Tag: noise

Sunrot, Godroot, Escuela, Water Bears

Sunrot (NJ)
https://sunrot.bandcamp.com/
Compulsive Post-Noise Power Sludge from New Jersey. Symphonic terror.

Godroot (PA)
https://godroot.bandcamp.com/releases
Avant-sludge, atmospheric doom, dark evolving anthems of desparation.

Escuela (Ithaca)
https://escuelaescuela.bandcamp.com/
Explosive grind. Knowledge is powerviolence. Speed kills.

Water Bears (Ithaca) https://waterbears.bandcamp.com/releases
Psychoactive anti-establishment experimental doom. Sounds of the impending taligrade apocalypse.

Jason Lescalleet, Pengo, Faith Void, Smaxkult

Jason Lescalleet returns to Ithaca on June 15th! At the forefront of experimental music and a US noise legend, Jason's work takes a varied and exciting approach to solo composition that offers pleasant surprises for all. Joined by Rochester's long-running noise troupe Pengo, Syracuse's "good vibrations" of Faith Void, and sonic mazes from Ithaca's own Smaxkult. A rare evening pairing the tried and true with the fresh and new of experimental noise music. Highly recommended for both deep fans of the culture and anyone interested in dipping their toes in the water.

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Naked Noise #8

Ithaca's premier experimental music event returns, with this annual large ensemble of improvised ritual drone featuring Michael Stark, Josh Oxford, Heather Fae, Beau Mahadev, Desmond Bratton, Chris Knight, members of The Kraken Quartet, Ithaca New Music Collective, Tender Cruncher, BRIAN!, No-Comply, otodojo, MONKI, Lady D & The Shadow Spirits, and What Nerve. Visuals once again from the amazing Nils Hoover.

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Naked Noise #8 Saturday!

Ithaca’s premier experimental music event Naked Noise returns, with this annual large ensemble of improvised ritual drone featuring Sarah Hennies, Michael Stark, Josh Oxford, Heather Fae, Beau Mahadev, Chris Knight, members of The Kraken Quartet, Ithaca New Music Collective, Tender Cruncher, BRIAN!, No-Comply, otodojo, MONKI, Lady D & The Shadow Spirits, Monolith, and What Nerve. Visuals once again from the amazing Nils Hoover and team.  Tickets & information available here.

Interview with Monki

I recently caught up with Monki, the notorious noise artist, in anticipation of his upcoming performance at Big Day In, which takes place this Saturday at the Haunt. Upon sitting down with Monki, I became aware that he is actually incapable of communication. Thankfully fellow No Aliens member, Mad Brain, was present and willing to discuss: Monki, No Aliens, & their unique backstory.

Evan: Hey Mad Brain, could you explain how Monki came to be?

Mad Brain: Monki was actually once a wild monkey, abducted by scientist in order to test a new Gerber Baby Bath & Skin product. Unfortunately, due to lack of care his face was badly disfigured. Later, an uprising took place in the animal containment, which led to a fight between animals and humans. During this fight a device in the lab was activated, which coded Monki’s brain with a human scientist. After this, the animals escaped leaving Monki free to roam, fated to never find his past.

Evan: Why does Monki feel the need to create music?

Mad Brain: In his case, the music is a search to call on something that can’t be particularly seen. It’s primal, every noise and sound you hear in his music expresses his story. Even though his [Monki] level of intelligence is considered genius, he is still unable to communicate.

Evan: No Aliens, what exactly is it and can you tell me about the other group members?

Mad Brain: No Aliens is a three person collective comprised of Computer, Monki, and myself [Mad Brain]. Monki created Computer, similarly cursed with a high level of self-awareness, he is better able to cope due to his ability to communicate. Computer is also responsible for all production for No Aliens, his music specializes in trance & ambient loops. His inspiration includes Brian Eno, Miles Davis, and Soulja Boy.

Evan: I [Mad Brain] am the voice behind No Aliens; I’m responsible for the lyrics and expressions where Monki fails. Typically, when you hear rapping in our [No Aliens] music, that’s me. I was once a scientist, whose mind was fused with Monki, leading to a constant struggle for control of this body.

Evan: Has Ithaca Underground helped you find a sense of community?

Monki: For the time being, I suppose so, but the point of No Aliens is to never have one home.

Ithaca Underground is proud to present our 12th annual Big Day In. Featured artists on the Main Stage include: B. DolanGuerilla Toss, Japanese Breakfast, LVL UP, Eskimeaux, Sharpless, Izzy True, Sammus, Alter, Mr. McBean, Imperials, First Pet, Spazzare, & the Horses. Featured artists on the Deck Stage include: Benjaminto, Shull (formerly _____), Tender CruncherotodojoKNEW, MONKI, FlocariousMotorcyclez, Eternal Savages, & LC Jones. The show takes place this Saturday, from 12pm to 11:59pm, at the Haunt.