“[W]hy not do pieces more accessible, more traditional and more ‘musical’?”

It’s been a number of years I posted (warning: explicit language) Joe Roemer’s (of Macronympha) to my harshnoise blog.  It had been circulating around emails, listserves, and the net in online forums (when those were the primary online social networks after listserves) and I wanted it to be posted in a more “public” space.

(you might want to turn the sound down a bit before listening to the youtube video below)

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Experimental Cellos and Cellists

Charlotte Moorman playing Nam June Paik's TV Cello
Charlotte Moorman playing Nam June Paik's TV Cello

Some time ago I had started a community on livejournal (back in January of 2003) called “Avantcello.”  It was a space for folks interested in non-standard cello practice to post their interest or work.  I had given a number talks on Experimental cellos and cellists over the years up till that point and wanted to have some place to connect with folks who were interested since I wasn’t really finding any sort of community at the Internet Cello Society forums interested in this kind of thing.

Back in the mid to late 90s I was really experimenting a lot with cello.  I was heavily into improvisation and started performing my own house concert series doing works by some of the “Academic Avant-Garde” composers and Fluxus artists as well as getting into electronics and amplification.  I pretty much quit playing [the cello] by 1997 and got involved with the non-academic Experimental and Noise Music scene.

I toured around a bit and did a number of Performance Art shows (another interest I had at the time) as well as multi-media performances involving Experimental video that I was starting to do. In the end, some of that was becoming unsatisfying as well though I enjoyed the journey.  The cello was starting to call me back. Continue reading “Experimental Cellos and Cellists”

the Zen of beating sheet metal…

Jon Silpayamanant performing as Noiseman433 at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center in St. Louis, MO (May 9, 2003)
Jon Silpayamanant performing as Noiseman433 at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center in St. Louis, MO (May 9, 2003)

“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it”
–Bertolt Brecht

I think I’ll probably be adding a short noise set tonight in Lafayette. I miss this shit. I miss how playing with different frequencies can cause so many interesting physical as well as physiological effects. I love how playing with sub-harmonic frequencies can bring on the nausea; I love how the really high pitched noises can cause the eardrums to vibrate painfully. I love how you can feel noise as much, if not more, as you can hear it…

I remember when I first started playing in il Troubadore–after every show for the first few months I just wanted to beat on amplified sheet metal–it was almost as addictive as a drug…ugh…I need to start doing this regularly again.

 

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to hear some more noise, go here:
noisemp3.com/artists/noiseman433