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The Los Angeles Free Music Society’s London Weekend - October 22-24, 2010

on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 03:50

October 22-24 at Beaconsfield, 22 Newport St, London, SE11 6AY

The Lowest Form Of Music is the first ever event in the UK dedicated to the work and influence of the legendary Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS). This weekend of performance, film screenings and discussion will explore the legacy of one of the avant-garde’s great unsung movements.

The missing link between the far out West Coast freakscene that spawned Zappa and Beefheart and the worldwide explosion of DIY experimental culture, LAFMS is a must check for all those with an interest in underground alternative culture. Using humour, collage and buckets full of the bizarre, this collective kicked the early 70s out of its post-Manson nightmare and into the avant-gutter of a pre-punk endzone.

The influence LAFMS has had on the explosion of international DIY culture is immeasurable. Explicitly acknowledged as a motivation for the emergence of the Japanese noise scene in the 1980s, as well as being cited specifically by the likes of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and John Olson (Wolf Eyes), the collective that emerged in LA in 1973 resulted in countless adventurous music lovers tasting the delights of a new kind of creative freedom and getting out there and doing it for themselves.

The Lowest Form of Music will take place over an extended weekend at Beaconsfield in South London, a venue “distinguished by its history of providing a forum for extraordinary events and exhibitions”. The programme will feature a host of LAFMS artists and groups presenting performances, talks, exhibitions, films screenings and workshops.

Talks and panel discussions around LAFMS and its worldwide influence will feature artist and critic David Toop, the artist Sav X aka Edwin Pouncey, Japanese noise music critic Takuya Sakaguchi, Incapacitants’ Toshiji Mikawa and artist, composer and original LAFMS member Tom Recchion.

Weekend Details

Friday, October 22

Le Forte Four
Tom Recchion

Saturday, October 23

Workshop – Rick Potts
Panel Discussion – LAFMS and the Arts, moderator Edwin Pouncey

John Duncan
Extended Organ
Mark Durgan with Spoils & Relics

Sunday, October 24

Workshop – Vetza
Panel Discussion – History, Influence and Japan: How the LAFMS Intersects, moderator David Toop

The Tenses (Oblivia & Ju Suk Reet Meate)
Dinosaurs With Horns
Joseph Hammer/Bill Kouligas

Tickets Details:
Early bird weekend tickets (limited) £30 - SOLD OUT
Weekend tickets £40
Friday tickets £13
Saturday and Sunday tickets £16 each
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The Lowest Form Of Music is produced by Harbinger Sound, Second Layer Records, No-FI
and Sound And Music in cooperation with

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dgromfin's picture

Hi there, Friday doors at 6 PM, Morpho on at 7:30


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