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A collaboration between two Seoul, South Korean sound artists--Hong Chulki and Ryu Hankil--both performing on no-input mixer & objects for an album of electronic, glitch and sputtering sound with an extreme dynamic range and twisted purpose.

Chulki, Hong / Ryu Hankil
Objets Infernaux

Chulki, Hong  / Ryu Hankil: Objets Infernaux (erstwhile)

Label: erstwhile    
Released in: USA    

"This CD's cover image seems to writhe with artificially generated heat, but its first seconds impart the opposite sensation. Static bursts spray icy spicules inside your ear, bracing as a damp November morning that has somehow colonized the air around your tympanic membrane. The two aspects that they have in common are key - electricity and movement. Chulki and Hankil would be hard put to make the racket on this album without the former, since their instrumentation consists mainly of cheap electronic gadgets that they misuse and repurpose. Without batteries, you wouldn't get much sound.

And movement? Not only does this the action proceed restlessly from one cantankerous outbreak to the next, but it imparts a sense of occurring within space. This may well be an illusion, since the time I saw one of them perform in another duo, their physical actions often seemed tangential to the sounds made. Actually, there were times when the two Koreans barely moved at all, but sat back and watched the mayhem as, say, an open CD player spun a lick of sticky tape in the air, or an activated vibrator slowly shuddered across the table and fell to the floor. A word of advice: if you ever get a chance to see these guys, show up early and get a good vantage point. Their visuals are priceless.

So why should you pay for this CD? Because in its own way, it's as rambunctious and surprising as that concert was. Sonically, it strikes a middle ground between Kevin Drumm's first album and Voice Crack. Like the Swiss cracked electronics duo, they make their instruments by breaking them, and revel in whatever they find rather than try to make it into something else. And like Drumm, they take things that have sounds of their own and turn them into conduits for pure electricity. You've heard of bottled lightning? This is lightning set loose in a room, careening against the walls, upsetting the furniture, and singeing the hairs that sprout from your elder uncle's ears."-Bill Meyer

"Hong Chulki was born in 1976, Seoul, South Korea. He is an improvised/noise musician. His selection of instruments includes turntables (without cartridge), mixing board feedback, laptop, and other electronics. One of his central projects is astronoise (the first noise act of South Korea in 1997) with Choi Joonyong. After several years of playing guitar in a few indie rock bands and spending time for military service around 2003, he began to deviate from the more conventional way of making/listening music and to explore the area of free improvisation with everyday record/playback devices such as CD players, MD recorders and turntables. Since then he has developed his interest in collective non-idiomatic improvisation with acoustic/electronic noise objects. He participated initially in Bulgasari, the first monthly free music concert series in Seoul organized by Sato Yukie and later co-founded RELAY, the free improvisation meeting directed by Ryu Hankil."-Hong Chulki Website

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Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
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Duo Recordings
Objects and Home-made Instruments

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Product Information:

Label: erstwhile
Catalog ID: 069
Squidco Product Code: 18921

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded in January 2014, Seoul, South Korea.


Hong Chulki-no-input mixer, objects

Ryu Hankil-no-input mixer, objects

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