Choi Joonyong, Park Seungjun - Driller

1. Drill Into Your Eye [sample]
2. Drill Into Your Heart

3. Drill Into Your Throat (with Gok)
4. Drill Into Your Brain

liner note included(written by Park Daham)

running time: 54:00

Choi Joonyong, Park Seungjun: speaker cones
recorded at Dotolim

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Two speaker cones were placed closely on the top of the table, and there was a recording microphone between them. I could feel the air pressure from the membrane of the speaker on my hand and face when it moved, instead of sound transferred by surrounding air. The input sound was like a fuel for the speaker to vibrate. Due to the speakerí»s small capacity, speaker made the output sound blunt and killed the details. It seemed like it was covered by a thick sheet. I guess our eardrums do the same thing. – Choi Joonyong

at Dotolim (photo by Jin Sangtae)


[review by Brian Olewnick]
Primitive sound, a phrase used in Park Daham's liner notes. In a way, I guess. Though that applies more to the nature of the sounds themselves here than how they're arrayed, which seems anything but primitive. The pair uses speaker cones, subjecting them to abuse and over-decibalage, resulting in a quality well beyond graininess and into visible bumpiness. I imagine quite visible, were you to watch the cones themselves, the sounds produced ranging from the drills of the disc's title to unmuffled motorcycle engines, idling turbines, egg beaters, etc. I find myself going back and forth between listening to the results as noise and trying to integrate them into some kind of "musical" conception. I'm not at all sure attempting the latter makes sense, but there are several occasions when things gel into something cohesive and strong in a "traditional" manner. As a found object, I think it would work superbly. I.e., were one walking through some industrial site and heard exactly these sounds, pausing to listen. As a performance CD, I have mixed feelings though at the end of the day, after six or so listens, the positive prevails.

[review on Vital Weekly by Frans de Waard]
Korea's finest, I'd say, in the field of improvisation is what comes from the Balloon & Needle label. The first CD here, 'Driller' (named after 'Thriller' no doubt - there is humor too), is by Choi Joonyeng and Park Seungjun who both play speaker cones. They started playing those in 2007 in a short concert situation, which wasn't very good, but afterwards they decided to explore the idea further. They feed feedback through their speakers and hold these say the table and that makes a vibrating sound. Sometimes they fiddle around with the cone itself. The speakers are cheap computer speakers and from a guitar speaker. Quite a noisy affair these four pieces, but also highly conceptual, which I guess makes it all the same more interesting. Its a pity you can't actually see how these sounds are produced, which I guess would be even more interesting. But in these minimal pieces with small but definite changes there is something very captivating. Highly obscured noise with an occasional driving rhythm.