With a 15 year history
of sound making Toy.Bizarre is also one of the main
people behind the KAON organization, a group which specialises
in releasing works and planning live shows by electro-acoustic/concrete
noise artists. Residing in Limoges, France toy.bizarre
has created some breathtaking recordings through the
manipulation of collected pieces of sound from his environment.
Lethe is the project of Nagoya resident Kiyoharu Kuwayama.
A multi-talented instrumentalist (cello, guitar, hand-made
machines, electronics) who runs his own Pale Disks label
releasing inprovised music/noise CDs of various groups
and solo projects he is involved with. He also organises
the annual week-long Lethe-Voice Festival in Nagoya
which brings together a diverse collection of Japanese
and international sound makers.
kdi dctb 115a/000731 is a reworking (via mail) of each
artists sounds by the other. Toy.Bizarre creates a powerful
and harmonious bowed drone which gently fades in, is
stripped of its power, then abruptly falls to minute
crackling and buzzing in beautific TB fashion. Some
haunting amusement park tones follow and gently close
the side out. Likewise, Lethe has taken toy.bizarre's
sound samples and created a warehouse orchestration
of rattling and grating sounds combined with a healthy
backbone of wind-style drone. A smooth piece reflecting
the crafty instrumentation of Kuwayama's other projects.
Fans of either artist should definately own this release.