Then, something incredible happened; Burial began giving a limited series of interviews that sounded like they could have been interviews with K-Punk himself from an alternate dimension. Soon, his ideas began popping up more and more in interviews, until without warning the sonic landscape didn't sound quite so drab anymore. Though retro-leaning guitar acts still dominated "indie" sales, all the chatter was about artsy weirdoes from working class backgrounds, depressed 1%ers drowning in melancholy synth unable to detox from the desiring mechanism, and projects either steeped in a versatile pop/experimental theoretical framework or conducive to one, being written up with enthusiasm by a new school of eager music writers who'd whet their appetite on the blog community Mark assembled.
Indirectly or directly, it's no exaggeration to say that music sounds much more interesting these days because of the way K-Punk seeped into its aural bloodstream. For this, we should all be grateful. We should also note that this all happened at a time when the music press, for all intents and purposes, died. While many quite literally published their last issues, others sank further into irrelevance as they struggled to find or ignored altogether any semblance of a zeitgeist. K-Punk and the community he fostered brought back the urgency of music criticism in the late 70s and early 80s, where there seemed to be a direct feed between the journalists and the creators.
Perhaps most impressive though was the two-way roadways he opened up with the icons that inspired him. Energized by the thrill of postpunk and early synthpop, Mark continued to champion Mark Stewart and John Foxx long after many had forgotten about them. In turn, they both seemed turned on by his ideas about hauntology, renewed modernism, and the like, and it seemed to infiltrate their own late era work.
I have written a few thoughts on the passing of Mark Fisher. I can't think of anyone who has influenced me more:https://t.co/fJywoM2Nd6— Junior Boys (@Juniorboys) January 14, 2017
shocked to hear about Mark Fisher passing away. a very important voice with an incredible influence. terrible news -— Bill Kouligas (@bill_kouligas) January 14, 2017
RIP Mark Fisher. An early supporter of GT, and an advocate of the Eerie. Glad to have worked briefly together on vanishing land.— Gazelle Twin (@gazelletwin) January 14, 2017
Before Hyperdub was a label its was a webmag inspired by my fav music writers RIP Mark Fisher - without him nothing instead of something— ø (@kodenine) January 14, 2017
Mark Fisher is an inspiration and I don't want to believe it. RIP.— Holly Herndon (@hollyherndon) January 14, 2017
Very sad to hear Mark Fisher passed. RIP k-punk.— Brood Ma (@Brood_Ma) January 15, 2017
'Capitalist Realism author Mark Fisher dies at 48' a brilliant mind from the brotherhood of the wolfhttps://t.co/u6v0YIWVRV— mark stewart (@_markstewart) January 15, 2017
RIP Mark Fisher. Awful news.— Unsound Festival (@unsound) January 14, 2017
RIP Mark Fisher https://t.co/9xhh5yoX3r— HOLOVR (@viroidlife) January 14, 2017
RIP Mark Fisher. Kind, compassionate human being & intellectual. My prof. & thesis supervisor. Endlessly inspiring. Endless sadness. https://t.co/24s4vXjvda— Maria Minerva (@mrmnrv) January 14, 2017
RIP Mark Fisher. Capitalist Realism was important to me and I felt honoured when he contributed sleeve notes for Sleep Games...— Our head technician (@PyeCornerAudio) January 14, 2017
RIP Mark Fisher, such a shame. A wonderful writer https://t.co/P5IVWYEWNO— Young Galaxy (@younggalaxy) January 14, 2017
Mark Fisher made me feel the utopian possibilities of the internet more than anyone else.— oOoOO (@oOoOOsounds) January 14, 2017
One of favourite pieces of writing from Mark Fisher https://t.co/MIlobe232a— Logos (@Logos262) January 14, 2017
Can't overstate how important he was.
The news about Mark Fisher just tore a hole in my head. RIP extremely sad news...— Lee Gamble (@GambleLee) January 14, 2017
RIP Mark Fisher, one of my fav writers. Here's a touching piece of his on MJ. https://t.co/4KTxOFvTLx— Tim Hecker (@tim_hecker) January 14, 2017
rip k punk— J.G. Biberkopf (@jacquesgaspard) January 15, 2017
Mark Fisher gave me one of my first print interviews, in @thewiremagazine, and was a real gent. I loved immersing myself in his writing. RIP— Forest Swords (@ForestSwords) January 14, 2017
I remember when 90% of the good writing about grime and early dubstep was in the comments on K-Punk's blog posts. https://t.co/dDJ0cFaULC— Grievous Angel (@grievousangeluk) January 14, 2017
turned the text of mark fisher’s ‘capitalist realism’ into noise because i wasn’t sure what else to do with the news of his untimely death. pic.twitter.com/Us1B45AuUK— paulwolinski (@polinski) January 15, 2017
R.I.P Mark Fisher, someone who wrote with so much ambition and focus. Once called Brian Eno a culture criminal - can't buy balls like that.— Local Action (@localactionrec) January 14, 2017