My Noise Valentine; Hiroshi Hasegawa & Desiccant on WFMU!
A monumental, momentous occasion is upon us, as Hiroshi Hasegawa makes his first visit to WFMU’s My Castle of Quiet. A living legend of Japanese long-form/improvised/psych-noise, Hiroshi Hasegawa co-founded C.C.C.C., cementing a near-Krautrock approach to Japanoise, one that had been hovering over it since Magical Power Mako, and later Merzbow, but C.C.C.C. really brought it home—with disk-long compositions/performances, that allowed listeners to float off on a cosmic bed of multicolored squeal and rumble. Hasegawa has continued this creative arc, through such projects as his solo Astro material, and the glorious, long-form Astromero collaborations with Damion Romero (Speculum Fight.)
Returning to our show are two seasoned and celebrated Castle guests; Mat Rademan (of FUN, Newton) and Andy Borsz (of Slasher Risk & countless collabs.), playing together as Desiccant; both of them natural improvisers, intuitive players who work at ease with unconventional sounds, their union sure to be full of excitement and surprise.
Live sets, recorded exclusively for WFMU and My Castle of Quiet, air Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, February 16-17 @ approx. 12:15 a.m.
There’s an old dirty joke that ends, “there’s two nuts downstairs, trying to push an organ in.” Who knew those “nuts” would turn out to be Mat and Jonny of FUN? Not I.
FUN (joined for their first set of two by their friend Kevin) make their home at Breathmint Records, based out of Philadelphia, PA. The duo approach “non-music” with an inventive enthusiasm, never seeming to do the same thing twice. It wouldn’t be unfair to say that the sonic result of their efforts comes down somewhere between The New Blockaders, Albrecht D., Marcel Duchamp and Alvaro. I have records in my collection that are comparable to FUN in terms of sonic invention, but where these guys just DO IT, those old records carry high-falootin’ imprints, and elaborate notations and theses as to the “why.”
Mat and Jonny, sometimes awash in a larger ensemble, most often wear their trademark, tight-fitting, contact-mic’d rubber gas masks, which provide an intimidating visual dissociation for the listener/audience, and likely supply the musicians with the release of anonymity (and discomfort) to get further lost in their sound and performances.
– Wm. M. Berger
Wm. presents two, unique sets by FUN prepared especially for this broadcast.
A special all FUN edition of The Sum Of Your Life, broadcast by DJ Ironingon GROWradio. Releases were numbered and an 8 sided die was rolled to determine which was played. A second roll determined the track number.