All Photos: Barry C. Douglas. Top image art: John J. Nicol. Click image to launch full-size images.
Rather than attempting to put such a singular, unrepeatable, and perhaps inexpressible sound into the words of a live review, Brown Noise Unit sent photographer Barry C. Douglas to NAZORANAI’s performance at SuperSense “Festival of the Ecstatic” in Melbourne with instructions to capture the music in pictures.
Comprising international music icon Keiji Haino on guitar, vocals, flute, effects, and various other instruments; Stephen O’Malley of seismic drone collective Sunn O))) on bass; and Oren Ambarchi, a free music composer and electronics wizard of extraordinary caliber on drums, NAZORANAI could only ever be a total assault on the senses even in the purest silences. Together with his pictures, Barry offers a simple one-word summation of the performance: “Incredible.”
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