Sunday, March 07, 2010


A Press Release / publicity puff-piece I wrote a couple weeks ago for our latest endeavour:




Local audio-hacker and rogue coder Stephen Ives teams up with Yeovil-based writer/noise-magician/saboteur Kek-w to present JUNKCRUNCH - a celebration of the home-made, the salvaged and the hand-soldered. DIY electronics performed on obsolete tech and discarded, post-consumerist debris. Make-do and mend. Broken music for a Broken Britain.

Expect: circuit-bent mayhem, cassettemulch and modified-toy noise. A bit like Punk, but without the three chords or the riff borrowed from The Kinks. A beta-release of a better way of living.

Genre / File Under: Outsider Music, Carboot Electronics, Open-Source Sound.

Additional Data / quotes:

“Before Punk, there was Noise. Before Rock n Roll, there was Noise. Noise has always been there, buzz-buzz-buzzing in our eardrums. It is part of a proud artistic lineage that can be tracked back through the Dadaists, the Futurists and beyond. Noise is eternal. It is the soundtrack to our industry and our cities, our anger and our dreams.

There will always be Noise. It exists outside of genres, fashion trends and fads. There are as many varieties of Noise as there are types of Rock music: it can be harsh and abrasive, or soft, sad and immersive. As long as there is one bored, disenfranchised teenager sat in his bedroom reading Bill Burroughs or trying to figure out how Sonic Youth detune their guitars then there will always be Noise.

Hacker Farm is a new Yeovil-based initiative designed to create an infrastructure where local noise-makers, experimental electronic musicians and outsider artists can network, socialise and collaborate. It aims to offer a creative space where workshops can be hosted, and new skills, strategies and practical techniques can be swapped or acquired.

One of Hacker Farm’s principle goals is to encourage its members to build or modify their own musical instruments using discarded materials, recyclables and junk, along with cheap, locally-sourced electronic components. Its mission is to demystify and empower, to allow local musicians to access new sets of skills. Its remit includes visual / video ‘hacks’ as well as audio. Where appropriate, software will be used as well as hardware, but it should preferably be obsolete, outmoded, intuitive, easily modified and free.

Longer-term ambitions include the creation of a pool of alternative, uniquely-voiced talent in the Yeovil area that rivals that of a city. Hacker Farm is all about the exchange of ideas, so collaborations and cultural ‘swaps’ with similar-minded groups both in the UK and abroad also forms a logical part of its brief.

To put this in a more general frame of reference, it’s not that long since Jazz was considered ‘difficult’ or the music of Stravinsky inspired riots, now they are more-or-less part of the mainstream. Today’s avant garde is tomorrow’s must-buy coffee table CD. Hacker Farm aims to arm local experimental musicians with the tools they need to get themselves heard.

It’s time to put Yeovil back on the map.”


At 7:56 pm, Blogger Robert Nowhere said...

sounds amazing...


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