Getting Down with the Klown

by Mekaniks

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    The nexus of post-apocalyptic free-bag: electronics + free improvisation + noise...
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    Free bag with heavy digital processing and noise elements... Electronics, Samples, Horns, Guitar and Percussion... Maybe the noisiest Evil Clown session ever...
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    Review by Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
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    MEKANIKS With PEK / BOB MOORES / DAN O’BRIEN / GREG GRINNEL / KEVIN DACEY / YURI ZBITNOV - Getting Down with the Klown (Evil Clown 9118; USA) Mekaniks is another of the Leap of Faith offshoot projects which features two core members: PEK on multiple single & double reeds, flute, theremin and Yuri Zbitnov on balafon, daiko & assorted percussion plus occasional LoF collaborators: Bob Moores on space trumpet & guitar, Dan O’Brien on clarinets, tenor sax & flute, Greg Grinnell on laptop & electronics and Kevin Davey on balafon, daiko, saxophone & percussion. This is another studio session recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters. Mekaniks are a rare Leap of Faith offshoot sextet that only got together for this particular studio session. I recognize all of the names from assorted Evil Clown discs. Commencing quietly with layers of mysterious percussion, cymbals, metal, balafon (African xylophone) and perhaps electronics, the sound is most mesmerizing. When PEK switches to tenor sax, the intensity level increases, an eruption of spirits takes place. When PEK picks up a double-reed (shenai?), things go even further out as spinning cymbals and bits of echoplex are added for seasoning. There are a series of sections in which certain areas of exploration are dealt with. Tribal drums, other-worldly electronics, saxes and space trumpet all get their due and work well together. This is like a soundtrack to science fiction movie which moves back and forth in time, from ancient villages to modern day free improv madness, all connected to an invisible thread. Alter your reality today! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG CD
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Evil Clown 9118
Evil Clown Headquarters
Waltham MA
7 September 2016

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released September 9, 2016

- PEK - clarinet, contraalto clarinet, alto & tenor saxophones, dulzaina, shenai, slide whistles, wood flute, siren, [d]ronins, theremin, ms-20, aquasonic, metal, voice, electronics
- Bob Moores - space trumpet, guitar, electronics
- Dan O’Brien - clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax, piccolo, metal, electronics
- Greg Grinnell - laptop, electronics
- Kevin Dacey - balafon, daiko, bells, crotales, [d]ronis, daxophone, metal, crank siren, aquasonic
- Yuri Zbitnov - balafon, daiko, festival drum, bells, crotales, [d]ronis, metal, crank siren, voice

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Mekaniks Boston, Massachusetts

Mekaniks is collaboration featuring Mission Creep/Teledubgnosis sonic wizard, Gregory Damien Grinnell, Yuri Zbitnov, Bob Moores and PEK.

Sounds that hints at musique concrète, industrial, and the pioneering electronic experiments of Stockhausen, Xenakis, Henry, and Sun Ra. Mekaniks has an identity all its own. Mekaniks push the frontiers of electronic, psycho-sonic, transdimensional exploration
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