It is raw, pure, and from the gut. NuL is musical guerilla warfare. All of NuL's music is freely available as high-quality downloads, and being Creative Commons licensed, NuL allows the music to be freely copied and distributed by anyone for non-commercial purposes. History Adriaan Pelzer and Simon Kruger have been working together since forming the avant-garde rock group Nothing in 1996. After Nothing broke up in 1998, they started experimenting with electronic music on a Pentium II 350 Mhz. Using mainly Soundforge, Fruity Loops and Cool Edit Pro, the machine was barely capable of keeping up with their immense creative drive.
During this time, they often resorted to Open Source tools on the Linux Operating system, like Csound, ECASound and raw programming to generate sounds and noise with often very random results. Their style of preference during these early days was mainly glitch and drum 'n bass, inspired by artists such as Aphex Twin, Autechre, Squarepusher and even Sigue Sigue Sputnik. These early works resulted in their first CD, EeN, released by themselves in 2004. This release is in itself an interesting case study, as all of the music on the CD as well as the CD artwork are available as free downloads, allowing anyone to create their own CD. This is marketed as the “Please Pirate” campaign. In 2004 Pelzer moved to Singapore, and started developing a more hard-edged industrial sound.
He also started experimenting with vocals on most of the music. In 2005, while in Singapore, he created the NuL website, http://www.nul.com.sg, which acts as the central seeding point for all of NuL's music online. To date more than 20000 downloads have been registered on the website alone. When Pelzer returned to South Africa in 2006, he found an overwhelming awareness of NuL, mainly as a result of his online endeavours whilst living in Singapore. Pelzer subsequently started NuL as a live show, together with Kruger and two new members, Mareli Minnaar and Dawid Kahts.
The live show has been a huge success, and incorporates the energetic live video mixing of Niel de Lange. The number of fans is still growing with every gig, and NuL plans to grow its live show accordingly. The second CD, Twee, has recently been released, and NuL is working on the third CD, Drie. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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