▼WV 031: Berserk - Formless
NO INPUT HARSH NOISE from Taiwan!
Violence and nihilism, activist and underground young pioneer from Taipei scene, chaotic frequency manipulation and carefully textured post-apocalyptic soundscape. Including his full live performance recording at Cafe Oto in 2016, which is the youngest musician who ever played at the venue.
▼Semi-transparent pro-cassette and tape case, insert printed with special satin paper, limited to 133 copies, hand-numbered, 40 copies on Bandcamp.
Release date: 23/03/2019.
▼Born in 1997, Xu set out performing and producing harsh noise under the alias “Berserk” since 2015. Initially, he focused on playing rough feedback from handmade instruments and synthesizers before carrying on specializes in no-input effects. Influenced by Japanoise, Death Metal, Hardcore Punk, his live performance is known for highly intense physical energy and massive volume. In 2017, he turned to combining various equipments including no-input mixer and shortwave radio to session with Free Improvisation musicians and folk narrator. His works as Chia-Chun Xu emphasize more on the interaction between sounds, space, and the others. Besides working on his projects, he also runs his music label “MKUltra Productions”, promoting Taiwanese and worldwide noise and experimental musicians.
▼1997年生, 於2015年開始以Berserk名義進行Harsh Noise演出及創作, 初期以自製樂器產生的大量Feedback和合成器為主, 而後開始專注於效果器no-input的手法, 以大量效果器串接/錯用, 進而在內部產生出一連串多變且難以控制的反饋, 並透過大量的破音扭曲, 放大其音色. 受日本噪音, Death Metal, Hardcore Punk等音樂影響, 以高能量, 大音量且極具身體性的激烈現場演出聞名。而在2017年, 他開始以本名使用no-input pedals/mixer, 短波收音機等媒材與自由即興樂手或民間談講者合作, 若以Berserk名義演出的Harsh Noise是其"外放"的創作型態, 他以本名的創作則是其"內斂"的表現, 雖同樣操縱電子雜訊, 但比以往更注重於聲音與所在空間, 其他樂手以及觀眾的對話關係, 以及聲音本身的細節和層次. 除創作者的身分外, 另為新興實驗音樂廠牌MKUltra Productions主理人, 不定期發行台灣以及世界各地噪音, 實驗音樂等作品, 希冀盡其微薄之力將台灣的場景與世界連結並推廣。
Side A recorded at Senko Issha Records, Taipei
Sibe B recorded live at Cafe Oto, London, 2016.5.27
No-input Electronics / Vocal / Recording / Mixing / Mastering: 徐嘉駿 Chia-Chun Xu
Artwork (Film destroying): Jesse Tseng
Layout: 若潭 ruò tán
WV Sorcerer Productions 2019