benjamin kilchhofer
sound and drawings

moto perpetuo
six track ep with michael anklin
the book room 
twenty track double lp
acosta 
eight track split ep
dersu
seven track mini lp 

Mark
Self -Titled

“True to its title, Moto Perpetuo never stops moving. Sounding like a cross between Eli Keszler and an electroacoustic experiment gone right, it finds Kilchhofer coloring just outside the lines of drummer Michael Anklin, as inspired by “their rural surroundings—mountain landscapes where natural overtones and stumbling rhythms navigate through high plateaus and velds to stony ravines and wooden trails.”

Boomkat

“‘Moto Perpetuo’ is an absorbing study on impossible physics from drummer Michael Anklin and producer Kilchhofer for the carefully plotted Marionette label. Following the tangled paths of their previous releases, including Burnt Friedman’s roiling percussions, Soundwalk Collective’s textured field recordings, and Max Loderbauer’s abstract synthesis, Kilchhofer & Anklin combine all the above into the mazy energy transfers of ‘Moto Perpetuo’, where the duo strive to manifest the idea of ‘Moto Perpetuo’, or perpetual motion - where no energy is lost but also where energy is constantly being created - in a series of kinetic electro-acoustic environments informed by the natural world.”

Honest Jon's

“Electroacoustic exchanges between Benjamin Kilchhofer’s modular synth and the live drumming of Michael Anklin (from the Book Room sessions).
Inspired by the duo’s mountainous rural surroundings, where high plateaux abruptly give way to stony ravines and wooded trails, the recording embodies a fluid concept of time, with constantly shifting rhythmic pulses. The idea was to create an instrument in which musical contributions are interdependent (in the circular motion depicted on the cover), and the smallest disturbance might sway the entire system out of order. Its impossible prize is an ‘ur-klang’; a primordial, ancestral music. Singular, immersive and intriguing. Check it out.”


Inverted Audio
“Irregular rhythms with a hand-played feel remain front and centre from beginning to end, but despite human touches, ‘Moto Perpetuo‘ tends to blur the lines between musical composition and studio production. By crafting pieces that rely on the entire stereo field, Kilchhofer Anklin rewards close listening...That sense of immediacy means that nearly any point on the album can act as a door into Kilchhofer Anklin’s singular atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find an exit. ‘Moto Perpetuo‘, is likely to leave an impression long after the music ends.”

Further.

“...The result is a release containing seven idiosyncratic pieces that sit squarely between some of the most intricate of improvised music and adventurous, carefully-wrought electronics, with the results ranging from robust blocks of challenging sound to more complex, more meditative excursions. Throughout, there is a sense of Kilchhofer allowing Anklin to wander freely, sometimes adding obvious accompaniment and at other times being content to add subtle interventions that never detract from the underpinning structure.”


Piccadilly Records
“Lacing modular machinery with a kind of black arts voodoo very few knob tweakers can muster, each artist seems to delve even further into the cauldron; conjuring up a whole host of esoteric soundscapes and evoking the supernatural fauna of the European wilderness at night.

Bleep
“Moto Perpetuo. “Perpetual motion”. The term in the musical lexicon denotes a concession to the impossible; imagine a musician at the piano keyboard repeating notes of equally short length for as long as they’re able, knowing that the act is gestural towards a concept flawed by spacial-temporal incompatibility. Benjamin Kilchhofer and Michael Anklin, synthesist and percussionist respectively, take endless exchanges of energy as their starting point, as Kilchhofer feeds Anklin’s restless playing through various auditory manipulators. Moto Perpetuo is a work of fiery electroacoustic mastery, an eloquent reply to the question of (im)permanence that has haunted the planet since the dawn of time.”
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