By Michael Str!ke
The word noise can mean so many different things. But here in Fargo, our Noise scene is thriving as what many consider to be the last true expression of art through sound. Nothing could showcase this better than 'Fargo Noise Fest III' at Seagrave Studios right in the heart of our little big city.
Brandon Wald; coordinator, organizer, and themself a performer of Noise has reigned in 37 acts nationally and internationally to Fargo for a three-day fest to showcase exactly what Noise truly is.
While Noise has been indomitable in Fargo since the mid-'90s with pioneers like Unconditional Loathing, and Edwin Manchester/Manchester Bulge; the Noise scene has exploded from a few locals by the 2010s to over THIRTY Noise acts in 2022 that now call Fargo home.
While attendees have already purchased tickets and have planned to travel to Seagrave Studios from North Dakota and beyond; Noise acts from as far as Sweden (Jason Kahn), Canada, Florida, New Hampshire, and Washington state are planning to load up and bring their Noise to Fargo's renowned scene. Through Brandon and beyond, Fargo has gained notoriety as a Noise-heavy city. Just last year an eight-person crew from Florida came to the north to document and preserve what the folks in Fargo have done for themselves and for this burgeoning scene.
15 of the 37 acts for the three-day fest call Fargo home; including Support Unit, Appliancide, Black Site, Darkspell, Haunted Panels, Wheelock's Latin, Mic Pants 2020, Vulnerable, Cyclical, Facility, Dakota Magick, Stud, Edwin Perry Manchester, Viator, Ragk, and Missionary Position.
Regardless of whether a Noise act is improv, exact execution, or a little of both, it is an immersive break from the structures of time and space. Performers across the range recognize that during their set it is a complete break away from the confines of seconds and minutes, even to hours and into infinity. Noise is that last refuge and immersion of performing in the moment.
IF YOU GO
Fargo Noise Fest III is running from June 10th through the 12th. Daily tickets are 15$, but advance weekend passes are available for 40$ at Orange Records before the fest, as well as at the door on the first day. Organizers hope for a 'Feed the Scene' potluck every day, with a taco theme on Saturday night, and a chili theme on Sunday. There is a suggested 5$ donation to take part in consuming the potluck, and all proceeds will be going towards Station House.
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