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Norwegian Noise MP3

Norwegian noise-meister Lasse Marhaug played a 40-minute set this past July at the Norberg Festival in Sweden. The event is preserved as a high-density (192 Kbps) if lo-fi MP3 at the Trondheim Electronic Arts Centre’s sound archive (teks.no/lasse_marhaug). What begins as light, bouncy reverberation (King Tubby’s idea of a Jew’s harp) expands into thick white noise, only to focus, long after the noise has been suggested as an end unto itself, on something downright glitchy before… well, part of what makes the piece so compelling are its occasional but abrupt shifts in tone. To provide a chart in advance would mean spoiling the journey. More info on the festival at norbergfestival.com, and on Marhaug at lassemarhaug.no.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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