“I realized [that the significance of work put together specifically to annoy listeners lies in its capacity to illuminate some of the key problems in sound culture today] in an epiphanic flash while reading a quote cited by Walter Benjamin: ‘Truth lies in the extreme.’ He meant that no genre of art can be defined by its lowest common denominators, only by its most aberrant exemplars — thus at a stroke explaining the value to criticism of Rudoph Grey, The Stooges, Charlie Feathers, and Elder Otis Jones. To understand why this kind of lo-fi noise, willful absurdism, deliberate chaos and the rejection of meaning have become such ubiquitous touchstones of contemporary culture, we have to examine the Petri dishes of this tendency — the underground cassette culture of the early 1980s — and for this, BUFMS … is locus classicus.” — Dr. Bruce Russell
Most of the Bren’t Lewiis Ensemble catalog — more than twenty albums of screeches, recitations, injured vocalizations, inexplicable flurries of bleeps, bloops 'n' splats, and general oh-my-god-how-long-does-this-go-on-for — are available at Bandcamp for download or free streaming.
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