I’ve been a fan of the early industrial scene and sounds since I was a teenager in the late 80’s early 90’s. Throbbing Gristle were at the forefront and Chris Carter’s synthesizer work has always been largely, if not wholly DIY, and his sounds have always had that edge and grit or ‘gristle’ if you will, that defined the genre.
I always loved that he built his own synths from the beginning and now he has his own line of eurorack style modules, The Gristleizer line.
In the video below you can watch Chris do a short set with his new line of modules that will actually be available to the public. In the video following that is a rig rundown and a chat about the line with a couple of the developers who helped design and build them. From what I can tell, this is just the beginning and there will be more of these to come, very exciting!
These were shot by DivKid who has an excellent youtube channel that covers the modular world in depth. His is an excellent resource for checking out gear demos and modular events around the UK. He also has a way of making this heady topic make sense and he does it in a way that is engaging and unpretentious, go check him out!
About a week ago I got to perform a set at Norcal Noisefest a Sacramento noise festival that celebrated it’s 20th year in operation. This was a 3 day festival and the first time I’ve attended or performed. Since I was only there the 3rd day, I’ll include some video that was put together by another participant covering all 3 days at the end of this post.
Firstly. I’d like to thank Lob Instagon, the man behind the Instagon Collective for organizing the event and running the show as about as efficiently as I’ve ever seen and I have played quite a few venues over the past 25 or so and have been involved in shows with 3 or 4 bands on the bill that were not nearly run as smoothly as this event. We’re talking 2 rooms with staggered set times run side by side, close to 20 acts with 20 minute sets and Lob never missed a beat!
I was able to get a few clips of a few of Sunday’s performers. Here’s a sampler including Eddie Honeyeater, My pal Infinite Plastic internal (M. Pino) I’m a little unsure of the other acts in this video, but I believe we are seeing Vertonen and Fletcher Pratt in there and at the end is Stolen Elk who brought a lovely electroacoustic element to the set.
Just prior to my set I got to meet Monte Cazazza and it was an honor to connect with him as like a lot of us noise artists, I was influenced by the early experimental/Industrial movement from the late 70’s and Monte was very much a part of that scene being the man who coined the term ‘Industrial Music for Industrial People’ as well as releasing recordings along side Throbbing Gristle on IRC. He checked out most of my set and I am truly honored beyond words.
Monte Cazazza (excerpts)
I took some footage of Monte’s set as well. He was joined by Meri St. Mary for a foray into the world of ‘duelling Theremins’
After a very brief Q & A with Monte which consisted of one person asking if they could publicly spank him (‘no’ was his answer) and not much else of substantial inquisitiveness, he treated us to a video screening. These were videos by an artist called Mrs. Misanthropy and we viewed ‘What’s so Kind about Mankind?’ and ‘Witches Curse’ both can be viewed in their entirety via the links. Visit Mrs. Misanthropy’s channel for many inspired video works set to the sounds of dark experimental and Industrial artists such as Coil, TG, more from Monte and many others.
Not for the weak of constitution…
following is an archive of a live 5 hour broadcast from day 3 of the event. Full sets, audio only.
This was the 20th year of the festival but only the 19th iteration, so next year will be another milestone being the 20th actual weekend of performances and I greatly look forward to it! Stay in the loop by subscribing to norcalnoisefest.com or following them on Twitter, you can also obtain copies of this years compilation vis Bandcamp, there are still a few physical copies left over there and I have a few as well, contact me!