Krovo is a musical project of modula t. worm. Krovo's style changes with each release, but constants include an emphasis on creating new rhythms and textures, a heavy use of phase- and frequency-modulation synthesis, and a balance between composition and improvisation.
Krovo's music has a wide range which can be only partially described by rigid genres or standard electronic music ideas. One of the main goals of the project is to create a unique sound that can stand on its own, free of musical clichés. Complete success is impossible of course, but it's still fun to try.
Some of Krovo's influences include punk music like DNA, glitch artists such as Ryoji Ikeda, electroacoustic improv groups like AMM, electronic musicians like Autechre, as well as many other artists who have paved their own path rather than following the worn-out trails: SND, Muslimgauze, Burning Star Core, Skinny Puppy, Black Dice, DJ Q-Bert, La Peste, and many others. Krovo also takes influence from its independent peers such as artists like Razxca, MushroomWavved Collar, YAWE6Gletshn, DJ Funny Powers, stAllio!, live coding pioneers such as slub, nebogeo, and yaxu, and most (if not all) of the artists who have contributed to the Glitch City netlabel.
Philosophically, Krovo is heavily influenced by ideas that expand the definition of music, such as musique concrete, synaesthesia, sonification, and others. The season of autumn, scientific concepts such as physics and evolution, the unintentional jazz of video game sound effects, visual imagery, and ideas from software have also played a role in the musical development of the project.
The sounds are produced in a variety of ways - usually digitally but not always on computers. Software-wise, the primary tools are SuperCollider, Pure Data, Renoise, Audacity, and various custom-coded sequencers and synthesizers, and various other smaller tools and toys. On the hardware side, Krovo uses an Alesis Micron, a Teenage Engineering OP-1, a Eurorack modular setup, and a laptop, among many other instruments and noisemakers.
Although many of these tools come with presets, many of the current preferences are chosen because of their openness and creative potential: Audacity, Pure Data, and SuperCollider allow for effects, synthesizers, and sequencers to be written entirely from scratch, unbound by standard templates or workflows tailored to conventional electronic music.
Krovo has released five albums and seven EPs thus far, listed on the music page.
Current in-progress works include an album of unrelated improv sessions edited together, as well as many other releases, whose style will continue to push Krovo's boundaries.
In the past, collaborations have included works with Orangy/Jeri and Mathew Pelton. Krovo has also provided remixes for MKDELTA and Cripple Clerk (and is open to providing more remixes if requested).
Krovo first released music on modula t. worm's own label, the now defunct K-PDT, but more recently with Glitch City and Dramacore.
All of Krovo's music is available for free download online and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. This means that you are free to copy, modify, and distribute it, as long as you provide credit and are not using it for commercial purposes.