Late Works: of Noise logo

Late Works: of Noise

Concept

Six original instruments sculpted 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:

Slow Dance Records logo

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
Mathilda Bennett-Greene and their Shoulder Harp, photograph taken by Louise Astbury
Mathilda Bennett-Greene and their "of Tool" set
Mathilda Bennett-Greene's "Teeth Tools"

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

Jonas Pequeno's instrument "n/a"
Jonas Pequeno's instrument "n/a"

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

Angus McCrum's instrument "Cast from the Track"
Late Works of Noise 12" vinyl

1 - forged in fire

by MC Spritz, DJ Dairy, Enzo Samuel, Aga Ujma & Beth Dawson (members of black midi, Silkarmour & Jerskin Fendrix)

3:44

Streaming links:

Lyrics:

Enzo Samuel / Silkarmour:

swordsmanship or sword fighting refers to
(in cooking, a sauce is a liquid, cream, or)
the skills of a swordsman, a person versed in
(semi-solid food, served on or used in)
the art of the sword. The term is modern,
(preparing other foods)and as such was mainly used
(Most sauces are not normally consumed)
to refer to smallsword fencing,
(by themselves; they add flavour, moisture)
but by extension it can also be applied to
(and visual appeal to a dish. Sauce is a French word)
any martial art involving the use of a sword.
(taken from the Latin salsa, meaning salted)
The formation of the English word “swordsman”
(Possibly the oldest recorded European sauce)
is parallel to the Latin word gladiator, a term for
(is gram, the fish sauce used by the Ancient Romans)
the professional fighters who fought
(while doubanjiang, the Chinese soy bean paste)
against each other and a variety of other foes
(is mentioned in Rites of Zhou in the 3rd century BC)
for the entertainment of spectators-


Geordie Greep / MC Spritz:

ah…aH…AH

yo…let’s go…ok

forging nine to five
no one left alive
when I take my sword
to the club tonight

got the fury like Tyson
got the strength of a bison
like a train in the night
good GOD i’m frightened

got this sword to wield
make them get on your shield
been working all day
just to get this blade

forging swords in the fire
really gives me a thrill
when i showed it to my man he said “IT WILL KILL”

feel the heat from the furnace
from the streets where I earn this
you better run from the steel
coming straight at your heels


Enzo Samuel / Silkarmour:

too many swords
chef up the sauce (got the)
cut up the olives
while i’m in the forest (got the)

too many swords
chef up the sauce (got the)
cut up the olives
while i’m in the forest


Aga Ujma:

If you take your sword
I’ll show you the way
through forest and mountains
the way dragons live
let’s tear out their flesh
let’s eat out their eyes
let’s play with their bones
and go to the club!


Geordie Greep / MC Spritz:

you wanna mess with me?
then come and you will see
can cut a million trees
this sword is T.B.E!

I can craft ten swords in a week
I am the man they all seek
when they need a sword
to dispatch their lord

deep in the forest all day
i’m always slaving away
to make a sword that can’t break
this ain’t no no-tongue blade

chimps in the kitchen, making lots of mischief!
can you hear the slash and the swoosh
when i emerge from the bush
take out anyone who dare to intrude
i’ll drop an anvil on your head
from the top of a tree
if you try to take me while i’m in the forgery


Jerskin Fendrix / Beth Dawson:

I use a sword to cut my onions thinly
I use a sword to dice up my chilli
swords in the kitchen honeylook who’s cooking
I got chicken in the wok
and veal on the skillet (huAH)

cuttin’ my rolls up
making all these sandwiches
walk up to the barracks like
“who’s gonna eat these sandwiches?”

slashin’ up goblos on an empty set of stomach
ain’t gon get nothin’ done
but get slashed up by some goblins

GOBLINS ON MY RIGHT (and)
GOBLINS ON MY LEFT
I GOT GOBLINS ON MY SWORD
AND THEY’RE ALL BLEEDING TO DEATH

get home from the wars and
cook me up some casserole
I guess i’m the greatest after all (urgghh blergh)


Geordie Greep / MC Spritz:

you like that huh?
yer boy Jerskin
destroyin’ ears
destroyin’ microphones
T.B.E motherfucker

let’s go
slow dance slow dance slow dance
the last chance for romance
come on let’s go
everybody have a great night
Tyson Fury, heavyweight champion of the world

2 - DRAIN MYTH

by Bathwater 404, Devenny 404, Eliot 404 & Sonny 404 (members of 404 Guild)

4:38

Streaming links:

Lyrics:

Devenny 404:

it’s a stic-
where I’m from-
go ahead-
I don’t ca-

under the thun-
storm chase-
make mov-
take mor-
sing along- (situation)

where I’m from
we’re all patient
go ahead and go tape this
I don’t care
my mind's vacant

under the thunder I’m chasing
storm chaser with a camera
make movie and it’s amateur
take more it’ll damage ya


Eliot 404:

all my bones
coated in chrome
stone crumbles
calcium drones
all these bones (and)
production clones
reduction, stumble
(was) heard not shown

spin spin spin
tap tap tap
sing sing sing
clap clap clap

spin spin spin
tap tap tap
sing sing sing
clap clap clap

mirage near
metal gear
translucent screen
mercury tears
settle here (and)
petals clear
copper green
can’t see still hear

all my bones
are coated in
all my bones are (coated in)
all my-

bones
bones
bones

boneyard
upside down
scrap heap
inside out

boneyard
upside down
scrap hea-


Sonny 404:

yeah, yeah

sunday bells still chiming
guiding me there gotta dash like hyphen

lighthouse i’m in
safe from the siren
stay another day if the tides in
flying my kite in lightning
getting exhausting instead of excited

fixing it fighting it
i’m in a bind my guy
someone that I shouldn’t confide in

rib cage open I climb in
silent
violent
inside the Titan

mistakes they don’t define him
stars still shining
said its all timing

yeah

rib cage open I climb in
silent
violent
inside the Titan

mistakes they don’t define him
stars still shining
said its all timing

3 - diggy diggy fuck off

by Clottie Cream, Rosy Bones, Richard Limper & Horse Whisperer (members of Goat Girl & leather.head)

2:03

Streaming links:

Lyrics:

fuck off
fuck off
fuck off
fuck off
fuck off
fuck off
fuck off
fuck off

fuck off
fuck off
fuck off
fuck off
fuck off
fuck off
fuck off
fuck off
(diggy diggy dig dig dig)
fuck off
fuck off
(diggy diggy dig dig dig)
fuck off
fuck off
(diggy diggy dig dig dig)
fuuuu-

(diggy diggy dig dig dig)
(diggy diggy dig dig dig)
(diggy diggy dig dig dig)
fuck off
(diggy diggy)

4 - unmenacingly violent

by Martha Skye Murphy, Kiran Leonard, Corpse Boy & Cajm (incl. members of Powerplant)

9:51

Streaming links:

5 - don't sleep on

by GG Skips & Felix Raman (incl. members of Glows & Sorry)

3:33

Streaming links:

Lyrics:

yeah (yeah)

inside
instinct
set deep
you’re hiding in your sleep
set pace
release
i’m conversationing
(with)

instinct
set deep
you’re hiding in your sleep
set pace
release
i’m conversationing
(with)

instinct
set deep
you’re hiding in your sleep
set pace
release
i’m conversationing
(with)

the symmetry erupts
a tropical sigh
you’re bathed by palms
and in the moonlight
you’re foetal inside
the bay
your symmetry erupt

6 - DARK LORE BINGO

by Bianca Scout, Jacob Samuel, j.b.glazer, Cam Molloy, Elena Isolini & Harald Smart (incl. members of Curl)

14:33

Streaming links:

Lyrics:

can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait (lie awake, lie awake, lie awake) (x5)
stay awake, stay awake, stay awake
can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait (lie awake, lie awake, lie awake) (x5)
can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait

(oooooo)
can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait
(oooooo)

(ooh la la la, ooh la la la, ooh la la la)
(oooooo)

i’m in the garden (x6)
ooooo
i’m in the garden (x5)

i’m in the garden (x33)

a a a a a o o oo o oo oo

(whistling)

the other two are leaving home, don’t think that i can follow you (x3)

the other two are leaving home, don’t think that i can follow you (x5)
(the other two are leaving home, don’t think that i can follow you) (x5)

to think that i aa a a a a a a a a a a  a (don’t think that i can follow you)
(the other two are leaving home)
(the other two are leaving home)
(don’t think that i can follow you)
the other two

(ooooo)
(aaooooo)
(oooooooooo)
(aah haaah ooooah hooooah hoooayah)

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
Drift Records (Devon, UK) BUY
Recordstore.co.uk (UK) Limited Edition - SOLD OUT
Resident (Brighton, UK) BUY
Rough Trade (London, UK) BUY
Slow Dance Records (London, UK) BUY
Stranger Than Paradise (London, UK) BUY

More information about the artists:

Angus McCrum

Angus McCrum’s work is motivated by the stories and materials that connect people with the land. His assemblages, carvings and found objects attempt to scrape back some kind of meaning beyond their status as artworks in a system of value and exchange.

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise, By Ear, Preparations

Angus McCrum

Jonas Pequeno

Jonas Pequeno is a London based artist, recent BA Fine Art Central St. Martins graduate and current Associate Studio Programme resident. Working predominantly with sound, Pequeno explores concepts around phenomenology, semiotics, absurdism and technological mediation.

Participant in Late Works:

Paperweight II, of Noise, Preparations

Jonas Pequeno

Joseph Bradley Hill

Joseph Bradley Hill (b.1996) is the founder and host of Late Works. Much of his practice surrounds the themes of interpretation, permutation, participation, improvisation and communication: how people experience the same thing completely differently, and the infinite (or finite) ways of doing “the same thing”. Other elements that feed into his work include the (im)possibilities of a universal language (including the history of our alphabet and writing), unlimited semiosis and the act of collecting.

Participant in Late Works:

ONE, TWO, Paperweight I, 3, LOOP, at first sight, Paperweight II, By Ear, SLIP, of Noise, Preparations, 4

Joseph Bradley Hill

Mathilda Bennett-Greene

Through their own personal metabolism of selected source material, Bennett-Greene seeks to repurpose both logic and association. The work relays obstacles found in testing physical capabilities. When thinking of energy circuits that support impending action, they are focused on what precedes or follows utility, resting after or charging prior. Before understanding what is necessary for energy to permit action, the qualities of a tool are evaluated. What are the potential roles and how can they be anthropomorphised? Resilience and persistence are sought throughout the process of the works, refining them into new tools, new hybrid bodies.

Participant in Late Works:

Paperweight I, of Noise, Preparations

Mathilda Bennett-Greene

More information about the musicians:

Aga Ujma

Broadside Hacks

aga ujma is a Polish-born multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer living between London, Indonesia and Poland. she mixes her classical music upbringing and folk influences from Poland with traditional music studies at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Surakarta, Central Java and SOAS University of London. her intimate solo performances focus on exploring and connecting Indonesian, Polish and English folk music with the accompaniment of unique Indonesian instruments. she was recently signed to Slow Dance and announced her debut EP 'songs of innocence and experience' via CLASH Magazine in 2021, which is "shaping up to be a wholly unique experience, placing her at the cutting edge of folk music in Britain" (The Line of Best Fit). she was recently commissioned to sing the theme song for the new Resident Evil Village game as well as to create a new composition and a special performance for the latest Serpentine Gallery Pavillion, which was showcased on Boiler Room.

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise, Preparations

Aga Ujma

Bianca Scout

Curl Recordings

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Bianca Scout

Billy Leach

Corpse Boy, Impromptu

Participant in Late Works:

ONE, TWO, 3, of Noise, 4

Billy Leach

Brendan Murphy

Bathwater 404, 404 Guild

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Brendan Murphy

Cajm Pickering

Cajm, Powerplant

Participant in Late Works:

LOOP, of Noise

Cajm Pickering

Cameron Molloy

Violence Grass Band

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Cameron Molloy

Cameron Picton

DJ Dairy, black midi

Cameron Picton is the bass guitarist and secondary lead vocalist of black midi, the Mercury Prize nominated noise-rock band, formed at the BRIT School in 2017.

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Cameron Picton

Charlie Ockmore

Sonny 404, Elison 404, 404 Guild

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Charlie Ockmore

Elena Isolini

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Elena Isolini

Enzo Samuel

Silkarmour

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Enzo Samuel

Felix Stock

Felix Raman

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Felix Stock

Geordie Greep

MC Spritz, black midi

Geordie Greep is the lead vocalist and guitarist of black midi, the Mercury Prize nominated noise-rock band, formed at the BRIT School in 2017.

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Geordie Greep

Harald Smart

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Harald Smart

Hunter Jenkins

Eliot 404, Elison 404, 404 Guild

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Hunter Jenkins

Jacob Samuel

Curl Recordings

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Jacob Samuel

Joscelin Dent-Pooley

Jerskin Fendrix, Beth Dawson

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Joscelin Dent-Pooley

Josh Banham

j. b. glazer, Curl Recordings

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Josh Banham

Kiran Leonard

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise, By Ear

Kiran Leonard

Lottie Pendlebury

Clottie Cream, Goat Girl, mushy p

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Lottie Pendlebury

Marco Pini

GG Skips, Glows, Sorry, Slow Dance

Participant in Late Works:

Paperweight, LOOP, of Noise

Marco Pini

Martha Skye Murphy

E.M.U

Participant in Late Works:

at first sight, of Noise

Martha Skye Murphy

Max Syedtollan

Horse Whisperer

𝔐ax Syedtollan (b.04/07/1994) is an artist-composer living and working in Glasgow, with a multi-disciplinary practice spanning music, text and image. Interests include world-building, anachronism, affect, melody, improvisation, comedy and the naïve. His pieces have been broadcast on BBC Radios 3, 4 and 6, and performed in places such as Café Oto and Snape Maltings. Besides composing under his own name Syedtollan produces music as ‘Horse Whisperer’ which has been featured on NTS Radio, Resonance FM and Radiophrenia. In 2019 he was selected as one of Sound and Music’s ‘New Voices’, and released his second album of DIY chamber music on Glasgow label GLARC (supported by the Arts Council). In 2020 he made some radio plays & worked with Plus Minus Ensemble. In 2021 he is writing for Apartment House.

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise, Preparations

Max Syedtollan

Rosy Jones

Rosy Bones, Goat Girl

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Rosy Jones

Taylor Devenny

Devenny 404, 404 Guild

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Taylor Devenny

Toby Evans-Jesra

Richard Limper, leather.head

Participant in Late Works:

of Noise

Toby Evans-Jesra