One day before my Birthday roll on October!
Second Layer, Harbinger Sound and No-Fi presents...
THE LOWEST FORM OF MUSIC:
The Los Angeles Free Music Society in London
The Lowest Form Of Music is the first ever event in the UK dedicated to the work and influence of the legendary Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS). This weekend of performance, film screenings and discussion will explore the legacy of one of the avantgarde’s great unsung movements.
The missing link between the far-out West Coast freakscene that spawned Zappa and Beefheart and the worldwide explosion of DIY experimental culture, LAFMS is a must-check for all those with an interest in underground alternative culture. Using humour, collage and buckets full of the bizarre, this collective kicked the early 70s out of its post-Manson nightmare and into the avant-gutter of a pre-punk endzone.
The influence LAFMS has had on the explosion of international DIY culture is immeasurable. Explicitly acknowledged as a motivation for the emergence of the Japanese noise scene in the 1980s, as well as being cited specifically by the likes of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and John Olson (Wolf Eyes), the collective that emerged in LA in 1973 resulted in countless adventurous music lovers tasting the delights of a new kind of creative freedom and getting out there and doing it for themselves.
The Lowest Form of Music will take place over an extended weekend at Beaconsfield in South London, a venue “distinguished by its history of providing a forum for extraordinary events and exhibitions”. The programme will feature a host of LAFMS artists and groups
presenting performances, talks, films screenings and workshops.
"The LAFMS recordings (are) experimental rock history at its most historical and hysterical - a completely bizarro and further-out counterpart to the LA punk scene." - Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth
"LAFMS people have hybridized avant-garde, experimental, improvisational, punk, pop and even humorous stuffs. For Japanese fans, LAFMS has become a legend." - Takuya Sakaguchi, Osaka
"LAFMS were the New Weird America when nobody was payin’ attention 25-30 years ago." - Roland Woodbe, Siltblog
"The monster is back in its original nature! Human synthesizers!! Hijokaidan in its early days was heavily under (Airway’s) influence. Definitely a must for everyone in this era!" - Toshiji Mikawa, Incapacitants/Hijokaidan
"The guys in the LAFMS were inquistive smartie nerds determined to forge their own SONIC WORLD. What a shipwreck and coral reef they created!" - Gary Panter
LE FORTE FOUR
RAIONBASHI & KUTZKELINA
MARK DURGAN + SPOILS & RELICS
Plus films, art installation, workshops and a panel talk/Q+A on the multi-media art of the LAFMS with Tom Recchion, Takuya Sakaguchi, Frederik Nilson, John Duncan, Rick Potts and moderated by Edwin Pouncey.
BILL KOULIGAS / JOSEPH HAMMER DUO
+ one more act TBC.
Plus films, art installations, workshops and a panel talk/Q+A on the history and influence of the LAFMS with Jojo Hiroshige, Takuya Sakaguchi, Jackie Stewart, John Wiese, Toshiji Mikawa, Joe Potts and moderated by David Toop.
The Lowest Form Of Music
Friday October 22 – Sunday October 24
Beaconsfield, 22 Newport St, London, SE11 6AY
Weekend tickets £40
Friday tickets £13
Saturday tickets £16
Sunday tickets £16
The Lowest Form Of Music is produced by Harbinger Sound, Second Layer Records, No-Fi and Sound and Music.