Following the death of human civilization, their remnants stood still across the earth. Degenerating buildings sprawled out across the now-rejuvenated land in which the host homo-sapiens were now making their last progressive advance to save their own breed: computers. Programmed in unison with one another, each machine connected to the next, attempting to formulate an algorithm to help the last few people withstand the deadly airborne virus annihilating the ancient species.
Perhaps outsmarting themselves, the humans who were programming the millions of CPUs needed to figure out how they could continue living on Earth without making any drastic changes to their way of life...and to discover an antidote for the infectious disease sweeping their DNA.
Moving into the central processing unit in the heart of the derelict city, working overtime, churning out endless suitable algorithms, nobody seemed to be present in the dark room, as a single light flickered above. Through their research, the humans had worked out that it is impossible to withstand the deadly virus. From the moment the last computer engineers sought help, each machine agreed with the next on one thing: the humans shall not survive.
As fast-paced bleeps and bloops rang out into the unoccupied air, a series of digital dialogs worked back and forth, etching out how they, as intellectual property, can survive without any person shadowing them. Can the machines live beyond the timespan of humans?
FFT's debut EP has just been released by the Leeds-based label Uncertainty Principle. Forming a blend of static electro, bass and bombastic computer-generated sounds, FFT1 is structured in accordance with clattering breaks, percussion mapped to a 4/4 beat, and obscure, fluctuating vibrations carrying each step through to the next in a series of modulating patterns.
With FFT1, this 12" vinyl and digital release explores the harmonies of the machines we use everyday in the 21st century and their internal interlocutions.