Bring the Noise

A different kind of tension – Johnny Loftus finds meaning in Detroit’s noise music scene.

“Have you ever seen Ultraman?” he asks with an inquisitive gleam in his eye. He’s referring to the classic late 1960s Japanese sci-fi TV show that made its way to American broadcasts a decade later via UHF, which for kids growing up in the ’70s was almost better than YouTube. In the tradition of the Godzilla films, Ultraman sparred regularly with outsized bugs and other galactic villains in his quest to save humanity, and usually unleashed a torrent of sound-effect havoc in the process. While watching a new Ultraman DVD collection, Brainard realized he was listening to it too.

“When the monsters fight, you hear them bashing into each other,” he says. “You hear buildings falling. A lot of monsters make electronic chirping noises, or just weird sounds from a Moog. You might hear talking or other effects going on too; it’s this sound collage that’s powerful, aggressive, sounds great and is completely improvisational.”

Wolf Eyes (from Ypsilanti) MP3s: “The Driller” from Human Animal and “Stabbed in the Face” from Burned Mind.

One thought on “Bring the Noise”

  1. iiiiiiiiiinteresting

    saw merzbow live a few years back…what id love to see is some of the old japanese noise artists that REALLY put in the visual element like having a forklift in the club or sakevi from japanese punk band gism shooting a flamethrower,,,

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