Saturday 11 November 2017, 7.30pm
In celebration of the imminent release, on the Italian Ricerca Sonora label, of TNB's 'Changez Les Blockeurs' (originally released in 1982) reworked LP and ‘Changez Retravaillé’ 2CD incl reworkings by various artists:
Nurse With Wound, Philip Sanderson (Storm Bugs), Mark Durgan (Putrefier), Phil Julian (Cheapmachines), Spoils & Relics, Asmus Tietchens, Ralf Wehowsky (a.k.a. RLW), Das Synthetische Mischgewebe, Kommissar Hjuler, Jerome Noetinger, Frans de Waard (Kapotte Muziek), Rudolf Eb.er, (Schimpfluch Gruppe), The New Movement, Giancarlo / Massimo Toniutti, Alexei Borisov, Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke, John Wiese, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Merzbow, K2, Toshiji Mikawa, Kazumoto Endo, Nobuo Yamada, Veltz.
”Changez Les Blockeurs scrambled so many circuits that its influence is inestimable. It is both ultra-sophisticated and jaw-droppingly crude, a freely improvised electro-acoustic session that utilizes the sound of wheelchair runners, broken glass and bowed metal in order to access a zone of complete brain-stilling gridlock. One of the first post-Throbbing Gristle recordings to run an umbilical to the classical noise of the 20th century.” – David Keenan (Red Bull Music Academy)
“Changez Les Blockeurs is universally accepted as the first true Noise LP of the modern era.” – Ron Lessard (RRR)
“An absolutely essential, indisputable classic. Changez Les Blockeurs can be listened to a hundred times and still keep its mysteries intact.” – Intransitive
The New Blockaders may sound like a hip Indie Rock band, and they may want you to believe such a thing to lure unsuspecting listeners. As merchants of 'anti-music,' they embrace Luigi Russolo's 1913 Art of Noise manifesto and although Russolo is widely credited as being the first major noise theorist, contemporary Noise artists like TNB were the first to progress from the use of noise as assault on tonality to the development of a rich, complex language capable of subtleties of shade and nuance without sacrificing any of its feral power or ability to unlock repressed personae in the listener.
Their manifesto (1982) proclaims, 'Blockade is resistance. It is our duty to blockade and induce others to blockade: Anti-music, anti-art, anti-books, anti-films, anti-communications. We will make anti-statements about anything and everything. We will make a point of being pointless…’ Everything about TNB entails refusal. The title of their collection Gesamtnichtswerk is important here. It reminds us of Wagner’s dream of the ‘total art work’ – the Gesamtkunstwerk, but the art is replaced by nothing... (more)
Spoils & Relics are currently based in the UK and Hong Kong. Since the mid 00's the groups recorded output heard on the likes of Harbinger Sound and Second Sleep has been described as 'basement concrete' or 'non-music punk' meshing extended tape techniques, improvised electronics, found sound and inner dialogues into sprawling improvisations that explore the disruptive nature of ambient sound.
presented by DEATHENTEREDINERROR / The Black Pop Manifesto
Gaining access to the inner chamber of The Institute (so called); the library that is - atop its archaic red brick block, brilliantly radiating obvious-white-renovated-newness, so designed to induce LED-blinding prevention of any real interiority enriching readings (to say nothing of experimenting with the virtual!) - requires a code concealed within a hidden book inside the library. With this same-logic, Grinder-without-Organs (which could be subtitled ‘4’.33”: Before The Beginning Of Time’) will preview at its world premier. G-w-O is counter to Organs-without-Grinder of course; the latter may be presented at some point. No guarantee.