PERLIN NOISE : WE and Friends
Thursday, 20 November 2014 from 19:00 to 22:00 (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Announcing WE and Friends, the first in the Perlin Noise series at The White Building.
7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
More an experiment into the limits of pop than a band, WE are four bodies barely obscured by identical black boxes, a broken man machine of shrill synth grooves, bizarre guitar melodies, cartoon drumrolls and sax for special occasions. Borrowing strategies from the likes of the Residents, Devo and Laibach, WE replace the individual 'I' with the collective ‘WE’, transforming tender love songs into threatening revenge messages and military march tunes: “WE Want to Hold Your Hand”, “WE Will Always Love You” and “WE Will Be Your Father Figure”. WE translate the monstrous, violent, and traumatic, revolutionary process of the abolition of identity into pluralized pop. Songs about 'me' and 'you' become songs about 'us', intimacy becomes a form of collective action and the unique universal. WE present field recordings from the disaster zone of the culture industry. Fragments of 1980s club classics are sieved through the colander of 1970s power pop and pasted together into sticky B-movie surf tunes, not sold as chic upcycled classics but left to rot like a pile of discounted CDs in an abandoned Tesco.
Formed in 2010, WE released their debut 10” in 2011 and a cassette in 2014. They continue unabated.
WE are also on Soundcloud and Facebook.
Invented by Ken Perlin in the 1980s, the Perlin Noise algorithm is a procedural texture primitive, a type of gradient noise used by visual effects artists to increase the appearance of realism in computer graphics. The function has a pseudo-random appearance, yet all of its visual details are the same size.
Perlin Noise at SPACE challenges assumptions of what contemporary music and sound art are through a range of interventions - including live events, learning, artist development, and digital platforms. By taking in and reflecting the complexity of the permeable boundaries between sound art, experimental music and live performance,we invite the audience to listen and experience in new and expanded ways.
This rolling programme invites us to explore a series of sonic interventions, soundscapes and audio prototypes, challenging the idea of what makes up our auricular environment.
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