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Goh Lee Kwang performing on no-input mixer meets Julien Ottavi on TamTam, bass drum and a computer running Puredata and Apodio 10 for an album of electronic improvisation recorded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Nantes, France, balancing aggressive and meditative sound.

Kawng, Goh Lee / Julien Ottavi
Pukul Berapa?

Kawng, Goh Lee / Julien Ottavi: Pukul Berapa? (Herbal International)

Label: Herbal International    
Released in: Malaysia    

"This disc is by label boss Goh Lee Kwang and Julien Ottavi. The first plays 'no input mixer' and the latter TamTam, bass drum and a computer running Puredata and Apodio 10. As you can imagine this brings improvisation to another, more electronic level. Not unlike Stockhausen's 'Mikrophonie I', the TamTam and bass drum might be to not just sound but also trigger events that occur on the computer. The more high-end feedback like sounds of Goh Lee Kwang's no-input mixer work quite well with the computer processed versions of the very low-end sound the two acoustic instruments produce. All of this not sounding at all like something Stockhausen would have produced; obviously.

I believe the six pieces on this release have been recorded in various concerts and maybe received some final treatment later on. These six pieces last about seventy minutes and that is perhaps quite long to go through in one round of listening, even when the pieces have a fine variation to them. When things are less squeaky and noise and the emphasis goes towards playing the TamTam/bass drum triggered by the sounds coming in from elsewhere, I very much enjoy this, such as in 'Out Of Berapa', which is the most drone-like affair of the disc. These act as warning signals from afar and has a great subdued quality to it. Also 'Pukul 3' has a delicate vibrancy about it. I am less fond of the more noisy pieces, such as the short 'Extra', which may be a bit superfluous. This would have been certainly something to see in concert!"-Frans De Waard, Vital Weekly

"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."

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Label: Herbal International
Catalog ID: 15XX
Squidco Product Code: 21275

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Malaysia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia and Nantes - France - between January and May 2015.


Goh Lee Kwang-no input mixing board

Julien Ottavi-gong, bass drum, computer

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Track Listing:

1. Berapa In Loop 14:11

2. Extra 4:29

3. Out Of Berapa 13:35

4. Pukul 1 16:15

5. Pukul 2 10:49

6. Pukul 3 10:30

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