Is It Art? Is IT Legal? Is It, Bugger…

Industrial Dissolution

The US stock market was on the receiving end of a real RIMM job yesterday, with the maker of the Blackberry taking a bath with a 25% drop. Pandora, the day after their IPO dipped below their initial $16 stock (shock) value and Morningstar, who usually are content with being the megaphone for the economic propaganda emanating from our owners and masters state that their real value is $5. thus is just the latest in a strange, fractal synechdoche bit of moving sculpture/ performance piece/ electronic installation piece called the market.

Don’t worry, as of noon taday, US markets are up an average of 0.40%. This is on the back of collective wisdom assuring us that Greece will greaze up for the international banks so they can complete the job on them and turn their land and infrastructure into property held by the banks.

Dry stuff for a creature such as this kkoagublogg, dealing as we do with music and art, so here’s a video for some entertainment comfort to cleanse the palate:

Vincent Van Gogh had a hard life, selling merely one of his paintings in his lifetime and that to his brother. His name is now cloaked in glory, with works ending up as wealthy art collector concubines and images of same gracing postcards and posters worldwide. The people and institutions involved in the above shenanigans are the same who decide what is declared important in art, what music is to be a real economic commodity. Also, the law does not apply to them. These are the people who are currently buying and selling Warhol art, in a pass-around similar to the collecting and trading of pokemon cards. This could be a Warhol bubble. Hedge fund managers are in the dual role of Pangenitor and Panphage for all art and culture just as they are for public companies and nation states.

The Artistic Impulse - A cure for it is imminent

Does anything artists/writers/musicians do matter in the wider culture? Did it ever? Most of the creative types I know prefer to ignore such matters, but this may be a defensive posture in a world that does everything it can to discourage them from the path they’re on. And the ones rewarded end up effectively neutralized. Success in the outlying genres is a nice middle-management descent into stupor at best, or a terrible burden on top of the dayjob and what’s left for home life.

There have been multiple declarations of ART WAR in the last few years, but things rarely update after the manifesto is posted, usually on a free blog platform. Hey, we did that! Well, not declare ART WAR, but post a manifestooo right here. We may be developing more music, now that we broke it, or something entirely different. The process is the product and the conversation will determine what, how where with the who being every living and dead creature…

Trailer for the documentary “What is ART? Inside the Mind of the Artist as They Speak the Truth” by Steven Johnson Leyba featuring H.R.Giger, Genesis P-Orridge, Howard Bloom, Joe Coleman, Richard Metzger, David J, Mark Bode and more answer the difficult questions, what is Art?what is TRUE ART?, what is the difference between art and entertainment?, what is more important the artist or the art? Is art important?  

It’s kind of a bourgeois thing to sit and speculate on w(h)ither art?, declare this form or that form dead, and debating back and forth to estimate the time of death. Hey, it’s all dead and in ruins along with the future, literacy and quite likely the industry currently eating up your time in exchange for the means and permission to stay alive for your natural span and do so in sheltered accomodations, owned or rented. The future is here, the future once promised is dead, long live the future, dead music and all.

Audio addenda:

Doc Hammer @ Dragoncon mp3

Fiction in the Age of Inequality mp3

Textual etceterata:

http://observatory.designobserver.com/feature/make-do/27998/0

http://www.viceland.com/blogs/en/2011/04/04/russias-art-war-an-interview-with-voina/

http://blogs.wsj.com/marketbeat/2011/06/17/research-in-motion-a-permabull-bails/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/jun/17/hauntology-critical

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/feb/16/featuresreviews.guardianreview17?INTCMP=SRCHpsychogeography

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-isnt-wall-street-in-jail-20110216

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/164268/20110616/pandora-ipo-analysts-point-to-5-after-shares-drop.htm

kkoagulaa – Impressions of Ardour DigiEP

kkoagulaa - Impressions of Ardour EP (2010)

Now available from iTunes.

Songs:

1 Impressions Of Ardour
2 Darkpassage
3 Alpha Wave
4 Exaltation Crash
5 Concentration Expansiveness

http://itunes.apple.com/it/album/impressions-of-ardour/id356537617

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.

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

MySpace

Aural Music Webstore link:

This item will be available in a few days. Just place your pre-order now: we will ship it as soon as possibile

some audio…

copy/paste from myspace:

the debut album “aurum nostrum non est aurum vulgi” (to be released by aural music) is receiving its last, finishing touches right now. audio is being finalized, artwork is being worked on, things have been dissolved and coagulated a lot of times… so, we have a lot of temporary audio, sketches, and stepping stones lying around, and here’s your chance to hear some of it. and there’s even more over @myspace.
more info about the album soon…

impressions of ardour

concentration expansiveness

delirium

RiP! A Remix Manifesto

more about “RiP! A Remix Manifesto“, posted with vodpod

The Secret Garden of kkultture

So, the Pirate Bay guys were convicted, conversations exploded across the intarwebz, boycotts called for, demonstrations and the RIAA connected congloms are now beaming in their ill-fated hubris. Next – DdoS attack on IFPI’s site, fax attack is planned, will Anonymous stay silent?

bf-flyer

“This is music to the ears of the thousands of small independents and artists who produce the majority of new releases today. It demonstrates a real understanding of the dilemma that if no one pays for music today who will make the exciting new music of tomorrow? ” Helen Smith, executive director of the Independent Music Companies Association was quoted as saying.

We here at kkoagulaa headquarters will first point to the kkoagulaa Manifestoooo. We will then answer that the people making the exciting music of tomorrow will be the same people who are making the exciting music now, the same people it has always been. Thos individuals who can not live without creating, who would rather give up the air they breathe, food and shelter than find something else to do.

The major label system and the copyright laws they have manipulated over the last couple decades is already dead and its bloated corpse is spreading disease. That the corporations are shown to supersede the autonomy of Sweden is worrying, though. The whole history of extra-legal manipulation and harassment of the Pirate Bay is fraught with bribery, circumvention of law and plain illegal tactics. One could hope to see this decision overturned, but as the raping of international commerce by banks with the assistance of every government in the developed world shows, the entire world is in the grip of a corporate oligarchy.

chains3

Government is merely a shiny thing to distract the populace. {S}megacorp media and entertainment are part of the spectacle, mass market music, news, film and television exist for the same reason, the different colors on the packaging are just to give the illusion of choice.

There is a thought that occurs to me as I drive past the many gated communities in this ritzy area of Florida. I’m glad the real estate speculators, Disney executives and yuppies are walled in and kept safely from the rest of us. We just need to lock the gates from the outside. I would love to see the major labels and movie studios come up with the perfect impregnable DRM, so they can be left to rot within their walled gardens.

approach

Let it not be said that kkoagulaa are against labels and artists trying to arrive at a circumstance where they can concentrate on their life’s work. We will be announcing a label soon, and the creativity and openness, the ability and willingness to use new approaches will be important factors in our choice of partnership. Don’t forget, everyone is a part of kkoagulaa, from the coked-up MAFIAA lawyer, to the torrenting kid, to the buzzards circling above waiting for that moment when culture and the human spirit expires. Carrion birds in flight who shall never land.

kkoagukkastt Aurum Nostrum 3.2 Air

Air

Movement in sky-bound sylphs, trailing blood, blood vibrates in sympathy. Random motion of molecules, atoms, ions, electrons, thought, Moonchild of a sanguine temperamentAmorous, cheerful people, energy in motion, by the light of the moon and in darkness. Between the atmosphere and outer space exists no distinction, no point of separation. The atmosphere gradually loses density and fades into space, but the energy flow, the breath of all being is constant.

Sounds of yellow and violet adorn the magickal blade thrust outward. We are made from the earth, but symbolise air, the upper left point of the pentagram.

kkoagukkastt Aurum Nostrum 3.2 Air

About kkoagulaa

A convergence of creative paths crossed in the final days of Manes, pointing to the inevitability of the birth of kkoagulaa. The projects inception is an answer to the restrictions placed upon bands of any genre. When it comes to stretching out beyond genre considerations, kkoagulaa represents what happens when the walls between modes of expression are forgotten. Central visionary ccernn, began with gathering the kkoagulaa kkollektivv of likeminded creative people: eemersonn (Choronzon, Veil of Thorns) and vvindd (Atrox). The next layer to be added around the kkollektivv is the kkontributorr kkaball consisting of hatlen, hoemsnes (The 3rd and the Mortal), trstn (Chton).

The mission of kkoagulaa is to work in an expanded range of media and even to step outside conventions of what constitutes avant-garde art and music. The art of kkoagulaa is the embodiment of art called into question, and the answer. Brought into focus through a heaping of phases of history, kkoagulaa is the deconstruction of art and a distillation of the soul found at the creative center. As the canon of rock music and prevailing sub-genres crushes the possibility of revelation, and certainly any pretense of revolution, the ubiquitous elements of the medium are examined.

Emerging from a history of leading and defining genres and movements like Avant-Garde Metal, Post-Blackmetal, Psychedelic Industrial Blackmetal and Post-Rock, kkoagulaa has truly moved beyond genre, genre hybrids and the now common game of the mix-and-match patchnwork approach so often called progressive or avant-garde.

More kkoagulaa:

kkoagulaa Journal

last.fm

myspace

nrk/urørt

virb

product placements

just a quickie:

download it here (archive.org), or visit http://www.kreidler-net.de/ for more info

- ccernn

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