“But noises effect is not primarily negative. One hears also a positive effect of noise: to give force to music, to provide the implicated reserve of sense.” – Adam Evens, Sound Ideas: Music, Machines and Experience, 2005.
Noise… Rock you say?
I’ve been a fan of the quirky musical genre called noise-rock forever. My friends and I still seek understanding as to what it is about this music that makes us such huge fans of its Atypical form. How could one enjoy the sound of something that others classify as “wrong?” Above, in all of two sentences, Adam Evens managed to thoroughly explain what exactly I enjoy about noise, Autolux and noise-rock. It is the purposeful delivery and intensity of the noise that makes it so appealing. The music’s force and raw emotion draws its fan-base closer to this noise.
The Enticing Chaos in Person
I ventured to New York City for two nights, Sept. 14 and 15 years ago, to see one of my favorite bands. That band being the Los Angeles-based “noise-rock” trio Autolux (https://autolux.net/). The band hadn’t made their way to the East Coast for five years, and I could not be more excited to experience the music of a band that really no one has ever heard of.
Right on Top of those Monitors, Baby
My friends and I made our way up to the stage to ensure the maximum amount of sound was hammered into our skulls. Part of Autolux’s style was, and still is (although significantly less), a mystery to me. They utilize so much technology and eccentric playing techniques that I was intrigued just as much to see Autolux as I was to hear them.
Seeing and Hearing
I find this counterpoint between seeing & hearing a band is the reason why I still frequent so many concerts. Watching the re-construction of what I have heard so many times on a recording is the most valuable tool a musician can harness. A non-musician friend echoed my own beliefs when he told me that he enjoyed watching the deconstruction of conventional music within Noise-Rock “..to a level where it somehow regains melody.”