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919 Noise Showcase 

When: Thu., Feb. 3, 9:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $5

The term noise music is a terrific expository descriptor. Noise, at its best, doesn't merely challenge notions of what deserves to be classified as music. Anyone with any tool for producing sound, after all, can assemble some bangs, clicks or whooshes and call it music. Good noise doesn't challenge as much as it persuades. In its explorations of timbre and formal subversions, noise must find new ways to captivate or defy an audience.

Steve Burnett, who performs as Subscape Annex and headlines this installment of the periodical 919 Noise showcase, evokes dub and glacially paced, bass-heavy prog rock by submerging listeners in pulsating looped tones. He uses unconventional instruments like theremin and Chapman Stick, as well as various effects and found objects. Nuss offers harsher tones, referencing noise rock and black metal with strangled shouts burdened by dense, swirling electronics. Guitarist Andras Fekete of the spacious instrumental outfit Boat Burning offers a solo set, as does Matt Northrup, who plays bass in Greensboro's experimental rock band Casual Curious. Among the four sets, music will adopt new shapes, bending to fit the artists' carefully constructed notions of possibility. Like religion, noise can offer the promise of unknowable things beyond what we already understand. —Bryan Reed

Correction (Feb. 3, 2011): The last name of Boat Burning's Andras Fekete was misspelled.

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