K.K. Null

Inorganic Orgasm

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This is a very good one by K.K. Null from a key period in the development of his music -- a point in time when his noisy guitar soundscapes began to influence a lot of young underground artists. Released by the U.S. label Manifold in a run of 500 hand-numbered copies, Inorganic Orgasm contains seven untitled pieces of nullsonics, a strange-sounding term that only hides the man's self-designed electronic contraption to transform, loop, and overlay his guitar sounds -- much like Robert Fripp's Frippertronics, but with a grittier, post-industrial attitude. The music on this CD belongs to Null's best in the realm of sustained drones and harsh noise (he also did a few things in improv and more reductionist electronics). His sound textures are lush, rich, and ever-changing. They convey atmospheres of otherworldliness and strangeness, rarely crossing over to the claustrophobic even though they remain constantly disquieting. Abrupt endings in tracks two and four add some discomfort. The last track, which is also the longest at 14 and a half minutes, is the only one not based on droning sounds. Starting with patterns of prepared guitar that sound like an electrified gamelan ensemble, it remains very rhythmical, transforming the clanking notes as high frequencies and layers of noise guitar are introduced -- a suitable orgasmic (and orgiastic!) ending that delivers a healthy but somewhat painful ear cleansing. Recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Null
7:24
2
feat: Null
9:11
3
feat: Null
5:15
4
feat: Null
8:19
5
feat: Null
5:33
6
feat: Null
11:29
7
feat: Null
14:32
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