The following compilation, as well as this website
Some of us knew Chris in real life, but most knew him from interactions online on the Urban75 bulletin board, where he was an active member. The most common thread that brings posters together on Urban75 is a shared leftist politics, but Chris, who went by the online name of Audiotech, was as passionate about music as he was about socialism, and it was through talking about music that many of us came to know him.
Each year Chris would facilitate a music competition on the boards, where posters would contribute tracks, which would then be voted for by the online community. Although a competition, it was very much the taking part that mattered.
To commemorate Chris’s life, some posters from Urban75 came together to create this compilation. As well as including material submitted by posters, it also includes 3 tracks by Chris himself (attributed here to his pseudonym Audiotech). An active member of the Anti-Nazi League, Chris was involved in Leeds Rock Against Racism and was well known in Leeds punk music circles, occasionally playing in his own band at one time.
The compilation is available to download for free under a Creative Commons license, but we would encourage you to make a donation, using the Donate button on the Remembering Audiotech website. Every penny raised is passed directly to a charity that Chris was a keen supporter of, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
In his last moments Chris left a note for his friends quoting Shelley’s poem, The Mask of Anarchy…
“Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you—
Ye are many—they are few.”
1. Slow Theme – Xenon
2. Untitled – Audiotech
3. Techno Hobos – Chasbo Zelena
4. Bezier – Fatter Faction
5. Babylon Must Phalle – Das Lunsentrio ft Yoon Jung Kim & Lim Cho Hee
6. Jah Love – Audiotech
7. Doctor Who Theme – Atomic Suplex
8. Morrissey Must Die – The Melmoths
9. Raaaaaaa – Mungy
10. Divide and Rule – Radio Partizan
11. Talk Amongst Yourselves – Audiotech
12. Chloroplast – ProtoKode
13. Forever – Jaggerbog
14. Transcendent 4000 – Paul TQ Freeman