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NULL, K.K / CHRIS WATSON / Z'EV - Number one

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Touch TONE 24
Release Year: 2005
Note: digipack
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €14.00
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Komplexe Power-Drones und quasi-rhythmisches Elektro-Geknirsche, Watsons Tieraufnahmen tauchen irgendwo im Mix auf, sirrende Metall-Pfeile schiessen durchs Noise-Gest: stranger Dschungel-Industrial wie man ihn wohl selten / noch nie? gehrt hat....das alles folgt auf den 5 Stcken einer bestimmten Theaterplay- Struktur ..... grosse Klasse, laut hren!

American performance/noise/percussion artist Z'ev, Japanese composer/performer K.K. Null, and field-recording artist Chris Watson (formerly of Cabaret Voltaire and the Hafler Trio) conjoin in a first collaboration for Touch. The idea for this recording, generated by Z'ev, has three elements: 1) to use the structure of the Noh Theatre cycle as the basis for the composition; 2) to consider the initial sound development in terms of developing "characters" which would then interact with one another through the specific "scene;" and 3) to place the "character interactions" as the "figure" inside of particular soundscapes as the "ground." In the production process, Z'ev framed his and K.K. Null's electro-acoustic musics inside Chris Watson's field recordings from East Africa. A dynamic dialogue and inside-outside mirroring of natural and synthetic sound is the result: where the click and rhythm of an insect merges with K.K. Null's drumming; where the calls of the elephants combine with the electronic bass frequencies; where bird and frog song and Z'ev's harmonic structures produce surprising counterpoints. This is carefully-constructed, pure avant-garde. [press release]
...An unlikely combination perhaps, but surprisingly it works very well. The bird and insects sound electronic and the electro-acoustics sounds sound quite natural. Z'ev's responsibility is to mix all these elements together, and he does a great job, much along the lines of his 'Headphone Musics 1 To 6' (see Vital Weekly 444). Densely layered pieces of sounds swirling in and out, which work best with headphones one (despite the fact that no such reference is made on the cover). It's music that is hardly to be described as 'ambient' or 'soundscaping' or even 'industrial', but which is very much it's own thing, defying any category (well, perhaps 'avant-garde' comes in place then?). A highly vibrant disc of beautifully dense music. [FdW / Vital Weekly]