Spartacus Roosevelt Hour Podcast
is a weekly hour of obscure noise, glitchy electropop, fake nostalgia, bastardized exotica, tweaky lounge, creepy ambient and musical non-sequiturs. Also, it features an Alabaman with a Skype account named Spartacus Roosevelt.
, Oh No! Doom
, Noise(warning: ewwtube)
: the music of Monarch (warning:murdochSpace)
; they're from Bayonne
Even if Lou Reed had dropped out of music after the break-up of the Velvet Underground, his name would still be forever etched in the history of rock music. Yet his solo career, filled with eccentric detours and radio-ready rockers in equal measure, remains one of the most fascinating canons in all of rock music. Metal Machine Music, however, is a unique entity in itself, proudly pushing at the very boundaries of what pop music is capable of. Zeitkratzer’s performance not only makes the original album ripe for critical re-evaluation, but it’s a performance that stands on its own ground...Why Does the Music Have to End?: An Interview with Lou Reed
regarding how he came to play Metal Machine Music
live in 2002.
Director Henry Bean
has written and directed a new movie
. It's about the bad kind of noise: car alarms that won't stop going off, garbage trucks that wake you up, endless horns honking. You know the pain. [more inside]
: this excerpt from a Wim Wenders film offers an interesting little glimpse into the world of pachinko
, a gambling obsession for so many in Japan. But while most are gazing hypnotically into the noisy little machines in order to win prizes or money, others are circuit bending
them to make them even noisier
. [more inside]
Kiiiiiii for any occasion, or just for fun!
Kiiiiiii, that's K & 7i's
, is a Japanese girl duo whose sound has been described as "Noise Pop" and "Experimental Fun Music." They've made a couple of bizarre music videos
, played concerts
in Japan and America over the last seven years, and now have an album and a live DVD. Listen to more on their myspace page
, grab an .mp3 and read the history
, and try
to download 5 .mp3s
from their site.
Weird boom car/subwoofer ads
and more of the same. Another happy noise hater
NoiseOff's myth of loud m/c pipes
is interesting. Ironically titled Hurt Report (pdf)
about m/c safety.
with a dead link that seemed to be about Noise Awareness day
, coming up in April, the significance of which is that people with hearing problems or different hearing issues are more troubled by noise than the average person.
Obviously I 'm sympathetic to noise sufferers, since I am one, but I am not involved in any of the linked sites.
The idea of treating everyday, ambient noise as music is not terribly new,
but Noah Vawter's
ambient sounds into
music (in a somewhat more traditional sense of the word)
Ambient Addition is a Walkman with binaural microphones. A tiny Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chip analyzes the microphone's sound and superimposes a layer of harmony and rhythm on top of the listener's world.
The perfect gift: A Noise-Cookie Flower! A compilation CD from Women Take Back the Noise
with circuit-bent packaging. Available in pink, orange, blue (YouTube)
or purple. Featured on MAKE: Blog
20Hz not low enough for you? Aching for 5Hz notes? You need the rotary woofer
Delaware 7+h Album and 5+h Exhibi+ion: Too Slow to Live
Experimental -- ha, excuse me, experimen+al ar+ and visuals by JAPAnese LUNA+ics DELAware
. What made me bring this to your attention? Two delicious bites, Monte Blanc
and Walk, Don't Learn
. The entire album is available to download
if you've become enamored or are generally adventurous.
[Flash, Audio, embedded gifs, generally odd
- winner of the New Statesman New Media Award. Explore sound. Via the Sonic Arts Network
, UK exponents of Electroacoustic music
maker, video artist [some NSFW]
and inventor of the TNU
A Piano In A Gallery. David Cunningham
(the guy behind The Flying Lizards
! Wikipedia because the main at-least-quasi-official site's down
, but while you wait 16 days for that, why not read this interview with Deborah Lizard
for your FL Fix) and his new project... A Piano In A Gallery
. No, he's not actually PLAYING the piano -- the visitors are. It's a sort of similar thing to both Brian Eno
's gallery work with ambient tape loops
on different time cycles, creating an ever-shifting collage of sound and David Byrne
's recent Playing The Building
. The room is mic'd, and the sound is run through a piano, and amplified, both bringing background noises to the foreground AND creating feedback-style loops, as those sounds are also run into the mics and so forth. So... if you happen to be in London.... [via WFMU]
Have you ever seen a synth and said "Man, what this needs is cartoon eyes?"
A bit similar to the Buchla Box
in that they don't have a keyboard to control the sounds -- it's probably closest to the Booper, invented by The Weatherman
(or, well, Circuit Bending
), the Thingamagoop is a photosynthesizer
... which means it basically uses light sensors to generate sounds. The signal's run through a couple oscillators and, well, it comes out as somethin' that's pretty dang awesome
. I'm on the fence on pickin' this one up. On one hand, it's a really neat toy that makes noise... on the other hand, um.... um.... I dunno. It's not made of candy?
Mish Mash Mush
A series of mixes from Providence eclectic label Fort Thunder
, home of Ninja Versus Wrestler
As part of an aplty amorphous and chaotic "noise" scene, the mixes contain otherwise unreleased music from bands like Lightning Bolt
, 25 Suave, and a bevy of other bands from labels like Load
, Animal Disguise
Good music with a dirt-simple interface.
drive convoys of very expensive sports cars very slowly through tunnels under London. It's the acoustics.
From WFMU: "What happens when a man covered in microphones walks into a room covered with speakers? Feedback. Lots of it." (might be NSFW)
The Hitachi Hard Disk Drive Knowledge Base
does very little to distinguish itself from other knowledge bases, except that it includes some fantastic examples
of what your hard drive may sound like
when it's dying
Note: all links except first are .wav (via)
MAN - Mothers Against Noise.
"Noise is music that uses unpleasant or painful or extremely loud or discordant sound. Noise is also a very dangerous musical trend that is hell bent on destroying civilized culture, this anti-cultural movement is quickly sweeping the globe, and is very dangerous to our youth."
via MonkeyFilter and our own panoptican.
is a global youth arts initiative (under 25s) that develops and profiles artists and their work across television, radio, in print and online. Requires Flash. [MI]
Making music entirely from non-musical things: McDonalds Happy Meals
, Henry Kissinger
, Salad Tosser
, Fluorescent Lamps
, the Bible
, Dot Matrix Printers
[possibly nsfw], The Postal Service
, Blank Tapes
, Eiffel Tower
, Deportation Orders
[scroll down], Cakes
[scroll down to #12], Skin
, Vinyl Run-Out Grooves
, Natural Geophysical Phenomena
, Carly Simon
and other stuff
Happy 10th Birthday "What? is Music"
This year's the 10th time around the block for Australian festival "What? is Music
", which showcases new (and not so new), unusual, fascinating and strange directions in contemporary music and sound exploration.
Starting today such outfits as The Residents
, Dead C.
, Black Dice
, Chicks on Speed
, and members of Boredoms
and Sun City Girls
tour Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Labels like Last Visible Dog
and Corpus Hermeticum
are represented, and last year's festivities saw Whitehouse
rip up the stage.
So MeFites, what other events are there out there like this that have tickled your collective pickles? Which festivals or bands have unduly influenced your aural development and/or rearranged your head musicwise?
Hugh McIntyre has died.
The retired librarian was the bass player for The Nihilist Spasm Band
, widely considered the first noise band. Started in 1965, the band operated way underground for most of their career, but achieved no small notoriety in the 90s
, ran their own noise festival for a few years
, had a great documentary made about them
, and jammed with REM (!) about a month ago
. My favourite memory of Hugh would be watching him time noise improvs with his stopwatch to make sure they weren't too long. RIP big man.
How To Catch An Alligator
is Ken Perlin's essay on his trip to the Amazon. The rest of his site
is pretty amazing too. I suppose I'll have to put going to Brazil on my list of things that he's done
that I envy him for.
n Ø 1 s e
- How do data and information differ? What is pattern and how do we recognise it? Where is the threshold between random and order?
"This site exists to provide information on 'unusual' music and arts; the word "unusual" being easily replaced by 'unconventional,' 'non-mainstream,' 'underground,' 'extreme' or by any one of a dozen other useless labels." This includes such projects as Cock E.S.P.
and the fascinating Panelectric Living Sinema
. The link page
is of particular interest, as it could open up a whole world to the uninitiated. I wish they linked my favorite bug faced noise band, Winter Carousel
Tick Tock Bang
) (from CBC's Ideas
) (from 1999) is an enjoyable way to spend 45 minutes. A survey of Noise as Music from Schoenberg to Glass to Kraftwerk to Industrial and Techno. Noise Art
is here to stay.
bits & pieces
a sonic installation for the web! my friend sez, "it's not random. it's complexity" :)
It was Fantasia in C Minor with mobile phone, beeping watches and coughing and sneezing accompaniment."
Andras Schiff (a wonderful, wonderful pianist, who I've been lucky to hear in concert) had enough of the background noise and left the stage at the Edinburgh festival until people turned off their phones and cleared their throats. Over-reaction, or justified against rudeness? And have you ever experienced something similar at a play/concert/gig?
I'm sorry, could you please repeat that, I couldn't hear...
Whoa! What was that?
Did you hear something?