Wednesday, May 22, 2013

International Noise Conference Comes to DJ's Pub and Grub This Friday

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 3:47 PM

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"Conference" is a loaded word, laden with images of name-tags, PowerPoint slides and paper cones full of water and/or candied nuts (depending on your industry). The International Noise Conference is the exact opposite of most of those things: It's a multi-colored, multi-timbral, touring celebration of things that squeal, beep and/or go honk in the night, and it'll be coming back to Music City this Friday.

The first INC went down in 2003, curated by one Frank Falestra, better known as Rat Bastard. A pro audio engineer and musician based in Miami, Bastard has produced some interesting projects — groups like The Mavericks and Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, who are familiar faces now, but virtual unknowns at the time. As you might guess, RB is hungry for new sounds — things that aren't boring — so he's been experimenting with electronic music and devices throughout his career, both with noise-terrorism outfit To Live and Shave in L.A. and with his latest amorphous ensemble, Laundry Room Squelchers, who have served as the core of all INC events in the U.S. for the last 10 years; Numerous INCs have been organized in other nations.

Curated by someone familiar with the experimental music scene in every town on the tour, the rules are simple:

- Everyone gets 15 minutes to do their thing.
- No laptops, mixers or droning.

The 15-minute sets help show off the wide variety of experimental music in every town and keep everyone excited and engaged. It also helps keep people from getting crushed by flying amps (calling the Squelchers kinetic is putting it lightly; see the video below). I'll refrain from quoting myself, but I will reiterate that this isn't going to sound like music you're used to, unless you are, you know, used to noise music. A big part of the fun is seeing how other music-makers define music and approach making it.

Our show has been curated by the great Leslie Keffer (who, along with Unicorn Hard-On's Val Martino, makes up the other two-thirds of the Squelchers), and the lineup will include, in alphabetical order:

Black Habit (Rhendi Greenwell)
Reid Campbell
Tim Carey
Hadals (Anderson Cook/Austin Gaines)
Hobbledeions (Scott Martin)
Laundry Room Squelchers
Lazer Slut (Author note: This is Kevin Cunningham, the first guy I ever saw make music with a Game Boy; not Lauren Morris of Ke$ha's band)
Stephen Molyneux
The SharpSchenk ReStangtion (Brady Sharp/Craig Schenker/Tommy Stangroom)
sugar sk*-*lls (Ben Marcantel)
Textbook Punk (Chris Murray)
Third Kind

The free show will run non-stop from 8 p.m. until midnight at DJ's Pub and Grub, way out on the West Side at 3736 Annex Ave.

Hat-tip to Tony Youngblood for hipping us to this one. Check out the Facebook event here. For a little more perspective on what to expect, peep this mini-doc from the 5th annual INC:

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