Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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
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
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 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
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 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."