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The Anti-Group Communications, or T.A.G.C. are a side project of Clock DVA. Formed in the early 1980s by Adi Newton (although the idea existed as early as 1978), T.A.G.C. (originally The Anti-Group) was conceived as an open-membership experimental multimedia collective, focused on audio, visual, and textual research and production, as well as performance art and installations. The acronym T.A.G.C. is also intended to represent the four nucleotides that make up DNA (thymine, adenine, guanine and cytosine).

T.A.G.C. audio recordings are released on Newton's Anterior Research Recordings label. The theoretical underpinnings of these recordings, which are often primarily psychoacoustic experiments or carefully constructed aural rituals, are made explicit in the lengthy liner notes which accompany most releases. In this way, T.A.G.C. presents itself explicitly as acoustic research rather than music.

In 2005, a maxi CD 'Psychoegoautocratical Auditory Physiogomy Delineated' was released as T.A.G.C. without Adi Newton's involvement or approval.

After years of silence, Adi Newton with his creative partner Jane Radion Newton re-activated T.A.G.C. for a live multimedia performance at Equinox Festival, London in June 2009. In 2013 T.A.G.C. performed at the Incubate festival in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

In 2020, The Anti-Group released a new album Organ Needles on USB, featuring contributions from Stephen Thrower, David Knight, CM von Hausswolff, BJ Nilsen and many others.

Discography

  • 1985 - The Delivery - Atonal Records LP ST3006
  • 1985 - Ha/Zulu - Sweatbox 12" SOX009
  • 1986 - ShT - Sweatbox 12" SEX010
  • 1986 - Digitaria - Sweatbox LP SAX012 / CD SACD012 / Cass SAXC012
  • 1987 - Meontological Research Recording - Record 1 - Sweatbox LP SAX013
  • 1987 - Big Sex - Sweatbox 12" SOX011 / 7" OX011
  • 1988 - Meontological Recordings - Record 2: Teste Tones - Side Effects LP SER12
  • 1989 - Broadcast Test - Wax Trax 12" WAX9104 / Big Sex Records 12" Big Sex 002
  • 1994 - Burning Water - Anterior Research Recordings CD ARR004 / Side Effects CD DFX17
  • 1994 - Iso-Erotic Calibrations - Anterior Research Recordings CD ARR003
  • 1994 - Audiophile - Anterior Research Recordings CD ARR001
  • 2005 - Psychoegoautocratical Auditory Physiogomy Delineated - Die Stadt maxi-CD DS67 (unofficial release)
  • 2020 - Organ Needles - Anterior Research Media Comm - USB device box set - 005/USB02

Compilations

  • 1986 - You Bet We've Got Something Against You - Cathexis LP
  • 1986 - Abstract Magazine Issue 6 - Sweatbox LP
  • 1986 - Berlin Atonal '86 - Cass
  • 1987 - Minutes To Go! - Interphon CD / Les Temps Modernes LP
  • 1988 - Provoke N° 3 - IMC Cass
  • 1988 - Bark - Sweatbox LP
  • 1989 - Funky Alternatives Vol. 4 - Concrete LP/CD
  • 1990 - Total Volume 1 - Total LP
  • 1991 - Project 91 - Hyperium CD
  • 1994 - Taste This 2 - Discordia CD
  • 1996 - Deepnet - Side Effects 2xCD
  • 1996 - Alternator - Concrete Productions 2xCD
  • 1997 - Exclusive Alternatives - Cleopatra CD
  • 1999 - Industrial Meltdown - Cleopatra 3xCD
  • 2000 - Industrial Rock - Edel America CD
  • 2010 - Antibothis Vol. 3 - Chili Com Carne / Thisco Book+CD
  • 2011 - Tesserae - Abraxas Journal 2 Audio Supplement - Fulgur Book+CD
  • 2019 - ARMComm Sampler - Anterior Research Media Comm CD




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