Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gig to Unite the Pioneers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gig to Unite the Pioneers

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

Feedback is a sound you usually don't want to hear at a gig. But it forms the basis of a unique event in Newcastle this week, as Showbusiness Reporter Gordon Barr discovers

You're at a show and suddenly there's a huge screeching sound from the speakers.

It can be deafening, annoying, infuriating ( and that's just for the act, never mind the audience.

But an event in Newcastle this Friday is set to turn all that on its head.

Feedback: Order From Noise, featuring Alvin Lucier, arrives at Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, for one night only.

The project embraces what most musicians spend all their performances trying to banish ( the wonderfully anarchic quality of feedback.

Lucier is an American experimentalist ( ranked by maverick pop critic Paul Morley as equal only to Kylie Minogue in terms of his epochal and central relevance to contemporary music.

At 74 Lucier is one of the most radical composers to emerge from the late 20th Century and Friday's gig marks part of his first ever UK tour.

When used casually in the 60s pop of the Beatles, feedback in music became a harbinger of more radical things to come, such as Hendrix, The Who, Psychedelia and Punk.

Feedback: Order From Noise brings together some of the world's foremost electronic music innovators to explore this area of contemporary music, where total chaos gives way to pure art.

Curated by Knut Aufermann, performers include elder statesman of American experimentalism Alvin Lucier, wild Japanese `turntablist' Otomo Yoshihide, instrument builder Nicholas Collins plus Austrian artist Billy Roisz, stretching the limits of video feedback.

During the programme, the artists can be seen feeding back through instruments like backwards electric guitar, no-input mixing board, feedback matrixer, hearing aids, birdcall, home-made electronic, electro-acoustic, electro-magnetic and radio devices. …

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