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'MUSEUM OF FOOD WASTE' on MNDR

Right away I must admit I lost count of the works I reviewed by Chefkirk, but it must have been at least over twenty or so. Right from the early days, it seemed that Roger H Smith is a man who likes to produce as many records as possible, and he always finds homes for them, almost always on labels I never heard of. 'Museum Of Food Waste' is on a German label called Multi-national Disaster Records and contains seven pieces. I recently thought Chefkirk would be moving more to introspective work, in which rhythm and noise would only meet very occasionally, this new release proofs me wrong. This is all noise again, with a firm place for more noise. Rhythm is here to a lesser extent, and appears to be taken the form repeated blocks of noise. It's a pity since I would consider this to be at least two steps back. It's OK in terms of noise, but it surely doesn't add anything to his previous encounters in this field and to noise in general.
Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

Overall Rating: B
Composition: B
Sounds: B-
Production Quality: B
Concept: C
Packaging: C+
Roger Smith must be an insomniac to be able to release so many records all the time. This one comes in under his project name Chefkirk. The CDR is packaged in folded colored paper and stapled together at the edges to form a colorful, large sized D.I.Y. style package. It’s very amateur here, and even a bit childish but at least it has personality. I would readily compare the material featured on here to the previous Chefkirk I have been exposed to Range Maps. This is more harsh noise but it is also a bit more refined with attention paid to the mixing and editing which takes Chefkirk’s brand of quirky experimental harsh noise and makes it more then just another CDR release. There are a lot of interesting ideas and themes here, but it still sounds like a total stream of consciousness expression, which is a good thing because it also sounds quite unique. I like what Chefkirk is doing because it is very different then the average harsh noise release. He isn’t afraid of going into more experimental passages with sometimes quirky melodies or just flat out strange sounds presenting a nice contrast and many variations in the harsh walls of feedback and noise that pervades most of the release. Many of the sounds reside in the “psychedelic” realm of things with changes flowing into each other instead of using jagged cuts, but you will find those often enough as well. Every track here has it’s merits with some being better then others but there are moments I enjoy in “The Waste Maker” which features chunky washes of distortion and a helping of delay lines. “1609” has some great panning going on and I also like the high pitched screaming feedback break in “Volatile Organic Compounds.” This is probably the best Chefkirk I have heard before and I like the direction that he is going in. It is an original detailed recording that takes the listener on a strange but rewarding journey into the sardonic gaze that I feel is on me all the way through.
Blood Ties WebZine

Jesus Christ. I'm really not sure how long ago Roger sent me this cd. It's been in my review pile for at least six months, probably longer. Oh well. Beat me. On the insert for "Museum of food waste" there is a little line that says something to the effect of "fuck mastering! it's supposed to sound this way." Well, that's a bit ironic, since the biggest problem I've ever had with chefkirk has in fact been his (lack of) mastering. Obviously a lot of other noise people don't mind turning their cd player up and down all the time, but I do. I don't blast records so loud that you can't hear level jumps because I allready have shit hearing and I don't want to fuck my ears up more. So yeah, feel free to master your stuff however you want, but don't expect me to listen to it often if it's full of huge jumps. Anyway, shitty mastering job aside, this cd is okay. I mean, I have around eight chefkirk cd's and while sometimes Roger's stuff is pretty cool, all in all he just does variations of the same digital noise schtick. I thought it fucking ruled the first few times around, but now it just seems redundant. Maybe I'm just an asshole, but I've released over a dozen records myself, and none of them sound the same, let alone like slight carbon copies of each other. If you like chefkirk and want to buy the same record again, feel free to do so. But count me out.
Royce Icon, Industrial

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