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NULL, K.K. / Z'EV - Artificial Life

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Crippled Intellect Prod. CIPCD018
Release Year: 2006
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Strong mixture of metallic gong & percussion-drones with electronic analogue-noises.. some material is quite mellow, some has outbursting movements... no boring moments... definitely recommended for friends of both projects.

Percussion and percussive elements compose the majority of the source material on this collaborative disc. However, the five pieces on this disc are anything but traditional percussion. With tracks ranging from dense, complex rhythms that sound like angry gnats to sonorus bowed metal and shifting sine waves, these recordings emphasize why these artists have earned their places in the pantheon of experimental sound artists. [label info]

....Recently both were on tour in the UK, and on that occasion this CD was produced and in a way can be seen as a continuation of a recent work they did with Chris Watson (see Vital Weekly 503). Both are works of playing together, but in the case of the release with Watson, it was Z'ev putting the stuff together afterwards based on the sound material offered by KK Null and Chris Watson, whereas in this case Null and Z'ev where together and played the music in an improvised way. That means there are differences to be noted. The Touch CD was much more densely shaped with a wide variety of sounds being blurred together into fine woven pattern, whereas here electronics play a main part but separately from the percussive elements thrown in by Null (who gets credit for electro-percussion) and Z'ev. Less dense, but with a lot of variety. From the tribalism third piece (all are untitled) to the abstract and quieter second and fourth piece, these two gentlemen play a fine piece of music. Throughout they know what they are doing and it may seem that Z'ev is the man who plays the 'solo's' here, meaning he gets a more distinct sound, but it's a wonderfully varied and intelligent disc. No wonder they are heavy weights. [Fdw/ Vital Weekly]