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Marquette grad organizes music festival focused on sound instead of catchy lyrics

Posted on 10 September 2008 by Victoria Caswell

In 2005, after playing “noise” music for several years, Peter Woods, a 2008 Marquette Arts and Science graduate, decided to put together a show for local bands of the same genre. “I decided to try to run with it and see how far I could take it,” Woods said. Three years later, Noise Fest is a three-day experimental music festival featuring 29 acts from around the country.

What is noise?

According to Woods, it is a focus on sound rather than, as in other genres, an obsession with hooks, or catchy melodies. Noise does not rely on specific structures.
“Noise breaks down the precedents and opens up a lot of avenues that people don’t think about in music,” Woods said. “Expect to hear a lot of strange music, it is all out there and weird.”
This year is big, Woods said, because the influential Milwaukee band Boy Dirt Car is reuniting on September 27. Boy Dirt Car is an influential local industrial band that has been around since the ‘80s, but has not played in more than 20 years. Promoting its new album, Spoken Answer to Silent Question, the band’s sound has matured since their last tour, but will still provide the same intensity as in the past.

The festival is September 26-27, is all ages and is $10 per night and $21 for a three-day pass. It is located at the Borg Ward, 823 W. National Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Woods is director of the local arts organization FTAM, with is sponsoring the event along with 91.7 WMSE.

For more information, feel free to contact Peter Woods at 414-861-7216 or [email protected] E-mail is the preferred method of communication.
Look forward to the review of Noise Fest in the October 8th issue.

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