In 2006, old hand noise/sound artists CAMPBELL KNEALE, ANTONY MILTON—both of New Zealand—and Japan’s KIYOHARU KUWAYAMA (aka Lethe) got together in a Nagoya studio to record CKAMKK, an improvised, single-take drone with minimal edits that was until recently thought lost. No longer.
Its sound is dissonant and harsh, but also very dynamic and alive. Using contact mics applied to strings and electric bagpipes, along with a handful of gizmos, they spontaneously breathed life into an organic, alien swirl of noise that draws in the space around them. The ensuing demented warblings channel the voices of the void, conveniently contained in LP format and available for purchase from Milton’s own label Pseudo Arcana. If you like to read things, you should also check out this nifty interview with Kuwayama from last April.