Keith Fullerton Whitman – Generators [2012, Editions Mego]

An instant hit for me on the first listen. The release contains two live versions of Keith Fullerton Whitman’s “Generator,” recorded in 2010 and presented in a very special way. Instead of taking the feed from the soundboard the pieces are recorded through microphones in a live space allowing the room to shape the sound with it’s decay, resonances and ambient noise. The A side “Issue Generator (for Eliane Radigue)” is tuneful, melodic and rich whereas the B side “High Zero Generator” starts off far more experimental with 7 or so minutes of pure textures; bleeps, scratches and pops, building up to the more melodic and familiar synth patterns. A fascinating listen.

Below KFW doing a live take of “Generator” (September 2010, Silver Spring, MD, US).

KTL – V [2012, Editions Mego]

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I never was a huge fan of KTL, what with their gloomy doom metal sound and all, without ever having gone into the series of live recordings they released over the years. This latest album though goes into unfamiliar territories, exploring the same aesthetics in their sound through a very different perspective. Electronic elements come to the foreground, with the orchestrated Phill 2 being a definite highlight, a french spoken theatrical ‘interlude’ that lasts 16 minutes longer than i could take being a definite downlight and the bonus 12″ showcasing an even more extreme approach to it all (which I hope they release in some other format, cause 300 are too few and this is what people should be able to listen from the whole effort). Everything from the amazing Mark Fell version of their logo on the cover (so glad they got rid of the blair-witchy one) to each side of each record containing exceptional audiophile material, makes this an essential release. What were they thinking with the artsy rear cover though, I really couldn’t say… />

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