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Live At Jahrhunderthalle Bochum

by zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino

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John Cratchley
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John Cratchley I remember thinking, when I first heard Keiji Haino's voice many years ago now, that "this guy must be an alien!", so out of my terms of reference were his utterances...in the intervening time I have come to reverse my stance; now pretty certain that he is the most human among us aliens...his voice is the natural order of existence, all the elements combined and a universal constant.
He is pre-babel...
Zeitkratzer has connected with him fully and the results are, to use an over-used phrase, "shock and awe".
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Ghosts 06:10
Smashine 06:11
Roses 10:59
Birdy 05:06
Wet Edge 10:46
Cryogen 03:37


On his second release with zeitkratzer, Keiji Haino concentrates solely on his voice. No electronics are used except for amplification. Nevertheless, this live recording is even more radical than the first one. Radical is the concentration on the very limited but frenetic musical material, worked out in detail, which is rarely heard in the noise context – enabling Keiji Haino to sit on it, fly over, to merge or just to oppose. zeitkratzer’s amplified instruments, played with extended techniques as developed by the group and its outstanding musicians over more than a decade and Haino’s incredible richness in voice timbres and noises complement each other perfectly. It’s one of the closest and most natural cooperations zeitkratzer ever had. Wild and beautiful.

Shouting, scratching, screaming, piping, chattering, crying, rumbling, oscillating, roaring, clashing, juttering, tinkling, singing, … and at the end it’s one hilarious powerful music, pure noise and pure melody! As the Chicago Reader noted: “The supernova finally occurs!” and The Wire agreed: “A real highlight, with zeitkratzer enfolding Keiji Haino in its grasp like some tentacular kraken of the deep. Haino effectively becomes another member of the group.” Rock-a-Rolla cheered: “Forcefull and utterly compelling!” Nothing left to say than: listen!

directed by Reinhold Friedl

Frank Gratkowski / clarinets
Hild Sofie Tafjord / french horn
Hilary Jeffery / trombone
Reinhold Friedl / piano
Marc Weiser / acoustic noises
Maurice de Martin / percussion
Burkhard Schlothauer / violin
Anton Lukoszevieze / violoncello

Keiji Haino / voice

recorded live at Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Ruhrtriennale
recorded & mixed by Martin Wurmnest

mastered by Rashad Becker


released October 10, 2014


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