Album Review

K2 – “Abdominal Electricity” – [Phage Tapes]

Thurston Hunger   8/28/2011   A Library, CD


K2 is Kimihide Kusafuka (aka the man behind the Kinky Musik
Institute). We’ve added sonic conflagrations from him in
the past, including “Renal Ekonomix” and “Metaloplakia”, so
he’s got some very visceral fixation with his very visceral
sounds. This is what was once filed power electronics, I had
hopes that it was going to be something more somatic, (passing
a contact mic through for a duodenum duet, or maybe merging
wires/nerves/signal processing). that notion was enhanced by
the stunning artwork of Alonso Urbanos. However, K2 klaims
this is a purer “junk electronics”; no computer, no MIDI and
no metal junks. Just his multitracked Korg MS-20
(http://www.vintagesynth.com/korg/ms20.php) switched on
overload. Spring break for noisicians, and ring oscillators
gone wild. The final track “Aerophobia” rang truest for me,
patches where it seemed order was trying to hold off the
onslaught. But from the opening “Epilogue No. 2” it is pretty
clear that blitz and bombast are in charge. That track hits
a near flatline finish. But “Bomb in My Stomach” is a video
game possessed played by alien bikers. Some great moments though
like the passage about 21 minutes in (yep, it’s a haul through
harshness). On ye olde noise/brainiac connection turns out
K2 is a published pathologist from the Shizuoka Cancer Center.

-Thurston Hunger

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