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Saturday, 27 January 2018

Some thoughts about the Time Capsule project aka 808 Box

Many people write me to ask what is inside the 808 Box. Yes!, after five years there are still people who do not know anything about this project and that makes me very happy because it reflects how incredibly huge electronic music is today.

Most of you already know what is inside, but for others this is like a new project even we have released five 808 Boxes in last years. Also it is funny to know some people think is always the same 808 Box in different colors and they think we are re-press the same thing again again and again :)

In the last 5 years we have released five completely different 808 Boxes. Every 808 Box includes many records and we will never re-press any of the records included in each of these wooden boxes. In total we have released 44 records, 284 tracks and also two records with 64 loops from the original Roland TR-808.

The original name of this project, although now everyone calls it 808 Box, is Time Capsule. The aim of this project has always been to make an annual photograph of the electro movement thinking about inspiring future generations, creating an archive in which electro music can be recognized as what it truly is: a global movement that does not need any magazine to recognize it as such because it has shown several times in recent decades that is able to survive in the most absolute underground without the need to monopolize front pages, stupid charts and top tens that are made with the sole intention of directing sales.

The true heroes of this world movement are the artists who, despite not being able to live on their own music, still sit in front of their machines, only for one reason, the inexplicable love they feel for this music, and, of course, also people who have never put a finger on a machine but have supported this movement by buying thousands of records and have shared their love for those records using the word to mouth for years and now all kinds of social networks, even when most people thought that the vinyl was dead.

After 5 years the Time Capsule project aka 808 Box is a consolidated and respected project but it would be absolutely nothing without the help of the artists that are part of the project and all the people who year after year buy every 808 Box.

I want to make one thing clear, this project being a terrible effort at all levels and a sample of an incredible musical quality, is only a small part of this movement, a drop in the ocean. Yes, the 808 Box is a sample of how diverse the electro can be, but there is much more, it is impossible, even in the eleven vinyl records that we have included this year, to honor how diverse the electro music is. We are living a golden age, the quality of the records that come out every month is incredible, not only at the level of composition, but also the quality of sound, design… It is something we have to be aware of but it is also something we have to celebrate. Electro is the source of contemporary electronic music, but it does not need too much exposure, what it needs is to maintain the unconditional love of thousands of people around the world as has happened to this day, people who understand the meaning of this movement beyond the sound produced by the needle when you drop it on the record.

Long live the Electro!

Alek 
Madrid, January 2018.









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5th ANNIVERSARY 808 BOX

In alphabetical order, tracks by:

ALEK STARK - ANDREA BENEDETTI - BASS JUNKIE - BETA EVERS - BOLZ BOLZ - COMPOSITE PROFUSE - CYGNUS - D'ARCANGELO - DARREN J. HORGAN - DAS MUSTER - DEPRESSOR - DI'JITAL - DIBU-Z - DIGITEK - DVS NME - FACELESS MIND - FAH - FEDERICO LEOCATA - FOREIGN SEQUENCE - FRANCK KARTELL - FRIEDRICH KRAUSE - HEINRICH DRESSEL - HERMES 3 - HOLTZ - JOHAN INKINEN - KAN3DA - KERG - KIND HUMAN BEING - KITBUILDERS - KOOVA - LUKE EARGOGGLE - MAT101 - MAURO NAKIMI - MAX DURANTE - METACOMPLEX - MICROLITH - MUTEX - NAQARA - NEGOCIUS MAN - NOAMM - NOISE&NOISE - OBERGMAN - OBSOLETE ROBOTICS - PATRONEN - PENELOPE MARTIN - PLANT43 - RAIM - SCAPE ONE - SHINRA - SOMEPLACE DARK - TESLASONIC - THE EXALTICS - THE HACKER - UMWELT - VC-118A - VEMA - DIODES - VERTICAL DIMENSION - VICTORIA LUKAS - VOLFRAM - WISP

- Red wooden box silkscreen printed in black and white colors
- 10 vinyl records 12" high quality sound and master. Full color high quality sleeves.
- 1 extra record 7" silkscreen printed sleeve, with tracks by Wisp and Alek Stark in tribute to Ikutaro Kakehashi, inventor, founder of Roland Corporation, pioneer in electronic music instruments and creator of the Roland TR-808.
- High quality t-shirt printed with the TR-808 graphics, available in all sizes.
- Poster 31x31 cms with the TR-808 graphics
- 76 tracks - 5 hours and 29 minutes of pure electro music.
- Limited to 250 units, hand numbered.

Fundamental Records 017

All tracks mastered by Alek Stark at Fundamental Audio

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