I initially became acquainted with this Vienna-based electro-acoustic outfit through Grain (Duran, 2000). With saxophones, turntables, and the addition of high-tech instrumentation, Krom further develops Efzeg's microtonal and minimalistic methodology.
The group often explores a gnomic musical panorama, intimating a rather solitary existence of barely detectable turntable scratches, subliminal effects and trance-like passages. Dynamics are subtle here, but oscillating electronics enliven a quaint directive, translating into a wide-open sound-plane. At times these expansive works seamlessly disappear into a black hole.
Boris Hauf's concise saxophone voicings provide a soft impetus to the layered and succinctly implemented, computer-generated backwashes. On "Ribo, the zany electro-mechanical noises are enhanced by polytonal drones and abstract notions of being transported through the cosmos. Yet in some instances, the quintet also dives into moments of angst.
Essentially, Efzeg's ever-so-gentle fashion of touching upon one's neural sensitivities works as an equalizer of sorts. The musicians don't bombard you with massive walls of sonic mayhem. On the contrary, the ensemble's musicality and line of attack is deceptively complex and nicely paced, frequently stamped by a time-sensitive mode of development.
Track Listing: Intron; Som; Exon; Ribo.
Personnel: Boris Hauf: saxophones, synths, computer; Billy Roisz: computer; Martin Siewart: guitars, lap
steel, electronics; Burkhard Stangl: guitars, electronics; dieb13: computer, turntables.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.