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Noise School

Published March, 2015
by Easterndaze

Noise, gushing confusely and irregularly out of life, is never totally revealed to us and it keeps in store innumerable surprises for our benefit.

Noise School is a tape compilation released in the beginning of the year by the defiantly DIY label Trash Can Dance, run by the effervescent Gert Moser, a cook by day, an avid patron of Estonian underground by night. He releases handmade and designed tapes and CDR’s with a passion of a music lover, whose motivation is not purely personal, but in some way also educational and altruistic.

Hence, the title of his latest anthology could sound self-evident – Noise School. Though he declines any overtly didactic motivations: “The name “Noise School” doesn’t mean that I want to teach people about noise music or that this is some kind of lesson to them. It’s just rhymed so nicely with high school and that got stuck in my head. And as we know, high school is the time when young people’s emotions are very sensitive – oscillating between moments of joy and happiness, but also angst and depression, so this picture of mixed emotions is more like a reflection of this compilation.“ 

Nowadays musical art aims at the shrilliest, strangest and most dissonant amalgams of sound. Thus we are approaching noise-sound. 

The compilation is varied and colourful in terms of the various portrayals of noise – be it through the field recordings of Jakob Rosin, the droney doom-laden elegies of Kazakhstan based Meditatsiya, or the prolific Edasi with his syncopated number.

The selection of artists is varied, and tries to transgress the clichéd stylistic tropes of noise, and incorporate sonics that touch upon noise territories, but not literally. “Also chose few tracks from artist that are not so much into the noise – field recording from Jakob Rosin who mainly makes dreamy synthpop and Oudeis is also more known as techno artist. And then I picked not so noisy tracks from noise artists, he he!.”

We must break at all cost from this restrictive circle of pure sounds and conquer the infinite variety of noise-sounds

(all quotes taken from Luigi Russolo’s The Art Of Noises)