CNV35 | 29.10.2006


The Blue Concubine

01 . The Blue Concubine I

02 . The Blue Concubine II

03 . The Blue Concubine III

04 . The Blue Concubine IV

05 . The Blue Concubine V

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K. M. Krebs delivers five solid compositions of electroacoustic/ambient artistry with "The Blue Concubine". A mark of his signature style, Krebs melds and juxtaposes organic sounds with electronic sounds to build a highly listenable album of deep electro-organic ambiance. Applying his own unique take on contemporary musique concrète, manipulations of concrete sounds and abstract electronics are woven into a collection of richly textured works full of intensity and emotion. This is an album of flux and contrasts, where the comforting sounds of chimes and bells vie against dense electronic drones; where noisy, dissonant collages meet moments of choral-like concord; where traces of phonography intermingle with processed digital sounds; and where the shifting atonalities of ambient noise symbolize the unpredictability of this kind of music.


liner notes by Larry Johnson / cover photo by Liam Frankland


Vital Weekly


Kevin M. Krebs is lesser known as Asher and all I know is that his work was recorded in Seoul earlier this year. Apparently using manipulations of concrete and abstract electronics, he creates a work that is perhaps a bit of an odd-ball in the catalogue of Con-V as it's a much louder than a regular Con-V release. In all five pieces, Krebs playing the abstract electronics part. The whatever origin of concrete sounds are merely used to trigger a set of computer plug ins or perhaps somethings max/msp, and once set in motion, things develop by themselves, or so it seems. Perhaps I am entirely wrong. However the outcome is rather noise related, although never over the top, it has familiar lines to noise, through the use of distortion like sounds. But Krebs stretches his sound and that adds a sort of ambient feel to the music. Ambient industrial, so to say, and as such not so new sounding, except perhaps it comes out of a computer. It pretty much alright, but not great.


[ Frans de Waard ]