Music – Noise

Music – Noise Noise – Music. Is there pressure upon noise artists to make music? To make noise music? Why can’t noise just be noise? Is it good that noise has been welcomed into the fold of music? It obviously helps for us to regard it within a particular performance context but do the structures and foundations of music really help us understand noise? This is all relating to noise as sonic output – tricky overlap that does need to be dealt with – the noise of signal (information theory) and the noise of sound (music?). Receiving a text ‘The Laundromat by the Sea’ from John Richards in an invite to take part in a performance event in response to the text that is written by Yan Jun has encouraged me with my performance work and will aim to produce a short performance exploring drones, interference, light and sound. This uses elastic bands – useful to explore the writing in Pleats of Matter (Deleuze, The Fold) ‘a body has a degree of hardness as well as a degree of fluidity, or that it is essentially elastic’. The forces at work in making this noise output can well be explored in the fold. ‘When a boat reaches a certain speed a wave becomes as hard as marble’ (Deleuze, The Fold) – this shifting of materiality, liquid to solid, without heating or cooling suddenly fascinates me. Changing the properties of materials simply through ‘speed’ (movement) is interesting to think of in response to the movement of nomadic noise – moving at absolute speed (D&G, TP). How about the changes occurring through slowness? Can we ‘slow’ metals into a liquid state? To explore the writing by D&G on metallurgy as this is also where they describe nomadism in Thousand Plateaus.

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