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Ideas Of Noise 2018

Martin Longley By

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The Sunday programme was lighter, and this people's penner had to dash off to Bilston at the 11th hour, to catch The Muffin Men, a group dedicated to the repertoire of Frank Zappa. Thus missing saxophonist Xhosa Cole, presenting a new work for flute and string quartet. Earlier on, though, there was another highlight set from the Post-Paradise folks (who operate a concert series in Birmingham), featuring a pair of electric guitars, laid flat, and subject to various manipulation techniques. Sitting close to an amplifier, it was loud. In fact it would have also been quite powerful for those who were positioned further away. Glenn Branca would be the unavoidable antecedent. Maya Verlaak and Richard Stenton set about strumming up ringing lattices, using vibrators or bows to tease sensitivities out of their clip-prepared strings, percussive and vibrational.

This first Ideas Of Noise weekender was a great success, making 'experimental' sounds in a homely, collective environment, embracing many diverse ways of winkling out so-called noise, tactics gleaned from rock to free, and from traditional Afro to composed moderne, amongst other sources and routes. They already have a presence at Supersonic, so it's hoped that 2019 will bring further guest appearances in the Ideas Of Noise shed, plus, most importantly, the second edition of their own festival.

Photograph: Guri Bosh

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