More Talk, Less Action - West Space - 22 Aug 2013

Why Noise? the aesthetics of noise and ‘wrong’ sound

Ancient life was all silence. In the nineteenth century, with the invention of the machine, Noise was born. Today, Noise triumphs and reigns supreme over the sensibility of men.” – Luigi Russolo, Art of Noises (1913)

Westspace presents the inaugural installment of More Talk, Less Action:

Why Noise?: the aesthetics of noise and ‘wrong’ sound – Thursday 22 August 2013, 7:30pm (Facebook event).

The use of noise as music is the subconscious soundtrack of the Modernist age. From Futurism to atonality, from musique concrete to noise music, the burgeoning contemporary noise scene could be construed as the folk music of the twenty-first century. But if noise is defined as wrong or unwanted sound, can there be such a thing as ‘good’ noise music? With performances from two different spectrums of noise music by Mark Groves and The Donkey’s Tail, a panel of noise practitioners and theorists discuss this and other questions.

On the panel are:

John Nixon (variously described as one of Australia’s preeminent ‘high modernists’, visual artist, curator, publisher and ‘(anti-)musician’, Nixon is also leader of The Donkey’s Tail).

Linda Kouvaras (musicologist, composer, and author of new book Loading the Silence: Australian Sound Art in the Post-Digital Age)

Mark Groves (leading Melbourne noise artist and co-founder of the Sabbatical collective)

Moderated by More Talk, Less Action co-curator, Clinton Green.

More Talk, Less Action is a series of events incorporating both discussion and performances on specific themes of relevance to contemporary practice of experimental music, noise and sound art.