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Blechmann, Tim / Goh Lee Kwang: DRONE (Herbal International)

Recorded at Herbal International headquarters, Finders Art Space in Kuala Lumpur, Tim Bleichman and label founder Goh Lee Kwang reunite for this album of no-input mixer and laptop, an extended work of powerful sound, glitch, and indescribeable sonic environments.
 

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Goh Lee Kwang-mixer

Tim Blechmann-laptop


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Label: Herbal International
Catalog ID: 05XX
Squidco Product Code: 21908

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: Malaysia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio 1 Akademie Schloss Solitude on December 14th, 2004 by the artists.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Recorded earlier this year 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


Artist Biographies

"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/)
2/26/2024

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1. DRONE 57:10

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