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bohemian drips presents: Kulku
Cat-#: BD006 | Formats: Vinyl, Digital & Ltd. Edition | Release date: November 12th 2016
Total runtime: 29:49 | Tracks: 5 | Genre: Primitive Music, Avantgarde, Ambient, Drone, Kraut, No-Wave
The Berlin based underground-band Kulku bound themselves to the phenomenon of primitive music and developed a modern kind of “Orff Kraut“ played on xylophones, bells, timpani and scrap metal. „bohemian drips presents Kulku“ was recorded during a two day session in the ancient water reservoirs at Kollwitzplatz, Berlin. The third binaural production of the label invites the listener to take a trip through a surreal scenario of alien and archaic noises. By the use of Kunstkopf-microphones the record provides a three-dimensional acoustic imprint of the bands work.
The limited vinyl edition includes two handcrafted screenprints. These prints are not a part of the regular vinyl edition.
By releasing “bohemian drips presents: Kulku“ the Berlin imprint presents their third binaural production. After working within the spaces of the “KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art“, the label took the next challenge by leveling up the reverb times and working with an eight-head collective of “genious dilletants“ inside the ancient water reservoirs of Berlin, Pankow. These tanks provide, with their reverberation times from 6 to 18 seconds, a more than astonishing surrounding for this recording session.
Kulku’s acoustical sound sources and instruments, reaching from old wooden organ pipes, to xylophones, timpani, scrap metal and kids toys, creates an apocalyptical scenery that is strongly referencing within its construction to contemporary compositions of Avantgarde music like Steve Reich, György Ligeti or Carl Orff. The almost never ending, deep resonance of the tanks that served the band and the label’s producers as a frame for the recordings, created sounds from a extraterrestrial sphere which formed a modern kind of “Trance Music“ – “Primitive Music“ as the band named it themselves.
Founded in 2002 by Andreas Riska (a.k.a. Wenzlovar) and Johanna Riska, Kulku spans out to a maximum of ten musicians, including as well Gatis and Talis Silde from Ej Bejkot as Alex Samuels and Max Gassman from Brace/Choir. The bands’ sound is a weird mixture of Kraut, Noise, Soul and No-Age that was hidden in the Berlin underground for a long while and finally shows its blooming creativity with this record.
The core piece “Nach der Flut“ (referring to Hinnerick Bröskamps experimental movie “Vor der Flut – Before the Flooding“) is accompanied by four pieces characterized by Wenzlovar voice and a rough reduction of sounds within the tanks reverberations.
By the use of a dummy head microphone (KU 100) “bohemian drips presents: Kulku“ is able to transport the initial trance effect of this record straight to the listener – the 360-degree soundscape takes us back into the tanks and offers a completely unique experience of sound. Kulku’s “Orff-Kraut“ is available on 180g vinyl – a limited edition of 200 LPs comes with handcrafted screen printings.
Side A: “Kleiner Speicher” (14:17)
A1: Filling Space With Haunted Dreams (1:54)
A2: Strange (6:48)
A3: Snowstars (5:35)
Side B: “Großer Speicher” (15:32)
B1: Nach Der Flut (12:09)
B2: Bonerun (3:23)
All music by Kulku
Kulku are Andreas Riska, Johanna Riska, Alexander Samuels, Maxfield Gassmann, Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer, Gatis Silde and Cornelius Onitsch
Lyrics and voice by Andreas Riska
Produced by bohemian drips
Recorded and mixed by Lasse Kuhlmann in July 2015
“Nach der Flut” & “Filling Space With Haunted Dreams” edited and arranged by Alexander Meurer
Mastered by “Zino Mikorey – Mixing and Mastering” in Berlin, 2016
Cover design by Alexander Meurer
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