First comes the foundation, a looped sample of music from the 82nd intangible cultural asset of the Republic of Korea, a lovely sonic fraction captured of shaman Kim Suk Chul that repeats throughout the duration of this one piece, one track, CD. For the next half hour, the sound thickens, new frequencies, sudden short bursts of grinding noise, and then finally a heavy rock drumming kicks in with the bass keeping slow time, 4/4, the snare popping every fourth beat, boom boom pop boom boom boom boom pop boom boom boom pop... the bass hanging on a single note for a long stretch at first, then after minutes, the note changes, a perfect change. It chugs along like heavy rock with all these other sounds, including the original sample, pulsing through the frequency field, as the bass notes now change more frequently. Everything grows more intense until all form other than the original sample seems to give way to an extended explosion of chaos, climaxing such that, if played as loudly as...
This is the most painfull listen I have ever experienced. I want anyone who may be thinking about buying this CD to know that the Korean Horn sample is played repeatedly for the entire duration of the track. This music reminds me of how I feel when my thought process is at it worst.
I would put this in my top 10 (maybe my top 5?) albums of all time. Certainly, my favorite Otomo Yoshihide album. For half the album, you just hear this wailing flute-ish middle-eastern sounding sample that pulses between the two speakers. You fall into a trance. Then, at the halfway mark, all these instruments come in and it's like nothing you've ever heard. I once heard a story that I'm pretty sure is wrong:
After this performance the band decided to break up because they thought they could never play anything as good as that again.
This is probably not true, but you'd think it was from the music.
This is the first of his albums I've listened to, but still my favorite. If you like Miles Electric, NoWave/Noise, freejazz, I.D.M., experimental or other odd music, YOU WILL LIke this.
Ornette Coleman and Lightning Bolt got married, and this was their child.
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