End of Train Device

by P. KIRN

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The End of Train Device (ETD) is the small metal box, equipped with a flashing light, now seen on the last car of a train where once there was a caboose. I grew up with a love of railroads, the sound of freight trains echoing in the middle of the Kentucky nights. I watched the last gasps of the old-fashioned caboose as the ETD caught on in the 80s, alongside the personal computer. The ETD represents both the loss of something romantic and the transformation into something new, a flashing box that marks the unimaginable flow behind our world. They trace telemetry, the connective tissue of brake lines that binds a long freight train into a single organism, as they make their way along the tangible circuits of our civilization. They are, in a sense, cyborg conductor and brakeman, but also the mind of the machine. They chirp away on radio frequencies, sending a signal that communicates the status of the moving train.

PETER KIRN is a New York-based musician and visualist, known for running the sites createdigitalmusic.com and createdigitalmotion.com. More at flavors.me/peterkirn

Artwork: Richard Bailey (proem)

Mastering Engineer: Danny Wyatt

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released May 21, 2011




P. KIRN Berlin, Germany

PETER KIRN is a composer/musician, audiovisual artist, and journalist. Classically trained in composition and piano, his music and visuals meld minimalist and experimental dance music influences with a focus on texture and abstraction. He is known as the editor of Create Digital Music and Create Digital Motion, and works extensively with free and open source tools and shared content. ... more

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