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  MKM (Muller / Kahn / Moslang) 
  teplo_dom  
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   review by Jeph Jerman
  2019-01-30
MKM (Muller / Kahn / Moslang): teplo_dom (Mikroton)

MKM is the fairly long-standing trio of Norbert Moslang (cracked everyday electronics), Jason Kahn (analog synthesizer, radio) and Gunter Muller (ipods, electronics), heard here in a pair of live recordings from 2017.

All three of the titles here display fairly thick masses of slowly shifting electronic textures covering a wide frequency spectrum. Low throb adhering to upward spiraling vines with occasional crackle or tin plate clang. Quiet beep supplanted by odd warbly chords and cheesy Casio-like noodling. The longest, central improvisation "teplo", takes its time ladling wind and whistle over a very low churning, before building into a coruscating howl. Silence often gnaws at the edges of this music, but rarely completely takes over. Occasionally a sound or texture hangs around for a bit, accruing weight while being pummeled or caressed by its partners (listen around 16 minutes into that same piece as an example).

I've often marveled at how many drummers turn to electronics as a main instrument, and here we have two of them with fine sensibilities and carefully loaded pallets mixing it up with a veteran instigator. I cannot for sure say who's doing what here, which is always a good thing in my book.



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