Second Review – Aurum Nostrum non est Aurum vulgi :: Imperiumi.net

Levyarviot: Kkoagulaa – Aurum Nostrum non est Aurum vulgi :: Imperiumi.net.

Update with kind assistance from ANDRZ we have this more intelligible translation:

Kkoagulaa is founded by pretty much the same bunch of people who formed the very core of Manes, founded in 1993. Manes´s style was black metal at first, but later on they became more and more experimental with their music. The last Manes album, “How the World Came to an End” presented wide variety of styles from rap to electronica. Kkoagulaas first album “Aurum Nostrum non est Aurum Vulgi” dives even deeper to the same waters, although this album is more coherent and long-lasting than its predecessor.

Aurum Nostrum non est Aurum Vulgi” consists of one 54-minute long track, including variations from minimalistic Ambient to exploding electronic beats and even squeaks from Niklas Kvarforth of Shining fame. Eventhough Kkoagulaa stretches further away from pop/rock category than for instance the two other Norwegian oddballs, Ulver and In the Woods…, comparisons to those two (especially their subsequent catalogues) are unavoidable. Comparisons to Scott Walker´s experimental body of work, Devil Doll and Aphex Twin are not too farfetched either.

As a whole, the album is confusing and challenging without being pointless or artificial. Aurum Nostrum non est Aurum Vulgi is a unique case for a listener like me, who, aside from The Prodigy, doesn´t know much about electronic music. If the goodness or badness of music are the only criteria of categorizing the album, then Kkoagulaa belongs, without any hesitation, under the good music monicker.

plugin to the kkaotikk source kkore

i can’t do those thought-inspiring posts, not with prose, or lyrics.
(which is pretty obvious when reading my petty blogging efforts)
i can only express myself in audio, in code,
binary zeroes and ones, waveforms, abstract concepts and ideas…
so,
the last year or so, i have been obsessed with coding (c++),
started an(other) opensource project: axonlib.
but now it’s time to merge all that with ‘proper’ musical/artistic projects.
(especially kkoagulaa)
we have a ton of self-produced audio effects/software available now,
and there’s a lot more coming.
software made for our own use, for our own ways of working,
we don’t need to adapt to some other genreric/a4 methodologies,
we can be our own tool-makers.
software inspiring our art, and our art (re-)inspiring the software…
megalomanic dreams, grandiose thoughts, other-worldly ideas.
in repetitive cycles.

fortunately, inspiration has never been a problem of ours, we have almost too much of that, we just need to filter out the realistic ones, the ideas that can possibly be made into ‘real life’.

if you (for any reason) are interested in following a more technological side of kkoagulaa, have a peek at axonlib (source code) or ccernn.audio (software, the binaries, plugins, etc, linux/windows). things are updated regularly…

and finally, if you have any ideas for a plugin or other software, or anything else,
we could try making it happen!
don’t be afraid to get involved! don’t hold back, follow your inner voices. (that’s what we do)
we would like to see the kkoagulaa “kkollektivee” grow!
happily lose some control.
so that things feel exciting and fresh again!

- ccernn

also, there’s too little chaos and confusion on the world, so i gladly contribute what i can to that!

and, btw, ‘i’ might mean ‘we’, and ‘we’ could mean ‘i’

Cultural Blindspots

Using the counter at the diner to chop lines into thirds
( some other tangent entirely; compiled hastily as a just in case shit indemnity )

Barriers left still standing in the wake of the death of The Movement(tm)

With respect to the indefensibly faddish neo-conservative banalities effluenced by closeted-subversives, wannabe agents provocateurs, and failed cultural mutineers who’ve succumb to the trendy obscurantism of pandering connivance and lobby-hopping collusion which infests the most critical arenas of our political super-structure it’s worth mentioning that although societies appear to function with some degree of transitional seamless-ness when it comes to maintaining the various industries and institutions that inevitably engorge the slimy behemoth of finance and commerce there is nothing less stable than the failed sea monkey civilization experiment that we call modern society in so-called first world nations.

We’re talking here about the systemic global monstrosity erected long ago (if even in primitive ideal alone) which prevents the planet from returning to the quest for fire. This offers us a glimpse into the ambiguous meta-narrative dictated by countless tyrannical despots regimes and tirelessly rewritten by innumerable resistances and rebellions.

This cultural blindspot represents a failed attempt to digest some sort of idealistic mystery meat that is all too often excused (or more appropriately diffused) by the sentiment that such acts of utilitarian amalgamation are committed “for our own benefit” lending credence to the notion that information itself can act as the catalyst for such radical change in thinking so as to facilitate widespread panic, and general civil unrest. This brand of information (which possesses quasi-malignant memetic undertones) has the capacity to marginally disrupt transit, commerce, and civil service or perhaps even motivate misguided anarchism with bursts of revolutionary upheaval, rebellion, or sporadic outbreaks of riots that ultimately lead us in circles chasing our own tails only to be rewarded with a tasty nose-dive into the moist chasm of our own asses.

To those parasitic troglodytes whose literary invoice consists of ad hoc attacks on late modernism allow me to recapitulate our platform:

In all hir dealings with this reality matrix, the post-modernist chaosorcerer focuses hir attention on specific local contexts as well as the diversity of human experience in order to render a conclusive dichotomy contrasting the leftover scraps of functional truth with the portent ashes of archaic pseudo-science; wrought with esoteric tricks for split-second survival of the intricate hazards scattered about the course and the insidious etiquette encouraged both in the game green and squatting courtside in college. Hetero-liminal acceptance codes for cultural initiation to follow.

We tend to rely on immediate truths which bare sharp relevance to the unyielding storm of ever-changing circumstance we weather across the itinerant landscape of dictated Real Life(tm) and her multi/parent-subsidiary conglomerates divided amongst the fates and the furies for future furloughs further from fetid freedoms. As opposed to relying on temporal conveniences which bare stark resemblance to the tyrannic patriarchal dogma we’re force fed from infancy.

What you call “formative education” represents an indifferent engine of mandatory cultural programming which has grown larger than the sum of its parts. What you call “patriotism” we see as the induction of mass hysteria utilized to achieve support from the populous majority toward ends which may ultimately serve to benefit the few despite the many.

It seems the post-structuralist arm-chairlings remain dimly conscious of the underlying importance we place on practical applications for use against the widespread authoritarian corruption of civil liberties, the unstoppable erosion of financial securities, and outright degradation of institutional integrity.

This cheap puppet show of cardboard personalities and meaningless celebrity must not drag us into the depths of apathetic compliance with political dispersion. We pay witness to the experiential melee of staged pugilism between spontaneous randomosity and deductive predictability that we (endure) as spectators of the Spectacle’s ontological soap opera.

The fine balancing act we perform daily serves to facilitate our pronounced sense of incredulity towards meta-narratives while failing to insinuate the immeasurable importance of the human element the threshold of our mental fortitude our capacity to obtain societal leverage faculties. So says wiser men:

“According to the advocates of postmodernism, meta-narratives have lost their power to convince – they are, literally, stories that are told in order to legitimize various versions of “the truth”. With the transition from modern to postmodern, Lyotard proposes that meta-narratives should give way to ‘petits recits’ or more modest and “localized” narratives.”

The post-modern chaoist seeks a multiplicity of theoretical standpoints rather than grand, all-encompassing theories which upholds the deluded belief that all problems have solutions. Utter rubbish.

First review of Aurum Nostrum

Artist: Kkoagulaa
Title: Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum Vulgi
Type: Album
Label: Aural Music

Having been writing reviews for a number of years, at times I find myself on virtual auto pilot when summing things up and feel I could do so with eyes shut and ears only half open. This I hasten is not an album that such principles can work with and although I profess to loving a challenge and getting stuck into something different from the norm Kkoagulaa have if anything come at me as a divine trial. This is so far from the norm that it virtually beggars belief and this is summed up in the pages of information that accompanied the download. The project is designed to “stretch out beyond genre conventions” and their mission is “to work in an expanded range of media and to even step outside of conventions of what constitutes avant-garde art and music” Alchemy is mentioned as the core behind both artist and work and the way they have turned their music into gold is a fascinating journey to undertake. As far as more background is concerned you can check out the detailed information at the band links below.

Read the rest @

http://www.metalteamuk.net/feb10reviews/cdreviews-kkoagulaa.htm

KKOAGULAA “Aurum nostrum…” Imminent

Quoth Aural Music:

- After the fantastic album from (Sic)monic, our main label Aural Music gives its proud welcome to KKOAGULAAA, the new incarnation of cult band Manes. The Norwegian combo makes its debut releasing “Aurum nostrum non est aurum vulgi”, musical part of a larger multimedia and multidimensional project. And an experience you really can’t miss…

KKOAGULAA - Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum Vulgi

Format: CD

File under: Avantgarde Music

Info: Kkoagulaa is the multimedia, multidimensional project formed by ccernn after his departure from Cult band Manes… their debut full length, titled Aurum Nostrum Non Est Aurum Vulgi, marks a new era of an exponential growth of creativity for the artists involved. The inception of kkoagulaa continues and furthers the pushing of boundaries that characterized the black metal/avant-garde careers of its core members, kkoagulaa’s art is a kaleidoscopic vortex of dark and light, brilliant, psychedelic colour contrasting haunting, evocative monochrome

More infos about this project:
http://www.auralmusic.com/stuff/kkoagulaa/ikkonografikkaa.pdf
http://www.auralmusic.com/stuff/kkoagulaa/kkoagulaa_Dossier.pdf

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