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.
posted by y2karl
on Nov 17, 2007 -
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]
posted by bassjump
on Oct 24, 2007 -
: 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]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Oct 21, 2007 -
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.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas
on Dec 18, 2006 -
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?
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me
on Jul 8, 2006 -
drive convoys of very expensive sports cars very slowly through tunnels under London. It's the acoustics.
posted by carter
on May 1, 2006 -
From WFMU: "What happens when a man covered in microphones walks into a room covered with speakers? Feedback. Lots of it." (might be NSFW)
posted by minkll
on Apr 7, 2006 -
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.
posted by loquacious
on Dec 26, 2005 -
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]
posted by sjvilla79
on Nov 15, 2005 -
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
posted by nylon
on Aug 7, 2005 -
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?
posted by soi-disant
on Mar 1, 2005 -
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?
posted by Orange Goblin
on Dec 2, 2003 -
"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
posted by Joey Michaels
on Dec 2, 2002 -