JEUX DE MASSACRE - GEOMETRY FOR THE EARS news update 3/29/2009 7:29:29 PM

JEUX DE MASSACRE questions the relation between the reality of death and the death of reality.

Through different means of expression, Pascal Bernier (visual artist), Harun Farocki (film director) and Patrick Codenys (musician), take a critical view of the strategy of mass violence in our society. A virtual and cosmetic violence entering into the military field.

Far from any morality, but without falling into cynicism, the exhibition JEUX DE MASSACRE deconstructs this contradiction by assemblages, collages and soundscapes.

The work of the three artists confronts the visitor with an ambiguous sentiment of fascination and repulsion and questions the limits of tolerance and intolerance, the factual and the virtual, in what is our symbolic relation to death and violence.

GEOMETRY FOR THE EARS challenges the confrontation of the silence of the old industrial site of Grand Hornu with oscillations, frequencies and musical pieces.

The arena of this monumental space will be the fascinating setup for Art & Strategy’s (Patrick Codenys and Daniel B.) sculptural sound performance in 8.1. surround.

MAC's - Musée des Arts Contemporains de la Communauté françause de Belgique
Site du Grand Hornu
Rue Sainte-Louise 82
Boussu (Hornu)

Exhibition: Until 30.06.2009 Tues. to Sun. from 10 am to 6 pm
Performance: 26.06.2009 – Starts 6:30 pm – Performance 9 pm
Entrance: 10,00 € (includes museum visit – reservation required)

Tel: + 32 (0)65 65 21 21
GPS Position: N 50° 26' 05.94" – E 03° 50' 15.32"

IN THE MOOD FOR 242? news update 5/17/2009 7:02:24 PM

LIVE & NEW MERCHANDISE news update 3/5/2009 10:43:33 PM

Check out the updated 242 “Live Calendar”, the new “242 hooded sweaters” and the “live album of Modern Cubism”, now available in the 242 T-shirts and collections section of the Transmission 242 shop

ATHENS CONCERT REBOOKED news update 1/19/2009 10:39:45 PM

The Greek live show at the Fuzz Club in Athens has been rescheduled and will take place on February 6. 2009. Tickets are still available!

Jan. 29. 2009 _ Toulouse _ Le Bikini news update 1/8/2009 11:59:44 PM

Concert exclusif de Front 242 dans le Sud de la France pour une soirée exceptionnelle au Bikini de Toulouse (Ramonville St Agne).
Le groupe n'ayant plus joué dans la région depuis plus de 15 ans, ce concert sera un événement particulier pour tous.

Exclusive Front 242 concert in the South of France. Join us for an exceptional evening at the Bikini in Toulouse (Ramonville St Agne).
The band has not played in the region for the past 15 years; this concert will be a special event for all of us.

Fiche spectacle
Le Bikini

HAPPY HOLIDAYS news update 12/23/2008 6:49:06 PM

As 2008 comes to a close, we would like to take a moment to thank you for your devotion.

Front 242 and Transmission 242 wish you happy holidays!

Stay in the rhythm!

LOUDER! BACKSTAGE WITH...FRONT 242 news update 9/30/2008 5:19:59 PM

The Bulletin_18. September 2008_PM Doutreligne

Take out your ear plugs and crank up the volume. As of this week, we get down and dirty with bands, giving you the lowdown on the latest gossip, interviews and reviews from the rockin’ music world

It’s no exaggeration to list Front 242 in a line of electro pioneers which includes Kraftwerk, Cabaret Voltaire and Chris & Cosey. Dressed in quasi-military attire, wearing shades and – lest we forget the music – mixing electronic drums with suffocating bass lines and bleak lyrics, Front 242 left most early-Eighties critics baffled; interviews and promo shoots were scarce – who were these scary, unconventional Belgians? If Depeche Mode and Human League were by now the poster boys for ‘accessible’ electronic music, Front 242 certainly weren’t making life easy for themselves with their singular attitude or song titles like Commando Mix or Special Forces. Yet the band quickly acquired a cult following, first in Europe, then in America where they signed a deal with Chicago’s seminal Wax Trax! label. And while lazy hacks were still debating the group’s image, their single Take One became a hit in Detroit’s black and gay clubs! 1984’s No Comment album saw Front 242 become the frontrunners of a new genre now universally known as electronic body music. With each release, the band developed a more physical sound and gained more high-profile admirers. Bands such as Ministry and Nine Inch Nails as well as techno pioneer Frankie Knuckles were committed fans, as was photographer Anton Corbijn, who directed videos for the band’s two most successful singles, 1988’s Headhunter and 1990’s Tragedy For You. While their self-produced studio work was praised by many, their concerts took it one step further, throwing striking visuals and live mixing into the equation. Small wonder, then, that it was the lure of reworking their songs in a live setting that ended the band’s mid-Nineties hiatus. “Playing live has put us back on track,” says keyboard player Patrick Codenys, “it has a therapeutic element which allows us to rediscover ourselves.” Moments..., Front 242’s brand new ‘live greatest hits’ album, is certainly a case in point. Recorded at various venues in 2006 and 2007, it shows the band (augmented by live drummer Tim Kroker) at the top of their game, with vocalists Jean-Luc De Meyer and Richard 23 at their most ferocious. From U-Men to Moldavia, from Welcome To Paradise to Im Rhythmus Bleiben, this collection demonstrates not only the sheer brilliance of what is arguably Belgium’s most influential band ever, but also their ability to adapt to different audiences, from Belgian festivals to sold-out Spanish clubs. As Codenys explains, “Spanish crowds are already dancing before we’ve hit the first note, while in northern Europe people are more analytical about our music. It has always been one of Belgium’s strengths to channel many different currents and come up with a melting-pot.” Amen to that.


FRONT 242 - A DOCUMENTARY news update 12/15/2008 1:44:12 PM

Front 242 at Canvas, Belpop, 22:15 CET on Tuesday, 16. December 2008


THEY'RE COMING DOWN FOR YOU WITH MOMENTS news update 7/4/2008 2:42:00 AM

In the past 20 years, the use of computers has drastically transformed music production; in this way, creation is totally integrated thanks to user-friendly technology.

FRONT 242 come from a different era, when working with electronic music was difficult. The machines were hostile and humans needed to interact strongly with synthesizers to master their art. Music required discipline.

After years of digital “über alles”, analogue synthesizers and technology have made a comeback. Aware of a time where research and sound design was important, new brands have emerged and some older synthesizer brands refined the analogue technology on contemporary synthesizers, with modern components and a sophisticated sound.

FRONT 242 decided to re-load their old analogue sequences into this new generation of synthesizers. They carefully re-designed all the sounds to match the spirit of their time.

The result was shown during a worldwide “Vintage Tour” that is still running today.

To satisfy the fans insatiable hunger for live thrills and the curiosity of numerous listeners who are interested in the early electronic music atmosphere; FRONT 242 release an exceptional “Live” recording encompassing the very best of their compositions.

Grasp the exclusive chance to relive these “Moments…” or to pretend if you’ve never had the opportunity to live the “Moments…” and check out the sections “242 Collections” and "242 T-shirts" in the online Transmission 242 shop!

A brand new and exclusive Vintage “Kommando” Remix T-shirt is available separately or in a package deal offer. Check out the section “242 T-shirts”.

The 100 first package deal buyers will receive a unique most wanted 242-membership card, valid FOREVER….
As from the 101st buyer other goodies for free.

Moments…” will not be available in regular retail shops at the time of e-release.

More release news soon….

In the meantime, spread the word and enjoy “Moments…” with us for your very own private collection!

TRAVAILLEUR EN TRANCE news update 6/22/2008 8:16:58 PM

Daniel B. did a high-end dynamic mastering and remix work for the new album "Cobra Coded Escalation" by the German "Neo-EBM" act Travailleur En Trance (TET). Latest new CD and first CD for sale now in our shop.
Check them out:
Record company

news update 3/17/2008 10:31:48 PM

Welcome to the remodelled Front 242 website. We are still fine-tuning so come back often for updates and new features.

news update 3/20/2008 9:07:04 PM

"Tous Contraints, tome I : réécritures oulipiennes de textes célèbres" est le premier recueil poétique format bookleg de la main de Jean-Luc De Meyer.

Derrière le titre un rien alambiqué se cachent une trentaine de lipogrammes - ou textes à contraintes - dans lesquels l’auteur, à l’instar de nombreux oulipiens, se prive volontairement de certaines lettres (souvent le « e ») pour réécrire à sa facétieuse manière des textes illustres de la langue française tels que des fables de la Fontaine, du Baudelaire, du Rimbaud, du Corneille, des extraits de la Bible et même du Brassens.

Le bookleg est disponible à la vente dans toutes les bonnes librairies de Belgique qui diffusent Maelström (Tropismes, Filigranes, Yeux Gourmands…), ou via le site web de Maelström - Editions en réévolution. Maelström fait partie du réseau de RéÉvolution Poétique!


POLL news update 3/26/2008 5:34:58 PM

ReGen Magazine compiled the Top 10 Industrial Albums that have made the most significant impact on the growth and development of the industrial music scene.

Check out the best album of all time

news update 1/21/2008 5:57:19 PM

Front 242 lost one of their greatest German fans but also a very appreciated friend: Niels Fischborn.
He will always be remembered…

HELLELUJAH news update 1/21/2007

Check out the one minute movie project Hellelujah.
Creation: Design Is Dead
Sound: Front 242


DOCUMENTARY news update 3/28/2008 2:43:45 PM