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Good Noise Bad Noise
(Full of Noises)
A FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AND SOUND ART
The Canteen Media and Arts Centre, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria
Friday 23th October / Saturday 24th October
£10 Friday / £15 Saturday / £20 Weekend Pass
Full of Noises is Cumbria’s first festival of experimental music and sonic art.
Featuring leading artists from Japan, Europe and the UK, FON takes place over 6 days in October with a weekend of live performances from an extraordinary variety of musicians from all the UK, Europe and Japan.
The festival is hosted by the Canteen Media and Arts Centre; a former shipyard canteen that is now home to the region’s fastest-growing music venue.
Headlining on Saturday 24th OCTOBER are FAUST, with their only northern show in a short British tour, This is a unique performance from the latest incarnation of the greatest of the wave of groundbreaking bands formed in Germany in the seventies, Constantly evolving and always surprising, Faust continue to be one of the most radical groups of the era and their influence is currently found in the work of post-rock, new psychedelia and electronic artists including The Fall, Pavement and John Lydons just-reformed Pubic Image ltd
For their only 2009 date in the North, Faust’s current incarnation, featuring founding members Jean Herve Peron and Werner ‘Zappi’ Deiermaier, will be performing an exclusive show to accompany F.W Murnau’s masterpiece of expressionist cinema “Faust”.
Faust appear at Fon In association with the Goethe Institute Manchester.
Friday night will see unclassifiable Alt –rock cult PRAM in the headlining spot with an exclusive live instrumental and visual show in collaboration with filmmaker Scott Johnston. The show features videos ranging from eerie black and white silent horror clips to abstract loops suggestive of the dark worlds of German expressionism and Czech animation. Pram incorporate a wide range of instruments including theremin, trombone, stylophone, clarinet, airsynth, marimba, and analogue keyboards with loops and samples, to create their gently chaotic and haunting soundtracks.
Richard Youngs will be making an rare live appearance at FON . Youngs has been a key figure in the UK underground since the 1980’s, with a hugely varied output of solo recordings and collaborative projects. Expect incantatory vocals and stark instrumental accompaniments as heard on Youngs’ latest album for Jagjaguwar “Under Stellar Streams”.
Also performing on Friday 23rd, Manchester-based composer Mark Pilkington who improvises in real-time with Wii technology to produce beautifull digital audio-visual structures,
Warrington-based duo Fonik will be opening the festival with a live improvisation, As both curators of their own festival and as musicians(often using their unique home made synthesizers and modified guitar to soundtrack classic horror films and archive footage) FONIK are prominent figures in the alternative / experimental music scene in the Northwest.
South Cumbria's Good Noise Bad Noise will perform live audio and video remixes of samples, found sounds and film soundtracks. Their piece for FON will draw on audio and video recordings of the former Barrow Shipyard Brass Band, whose instruments are bricked up in one of the many underground rooms beneath the Canteen Media and Arts Centre. The band toured the southern states of the USA last year and have released two albums, " Odd Rooks Recur" for Italian company Dokuru and "Joist Hounds" on Earth Monkey Productions.
London-based composer John Wall has been slowly building one of the most unique - and important - bodies of work in contemporary electronic composition. Wall's work as a "sampling composer" using samples from a wide range of other musics to create entirely new, highly dramatic pieces has led him to be described as “one of the most original composers working in the last decade of the twentieth century”, by Sunumu.net
Black Carrot are a vibrant quintet who rock with a psychotic edge. Their unique sound nods towards Beefheart and Pere Ubu but is shot through with flavours of New York jazz skronk, and the loosest, funkiest Krautrock.
Since forming in London ,The Twilight Gatherers have released turbid clouds of sonic dread generated by broken tape recorders and found objects. Now, at the FON Festival, they will provide a soundtrack to a secret event taking place beneath a multi-story car park in Barrow.
FON is also a chance for regular visitors to the Canteen to see the venue in a new light. Featuring a re-vamped stage area, a dedicated merchandise shop and a series of new installations by Fern Oxley.
In the week leading up to the festival, resident artists Haco, Mobile Radio and Susan Matthews will be working in and around Barrow to create new pieces of work to present at FON in a variety of contexts.
Susan Matthews is a UK based composer, known for her intense, ambitious, hypnotic harmonies and industrial noise creations. Her compositions have been described as ‘...dazzling abstractions of grace and beauty’. Wales-based Matthews will be working with field recordings, traditional Cumbrian folk tunes and a battered piano as the raw materials for her new work at FON.
FON will be welcoming from Japan the celebrated composer, vocalist and electro-acoustic performer, Haco. As a musician, Haco has given performances throughout Japan and internationally and in 2005, her CD "Stereo Bugscope 00" was awarded a prize in the digital music category at Prix Ars Electronica in Austria.
Haco’s residency has been made possible with the assistance of the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Japan Foundation.
Mobile Radio is the traveling radio and sound art project of Sarah Washington and Knut Aufermann. They take part in a number of projects that involve them in festivals and conferences, giving workshops, lecturing and playing live music on a regular basis. Sarah and Knut are keen to explore possibilities for working with local community groups, shipyard workers and Cumbria’s often overlooked connections with Dada artist Kurt Schwitters.
FON will also be running an innovative education programme. Working with local FE and secondary school students, Octopus will present a series of one- day workshops in composing, packaging and performing experimental music in partnership with Owl Project, the Manchester based collective famous for their iLog range of ‘log laptops’. An important part of this is Sound Object; a series of talks and a mobile exhibition featuring examples of work by musicians such as Jandek, Skullflower and Janek Schaeffer that will explore the role of the hand-made edition in the age of the digital download.
FON is a new initiative from Octopus, an art and music organisation comprising artists John Hall, Glenn Boulter and Fern Oxley, composer Andrew Deakin and promoter Alex Oxley (44 Promotions) , in partnership with the Canteen Media and Arts Centre.
FON is supported by Arts Council England, Northern Rock Foundation, Barrow Borough Council , West Lakes Renaissance, Furness Building Society, HadField Trust and the Sir John Fisher Foundation
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