Late Works: of Noise

Concept

Six original instruments built by artists sit in a recording studio for six groups of musicians to come in (one at a time) and create a track (or more) each. The groups have six hours and are only allowed to sample from the instruments and their voice.

Lexicon

Inspired by Luigi Russolo’s 1913 Futurist manifesto “The Art of Noises” and his six families of noise:

1. Roars, Thunderings, Explosions, Hissing Roars, Bangs and Booms.
2. Whistling, Hissing and Puffing.
3. Whispers, Murmurs, Mumbling, Muttering and Gurgling.
4. Screeching, Creaking, Rustling, Humming, Crackling and Rubbing.
5. Noises obtained by beating on metals, woods, skins, stones, pottery etc.
6. Voices of animals and people, Shouts, Screams, Shrieks, Wails, Hoots, Howls, Death Rattles and Sobs.

In collaboration with:

Specifics

• Each track must only use noise sampled from the instruments. Vocals are allowed but all lyrics must be written in the studio time.

• Musicians may only bring things that modify noise, not make noise themselves.

• Each group can have no more than six members.

• Each song must be titled and mixed within the six hour session.

• The studio should include at minimum:
- 12 contact mics (+ cables)
- 4 vocal mics (+ cables)
- An interface (and backup laptop with DAW if possible, as artists should bring their own)

• The musicians in each group should be selected to correspond to a specific group from Luigi Russolo’s manifesto (this is not essential).

Credits

Artists:
Mathilda Bennett-Greene
Joseph Bradley Hill
Angus McCrum
Jonas Pequeno

Musicians:
Group 1 - DJ Dairy & MC Spritz (black midi), Aga Ujma, Enzo Samuel (Silkarmour) & Jerskin Fendrix

Group 2 - Bathwater 404, Devenny 404, Eliot 404 & Sonny 404 (404 Guild)

Group 3 - Clottie Cream & Rosy Bones (Goat Girl), Richard Limper (leather.head) & Horse Whisperer

Group 4 - Martha Skye Murphy, Kiran Leonard, Corpse Boy & Cajm (Powerplant)

Group 5 - GG Skips (Glows, Sorry) & Felix Raman

Group 6 - Bianca Scout, Jacob Samuel, j. b. glazer, Elena Isolini, Cam Molloy & Harald Smart

Engineering/Help:
Felix Stock

Mastering:
Josh Baxter (PVA)

Concept:
Joseph Bradley Hill

Mathilda Bennett-Greene
Of Tool Set (Teeth Tools, Horizontal Harp, Xylostones & Shoulder Drum), 2019
Epoxy resin, flint, plaster, plaster polymer, secar 71, aluminium wire, fishing wire, iron filler, fibre glass, polyurethane varnish, rubber, expanded mesh, bamboo

Mathilda Bennett-Greene's Teeth Tool about to strike her Xylostones sculpture

Joseph Bradley Hill
Arms & Legs, 2019
Radiator key, toy hammer, stool, moulding hook, vinyl letter, saw handle, brass tube, curtain runners, mattress springs, door knocker, brackets, ball chain, oil canister, wooden door, screen printing frame, shelves, paper

Joseph Bradley Hill's sculpture "Arms & Legs", a human-sized sculpture made from a wooden door mounted on a screen printing frame with various appendages including a toy hammer, vinyl sticker and door knocker.
Joseph Bradley Hill's sculpture "Arms & Legs", a human-sized sculpture made from a wooden door mounted on a screen printing frame with various appendages including a toy hammer, vinyl sticker and door knocker.

Jonas Pequeno
n/a, 2020
Solenoids, motor, microcontroller, bespoke electronics, aluminium

Angus McCrum
Cast From the Track, 2019
Javelin, card, plywood

Further Reading

Luigi Russolo - The Art of Noises (1913)

Press / Mentions

BBC Radio 6 (Freak Zone) LISTEN
Big Love Records Album of the Week
Creative Boom READ
Electronic Sound 73 & 75
FAD Magazine READ
Juno Daily READ
Loud & Quiet READ
Recordstore.co.uk Compilation of the Year

Stockists (12" Vinyl)

Big Love Records (Tokyo, Japan) BUY
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