Boomkat Product Review:
Another fascinating early catalogue number from Pan Records, this one from sound artist, Ilios. 'Kenrimono' is an extremely dense collage of field recordings made in Japanese pachinko parlours (you know, the endless arcade game with little metals balls?) in the Kansai area in 2007. Only this is 'Kenrimono' a variant of the game for advanced players which gives certain privileges during the course of a high-risk game. The effect of Ilios' layered recordings is intense to say the least, yet equally meditative and even psychedelic if that's your thing. I've personally never heard anything quite like this. It has the unrelenting density of the fiercest white noise, but there are also stray melodies and tones obfuscated by the melé of a million miniature metal orbs cascading and cycling through machinery, and that's just the A-side! Flip it over and we're comparatively shocked by near silence and glacially dissolving drones, as though we've been plunged into an isolation tank after the our blood pressure rose too much from the pachinko. Incredible sounds, highly recommended!