Friday, 18 October 2013


"The abyss"
Year:    2014
Country:    US
City:    Chicago
Label:    Erstwhile
Format:    2 x CD
Tracks:    9
Time:    90 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:          Noise          Drone

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"Imperial horizon"
Year:    2009
Country:    US
City:    Chicago
Label:    HP
Format:    CD
Tracks:    1
Time:    64 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Ambient           Drone

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"Sheer hellish miasma"
Year:    2002
Country:    US
City:    Chicago
Label:    Mego
Format:    CD
Tracks:    5
Time:    55 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:           Noise

Kevin Drumm‘s outstanding "Imperial Distortion" is undoubtedly one of the finest experimental tomes to emerge over the last decade. It reframed the then noise-mired Hospital Productions label and was a startling about-turn for Drumm too, who up until this point was known pretty much exclusively for making eardrum-ripping noise in the vein of his pioneering Mego stand-out "Sheer Hellish Miasma". Perhaps this is one of the most well received of Kevin Drumm by the public of Noise fan drives itself. One of his works, so, farther from or Ambient Drone and Musique concrète. It was merely cloudy by the end, and my palpitating heart cooled out a bit, although I could still feel the blood jetting through my tweaked extremities. I hadn't been this jacked since a menthol speedball hit the streets in '99. Ever since track three of Pita's Get Out, I've been waiting for that feeling again, that of a truly brute bruit from the Mego dealers. This, gents and junkies, is it.
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"Live in Toronto"
Year:    2000
Country:    US
City:   Chicago
Label:    Reductive music
Format:    net
Tracks:    1
Time  :  17 min.
Genre:    electronic,  acoustic
Style:            Free Improvisation

Avant-garde tabletop guitarist Kevin Drumm was born and raised in 1970 in South Holland, IL, playing in a handful of rock bands before relocating to Chicago in 1991 to work at the city's Board of Trade. He soon began his experiments with prepared guitar, applying objects including magnets, binder clips, chains, a violin bow and even toenail clippers to distort the instrument's sound; in time Drumm befriended a number of members of Chicago's growing improv community, including Jim O'Rourke (with whom he served in Brise-Glace, additionally contributing to Gastr del Sol's Upgrade and Afterlife album and Ken Vandermark. In late 1997 Drumm made his solo debut with a self-titled (Perdition Plastics) and has released superb duo records with Taku Sugimoto (Sonoris), Axel Dörner, Martin Tètreault (both Erstwhile) and Ralf Wehowsky (Selektion).  His chameleon-like presence has been documented on a number of projects, each revealing new facets of his wide-ranging and unique talents on both guitar and electronics. Drumm seamlessly melds the worlds of acoustic and electronic sound, occasionally teetering on the edge of silence, yet always remaining impeccably musical.  Kevin Drumm has recorded and performed with Phill Niblock, Tony Conrad, Jim O'Rourke, MIMEO, Mats Gustafsson, John Butcher, Thomas Ankersmit, Taku Sugimoto and many others.
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Year:    2000
Country:    US, Japan
Label:    Sonoris
Format:    CD
Tracks:    5
Time:    45 min.
Genre:    electronic,  acoustic
Style:            Musique  Concrète

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