Martin Klapper

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Percussionist Roger Turner and electronic Dadaist Martin Klapper offer 14 tracks worth of digital and analog chaos to brighten your day and mess with your mind. The weird thing is, as some of these noisescapes are so dense they need to be listened to two or three times -- if you've got the fortitude for it -- it appears they were recorded in real time, live for the most part. There are overdubs of course, but very few. This is the place where free improvisation and chaos meld into one another and exchange clothes. They go home to each other's houses and make love to each other's spouses and conceive children. But the most important element of expression of this kind has nothing to do with theoretical mumbo jumbo, but with humor, as toy instruments and a drum kit are warped through a series of off-speed-playing tapes. They make you laugh at how absurd they are and yet they are so valid, so expressionistically beautiful, and so forward-thinking -- or forward-non-thinking -- that it's art of the highest and warmest order.

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