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John Twelve Hawks on Bedrock Records

J12H-logo-e1401823232878An intriguing little item today…

John Twelve Hawks is the pseudonym of an unknown authour who takes the issue of secretive Government surveillance and monitoring very seriously and treasures his anonymity to such a degree that he not only lives “off the grid” but also conducts phone calls on an untraceable satellite phone with voice a scrambler in full effect, sends stand-ins to book signings and has (alledgedly) never met his publisher…

JXIIH (the accepted format for his name apparently) is best known for a series of science fiction books known as The Fourth Realm Trilogy. Published between 2004 and 2009 they detail life in a society whose members are so accustomed to being watched and monitored, that it no longer matters if they are or not, and as such fall easily into line. I have to admit I’d not heard of the books despite being a bit of a Sci-Fi fan, something I think I’ll have to redress shortly…

Anyway the reason he’s come to my attention now is that he’s just made a record with John Digweed and his right hand man Nick Muir. Apparently whilst writing the novels, JXIIH listened almost constantly to Digweed mix CD’s and his online Transitions radio shows..  An exchange of emails ensued and after several years, some false starts and clandestine meetings to recording the man reading excerpts from his books, the resulting collabaration is now imminent. A more detailed version of the story is here if you’re interested…

My little And (without doubt one of Digger’s biggest fans) has just ordered the rather eye catching CD and vinyl package and we’re both looking forward to hearing the results….


There’s a little clip here from a track called 3B3 which sounds promising and includes JXIIH’s highly treated and distorted vocals, obviously necessary to maintain the man’s anonimity (although there is speculation here as to who he might actually be…)

One final thing, JXIIH is giving away a free download of a recent publication. Entitled Against Authority: Freedom and the Rise of the Surveillance States, it’s either the paranoid rantings of a madman or an unsettling account of how little privacy we actually enjoy at the beginning of the 21st Century…

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