Monday, March 31, 2014

Fragment King: Angel Position (2014)

Angel Position is Fragment King's first full-length album for the Megahertz label. The album's 8+1 pieces were written and recorded between 2008 and 2010. The album was mastered in 2012 by Bazooka and includes his remix for the track "Nullifier". Limited Edition of 100 pressed CDs in custom treated jewel case. The album's 8+1 pieces were written and recorded between 2008 and 2010. The album was mastered in 2012 by Bazooka. Massive sound architecture is created and confronted with something that dwells within: intense human emotion. Both ensnare and entrench each other. The human soul in its black iron prison, smashing the walls of noise surrounding it. Yearning, desiring, running, crushing. This machinery, the duality of what we can never touch and what never sets us free from its grasp – soul and matter – is the album's principal theme.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Nexialist Presents: Mental Machinery (2014)

This album contains out-of-print and previously unreleased tracks by Fragment King both solo and in collaboration with Uncreated. They were produced from 1998 to 2002 and resemble a dirty, raw and underground vision of Techstep Drum & Bass. They are infused with a hefty dose of Death Metal, IDM and Industrial sounds and are inspired by acts such as Source Direct, Dom + Roland, or the early No-U-Turn label releases. The album includes a continuous mix bonus album with additional tracks, alternative takes and remixes.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Torso: Generating Space (2002)

Torso was a Nexialist project aimed at creating the audible phenomena of space, a reversive engineering of spatial sound. 16 tracks were collected for the "Generating Space" album. It features a red colored CD-R with red on-disc print in an edition of 100, in a plastpak with sticker attached. It is now completely sold out. The sticker blurb stated: "Artificial and impossible spaces are made possible through torso's processing of spatial audio phenomena! Ethereal noise and digital density create explorations into sonic architecture." Dead Angel Zine concluded: "(…) minimalism is the key here: the efx themselves are used in minimalist fashion, although at times there are several going on at once and it gets pretty dense. The noise generated by such experimental sound processing, especially with the use of distortion and delay, is often gritty and booming, the sound of disturbed things happening in vast open rooms. It's the sound of machinery left to run in empty rooms, a cold and formless sound that implies the absence of humans to control the vibrations. There are moments when the rumble nearly drowns out the rest of the sounds, but then it recedes to reveal much that was previously hidden - a practice of playing hide 'n seek with great shapes of sound. There's a heavy drone quotient at work in places. Tnteresting work of a loud and dark ambient nature." A review from DCFE: "(…) the musician is doing an extension of avant-garde classical music especially of Pierre Schaeffer, Stockhausen and ambience music from Brian Eno. What's interesting about this CD is that the musician approached musique concrete from a different approach to Pierre Schaeffer in late 1940s. Pierre Schaeffer recorded live sound recordings and then manipulates such live sounds electronically using tapes. The musician here did the reverse. He used electronic instruments to imitate live sounds recordings. I could hear the sound of tanks battles, chilling sound in dark tunnel, TV set when all channels closed down, but all these with a sense of roughness in sound." And finally, IBOL magazine: "What an evil trick! Someone took an unsuspecting minimalist, plugged him into a Marshall stack and recorded it on their hard-drive. Or at least that is what Torso makes me think of. There are almost no discernible "source sounds" in this recording, only (apparently) digital manipulation. An extremely crisp, distilled and singular vision of music, these 16 tracks are layed out in 3 larger groupings, for a total of 67 minutes of noise. Most of the textures are fairly harsh, but the presentation is more ambient (ubiquitous, surrounding)."

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Fragment King: Nullifier - Bazooka's Warhead Remix (2012)

For this release, "Nullifier" was remixed by Berlin-based DnB-Hardcore-Dubstep Hero Bazooka. The original version of "Nullifier" was recorded for the forthcoming Fragment King album "ANGEL POSITION".This version of the track was exclusively produced for the Elektroanschlag 8 compilation released in 2012.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The.Bänd: The Garden (2011)

Here it is, the second release by The.Bänd! Z'EV, Alexandra von Bolz'n, and Fragment King reunite for 'The Garden', a track on Mantricum 017, a tape release featuring The.Bänd, Z'EV, and Carlos Villena.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The.Bänd: Death's Radio 1-4 (2009)

The.Bänd is a metal/drone/funk bastardization whipping out death-trance for your edification. The.Bänd consists of new music legend Z'EV, extreme vocalist Alexandra von Bolz'n, and full metal scientist Fragment King. They started joining forces in summer 2008 and the first result of this collaboration is "Death's Radio", a collection of four long pieces that combine Z'EV's percussion, Alexandra's shrieks and growls, and Fragment King's low rumbling bass in addition to atmospheric and soundtrackish synthlines. They have since continued to produce further pieces beyond Death's Radio 1-4.

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.