Thursday, April 5, 2012

GX JUPITTER-LARSEN / ARVO ZYLO
"Xylowave 2012" (Spleen Coffin)

This is some damn-intense noise music. Relentless and bleak is the name of the game here.  GX Jupitter- Larsen has inhabited the world of extreme music and performance art for over three decades and he has put out over 300 releases with his group The Haters.  If you're familiar with his work, you'll either want to pick this up because you're a completist or pass it by because you've had enough.  Here is a paragraph from wikipedia that I'm not going to bother paraphrasing:

Underlying all of Jupitter-Larsen's work's a peculiar mix of aesthetic and conceptual obsessions, particularly entropy and decay, professional wrestling, and a self-created lexicon consisting mainly of personalized units of measurement such as polywave, the totimorphous, and the xylowave.  In 1985, Jupitter-Larsen invented his own number system. Jupitter-Larsen says his transexpansion numeral unit (TNU) explore the distance & separateness in between linear counting locations that do not neighbor each other. When arranged in order, the TNUs form a spiral around the standard linear numbers. If one assumes that each individual linear number is a particular location along a counting order, then each individual TNU would be the distance between two selected linear number locations. Where the TNUs have been placed is unimportant. What is important is that anyone can make up their own personal numbers to symbolize any numeral interrelationship that Jupitter-Larsen's do not. Instead of a way of doing arithmetic, what you end up with here is an emotional & philosophical barometer. The base TNU is I (pronounced a) which is located in between 1&4 but not 2&3.

There are enough nooks and crannies to the Jupitter-Larsen material to keep it interesting to me, but the same cannot be said for the Arvo Zylo material on the B-side, which is incredibly monochromatic and uninteresting.


Here's where you'll find it if you are so inclined: http://www.spleencoffin.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_music_info&products_id=132

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