Full concert movie documentary from Portland, Oregon, 2008.
by Dave Skipper
Enjoying and/or making noise music is an intensely personal and subjective experience. The motivations, methodologies, and mythologies of noise are as diverse as its participants. It follows that two things are required in order to appreciate and understand noise music and noise culture: first, find your own path and voice within it; and second, listen with open ears and an open mind to the sounds and perspectives of other noise artists. For one window into the latter, this documentary is great stuff. Granted it’s time-and-location specific (Portland, Oregon, 2008), and no noise documentary could adequately represent the whole world of noise music, but it’s an absorbing, eye-opening, and legitimate slice of noise thinking and noise sounds. It’s raw and down-to-earth, though possibly rather too long for the uninitiated. I would love to see more films like this from diverse places and scenes across noisedom.
So if you are wondering what this noise music thing is that I keep writing about, then you might benefit from flicking through this video. It’s comprised largely of noise performances, but it’s the interspersion of the artists’ own ideas that really made it interesting for me. I don’t necessarily enjoy or agree with all the artists, and had only heard of a couple of them (admittedly I know very little about the US noise scene), but that’s not the point. Or isn’t that just exactly the point?! Watch and learn!
For more background info on the film, visit http://www.peoplewhodonoise.com/