliefs associated with the punk subculture and punk rock.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall

The Queen Elizabeth Hall (QEH) is a music venue on the South Bank in London, England, that hosts daily classical, jazz, and avant-garde music and dance performances.

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Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California.

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Rammstein is a German heavy metal band formed in 1994 in Berlin, Germany.

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A rave (from the verb: to rave) is an organized dance party at a nightclub, outdoor festival, warehouse, or other private property typically featuring performances by DJs, playing a seamless flow of electronic dance music.

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Record label

A record label, or record company, is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos.

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Rough Trade Records

Rough Trade Records is an independent record label based in London, England.

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Sampler (musical instrument)

A sampler is an electronic or digital musical instrument similar in some respects to a synthesizer, but instead of generating new sounds with filters, it uses sound recordings (or "samples") of real instrument sounds (e.g., a piano, violin or trumpet), excerpts from recorded songs (e.g., a five-second bass guitar riff from a funk song) or other sounds (e.g., sirens and ocean waves).

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Sampling (music)

In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion, or sample, of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or a sound recording in a different song or piece.

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Schorsch Kamerun

Schorsch Kamerun, (*1963, Timmendorfer Strand) whose real name is Thomas Sehl, is a German musician, singer, author, theatre director, and club proprietor.

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Seattle is a seaport city on the west coast of the United States.

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Social movement

A social movement is a type of group action.

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Spin (magazine)

Spin is an American music magazine founded in 1985 by publisher Bob Guccione, Jr. The magazine stopped running in print in 2012 and currently runs as a webzine.

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Stereo Total

Stereo Total is a Berlin-based multilingual, French-German duo comprising Françoise Cactus (born Françoise Van Hove and formerly co-leader of the West Berlin band Les Lolitas) and Brezel ('pretzel') Göring (aka Friedrich von Finsterwalde, born Friedrich Ziegler, Ex-Haunted Henschel, Sigmund Freud Experience).

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Straight edge

Straight edge (sometimes abbreviated sXe or signified by XXX or X) is a subculture of hardcore punk whose adherents refrain from using alcohol, tobacco and other recreational drugs, in reaction to the excesses of punk subculture.

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Swazi people

The Swazi or Swati (Swazi: emaSwati) are a Bantu ethnic group of Southern Africa, predominantly inhabiting modern Swaziland and South Africa's Mpumalanga province.

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A synthesizer (often abbreviated as synth, also spelled synthesiser) is an electronic musical instrument that generates electric signals that are converted to sound through instrument amplifiers and loudspeakers or headphones.

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Tech trance

Tech trance, also known as techno-trance or techno/trance, is a subgenre within electronic music that draws upon the techno and trance genres as the name suggests.

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The A.V. Club

The A.V. Club is an entertainment website featuring reviews, interviews, and other articles that examine films, music, television, books, games, and other elements of pop culture media.

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The Destroyer (album)

The Destroyer is an album by electronic artist Alec Empire, his first on his own record label Digital Hardcore Recordings, released in 1996 in Europe and a revised version in 1998 in United States.

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The Golden Foretaste of Heaven

The Golden Foretaste of Heaven is an album by Alec Empire, released in Japan on November 28, 2007, and in Europe on January 18, 2008.

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The Locust

The Locust is an American grindcore band from San Diego, California, United States known for their unique mix of grind speed and aggression, complexity, and new wave weirdness.

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The Mad Capsule Markets

The Mad Capsule Markets (originally known as The Mad Capsule Market's and Berrie) were a Japanese band that formed in 1985 and were active until 2006.

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The Monks

The Monks, referred to by the name monks on record sleeves, were an American garage rock band formed in Gelnhausen, West Germany in 1964.

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Think About Mutation

Think About Mutation (TAM) was an crossover band from Germany.

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Throbbing Gristle

Throbbing Gristle were an English music and visual arts group, officially formed on 3 September 1975 in Kingston upon Hull.

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Thurston Moore

Thurston Joseph Moore (born July 25, 1958) is an American musician best known as a singer, songwriter and guitarist of Sonic Youth.

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Vogue (dance)

Vogue, or voguing, is a highly stylized, modern house dance originating in the late 1980s that evolved out of the Harlem ballroom scene of the 1960s.

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The volt (symbol: V) is the derived unit for electric potential, electric potential difference (voltage), and electromotive force.

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We Punk Einheit!

We Punk Einheit! was the only album released by Nintendo Teenage Robots, a side project of digital hardcore artist Alec Empire.

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World War II

World War II (often abbreviated to WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier.

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Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan is an American hip hop group from Staten Island, New York City, originally composed of East Coast rappers RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God and Masta Killa.

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12-inch single

The 12-inch single (often simply called 12″) is a type of gramophone record that has wider groove spacing and shorter playing time compared to typical LPs.

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