You’ve been imprisoned by a shadowy government project and your identity has been erased; the only question is why. Welcome Home.
In a dystopian society where severe laws are in place to regulate the media you’re allowed to view, anyone and anything can be erased. Most people get their information and entertainment from the Knowledgebase -- a computer network dubbed the “sum total of human knowledge.” But forces are at work to edit and shape the Knowledgebase as they see fit -- suppressing dissident thoughts and behaviors. Their clear target: a group of rebels who hide in plain sight and call themselves the Transhumans -- people who remote into androids illegally, and whose goal is to eventually transplant a human consciousness into an android.
In the middle of this stands 77, a prisoner who’s been asked to repair a broken android for his captors. Once he solves the mystery of this android, he may find the truth behind the Transhumans, the elusive Knowledgebase architects, and the erased.
The Erased presents a near-future parable for the media age, where the march toward merging with technology comes at a terrible price.
#waxtraxfriday KMFDM, “Ultra” — 1994.
Wax Trax! Records was a really great record label from the Chicagoland area, based out of a record store of the same name, founded by Jim Nash and Danny Flesher. Some of my favorite artists were signed there at one time or another — Ministry, KMFDM, J.G. Thirlwell, Raymond Watts, Meat Beat Manifesto, Coil, 1000 Homo DJs, Front 242, Frontline Assembly, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, etc. The label itself went bankrupt years ago and was bought out by TVT Records (who you may recognize as the label that originally put out Nine Inch Nails’ Pretty Hate Machine), but they later went bankrupt as well. Last year, the Nash family along with the Metro put together a “Retrospectacle” concert, with proceeds going to benefit Center on Halsted, and have opened a website offering cool merch and music. Follow @waxtraxchicago on twitter — every Friday they share classic videos and songs with the hashtag #waxtraxfriday.