I have to re-blog Brad Efford’s comment here (I fully acknowledge I am a huge fan of Brad’s, he epitomizes the grit, quirky humor, and intelligence of UMW’s finest, and having him in this conversation is both fun and important–he has much to add as you’ll see below). His comment crystallizes, yet again, so many things that I find attractive about the idea of EDUPUNK for, as Brad himself notes, “the overt & purposeful manipulation of all these different consumer electronics just to make a quick, joyous noise track!” Wow, first the British Invasion and now EDUNOISE —I know I am pushing it, but fuck it, I am having fun!
So, here is Brad’s and Math Horne’s creative sojourn into EDUPUNK, which may need its own generic distinction —a point I think Brian’s post about the history of NYC Punk makes all too clear —to label the very movement of punk as something static and predictable is just as dangerous as our insistence on filling it with a creative energy, emotion, and community. Punk has a rich, complex history that I myself am learning about, and I encourage all those who want to dismiss the term so readily to one or two assumptions do their homework, cause school ain’t out –even though it is Summer!
On the topic of this EDUpunk craze that’s been festering:
I’m not sure if things that I’ve done in the past can be explained by this relatively new-fangled idea, but here’s a little story for you:
Back in the day (“the day” here being when I was a senior in high school), I was introduced to the art of circuit-bending electronics by Math Horne, my old bandmate. The concept was to take used toy instruments purchased from places like thrift stores & Goodwill & take them apart in order to tear open their insides & re-wire. Sometimes it worked better than others, & often it would take hours to get a nice harsh noise working. After one particular toy guitar had been re-invented so that it emitted completely manipulatable feedback-type noises (the manipulation came from dials that were soddered onto the wires themselves), Math spent an evening re-inventing its use. What he did was use the “Talk” feature on Instant Messenger to communicate with “Trippy” Tim Whelden, a friend of ours who at the time was living in Thailand. Instead of using a microphone, though, Math plugged in the circuit-bent toy & let loose white noise over thousands of miles of internet wireless-ness. Here’s a recording that they spat out; it is completely live transmissions between Thailand & Fredericksburg, VA recorded over the internet. Tim is shouting & hooting, while Math plays squeals & other noises on the guitar. The echo-effect & reverberation comes from the fact that…well…the fact that the connection spans thousands of miles.
if all of that isn’t EDUpunk, then I may be confused about the term!
Either way, it’s a very interesting concept, I think, the overt & purposeful manipulation of all these different consumer electronics just to make a quick, joyous noise track!