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K.K. NULL  Ergosphere  CD   (Blossoming Noise)   10.98
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During his Russian solo tour in October 2005, legendary noise-guitarist and Zeni Geva frontman K.K. Null recorded this massive live album at the Moscow Palace Of Youth and the Festival Hea Uus Heli in Estonia; split into two parts, Ergosphere begins suddenly as a blast of fractaled computer noise and amplified, bass-heavy machine hum that streaks loudly across the heavens. Over the course of the nearly hour long album, Null summons constantly shifting forms of these massive vibrations and weaves into them shards of eerie 8-bit melody and ferocious video game soundtrack meltdowns, razor-sharp strands of staticky electronic glitches, demonic witch screams, brutally loud jet blasts of manipulated flanger distortion, and gorgeous gossamer globes of feedback that float through the air. Null somehow turns his seemingly random effects-based guitar noise and electronic waves into crushing, sometimes actually grooving abstract glitch feasts that border on the outright melodic. That first half of the disc is really aggressive and heavy and abstract, yet turns out to be some of the "catchiest" K.K. Null noisescapes we've heard, surfacing some almost techno-esque rhythms, Skullflowerish bursts of feedback, and heavy droning pulses. Pretty damn cool. On the other hand, "Ergosphere Part 2", the recordings manufactured from the Estonian festival performance, stand in contrast as it begins almost subdued, with a light fall of delicate chime tones and fragile static descending over whirling, softly oscillating tones. But things definitely get louder and heavier pretty quickly, as low frequency engine roars begin to rev up beneath the surface, creepy atonal drones begin swirling around, and the sounds of demonically possessed tape-heads speeding up and devouring melted audio cassette bounce around the massive chamber housing Ergosphere. Eventually, Null subjects you to an even more sinister strafing of Industrial creep than what came before, the final segment of the peformance capturing a furious storm of sheet metal clang, malfunctioning computer moans, and heavy strobing lightning charging everything around it. Excellent. Terrific album art, too, combining carefully divided track markers and lots of white space with sugarshock images of what looks like orchid macrophotography.


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