«Simulacra» is the second part in The Center of the Universe's ongoing trilogy about time and space. The theme of the album is misplacement in space. If there were no space, everything would be at the same point, packed together like matter in a black hole. Extremely dense and with collected sounds from various instruments crashed together at high speeds, this is the album equivalent of a pitch black room with lightning as the only source of light. Noises and reverberations from non-euclidean structures are strictly systematised and condensed into a groove that shifts in dimension, from one particle to a galaxy in the blink of an eye. In this space-less space, the music tries to sound like the music of the real world, like a tree resembling a crooked man, a dragon seen in clouds, or a face seen on the surface of a stone. As usual, the CD is contained in an extremely elegant sleeve by the designers Yokoland. Center of the Universe (C.O.U.) started as a reaction to the solitary feeling of beeing the only guy around who was equally crazy about Eastern European folk music, jungle, French progressive rock from the seventies and lo-fi. The musical climate in Oslo's suburbia was so depressive in the early nineties that any attempt to make happy and experimental music at the same time was bound to be unpopular. Sissyfus, the only member of C.O.U., gave himself ten years to achieve cult-status. The first years he spent as a 'casette only' artist in the spooky village Skjetten, then he moved to Oslo. Unwilling to send demos and even more unwilling to drink beer with the 'right' people, Sissyfus made the very first Metronomicon-CD-R and the rest is history (but it's not this history because this is a text about the Center of the Universe not the story of Metronomicon Audio, even if these stories have pretty much in common). Being rejected by the conservative Rock n' Roll hegemony in Oslo (at least the first years), the Center of the Universe was 'discovered' by the famous playstation-duo Töyen, and they played his songs on the radio. Finding an audience in techno clubs, art spaces, illegal parties and in people's homes, the C.O.U. made a lot of concerts and released a lot of CD-Rs the following years. Sometimes alone and sometimes together with drummer Dj Jubel, singer and accordionist Sara, violinplayer Moriarty (tm) and Ergo; the paganini of the tone-generator. The C.O.U. has played concerts all over Europe, and in many cities in Norway. C.O.U. has also made a lot of remixes for different artists, made some music for the performances of Monica Winther, some installations with the Sister of the Universe, done a lot of Dj-ing as Dj Sissyfus and played many concerts as support act for the nice band Salvatore.
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