“Noise à Noise”
What [is this about]?
It is an open-community and a Tehran-based, independent, artist-run record label with the same title (since 2019) for experimental and noise music artists from Iran, or those who have a bond with this culture or the art-scene. Indeed, it indeed prioritizes and values meaningful intercultural activities and approaches to theory and art.
This label also considers the artists as the true legal owners of their works and cares about raising awareness of certain copyright rules and regulations for the artists, while copyrighting their pieces. This demands the use of essential literature and jargon [accurate translations].
The idea of starting this community sparked during a series of translation projects on the subject concerning sound theory (circa. Jan. 2019) and then developed with studies on Soundscapes in Tehran and the use of the archive. The primary ideas follow a counterpoint approach concept, to be used with any medium, not a certain sub-genre in music and pretty slippery to define; it usually includes the use of noise-elements as the building material, in the service of composition.
Here is our very special recent compilation (for the end-of-winter in 2021 “Noise à Noise 21.1“) which indeed includes and holds the pieces by super experienced and talented Iranian female composers (apart from a piece by an essential German-Japanese duo).
How [and Why]?
This open-community also aims to fill certain gaps between academic music and nowaday-prevalent use of digital media and the ease in the process for producing electronic music; this involves having close contact with the academic sector and the [rather local] live acts. Most recently [since 2020] adopting a focus on subjects like Composition or certain preferred techniques or measures for inscribing music scores [with more developed contemporary notations for either, or music, video, light.] in a way that can be easily understood and performed by trained performers in the absence of its author whenever it is demanded for a performance on the stage.
Noise music spans over a wide range of ideas and concepts while there a handful of serious practitioners and many unexplored territories to discover. The rich philosophy behind as the term and the ambiguity of its border leaves the definition open for interpretation. The noise as a concept or an entity is an area seeking for in-depth research and a considerable amount of effort is needed to be dedicated to establishing a sonic dialog among its makers and creators across the fields.
We look forward to establish a meaningful intercultural relationship across countries and continents, most notably workshops and plans for one-to-one instruction residency programs. This community has a more of a scientific-research nature and tries to act as a platform for creative artists by presenting services like developing opportunities for releasing and performing the works of the art. This category includes Iranian artists/ researchers or those who are in a way connected to the community of Iranian experimental musicians and they are either interested to or have performed and developed pieces in relation to the people and culture in Iran, this of course includes, in the terms of sub-genre to a comparatively large scope between Contemporary/ Modern classical music and Ambient music to styles like Harsh Noise and Rhythmic Noise along with the tag words like field recording or sound collage.
When? and Who?
We are now proud to host a number of sound-artists, enthusiasts, also established musicians and who are interested to receive label support [on the administrative level] which will indeed happen by simplifying the whole procedure for those active artists who are either practice such works of the art, or they are going to dedicate parts of their future career to an activity in a similar fiend, which [considering different origins of experimental and contemporary music with the mainstream media], usually involves studying in similar disciplines of art or science.
Our team includes a few individuals and a limited independent and like-minded (in the terms of aesthetic concerns), who help with the planning and execution of events. Our head/ director board includes directors for making decisions or taking action for aesthetic, or technical concerns.
Yet, we have published a set of separate albums and EPs in addition to the compilation series; these first sets include the valuable pieces, including the works of Leonie Roessler and Zhoobin Askarieh and as the end of 2020, and regardless of all the negative impacts on human lives during the outspread of COVID-19, we hopefully made it to published more than 10 compilation albums so far (quarterly since 2019, double disk albums for the past two seasons).
The album release for the season of Fall-2020 in two-disks, which is indeed released on the first day of winter in 2021 is our previous release, please read/ listen here:
Also, you can listen to the last double-disk compilation 20.3-1 and 20.3-2 (Summer 2020 Compilation) below.
The first compilation is curated by Arshia Samsaminia (with a focus on contemporary music, and rather score-based pieces) while the second compilation in this playlist is more about electronic/ experimental music.
You can always review the whole past year 2019 (just the compilation artists) in a glance, all in a single Spotify playlist and more on Bandcamp.