Tim Olive and Zen Asher are the only surviving members of Nimrod on
Nimrod (Scratch, 1997), the album that marked the transition towards
noise. The duo (and Japanese friends) serves
collages, that integrate Boredoms and Negativland
jams, that mix free-jazz and musique concrete (Asinine Q),
and psychedelic freak-outs (Fewker).
There are hints at great music, but there is hardly any music at all.
After the band's breakup,
Tim Olive and Jeff Bell recorded
Beauty Pear (Trakshun Industries).
Roughage is Zev Asher's post-Nimrod noise project.
Yen For Noise (Scratch, 1995) had been completed in 1992 but appeared
only three years later and marked Asher's emancipation from the role of singer.
The 27-track 75-minutes opus is a work of austere electronic music and sampling
techniques inspired by the classical avantgarde of composers such as
Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gordon Mumma.
While many of these brief sketches can be attributed to a self-indulgent artist,
the electronic shocks and distorted voices of Crime Of Violence and
the eerie drones of Live In Nagoya
sound particularly menacing.
Several pieces rely on voice manipulation and several others are live
improvisations with masters of the Japanese noise scene.
But few compositions resort to the dissonant chaos of the Japanese noise
masters and, generally speaking, Asher displays a more relaxed and spiritual
approach to sound.
On the other hand, a harsher industrial soundscape permeats the cassette
Benny`s Audio pt.. 2&9 (Earwing).
Supernatural Hot Rug And Not Used (EM Records, 2006) was a collaboration
between Bunsho Nisikawa (guitar) and Nimrod's Tim Olive (bass).
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