People in the '70s and early '80s thought the future would be made of white chairs shaped like pods, a lot of neon and ambiguous machines that didn't seem to really do anything. Of course, much of that comes from watching a bunch of movies from that era, but also from the electronic music of the time, of which there is a lot we are still unfamiliar with. Modular has taken a couple steps to change that for us and, presumably, you with their new Podmag series. Besides the fact that the entire thing is conveniently laid out, the first issue is edited by Australian electronic visionaries Severed Heads. And in addition to an excellent mix of weird synth jams by everyone from Human League and the Talking Heads to Primitive Calculator and The Residents, there's archival stories from the early days of Australia's post-punk/harsh electronic scene and a crucial selection of key videos. It's like a really brief, really interesting history lesson condensed into 15 minutes.
December 11, 2009