Nov 122011
 

Four members of Murfreesboro noise collective HORSEHAIR EVERYWHERE reunite in the Theatre Intangible studios for a special improv.

The group was instrumental in the formation of Murfreesboro’s experimental community. Matt Sullivan writes in a December 2010 edition of the Nashville Scene,

Noise and experimental music scenes, much like the art they produce, tend to be loose-knit, fluid and sometimes haphazard in construction. Sure, there are regional pockets with trends all their own — and enough stability for those trends to get recognized beyond their geographic boundaries — but most other places see peaks and valleys. For those, there’s a giant web of interconnected musicians, labels, zines, blogs and promoters across the planet who exist to embrace whatever the newest weird may be. A world wide web, one might call it. By now, Murfreesboro should be familiar with these peaks and valleys. For every Spongebath-fueled apex, there’s deep-space-worthy radio silence. That’s where our story starts.

In the early 2000s Steve Molyneux met Frank Baugh at MTSU while both were taking classes on world music and sociology. From there they both joined the university’s Group Sound Collage. After that they recruited like-minded friends and started their own improv jam sessions under the banner of Horsehair Everywhere, a named conjured from frayed violin and cello bows.

At the time, Molyneux played in the shape-shifting, post-most-things band Poet Named Revolver, whose membership made up a significant chunk of Horsehair Everywhere. The band started their own label called No Kings Record Co., which circulated handmade CD-R releases of the early Horsehair Everywhere recordings. The inserts for those albums didn’t even refer to the group as a collective, let alone a band. Instead, they were a self-described “improvisational sound/music collage and cathartic midnight noise party society.”

Tonight’s podcast features STEPHEN MOLYNEUX, FRANK BAUGH, SAMUEL STEELMAN, and TJ RICHARDS. TJ currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. We were lucky enough to organize this taping around his short trip back to Tennessee. Key members absent from this improv include Lee Noble, Caleb Steelman, and Geoffrey Sexton.

Cuatro Niños is a percussive, trance-like trip, and it’s one of my favorite episodes in a long time. If you like the show, tell a friend or leave us feedback in iTunes.