When listening to music, there is an immediate expectation that the singular layers of sound put together by an artist or collective will sound harmonious, and create a piece that even an untrained ear would be able to recognise as music, rather than a blend of noises. Pushing the boundaries of noise and what is listenable, discordance in music for us at AS IF. NO WAY! is a welcomed sound. Here are some of our favourite tethered, dis-functional tracks.
From the quirky to the nostalgic and meditative. Each layer screams for attention whilst together they fossilise a unique atmosphere – a progressional, transforming sequence of noises that create a strange clarity. As unusual as each track sounds, they all make sense.
Jazz, by nature, is an experimental genre, and one that looks to dissonance to violate expectation and create tension. The first two tracks are by legends of free jazz and avant-garde jazz, their frenzied soloing using all manner of harmony and disharmony contribute to the chaotic feel and mounting suspense, generally leading to a beat down section sporting a more consonant feel.
The third track is an early Led Bib track, showing similar transitions to free jazz / avant-garde jazz and post-bop, but in modern jazz, though with Led Bib’s signature punk feel.
My second three are some quite leftfield drone/techno tracks, that with their atonal nature and sense of foreboding, represent discordance through musical dissonance but also in a more abstract context through the building feeling of disquiet.
Screaming and yelling, speaking – just as sick as singing. In dissonance, there’s something comfortable about discomfort.