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Augustus Muller (Boy Harsher) Shares New Track “Perverse Technology” Taken From from “Cellulosed Bodies” out September 1st on Nude Club Records

August 29, 2023


Boy Harsher musician announces ‘Cellulosed Bodies (Original Score)’
Two scores to films released by experimental pornographer Vex Ashley (Four Chambers)
Out September 1st (CD/LP) via Nude Club

Augustus Muller (aka Gus of Boy Harsher) presents Perverse Technology,” the latest single from ‘Cellulosed Bodies (Original Score)’ — a new album featuring two scores, ‘Crash’ and ‘Automaton’ — out September 1st via Nude Club RecordsFour Chambers is the project of experimental pornographer Vex Ashley, a cultural phenom known for her filmmaking and photography. Both scores serve as accompaniments to films released by Ashley last year through Four Chambers.

‘Crash’ and ‘Automation’ demonstrate Muller’s mastery of stark, industrial soundscapes. Yet, Muller takes the compositions further — introducing club elements such as nu disco tendencies and vocal samples. Thus, he embraces the theme of “body meets machine” as explored in the visual content of the films. Taken from ‘Crash’Perverse Technology immerses the listener in a dark and sensual atmosphere with skittering beats and droning synths. 

Another complex yet crucial creation from Muller unites this sinister soundscape with an edge to seduction. This intoxicating creation embraces an emotive direction from the textures and the darker elements of this track.

‘Crash’ is an homage to David Cronenberg’s 1996 film of the same name. Both Ashley and Cronenberg explore the eroticism of car accidents, a fetish that feels both mechanical and gory. This violent juxtaposition is Muller’s ultimate inspiration. Featured in ‘Crash’“Body and Machine” is a pulsing, synth anthem, exhibiting both synthetic echos and playful plucky highlights. “Perverse Technology” is a groovy and discordant number, where “Sharing a Smoke” has a somber austerity, you can almost see the hands pass across leather seats, shattered glass against sweaty bodies, and open-mouth kisses in the headlights.

‘Automaton’ experiments came from the isolation brought upon the pandemic, which turned many into digital fiends. Ashley explores the fixation of technological intimacy, with ‘Automaton’, a sci-fi feeling porn that features a severe computer entity and trapped prey, succumbing to pleasure. Unlike, ‘Crash’, Muller uses less “industrial” sounds in ‘Automaton’, instead favouring synthetic instrumentation.“Who is in Control” and “Observation” are chilling examples of this – compositions that feature oblique strings and organ like synthesis. Songs such as “Subdue Yourself”, featuring vocal samples of dominatrix Miss Marilyn, are deftly human, yet “speak” from the perspective of the machine.

Ultimately, both sides of ‘Cellulosed Bodies’ play with the mercurial erotic relationship between body and machine. A soundscape that is both haunting and humble, Muller’s follow-up with Four Chambers features some of his best score work.

“You belong to the machine, you are nothing, you are use, you are there to be taken…”

Boy Harsher Tour Dates:
Fri. Nov. 3 – Guadalajara. MX @ C3 Stage 
Sat. Nov. 4 – Mexico City, MX @ Hipnosis Music Festival
Sun. Nov. 5 – Bogota, CO @ Teatro Royal Center
Tue. Nov. 7 – Santiago, CL @ Blondie
Thu. Nov. 9 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Niceto Club
Sat. Nov. 11 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Versa

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