Borderline Ballroom: C Spencer Yeh, David Khan, Rainbow Beast

C Spencer Yeh at Darkroom
C Spencer Yeh at Darkroom

Launching the debut of new Christchurch music venue (and top-notch bar, stocking only local beers, wines, liquors and home-made food) Darkroom was a great dose of acerbic synthesized noise – from the controls of Rainbow Beast. The place was packed, and not with the usual Borderline Ballroom audience, a few of whom didn’t really seem to get what was going on.

Dave Khan played a more tranquil set, utilizing his sampling keyboard to flesh out layers of sound. Dave’s set was a very calming, melodic performance; a shame a few patrons didn’t seem to appreciate it…

C Spencer Yeh took two different approaches – firstly a frantic performance on violin, producing often atonal, but frantic sounds. He then followed this with one of the more unusual human beatbox performances i’ve seen; with 2 microphones in hand he bounced sounds around this lovely, but crowded space.

More photos can be found here.

Peter Wright

Co-founder of the Krkrkrk label (along with David Khan) and a prolific member of a number of Christchurch underground bands dating back to the early 90s, Peter Wright is also an exceedingly prolific solo musician, releasing material under multiple guises on Krkrkrk (Bent Gastropod Omnibus, In Vitro, Coitus) as well as on his own label, Apoplexy. Wright is also one of the creative minds behind the brilliant Krautrock superstars Beautiful Losers.

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Wank [As Bent Gastropod Omnibus 1993 Krkrkrk Krk003]
  • Expresso Spasm [As Bent Gastropod Omnibus 1993 Krkrkrk Krk004]
  • Haggis [As Bent Gastropod Omnibus 1994 Krkrkrk Krk010]
  • Dust To Dust [As In Vitro 1995 Krkrkrk Krk043]
  • Drag [As In Vitro 1995 Krkrkrk Krk051]
  • Seep [As In Vitro 1995 Krkrkrk Krk058]
  • 040769 [As Coitus 1996 Krkrkrk Krk060]
  • Man In Blue Box [As Coitus 1996 Krkrkrk Krk064]
  • Man In Glass Cage [As Coitus 1996 Krkrkrk Krk074]
  • Duna Cdr [1997? Last Visible Dog Lvd024]
  • Lp #1 [1998 Apoplexy Apx05]
  • Syncopate Cdr [1998? Apoplexy Apx06]
  • Moments Of Inappropriate Abandon Lathe-Cut Double-7″ [1998? Apoplexy Apx07]
  • Radioplay Cdr [1999? Apoplexy Apx09]
  • Automaton Cdr [1999? Apoplexy Apx10]
  • Confinement And Release Cdr [2000 W/ Dave Khan Apoplexy Apx12]
  • Transfusion Cdr [2000 Last Visible Dog Lvd044]
  • Distant Bombs Cdr [Apoplexy Apx15]
  • Bent Gastropod Omnibus [Compilation Of Bent Gastropod Omnibus Material 2002 Krkrkrk Krk120]
  • In Vitro No. 1 [Compilation Of In Vitro Material 2002 Krkrkrk Krk121]
  • In Vitro No. 2 [Compilation Of In Vitro Material 2002 Krkrkrk Krk122]
  • Coitus [Compilation Of Coitus Material 2002 Krkrkrk Krk123]
  • A Tiny Camp In The Wilderness [Celebrate Psi Phenomenon]
  • Catch A Spear As It Flies Cd-R [2003? Celebrate Psi Phenomenon]
  • The Broken Kawai Cd-R [2003? Pseudoarcana Pa017]
  • Desolation Beauty Violence Cd-R [2004 Foxglove Foxglove026]
  • Yellow Horizon [2005 Pseudoarcana]

See-Also

Bocctahne

Biography

Pronounced Vusstanya, Bocctahne were a three piece on David Khan’s kRkRkRk label who existed between 1999 and late 2000, comprised of Khan, Megan Gallacher and Ed Wilson.

Emphasizing group dynamics & spontaneity, the trio combined lush, abstract vocal harmonies with a traditional blend of bass, guitar & piano-organ sounds.

The resulting music had some song/lyric features – but, in general, Bocctahne were happy to relax the more stringent requirements of songwriting in order to maximize space & atmosphere.

Mesmerizing & repetitive, their simple & melodic arrangements were more songlike sketches than songs proper – delicate, ephemeral & tantalizingly unresolved.

– kRkRkRk Records

Members

  • David Khan (Keyboards/Vocals, 1999 – 2000)
  • Megan Gallacher (Bass/Vocals, 1999 – 2000)
  • Ed Wilson (Guitar/Vocals, 1999 – 2000)

Discography

  • Slighted (1999, kRkRkRk, KRK099)

Links

 

Drawing Room

from krkrkrk‘s website: “the drawing room marked a significant departure from david khan’s earlier work with the leonard nimoy & vaccine projects. gone were the machine-like constraints of electronic rythms and the distinctive sonic textures of droning, multi-layered guitars. in their place was a more spacious & intimate music, created with the aid of an ensoniq asr-10 sampling keyboard.
piano and voice were soon to become the essentials of david’s post-nimoy song/lyric material – lending, to his compositions, an unprecedented elegance and subtlety. at the same time, a growing arsenal of drones and sound effects – meticulously recorded, processed & constructed from a variety of natural sources – served to enrich his continuing experiments in the ambient/industrial realm. these songs and soundscapes defined david’s mature musical sensibility: a somewhat moody and melancholic romanticism, combined with a yearning for transcendence & release.
the drawing room also introduced krkrkrk to the world of digital recording, with all of its rewards (pristine sound) and penalties (greater expense and complexity).”

discography
picks in bold

  • in purgatory [1999 krkrkrk KRK081]
  • evolving sequence no. 1 [2001 krkrkrk KRK109]
  • the garden [2002 krkrkrk KRK111]
  • music for performance [2003 krkrkrk KRK126]