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Sound artist Jason Kahn performing in Zurich at the Kunstraum Walcheturm arts organization, recording fourteen short improvised sections, focusing on heavily effected drums and percussive elements augmented with synthetics, radio, plus work exclusively for voice.

Kahn, Jason
Things Fall Apart

Kahn, Jason: Things Fall Apart (Herbal International)

Label: Herbal International    
Released in: Malaysia    

"Now here is something new from Jason Kahn. Over the past decade or so, he's been known as drummer and analogue synth player, but most of time his percussion playing was rather vaguely present and the result was more often than not a more or less drone based musical pattern. Not, of course, that I heard all of his work. This new release is quite different.

Here we have fourteen pieces, all of which are quite short, say between two and six minutes, of Kahn playing around in the space of an arts organization in Zurich called Kunstraum Walcheturm. They have creaky, wooden floorboards and a wooden ceiling and throughout warm acoustics - according to the liner notes, which describe the various circumstances before the recording could actually take place, as sometimes you plan things but don't happen that easy, when 'things fall apart' and you have to start all over.

Here Kahn actually plays the drums, percussive bits and bops, improvised, but also uses a synth and radio set up, and even uses vocals here and their. Sometimes he combines some of this together and works with the space itself, even when the sound seems always near the microphone. There is an intimate, warm sound to the music indeed. I must admit I am not blown away by the singing and chanting here, but these pieces are kept to a minimum anyway. Otherwise I think this is a great release of some great improvised music using conventional and unconventional means. Music that is about action inside spaces. Great release altogether!"-Frans De Waard, Vital Weekly

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Product Information:

Label: Herbal International
Catalog ID: 1302
Squidco Product Code: 20808

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Malaysia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded in Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zirich, Switzerland on April 14th, 2013.


Jason Kahn-drums, voice, percussion, electronics, computer, objects

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Track Listing:

1. Catcher 5:04

2. Im Raum 2:01

3. Dreaming Of 3:36

4. Message For 4:25

5. We Fall 2:51

6. Mornings 5:45

7. Split Hum 5:22

8. Calling 3:27

9. Semblance 2:23

10. An Arc 2:27

11. Wait 1:52

12. Speaker 13 4:06

13. Last Drum 5:58

14. Night 3:48

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