Loud Luggage: The Haters Bring the Noise to ABQ
GX Jupitter-Larsen, the founder and central protagonist of noise art project The Haters, is disappointed when people refer to The Haters' aural output as “music.” “It's noise to me, and I love noise,” said Jupitter-Larsen, “More than any type of music, noise is the most accurate metaphor for entropy.”
Entropy and decay, professional wrestling, and Jupitter-Larsen's self-created measurement lexicon have been described as primary Haters themes. According to Jupitter-Larsen, this is an accurate description. “Why I'm drawn to such, is movement. Each implies a different aspect of the nature of movement,” said Jupitter-Larsen.
Performing with sound since the late-'70s, Jupitter-Larsen has no formal training in sound, preferring to learn by experience and experimentation. “As a child 'til my late-teens, I had no interest in sound whatsoever. Even as a teen, I never listened to top 40 radio. I was more into talk radio, the nuttier the guest, the better. It wasn't 'til I discovered punk in '77. People at the time talked about punk as if was noise, but it was never noisy enough for me. After that, one thing lead to another,” said Jupitter-Larsen.
Geared toward a sociologically transmitted noise ethos, attending a Haters show is about participating in an unfamiliar communion of noise. Jupitter-Larsen notes that one of his goals for The Haters' shows is fostering cognition in the audience. By failing to conform to preconceptions of The Haters' themes, the project aims to leave audiences guessing and, by extension, thinking.
Jupitter-Larsen is most well known for his work with The Haters, which is understandable as the prolific noise project has released over 300 CDs and records since its inception and performed extensively across the globe. But Jupitter-Larsen is also a novelist, zinester, conceptual artist (working in diverse media, including radio, video, and mail), and an alt-numerologist. Jupitter-Larsen's self-created measurement lexicon includes measurements such as the polywave, the totimorphous, and the xylowave. His transexpansion numeral unit (TNU) “explores distance and separateness between linear and counting locations that do not neighbor each other.” Less arithmetic and more emotional barometer, TNU is inclusive, allowing anyone to create “personal numbers to symbolize any numeral interrelationship.”
Jupitter-Larsen has served as sound engineer for Survival Research Laboratories, employed inside agitators to instigate physical destruction of venues by audience members, and written four “noise novels.” Jupitter-Larsen's noise novels are “collection[s] of philth, poetry, & philosophy, combining different writing techniques into a literary hiss.” As of 2001, Jupitter-Larsen had performed over 3500 hours of live radio art, on 31 stations and in 11 countries.
The Haters will perform in Albuquerque at Small Engine Gallery on Thursday, April 21. Since it's a traveling show, The Haters will be using amplified suitcases. Other noise acts -- New England “fish-man hybrid”/
Thursday, April 21, at 9 p.m.
Small Engine Gallery, 1413 Fourth SW (Barelas)
Visit Things in Light to watch videos of The Haters, Crank Sturgeon, PCRV, KILT, and Styrofoam Sanchez.