KK Null/Z'EV - Brombron 17: Extra Time, Extra Time
Korm Plastics kp 3038
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Korm Plastics is proud to present the seventeenth release in the Brombron series. Originally a co-production between Staalplaat and Extrapool, it is now hosted by co-curator Frans de Waard. In the year 2000 Frans de Waard and Extrapool started the Brombron project. Two or more musicians become artists in residence in Extrapool, an arts initiative in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, with a fully equipped sound recording studio. These artists can work in a certain amount of time on a collaborative project; a project they always wished to do, but didn't have the time or the equipment to realize.

Since almost forty years z'ev belongs to the absolute fore front of experimental music. Playing percussive music he gained a lot of attention, but in more recent years he returned to working with electronic tape manipulation. One aspect is working with other people, such as Francisco Lopez or Kasper Toeplitz. In his collaboration with KK Null he plays electronic drums.

KK Null (born Kazuyuki Kishino in Tokyo) is a Japanese experimental multi-instrumentalist. He began as a guitarist, but soon added composer, singer, electronic musician and drummer to his list of talents, and also studied with the Butoh workshop.
Null joined the noise/progressive rock band Ybo2 in 1984, issuing several albums and EPs throughout the remainder of the decade. Later he founded more bands, such as Absolute Null Punkt (aka ANP) and his most well known one, the self-described "progressive hardcore trio" Zeni Geva. From that point he also produced albums for other artists, created his own record label (Nux Organization), played live and collaborated on albums with many other musicians, including John Zorn, Yona-Kit, Steve Albini, Boredoms, Seiichi Yamamoto, Jim O'Rourke, Merzbow, Fred Frith, James Plotkin, Keiji Haino, Otomo Yoshihide, Jon Rose, Atau Tanaka, Zbigniew Karkowski, Z'EV, Alexei Borisov, Earth. Noisegate and Philip Samartzis, as well as supporting such artists as Sonic Youth and Mike Patton on tour.

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 KK Null / z'ev
'Brombron 17: Extra Space, Extra Time'  

For fans of Japanese noise / extreme electronic / avant garde and experimental music, the chances are these who will require little introduction. For the uninitiated, there's a lot of ground to make up, but here seems like as good a place as any.

Both multi-instrumentalist Kazuyuki Kishomo, better known as KK Null and percussionist and tape manipulator z'ev have immense discographies to their credit, to the extent that I doubt even the most hardcore fan of either is likely to ever achieve the claim of being a completist. Still, what these two don't know about parameter-pushing experimentalism isn't worth knowing, and 'Extra Space, Extra Time' represents their first true collaboration.

In comparison to some of KK Null's other excursions (I have to admit to having only heard a few, with 'Fertile' being something of a favourite), 'Extra Space, Extra Time' is relatively gentle. That isn't to say that this is by any means easy listening.

Sinister ambience is the order of the day on 'ESET_01', rather than splintering electronic white noise that would give noisemeister numero uno Merzbow a run for his money. This is rent with violent blasts of stun and phaser that are potent enough to immobilise even the most dangerous assailant, and it's all dominated by powerful, industrial-strength percussion reminiscent of Test Dept. at their best.

'ESET_02' is a dizzying exercise in grinding, heavy techno, again driven by a relentless, battering percussion. Things slowly shift deeper into disorientating electronica, rapidfire barrages of skittering bleeps and squelches with occasional washes of distortion. Time signatures warp and become more organic, pulses replacing rhythmic beats and pinging in every direction, before barrages of clattering treated drums return on 'ESET_05'.

Without being overtly hostile in tone, there isn't a single point over the duration of 'Extra Space, Extra Time' that allows the listener to become too comfortable, too settled. It may not be the strongest work of either of these artists, but the sum is by no means less than the parts, making for an album that's well worth investigating. 8/10

Christopher Nosnibor