Where Flowers Rust

by Julia Davis

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This album is comprised of material from 2006 through 2009, and came to follow a concept I envisioned in 2005. This idea developed around a "web" of media that revolved around similar themes: A world being corrupted and controlled by an outside force, an individual realizing this intrusion and striving to correct it, an external struggle mirroring the internal psychological struggle, and the healing powers of compassion. This ties together such disparate sources as Philip K. Dick's Radio Free Albemuth, Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, the anime Haibane Renmei, and the indie video game Eversion. The four-part track "Beyond the Zero" ties this in with a dream I had during the same period, which had a profound synchronicity with this same concept.

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released February 16, 2009

Vocal performance on "Beyond the Zero" by Liz Pearse. Guitar on "Unnatural Selection" by zyk0.

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Julia Davis Chicago, Illinois

Also known as Ubik or RocketMermaid in the tracking and vgremix scenes.

Professional brewer and trans lady who got into music with the demoscene back in the late 90s. I've been tinkering with production software ever since, primarily working in the nooks and crannies of weird electronic music. ... more

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Track Name: Beyond the Zero I: Silent Extinction
She lays her hand on the table: Lens, Tower, Moon. Eyes too sharp, teeth too white, hair too dark. My reflection in a twilight waterfall. Homunculus on her shoulder bobs and twitters in expectation.

My turn.

The game is always fluid, never static, but offers only two endings. Victory is gray and lonely peace; defeat is pain and terror and dark.

I lay my hand on the table: Fish, Well, Swan. Hoping it is enough. That the rules favor me this time.

No such luck.
Track Name: Beyond the Zero II: North-Without-End
Down a stony hallway, damp with age. A new game awaits. Chameleon cards flicker, flash, shimmer. She explains the new rules, but does not sit. Solitaire.

The teeth in her smile fight. Her eyes unfocused. Reflection disturbed by a stone. Glares at the homunculus as she walks away.

I lay one card upon another, and new shapes appear on them both. Fragments of landscape and sunlight. A third card casts light in strange glyphs. I begin my task.
Track Name: Beyond the Zero III: Every Sunset is a Battle
Cards change, shuffle, multiply themselves, rules and goals constantly in motion. A tapestry weaves itself from the dance of images; the cards tell their story. Every new piece of the puzzle a victory.

She watches sometimes, as she does now. Her eyes, her smile, in flux too. Homunculus fading.

Two cards laid side by side, another on top. A new card forms; something not seen in the game before. I know it is not mine.

I turn and place it in her hand. Her smile shatters in shock, her eyes yearn for an answer why.

Solitaire.
Track Name: Beyond the Zero IV: The Silence of the Sun
No more walls. No more cards. The game is finished, the puzzle completed. I walk free, towards new games of my own making. A grand unified theory of me.

She sits at the table, playing her own game now. We exchanged one last look, one last card. A dawn reflection in a placid lake. I hope that the rules favor her this time.

No more cards. Only doors.