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Ted Sulkowicz

It's hard to differentiate between truth and fiction when it comes to Ted Sulkowicz. The biography on his web site reads like the story of a deranged carnie. Here's a brief summary: Sulkowicz grew up in Soviet-era Poland playing in underground rock bands which had to change their names after every performance to avoid being detected and prosecuted. Shortly after the Soviet Union crumbled, he headed to Australia with his brother Ed, who was scheduled to tour as part of the opening band for Men at Work. When the Men at Work gig fell through, Ted and Ed decided to stay in Australia, performing at a Sizzler's restaurant as Amon and the Duul Bludgers. Shortly thereafter, Ted Sulkowicz's immigration papers expired and he was forced to move about Australia as an illegal immigrant. After countless releases in Australia under names like Fermented Manuel, Flem Grill, and Sarah Tonin, Sulkowicz decided to move back to Europe in 1998, where his manic release schedule continued in the form of the Wok Eye Foundation and a compilation CDR based on the geometric qualities of fruit. Does this sound like a load of horseshite to you?

But, you know what? It doesn't really matter. Which is not to say it's not useful to know about the people behind the music we hear, it's just that every once in a while it's nice to be in the dark about how a piece of music was created. What we do know is that "Kid Newtown" is a beautiful, looping electronic song featured on Tigerbeat6, Inc, a double-CD with contributions from Cex, Blectum from Blechdom, Lesser, Medicine, Noriko Tujiko, Twerk, Pimmon, Gamers in Exile, Kid606, Gold Chains, Languis, Daedelus, DAT Politics, Stars As Eyes, Mikael Stavostrand, Stilluppsteypa, and more. Hopefully the music will allow you to put Poland, Australia, and Fermented Manuel out of your mind.

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