Monday, October 05, 2020

FRAGMENT KING: Vivisections

Storytime! In 2001, after playing a live electronics set at Level X, a club event in Brooklyn run by a dude named Adesh and his girlfriend (anyone know them or connected with them here?), I was approached by this guy who claimed to be Marc Andreessen. Exactly, the person who developed the first ever graphical web browser. I was invited to this New York City office that looked and felt legit. They wanted fresh sounds for some web application. Something about this Marc Andreessen and his emphasis on telling me that he was indeed himself and his internet 1.0 startup pals sounded suspicious. So they hired me to play a live set at this Manhattan art joint called The Point Gallery. "Marc" and his business partners were putting together an art show. The theme was porn. Went there, played my live set – smashing beats with analog and digital equipment – never got paid (quite common back then, I did consider it an investment, though) and went home. I never heard back from those dudes, but in follow got in touch with Brett from Architecture Records and we did a 3" CD release of the live set tracks. It's been sold out for some time. It also resulted in a review in Groovesmag: "Indebted to such noise specialists as Alec Empire and Techno Animal, this EP also betrays its producer's love of drum n' bass, as the King rolls out enough tasty breakbeats to tempt jungle's most adventurous selectors" and closed with "too spectacular for his own good", whatever the heck that is supposed to mean. The original release tracks and the entire live set can be streamed at bandcamp:

https://nexialist.bandcamp.com/album/vivisections-live-at-the-point-gallery

Monday, September 21, 2020

Adventures into music and architecture synergies

When I studied architecture and found out that there was one central personality that united both disciplines within his work, I knew I needed to know more about that personality ... Iannis Xenakis. Researching him and his work revealed to me the meaning of math for that particular mix. It almost came as natural to combine all of that – music, architecture, math – within digital media art. This form of creative work also requires some explanation, hence the booklet on "Architektur Musik" from 1998.  

Read Architektur Musik at Academia

Monday, September 14, 2020

Carcass vs. Aldo Rossi: Typological Necrossicism

Creating noise and writing stuff were two of my key interests from a very early age onward. Truth is that at uni teachers actually dis-encouraged me when it came to writing. As if it had ever been a good idea to talk me out of something. So here's an early text that combines nearly all of my passions: music and writing and architecture. A really early text. But it was interesting and important to me that structural approaches to composition and design transcended disciplines ...  

Read Typological Necrossicism at Academia

Friday, September 11, 2020

Remembering 9/11

Only a few days before 9/11 I had played a live set in Brooklyn under the Fragment King alias. Those were my last memories of actually seeing the Twin Towers. A year before that, I took a photo on site and had a slice of pizza in the sublevels that led to the train tracks below the towers.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

KLANG+RAUM Interdisciplinary Seminar



Beginning last year my colleague Carola Dietrich from Technische Hochschule Nürnberg - Fakultät Architektur and I embarked on an interdisciplinary cooperation on sound and space, on music and architecture and how their intersections can be explored for the purpose of experimental design projects with architecture students within a joint endeavour with the Akademie der bildenden Künste Nürnberg. We had the immense pleasure to cooperate and discuss shared interests with Jan St Werner, Michael Akstaller and the students of Dynamische Akustische Forschung, Christian Z. Müller, Sam Auinger, Louis Chude-Sokei and Niels Jonkhans. For me personally, this cooperation was an academic dream come true. Most of all, we're proud of the incredibly insightful and cool projects the students developed during the 2019/2020 winter semester. Thank you to Nadine Deusner, Phuong Hoang, Maximilian Sterner; Cléo Gehlke, Hoa-Mary Chuong; Anna Behl, Diana Schirmer, Klarissa Werner, Alexander Zips; Merve Korkmaz, Luisa Wimmer; Thomas Alexander, Antonia Friedrich, Ludwig Pallor, Burak Solmaz, Klaudius Jan Wieland; Tim Wiedenbruch; Amelie Pickl, Ina Penkert, Liene Pirtniece-Kozlovska; Max Kellermann, Philipp Oebius, Giulia Seltmann; Diana Herberger, Janine Matzke, Sonja Silano; Irene Bauer, Silvio Braun, Jule Marie Feige, Camillo Mayorga, Mareen Priebe-A.; David Honke, Max Kellermann; Vanessa van Zoest; Merve Tufan, Giulia Seltmann; Jakob Brunner, Jana Endres, Simon Gumbmann, Marielle Jopp, Christoph Kielmann.

KLANG+RAUM Seminar Report

KLANG+RAUM Digital Album

Friday, July 10, 2020

Angel Position Apparel available!

It's taken a bit, but Angel Position t-shirts are finally available. It's going to be a hot summer and you'll need cool apparel to keep you cool:

https://www.redbubble.com/de/i/t-shirt/Angel-Position-von-Nexialist/50071087.6VDG0

The CD titled Angel Position was released by MHz Records, the label of Klangstabil 5 years ago. It was conceived and recorded under the Fragment King alias. The CD edition is sold out, but a digital edition is available at the MHz bandcamp page:

https://mhzrecords.bandcamp.com/album/angel-position

In addition, if you still don't have enough Angel Position yet, ZERO ANGEL MINUS collects recording stages prior to the album proper, including rare demo versions and outtakes not included on the album as well as live iterations of Angel Position tracks:

https://fragmentking.bandcamp.com/album/zero-angel-minus

Enjoy!

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

FRAGMENT KING: Vivisections

Vivisections – Live at The Point Gallery by Fragment King Storytime! In 2001, after playing a live electronics set at Level X, a club event ...