Saturday, April 03, 2021

FRAGMENT KING: TORCH SONG



Torch Song is the first track of the RETREAT sessions to be fully released. It has evolved over the course of the last two years from an initial demo version discussed with ANNIHILVS in 2019 to its fully evolved form presented here. It is also the opener of the proper RETREAT digital and tape release scheduled for this year.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

FRAGMENT KING: RETREAT PREVIEW

After two years of working on the RETREAT sessions, ANNIHILVS presents a first preview of the upcoming release, Fragment King's first since the ANGEL POSITION album released by MHz.

FRAGMENT KING. RETREAT PROMO from MONOMER AUDIO EMPORIUM on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

FRAGMENT KING. RETREAT BUNKER SESSION 12.17.2019

A year ago I recorded a bass feedback session at the Bunker, Blumenstrasse, Munich. It will form the core of new Fragment King recordings tentatively titled RETREAT, planned for a release with ANNIHILVS.

Nexialist @ Monomer TV

Episode two of Monomer TV's season three at Vimeo features NEON, a short film created in 2008. It begins at minute 32:10 and ends at minute 35.30. Thank you to Lee Bartow and Gretchen Heinel of Monomer TV for the opportunity!

MONOMER TV Season Three Episode 2 - 1/4/2021 from MONOMER AUDIO EMPORIUM on Vimeo.

Here are the original project notes: "A neon light is dying. in its last moments, it is observed by a digital hi-8 camera. As the soul of the neon light fades and struggles to regain composure, the camera is uncertain on what to focus – a repetitive cycle, obscured by irregular fluctuations within the neon light. Within this fluctuation we recognize how identity is revealed by crisis, to be shrouded in mystery again and again, how dialogue becomes a questionable thing. In this sense, [neon] is an inversion – see with your ears, not your eyes – as the only sound the camera hears is its own. Or is there an ephemereal, illuminated shadow of electrons in flux somewhere amid the machinic acoustic grind? Neon (2008): Macbook, iMovie HD, iDVD, HI-8 Digital Analog Camera, Neon Light."

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.



Originally named "The.Bänd", the collaboration between Z'EV, Alexandra von Bolz'n, and Fragment King recorded music and played live between 2007 and 2013.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Fragment King: Here Music Dies



Originally released as a cassette and T-shirt package 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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Sunday, April 21, 2019

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 context was hardly the design of memory or history as a creative practice, and the resulting void was coincidental. Therefore, there is a need to go beyond such examples and research whether transferable models of such processes can be established to better understand their design relevance.
The Urban Evolution performance consists of different steps including movement, climax and void. These steps are indicated by signs of their occurrence – „scar tissue“, perhaps – that are marked on the surface of the square with chalk. Structures measuring 3.5 x 3.5 x 7 feet made of wood frame lined with cardboard are „manned“ by one person each who moves them from the inside along the square. Chalk tracings are drawn on the paving from inside the structures. The structures move in steps towards a climax of maximum density – a speculative pre-existing condition. They then withdraw from the square completely, laying bare a resultant condition of removal as a post-event situation. The spatial void becomes complicit to the documentation of its appearance as the chalk signs marked on the surface of the square indicate the action of removal, until rainfall washed them away. Within the Urban Evolution performance, the void becomes perceivable as well as the action that preceded and generated it (Javier Barona, Mark Kammerbauer, Arne Löper).

Friday, April 19, 2019

Nexialist Presents: Schismotecture (The Navidson Record)



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.

FRAGMENT KING: TORCH SONG

RETREAT by FRAGMENT KING Torch Song is the first track of the RETREAT sessions to be fully released. It has evolved over the course of the...