Saturday, September 13, 2008

Nexicon: Life Emitting Diode (2008)

In 2002 members of NTT and Fragment King started to jam and recorded the resulting sessions. They performed two live shows in New York City in 2002 and 2003, redefining live electronic digital music in combination with electric guitars and vocal etherics. A vinyl release via Nexialist and a compilation appearance followed. "Life Emitting Diode" is a selection of their recordings, collaged, fused, and refined, and released in a limited edition audio album through Annihilvs and Nexialist. The album includes 9 tracks [plus 1 secret bonus track] ranging from electroacoustic ambience via beat metal to digital hack://grind, performed by Lee Bartow, Tim Spann, and Mark Kammerbauer, and recorded at Leechnest in 2002. The recordings were edited and mastered at White Furnace Lodge in 2004. One significant aspect of Nexicon is the development of a real live implementation of computers and software via the hack://grind method, which eventually led to the destruction of Fragment King's laptop.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fragment King: Grey Album (2005)

Fragment King recorded "Grey Album" in 2005 with digital beats and sounds and treated bass guitar and vocals. The album was released by Invasion Wreck Chords and is now completely sold out. This album features the full-power Fragment King after emerging from all-electronic beginnings. The combination of guitar sounds with electronic beats had always been the basic concept of the project, inspired by Big Black, Godflesh, but also metal bands like Carcass and Celtic Frost on the one hand, but also the cineastic feel of electronic projects such as Source Direct, Dom + Roland, Autechre. Lyrics are personal and heavily processed with effects, creating a sound triptych of beats, chords, and voice. The album artwork consists of photography by M. Kammerbauer. "Grey Album" was critically very well received. Orkus reviewer Thomas Sonder gave the album 9.5 of 10 points, stating FK "could be described as a mix of power electronics and drone doom with aggressive backgrounds, produced by Kammerbauer in an enormously dense and fat manner. Godflesh on even more drugs? More than that – Grey Album makes you sweat, evokes anger, releases force, in the controlled songs with slower pace as well as in the angry, fast noise machines, in which the Fragment King has incorporated almost insane energy eruptions in a pretty defragmented way."