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NULL, KK + JOHN WIESE  Mondo Paradoxa  CD   (Auf Abwegen)   12.98
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Japanese noise vet KK Null (of Zeni Geva/Absolut Null Punkt fame) teams up with prolific American noisician and former Bastard Noise member John Wiese for a collaboration that pretty much sounds like what you'd expect from a meeting between these two artists, and follows up their Arc Seconds 7" from 2004. Assembled by sending recordings back and forth through the mail, Mondo Paradoxa is an even mix of Null's intricate digital abstractions and alien ambience and Wiese's harsher, fractured noise and feedback sculpture, bombing the deep cosmic electronics, pulsating blipscapes and frenetic oscillations with lots of caustic glitch and clank. The ten untitled pieces aren't a total blowout though, and fans of the more recent KK Null albums like Galactic Tornado and Oxygen Flash will find more of Null's newer fascination with classic krautrock electronics and kosimische sounds here, especially on tracks seven and nine, where Null and Wiese combine looping synthesizer riffs with grinding industrial rhythms and metallic feedback into an awesome circular synth workout that sounds like Throbbing Gristle doing the soundtrack to an early 80's Italian post-apocalyptic flick. Plenty of layered, detailed noisescapes too, filled with swooping glitches and breaking metal/glass and rhythmic chunks of distorted noise...fans of far-out sci-fi soundtracks who don't mind diving into noisier, more abrasive electronica would probably dig this.

The full-color digipack features hallucinatory collage art from Yasutoshi Yoshida, a.k.a. Government Alpha, and is limited to 500 copies.


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