8.10.2013

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"The killer God"
Year:  2015
Country:  US
City:  Chicago
Label:  kassette
Format:  cassette
Tracks:  4
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:   Dark Ambient




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"1"
Year:  2007
Country:  US
City:  Chicago
Label:  Game Boy
Format:  CD
Tracks:  5
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:         Field Recordings





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"Shadows of prophecy"
Year:  1994
Country:  US
City:  Chicago
Artist:  Phillip B. Klingler
Label:   The Sound Genetic
Format:  CD
Tracks:  13
Timo:   69 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:         Noise         Ambient
























Another welcomed postcard from Chicago sonic underground recently reached my desk and group together a couple of older outputs by solo-project PBK. Phillip B. Klingler , who decided to re-release this recording and many others even with remastered works and different artwork last years, at the moment just on digital format and somehow explanatory words to describe each stage of these sonic entities in between ambient and some kind of soft noise. Such a stylistic hybridization is particularly clear on "Shadows of prophecy - In his throes", whose three short tracks could let you imagine it was recorded during a cut-up sounds, minimal noises by likewise a bit mysterious entities in some hidden area of an abandoned factory during which cold energies managed to shake the surrounding elements.
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"Macrophage the toil and the reap"
Year:  1992
Country:  US
City:  Chicago
Label:  ND
Format:  CD
Tracks:  11
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Experimental





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"Descent"
Year:  1988
Country:  US
City:  Chicago
Label:  Attenuation Circuit
Format:  CD , cassette
Tracks:  2
Time:  31 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Experimental        Ambient

























Phillip B Klingler: that's what PBK stands for. No secret but just in case you didn't know this and that might happen, since PBK might not be a household name these days. Unlike the late 80s when he rose to small fame in the underworld of home-brew cassette releases. He never went "away'"or in hibernation, but perhaps was not always as visible in this twenty-five year career. I am not sure if this re-issue of one of his earliest cassette releases is part of a longer campaign to re-issue earlier works, or perhaps part of an anniversary of some kind, but its great to hear it again after so many years. "Descent" is perhaps his first true solo release, and sees him take inspiration from Minoy and David Prescott, rather than Stockhausen of Xenakis (I am using the press text, thank you). At David Prescott's he taped a whole bunch of synth sounds and spread these out over the four tracks of his machine and then started to mix them, adding more synthesizer sounds, tape loops and such like, and the result is one of the earliest instances of ambient meeting "soft noise". It has that spacious character of ambient music, like being in a stream of sounds (as in a stream of consciousness) but at the same time has an angular character, a certain aspect of being nasty, that remote, desolate, empty industrial waste land image that makes it 'industrial'. Composing is perhaps not the sort of thing that applies here, but rather a surrealist take on mixing odd tracks of sounds together in two long form pieces of music. Intuitive playing and mixing, a surrealist approach to the art of composing, that is what PBK is best known for and here he does a great job at it. An early work, but what a fine piece. (*NOTE = this review was written by VW ).
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"The mescaline tracks"
Year:  1988
Country:  US
City:  Chicago
Artist:  Phillip B. Klingler
Label:   The Sound Genetic
Format:  CD
Tracks:  6
Timo:   27 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:          Noise         Ambient



























In the mid-80's, Phillip B. Klingler began experimenting with sound, creating abstract music that related to what he had been doing with visual art: "I started to experiment with sound around 1986, but before that I was mainly preoccupied with visual arts theories. My interest in "gesture" and "subconscious" correlated to Surrealism(automatism) and Abstract Expressionism(spontaneous expression & improvisation) and I was motivated to apply these thoughts towards sound expression at least partially because of the ability of some sound-types to bypass association and origin. Abstraction was also possibly leading me towards this new solution, the world of noise.
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PBK +
DITTO +
IF, BWANA
Year:  1988
Country:  US
Label:  ZH27
Format:  CD , cassette
Tracks:  1
Time:  30 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:       Abstract



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"asesino!"
Year:  1988
Country:  US
City:  Chicago
Label:  PBK rec.
Format:  cassette
Tracks:  7
Time:  46 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:         Industrial





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MINOY + PBK
"cloisters"
Year:  1987
Country:  US,
City:  Chicago, Torrance
Artist:  Phillip B.
and Stanley Keith Bowsza
Label:  Attenuation Circuit
Format:  CD
Tracks:  3
Time:  60 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:       Experimental        Ambient
























The new album from PBK released recently by german record label "Attenuation Circuit", is not truly a "new" album, but a remake of an old PBK dated from 1988. This a nice collaboration between two talented masters in the field of experimental music: PBK and Minoy, the first one from the windy city of Chicago and the second one from Torrance, California. This is a three long tracks which sum sixty minutes of an strange and quite obscure mix of noise and almost esoteric landscapes. Often enough PBK have been classified as a noise band, and he is considered as one of the most well known projects in this genre, but its music has that sort of quality that let emerge from the mass of the instrumentations a lot of different sounds which can to remind optimistic and light landscapes, as well blackened landscapes. This recently remake has some changes about cover, back and the whole of album artwork but If somebody want to see the old artwork can to go HERE
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"A noise Supreme, early works"
Year:  1986 - 1989
Country:  US
City:  Chicago
Artist:  Phillip B. Klingler
Label:  X Died Enroute Y
Format:  CD
Tracks:  11
Time:  68 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:        Abstract         Noise





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Phillip B. Klingler is also a great visual artist and you can see his paintings HERE .