Sunday 21 July 2019, 2pm

‘Where’s the fucking noise?’ - Panel discussion chaired by Stray Landings – MATINEE

Please note that this is a matinee event – doors will open at 2pm.

The title of this discussion comes from Q Bass’ 1991 rave jam, ‘Hardcore Will Never Die’, in which a desperate voice asks the listener: well hardcore did die, so where’s the fucking noise? This is noise not in the sense of noise-music, but as hype, as furore, as a burgeoning cultural movement. In the 90s, the question was asked in earnest, to find the next party, rave, or sound-system. But today, looking for ‘the next big thing’ sounds more like a marketing strategy.

Some have argued that ‘hype’ has become an empty signifier for superficial trends and gimmicks: a nightmarish conflation of music and meme. The problem we have now is not so much a scarcity of noise, but an overabundance. The democratising effect of the Internet has enabled a proliferation of new music, and radically new listening practices. So if we want noise, where should we be looking? How can we make sense of it all? Can we find the noise in the ether?

To discuss all this and more, Georgie McVicar from Stray Landings will be speaking with the following label representatives: Blue Maignien of Cherche Encore, Chloe Frieda of Alien Jams, Martin J Thompson of SM-LL, and Stephen McEvoy of FLUF.

Stray Landings

Stray Landings is an online music publication, specialising in underground experimental electronic music.

http://straylandings.co.uk/
https://soundcloud.com/stray-landings

Blue Maignien

Blue Maignien (they/them) performs using TidalCycles as Hortense. Their poetic work explores the unique possibilities of the medium of live coding to engage with issues around mental health. In the future, Blue would like to keep making radio and contribute to building caring sonic environment. They also co-run Cherche Encore, a record label and series of events.

https://cherche-encore.bandcamp.com/

Chloe Frieda

Initially started as a radio show, London-based Alien Jams has since evolved into a record label, event series and more - widely exploring sounds across experimental electronics, industrial, electro, EBM and noise. The label from founder and DJ Chloe Frieda has long nurtured local artists and released music from rkss, Wilted Woman, Karen Gwyer, Beatrice Dillon, YAWS, and oMMM.

http://alienjams.com/

Chloe Frieda

Martin J Thompson

London, Agile, transparency, reference, MVP, process, electronic, format, tech, ship early, innovation, anarchy, repetition, … 

https://sm-ll.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/sm-ll

Stephen McEvoy

Stephen McEvoy is an Irish artist working with sound, usually under the name tuuun. His work, which is guided by intuition and improvisation, is an investigation of sound as a physically potent, psychoactive substance. He established the label FLUF in 2016, which has since grown into a space for playful yet deadly serious audio and visual material.

https://flufrecs.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/flufrecs