Saturday, August 4, 2007

Colosus of White Tar (Collaboration w/ Jute Gyte)

Collaborative 3" cdr from Jute Gyte's Label Jeshimoth Entertainment. Each of us laid out a base track, then the other person added their track, and the person with the base track made the final mix with a new track....

a review from Heathen Harvest:

Paul Dever (Griz+zlor) and Adam Kalmbach (Jute Gyte) collaborate in a massive head-on meteoritic collision of unstoppably brutal noise. The explosion starts right away, there’s absolutely no preamble, it just pounces on you and doesn’t let go for just over twenty minutes. It’s as if the explosives were detonated, then the very next second time was stopped and stretched out interminably so that the resultant infinity of boil and roil could be recorded. Back in the studio the furnace storm was added to and layered with screaming feedback and agonised wailing, the pitch elongated and shoved up the scale in places, and made to sound as if Nature herself was being tortured in an effort to extract her last secrets.

There’s no doubt the two tracks on this 3” CDr (it may as well be a single entity though as one runs up against the other without interruption) are uncompromisingly acidic and caustic – however it’s more than that, because if you listen carefully you will pick up the nuances and subtleties that define this as the work of a two-headed beast. Each artist began by creating a base track which the other then added to and messed with; finally it went back to the original artist for final refinement. Dever employs thick impastos of gritty coarse noise creating a solid sonic canvas; conversely Kalmbach takes a more nuanced approach, picking out the highlights with piercing screech and wail.

After having reviewed Jute Gyte’s ‘Arakan’ recently I wasn’t sure about this: but I have no hesitation in pronouncing this a very successful partnership. Dever and Kalmbach have each played to their individual strengths and produced works which complement and enhance each other. Noise, as chaotic and unstructured as many deem it, follows its own set of rules; understanding the nature of noise and its interactions means that you can work with it, manipulate it and mould it like any artist would his chosen medium. Some are better at it than others. Fortunately both these artists know how to respect and handle their material and have avoided the sin of imposition; instead they have added just enough to bring out the inherent potential in the other’s work without affecting the original material negatively.

It’s a fraught tightrope walk I would think – taking someone else’s work and bringing something of yourself to it while avoiding overwhelming it with your own personal stamp. Dever and Kalmbach have a fine sense of balance apparently, knowing when to push and when to step back to let things take their own course – this augurs well for any future collisions.

Review from Vital Weekly 612 week 5:

With Griz+Zlor (being one Paul Dever), Jute Gyte made a collaborative release of two ten minute tracks of unrelentltness noise. Here it's cut down to ten minutes, but both pieces work rather single minded, so three would have been fine too, The least of this lot. Too much Merzbow on a of-day.

here is the base track i created:
(right click, save target as, for windows...i don't know how you mac people do it)

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Statue 002

A C20 from Australia's Smell The Stench label, in an unknown limited edition. Covers were designed and printed by me. Some of my darkest WALL work. All derived from a statue.

Domina Oriens

Bcard cdr given away free with the purchase of BOTH kassette kvlt III and kassette kvlt IV, i think the final tally ended up being 33 total. Oddly enough it ends up being 5 minutes of my most brutal material at this point.

First Show

A few odds and ends, on top is the Flyer from the first show(designed by Jeremy of Comrades-In-Arms, Diana Behlke) and Below is a poster from me Commemorating my first show in an edition of 30.
Also sometime during this period, i contributed a track to 2013 records junk noise compilation,
This is Pure Noise! The idea was to record amplified junk, objects, whatever without use of effects. I recorded about 20 various machines around the print shop i work at to make this track as brutal as i could.


With the same history as Endless Void(10 originally, 15 later with "2nd edition" appearing below the esnrl #) made available for my first show. ALL WALL!

Endless Void

Originally available in an edition of 10, for my first show performing as the griz+zlor, another 15 were made with the words second edition appearing below endless void. All Wall!

Ouroboros Personal Edition

A "Personal Edition" Release, essentially a one-of-a-kind commission piece. All audio is available only with this boxset, and as a matter of fact the only thing i might have a copy of is the cdr. I definately don't have the cassette(a C30) or the reel to reel(featuring 3 Hours of material!). Packaged in a painted and junked up cookie tin.


A 3" cdr with two shorter tracks paying homage to Ghengis Khan. Available in an edition of 40, here is a review from bloodties webzine. It also happens to be the first(and hopefully last) standard packaging. It came in a 3" slimeline jewel case with a simple double sided cardstock cover. A BRUTAL turning point for me.

Statue 001

First of the Statue series(of which all source sounds are derived from a statue), available in an edition of 25. Thick at times, and full of movement, but still a natural movement for what is to come.


Meant to be an ongoing series, but currently in hibernation(or reworking to be exact). One long harsh track, featuring pedal abuse, utilizing metal junk contact mic'd inside a cookie tin, tape loops and slowed down lp's as source sounds. Certainly a taste to come of it's Harsh predecessors...