Jaki Liebezeit and Ian Tregoning present the debut album by MAGNETIKNORTH – ‘evolver’ MAGNETIKNORTH is a fusion of live drums, acoustic instruments and electronic sequencing. Drum performances are fed through processors, samplers and sequencers to produce layers of rhythmic patterns that interact with each other. The sounds from other instruments are melted into different textures so that only the harmonic content remains. This is a new project from IAN TREGONING, engineer and producer for artists as diverse as YELLO and FELA KUTI.
Now working with JAKI LIEBEZEIT, the legendary drummer from CAN, to add his endless evolving rhythms. Jaki’s in a world of his own as he balances technical brilliance with subtle restraint. Recording started in the Summer 2006 in an old jazz studio in the south of Köln. Jaki arrived with a minimal drum kit including customised cymbals, a snare and a huge Gretsch floor-tom from the CAN days. All of Jaki’s performances are ‘complete takes’ with no drop-ins, loops or edits. Other guest musicians include LEE HARRIS from TALK TALK – a long-term fan of Jaki’s, to add his explosive percussion.
The backing tracks were recorded without key changes. Each song features one key held continuously while other instruments and effects are blended with that key. The idea, similar to drone theory, is to get away from chord progressions common in Western music. Drums (also tuned to the same key) were added last which is another unusual technique. As Jaki says ‘they’re often overlooked as tuned instruments in their own right’. The finished results are a hypnotic blend of industrial, classical, Krautrock and Detroit electronica. Like listening to a ‘raga in an earthquake’.
MAGNETIKNORTH play the Heavenly Social Bar
5 Little Portland Street, W1W 7JD
Drinks and bytes from 7-11pm
DJ sets from KUMO, MAGNETIK NORTH, SECRET MYSTERY GUEST.