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9.11, Stockholm 1999. CD. (Firework Edition Records 1015)

”9.11 and Zzz… are wonderful audio documents. Had Andy Warhol done sound pieces, this is what he might have conceived of; but this isn’t what they would have sounded like. Elggren and Liljenberg are not really sleeping and laughing–they are only pretending. As such, its fiction is more akin to hysterical Artaud-inspired theater than to documentary. Both discs start off straight enough: the beginning of Zzz… simply sounds like two people sleeping, a snore here, a cough there. But as the work progresses, the snoring gets more theatrical and obnoxious until, about halfway through, it turns into a snoring opera, with the two protagonists taking turns belting out twisted arias of snorts, yawns and honks. Same goes for 9.11 (desperation is the mother of laughter): The first few minutes are just two guys sitting around laughing. Thirty minutes into it, it’s obvious the exercise is verging on the absurd and the laughter becomes forced and sinister. By the end of an hour, it’s positively painful to think that two men have been laughing as hard as they could for such an extended period of time.” (Kenneth Goldsmith; New York Press, 2000)