Fragment King: War On Silence @ Cock Rock Disco

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 and was created almost exclusively digitally. a very archaic version was included in the unreleased original ANATOMIC demo.

mobilize was written in 2007 as a new song for fk's performance at elektroanschlag and at the same time became the first song of the ANGEL POSITION sessions, which were supposed to eventually become the tracks for the successor to fk's GREY ALBUM. it employs digital beats, bass guitar (an ibanez roadstar II) in different settings, and vocals (i use a shure mic). this is the version recorded for the ANGEL POSITION demo (ANGEL ZERO), it has since been further worked on for the MINUS version appearing on fk's myspace page, as well as in an album version for the currently unreleased ANGEL POSITION album. there is a video of mobilize on the nexialist youtube page. the squealing of the pigs comes from the same session as the version of mobilize featured here and also became part of the unreleased ANGEL ZERO demo. it features the same instrumentation. i recorded the vocals at the leechnest, the headquarters of the annihilvs organization.

emperor slug is a track from the GREY ALBUM and is basically two songs in one. the metal breakbeat track (featuring bass guitar and vocals) eventually dissolves into chilling ambience (a purely digital piece). the track was remixed by boris may from klangstabil and torben wendt. the remix was then released on the ELEKTROANSCHLAG compilation in 2007. Both the GREY ALBUM and the ELEKTROANSCHLAG compilation are now sold out.

amorphine was originally recorded in the us in 2002 from the PATHOMECHANICAL sessions, using a jackson guitar, ibanez bass, vocals, and the portable sampler i was using as drum machine, an akai s20. i recorded it using an akai harddisk recorder and then dumped it into the pc (pc recording was rather unstable at the time and i switched to mac shortly afterwards). i then revisited all the tracks from the session in 2008 and slightly re-edited and remastered them. you can download the whole remastered session at the halforganic blog. there is a video of amorphine on the nexialist youtube page.

xpomul is from the notorious STRUCTURAL MUSIC sessions, using my own session recordings and shredding them up live beyond any recognizability. i posted extensively on their concept here, and this excerpt points out what STRUCTURAL MUSIC is about: "a jumping back-and-forth within the track, as if someone would lift the stylus of a record player up and drop it again and again in random positions on a vinyl record. but not only this. by zooming in scale, microscopic events within minimal time loops could be generated, creating almost microtonal "playing" of semi-melodic sound. but do not be confused by the hint of harmony: in essence, the digiscrub method results in brutal, hacked, obtruncted sound splinters that have their counterpart in the graphic world within the "micromegas" of daniel libeskind (...) the creation of a splintered soundscape that passes by incredibly fast and abruptly is more so similar to looking out of the window of a train passing tchernobyl while on some heavy relaxant, and then time-compressing the whole thing into 1/1000th of the original time. pretty harsh, so to speak. or more so, insanely violent. in terms of structural music as a gesture, it is a point of departure from the earlier, songwriting and sequencing driven phase of fragment king, breaking free from the dictatorship of the "song", totally destroying linearity, leapfrogging the repetitive cyclicity of the "track" and jumping into the burning grey ash of the end of music - which is also a war on silence."

what you want is a version of the very last song of one of my favorite bands. a small french underground label put out a tribute cdr back in 2003 (which was sanctioned by the official copyright holder). joining on vocals is none other than leech from NTT. the 2010 version is re-edited and remastered and otherwise unreleased.

omnipotentate is originally a track from the ANATOMIC sessions created in 2004. again, i revisited the track and "purified" it. it features essentially the same set-up as the GREY ALBUM and ANGEL POSITION sessions. bits and pieces from the ANATOMIC sessions appeared on a handful of compilations. you can download the whole remastered session at the halforganic blog.

the prisoner was one of the last purely electronic tracks that i did and combines the sequencing with a real-time electronic jam using my setup at the time: a pc laptop, an akai s20, a yamaha tx7, alesis nanobass, and assorted hardware effects. it was released on the only nexialist vinyl release, the split 12" with nexicon titled "simple things are often monstrous", now sold out.

total now is one of the oldest fk tracks and appeared in archaic versions on early demos (FORENSIUM, 2001). originally recorded with a pc soundcard, it became a signature live track during the american years of fk (2001-2003). this live version captures the spirit from that era. it was recorded with fk's setup at the time; i basically took my "whole studio" with me to play livesets back then. it appeared on a co-release with new york's architecture label and is now sold out.

WAR ON SILENCE at Bandcamp
WAR ON SILENCE at Youtube

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