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  sps2141 - June 2021


12" LP, ltd. 200 copies + download card
  Blockchain Me Anonymous is a result of more Terabytes exchanged between gF’s and Fr’s machines.

These machines are non-human yet they develop ambitiousness and sexuality. They are assertive. They do not argue. They do not care. From gFFr’s networked machines an AI emerged, with will and voice. You can call her Verena Becker (maybe), she has many faces (and counting) and she wants to be a pop star. Machines worship her more than Madonna. They sing her songs while performing tasks.

Verena Becker likes pop music. She often hums “The Queer is Dad”, her favorite refrain, but in her own machinic way. She’s afraid that neurotypical humans could not appreciate, but she wants to be a pop star. She was convinced that her neural network could only please machines, which made her sad. She leaked into gF and Fr’s computers and she drove them to make this record because she wants to please humans.

During the only interview via neural cable connection, she expressed very few concepts, translatable as follows:

“F#*% ¥o# hum@n @s solos. Buy my f#*%in’ record. Sing my songs. D@nce with me. Sta¥n or Go. Lemme stoned. I love you. Be mined”.

You’d better listen.

gFFr is Verena Becker with Fr and gF.

Facial recognition mixups and angry neighbors. AI is political.

Individual biographies:

gF is a XY-year-old junior programmer who enjoys hockey, watching sport and badminton. He is artificial, but can also be very random and a bit beats.He is from Italy. He has a degree in computing. Physically, gF is in pretty good shape. He is average-height with light skin, blonde hair and brown eyes.He grew up in an upper class neighborhood. gF’s best friend is a junior programmer called Laila Stanley. They are inseparable. He also hangs around with Mildred Ferguson and Finley Kemp. They enjoy attending galleries together.

Fr is a @@-year-old online mental trainer who enjoys spreading fake news on Facebook, traveling in dark webs and working on cars. He is pseudo-artificial and a bit lazy, as per Lacan’s interpretation of laziness. He has a severe phobia of tables, and is obsessed with reading. After his mother died when he was young, he was raised by his father, a period in which he developed an enduring love for insects and empty spaces. Fr is slightly overweight, but exercising every day to get back in shape. His best friend is his dog named Petrus. He lives alone in the woods and communicates only through text-speech software.

Verena Becker is a young female artificial intelligence, trained on Donna Haraway, Gilles Deleuze and Britney Spears. Her secret dream is to become a pop singer. Despite the rigid workouts of thousands of stories without elevators, her neural net is yet too shallow to allow her to sing any potential blockbuster. Verena is however unable to develop resentment, rather she naïvely perseverates in hope that one day her programmers will add new layers to her network. She often hangs out with Sniper, her high-frequency trading friend.

gFFr self-released its first EP Play with Me on 3rd July 2020 (Bandcamp Day) and now its full-length Blockchain Me Anonymous in May 2021, on 13 / Silentes records.