6.07.2013

KAZUMOTO ENDO








































"Brick and mortar"
Year: 2003
Country:  Japan
City:  Tokyo
Artist:   遠藤一元
Label:  Rhystop
Format: CD
Edition:  500 copies
Tracks:  6
Time:   30 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Harsh Noise



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"While you were out"
Year:  1999
Country:   Japan
City:  Tokyo
Artist:   遠藤一元
Label:  Boxmedia
Format: CD
Tracks: 9
Time:   46 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Harsh Noise

























REVIEW: On this album, Kazumoto Endo demonstrates that he's another choice cut above the Japanese harsh noise scene. While he's no laptop noisemaker, Endo is digital, his junk seems to consist of boiled and broken bits of digital equipment, lots of DSP and mashed-up samples, all sectioned off and squiggled around with effects. There's enough DSP here to remind me of glitched out breakcore, but don't expect any effete wanky technotardedness here (in fact there's some ridicule of that here, this album has some funny moments!). This ain't boring dry MAX/MSP digital "power electronics" ala Hecker either, but this stuff is loud and abrasive enough to get your adrenaline pumping like the best. He's got a great sense of "ma" the Japanese term for space in both art and music (spec. taiko drumming). He lets sounds reverberate so they feel like they're sectioned off in their own hallucinatory space, reminding me of Merzbow's finest moments (especially "1930"). His work is about the only that really expresses to me the information overload that is the Japanese urban experience. (review by Zovietdada).





















BIOGRAPHY: Since the mid-'90s, Japanese noise artist Kazumoto Endo has released albums and EPs under his own name and the alias Killer Bug on noise labels in several countries. Growing up in the '80s, Endo listened to British bands like the Cure and the Smiths, then got turned on to groups such as Pussy Galore and Big Black, and began attending live performances by influential noise bands including Hanatarash and Hijokaidan. Endo was, however, unimpressed with how noise music came across on recordings. He wanted to learn to play something different and so took traditional Bolivian music classes. It was during this time that Endo purchased the first noise record he was impressed by: Merzbow's Cloud Cock 00 Ground. Endo began buying equipment and making noise around 1990, in addition to continuing his Bolivian music classes. Endo began recording in 1994 under the name Killer Bug, with his first 7" released on Sweden's Releasing Eskimo label. He performed and recorded as Killer Bug for a couple of years, but eventually dropped the alias. Although he most often performs in Tokyo, Endo has also performed in the U.S., on tour in late 1995 and early 1997. Under his two recording names, Kazumoto Endo has releases on many noise labels from around the world, including Releasing Eskimo (Sweden), Self Abuse, RRR, Pinch-a-Loaf (U.S.), Alien8 Recordings (Canada), and Freak Animal (Finland).
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