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Audio CD                                              Evil Clown 9147

Space Metal Chaos Ensemble / Harsh Noise Movement -

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1)  Space Metal Chaos Ensemble:  Many Panks (more cowbell) 31:48

     PEK - alto saxophone, contraalto clarinet, [d]ronin, daxophone, 
          guzheng, orchestral chimes, samples/Ableton mix, ms-20,

          electric kazoo, metal  
     Bob Moores - space trumpet, guitar, metal, diddlly bo 
     Space - guitar, bass, [d]ronin, samples/Ableton mix, electric kazoo 
     Kevin Dacey - [d]ronin, orchestral chimes, guzheng, amplified 
          metal/springs, particle smasher noise box, metal, wood, hand

     Joe Hartigan - metal, danmo, glockenspiel, daiko, daxophone, 
          [d]ronin, amplified metal/springs, particle smasher noise box
     Yuri Zbitnov - drum set, daiko, orchestral chimes, glockenspiel,

          crotales,  balafon, danmo, [d]ronin, metal, wood, voice
2)  Harsh Noise Movement - Post-Bop 28:45 

      Harsh Noise Movement: Noise, Electronics, Percussion 
      Akano Shibahito: Alto Saxophone

3)  Download Bonus Track

     - Many Panks (more cowbell) Ableton Mix 37:40

     PEK and Space - Samples and Ableton Mix

Evil Clown 

On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

On Metal Chaos Ensemble: "... ​using unique strategies to yield densely active and eerily surreal music, an incredible excursion through experimental improvisation."   - Squidco website staff


Space Metal Chaos Ensemble - Electronegativity 

Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA

15 June 2017

So here is an interesting story... Been planning a special edition of Metal Chaos Ensemble for a few months for when my old pal Space came for a visit last week to be called Space Metal Chaos Ensemble... Space and I used to make tape music in California in the 80s before I moved to the East Coast for Berklee... A week or so before he arrived, a Noise scene guy from the UK named Harsh Noise Movement reached out and asked if I would be interested in doing a split record and then releasing it on both our labels... Why not I thought? I do post on noise-oriented sites since some of the Evil Clown ensembles do contain a noise/electronic component to the sound... Maybe here is an opportunity to reach some people outside the improvisation scene... Most of our sets run 60 to 70 minutes and I didn't really want to have a session for half a CDs worth of music, so I decided to do three pieces each about 30 minutes and put out a full Space Metal Chaos Ensemble set on Evil Clown (Electropositivity) as well as the split album (Electronegativity) on both labels.... Space and I spent the weekend and the first couple of days of the week before the session recording new samples and building 30+ minute Ableton mixes to accompany the improvisations... I got the track yesterday from HNM and finished production of the split album today... (PEK 6/20/2017)


Leap of Faith Orchestra performs

Supernovae by PEK

by Karl  Ackermann,

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, PEK, set his sights on something bigger with the Leap of Faith Orchestra's Supernovae. The previous incarnation of the LOFO expands from the fifteen musicians on The Expanding Universe (Evil Clown, 2016) to twenty-one players on this new outing. Another noteworthy element of this project is PEK's use of Frame Notation where the score is seen in written descriptions and straight-forward symbols within Duration Bars. The system provides the musicians with immediate understanding of their own parts and the higher-level arrangement of the music. 

Supernovae consists of a single track composition running just under eighty minutes. The digital download includes a bonus track. Though the extended piece is not broken out by formal movements, there are clear delineations within the score. PEK's ensemble—not surprisingly—includes enough non-traditional and weird instruments to compete with a Dr. Seuss orchestra. Though they are not playing in a vacuum, that group of instruments dominates the first ten minutes before strings and reeds make themselves more clearly heard. Forty-five minutes in, we have the first case of prolonged melody, darker and more subdued than the overall tone of the first half. 

Supernovae gives way to free improvisation overlaying the melody. Eventually the piece introduces a brilliant percussion passage before it reintroduces the non-traditional music elements, but here in a more refined manner. As with all of PEK's compositions, there is—behind the scenes—a painstaking amount of organization that is not always evident in the listening. That is part of the beauty of this album; the non-traditional approach to instrumentation and the lack of adherence to Western structure continue to make the various iterations of Leap of Faith consistently interesting. And interesting look at the written score can be viewed at