Happy to announce that KK Null is going to have a 12' vinyl release on Jezgro.
KK.Null (born Kazuyuki Kishino) is one of the top names in Japanese noise music and in a larger context, one of the great cult artists in experimental rock. Starting his career in the early 80's by performing guitar improvisations in the clubs and streets of Tokyo, he continued by collaborating with Merzbow for two years, and joining the bands YBO² and Absolut Null Punkt.
In 1987, he gained wider notoriety as the leader, guitarist and singer of the trio Zeni Geva, which he described as "progressive hardcore". Zeni Geva reached world-wide fame with their heavy and hypnotic sound, eventually releasing three Steve Albini-produced albums on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label.
After playing the guitar as his main instrument for some twenty years, Null has gradually moved towards a more electronic approach. These days he mostly states the "nullsonic" as his primary instrument. Nullsonic is something of a variation of Robert Fripp's 1970's instrument "frippertronics" - a combination of electric guitar and effects units, which elevated the effects to equal importance alongside the guitar. Null has gone even further by discarding the guitar altogether and making all the sounds with effects only.
In recent years, he has concentrated his efforts increasingly on his solo material.
His latest interview:
Merzbow / Christoph Heemann – Sleeper Awakes On The Edge Of The Abyss. Awesome processing by Christoph Heemann here. I always like to come back to this fine heavy ambient album. CD released by German label: Streamline in 1993 #ambient#fieldrecordings#merzbow
•Full of Hell | Merzbow•
Clear with Black and Purple Splatter
Believe it or not but I'm still alive, haha. Since I'm still building my Full of Hell collection I thought I'd return from my brief hiatus with arguably the sickest splatter vinyl ever pressed. Are there even any other contenders?
#BestMusic Wot I Heard #2017 ,
Romantic-era piano preludes with modern synth pads, and Cage-inspired percussive interludes. Mournful and unsettling.
A lot of bright synth drones/sweeps in this one. It’s a Merzbow album that was worth listening to several times, what further endorsement can I really give it?
#Prurient#FrozenNiagaraFalls (2015) A hugely dynamic and varied double album filled with folk guitar, Carpenter-like synth sequences, chilly ambience... and oh yeah, lots of feedback and screaming.
More of Ghersi’s usual extraterrestrial sonic vignettes, but adding his own quavering voice to the mix anchors his scattershot ideas.
#SunBakedSnowCave#Boris with Merzbow (2005)
I came back to this one after dismissing it as middling years ago. Understanding Merzbow’s oeuvre better now, this chilly one-song noise/drone album is actually kind of spectacular. Keep any expectation to hear Boris’ titanic guitar riffing at bay and you’ll appreciate it. Bleak, agonizing, serene.
Trapdoor Tapes presents reissue of the legendary Reiko.A - Live at Yaneura II cassette originally released on cult label Nekoisis in 1993 as NE-01.
Side A features appearance of Ikuro Takahashi (Chè-SHIZU, Kousokuya, Fushitsusha) on noise/feedback system.
Reiko Azuma is a writer and a performing artist. Born in Tokyo, Japan.
She joined Merzbow live unit regularly from 1989 to 1999 performing on electronics and voice and has been on countless releases and tours around the world.
With a long spanning career, she has collaborated with many artists since 1983 including Astro, Yasutoshi Yoshida, Masami Akita, Achim Wollscheid, Kiyoshi Mizutani, Tetsuo Furudate, KK Null, Tomo and Tatsuya Yoshida amongst many others. Reiko also plays with Sumihisa Arima in the band Venus In Virgo.
First edition of 100 pro-duplicated cassettes double-sided inlay on white j-card with black tapes
Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/trapdoortapes/reikoa-live-at-yaneura-ii-excerpt