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Founded in 2004, KGB makes music using digital, electrical and acoustic instruments, creating music incorporating field recordings and processing, and performs as a trio and with an orchestra of improvising musicians. The Swiss Pharmaceuticals CD was released in 2005 on Utech records. Henneböhl and Dougherty have been working together in various Berlin experimental/noise outfits (Idiot Switch, Oktoschloks, Control, "Wendel Collective"), and perform with Cascone as KGB whenever Kim comes to Europe. The group has played venues across Europe including Instants Chavirez (Paris), FIM (Basel), Ausland (Berlin) and SKOP (Frankfurt).

Kim Cascone founded silent records in 1985 and has released more than 15 albums of electronic music, working/performing with Merzbow,Keith Rehberg, Oval, Scanner, Carsten Nicolai, Doug Aitken, and David Toop among others. Cascone was one of the co-founders of the microsound list and writes for Computer Music Journal and Artbyte Magazine.

Guido Henneböhl builds and performs on his own analogue and electronic instruments. He has performed across Europe with artists such as Travis Just, Alwynne Pritchard and works in the groups Idiot Switch and the Oktoschlocks.

Brendan Dougherty was born in Philadelphia and has been located in Berlin since 2002. He works as a composer and performer in the areas of improvised music, jazz, and collaborates often with Dance and Theater Productions. He has worked with the likes of Jeremy Wade, Billy Bang, Aleks Kolkowski, Jon Rose.
 
KGB trio
SMOKE ON DEVIL'S MOUNTAIN
kim cascone - max/msp + location recordings
guido hennebohl - cracked elec. + recordings
brendan dougherty - percussion + mastering

recorded mostly on the teufelsberg, berlin
frickled mostly in san francisco and berlin

15 tracks - 53:56

SCR 53413

 

On a wet, rainy day in November the trio treks into the woods of Teufelsberg, Berlin, and breaks into the abandoned station in order to take some field recordings. Traversing the dank, dark interior of the complex they make their way all the way to the large set of domes atop the buildings. The wind whipping at the torn skins of the geodesic domes. It begins to rain. The trio gets to work, recording the wind and rain through the domes as well as using the domes acoustic properties to process sounds made with hand held cracked electronics. Later in the KGB studio the trio work at processing and layering the dome recordings with live improvisations inspired by the dome recordings. The result it a disjointed temporal documentation of the morphogentic field recordings of a Cold War spy station.

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