Today’s video is a live clip I found of Pika (from Afrirampo) and noise legend Lasse Marhaug collaborating on stage in Japan. I don’t think they did an album together, but if they did, please let me know. I would love to hear it, can’t stop listening to this clip.
I saw Marhaug perform with Jazkamer in Shibuya many years back and it was the most incredible noise show I have ever seen. Even better than The Incapacitants and Violent Onsen Geisha. Their on-stage noise manipulations reaffirmed my extreme love of noise (extreme noise) and the rush of being witness to the live theatrics (noise as non-repeatable event, noise as conjuration): a chunk of bass guitar, a box with wires, hands slamming down on a sampler.
Furthermore, I often listened to and learned from Marhaug’s material when I lived in Japan and his work became an inspiration for the noise work I was doing at the time. The man’s prolific, busy, light years ahead of most other noise musicians. And there’s a reason for that–he knows how to create noise that you want to listen to on repeat, noise you want to study and soak yourself into, because the textures become elemental (fire, water, earth, air), and those elements, in conjunction with each other, make great aural storms for the imagination, whirlwinds, tsunamis of noise fever. He made me want to keep recording, keep mixing and editing sounds. And I still can’t keep up with his output.
If you’re looking for a soundtrack to read to, something to help you experience Domo ArigaDIE!!! in a new way, listen to some Marhaug and crank him up, crank the sound of your brain pulsating to new audio environments and the feeling of space shivering around your skull. It’s worth it. Noise is always worth it.