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Baker's Dozen

The Passions: Owen Pallett's Favourite Albums
Luke Turner , May 29th, 2014 09:25

Owen Pallett's new album helpfully gives us the title for our latest Baker's Dozen, as he talks Luke Turner through selections including Tori Amos, Throbbing Gristle, Jean Luc Ponty, Dean Blunt, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Total Freedom and Diamanda Galas


Throbbing Gristle - 'Discipline'
It's 18 minutes long and it's an essential part of the Throbbing Gristle canon! I love all of that more minimal, aggressive Throbbing Gristle material, and I love the splintering, dual force of Psychic TV on one hand and Chris & Cosey on the other. I can't really say that I am a fan of one more than the other, but the thing that drew me specifically to 'Discipline', and that song inspired a song on this record which was 'I Am Not Afraid', is that 'Discipline' is my Other song, in that it's very opposite to what I do, but it has an incredible gravitational force towards what I do. It's such a knob-twiddly, expansive, indulgent song, rooted in this very aggressive approach towards making something transgressive, whereas my approach is succinctness, control, a very conservative approach to making something transgressive, a more hidden way or whatever. Even in the fundamental statement of the song, that Genesis [P-Orridge] wants discipline, where my song 'I Am Not Afraid' is about how a major motivating force in my life is disciplining every aspect with exercise and diet, just to keep my brain on track. A very important part of my living is disciplining myself because things get really dark when I don't, which I guess extends to my artistic practice. It seems like an ironic statement too, s/he's demanding discipline, which is not something you typically want. It seems like s/he's asking for it, but at the same time is in no position to actually receive it, so I look at that stance with bittersweet envy.