” This evolution of music is parallel to the multiplication of machines, which everywhere are collaborating with man. Not only amid the clamor of the metropolis, but also in the countryside, which until yesterday was normally silent, in our time the machine has created such a variety and such combinations of noises that pure sound, in its slightness and monotony, no longer arouses any feeling.”
– The Art of Noises, Luigi Russolo
Filed under Avant-Garde, Drone, Experimental, Field Recordings, Harsh Noise, Industrial, Noise, Non Music, Rhythmic Noise, Soundscape, Vivenza
Trepaneringsritualen, or shortened to T x R x P, is the main musical project from the mystical, legendary Swedish “goetic death-industrial” artist Thomas Martin Ekelund. He has gained a lot of medial attention over the last couple years, and with good reason! T x R x P spectacular and ritualistic live performances includes all the essentials of a dark disturbing noise/industrial act, lots of blood, religious symbolism, blasphemous chantings, and harsh abrasive soundscapes. Not only can he do impressive live shows, but he has a real knack for design and producing immaculate soundscapes, like his other(dead) project, Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words.
With the recent release of his latest full-lenght, Perfection & Permanence, the media fascination and spotlighting of this project has escalated to it being featured on Pitchfork, and named on a magazine list of what a “gothic” teenager should listen to. Has the original exclusivity and intent of a small and personal musical outlet been washed out with the ever increasing media attention? Has the integrity of the intimate ritual been lost, or has just the audience increased?
Filed under Dark Ambient, doom, Esoteric, Experimental, Industrial, Lo-FI, Neo-Folk, Rhythmic Noise, Ritualistic, Soundscape, Swedish, Synth-pop, Trepaneringsritualen
What is life? What are we doing? Why are we doing it? Why aren’t we just pleased with life; why are we constantly inverting new stuff to occupy our time with, when we could just be content with the feeling of life and being? Have we as a species become to full of ourselves that sheer existence have become dull, monotonous, and un-fulfilling? What does a species, that has become disenchanted with existence, do to replace the most primal and basic experience of our sheer being? We escape from it and substitute with, amongst other things;
Art(paintings); the escape through man-made windows to our world and nature, to relive a certain point in time, frozen with the feelings and emotions captured by the painting? (Can life be represented through mere colours on a surface?)
Sound(music); the escape through man-made harmonies, melodies, and rhythmic vibrations of the air, that carry with them (un-)consciously collectively decided feelings and experiences that transports us to another world or puts the listener in a trance. (Or do it put the listener in a state of experiencing true awareness of life? Is that possible through man-made means?)
Literature; the escape through man-made abstract symbols that man has decided represent a certain object, feeling, or abstract concept, that transports the reader to an abstract version of life that can be experienced through another representation of a human being. (Are we capable of creating a version of existence when we constantly flee from it?)
Filed under Anemone Tube, Avant-Garde, Con-Dom, Dark Ambient, Dieter Müh, Drone, Electronic, Experimental, Festival, Harsh Noise, Industrial, Ke/Hil, Lo-FI, Noise, Non Music, Post Scriptvm, Power Electronics, Rhythmic Noise, Soundscape, Trepaneringsritualen
The coffee is brewed, the stereo is warmed up and turned to 11, the cassette is loaded; time to enjoy some sweet noise and observe the very promising first steps of a new record label, Union Finale!
Compilation tape of queer noise, circa 2011, with artists from 9 countries. Assembled by Mark Ward & Thomas Boettner.
In 1987 six gay activists formed a new project that was for gay rights and drew parallels between the AIDS epidemic and the Nazi’s eradication of LGBT-individuals. This project was called Silence=Death and its posters featured an upright pink triangle, a call-back to the use of an inverted pink triangle used by the Nazi regime for marking homosexual individuals. The manifesto behind Silence=Death was about, “[the] silence about the oppression and annihilation of gay people, then and now, must be broken as a matter of our survival.”. Never should we be silent about the slow eradication of millions of people, just because of their sexual orientation.
Filed under AK, Avant-Garde, Dark Ambient, Drone, Electronic, Experimental, fire island, Harsh Noise, Homosexuality, Lo-FI, Noise, Non Music, Power Electronics, Queer Noise, Rhythmic Noise, Soundscape, Wall noise, Where Is This
Filed under Anemone Tube, Avant-Garde, Dark Ambient, Dissecting Table, Drone, Field Recordings, Industrial, Noise, Non Music, Power Electronics, Rhythmic Noise
Great little documentary which gives a breif view of girls in the noise genre. With an apperance of Jessica Rylan!!
Filed under Avant-Garde, Electronic, Experimental, Female Fronted, Harsh Noise, Lo-FI, Noise, Non Music, Power Electronics, Rhythmic Noise, Video, Visual Terror, Wall noise