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Old_Zircon - 2015-11-20

This is the right way to do noise. I remember playing a show with Emil Beaulieau back in 2004 and he had nothing but a contact mic in his mouth and a Boss distortion pedal, and that was pretty much the end of me having mush interest in or respect for the contemporary New England noise scene at the time, because he just buried them all in one fell swoop (and with a good personality to boot).

infinite zest - 2015-11-20

Yeah.. I tried to get into noise because that's what my friends around that time period were all into. But I remember being really bored at a Wolf Eyes show, even though he was screaming into 3 mics at once and stuff. Everybody was just sitting around smoking galois cigarettes and drinking wine like it was the second coming of the Velvet Underground or something.

Old_Zircon - 2015-11-20

I've known so many people who lose their shit over Wolf Eyes and every time I hear it it seems like they're doing something that was played out 10 years ago.

I chalk it up to the punk effect. The bar for entry is low, so the whole thing is flooded with half assed, ignorant junk. But to actually do it WELL is really hard, especially in the case of noise where there isn't really much i the way of formal orthodoxy to fall back on.

Plus I feel like the average noise person (at least around here) doesn't have much of any actually understanding of the history or larger context of what they do. Noise shows have been going on since before 1920 but good luck finding many people at a noise show who don't think Lou Reed invented it. Maybe you'll get a few who namedrop Stockhausen if you're lucky. I've literally only ever heard one person mention Luigi Russolo in my life and it was my high school art teacher as an aside in a talk about Dadaism.

If I sound bitter it's because I've played a ton of noise shows (for some reason I've been in a couple of bands that were always booked as the token non-noise act at noise shows, I have no clue why they liked us so much) and on the exceedingly rare occasion that something good happens it's usually REALLY good and I wish it happened more often.

Old_Zircon - 2015-11-20

Anyhow, these days around here it's mostly art school kids and other peple with enough money to spend 00-00 on synthesizer modules and Eventide pedals and shows get sponsorship from local companies (last one I saw had an M Audio booth) and it basically sounds like new age music but they still call it noise.

It's more interesting than that kind of stuff has been around here in a decade though, despite being painfully bourgeois.

Old_Zircon - 2015-11-20

And also utterly sexless.

Raggamuffin - 2015-11-21

The golf clap

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