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    One of the tropes of our videos is that they were very rhythmic with clipped edits.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    As sonic journalists, we were increasingly becoming bombarded with global images. It was the early idea of the cut-up, the idea of images being juxtapositioned, which we were doing with sound. That was the early days of samples.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: ideas 
     
    Even if that statement was ambiguous, we kind of wanted to cause a stir. We thought that by having the name "Cabaret Voltaire", that with it came a certain responsibility. It wasn't meant to be purely entertainment; it was meant to be something a little bit more serious - and to provoke people - wrapped within an outer wrapping of entertainment.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    We were working in entertainment, in the music industry, with popular music, it was important, but it was something that we also felt was a responsibility.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    Looking back, I think we were very much a part of democratizing music, and we wanted to demystify the process of making music - to show it's a myth.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: process  music 
     
    You don't have to be trained in music to create sounds and to produce and release music. That's what we were saying back in 73-74. And that's the way the world is now - and all the tools of creation, production and dissemination are there in everybody's bedrooms, front rooms and studios.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: world  creation  saying  music 
     
    I think you have a certain level of confidence in what you do. "Arrogance" is the wrong word. I think when you go into it, you're aware that you're doing it for the right reasons - and you have your own moral and ethical code. And we weren't driven by money, but by a a desire to make music and make a statement.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    We also worked with Marshall Jefferson for Groovy, Laidback and Nasty. So we were lucky to work with some really great people.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: people  work 
     
    Crackdown had Dave Ball playing on it. Flood worked on our next album, and Adrian Sherwood worked with us on Code.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    We were fortunate at that time we were working with Virgin, and with Flood, probably more well-known as Brian Eno's engineer now and U2's producer, etc. Even though we weren't working in a strictly popular music area, which was great, we were lucky enough to work with people who were on the cusp of those sort of things.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: time  people  work  music 
     
    We had always used found sound, but we had always used it in an analogue way. And it was the early days of using collage and sound in a digital way. MTV, a couple of years later would be that way.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: year 
     
    This was in the sense that if Dada was reacting to the morality and aesthetics of pre-WWI, then we were very much a reaction to the pomposity of rock that existed within music at that time.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: time  morality  music 
     
    I think we saw our reaction coming from Dada, but at the same time, it formed into punk, which was very much a reaction to the social conditions. That was part of it for us as well, and that's why we were kind of swept along with punk.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: time 
     
    It was an important period for us, because even though we weren't a "punk band", and what became a model for a punk band, we were able to be dragged along by the spirit of that time.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: time  spirit 
     
    If you're going to change things, one of the things we had to change is to get away from that traditional model of rock music, and we were a part of that.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: music 
     
    I think what we tried to do lyrically, vocally and musically was to capture a sound.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    [Kino] worked really well as a song title, and to build into a lyric, and also how we embraced mulit-media at the time.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: time  song  lyrics 
     
    Some of it was shot in Berlin, but a lot of it was filmed in Hamburg, along the Reeperbahn in Hamburg in the famous red light district. Kino is obviously German and "film" and "cinema" and we were always cinematic in our thinking.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: thinking 
     
    We've always been observant of things, and I think Crackdown was very much like that and the film interpretation was that journalistic view of that situation.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: film 
     
    We've always been journalists - and have seen ourselves in that way. But we sort of recontextualized it through music.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: music 
     
    In that period, we had the Cold War mentality imbued through us - the Post-war [environment] and the Cold War. I think we were reflecting some of that. This was before the Wall collapsed, etc.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: war 
     
    In the 80s, we were still living in a kind of Cold War environment.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: living  environment  war 
     
    Crackdown, the video, interpreted and reflected a sense of authority and austerity and a sense of slight, impending doom.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: authority 
     
    I think that's the fascinating thing that exists now. This contrasts with a celebrity art and celebrity music culture.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    We were coming from a completely different place, which was saying "sound" is what you want to define it as, and you can shape it into music in whichever way you want.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: saying  music 
     
    We were responding to a period in the 70s when we started that it was very much you cannot be involved in music unless you studied to do music.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: music 
     
    I think underneath it all [in the Big Funk] was a little bit of a Europeanness in it.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    I think in everything we did, there's a sense of tension and a sense of things pulling in a different way. It's interesting calling it "beat music". That's quite true, the rhythm is up to the fore, it's got a slap bass, and it's got "funk" in the title. But I think there's always a level of irony when we did those kind of things.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: true  irony 
     
    I edited Big Funk, some of the footage was shot by Peter Care. We were film buffs as much as music buffs, and so there are film reference as well as sound references.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: care  music  film 
     
    Going there [Japan] in the early 80s was quite a culture shock. I think the bombardment of Shinjuku and all that would have filtered through, which certainly informed things we later filmed.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: culture 
     
    I think probably underneath it all, film [Kino] has its own rhythm and its own dynamic, and we were trying to capture the movement of film and cross-reference it with music.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: music  film 
     
    I don't think it had a name when we started. If punk has any roots, Dada is part of it. And we saw ourselves as part of a kind of Dada tradition.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    We were iconoclastic. We weren't there to sort of follow the trends really. So it was important that we were making a statement against that.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    We were sort of coming from an angle where we wanted to break rules.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: rules 
     
    Music doesn't have to be so rule-based - and so strict in its structures, construction and perception.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: perception  music 
     
    Even though we were influenced by American culture and music, we like the rest of Europe have been colonized with that in the post-war period. At the same time there's a sense of dirty earthiness and Europeanness and Britishness in it as well.
    — Stephen Mallinder
    tags: time  culture  music  american 
     
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