Tomorrow Never Comes

by Xinlisupreme

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Kyoro 03:16
Symmetry 02:08
Suzu 02:08
Amaryllis 06:45
Untitled 01:27


"The Political is Personal for Japan's Xinlisupreme"

Short Story "The Xinli Incident" by Andrew Weatherall
(Liner Note of Tomorrow Never Comes)

The detective in the passenger seat, with a single self-assured action, flashed his warrant card and asked directions. "Twenty-third floor sir... Out of the lift and turn left - you can't miss it... Terrible mess and not very pretty at all, I can tell you..." With that the barrier lifted and the car headed toward the executive parking area of I.D.M. Industries. The lift made a silent journey to the 23rd floor, and on exiting and turning left, the two detectives immediately saw the reasons for their being there. The scene of the crime lay trough an open doorway emitting occasional puffs of smoke and wafts of shimmering vapour. Reaching into the pockets of their elegant yet provocatively conservative black coats the two men pulled out state-of-the-art gas masks, and donning them walked across the corridor. Standing just inside the room, on the only patch of floor not covered in broken machinery or bubbling liquid, Her Majesty's finest surveyed the scene. What was once a hyper-sterile working environment had been
turned into a mass of shredded wires, smashed samplers, smouldering laptops and shattered zip-discs. The laboratory once used to manufacture electronic music for earnest sixth-formers around the world was now a digital funeral pyre. "I've not see anything like this since the Prog-Rock studio trashings of '76", said detective number one, the words turning metallic as they made their way trough the gas mask's filter. "Let's leave it to forensics", replied number two as they both backed slowly out of the room, pulling the door shut behind them. As it clicked shut had anybody been left inside they would have seen the back of the door reveal, in still dripping painted letters, the words...

助手席に座った刑事は身分証明書を差出し、門衛に行き先を確 認する。「23階です。エレベーターを出て左に行けばすぐわかるはずです…全く酷い状態でして…』柵が開き車はI.D.Mインダストリーズの駐車場に向か う。
エレベーターは音もたてず23階に到着。左方向を向いた途端2人の刑事は彼らがなぜそこにいるのかという訳を察知した。犯行現場は、開いたドアよ り時折煙が立ったり蒸気が浮遊するあの部屋に違いない。エレガントではあるが保守的な黒いコートのポケットに手を伸ばしたこの2人はガスマスクを引っ張り 出し、装着して廊下を横切る。

そして部屋の入り口、つまり壊れた機械や泡立つ液体が散乱していない唯一の場所に立ち、中の様子を観察する。かつては極度に無菌状態だった環境 が、今では切り裂かれたワイヤー、叩き潰されたサンプラー、煙がくすぶるラップトップ、粉砕されたZIPディスクの山で埋め尽くされているのだ。このラボ では世界中の高校3年生用のエレクトロニック・ミュージックが製造されていたが、今ではデジタルの墓場と化している。

『76年のプログレ・ロックの破壊以来、だな…』刑事その1が言うその言葉は、ガスマスクのフィルターを通し妙にメタリックに響く。『科学捜査官 に任せよう』刑事その2が答える。2人は部屋から静かに立ち去り、彼らの背後のドアを閉めた。その部屋には彼ら以外誰もいなかったため、ドアの裏側に現れ たものを見逃してしまった。ペンキもまだ滴る文字…'XINLISUPREME'

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released January 28, 2002


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