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Wednesday 31 October 2018


When does horror become horrific? This a question that has been on my mind recently. When do the conceptual, primal horrors of the word and the film become the kind of horror that actually keeps us awake at night?

The culture of terror has always been concerned with the demons of our subconscious, or their manifestations in modern society. So when we talk about monsters, we are actually talking about science, and passions, and fear, rather than actual beasts. A dragon itself isn't as terrifying as the emotions and projections behind it. The witch, the wizard, the ogre, the ghost, the dungeon; these are all expressions of other ideas. By expressing them we exorcise our own negativities, either by catharsis or by turning them into thrills, chills, or laughter.

The horror is the horror; but it is not horrific. The horrific relates to the real pain of real people the actual movements of power and experience that render us powerless. We can all probably recount many examples of the horrific from our own lives, where the reality of pain and suffering makes the memory hard to withstand. These horrors are not entertainment; they are sobering, disorientating, and without comfort.

Furthermore, there is an increasing amount of the horrific in the world today. From the separation of families, the uncovering of abuse on a massive scale, the rise of extremist street violence, and the election of authoritarian misrulers the world over, we are seeing an invasion of the horrific into the world on a massive scale. Fear of disorder, oppression, violence are filtering through into the collective subconscious of society. What can Pennywise or Jason Vorhees do that Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro would not?

It is no wonder, then, that Halloween, that evening of escapism and the macabre, has turned into a month-long festival of spooky: as the horrific grows, horror becomes all the more important. As the real world becomes more and more horrific, the exorcism of our personal demons becomes the preferable alternative to misery. And often, a pretend hell is preferable to a hell on earth.

So, get carving those pumpkins; practice your hexes; and sharpen your scythes. We may be needing the cast our own spells soon enough. And, Happy Halloween!

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Monday 29 October 2018


The seventh edition of our famous opening event "CALL THE SHIP TO PORT" sets off on 19. July 2019. Aboard Europe's biggest domestic eventship, the MS RheinEnergie, we invite you again to start the Amphi-weekend with an enchanting evening cruise along the Rhine.

No matter if you choose to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at the promenade deck with cocktails, snacks and various other refreshments or to rock out to the concerts at the fully air-conditioned main hall, CALL THE SHIP TO PORT remains the ultimate overture to the Amphi Festival weekend.

Speaking of the bands, we once again focused strongly on presenting you a well-paired selection, to make you bust a move instantly! As headliners expect nobody less than the British synthpop-veterans MESH. Also look forward to masterclass electropop with  SOLAR FAKE as well as the ever impressive DIORAMA, whose songs unleash an electrifying energy on stage.

Strictly limited to only 1333 pieces, the highly coveted CALL THE SHIP TO PORT 2019 tickets are now exclusively selling at the Amphi Shop at As always the CALL THE SHIP-TICKETS are delivered together with an Amphi Festival 2019 weekend-ticket!

In case you already bought an Amphi Festival 2019 weekend-ticket earlier, we then give you the alternative to buy the CALL THE SHIP-UPGRADE. The upgrade provides only admission to CALL THE SHIP TO PORT and not the Amphi Fest itself. A small hint: the shop also allows to combine the CALL THE SHIP-UPGRADES with Amphi/E-Tropolis 2019 combi-tickets!

In any case we recommend to get your tickets soon. Last time CALL THE SHIP TO PORT was booked out after just a few weeks.

For more info on CALL THE SHIP TO PORT please head over to

19.07.2019 - MS RheinEnergie | Cologne
(The Amphi Festival Opening Event)
Boarding: 7:00 pm | Departure: 8:00 pm

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Indarra is the brand new project from the sensual and gifted Canadian vocalist Sue Hutton (Rhea's Obsession) that includes a mandala of players: Producer/instrumentalists Kevin Laliberté, Chris Gartner, percussionist Deb Sinha, tabla by Ed Hanley, Heiki & Scott M2 on synths and backing vocals on "Turn The Light Within" by Athan Maroulis (NØIR). Indarra brings together touches of the haunting mystical qualities of Rhea's Obsession along with activism, social issues, and empowerment into a timeless sonic tapestry. Indarra will release their exotic debut album entitled 'Walk On Fire' on Metropolis on November 9, 2018. Indarra will also make their live debut on Saturday, October 27th 2018 at Cattivo in Pittsburgh, PA.
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Metropolis Releases Cabaret Voltaire Tribute Compilation

Occupying the middle ground between punk and industrial, there was a British music group from Sheffield, England called Cabaret Voltaire. While their earliest performances were Dada-influenced performance art, Cabaret Voltaire went on to blend pop with dance music, techno, dub house and experimental electronic music, evolving into one of the most prolific and important groups of their time. While their tenure was short, their impact was no less profound and influential to the bands they would help to shape in the future.

It is with this in mind that, "WHY KILL TIME (WHEN YOU CAN COVER CABARET VOLTAIRE)", was conceived. Bringing together bands such as: AkA, Bestial Mouths, Bioassay, Black Agent, Canter, Elegant Machinery, God Module, Having Issues, Kriistal Ann, Maleagant, Manufactura, Microchip Junky, Mirland/Larsen, Missing Witness, NØIR, PulseWidthMod & Databomb, Snowbeasts and SØLVE. Eighteen  bands with different approaches to music, joined by the common thread of paying a respectful homage to one of the progenitors that they all owe a small piece of their sound to. "WHY KILL TIME (WHEN YOU CAN COVER CABARET VOLTAIRE)" is available digitally through Metropolis. 

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Saturday 13 October 2018


MUTE have announced updates to MUTE 4.0 (1978 > TOMORROW), a series of special events and releases continuing through 2018 with plans for 2019 and beyond, ahead of this weekend’s Rough Trade Easttakeover on Saturday 13 October where Mute will host a whole day of performances, including a lunchtime modular set from Chris Carter plus shopscapes from Simon Fisher Turner.  In the evening, A Certain Ratio and Lost Under Heaven will play live, and Maps will be DJing. Online tickets are now sold out for the evening event. There will be a small amount available on the door, and everyone is welcome during the day when Chris Carter and Simon Fisher Turner will be performing.

A series of Pitchblack Playback events marking MUTE 4.0 (1978 > TOMORROW), launches on Tuesday 16 October, with Yazoo’s Upstairs at Eric’s. At these unique events, listeners are invited to enjoy the album in full without distraction, in a pitchblack room (blindfolds are optional!) on The Lexi’s immersive cinema soundsystem.

Mute also announces a collaboration with 1 of 100, a specially designed t-shirt based on the The Normal T.V.O.D artwork which will be available in a strictly limited edition of 100, each shirt made to order in your chosen size, numbered and printed on organic, climate neutral cotton. The t-shirts will be available to order in the coming weeks from 

Forthcoming releases that tie in with Mute 4.0 include artists from across Mute’s catalogue as well as newer signings to the label.

Today, 12 October will see the release of special vinyl editions for Mute 4.0: “probably the world’s first teenage electronic pop group”, Silicon Teens, and their one and only album ‘Music For Parties’; Mute’s first signing, Fad Gadget - ‘Fireside Favourites’; Josh T. Pearson’s lauded ‘Last Of The Country Gentlemen’, Apparat - ‘The Devil’s Walk’; Vince Clarke and Martin Gore’s project, VCMG - ‘Ssss’ and A Certain Ratio - ‘The Graveyard & The Ballroom’. Pearson will be released on gold vinyl, Apparat on violet and the rest will be on very limited Mute 4.0 orange vinyl.

In addition, A Certain Ratio’s ACR:SET is out on today and features two new tracks from the band and Barry Adamson’s Memento Mori Anthology 1978-2018 – which includes a brand new track - is out on 26 October. Those releases will be followed in November by brand new albums from Irmin Schmidt (Klavierstucke 5), Mick Harvey & Christopher Richard Barker’s opus The Fall and Rise of Edgar Bourchier and the Horrors of War plus Laibach’s long awaited The Sound of Music. January 2019 will see the release of Lost Under Heaven’s second album, Love Hates What You Become and Mark Stewart has recently announced the definitive reissue of his debut solo album, Learning To Cope With Cowardice, available with newly discovered unreleased tracks.

Mute / BMG releases include Yazoo’s Four Pieces vinyl set and Three Pieces (CD set), both collating their two albums alongside the BBC sessions (available for the first time in full), remixes and rarities (out on 26 Oct); Grinderman’s debut album, released on limited edition green vinyl on 26 October and Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ soundtrack for The Proposition, available on vinyl for the first time on 2 November.

Further releases include Mute Synth 4.0, the third handheld analogue synth collaboration between Mute, Adrian Shaughnessy and Dirty Electronics.

From The Port To The Bridge”, a retrospective exhibition of the work of Thomas Leer and Robert Rental, is at the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock until 28 October. The exhibition will include a new film about Leer and Rental featuring interviews with Daniel Miller, Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti, JD Twitch (Optimo), family members and more. Their groundbreaking work was a huge influence on early 80s synth pop and the independent music scene in the late 70s. Daniel Miller met Robert Rental at a Throbbing Gristle performance and then went on to work with Rental (releasing Live At West Runton Pavilion, 6-3-79 on Rough Trade in 1980) and release music by both Robert Rental and Thomas Leer. Robert Rental's classic double a-side single ‘Double Heart’ / ‘On Location’, was Mute's 10th single in 1980.

Mute and Thames & Hudson recently worked together on Mute: A Visual Document, a visual history of the label. One of Uncut and Rough Trade’s Books of the Year, it was described by the shop as “Beautifully bound, this book is as iconic and dynamic as Mute's musical past”. Learn more about the publication here: 

MUTE 4.0 (1978 > TOMORROW) acknowledges the launch of a label that started out of necessilty rather than design (to release the 7” single by The Normal, ‘T.V.O.D.’ / ‘Warm Leatherette’, recorded by Daniel Miller on a KORG 700S keyboard with a TEAC four-track recorder), and marks the past 40 years, but crucially, looks forward to the label’s many years to come as it travels unapologetically into tomorrow.

New Mute merchandise will be launched in the coming months, and future announcements will include a specially commissioned release well as unique events and evenings.

Visit the recently relaunched MuteBank site: 

Pre-order the Mute 4.0 special editions -

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An extraordinary convention of Berlin based Label SOLAR LODGE!

Date: 10.11.2018
Place: Bahnhof Langendreer, Wallbaumweg 108
44894 Bochum (Germany)

Doors: 19.00
La Scaltra: 20.00-20.30
Your Life On Hold: 20.50-21.30
Aeon Sable: 21.50-22.40
Merciful Nuns: 23.00-00.15

+ Lost Sound Aftershowparty

limited, 324/500 sold!! Max tickets per person is 6.

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CHRIS CARTER - 'Blisters' Radiophonic Workshop Remix

Chris Carter has shared the Radiophonic Workshop’s remix of ‘Blissters’, taken from the forthcoming EP, Chemistry Lessons Volume 1.1 Coursework. The new EP, out on 19 October 2018, also features remixes from Daniel Avery and Chris Liebing, plus a rare track, ‘Bongo Glow’, previously only available on the Japanese edition of the album.

Radiophonic Workshop have remixed very few artists but for this EP the recently reactivated pioneering electronic experimenters have reworked ‘Blissters’. Listen to the track here: 

Chris Carter, talking about the remix, explains: “To say I felt honoured the Radiophonic Workshop wanted to remix one of my tracks would be an understatement - they are so highly regarded in the field of electronic music and have been such an influence on my work. But when I heard it I was blown away... it's everything I thought it would be and more.”

Chris Carter recently shared the first details of a new box set of his early work, collating remastered (and mastered for the first time) solo albums alongside a disc of unreleased archival recordings from 1973-1977.

Chris Carter’s Miscellany will be available as a limited - 1000 - 6-piece vinyl box set with 24-page 12” sized booklet featuring rare and unseen images, synthesiser schematics and ephemera from Chris Carter’s archive. Both Disobedient and Small Moon will be available here for the first time on vinyl. The CD box set will contain 4-CDs and a 24-page booklet.

Each edition will contain the following solo albums:
Mondo Beat (1985) – clear vinyl
Disobedient (1998) – double purple vinyl, includes new track 'Disobedient Redux'
Small Moon (1999) – double white vinyl, includes new track 'Small Moon Redux'
Archival Recordings 1973 to 1977 – blue vinyl – unreleased

Chris Carter joins the Mute takeover at Rough Trade East on Saturday 13 October for a lunchtime modular performance. The event also features performances from A Certain Ratio, Simon Fisher Turner, Lost Under Heaven and a DJ set from Maps. Full details of the event, part of Mute’s 4.0 anti-versary, can found HERE.  

As a founding member of Throbbing Gristle alongside Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter ‘Sleazy’ Christopherson and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Chris Carter has had a significant role in the development of electronic music - a journey which has continued through his releases as one half of Chris & Cosey and Carter Tutti and a third of Carter Tutti Void - as well as with his own solo and collaborative releases.

He is also credited with the invention and production of groundbreaking electronics - from the legendary Gristleizer self-built effects unit through to the Dirty Carter Experimental Sound Generating Instrument and the sold-out TG One Eurorack module (designed with Tiptop Audio, these modules can be heard during Carter’s set at a recent Rough Trade event) and the Future Sound Systems Gristleizer modules - Carter has created the means to make sounds as well as making the sounds themselves.

Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Volume 1.1 Coursework EP is out on 19 October: Pre-order:

Daniel Avery’s remix of Uysring:

Chris Carter’s Miscellany box set (vinyl and CD editions) is out on 30 November: 

Chris Carter’s Chemistry Lessons Vol 1 is out now and a limited edition cassette of the album will be released soon:

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On November 9, 2018, Metropolis Records will release 'Ewiges Eis - 15 Jahre Eisbrecher,' a 2 CD, 15 year best-of celebration of Eisbrecher that brings together the most beloved tracks from this powerhouse German band. Emotional, honest and forthright, Eisbrecher forges delicately brutal music without compromises. Heavy industrial guitar sounds, driving electro beats and distinctive vocals that are modern and danceable while simultaneously rejecting the usual Neue Deutsche Härte genre cliches.

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A CERTAIN RATIO have shared a track, one of two brand new compositions from their forthcoming career spanning compilation, acr:set – out on coloured double vinyl, CD and digitally on 12 October 2018.

Listen to ‘Make It Happen’, a joyous burst of positivity that serves as a great introduction to newcomers to the band, and a worthy addition to ACR’s incredible back catalogue:

The two new tracks, ‘Make It Happen’ and ‘Dirty Boy’ were recorded at Oxygene in Manchester, and both appear on the new best of compilation, acr:set. The album is made up of tracks that feature in the band’s incendiary live show (hence the title), and includes rare 7” and 12” mixes alongside the two new recordings and sleeve notes by DJ and writer Dave Haslam.

‘Dirty Boy’ is a classic slice of A Certain Ratio pop funk and features the voice of Tony Wilson preparing the band for ‘The Fox’ recording session in his own inimitable fashion, plus vocals from Barry Adamson, who returns a favour to the band after they reworked 2017’s ‘I Got Clothes’. Listen to the track here: 

A Certain Ratio, known for their carnival atmosphere live performances have been playing blistering shows throughout 2017 and 2018, recent sold out dates have included London, Brighton (with Sink Ya Teeth) and Hebden Bridge (with Andrew Weatherall). 

Forthcoming dates include an appearance at Rough Trade East on 13 October, part of the Mute 4.0 Takeover that also includes Chris Carter, Simon Fisher Turner, Lost Under Heaven and Maps. 2018’s dates will be followed by 40th anniversary shows next year.

13 Oct – London, Rough Trade East – EVENING EVENT SOLD OUT
24 Nov - Manchester Gorilla w/ Sink Ya Teeth
1 Dec - Clitheroe The Grand
A Certain Ratio are supporters of Artists Against Hunger and will donate £1 for each ticket sold in 2018. For further details, please go to:

ACR live is Jez Kerr, Donald Johnson, Martin Moscrop, Denise Johnson, Tony Quigley and recent addition on keyboards, Matt Steele, who has adapted to the ACR groove seamlessly.

A Certain Ratio embraced the ethic and culture of the late seventies post-punk explosion, but sounded like nothing else around them and refused to fit in. Formed in Manchester in 1978, the band has had various members throughout their career, with a core line-up of Jez Kerr, Martin Moscrop and Donald Johnson that remains today.

An influence on generations of musicians - from LCD Soundsystem, Happy Mondays, Franz Ferdinand, ESG, Factory Floor, Sink Ya Teeth and Andrew Weatherall – the band’s involvement in cultural touchpoints is sometimes unexpected: a recent exhibition centred on Stockport’s Strawberry Studios uncovered the tape box, but not the tapes, from a recording session with Grace Jones back in 1980 and Madonna’s live debut was supporting A Certain Ratio at the infamous Danceteria in New York in 1982 (where she was working as a hatcheck girl), and sometimes expected, given the unique time and place that they formed – Manchester in 1978, one of the first acts to sign to the newly formed Factory Records.

The band released their first, Martin Hannett produced, single for Factory in 1979 and went on to be hailed universally as pioneers of what became known as “punk funk” thanks to the success of their second single, ‘Shack Up’, on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Their sound is not easily pigeon holed and their influence can never be understated. The band introduced the avant-garde elements of funk, jazz, electronics, tape loops and technology to the pop song, wrapping it in a post punk aesthetic, adding great clothes and the coolest haircuts.

Do The Du (Casse) (1979)
Wild Party - 12” version (1985)
Flight - 12” version (1980)
And Then Again - 12” version (1980)
Forced Laugh (1981)
Wonder Y (1992)
Mickey Way (12” version, 1986)
27 Forever - 7” version (1991)
Won’t Stop Loving You - Bernard Sumner mix (1990)
Good Together - 12” version (1990)
Be What You Wanna Be - 12” version (1990)
Shack Up - 7” version (1980)
The Fox - US 12” version (1980)
Knife Slits Water - 7” version (1982)
Si Firmir O Grido (1986)
Dirty Boy Extended - featuring Barry Adamson (2018)
Make It Happen (2018)

Back sharing a label with Factory label-mates New Order, A Certain Ratio's collaboration with Mute has seen their full studio album catalogue made available again ahead of this introductory style compilation, tying up loose ends of the band’s history before next year’s 40th anniversary, when a new box set of rare and unreleased material will see the light of day.

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THE FOREIGN RESORT signs to Artoffact Records.

Formed in 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Foreign Resort has spent 10 years creating and honing an explosive yet melancholy post-punk sound that is as rich as it is exciting, and as immediate as it is dark and deep.

The band combines the shadowy mysticism of The Cure's Pornography era with a driving production aesthetic akin to LCD Soundsystem. Intricate reverb-enveloped guitar lines glide over Steffan Petersen’s bass and Morten Hansen’s powerful drumming, all while Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen’s taut and sincere vocal delivery demands attention.
The Foreign Resort have toured relentlessly, addicted to the allure of America’s lost highways, sharing bills with bands like Cold Cave, DIIV, The Soft Moon, She Past Away, The KVB, Slowdive, Minor Victories, Ash Code and many more. Since 2010, the band has been rigorous in playing more than 420 shows across North America and Europe with performances at several festivals, including SXSW, Iceland Airwaves, Wave Gotik Treffen, Canadian Music Week, POP Montreal, and Nocturnal Culture Night.
After releasing several independent albums, and eager to take their sound to that next level, the band has inked a deal with popular Toronto-based Artoffact Records, as well as enlisted the talents of ACTORS front-man Jason Corbett on production duties.
The new album will be announced shortly and is currently scheduled for early 2019.



TOUR DATES 2018-19 
November 24  Lagerhaus, Bremen, Germany
November 30  EXIL, Göttingen, Germany
December 1 Tsunami Club, Cologne, Germany
January 17 Leipzig, Germany
January 18 Sedel, Lucerne, Switzerland
January 19 Sønderborghus, Sønderborg, Denmark
February 23 Stengade, Copenhagen, Denmark
February 28 Gothenburg, Sweden
March 1 On The Rocks, Helsinki, Finland
March 2 Klubb Död @ Nalen, Stockholm, Sweden
March 23 Dark Spring Festival, Berlin, Germany

North America Tour
April 4 Out From The Shadows Festival, Portland, OR
April 5 Oakland, CA
April 6 San Diego, CA
April 7 Los Angeles, CA
April 9 Salt Lake City, UT
April 10 The Olympic, Boise, ID
April 11 Verboden Festival, Vancouver, BC
April 12 Seagaze Festival, Seattle, WA
April 13 Red Party, New York, NY
April 14 Boston, MA
April 15 Toronto, ON
April 16 Chicago, IL
April 17 St. Louis, MO
April 18 The Red Sea, Minneapolis, MN
April 19 RecordBar, Kansas City, MO
April 20 Denver, CO

August 18 W-Fest, Mont-de-l’Enclus, Belgium 

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Orson Welles' War Of The Worlds 80th Anniversary Collection

October 30th, 2018 will mark the 80th anniversary of Orson Welles' legendary live radio play broadcast of H.G. Wells’ science fiction masterpiece, The War Of The Worlds. In honor of that occasion, Stardust Records is reissuing the broadcast as part of a limited edition, 2 CD collection that includes the complete original 1938 broadcast along with a rare February 1955 broadcast and a October 1940 conversation between Orson Welles and H.G. Wells. 

This set was produced for release by Athan Maroulis who compiled it and penned the accompanying liner notes. As a child, Maroulis, known primarily as the vocalist of Spahn Ranch, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, and presently in NOIR, became fascinated by this story after watching a made-for-television film about the panic that ensued after the original 1938 broadcast. Later, Maroulis began collecting memorabilia relating to both The War of the Worlds and Orson Welles, which he put to use during this project. Painstakingly remastered, this version of The War of the Worlds sounds even better than it did when it first reverberated out of vacuum tube radios back in 1938. 

Stardust Records, a division of Cleopatra Entertainment, will release this pioneering science fiction collection on October 19th, 2018 on compact disc and all digital formats.

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News from Solar Lodge

AEON SABLE - new Album AETHER, first videosingle FOLLOW THE LIGHT

Aeon Sable stands for big themes and deep black abysses as revealed in the vast soundscapes of Aether. 
An album that is destined to reinforce their claim to being amongst the most creative and credible forces of the genre out there.

date of release: 2.11.2018


YOUR LIFE ON HOLD - My Name Is Legion For We Are Many

After the well-received debut album ‘Burning for the ancient connection’, YOUR LIFE ON HOLD surprises us already with a brand new gothic rock album that sounds even more dark and gloomy than its predecessor.
On ‘My name is legion for we are many’ the band proceeds where it had left, but injects its typical sound with more maturity and of release: 9.11.2018


MERCIFUL NUNS - Nekrolog (2LP+dvd+biography in gatefold, limited 499!)

special less compression 96 kHz Vinyl mix
double gatefold LP + DVD including all videos, selected live recordings, interview and more
16pages biography including full discography
approved, handnumbered

date of release: 16.11.2018


An extraordinary convention of Berlin based Label SOLAR LODGE!

Date: 10.11.2018
Place: Bahnhof Langendreer, Wallbaumweg 108
44894 Bochum (Germany)

Doors: 19.00
La Scaltra: 20.00-20.30
Your Life On Hold: 20.50-21.30
Aeon Sable: 21.50-22.40
Merciful Nuns: 23.00-00.15

+ Lost Sound Aftershowparty

limited to 500!! Max tickets per person is 6.
Tickets under:

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