** 2021 Stock. Glass-mastered CD in hand-stamped, recycled chipboard cover ** 845 label leader and sonic explorer Tim Olive uses magnetic pickups and electronics in this meeting with radical living room concert sound artist, poet and improviser Yan Jun in Kobe, Japan, Jun using a variety of electronics, radio and field recordings as the two improvise in a wonderfully mischievous set of errant dialog and restrained deconstruction.
First up is a twenty-eight-minute work, which was recorded in October 2017 in Kobe by Olive on magnetic pickups and electronics and Yan Jun on electronics. The latter is a musician known for his radical living room concerts, involving feedback. Whatever his electronics are here, I don't know. One of the musicians must have brought a radio to the recordings (at home? in concert? I am not sure) as from time to time we hear a bit of that. I expected, wrongly no doubt, something very loud, which this is not, but still, it is very much about the sonic extremes that both gentlemen do. Lots of hiss, crackles, bursts, high-frequency feedback and other unwanted sounds that every sane person would jump to the volume control for, but not this person.
I enjoy this sort of unwanted audio very much. I turn up the volume quite a bit and detect some more details available in the music, which you may lose out on. An excellent release that every time I play seems to sound different." - Frans De Waard, Vital Weekly