David and Jeff record music that seems to draw theoretically from German progressive/experimental artists from the 1970s…but the sound is much more current and relies on bizarre twenty-first century technology. The way the duo manages to incorporate saxophones and trumpets into the mix is particularly strange and appealing. This is a wildly experimental album full of strange sounds and odd surprises. The tracks are more like sound collages than music. Because of the far out nature of these pieces it is difficult to describe this album. If you like real experimental music, there’s a good chance this music will elevate you to another level… One of the crazier albums yet to be released by this esoteric label… TOP PICK.
Since both Jeff and David play laptops as well as mutant instruments with extended techniques, there are a number of strange sounds which are not so easy to identify. Weird drones, twisted wind sounds and electronic whatnot swirl around one another in different layers and in unusual combinations. What makes this special is the way the acoustic wind sounds and electronics blend together into one strong, integrated sound. The overall sound is often weird yet everything evokes fascinating and provocative images. Although Mr. Borgo plays soprano & sopranino saxes, usually those saxes are manipulated and altered in all types of strange ways. The same with the trumpet, if we didn’t know better it would be hard to tell who is playing what. Most often these sounds are quite cosmic yet never indulgent. Occasionally bizarre, but no less riveting.
—Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
The world of electronic music has altered drastically since the days of Milton Babbitt and the RCA Synthesizer. . . one man in extended real- virtual time with a wall of glowing tubes and tediously compiled punch cards. You can do things on a laptop or two live that used to take months in the studio to accomplish, tape splicing block in hand. New software gives improvisers the ability to incorporate live electronics into their performances without a mass of equipment. Of course making things easier does not always lead to more “masterpieces.” You get what the musicians’ ideas can accommodate. Happily there is nothing ill-considered, unimaginative or hastily conceived in the music of today’s posting.
KaiBorg’s new CD Harvesting Metadata (pfMENTUM 058) reflects contemporary technical developments with music that entertains, challenges and stimulates. KaiBorg consists of reedman-composer David Borgo and composer-quarter-tone- trumpeter Jeff Kaiser. Together they explore the electro-acoustic interstices with a varied program of pieces that alternately overwhelms the senses and gives pause for contemplation. There are moments of thick electronic texture and quieter way stations of comparative repose. Free-style improvisations have counter ballast in the electronics that give form to a dialog between two imaginative players and their performance resources.
This music can at times be a bit abrasive but always expressive. It’s an impressive outing.
By the sonics that guide my ears, there is little more exciting than music like David and Jeff perform here as “KaiBorg”; of course, my aural appendages are ever-so-slightly jaded, twisted & bent, so some of you reading this will wonder why I’m reviewing it. All you have to do to find out the answer to that question is listen to the marvelous/intriguing “Flow Control”… make sure you do it with ‘phones on, and you’ll hear the attraction right away
(unless you’re such a sonic sludgemudgeon that you can’t stand “different”). I’ve been listening to Jeff’s work for many years now, & reviewed one of David’s CD’s way back in issue # 69; these gents are veterans, & musically well-educated vets, at that. Great music for adventurous listeners… for me, it was the mysterious “Postural Schema” that got the vote for favorite track… bottom line is that if you love aural adventure, you’ll have to have this superbly constructed CD in your collection. It certainly merits my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and gets an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98.