On sunday, january 13th I attended the Optimus Prime Noisefest. It was awesome.
I did a short set, just over ten minutes, which was very… crunchy. It’s as close to a noise set as I’ve ever come. Hardware only, too: The Vatican Analog crew stated that it was okay to bring a laptop but only if it was sawed in half at the end of the show.
So, only hardware it was: an MD-player, an old walkman, my Electribe EA1, a delay pedal and a mixer. The MD-player and walkman provided a drone and a field recording respectively, which got processed with the Electribe and stomp box. The mixer has no headroom to speak of so things started to get distorted pretty quickly.
I enjoyed the other performances immensely. Looking forward to the next edition!
Januari 12th, MedMud will be performing a 12 minute set at the Optimus Prime Noise Fest in Tilburg.
This promises to be an awesome event, with a huge line up:
14:45 DOORS OPEN
- A MILLION SQUEEKS WILL DO YOU NO HARM
- BRAM STADHOUDERS
- CORE SHIFT
- KRISTUS KUT
- THE SUNSHINE LOUNGE
- HEXENEICHE (usa/nl)
- TRIO VAGEVUUR
- COCK COBRA
- PRAYING FOR OBLIVION (be/usa)
- POST MORTEM
- THOSE FOREIGN KIDS
- CITY HANDS
- EVERY BOLT RUMBLING
- TZII (be)
- PURGING LIGHT
- LEND ME YOUR UNDERBELLY
- ANTOINE PANACHE
- PUKE BRIGADE
- MARIE DAVIDSON (can)
- ESSAIE PAS (fr)
- HIDDEN RULERS
- THE LIGHT OF GOD
22:00 – Curfew
Admission is €5,- which is very little for lots of noise.
On friday 11 february I played a set at Bosch Acousmatic. Apart from the usual tape stuff, I ran my set through a pd patch on my netbook. This went very well.
The evening was opened by The Acoustic Electric Chamber Orchestra. TAECO are Steven Vinkenoog and Frank Baijer who play guitars, balalaikas and toy microphones. The room and silence play a large part in their music. The set they played last friday was truly mesmerizing.
My set included more synthetic tones. I started with a drone which returned later in my set. I also used unprocessed field recordings to contrast the processed noisiness.
My usual rollercoaster of feedback loops was completed with a Pure Data patch. Pure Data, Pd for short, is Max/MSP’s half sibling and is an impressive piece of Free software. My patch isn’t very impressive but worked very well and the bits and pieces it was built from are available for download here.
Unfortunately, I forgot to switch on my Zoom H2, so no recordings. NOOOOOOO
Recording added here.
I did a short gig at Tape, in Arnhem, sept 24 2010. Tapes, 2 delays, short wave radios.
(camera: Mark Kuijpers)