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Zbigniew Karkowski & Daniel Menche, "Unleash"

cover imageDaniel Menche discussed on his now infamous blog how his attendance at a Karkowski show was a major inspiration and motivation for his now prolific career in sound art.  I would imagine that for that reason he would have some sense of intimidation working with his hero, but this live in the studio collaboration shows no sense of trepidation, just two masters shaping sound into frightening and fascinating sculptures.

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The collaboration is split into six untitled pieces for the sake of the listener, though it is relentless in its hour-long duration.  The opening of skittering drum sounds alone before the rattling digital tones kick in, make for one of the few sparse elements in this recording.  Beyond here, it gets denser and thicker.  Unlike some of Menche’s more open and ambient experiments of late, this stays more in the realms of his earlier harsh work, though with more of an electronic sheen instead of overdriven tube amps.

As the first section pushes on, the rhythm elements stick around as metallic scrapes, buzzing tones, and nasal electronic pulses cut through, the mix eventually becoming dominated by the high pitched noise frequencies, though the drums still stay buried there.  This continues on, being complimented by some deep overdriven rumbling, blasts of static and higher, almost chiming tones that could be musical in some other dimension.

The static eventually supplants the high pitched noises, being cut up like a helicopter matched with hissing air compressors and artifacts of cheap time-stretched effects.  Eventually this takes a back seat to pure harsh static that recalls the halcyon days of the harsh noise scene, which both of these artists were pioneers in.  This continues on, the percussive thump eventually rising up to make itself known, but always stays under the din.

The last segment continues on with the thump, but the noise begins to break away, sheets of noise splashing about, crunchy distortion, and painful buzzing that morphs into painfully shrill tones, which are what closes the disc on its own, leaving a ringing that lasts in the ears after the disc closes.

This disc in some ways does recall the early golden days of harsh noise in its pure electronic abstraction and chaos, yet rather than just pummeling with volume instead it stays a bit more restrained, allowing the variety of textures that are here to be experienced rather than just suffered through.  As the first of two studio collaborations, I'm now eager to find out how the second one recorded will turn out.

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COCK ESP, "THE PRIDE OF NORTH AMERICAN NOISE"
Cock ESP are very silly. The core duo of Emil Hagstrom and Matt Bacon have earned themselves some small reknown by donning fancy dress and delivering very short random noise sets which usually end in some kind of violent chaos. After thrilling to the sound of Cuban screamer Elyse Perez shrieking whilst cracking the bald skulls of drunken beach bums with a gnarled stick of driftwood, they asked her to join them. The theme of this album appears to be the comedy of pain, as most tracks sport corrupted cheesy song titles with one word obliterated by the word 'pain'. During the twenty minutes of quick choking noise bursts there is also a little violin, although you'd hardly know it, and Flying Luttenbacher Weasal Walter blows some honking clarinet blasts over six lucky maelstroms. If anyone out there is still mad enough to be a V/Vm completist then you're going to need this, as the Edgely masher does a mix up on the longest track, and brings his own saxalicious stamp of hacked pompous poptone plunder to the din of the screaming Cock. Rushing through 18 splurges of ridiculous riot noise, Cock ESP kick up a racket that never sticks around long enough to irritate and after the first few tracks shows the kind of irreverent illogic that only a man in a donkey suit could really deliver. Without the live show shenanigens, the Cock ESP experience is of course incomplete, but there is a lovely collection of on stage snapshots on the insert to help your earmagination along. If that's just not enough they'll be touring the US and Europe early next year. There are still more pictures and on the Cock ESP website where you can also find three full short bursts of noise from this release and a selection from their many other spewings. There they also display their various accolades with pride having been described as idiot noise, performance-noise wackos and a bunch of sad twats.

 

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