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Fragment King: WORK IN PROGRESS

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This comes courtesy of the Annihilvs mailing list:

"The final ANNIHILVS release of 2019 will be RETREAT, a new EP by our longtime compatriot, FRAGMENT KING.
A frequent collaborating member of NAVICON TORTURE TECHNOLOGIES, FRAGMENT KING (or FK) is the audio/performance alter ego of M. Kammerbauer. Extreme emotion and extreme absence of emotion are parts of a dichotomy of expression present in FK's work. At times highly confrontational and at times soothing, FK uses the widest possible range of instrumentation: from animal instinct to academic discourse, from guitars to computers, from the human body to the body of space.
FRAGMENT KING produced various vinyl, MC and CD-R/CD releases from 1997 to the present, in addition to remixes and compilation tracks, on MHz, ANNIHILVS, COCK ROCK DISCO, and his own label, NEXIALIST. FK has shared the stage with BAZOOKA, HERBST9, EDGEY, KLANGSTABIL, SYNAPSCAPE, Marcelo Aguire, and many more.
For the better part of 2007-2013, FRAGMENT KING wor…

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, …