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MKM (Norbert Moslang / Jason Kahn / Gunter Muller): Bangalore [VINYL] (Mikroton Recordings)

A stunning album of electroacoustic improv that truly pushes the envelope, from the MKM trio of Gunter Muller on iPods & electronics, Jason Kahn on modular synthesizer, mixer & radio, and Norbert Moslang on cracked everyday electronics, three masters of the form in their 5th Mikroton release after decades working together in configurations on labels like For4Ears.
 

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Gunter Muller-iPods, electronics

Jason Kahn-modular synthesizer, mixer, radio

Norbert Moslang-cracked everyday electronics


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Label: Mikroton Recordings
Catalog ID: Mikroton 92 LP
Squidco Product Code: 29980

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Russia
Packaging: LP
Recorded at The Courtyard, in Bangalore, India, on February 2nd, 2019, by Jason Kahn.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Bangalore marks MKM's fifth release for Mikroton. Recorded in concert on February 2, 2019 in Bangalore during a tour of India, this LP documents the group's plunge in the ebb and flow of India's intense energy. In visiting India the group found a social space which mirrored their own approach to music. Or in the words of David Tudor:

Resonance is the condition whereby a tiny input autonomously cascades into a much larger output. It occurs when a small vibration interacts with the internal structure of a material and greatly increases in intensity, threatening to destroy the object if pushed beyond a certain limit. Chaos is the point at which order breaks down, when elements in an organized system start acting randomly and autonomously, creating a situation where it is impossible to predict exactly what will happen next or in what order. Both involve limits and thresholds that have been crossed, organization that breaks down, actions that go out of control, systems that collapse-creating something new and unexpected in the process.

Tudor had a strong connection to India and his work mirrored some of the processes one finds in everyday life there. Marking the fiftieth anniversary of Tudor bringing the first Moog synthesizer to India at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, MKM arranged a tour to find the inspiration and energy behind Tudor's ideas of chaos and thresholds, testing their own limits in the process.

Bangalore documents the group's synthesis of their tour experiences in a 36-minute set. Mixed and mastered by Norbert Möslang, the recording is unedited and gets to the heart of MKM's modus operandi, trying to answer the question, What is the actual material we are working with? In a traditional musical sense, sound can be used to create spontaneous structures, textures, forms. But beyond this, MKM is interested in using sound to translate the experience of a place. Of being somewhere far from home, maybe having traveled many hours the day before a concert. All the logistical trials and tribulations that belong to touring. And beyond this, being immersed in different cultures, being confronted with our own values and expectations in the context of societies which know as little of us as we know of them.

Bangalore is an artifact from this journey, one of many which have brought MKM to perform in Japan, Russia, Mexico, the United States, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Brazil and throughout Europe. All this travel has done more than enriched the group's work, it has been the very material which makes their music what it is, testing the spaces between chaos and control, the sonic resonance of social space."-Mikroton (Ton Edition)


Artist Biographies

"Born München, Germany, 1954; drums and electronics. Though born in Germany, Günter Müller has lived in Switzerland since 1966. From 1981 he has been playing a unique drum set with a mobile pick-up and microphone system of his own invention which allows hand-generated sounds on drums and percussion to be modulated electronically. Since 1998 minidiscs, and since 2002 an ipod, have been included in his electronic set. Nowadays he often plays ipod and electronics only.

Müller was a founding member of the trio Nachtluft, with Andres Bosshard and Jacques Widmer, a group that have created sound-installations and sound-architecture, and of the electronic quartet POIRE_Z with Erik M and Voice Crack. He has worked in a wide variety of contexts: solo; in ad-hoc groupings; and often in duo with, among others, Taku Sugimoto, Jason Kahn, Steinbrüchel, Norbert Möslang, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tomas Korber, Lê Quan Ninh, Keith Rowe, Erikm, Carlos Zingaro, Sachiko M, Michel Doneda and Fabrice Charles. Günter Müller runs the record label For 4 Ears.

-European Free Improv (EFI) (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mmuller.html)
4/10/2024

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" is a musician, artist and writer. He was born 1960 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He re-located to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zürich.

As an electronic musician, vocalist and drummer Kahn collaborates regularly with many musicians, both in improvised settings and in the context of graphical scores which he composes for specific groups.

Kahn has exhibited his installations in museums, galleries, art spaces and public sites internationally. These works focus on the idea of space: the conceptual and physical juncture points, its production and dissolution, and our relation to it as a political, social and environmental medium.

Kahn's other activities include sound pieces for radio, film, dance and theater. He has also designed numerous CD, LP and cassette covers. As a writer, his work has appeared in books, magazines and as liner notes to many audio publications.

Performing regularly around the world, Kahn has given concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and South Africa.

In 2011 Kahn started the Editions imprint to publish his own recordings and writings."

-Jason Kahn Website (http://www.jasonkahn.net/biography/index.html)
4/10/2024

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"Norbert Möslang (born October 6, 1952 in St. Gallen ) is a Swiss improvisational musician (soprano saxophone, double bass clarinet, live electronics) and violin maker.

Möslang had piano lessons. He then learned autodidactically soprano saxophone and double bass clarinet. From 1972 worked for 30 years with Andy Guhl in a duo; Since 1984 they went on the road as a voice crack. With Erik M and Günter Müller, the duo expanded into the ensemble poire_z.

Möslang increasingly used "cracked" everyday electronics in his improvisations; He intervenes in the circuitry of everyday objects, re-connects them, "cracks their code" as he calls it, and converts them into musical instruments. He also played with Barbetomagus, Jim O'Rourke, Otomo Yoshihide, Keith Rowe, Carlos Zingaro, Irene Schweizer, Kurt Liedwart and Jason Kahn. He also composes film music. For his work on Peter Liechti's documentary The Humours of Insects, he won the Swiss film prize in 2010.

Möslang also works as a photographer."

-Wikipedia translated by Google (and assisted by Squidco) (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norbert_Mšslang)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Don't Eat 18:02

SIDE B



1. I Told You 17:50

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Free Improvisation
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