In listening to Conure’s Surrounded by Pages on the netlabel Treetrunk, I realized that my definition of noise differs greatly from that of the man on the street. Surrounded by Pages is a live recording of three different gigs, two from 2009 and another from 2011. The first track by Mark Wilson aka Conure, “Surrounded by Pages” (2009), is the most outright noise track of the three. However, if I played either one of the other two tracks for any members of my family, they would squeeze their eyes shut, press their hands against their ears and squeal, “Turn that shit off!”. In short, this is some good shit.
The second track, “The Analytical Benefit of Living” (2011), begins in a more subtle and quiet fashion than the first track, though over the 15 minutes of this track it slowly builds up into some dynamic noise. “Breaker” (2009), the final track, is probably the most dronish of the three, but its roots in noise are not too far away.
Wilson, an American expatriate now living in Berlin, has been knee-deep in the CDR world for most of his releases, though you can listen to and follow links to buy on his Bandcamp page. He also has a release in the works with Mystified which will most interesting.
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