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Swans is a band from New York, United States, active from 1982 to 1997, reformed in 2010, led by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira.
Marginally associated with the no wave scene at first, their original sound was slow and extremely heavy, with live performances that were often so brutal and physical that in a number of instances certain audience members were made ill, police were called and venues were shut down. This early physical sound is possibly best heard on the live album Public Castration Is A Good idea. Read more on Last.fm
underbelly of new Swans song in process... have since orchestrated. now somewhat operatic/cinematic... UPDATE: apparently upper tiers of fundraiser have sold out, but other options still available some which include a pre order for the new album. https://younggodrecords.com/products/what-is-this
Swans Handmade Special Package Fundraiser CD "What is This?" and other assorted options to support the recording of the new Swans album now here: https://bit.ly/2GKpj77 Extensive description of
upcoming recording process by M.Gira also at the link.... Thanks for your support!
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“Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise” – John Cage
MUTE have announced the latest release in the MUTE 4.0 (1978 > TOMORROW) series: STUMM433, a box set collating an unprecedented selection of Mute artists past, present and future, out in May 2019.
From The Normal, the artist that started Mute, to the label’s newest signing, K Á R Y Y N, STUMM433 will feature a huge array – over 50 - of Mute artists including Depeche Mode, Yann Tiersen, Liars, Silicon Teens, Irmin Schmidt and many more, all presenting their own interpretation of one piece of music: John Cage’s game changing composition, 4’33”.
4’33” is among the most important of all contemporary music compositions. Composed and premiered in 1952, 4’33” is a piece for any instrument or combination of instruments. The score instructs the performer or performers not to play their instrument for the duration of the piece (generally four minutes and 33 seconds). As challenging and thought-provoking now as it was when it was premiered, 4’33” completely changed popular thinking on silence, sound, composition and listening.
Jan 12, 2019
Zappa commented on this song in 1988. Not sure how relevant it is to the song itself, which seems to me an accurate depiction of an LSD experience - especially the paranoia etc and dislocation (though Zappa never indulged himself).. still, it seems an entirely pertinent comment today: "A lot of people police their own brains. They're like citizen soldiers, so to speak. I've seen people who will willingly arrest, try and punish their own brains. Now that's really sad. That's vigilante brain policism. It's not even official, it's like self-imposed. ... It's hard to pin it down to one central agency when you realize that so many people are willing to do it to themselves. I mean, the people who want to become amateur brain police, their numbers grow every day – people who say to themselves, 'I couldn't possibly consider that', and then spank themselves for even getting that far. So, you don't even need to blame it on a central brain police agency. You've got plenty of people who willingly subject themselves to this self-mutilation."
Jan 05, 2019
...fond memories of a torrential downpour outside while we were recording this. A waste pipe burst way up where the 15 foot wall met the ceiling, vomiting gallons of brown rainwater into the studio where we were working, and Mr Construction Man Thor built a teetering stairway of boxes and amps up to the spot and somehow fixed it while the sludge poured down onto his head... Then we continued recording...