A work for heavy electronic drone and glitch, Herbal International Label founder Goh Lee Kwang presents this live performance from Malaysia's Finders Art Space in Kuala Lumpur, for 36 minutes of mysterious intensity that settles and fills the listening space like a pall.
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Label: Herbal International
Catalog ID: 1403
Squidco Product Code: 20821
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Findars Art Space in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Feburary 15th, 2014 by Tim Blechmann.
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"Recorded at the Finders Art Space in Kuala Lumpur, home base of Goh Lee Kwang and his Herbal International empire. The cover doesn't mention what kind of instruments were used here, but me thinks there is Goh Lee Kwang's turntable and no-input mixer and Blechmann's lptop and software (free from the internet and/or self-built), but all of this is based upon earlier works by both.
The recording lasts thirty-six minutes and while I like what I hear, I am not sure if it justifies to be released as a CD; Goh Lee Kwang also has a CDR division for more impromptus live recordings, called Theme Park. But something must have been captivating enough to put it on CD. There is a busy drone here, I assume from laptop and sound effects, along with the likewise busy manipulation of the stylus, feeding into a DJ mixer and maybe more effects. It's intense music, with a mildly distorted edge to it, but it's never loud, noisy or truly distorted, although I can imagine that in this Finders Art Space it might have sounded all quite loud and oppressive. It's solid, it's consistent, it's improvised (including flaws that may bring) and, as said, it's quite nice. Play loud for an optimum result."-Frans De Waard, Vital Weekly
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"Goh Lee Kwang is a Malasian artist who creates sound installations, performs electro-acoustic improvised music, makes tape music and composed soundtracks. His works focus on the various possibility of both the realistic & abstract, crossing the boundaries of digital & analog, electronic & acoustic, go beyond language & expression. He is the founder of Switch ON, platform for electronic arts, and the founder of the Herbal International label."-Bandcamp (https://gohleekwang.bandcamp.com/)
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