Monday, April 18, 2016

The third album by kava kon, maritime mysteries was released on bandcamp on 4.16.16

Kava Kon - Zodiac Trance

Kava Kon - Dark Side of the Canoe

Kava Kon - Lili in the Land of giants

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Pneumatic Sponge Ball Accelerator at Tschumi Pavilion / Groningen

"Zombie" featured in one of Niklas Roy's great art installations.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Best Place to buy Kava Kon music ***

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Break out the Rum!

Pandora finally has a Kava Kon station!

I have not listened to it yet, very curious what other music will be on the station.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Korla Pandit

Monday, August 26, 2013

summer sun

"under the kava sun" by nt

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Record Cutting

Behing the scenes footage of "Tiki for the Atomic Age" (2008) record being cut at History of Recorded Sound (HRS) in Culver City on a 1950 Scully Lathe that came from the Westrex Labratory. Cutting engineer Len Horowitz claims that the first stereo discs were cut on this lathe. Len was an understudy of Westrex' Otto Hep and is one of the few people on this planet that can rewire and rewind cutting heads. Excuse the poor quality  of the videos. They were recorded on a terrible mobile phone. 

Crumar & Moog

Kava Kon just purchased 2 synths from the 1970s to be used on the new Kava Kon album!
Crumar orchestrator and Moog micromoog. We are very excited to record them :)

Kava Kon Island

Kava Kon Island: Old animated interactive flash website illustrated by the talented artist Adam Ris, a good friend of mine.  I really loved the design and concept, however I had to switch to the current platform because I had no way of updating it. I also think the happy cartoon video game aesthetic was not a perfect match for the sound of kava kon. Maybe the island at night time would have worked better!

nels @ Tonga Hut 2009

Friday, June 21, 2013

avant music news reviews kava kon

AMN Reviews: Post-Millennial Exotica
2 Votes

Exotica is the weekend cousin of the piped-in, workaday easy-listening Muzak baby boomers grew up surrounded by in elevators, shopping malls, restaurants, dentist´s waiting rooms. Characterized by David Toop in his book-length study as ”fabricated sondscapes” for “a golden age recreated through the lurid colours of a cocktail glass, illusory and remote zones of pleasure and peace dreamed after the bomb”, it was tropical bliss colonized, refracted and democratized, the reassuring sound of postwar plenty – easy access to a faux jetset lifestyle for all. GIs had come home with stories from the Pacific, Hawaii had only just become a full member of the union and direct flights were affordable, the suburbs sprawled and there were good schools and good jobs for everybody. Balmy island sounds and parasol drinks were the antidote to brown liquor and neckties, a kinder, gentler hedonism compared to the disco infernos and Plato´s Retreats to come a decade later.
One of the most fanciful sidebars of exotica was its projection of paradise on earth to the ones off-world awaiting beyond the year 2000. But now that that milestone is well behind us, what does retro-futuristism offer more than a longing for the future´s better past? Easy enough to mimic, simple to subvert by sampling, the challenge is to do it well while bringing something new to the genre. Otherwise it´s just a bunch of hipsters wearing fezzes on their heads, another ironically staged, temporary nostalgia (remember the swing revival of the 1990s?).
In 1997, a group of Hawaiian studio veterans released “The Forbidden Sounds of Don Tiki”, the most polished and vivid, lovingly kibbitzing rendition of exotica in the post-postwar era, including nods to vocalists like Jeri Southern and Mel Tormé and collaboration with “father of exotica” Martin Denny. Readers will likely be familiar with John Zorn´s ”The Gift” (2001), a warm, languid postcard written poolside by a band featuring the inimitable likes of Marc Ribot, Jamie Saft, Joey Baron and Cyro Baptista. Mr. Ho´s Orchestrotica´s ”Third River Rangoon” (2011), a recent and accomplished foray, is wildly entertaining and does everything with the utmost professionalism but adds little originality. Otherwise you are much better off digging out the widely-available reprints of Les Baxter, Denny and Esquival.
On “Tiki for the Atomic Age” (2009), Kava Kon gets it right from the cover art (by Canadian pop-surrealist Heather Watts) to the name of the label (Dionysus) and the pitch-perfect combination of tiki worship and atomic age optimism slightly tempered by a chill Cold War breeze. The duo of Nels Truesdell and Bob Kress, originally from Detroit, transports listeners with a post-millennial exotica that is a cargo cultist´s wet dream, a loving documentary travelogue through the genre(s) and a clever dissection of it and the postwar era, starting with the detonation of an atomic bomb somewhere in Oceania to close the opening track. Surf, space flight airline lounges, swamis and Sinbad the Sailor, spaghetti saucy cowboy round-ups, roller rink organ, all executed on a combination of analogue machinery, delicate piano and warm strings judiciously teased with beat boxes, dub, autotuned voice, and a smattering of samples. There is also a Cecil B. Demillean remix by the Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble online.
A day at the beach, a night in Tunisia, Yma Sumac coming at you out of the Amazonian jungle attended by a bevy of comely handmaidens direct from central casting.  The final wind-in-the-hair, stars-in-the-eyes “Journey Home” is utterly exhilirating. Kava Kon perfectly grasp, cuddle and poke good-natured fun at the last great American pop optimism, consumerism as a democratic tool for cosmopolitan, even otherworldly experience.
Stephen Fruitman

Thursday, March 21, 2013

some music gear used on kava kon songs...

mellotron used in most kava kon songs. from flutes, vibes, to vocal ohhs and ahhs. 
roland cr-8000 drum machine 

Wurlitzer theatre organ 950 with leslie speaker and orbit synth, I think they originally sold for somewhere up near $25,000, we got ours on ebay for $50! No longer with us after leaving detroit :(

great psychedelic phaser sounds

70s korg ms-20 semi modular analog synth, used all over "tiki for the atomic age" from bass, synth lfo sfx, wind sounds. now a major instrument in the kava kon sound.

Roland space echo re-201. spring reverb and tape delay! oh how I love it.  I believe it was used on every song on tiki for the atomic age. 

siel orchestrator 2, italo string synthesizer, you can find it on "exotic traveller" and "journey home"

studio electronics atc-1,  this synth with the moog filter was used on six eleven, from departure exotica.

kava kon soundcloud

visit our soundcloud page for free downloads and remixes of kava kon