Saturday 13 October 2018, 7.30pm
Brain-frying double-header with Sightings guitarist, Mark Morgan's coruscating fuzz and feedback immersions alongside Chris Goudreau, whose musique concrete and electro-acoustic sounds are punctured through with a more abrasive sonic palette to disorientating and, ultimately, transcendent effect.
“While pretty much every noise musician uses the guitar as a weapon of mass destruction, Mark Morgan of scuzz-worshippers Sightings uses his guitar for sheer negation. Playing in 50 shades of gray on found and borrowed pedals, the leader of this longtime Brooklyn noise band is quicker to sound like a vacuum humming, toilet flushing, or scrambled cable porn feed than Eric Clapton or even Thurston Moore; a unique sound that has all the emotion of punk, with none of its recognizable sounds. As he told the blog Thee Outernet: “Probably the biggest influences on my playing style is sheer f—king laziness and to a slightly lesser degree, a certain level of retardation in grasping basic guitar technique.” – Spin
Chris Goudreau, better know for his harsh noise project SICKNESS, started to create/destroy sound in 1988. Starting out as straight-forward, full blast, harsh electronic purity; SICKNESS is a contrast and collection of harsh noise filled with quick cuts between sources, hard rapid fire loops, sheet metal crash, and harsh electronics/feedback. Sets under his own name pull more from musique concrete and electro-acoustic influences while still keeping the harsh noise close at hand. The sound is active. It is seeking to push, pull, or shove the listener into the theme of each piece moving them as the sounds shift, move and flow. Combining modular synth, found sound, noise and tension Goudreau creates a moving soundscape where the listener is an active piece in the puzzle.
"Goudreau’s stuff was tense and menacing. Sounds reminiscent of passing traffic, or distant voices in an airport, suddenly shorted out or were obliterated in a burst of noise, as Goudreau’s hands moved across the equipment with the deftness of a piano player." – Brian Slattery, New Haven Independent