Fri, May 24, 2002 - Page 9 News List

Noise for music's sake

By Max Woodworth  /  STAFF REPORTER

Stop for a moment, close your eyes and just listen. Do you hear the music?

If you can, then you're caught the spirit of the musicians who will be

playing at the practice studio with the name that translates oddly as Fine

Malt Brewed Studio (麥芽精釀Studio) in Taichung tomorrow. For the sake of

experimentation, a group of artists will be tossing out melodies, harmonies,

verses, choruses and all the other elements associated with pop music, to

see what kind of disturbance they can create. Consider it an explicit

attempt to subvert popular musical composition and allow what would

typically be called environmental static to become music, in the tradition

of Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Brian Eno.

The organizers, who also run the studio, are careful not to bill the show as

an ambient electronica concert or noise performance. There will be noise and

there will be electronic gadgets used to make most of the music, but as a

whole it won't fit nicely in either category. Instead, the musicians will be

involved in creating atmosphere through the manipulation of sound, which can

be jarring and unpleasant until someone, like Steve Reich, does it well and

then it's practically an out-of-body experience.

Playing at the show will be several experimental music outfits who have

played at Spring Scream, including trippy ambient musician Jarrol (甲若) and

PHI. Other performers include Noise Steve and Wang Fuirui (王福瑞), the man

behind Taiwan's Noise label.

The concert begins at 8pm and goes until 3am. Tickets cost NT$200 in advance

and NT$300 at the door. Fine Malt Brewed is located at B1, 125 Mei-hsi St.,

Taichung (台中市美西街125號B1).

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