Sun Oct 5
The Toff, 252 Swanston St Melbourne
Maximum Arousal presents:
KK NULL (Japan)
Maximum Arousal is proud to present the only Melbourne show from one of the top names in Japanese noise music and in a larger context, one of the great cult artists in experimental music since the early 80's, KK NULL.
In 1981 KK NULL studied at Butoh dancer, Min Tanaka's "Mai-Juku" workshop and started his career by performing guitar improvisations in the clubs in Tokyo. He continued by collaborating with MERZBOW for two years, and joining the band YBO2 (with Tatsuya Yoshida, drummer of RUINS) and starting the improvized noise/rock trio ABSOLUT NULL PUNKT (with Seijiro Murayama, the original drummer of Keiji Haino's FUSHITSUSHA).
In the early 90's he gained world-wide recognition as the mastermind, guitarist and singer of the progressive hardcore trio ZENI GEVA with their extremely heavy sound, releasing five albums produced by STEVE ALBINI (two on Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label) and a few more on other labels such as NEUROSIS's Neurot Recordings.
NULL is also renowned for his solo performances & recordings and he has collaborated with other musical innovators such as Z'EV, CHRIS WATSON, DANIEL MENCHE, KEIJI HAINO, SEIICHI YAMAMOTO, JON ROSE, BILL HORIST, PHILIP SAMARTZIS, ALEXEI BORISOV, ZBIGNIEW KARKOWSKI, FRED FRITH to name a few.
After playing the guitar as his main instrument for some twenty years, KK NULL has gradually moved towards a more electronic approach. In recent years he has concentrated his efforts on his solo & collaborative recordings, exploring the outer territories of electronica, creating intense clashing wave of noise, structured electro-acoustic ambience, broken down rhythmics, scattered pitch sculptures, droning isolationist material which could be described "cosmic noise maximal/minimalism".
At present KK NULL has more than 100 titles of recordings released (inc. solo, bands, collaborations, compilations).
Also appearing is local guitar legend CHRIS SMITH & PHILIP SAMARTZIS' first Melbourne performance in over 12 months!
THIS IS AN AROUSAL NOT TO BE MISSED!!!
Tue Sept 30 - Spartak CD launch + ii + Part Timer
Sun Oct 12 - An evening with Matt 'Skitz' Sanders featuring Skitz + Sean Baxter/Poletopra (Anthony Pateras/Marco Fusinato)/Oren Ambarchi/Rob Mayson