Those who find everything beautiful are now in danger of finding nothing beautiful.—Theodor Adorno
The term ‘concert’ means to be ‘in agreement, accord, harmony’. So, a performance based on disagreement, discord, and noise could be understood as—what Basque artist Mattin terms—a ‘non-concert’. At a recent Bum Creek non-concert, songs were aborted midstream, band members bickered, they taunted and glared at each other, and they stared unnervingly at the audience. Sounds happened: preset synthesiser tones, coughing, breaking glass. One thought, ‘That isn’t music, that is just a man’s finger pressing a key.’ Under-performed yet over-staged, Bum Creek play out their dance between the grand and pathetic.
5 eye balls who lost one? (2012)