Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Kahn/Olive - Two Sunrise [845 Audio - 2014]


This pro-cd comes in a simple, elegant, Stumptown-printed cardboard wallet. The cd has four tracks, all recorded in Japan, 2012; with the tracks culled from two performances a week or so apart. It all amounts to a focussed thirty-four minutes of of equally focussed exploration.

I say “focussed”, because the sounds generated by the duo, cover a slim area of ground; even if the listed instrumentation appears potentially very open-ended - “Jason Kahn - Electronics, Tim Olive - Pickups, Electronics”. So, what could, on paper, encompass a world of sounds, actually becomes a tight investigation into “noise”. Not “noise” in any way pummelling or transgressive or speaker-bothering; but noise in its dictionary definition as dirt and detritus: electronic dirt and detritus. Thus the album is populated by spurts of sounds, scrapes of sound, scraps of sound. These are stereo-split through the speakers, giving us pure electronic sounds from Kahn in one channel and a mix of electronic and “junk” sounds from Olive in the other. Kahn creates sheets of feedback, burnt-out fits of electronic skree, crackles and poots; whilst Olive gathers scrapes, rumbles and reverberations from his gear - processing some, leaving others.
 
To some extent, there are two paths trod by the duo: clatter and drone. The former is the constant turning-over of sounds and their momentary interactions. As I said, there’s no true sense of “assault” at any point, so its clatter in the sense of the overall sound being made from tiny elements. These elements dance and entwine with great kineticism, sometimes exploding into rough and tumble, sometimes patiently creeping. The drone sections are quite possibly happy accidents, but they are wonderful sounding accidents. There’s a brief section near the end of the first piece (all tracks are untitled), where Olive suddenly extends his junk sounds and takes off into a shimmering drone - truly beautiful and star-lit. In the second piece, there’s a nice, subdued drone - again initiated by Olive; whilst the final track has a low, throbbing drone from Olive with contrary, abrasive spurts from Kahn over the top. None of this is to suggest that Olive guides or dominates the duo: I think the differences in instrumentation explain his establishment of more drone-y sections.
 
This is a very solid release, which rewards close listening. The use of a small palette of sounds, means that the duo investigate those sounds and their interactions with great rigour and effect. Whilst my ears are drawn to the more “junk-like” sounds of Olive, Kahn’s contributions are equally commendable - and necessary, really, to give the duo an overall “electronic” flavour; thus making the junk sounds more colourful. The short (for this area of music) duration of the album makes it a very digestible piece of work and one, perhaps, for noise people interested in spreading their wings a little. Electrical noise in its truest sense.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Martin P
Latest Reviews

Kahn/Olive - Two Sunrise
This pro-cd comes in a simple, elegant, Stumptown-printed cardboard wallet. The cd has four tracks, all recorded in Japan, 2012; with the tracks culled from ...
180419   Pet Shop - Pet Shop(Blu Ray)
180419   Vomir - Vomir
180419   Beyond Atlantis - Beyond Atla...
170419   Compactor - Total Data Control
170419   Fabio Orsi - Il Vento Disp...
160419   Anonymous Masturbaudioum/Gami...
160419   Dosis Letalis/Lost Graves - A...
150419   Damien De Coene - DWII
150419   Viviankrist - Morgenrøde
140419   Croatian Amor - ISA
Latest Articles

Damien De Coene - Pedal Chained ...
Damien De Coene, a relative newcomer to the wall noise scene, has made a name for himself through the quality of his prolific output, which covers a wide ran...
170419   Damien De Coene - Pedal Chai...
120419   Raison D'Etre, Desiderii Marg...
290319   She Spread Sorrow - Who are y...
190319   Stephen Thrower - Harvesting...
120319   Dave Parker - A True Passion ...
010319   Uitgeschakeld - Netherlands, ...
180219   Rudolf Eb.er - The Sonic Dis...
110219   Jessica Cameron - A Sanity A...
280119   Buck Young - A Gloriously Noi...
211218   Best Of 2018 - Sound & Vision...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom