NOISE CRUSH + THE FORTIETH DAY
30 MARCH 2007
Media.Obscura :: Thaumatropes
Alex Inglizian + Tim Shaw
NOISE CRUSH + THE FORTIETH DAY
Lisa Slodki - Live Video Mix
Isidro Reyes - Bass/FX
Mark Solotroff - Guitar/FX/Synth
A cool night of audio+video work with a nice mixture of styles, from our lethargic, heavy sound and grainy black and white imagery, to Inglizian and Shaw’s fast moving, colorful digital glitch workout. Mike Miles’ excellent video had a Flash animation feel to it, in its high-contrast solid color style, which incorporated references to heavy metal, the occult, medieval history, and a sense of humor. Jon Satrom aired a piece that would have felt familiar to anyone who has seen him play with I Love Presets. Computer screen icons melt off of the screen into a digital whirlwind wormhole. A pixilated stag runs across the screen to the digital soundtrack to the 8-bit apocalypse.
We actually opened the show, playing behind the screen, while Lisa’s even-further-refined live video mix was projected in front of us. I enjoy watching the results so much that I tend to lose track of what I am doing. Our set may have been a bit heavier and louder than the show at Elastic, but the constant practicing/playing - both with Lisa and without - seems to be paying off in our ability to translate what we are trying to do - to a live setting.
Thanks to Nick, Jake at Busker/The Flowershop, for inviting us to play the first event under his new curatorial platform. Thanks to everyone who came out early to see us. Thanks to Lisa, for involving Isidro and me in an event originating more from her zone.
31 MARCH 2007
Burning Star Core
Rob Kerr – Synth
Ed Knigge – Synth + Vocals
Chris Mack – Synth
Isidro Reyes – Synth
Mark Solotroff – Vocals + Synth
01. IN THE MOOD
02. LAKE STREET
03. AS IF
04. GIRLFRIEND ATTEMPTS TO EXPLAIN SCHIZOPHRENIC EPISODE BY REVEALING CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE
05. ANGEL OF DARKNESS
06. MIND THE GAP
08. WITHIN THE WALLS
10. BOUND TO DIE
11. GENITAL PANIC
13. VISITING AN EX-GIRLFRIEND IN THE HOSPITAL - AIDS WARD
14. PORN LORDS
16. TWO DROPS OF BLOOD
17. BECOMING AN ANIMAL
This was a great night, through and through. Another easy-going event at The Flowershop, an excellent audience turnout, and mind blowing sets, to boot. We got things started with our first show in three-and-a-half months. The break from BLOODYMINDED did me some good, because I was ready to go. After building the set list, I was sure that we could do it in well under twenty minutes, but we hit the twenty-five minute mark, surprisingly, to me, at least. Still, we kept the energy going, no small thanks due to the enthusiastic audience. It also felt good to load up on extra tracks from “Trophy.”
Prurient was up next, and Dominick seemed to channel the negative affects of the prior few days into the most blistering Prurient set that I have ever seen. While I still miss something about his older “war with the amps” sets, this latest evolution of Prurient, which melds power-electronics with effective elements of black metal and minimal synth, was 100% potent, powerful, and brutal. Again, the crowd was soaking it up. A perfect companion set to his “Pleasure Ground” recording.
Burning Lake & Palmer were up next… merely a playful reference to the epic nature of C. Spencer Yeh’s solo Burning Star Core set. The violin work went from avant-garde to shoegazer to cut-your-throat, over a well-constructed arc that was followed by a brief piece of vocal FX fuckery. By that point, the puddles on the floor could have been caused either by the heavy rainstorm or members of the audience melting into the concrete floor.
Carlos Giffoni stepped up to the table and proceeded to mow down anyone left standing with a barrage of analog-driven noise that acted as a great follow up to repeat listenings of his “Arrogance” CD. Carlos came on hard, drove waves of electronics into the audience --- seemingly pushing the PA further and further --- and ended at the perfect point, on the brink of audio collapse. A sharp, concise, and damaging set.
Thanks to Nick, Jake, and everyone else at Busker/The Flowershop, who hosted us and cleaned up after us. Thanks to Carlos, Spencer, and Dominick, for delivering such powerful sets. Thanks to all of our great friends who came out to support. Thanks to everyone who made it to the show, despite all of the other events going on that night. Thanks to Terence and his crew, for capturing everything on two video cameras. Thanks to Marlene for videotaping us and taking some digital snapshots.