It was a full cycle of Jupiter ago, in the gothic/industrial scene of Los Angeles, where the seeds of what would become The Continual Return were conceived. On the stages of clubs such as Bar Sinister, Batcave, Malediction Society and Ruin, songs and stories took shape — ideas that would eventually crystallize into a narrative involving the karmic adventures of Doctor Ordinaire. One such example (first heard live at Bar Sinister) is the following:
Remember the Truth
This video introduces some themes that flow through The Continual Return — with an automaton alchemist surrounded by orreries and clockworks, high in an art-deco tower in a future-noir downtown Los Angeles.
This is an excerpt of an article from the days when Lip Service was a thriving downtown Los Angeles gothic/industrial/(cyber)punk institution, and when M. Ordinaire was seen regularly on the stages of Hollywood goth clubs. It makes for a good segue and introduction to The Continual Return.
This month’s featured Denizen of the Dark is none other than Pierre Ordinaire, founder and mastermind of [this] Goth/Industrial live multimedia project … Pierre exemplifies the transcendent Piscean spirit in his metaphysical and philosophical perspective … if you’ve seen the show, you know it is a total immersion experience in which timeless archetypes are brought vividly into the present tense in living, breathing energy … Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” The inventive spirit that infuses all aspects of this audio/visual artistry is the work of a modern-day alchemist of the highest order … minds that are hungry for sophisticated and inspiring music are in for the ride of their lives.Lip Service Webzine | March 2011
The Hollywood Archives
Some of the music of this era is collected in a compilation titled The Hollywood Archives: