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Fragment King: Here Music Dies

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Originally released as a cassette+tshirt in 2014, we now present HERE MUSIC DIES, the collaborative release by FRAGMENT KING and THEOLOGIAN, available in its entirety as a digital release for the first time.  The A side featured the original FRAGMENT KING EP, with side B containing THEOLOGIAN remixes of that material, presented here mixed as a single file. A small number of shirts from this run are available here. "Endless spite is filtered through soul-numbing distortion, accompanied by bitter, crisp electronic rhythms that glide across the edge that separates dark industrial, crushing metal and paranoiac breakbeat, featured here are tracks assembled by THEOLOGIAN using FRAGMENT KING source material.  This is the death of music." FRAGMENT KING will release a new EP, titled RETREAT, later in 2019.

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URBAN EVOLUTION (Heterotopia #070129)

Urban Evolution site specific performance from Mark Kammerbauer on Vimeo.
Cities are examples of how building, destroying, and rebuilding occur over and over again. Such processes that can be triggered by crisis, disaster and other societal, political or market phenomena or actors. However, how can such processes become an experience to be perceived by others? Urban Evolution intends to answer this question within a performance in public space on the Theaterplatz square in Weimar, Germany, developed in the context of a research project at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar. By doing so we reimagined a quasi-historic process of cycles of rebuilding, demolition and rebuilding again and again that remains invisible unless some sort of signs indicate this process. European cities may actually be a case in point, considering wartime destruction and postwar modernist planning schemes that drastically altered historic cityscapes. Yet, while physical or social traces may remain, the …

CZM + MXK (Heterotopia #160604)

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On 04.06.2016 Christian Z. Müller (percussion, electroacoustics) and Mark X. Kammerbauer (augmented bass guitar) played live (improvisation) at the Musisches Zentrum of the University of Ulm on occasion of the EMU Symposium. According to Dieter Trüstedt, music was transformed into solid matter. Recorded with a Sony DCR-SX40 Handycam. Audio unmastered.

Fragment King: Pathomechanical Studies

Pathomechanical Studies by fragment king
in 2002, fragment king had recorded a number of songs that had gone further than before in terms of orchestration. these were no longer electronic jams and tracks that made use of distorted synth sounds in order to create a guitar "ambience". fk used bass guitar, guitar, and vocals. the album received a project title - "pathomechanical" - matching an experimental track he created in 1999, using an akai sampler, vocals, and bass guitar. however, "pathomechanical" is the lost album of the halforganic series, as it was slated for a 2003 release as nex007, but never came to be. half of the songs were substantially reworked and completely re-recorded for fragment king's GREY ALBUM in 2005 but appear in their original form here. the original recordings have been remastered in 2008 for an online release.

Fragment King: Live at SI

Live At SI by fragment king
released in 2002 under cat.-no. nex005 within the "halforganic series" as tape cassette. contains a complete live set recorded september 6th 2001 in brooklyn, edited into individual tracks for this bandcamp release. album purchase includes the original track mixes for the original cassette release as bonus.

the first fragment king live show in the usa took place on september 6, 2001 in brooklyn, new york. at this time, fk employed an akai sampler for beats, a yamaha tx7 (a true beast of fm synth), and a number of fx pedals still in action today. the soundboard recording was used for a limited release as tape via nexialist in an edition of 100. "live at si" features artwork by the events host maryam shambayati. the recording brings the synth-as-distorted-guitar sound of fk of the 1999-2003 phase to full fruition in addition to live sound manipulation and a rawness that marked a significant step in fk's development. the tapes were sold…

M. Kammerbauer: Well Tempered Room

Well Tempered Room by M. Kammerbauer
The Well Tempered Room recordings were created in 2005. Depending on where you stand in a room in which the recordings are played, they sound differently. The original intention was to play them simultaneously with an arranged set of 8 speakers, enabling listeners to move freely between them, thus providing them with an emphatic listening of each of the 8 tracks in a physical, spatial mix. The 8 pieces were composed and arranged from electro-acoustic source material created in improvised session. The material was grouped, edited, and correlated according to a set of desired acoustic properties and edited as a continuous acoustic "field.” They also function as an acoustic design element for generic or personal spaces. As an album the tracks should be played as one piece, continously, and without gaps.

Nexialist Presents: Schismotecture (The Navidson Record)

Schismotecture: The Navidson Record by M. Kammerbauer
Schismotecture a.k.a. “The Navidson Record” is a conceptual cycle of recordings inspired by the concept of the house that is larger on the inside than on the outside from Mark Z. Danielewski's novel “House of Leaves.” Similar to the design of Friedrich Kiesler's “Endless House” it declares a state of perceptive emergency by dissolving the conventions of architectural geometry into a continuum, thus eerily creating an intellectual counterpart to the cave by having emerged from the depth of the earth. Schismotecture takes these spatial concepts into the realm of the audible. The recordings combine electroacoustic composition and improvised sessions (synthesizers, effects) with field recordings and electric guitar and bass guitar.

M. Kammerbauer: Audible Form

Audible Form by M. Kammerbauer
Audible Form ist a collection of pieces written and recorded for media art, short film, performance video, and competitions; written, produced, mastered by M. Kammerbauer at White Furnace Lodge in the USA and Germany between 2000 and 2007. Here are the original liner notes:
beyond fragment king and the other related nexialist-allied projects including nexicon and the more beat-driven electro material with n.deiker, m.kammerbauer had been producing material for use in short film and media art of third-party creators over the course of 5 years. in 2008, a continuous mix of this more ambient, click-cut, whatever-you-may-call-it, "smart music" was created for the nexialist website as a digital download. an essay from 2005 states, "the style of the music shifts between mostly ambient with elements of noise, breaks, field recordings. some of it represent typological "elements" conveying separate, identifiable emotional or perspective …

Fragment King: Demo That Exploded 20 Year Anniversary

Demo That Exploded 20 Year Anniversary Bazooked Remaster by fragment king
In 1997 Fragment King created his first demo. Now, in 2017, the six original demo tracks were remastered by BAZOOKA - www.aural-carnage.com - and are available now for the first time. Here are some liner notes:
fragment king officially took form with the "demo that exploded" which was recorded and issued in tape form (edition of 25) and as a cdr (edition of 15) in 1997. cdr was still a "new" media at the time and not as shamelessly cheap as it is nowadays. these were handed out to friends and labels. "iron" nedim tezkosar subsequently handed the demo around in the stuttgart scene at the time. "this guy has to do film music" - such were the comments, and long-time friends (klangstabil) have evolved from this. the demo was followed by the released of "cities and seasons" on deiker records. beginning from "new leadership" origins, fragment king wanted to c…

MIMESIS (Heterotopia #040515)

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The Nexialist Operation “Mimesis” is an experiment in using architecture as a music instrument. The object used was a particularly suitable one, a studio building by Peter Haimerl in Munich with pneumatic facades that served as percussion instrument. The video features four parts (for those who want to scroll forward): 00:10 - 03:00 Soundcheck; 03:00 - 05:00 Session: sound of space; 05:00 - 08:00 Mirror Image: space of sound; 08:00 - 09:30 Triangulation: space/sound/instrument.

The following is the original concept text of the project: “We conducted an operation in the studio building Mimesis, designed by architect Peter Haimerl. The building as such was used as a sound creation device in this operation. Located in Putzbrunn, Munich, Germany, the studio complex consists of two cube-shaped buildings ca. 6 x 6 x 6 m each, one of which, with two pneumatic transparent vinyl facades, was used for the operation. The resulting sounds were recorded by electro-acoustic, digital-acoustic and d…

Xenakis-Emulator

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The Xenakis-Emulator is an audiovisual adaptation of two key works of architect/composer Iannis Xenakis - the composition “Metastasseis” and the facade for the monastery “La Tourette” by master architect Le Corbusier. We created a synergetic digital animation of an interpretation of the facade and the music composition. The facade strips, which reflect the “Glissando”-motif of “Metastasseis”, float in an abstract space, followed by a vertical strip that “plays” our music interpretation in realtime and synchronous with the vertical facade elements.

Iannis Xenakis was born in Romania in 1922. His family returned to Greece in 1932. He studied architecture and math and became a resistance fighter, fleeing from Greece to France in 1947, where he worked in the office of Le Corbusier. He was a student of Olivier Messiaen, and as first composer within New Music, he used mathematical probability in composition, becoming the inventor of stochastic music. Xenakis composed pieces for orchestra, …

Fragment King Live at Border 1997-04-04

20 years ago to this day I played the first Fragment King live set. It consisted of a mix of my own material (I had my PC along) and spinning records between my tracks. When I studied architecture, I became interested in “designing” music with a computer, composing acoustic events separated by time in relation to physical objects separated by space. From ambience to digital grindcore to breakbeats it spanned the FK vocabulary at the time. It would take four years before I would perform live again in NYC.

Collaborations with Z’EV

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In early August 2011 “The.Bänd” (z'ev, Alexandra von Bolz'n, Fragment King) played live at the prestigious Klangbad Festival in Scheer near the Faust Studios location, alongside Goldene Zitronen and Wire. We got together two days beforehand and permitted ourselves the luxury of a full day of sessioning. Beginning with some tuneing the bass to the amps and vice versa, z'ev steps in with shamanoid percussion, soon to be complemented by Alex’ vox. Mixed trio and duo constellations emerged followed by a violent riffage crescendo. We pretty much followed that road map for the live set, with some in-situ alterations and quirks and stuff. The Klangbad folks, genius as they are, put together a video documentary that features The.Bänd in its first six minutes or so with some live footage and interviews on our views on music and playing together. In addition, a compilation was released on occasion of the festival that features an exclusive and otherwise unreleased track.

Nexialist Presents: Halforganic

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Halforganic is the title of a series of compositions and performances that were recorded and packaged with artwork in various formats between 2000 and 2003. Alltogether, ten different CDs, cassette tapes and vinyl records and accompanying print materials were produced and released in limited editions under the nexialist imprint. They collect the output of a creative progression ranging from danceable electronic tracks to spatial-acoustic explorations via live performances to improvised, analog-digital pieces. The live performances took place mostly in New York City and led to a shift towards a more noisy, spontaneous sound. The final step was a farewell to all genre restrictions and conventional song structures structures to an unrestrained, improvisational direction influenced by ambient and experimental performers and modern classical composers.

The video contains the following edited tracks:
0:00 Doorway (Torso: M. Kammerbauer), taken from nex000
1:30 Train to Instantbul (Instantb…

Fragment King: Grey Album

Grey Album by fragment king
Your submission comes without a prize…
Who is the machine now? (Emperor Slug)


Fragment King recorded the “Grey Album” in 2005 with digital beats and sounds and treated bass guitar and vocals. The album is now completely sold out. The combination of guitar sounds with electronic beats had always been the basic concept of the project, inspired by Big Black, Godflesh, but also metal bands like Carcass and Celtic Frost on the one hand, as well as the cineastic feel of electronic projects such as Source Direct, Dom + Roland, Autechre. Lyrics are personal and heavily processed with effects, creating a sound triptych of beats, chords, and voice. The album artwork consists of photography by M. Kammerbauer. “Grey Album” was critically very well received. Orkus reviewer Thomas Sonder gave the album 9.5 of 10 points, stating FK “could be described as a mix of power electronics and drone doom with aggressive backgrounds, produced by Kammerbauer in an enormously dense an…

Nexialist Presents: Fleshfilm / Fleshsounds

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“Hyperintimacy as ambience” - The Fleshsounds were created in 2002 for the Halforganic Series, the Fleshfilm was produced in 2005 as a live video for select Nexialist Operations. Both take the term “pink noise” literally and were intended as the audible and visual ambience for live installations exploring human proximity. The six compositions and the video were developed by use of source material that was cut up, treated with various effects and a significant amout of digital blur. The “Unschärfe” veils what is seen, disintegrating sound and image into near-obscurity: a visual encoding process similar to distortion. While nothing is recognizable, the undulating pink surfaces continuously refer to the echo of their origin. The grittiness of the effects betrays the age of the production. All things Burroughs were a significant influence, Vito Acconci as well, and the story that Rem Koolhaas had written porn film scripts.

Nexicon live Tonic New York City 19.02.2003

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these are two parts of a live video of the now-legendary performance of nexicon (leech and tim of navicon torture technologies and mark of nexialist and fragment king) at tonic lounge, new york city, on 19.02.2003.
in 2002 members of ntt and fragment king started to jam and recorded the resulting sessions. they performed two live shows in new york city in 2002 and 2003, redefining live electronic digital music in combination with electric guitars and vocal etherics. a vinyl release via nexialist and a compilation appearance via invasion wreck chords followed. one significant aspect of nexicon is the development of a real live implementation of computers and software via the hack://grind method, which eventually led to the destruction of fragment king's first laptop.
here is an edited version of an original report: "lee and i meet up after work, pack the gear and merchandise in lee’s car and head towards manhattan, all the way through new jersey. outside tonic we run into bre…

Wallywoods (Heterotopia #080913)

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On September 13, 2008, we joined experimental percussion legend z'ev on stage. The line-up featured Marcelo Aguirre (Evil Spirit, Spastic Dementia) on drums and Alexandra (von Bolz'n) on vocals as well as Mark Kammerbauer (a.k.a. Fragment King) on treated bass guitar. We played a single, throbbing, droning, half-hour piece at Gallery Wallywoods in berlin. The set was completely improvised, with superfast blasting grindcore drums contrasted by superslow detuned bass riffage, enlivened by percussion clang and bang and guttural growls and piercing screams. Hai no banda? Im gegenteil. “The Bänd” had arrived that evening, t'banned, not canned, but with powerful release of physical acoustic force.

CRITICAL VOID (Heterotopia #130724)

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Critical Void is an analytical audio work based on an urbanist study of the MaximiliansForum in Munich and its planning history. By employing interviews with key individuals and document research, Z‘EV, Alexandra von Bolz'n and Mark Kammerbauer developed a site-specific audio performance and work that was performed live on site on 24.07.2013. The project was curated by the Kulturreferat of the City of Munich. This is a step-by-step documentation of the project. The location that includes the MaximiliansForum art space can be found beneath the crossing of Maximilianstrasse and Altstadtring in Munich. It has escalators that are currently in disuse. It is denominated officially as pedestrian tunnel. It is by far the largest of its kind in the city. Rumor has that original planning intended a traffic tunnel. So, what happened here?
On Wednesday, 24.07.2013 at 19:00 we performed CRITICAL VOID live after a very friendly introduction by Elisabeth Hartung of the Culture Offic…

Torso: Generating Space

Generating Space by Torso
Torso was a Nexialist project aimed at creating the audible phenomena of space, a reversive engineering of spatial sound. 16 tracks were collected for the "Generating Space" album. It features a red colored CD-R with red on-disc print in an edition of 100, in a plastpak with sticker attached. It is now completely sold out. The sticker blurb stated: "Artificial and impossible spaces are made possible through torso's processing of spatial audio phenomena! Ethereal noise and digital density create explorations into sonic architecture." Dead Angel Zine concluded: "(…) minimalism is the key here: the efx themselves are used in minimalist fashion, although at times there are several going on at once and it gets pretty dense. The noise generated by such experimental sound processing, especially with the use of distortion and delay, is often gritty and booming, the sound of disturbed things happening in vast open rooms. It's the sound…

Nexialist Presents: Schismotecture

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schismotecture was a nexialist recording project completed in early 2003 in new jersey. it was created simultaneously with fragment king's "pathomechanical" and nexicon's "life emitting diode" sessions. located somwhere in between in terms of sound, it includes industrial drone pieces among more ambient pieces and dot://hack sessions. at that time, fk recorded an extensive bulk of material that either was guitar/digital beat oriented or ambient/guitar drone/digital fx manipulated. the more "manipulated" tracks differed from the rather "pure" tracks which ended up being allocated to fragment king's "pathomechanical", and are more akin to the original sessions that nexicon also created then. essentially, "schismotecture" is indeed in the vein of nexicon, yet a solo effort. in terms of ulterior motivation, "schismotecture" was inspired by the book "house of leaves" by mark z. danielewski and was …

Fragment King: Mobilize

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"mobilize" is a piece from the "angel position" recording sessions on which fk has been working from early 2007 to late 2008. it was performed live in altenburg on 30.03.2007 at the elektroanschlag 8 festival and features fk on bass guitar, voice, and digital sounds. the video features original live footage filmed by antikörper, as well as additional "metaphoric" footage. "mobilize" is essentially about procrastinating interpersonal relationship decisions. the clock next to the woman's bed is mirrored in the destruction of the clock tower by the monster. "this is what it's like when i mobilize". love is drawn like metal shards to a magnet, only to be destroyed by its own magnitude.


MOBILIZE at Bandcamp

Nexicon: With Us

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a promotional video for [with us] from the album [life emitting diode] by the combine project of ntt and fragment king - nexicon! in 2002 members of ntt and fragment king started to jam and recorded the resulting sessions. they performed two live shows in new york city in 2002 and 2003, redefining live electronic digital music in combination with electric guitars and vocal etherics. a vinyl release via nexialist and a compilation appearance via invasion wreck chords followed. now, a selection of their recordings, collaged, fused, and refined, are released in a limited edition audio album through annihilvs. life emitting diode includes 9 tracks ranging from electroacoustic ambience via beat metal to digital hack://grind. the video includes footage from the 2003 show in tonic club new york.

NEXICON at Bandcamp

Fragment King: War On Silence @ Cock Rock Disco

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in order to celebrate the release of fragment king's WAR ON SILENCE online compilation on COCK ROCK DISCO, i'm featuring a handful of notes and links that shed some light on the background stories of the songs featured on the compilation. they cover a span of 10 years, and much has happened in that time. fk moved back to germany from the u.s. and shifted from an electronic emulation of the death/drone metal guitar sound to creating that sound live with my old bass guitar, the same ibanez roadstar II i played back in the day in the grindcore-freejazz band NEW LEADERSHIP. talking about full circle! here we go:

sensory division and self-sabotage is the original title of a piece by power-noise act NTT that was released on the double-cd GOSPELS OF THE GASH. the fk version includes the synth/string part that fk contributed to the NTT song plus the beats as originally conceived and written for the ANATOMIC sessions that fk recorded in 2004. this is an unreleased and remastered version…