Henry Rollins: The Column! Noise Music Is the Real Thing
The listener, if interested, gets to check out work that is always in progress, constantly moving and morphing, rather than a set of finalized ideas. This blew my mind. This idea makes other music seem like preserves in a jar. Perhaps these noise bands have more in common with Kluster, Can and Sun Ra.
By letting the noise go free and constantly going deeper, they fairly incinerate the past as they keep moving ahead. This method of getting music to people has its upsides but can make things challenging. Being unique is never easy, and often by the time culture catches up with you there are only a few people who notice.
You have to be doing this for yourself and for the raw experience. This is another aspect of these kind of music that commands my respect. This is what punk rock should have done but it got let into the club, found a comfortable chair and ordered a drink. By comparison, Olson and Connelly are post-music sonic assassins.
It was a great night hanging out with two of my noise heroes. I was impressed by the music they kept putting on the turntable, everything from jazz, to the Doors to Argentine hard-rock bands I had never heard of. These were extremely switched-on, intense artists who, after literally hundreds of releases, seem as into it as ever. That's how the real thing is. Don't forget to turn it up.
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