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Performance Crippling Data Restriction

by Turk Knifes Pope

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TKP's sophomore follow-up to the acclaimed Mad Dog debut (after a spattering of ltd ed CD-Rs).
By this time, Studio Amduscias had relocated from Sacramento to Albany CA (just north of Berkeley). recorded sometime around 1997-1998 and released in 1998.

"Dreamlike soundscapes are mixed with rattling, crumbling, distorted, echoing, screeching, mindless chaos. The 72 minute CD constantly shifts atmopheres. Its calming ambience will put you in a restful state for a brief period, but as roaring static and metallic drones are all of the sudden blasting through your headphones, the last thing you'll want to think about is resting.
Instrumentation, though mostly (if not all) electronic, is innumberable. New sounds are being thrown at you every second. For a good deal of CD's that fall into this genre, if you take a brief listen to a track here and there, you'll notice that the entire CD is made up of one monotonous sound. Turk Knifes Pope have a constant movement of sound in their music and this constant movement and change of direction keep this piece from ever becoming stagnant.
To any fan of the obscure, "Performance Crippling Data Restriction" is a must. If you are into artists such as Schloss Tegal, Lustmord, Aube, and the like, TKP's work should impress you. From the minute you stick it in to the finish, you'll know why Zenflesh calls it "disturbing music for disturbing people." " --- Grinding Into Emptiness

"It says here that they have been compared to Organum and Main amongst others, and that is true enough but the depth of sound that is created is much deeper. It actually reminded me quite a bit of Lustmord and other similar artists, which in my book has to be a good thing! There are several levels of depth in the music, with different things going on in parallel. To my mind came the image of life on a far off semi derelict alien infested space station! A thing I hate about cd's is when the entire thing is indexed into just a single track. It just makes you want to forget about the cd. This is a bit different though as for full effect you really have to play it from the beginning and listen right to the end. The music is rather unnerving as just when you think you have habituated to it you are hit with a quite devastating blast of noise! It really made me jump. It constantly evolves for all of it's 72 minutes and I surprised myself by playing it all of the way through without stopping it once, which is quite an achievement for me. Highly recommended for fans of the Cold Meat Industry, Side Effects and Dark Vinyl labels. Not a cd you will be disappointed in." --- Oblivion

"One long 70-minute track of distant drones and metallic reverberations, sounding not dissimilar to the classic 1980s collaborative work of David Jackman and Steven Stapleton. TURK KNIFES POPE create rich, evocative, and (mostly) organic-sounding landscapes with depth and restraint. Halfway through the disc a series of horrific electronic crashes punctuates the seething ambiance, reminding you that this is definitely not passive listening, nor is it "ambient". Liked it." --- Godsend

"Pretty and insidious. Features the Pookah right on the sleeve, so you know someone's trying to tell you something. I think Turk Knifes Pope is designed to lull you into a hypnotic state so you can accept the subliminal messages that may or may not be imbedded somewhere within these tracks. I may be totally wrong on this. If so, I'm sorry for spreading rumors." --- Cyberia

"Excellent Isolationist guitar work. The TKP track on the Zenflesh compilation CD Amduscias definitely didn't suggest anything like this. Very minimal guitar noise, possible one continuous performance. The composer/performer shows a nice respect for the silence, as well as a sense of when to build an appropriate climax. A very visual, soundtrack-ish work, suggesting a vast, deserted, metallic industrial complex, fraught with unseen danger. Touchpoints are Final, Lustmord, and Main. This CD is fucking beautiful, so screw y'all." --- Autoreverse


released January 1, 1998

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Zenflesh Records Pasadena, California

Circa mid-90s's umbrella for sound artists Destin LeBlanc & Jim Kaiser. More recent stuff from Destin (TKP) is under the project name Autistatic. Jim's later Petit Mal and other collaboration were released by Petit Mal Music.

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