KK.NULL "Kosmik Engine" CD
(Important Records/Voidstar Productions)

Russian

KK.Null is one of those pioneering japanese alternative musicians which names are always on every noise lover's mind, just like omnipresent Merzbow or Aube. By the way, KK.Null met Masami Akita in 1983 when Merzbow was just formed. That time KK.Null played electric guitar at various galleries and club venues. He started playing live with Merzbow and Hanatarashi, but soon joined YBO2 and founded his first band ANP (Absolute Null Punkt). This time also "Dead Tech" compilation saw the world, and it was the first KK.Null major experience in producing music. Nux Organisation, the own KK.Null's label, appeared in 1985, started with his first album release. In 1987 KK.Null founded Zeni Geva, the most legendary band of japanese grindcore scene. Besides KK.Null, Zeni Geva consist of musicians from Hanatarashi, Bodredoms and Leningtad Blues Machine. In the early 90s, Zeni Geva toured USA for the first time - during this tour, KK.Null met Jello Biafra (from Dead Kennedys) and Steve Albini (who produced such bands as Sonic Youth and Whitehouse). All these years KK.Null's activity is on it's top: Zeni Geva toured the world, KK.Null released a lot of solo CDs and was involved in various collaborations, festivals etc. In 2002, he visited Russia during the 5th Sergei Kuryokhin Interhational Fest (SKIF-5). KK.Null's interest in more delicious forms of experimental music was evolved since 1996, when he found a new project Terminal Hz with Dawid Brown and Sean Backster - firstly focused on jazz-rock but later converted to more electronic sounding. After all, not forget to mention his "wild" rhythm and noise project Monster DVD, together with musicians from Zeni Geva and Government Alpha. All recently recorded KK.Null albums are real-time improvised and made with a single deviceboard (effects desk), controlled in the distance via special console. KK.Null calls this systen "Nullsonic" (just like Robert Fripp with his "Frippertronics"). Nullsonic can not only transform sound, it's also possible to play various instruments, so this is full-functional interface. Some sort of basic synthesizer functions allows to use it as perplexive sound generator. "Kosmik Engine" gives you a good idea how it works. All tracks are untitled, solid and sole, like the moon grunt. The composition is straight and strong, each track is intended to cherish raw and primitive electronic sound. The pulsing waves of machine paranoia, the broken, cycled, async sounds... In fact, quite natural for Japanese born people: it's neccessary to find the point of contemplation even there is no single human left.
Contacts: Kazuyuki K. Null - website and e-mail
or Important Records c/o John Important, P.O. Box 1281, Newburyport, MA 01950, USA
or Voidstar Productions c/o Deftly-D, 102 Park Ave. West, Unit C10, Lowell, MA 01852, USA

 

KALLABRIS "No Bingo" CDR
(Jazztone)

Russian

Too seriously subtitled "Reference of encyclopaedic archieve research department for pure and applied Kallabristik", new album from this mysterious german formation is here. It's really archive recordings from 1995-1999, but the small edition of only 100 copies is obviously conceived for the friends and I'm the one of those happy individuals, who got this gem. Kallabris is the unique band: it exists since the mid of 80s, but produced only tapes and limited edition vinyl records, and no single CD! There were years of silence after last LP, and no news at all, except that its name was given to the festival of german electronic music. Total weirdness is even about Kallabris label - Jazztone. Its releases are numbered in descending order (this is number JT127), beginning from the last record number released by this really existed, but abandoned label. The history is going back also in music, which turn us to underwater expeditions, unfriendly beauty of northern nature and more abstract things impossible to describe. The omnipresence effect is taking over audiostructure, it's rarely can be found even up to date. You can spend years somewhere across the northern sea, but still have no idea what it's all about until you play this record on your own. Back to this album, the things are a bit different here. It have quite melodic approach (but the melodies are not fit to be transcribed as notes), it vibrates and freezes your feelings, it's melancholic and objective like a sadness reflected from the old photo with people who turned in other state, unknown for us who is still alive. Nine short tracks are melted together by sweet atonality, not through harmony, but through sleep taking you away in the world full of clear and transparent energies. The last track is half-hour tribute to Led Zeppelin, unexpected as much as perfect styled! Just try to imagine hard-rock song which will be described well by all those words I wrote here. If you can't, you still have a chance to found this album, but hurry up!
Contact: www.kallabris.de

 

ALEX KELLER "The Four Hundred Boys" CD
(Mictlan Recordings)

Russian

A new name for me in the experimental music, with debut album - an always interesting and breathtaking experience. Alex Keller is Seattle based composer who has a kind of academic music education and worked with Christopher DeLaurenti. Intrinsically atonal fragments like the back side of the artificial, technological music around us, its contrast with the harmony between sound and silence in the quiet parts, careful collection of dissonantly sound events which are impossible to hear in half-ear (as much as you can't escape the sense of reality of definite sounding objects when feel its presence aurally) - to follow my description, you should imagine works in musique concrete and abstract styles of composition. Seven pieces, mostly pretty long by duration, partly hypnotize listener with the dreamlike evolving, and partly disturb with their uncontrolled and constantly changing, breaking basis. Every piece demonstrate the perfect skills in the field recordings technique, computer software & processing, electronic treatment of acoustic instruments like piano and guitar, rhythms and even spoken word. I can't say that this album leave some sort of radical impression - it's quite typical for experimental music school, as much as appealing for the mass-culture consumers. And that's the main reason for which I can recommend it to somebody who will be interested.
Contact: www.alexkeller.net or alex_keller@iname.com
Mictlan Recordings, 6718 12th Ave NW, Seattle WA 98117, USA

 

KIYOSHI MIZUTANI "Bird Songs" CD
(Ground Fault)

Russian

Long time known as Merzbow collaborator, Mizutani recently released some solo albums which were categorized by critics as buddhistic Zen-harsh-noise. Sounding too abstract and complex in comparison with naked aggression of Mizutani's most part countrymen works, they attracted attention of well-known admirers of careful environmental recording technique, KAON Records. Result was an appearance of Mizutani's piece on "The Sound of Nature - The Nature of Sound" compilation as also his official webpage located in the members area of KAON website. Supposed to continue working in the same direction, Mizutani released this CD, which perpetuate the singing of six birds recorded in the Tokyo area. But what a great work it is! In most parts, recordings are taken directly from nature, without further rearrangements, so you can hear really amazing sound of natural acoustic landscape. Despite the strict minimalism of composer's work, it isn't boring at all, at least I breathtakingly listened to it many times. Besides bird voices, you will hear some standard environmental sounds like river, rain and wind, but also lot of strange and unrecognized sounds which compel to think about kind of orchestration. What is notable then, the accurate comments about each track, which will make your listening not only passionate but educational too...
Contacts: Kiyoshi Mizutani, c/o Ulcer House, #201, 2-18-1, Yurigaoka, Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi 215-0011, Japan
or Ground Fault c/o Erik Hoffman, P.O.Box 4923 Downey, CA 90241, USA

 





KLIMPEREI
Promo by LES DEUX

(90-min tape with four 23-min fragments of albums "Blumenfabrik", "Mecanologie Portable", "Tout Seul Sur Laplage En Hiver" and "Petit Aeroplane", separated with test-signals)

Russian

The art is not intended to lie down in the bed with everyone, instead, it prefer to disappear when someone spell its name. The art really like to be incognito, and the best moments coming when the art forget its name. French band with strange german title, which means "Strumming on piano", doesn't try to bother listener with complex style labels. It will shock you if you expect something certain, because it's just natural, naive, freeform and open to every living soul. You'll feel ingeniousness in every short piece, not depending of musical form - ballads, waltzes, jazz improv or avant garde playing together in such gently way, that we couldn't be sure of these cliches we knew about it all before. Well, some unusual instruments are added to guitars, drums and keyboard (toy piano, harmonica, trumpet and bells), but the point is that they playing serious music with unique humorous touch, or pathetize pop songs... Christophe and Franoise Petchanatz let us see through music all that we had lost forever when childhood has gone.
Contact: Klimperei/Les Deux c/o Christophe Petchanatz 38 avenue Pompid ou, 69003 Lyon X France

 

KLIMPEREI "Un P'tit Coin D'Ciel Gris" CD
(Prikosnovenie)

Russian

This is a new CD from Fizz, sudivision dedicated to childish music - what the aptly subtitle! Well, the musicians called this album their sad album, but in fact this sadness goes not too far, like a child which can be only sad until you'll take his attention in your hands. You make him feel good, and the sadness turns to happiness! The amateur people just can seat down, relax and remember their adolescence, first love, deception and the anxiety of life. The senses are slightly melancholic, joking and serious at the same time - like the poetry, it takes new horizons every time you return to it. The instruments like xylophon, guitar, piano, toys, drum-machine making the music a kind of live-in-studio, the childish synthesizers are so cheerful! The 26 short pieces are intended to different kind of tunes - sometimes pathetic, sometimes shy, always curiously and sincere, they are like a circus clowns. The bunch of emotions, strange, but never getting boring. Especially the last three, which cannot leave you indifferent even if you are really poor person.
Contact: Prikosnovenie or prikos@worldnet.fr, BP9423, C-44194 Clisson Cedex, France

KLIMPEREI "Big & Bang" CD
(Organic/LAND)

Russian

The music of Klimperei, barely changed over the years, now is spreading to new territories. This is already second album-like soundtrack, but not imaginery as "Alice in Wonderlands" appeared one year before. "Big & Bang" is the theaterpiece directed by Patrick Dubost and presented in Him Thtre du Verseau (Vnissieux). It is also represented in the program of the Biennale Thtre Jeune Public of Lyon in June of 2001. The whole idea of that piece is based on burlesque encounter of two different, but real persons, Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton, playfully renamed to Big and Bang. Their presence is overwhelming but somewhere out of time and space, and it stands for the cause of various funny situations, humorous events, clue fables and poetic images. "Big and Bang are living in two adjacent flats somewhere between chaos and the harmony. Big and Bang listen to the music of Klimperei, of the naive ritornellos that broke free from a circus or from the fireman dancing hall, or maybeby it is the music of vaptured spheres tat is broadcasted by a mechanical and portable orchestra. Big and Bang are brothers: they enlighten salad with their eyes, their hands are full of bees and are looking for a place where time is hidden." Easy and confusing, this epigraph give you an idea of what's going on. The friend of mine who visited me while listening this album for a first time, told me that he couldn't believe that anyone can listen to this music with the general purpose. If it sounds behind the closed door, it's easier to imagine that there is someone listening to radioshow for children, or watching cartoons, or simply there is a sort of hilarious children birthday party. 38 miniatures, some of them are made of just a single sound, but other are real songs, in which sounds are like Lego-details, even being misplaced or misused still making impression and adding some charm. At last I must to say some boring clever words which all amateur people love to say: the references for this music are names like Residents, Samla Mammas Manna, Ensemble Nimbus, Pascal Comelade, Michael Nyman, Phillip Glass and Richard Pinhas.
Contact: Conapt-Sounds @ Organic or org_land@club-internet.fr, 10, rue Blriot - 38100 Grenoble, France

 

KOZO INADA "d[]" CD
(Staalplaat)

Russian

As long as Staalplaat label exists, it always has leading position on the independent musical scene, which was proved not once - introducing new names, strong self-organisation, flexibility and open-minded attitude regarding all what happen outside of that hidden place where underground like to exist. Material Series is only a small part of huge empire of music they presented to us through all those years, but if you are a newcomer, you are more than welcome too! For me, the art conception of Material Series is a kind of invitation, a lovely and nice looking stuff, colourfull and glossy, hi-tec CDs packed in jewel case with no printwork. All information is etched on the CD box itself. Inside special material is housed (in this case yellow wired plastic). The CD itself is so-called AB-CD: the small ring with music, and the outside of the CD fully transparent. As you can imagine, such a special designed CD suggests only extraordinary musical contents - and you are right! Microwave is described as the combination of glitches, broken pulses and clicks, noises, minimal structures and has huge dynamic range that varies from absolute silence to extreme peak. It is a compromize between avantgarde and club cultures which was reached in the end of 90s, and gained popularity for the last years as well. For me it's difficult to say, who is the "end user" of this type of music - it is too much concentrated within the style frame for being experimental, but too radical for being entertainment... Kozo Inada is Japanese musician who is using computer tools and transforming digital arrays to audio signal flow. The four long tracks on this CD giving excellent impressions about the style described above, and I just can recommend this album to anyone who isn't familiar with microwave. And the other people possibly don't need to hear my recommendations.
Contact: Staalplaat, P.O.Box 11453, 1001 GL Amsterdam, The Nederlands

 











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