June 11th, 2011 | Published in Blog
The plan: six broken people play improvised music for thirty six unbroken hours
The place: this year’s Supernormal Festival
The personnel: Barn, Seth, Jamie, Huw, Clive and Kev/Hákarl
The propaganda: ongoing blog for Hákarl (36 hours of Communion)
Not only are there a few Bang the Bore associates involved in this event, it’s also exactly the kind of patience and goodwill testing ordeal that we love to get behind.
From the Hákarl 36 website: “To speak first of narratives: time and temporality, and an emitic or peristaltic wash of etymologies: communion, and also: community, commode, commune, commodity, communication, communal [etc]. 36 hours of musical performance. Although we are at least 6 in number, the voice here is unitary… Hákarl (36 hours of Communion) takes the form of a galley of miscreants – composers, musicians, visual artists, film-makers, performers et al. Six of these hardy denizens from the musical wing will be keeping the momentum going and making music a little less convenient.”
A heady mix of dubious endurance ritual, improvisation that slips and slides along the free/prepared axis and the finest methodologies gleaned from studying the MK Ultra program. Most musical experiences leave out the bit where your idolised stars go to the toilet. We promise to make a feature of it.
The Hákarl 36: a bit like music, a bit like an initiation, a bit like Abu Ghraib.