K2 / GX - Convulsing Vestibular CD
digi CD lim.250 / 4iB Records
Digipack CD (Paintings by GX Jupitter-Larsen)
Limited Edition 250 Copies
30 years is a long time for 2 people from different corners of the world to come full circle and meet again. Old time buddies K2 (Kimihide Kusafuka) and GX Jupitter-Larsen (The Haters/Survival Research Laboratories) are both presented together on this split CD release after their paths first crossed in the 1980’s when they were actively involved in the underground populist artistic movement of mail art and homemade audio tape trading. In 1999, they met once again in Kyoto, Japan where they performed together on stage dressed up in Lucha Libre wrestling masks. This show also saw GX rigged-up in a championship wrestling belt that had been specially reconstructed to generate pure harsh noise through a built in microphone and distortion pedal. In many ways, this release presents a significant homecoming of sorts, where 2 old friends cross paths once more to showcase their unique styles of sonic mayhem together.
K2, also widely known in the Japanoise/Harsh Noise community as the “King of Metal Junk Noise” works with an acoustic piano, e-violin, MTR, Monotron and other analogue electronics. In the three tracks that last more than 30 minutes, K2 pushes the sound barriers through a pent-up emotional rollercoaster ride of hi-frequency screeches, jarring metallic creaks and blasting shrills that tests the limits of aural thresholds. In it’s entirety, rhythmic tempo is constantly kept high in pure sonic abstraction. The track titles reflect strongly upon the sorry state of the world we live in; one that is full of chaos and desecration brought about by mindless environmental and social contamination.
‘Sound of the Polywave‘ is the direct translation of the title ‘Bunyi Tentang Polywave‘ in the Malay language that GX uses for his 20 minute long track. The Polywave, which is a graphic synthesizer specially designed to create sounds through the drawing of waveforms on a screen has been the subject of interest of GX for some time now. The track is very much drone-like, almost sounding like the slamming of doors looped repetitively to create a hypnotic trance inducing rhythm. One can draw parallels to the live performance of The Haters, where sounds generated from the incessant grind and abrasive rubbing of amplified suitcases took centerstage during the many performances and recordings. This activity goes on and on until the suitcases finally break apart, the frictional rubs and slams soften, signifying the eventual destination of destruction.