Just winding down a bit after last night’s gig with my Balkan band, Kermes and still thinking about binaries and the ridiculousness of dichotomizing Classical Music and Pop Music–or should I say dichotomizing Western Classical Music and Western Pop Music since practically every culture has it’s art musics and popular musics.
Rather than belaboring a point I was making in this response to Greg Sandow’s blog post here, I present to you folks a performance I did as Noiseman433 some years ago in St. Louis (25 January 2003). This is probably one of my favorite performances and it lasted just a few seconds longer than the youtube clip below–and my hands were bloodied and swollen afterwards though the adrenaline high kept me from noticing it until nearly half an hour after the performance. Needless to say, I wasn’t actively playing cello during this period of time!
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it”
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.