Artists: Doomettes, Crown Fire Regime, Skopt, & S.L.
title: No Shelter
keywords: live performance, noise, experimental, DIY, lo-fi, musique concrete, whatever I feel like, Anchorage, Alaskan noise, Alaska
One of my personal favorite experimental noise artists out there is Doomettes. I can’t tell you what it is precisely, but there is something in his works that makes his sound human and personal. This is perhaps weird as it is in the end categorizable as noise, but there is also a pop structure at times, even words and an occasional banjo. Doomettes is just one of those artists that make something identifiable and personal but yet very indescribable.
It isn’t your average lo-fi sing & songwriter and it is also not your middle of the road harsh noise cookie baker.. Doomettes is perhaps a genre of its own, in all facets it was exciting news to hear that Doomettes was to perform for a select audience. Of course in a magical world of glitter and miracles the venue would be in the backyard and we all could attend to see and hear Doomettes doing a live performance, but unfortunately we are slightly doomed as most of us do not live in Alaska. I certainly don’t..
Luckily I had managed to get in touch with the artist, asking for a plane ticket to come and see the show.. But as time was passing by and no planes would give a free seat, another solution became apparent. Fingers crossed as Doomettes would try to record the whole concert.. And it worked out! A true blessing as now me, you, us, everyone could hear the live performance. It might not be the same as actually being at the venue, but still by closing the eyes and imagining being in a Alaskan house in which four obscure noise acts (including Doomettes) had lined up to do their thing, would still be enough to give at least a great impression of the sounds that became reality that night.
The performance of Doomettes is the one you could hear first, It’s an amazing piece of a sci-fi noisescape which gives an atmosphere in which I could imagine the whole house being lighted by red hot lights as it gives the feeling of the location standing ground on a comet that simply moves up through deep and yet very moving layers of the sound barrier. Just closing my eyes and hearing the sound of Doomettes makes me feel like going for an amazing flight with house, audience and the other Alaskan noise makers through layers of space.
You can hear the engines growl under the floor, you could hear the windows shiver as we fly by in a speed through the galaxy, meeting stars, nebula and stardust just by staring at what was once the garden. An amazing science fictional space adventure in which just the sound of the movement is enough to keep me solidly seated on the floor.
A voice can be heard, either it being from Doomettes or from an alien encounter that might lurk around outside in the blackness of space. The defense system of Doomettes is setup and the engine is switched off as we float around in orbit on a high sound that might make some kind of magnetic connection with my inner brain. Once connected it nestles itself in there, probably to make sure our connection with the sound of Doomettes will be one forever implanted in the brain.
The second part of the performance of Doomettes (which is titled ‘Some Days Are Better’) demonstrates the good friendly atmosphere in the venue. We can hear the audience having a good time before Doomettes launching his sounds through the house. He slaps a rhythmic kick and fills up the place with an alienating bubble of deep sound. It’s for a great part warm and as good as stable with a nice flirting vibration of an electrified hiss providing an almost Tesla fueled energy source of noise.
When Doomettes manages to pull this active part to the foreground the trip goes through the mind and the bones, filling everyone up as if we are rechargeable batteries. The Science Fictional sound performance goes back to earth at the end by providing a classic human song followed by the appreciate sign of the audience getting their hands together for Doomettes. (If I wasn’t busy typing, I would have clapped along!)
Thanks to modern technic and a blessing of luck this release also has captured the live performances done by the other three artists. The first one is ‘Crown Fire Regime’ who begins slowly with a warm atmospheric tone in which you could hear the audience react by talking in a friendly fashion before embracing the sound with all the respect that it needed to claim. This performance is from the start one that comes across as listening material, very fragile and subtle movements, noise but on a more adventurous ambient kind.
When the singular tone progression meets up with a buzzing activity, the underlying warmth grows and gets bigger and bigger. It’s as if the artist uses a running motorcycle and gives pulses of gas and then slows off again. This movement continuous and the music gets more upwards as if we are now on this very motorcycle send into the cold air to drive around on streams of air.
From here the tour really unfolds by going through all kinds of areas, rougher air flows, tough terrains, sucking hoovers, burning engines pushing the flow like an orchestrated ride around the outside blackness of the Alaskan night. When the tour is finished and the artist safely sends us back to the living room a spaced out audience rightfully applauds.
Then it’s the honor for an artist named ‘Skopt’ to perform. This artist applies the state of mind created by the former performances perfectly. A warm version of ‘beauty and the noise’ is being brought into the scene, mixing and colliding high tones with warm winterish acting atmospheric ambient that for some reason fits a snowed landscape outside, while proving warmth on the inside.
This work has something very organic over it, as if it is a fieldrecording in which scenery is captured that might have harsh edges but in general has a beautiful view. Perhaps the artist noticed this too and wants to transport these findings by teleporting them out through data communication. Strange electronic pulses are being send to space and are replied after a short time with high and yet fluffy winter noise. A warm applause erupts!
The last live performing artist that is captured here is one named ‘S.L.’ who right from the start might proofs that it is going to be an exciting ride that will entertain the listening listeners, but also the louder noise worshippers. When everyone is adjusted to the upcoming potential of sound the artist throws in a mind shredding piece of excitement. This flow comes in and ends with a nice bow as if it’s a wave form that splashes gracefully in the emptiness.
The next wave of noise comes up, it splatters deeply and high risk hiss might slip along its lines. A rattling line marks the end and the beginning of another wave of noise, this time it comes across as being performed on an electric guitar so deformed that it sounds as if it comes out of a steamboat. From here the challenge is accepted and the visual aspect of the boat gets removed by exchanging the sound of a wild call made of some animalistic force of some sort. This gets rewarded with grand applause and perhaps even a standing ovation at the final end.
A great get together of Alaskan noise makers which sounds very much equal minded and yet individual in their sound approach. If you couldn’t make it to be there, you can definitely plug in, open your ears and close your eyes and pretend to be there: