A member of Sunburned Hand of the Man, "Jack Callahan is a percussive sound-explorer who currently calls Amherst, MA home...
These two sides show Callahan, who recorded these pieces in a single afternoon spent in his basement, treating his floor tom and cymbal like something other than a floor tom and cymbal. A suitable theoretical and material sound comparison is the recent work of trumpeter Nate Wooley, who explores the outer regions of possibility on his instrument without playing any conventional notes. Callahan’s tom-cymbal-random utensil techniques are displayed throughout “Klangfarben,” creating complicated sounds that jump from blissful harmonic drones to primal nightmare screech attacks to the flurrying of an angry animal attempting to claw and gnaw its way out of a box.
...Callahan shows a mature amount of restraint and technique, avoiding the random clicks and taps that characterize most free percussion, from out-jazz to electroacoustic improv and composition. He seems to be more interested in creating dense moods and slow building atmosphereric sounds rather than chaotic blasts of aleatoric madness.
- Foxy Digitalis
Luminous in Nummer is the solo project of Ben Kudler. The project combines electro-acoustic improvisation, DJing, synthesizer music, and drone to create compositions that have a solid footing in the Noise/Jammer underground of the last half decade, DJ culture, and European electronic music in the Editions Mego vein. Kudler has performed with Chris Cooper of Fat Worm of Error in a duo, as well as shared bills with John Wiese, Emeralds, Nautical Almanac and a wide array of American underground electronic and electro-acoustic experimental musicians.
"After years of playing together in a wide-ranging assortment of Atlanta bands, musicians Mitchell Sosebee (drums) and Ryan Taylor (guitars, electronics) converge their creativity to the core with their new mano-a-mano venture Rat Mass. The duo’s five track, instrumental EP1 is a compelling wallop of torrential percussion, inexorable bass annihilation, jabs of electric guitar and pervasive electrical sonic accents, all improvised live in the studio. At times it borders on metal, but most metal bands I’ve heard can’t muster this sort of prolonged intensity, usually because the singer opens his mouth and starts croaking some comical demonic nonsense."
- Stomp and Stammer