Boomkat Product Review:
Wonderfully disorienting syncretic composition from field recording specialist Laurant Jeanneau a.k.a. Kink Gong; collapsing space into time with a suite of hybrid pieces blending unedited acoustic recordings with computer modified parts for his ever-dilated Discrepant label.
Melding contact mic recordings of various turkish instrumentation - Saz, Cura and Tanbur (played by Remi Solliez) - with archival location recordings made in South East Asia (the most common site of Kink Gong’s focus), the Berlin-based Frenchman has forged yet another surreal and alien addition to his illustrious catalogue of outernational sound collage.
Like Rashad Becker’s Traditional Music for Notional Species, a radio conflating its frequencies, or a big-eared ET with a cracked copy of Ableton, Kink Gong’s geographically decontextualised sound arrangements push the listener’s limits of perception to short-circuit the senses and create new neural pathways which transcend geography and temporality.
We know where the recordings were made, and what they’re documenting, yet the sounds and the cryptic logic behind their organisation eludes any descriptive grasp, or in terms that we already know, at least. To be quite honest, it all elicits some of the rarest sensations imaginable; a feeling of being utterly lost in unfamiliar surroundings, as in a dream, or wandering some mazy bazaar in the mind of Muslimgauze.
If you like records to light fires in your mind and synthesise new smells, sensations that aren’t understood or forgotten easily, you really need to check this one out.