Wednesday, July 01, 2020

FK Live @ EA8 filmed by ANTIKOERPER

ZERO ANGEL MINUS includes two live versions from the Elektroanschlag Festival in Altenburg in 2007. The complete album download includes a Visual Album with liner notes and a video of Mobilize performed live during the ELEKTROANSCHLAG Festival in Altenburg. Kaiju-size thanks go out to ANTIKOERPER a.k.a. Stefan Wille-Böttjer for filming the event!

FRAGMENT KING: Zero Angel Minus



ZERO ANGEL MINUS collects all recording phases prior to ANGEL POSITION, released by MHz. This spans the original "Zero" demo tracks, some of which were used for compilations or not used for ANGEL POSITION at all, as well as "Minus" versions without electronic ambient sounds and two live versions from the Elektroanschlag Festival in Altenburg in 2007. The complete album download includes a Visual Album with liner notes and a video of Mobilize performed live during the ELEKTROANSCHLAG Festival in Altenburg. Kaiju-size thanks go out to ANTIKOERPER a.k.a. Stefan Wille-Böttjer for filming the event! ANGEL POSITION is available at mhzrecords.bandcamp.com/album/angel-position

Sunday, June 28, 2020

[Taken from: Cities and Seasons featuring Fragment King] Eating Snow

Eating Snow is FK's first ever official release, on the "Cities and Seasons" vinyl 12" compilation by Deiker Records in 1999. It subsequently appeared on the "Forensium" compilation released in the "Halforganic Series" as nex001 by the Nexialist Organization in 2001.

[Taken from: Maxim Camera – Lost Recordings Vol. 1] No Robot

Lost Recordings Vol. 1 by Maxim Camera is a Nexialist project that was created in 2005 and was only accessible to a circle of friends who received demos featuring the tracks. This album worth of Science Fiction inspired Elektro tracks is now available in its entirety. Musical influences are Kraftwerk, AUX88 and Autechre; lyrical influences are Iain M. Banks, Alan Dean Foster and the Perry Rhodan series.

FRAGMENT KING: The Cellmaker's Sinister Jazz



The Cellmaker's Sinister Jazz is an album featuring uptempo and midtempo tracks created during FK's 1999-2002 electronic sequence-and-programming-driven era. This digital version of the album includes all 12 tracks of the original 2001 CDr release plus 4 bonus tracks created within the same recording sessions.

Original liner notes:
dream flesh twitches as the bleep people manipulate their switchboards. open canals of time. a room with no interior, pictures on the wall substituting for missing objects inside. the sound of a girl laughing on tape, her image projected on the wall from a slide. now we are in dream-synch. gravity turns around, the world folds.

FRAGMENT KING: Eating Snow



Eating Snow is FK's first ever official release, on the "Cities and Seasons" vinyl 12" compilation by Deiker Records in 1999. It subsequently appeared on the "Forensium" compilation released in the "Halforganic Series" as nex001 by the Nexialist Organization in 2001. This release package features the CD mastered version as well as the 1999 premaster used for the vinyl release.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

[Taken from: Fragment King – TCSJ] Inhuman

The Cellmaker's Sinister Jazz is an album featuring uptempo and midtempo tracks created during FK's 1999-2002 electronic sequence-and-programming-driven era. "Inhuman" is my favorite album track.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

MAXIM CAMERA: Lost Recordings Vol. 1



Calling all nexialists! Finally retrieved thanks to the technological wonders of digital time travel: Lost Recordings Vol. 1 by Maxim Camera is a Nexialist project that was created in 2005 and, for some reason or the other, was never heard of or listened to beyond a circle of friends who received demos featuring the tracks included here. This album worth of Science Fiction inspired Elektro tracks is now available in its entirety. The tracks were mixed and produced while avoiding the maximizing trends prevalent during the "loudness wars", maintaining the original intended dynamics. Musical influences are Kraftwerk, AUX88 and Autechre; lyrical influences are Iain M. Banks, Alan Dean Foster and the Perry Rhodan series. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 06, 2020

[Taken from: Fragment King – Anatomic Music] Wormlord Forensics I

ANATOMIC MUSIC is a composition and recording project employing specific design strategies captured from architectural design. For one, the origin of the compositions is an exploding singular moment in time unfolding itself outside its non-topological point of origin (the human brain) into the topological space surrounding any sound projection device.

Thursday, June 04, 2020

[Taken from: Fragment King – Structural Music] Donuthead

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.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

[Taken from: M.Kammerbauer – The Navidson Record] The Five And A Half Mi...

Schismotecture a.k.a. The Navidson Record was inspired by Mark Z. Danielewski's novel "House of Leaves". The album is a virtual soundtrack for reading the novel and an interpretation of the ambient, atmospheric, acoustic qualities of the house described in the novel, larger on the inside than on the outside.

FRAGMENT KING: Anatomic Music



Heaviness and brutality and destructive-creative gesture – the development of ANATOMIC MUSIC was very elaborate, beginning from electronic compositions to open-end jams that have an anti-intellectual, guttural, animal brutality to them. The mindset that inspired the songs is expressed by the original liner notes. "ANATOMIC MUSIC is a composition and recording project employing specific design strategies captured from architectural design. For one, the origin of the compositions is an exploding singular moment in time unfolding itself outside its non-topological point of origin (the human brain) into the topological space surrounding any sound projection device. In this sense, ANATOMIC MUSIC captures the idea of the "Entwurf", the design strategy as originated in thought. The idea constitutes the paradox instrument of event before motivation and thus becoming meta-motivation. The metaphoric motivation of the innards, the only space the individual truly controls, drives the digital and performative concept of the music pieces, beginning from the "written" sequencing to the "performed" session and the amalgamation of these aspects in the digital suite." The sessions comprise typological groups. Each group was created based on digital processing, followed by various steps of performative transformation with electronic and electro-acoustic instruments, field recordings, bass guitar and vocals, including the generating of new material upon each working stage. Beyond the initial electronic "sketches", the pieces can be divided into the two groups of "Depositio" (the placing of the dead body on stainless steel tables in tiled rooms, the altar slabs of now; science becomes religion) and "Forensics" (clinical observation in its totality requires a certain amount of emotional distance from the researched object; this step equals an act of self-recognition within the research process, comparable to the gesture of the "turning of the mask" as described by Vilem Flusser). Initial recording took place in 2004, the In Dub versions were created in 2009 and the Forensics continuous mix was created for this Bandcamp edition in 2020.

Monday, May 25, 2020

FRAGMENT KING: Structural Music



This is without a doubt the most violent and destructive music the Nexialist Organization has to offer. Structural music as the name for this collection of pieces covers both studio and live recordings created with a method that I have termed "digiscrub". I developed this method in early 2002 as a means of real-time and live "playing" of the PC laptop as a music instrument. The highlight/loop-section of a 2-track recording is continuously changed in real-time by use of the laptop input tool. In the case of the IBM Thinkpad I was using by then, this was enabled by triggering the little red knob in the center of the keyboard very much like a joystick. In essence, this produced a jumping back-and-forth within the track, as if someone would lift the stylus of a record player up and down again and again and drop it 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 brutally hacked sound splinters. They have their counterpart in the graphic works of Daniel Libeskind, John Zorn's approach to composition and William S. Burroughs' writing and tape experiments. 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. This is purely improvised music. It is a point of departure from the early sequencing driven phase of Fragment King, breaking free from the dictatorship of the "track", totally destroying linearity, leapfrogging repetitive cyclicity and jumping into the burning grey ash of the end of music – which is also a war on silence. After that, the bass-heavy Fragment King "one-man-band" emerged, the "total incarnation" of FK, where the human body takes center stage by force, yet not against the machine, but with it. The collection focuses on structural music produced for/as Fragment King. It features the original 4 structural music tracks plus 2 additional pieces, all of which were based on pre-recorded material using laptop, bass guitar, and field recordings (the screaming child is something I picked up in a social housing complex in southern Germany, on occasion, which, what a coincidence, introduces a spatial and social aspect). The live tracks cover the 2002-2004 period of FK's live performances, in which structural music played a central role in conquering the audible space of the live environment. Two of these live edits were recorded during the infamous "Nexialist Exposition" in – really – a decorated shed in an industrial park in southern Germany. The 2003 live performance was recorded at WMFU radio upon invitation from Jason Forrest aka DJ Donna Summer. Finally, the last piece of the collection is a recording from a performance at FLUC in Vienna. Structural music is confrontational, violent, destructive; a bad dentist session, a 500 pound Bill Burroughs on steroids, your girlfriend fucking everyone else except you. Structural music has it all when you need full force catharsis.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

[Taken from: Nexicon – Life Emitting Diode] Different People

Here's another take from Nexicon's "Life Emitting Diode", also available through Annihilvs, including a bonus track unavailable elsewhere in this universe: https://annihilvspowerelectronix.bandcamp.com/album/life-emitting-diode

Thursday, May 21, 2020

[Taken from: Fragment King – Live At A2] Ruptured in Purulence

Recorded live on location at A2, Munich, 2004. Preceded by a lecture by Architect Peter Haimerl during an event curated by Elisabeth Hartung, the set utilized sounds recorded during a Nexialist Operation in the Mimesis artist studio designed and built by Peter Haimerl. Mastered by Mark Kammerbauer at White Furnace Lodge.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Fragment King: Live At A2



Welcome to FK: LIVE AT A2! This is one of the final purely electronic/digital live sets FK played and as such a "signature set" – meaning it resembles what FK was doing at the time with the best possible audio quality captured precisely on the occasion. After this, FK fully entered his GREY ALBUM phase. The LIVE AT A2 album includes otherwise unreleased tracks that could have become the successor to the nex010 release plus a continuous mixdown created for this purpose and a live video recorded on the occasion. Enjoy! FK

Recorded live on location at A2, Munich, 2004. Preceded by a lecture by Architect Peter Haimerl during an event curated by Elisabeth Hartung, the set utilized sounds recorded during a Nexialist Operation in the Mimesis artist studio designed and built by Peter Haimerl. Mastered by Mark Kammerbauer at White Furnace Lodge.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

[Taken from: Torso – Generating Space] Strategy III

Torso was an alias I used to record ambient/noise experiments. In part the recordings were the result of my attempt to recreate the sounds of spaces that didn't exist. Here is one of my favorites.

Friday, May 15, 2020

[Taken from: M.Kammerbauer – Audible Form] Rhythome

I used to do a bunch of these little noisy rhythmic things years ago, actually a couple of albums worth. I still enjoy listening to them. Here you go!

[Taken from: Fragment King – Mental Machinery] Cellmaker

Cellmaker still is one of my favorite FK tracks. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

[Taken from: Nexicon – Offal] Contenders

NEXICON was essentially Lee Bartow, Tim Spann and I together in a room full of analog and digital music equipment. We recorded numerous sessions that ranged from ambient bliss to grindcrushing blast furnace.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

NEXICON: Offal – Nachlese



NEXICON was essentially Lee Bartow, Tim Spann and I together in a room full of analog and digital music equipment. We recorded numerous sessions that ranged from ambient bliss to grindcrushing blast furnace. During this time, we structured some of the material for a handful of live shows. After my departure from the US, I worked on the recordings further and edited an entire album worth of material that became LIFE EMITTING DIODE. However, there was still plenty of recorded audio worth dealing with. Some session material found its way into the recordings of NAVICON TORTURE TECHNOLOGIES. I struggled with the remaining material as not all of it permitted formatting it into "tracks". A version of an album surfaced in 2010 titled OFFAL. It was intended as a gapless album to capture some of the encapsulated insanity of our sessions. Sometimes it takes a while to reconsider the approach to one's own source material. OFFAL-NACHLESE therefore features a selection of isolated tracks as they were, in addition to a compressed session-composition that reflects how we worked at the time: in anarchic mode, triggered by sample cues, always layering, overloading, drifting outward. Take RAVEN TRESSED CONQUEROR: there were numerous attempts at recreating this track, yet I eventually returned to the initial session recording. Further, there is a live recording from a show we played as a trio and eventually expanded to a quintet with the support of our friends EDGEY and REPOLOGEN. The two NEXICON tracks released on the SIMPLE THINGS ARE OFTEN MONSTROUS 12" vinyl record are included here as well.

Saturday, May 09, 2020

Hyperdriver vs. Fragmentking



Way back in the dark mists of time, or 2005 to us mere mortals, a festival of noisy and generally obnoxious musical mavericks were invited to play at Resistance festival at the Slimelight in London. Among these misfits were Fragment King (Mark Kammerbauer) and Hyperdriver (Steve Munslow), and the tow of them were also invited to play live sets on Resonance FM to promote the festival. They decided that rather than play individual short sets they would “tag team” and play alternately for the allotted time. This is the resulting recording. Enjoy. Or not. Love and Peace. Steve and Mark

Credits: released April 1, 2020
Mastering: Hyperdriver (Steve Munslow)
www.Hyperdriver.co.uk
wwwHyperExMachina.co.uk

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Doc Monomer TV @vimeo

In the second feature of Doc Monomer TV I speak about my personal collaboration with Z'EV, followed by footage from our live performance in Munich in 2013 and preceded by one hell of a track by Theologian. The segment begins at 27:00. Thank you to Lee Bartow and Gretchen Heinel of Doc Monomer TV for the opportunity!


MONOMER TV Episode 2 - 4/20/2020 from Lee Bartow on Vimeo.

Doc Monomer TV

Monday, March 23, 2020

Grey Lodge



For Grey Lodge, Mark Kammerbauer collaborated with Markus Stenger of s2lab for an ambient sound art installation for House Pfettrachgasse in Landshut. The historic 15th century house is currently under restoration and historic preservation under the direction of Markus Stenger of s2lab. For the public presentation of the house on 14 March 2020 the Grey Lodge recording served as acoustic background comprising an half-hour "artificial" digital audio wallpaper in juxtaposition to the "natural" materials of the historic building. Grey Lodge is an exclusive continuous (re)mix of recordings that were produced and released in various formats between 2000 and 2010 under the aliases of Fragment King, Torso and Nexicon (with Lee Bartow and Tim Spann).

FK Live @ EA8 filmed by ANTIKOERPER

ZERO ANGEL MINUS includes two live versions from the Elektroanschlag Festival in Altenburg in 2007. The complete album download includes a V...