Tag Archives: Noise

AUDIO: Restraint Malfunction – “Pineal Cyst Extraction”

Harsh noise project Restraint Malfunction is out with a new composition this week. The title basically refers to a tumor getting taken out of one’s eye, and you could say this eighteen minute-long piece sounds like exactly that. Some moments are shrill and piercing while others are more ominous and oceanic. It’s an abstract exhibition of variable textures from Restraint

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: Death Tape Super Bass, Citizen 2-13, Chamber of Knives, J. Mollerskov, Steve Schlei, Lorna Dune, Tampertamper, Pleasure Thief

Noise label/concert promoter FTAM hosted a massive noise showcase in the backyard of X-Ray Arcade Sunday afternoon. Sets from Death Tape Super Bass, Citizen 2-13, Chamber of Knives, J. Mollerskov, Steve Schlei, Lorna Dune, Frenia, TamperTamper, and Pleasure Thief all took place. We got to talk to each and every one of them – except Frenia, since we spotlighted them

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AUDIO: Restraint Malfunction – “Restraint Malfunction -II-“

Harsh noise project Restraint Malfunction followed up last week’s debut album already with another one this week. It’s a continuation of the abstract exploration of the first, using hardware synths to achieve abrasive textures. Such sounds evoke feelings of breaking free from the shackles of one’s personal chaos and subjective oppression. It’s both cathartic and liberating; Restraint Malfunction floods our

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AUDIO: Restraint Malfunction – “Restraint Malfunction -I-“

Harsh noise project Restraint Malfunction released an album this past week. Consisting of five pieces all made in the last month, it’s described by Michael Jurek as a cathartic effort freeing himself of obstacles he’s faced mentally as of late. The results encompass erratic static blasts that scatter across the open space, reflecting the irregularities of one’s demons choosing to

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AUDIO: Frenia – “What Is It”

Improvisational noise collective Frenia are out with new pieces. Annie Grizzle and Eli Smith join the original trio here in collaboration, supporting the existential philosophy of Frenia being what it is simply by having individuals present for it. “What Is It” is a synergistic movement of intentional sound being transferred from one person to the next, creating an organic immediacy

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AUDIO: TamperTamper – “Because Lately”

Experimental noise artist TamperTamper has a new album out. Beginning with a bong rip, George Jackson channels existential dread with creative fortitude using both string and wind instruments. She’s big on the idea that anything, even everyday routines, can become artful expressions if perceived as such. These tracks are bare bones and stream-of-conscious, reflecting on Jackson’s detached feelings of late,

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AUDIO: Whaler – “Ex.tem.po.re”

Experimental noise project Whaler has a new EP out on Triple Eye Industries. Featuring two pieces, Francisco Ramirez centers droning guitars against cassette loops here. He captures an abrasive meditation that never gets too harsh but remains firm in density. Whaler has been releasing some of the most dystopian soundscapes out of Milwaukee’s experimental scene, and this release adds just

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AUDIO: Peter J. Woods – “Solo for Fake Fireplace”

Harsh noise wizard Peter J. Woods’ latest release was created using his house’s fake fireplace. It’s a single two-part piece of a noise wall that crackles and rages as a combustion would. It’s recommended you listen on a massive sound system for the fullest sonic blaze experience. Woods has kept busy all year crafting noise in his various projects, and

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AUDIO: Citizen 2-13 – “End2020”

Noise artist Citizen 2-13 is out with a new tape. His sonic textures here are dense and abrasive as if they accompany an industrial apocalypse. The second track particularly delivers the brutal static of burning metal. The third track sounds like a pneumonic drill puncturing the Earth’s mantle. It’s a most adequate soundtrack to this excruciating and devastating year. Citizen

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AUDIO: Whaler – “x > 4 x (1 – x)”

Ambient-noise project Whaler’s latest track was created with the audio input silenced during recording. Therefore, the audio was only manipulated by visual cues. The result is an atmospheric drone with static zaps, sounding like a massive spaceship passing by you. Whaler continues his vast experimental palette of sound in a uniquely constructed way.

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