GEN KEN MONTGOMERY

Postcards 1981-86

(Vinyl on Demand - VOD106) 2xLP $45.00

New York City’s king of ingenious DIY electronics has long been driven by curiosity for the off-beat and an irresistible enthusiasm for sound experimentation and process-oriented performance. Montgomery’s early ’80s multi-channel sound works were often performed in total darkness. His music is dense, full of polyrhythms and counter harmonies, layered with controlled yet randomly pulsing, bleeping synthesizers and drum boxes – though he began with electronic toys, cheap synthesizers, household gadgetry, and electric machines (including ice crusher, aquarium pump, refrigerator, shoe shine machine, hand massager, and laminator). The twenty-two tracks on the first platter are compiled from the casettes Gen Ken & Equipment (1981), Collaborations (1982), and Kalkreuth Keks (1986), rounded out by several more tracks recorded live under the name KMZ with Michael Zodorozny of Crash Course in Science. The second platter delivers nineteen tracks, sourced from songs from Beatmusik (Sound Of Pig, 1988) and Room to Roam (Out Of The Blue 1984), plus three previously unreleased tracks from the same period, and other KMZ collaborations.

GEN KEN MONTGOMERY

Voice Clippings

(Chocolate Monk - CHOC.274) CDR $8.00 (Out-of-stock)

The seventh volume in Chocolate Monk’s Well Spliced Breath series of “sound-tape collage, text-sound, radiophonic, horspiel-type muck.” More than sixty minutes of audio adventure that collages voices and other sounds, serving Montgomery’s aim of maximizing one’s “focus on the experience of listening” via “enduring impressions arising out of transitory moments.” Edition of 60.