From: http://www.staalplaat.com/vital_backissues/333.txt

JAZZKAMMER - SOUND OF MUSIC (Mini-CD by OHM Records) The title of this latest Jazzkammer release is a very nice reference to their tactics: they create sound out of music. With the help of electronic equipment and a guitar, they blast their way through definitions of the term that shocks so many. This little disc leaves no questions about Jazzkammer's intentions: they want noise and they'll make it happen. In twenty minutes time they offer the whole spectrum of the genre as we know it: fierce rumbles, glithches, hisses and piercing tones. And not to forget: some looped melodic elements, heavily distorted and, more often than not, buried under an avalanche of other noise. In the end it's actually possible to make out a guitar, be it one with a grim sound. Having said this, it must also be said that it's a good piece, with enough happening to keep it interesting and exciting. Way to go! (MR)


From: http://www.incursion.org/imr/archive/057.html

JAZZKAMMER: Sound of Music
[OHM] Records | 1.0 | 3"CD

Jazzkammer is the Norwegian duo John Hegre and Lasse Marhaug, who have been busy making a name for themselves in the improv noise scene in Norway and beyond. Here they present a single, 20 minute piece recorded live in Tokyo in November 2001. With its title and pretty cover image of lush trees by the water, you might expect some sweet sounds and pleasing melodies from this release, but not so. From its opening moments, it's clear that this is going to be a rough ride full of noise, electronics and feedback. Hegre performs on computers, guitar and electronics (we are told that his hands bled on his guitar during this performance), while Marhaug performs on minidisc and computer (no bleeding here, computers can be so friendly that way). The piece offers a dynamic, shifting soundspace, moving from one theme or set of sounds to another, alternating between extreme and not-so-extreme noise, but the fact that there's a lot going on beneath the walls of feedback saves this release from becoming 'just another noise record.' Jazzkammer know how to make a noise track that sounds decidedly musical, that can almost be pleasant to the ears. At least, I think they have done so here. This piece certainly captured my interest, it inspired me to lean in close to its sounds, and while there I found some interesting details to wonder about. I'll be honest here and say that I'm not sure how often I'll return to it, but for the past few days, this short little disc has been good company. [Richard di Santo]


From: http://www.oslopuls.no/cityguides/nav/review.jhtml?context=music&id=372239

Gladstøy

JAZZKAMMER
Sound Of Music
(Ohm records)
Rå og brautende kammermusikk i nærkontakt med det spissfindige.

oslopuls.no mener: 1 2 3 4 5 6
Medlemmene mener: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Jazzkammer hekter deg på uten forvarsel. John Hegre og Lasse Marhaug opererer uten innledning. Du suges inn i en strukturert støy som er alt annet enn monoton. Ja, de to flørter med kaos, og bruker både rytme og melodi i sjarmoffensiven. Kvaliteten ligger i alle overraskelsesmomentene i dette live-opptaket fra Tokyo-klubben Milk. Det 20 minutter lange stykket, med den ironiske tittelen "Sound Of Music", rekker tunge til lett underholdningsmusikk, og gir labb til rockens industri- og feedbacktradisjon. Jazzkammer pløyer ny grunn - og det vil gamle Norge ha!

ARILD R. ANDERSEN


From: http://www.bergenpuls.no/cityguides/nav/review.jhtml?context=music&id=5069

Jazzkammer
Sound of music
Karakter: 5

Ordet «støyende» må også brukes for å beskrive Jazzkammers tretommer «Sound of music» (Ohm). Ja, det er faktisk vanskelig å se hvilke andre ord som kan brukes for å beskrive den. Platen består av et ettspors, tjueminutters langt opptak fra en opptreden i Japan, der John Hegre og Lasse Marhaug misbruker computere og gitarer i kunstens tjeneste. Jazzkammer utforsker de diffuse grensene mellom støy og musikk, og det lar seg knapt gjøre å utskille melodiske eller rytmiske sekvenser i improvisasjonen. Har en ører som tåler annet enn det klangfulle og renstemte, er det likevel mulig å dykke ned i bandets sære instrumentalitet og uvanlige sangstrukturer og finne både uventede bilder, inspirasjon og ubehag. Jazzkammer er genuine og frisinnede og imponerer i all sin nesten-utilgjengelighet.

HELGE OLSEN