Kinothek Percussion Ensemble – Suspense

Kinothek Percussion Ensemble – Suspense front cover
Kinothek Percussion Ensemble – Suspense LP back cover
Kinothek Percussion Ensemble – Suspense LP side A

Kinothek is apparently short for the German word Kinobibliothek, that is, cinema library. The music of Kinothek Percussion Ensemble is indeed intended as film music, but is not overtly library music as such. KPE was a one man affair, that of San Franciscan percussionist and sound artist Dna Hoover. In the late 1970s, Hoover studied sculpture in Virginia and California universities. He created sound sculptures using tape recorders or record players, neon lights, modified ceiling fan, etc. Musicwise, he had a duo with Bill Seaman as Evidence, an had one project with J.A. Deane of Indoor Life. In the 1990s, Hoover worked for film soundtracks or multimedia events. In 1992, for instance, he collaborated with Club Foot Orchestra’s clarinetist Beth Custer for the soundtrack to a film by Peter McCandless called The Braggart, the Soldier, and the Parasite (info from interview in Bananafish #5, 1993).

♫ Though the project is called Percussion Ensemble, this LP is far from what one would expect from a drummer’s solo effort. Instead, Suspense is a collection of elusive and enigmatic tracks recorded with synthesizer (possibly a Fairlight) and percussion, be it sampled or live. A typical track consists in a slow build-up of ambient synth washes, some synth loop, muted sampled percussion, and then live percussion. Some untold drama underlines parts of this music, which could indeed be used in films. In some synthesizer nuances, elaborate arrangements or dark atmospheres, echoes of other Bay Area artists can be perceived, like Philip Perkins’ King of the World LP (1983), Rhythm & Noise’s 1984 and 85 LPs, or even Andy Partridge & Harold Budd’s Through The Hill collaboration (1994).

01 Interruptus (4:03)
02 Snake’s Kin (3:02)
03 Yassou Sazoud (3:24)
04 A Rumble (on the Track) (2:20)
05 Assassin (3:42)
06 Broken Knees (1:50)
07 Gagaku (2:45)
08 Too Many Shadows (2:56)
09 Tsunami (3:27)
10 Vertigo (3:11)
11 Agitated (2:41)
12 Outback (3:08)
13 The Old Man’s Basket (2:55)
14 Arnhem’s Evil Giant (3:03)

Total time 42:24
LP released by Audiox, San Francisco, CA, 1989


Kinothek Percussion Ensemble discography:
1987 Adventure, LP, Audiox
1989 Suspense, LP, Audiox
1992 Industry!, CD, No Man’s Land

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4 Responses to “Kinothek Percussion Ensemble – Suspense”

  1. 1 soundhead January 18, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Fantastic!! Thanks for sharing,

  2. 2 continuo January 18, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Glad you enjoyed and thanks for commenting.

  3. 3 Igor June 27, 2012 at 5:56 am

    link does not work :-(.
    Please, is any correction possible?

  4. 4 continuo June 27, 2012 at 6:43 am

    See the 2012 Re-ups page.

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