Saturday, July 7, 2012

The HNW-Q No. 2: Joseph Gates

Dear Readers,

this is the second HNW-Questionary. I am proud, that Joseph Gates contributes to the HNW-Q, because he is one of the deepest, innovative, passionate, poetic and most versatile artist in the field of HNW and Sound-Art. He works in several different projects like Zionist, Vargrwulf, Peiiste (together with Bast), R.S.P. (together with Bast) or the deeply respected Noise-Art-Collective Black Leather Jesus to name only a few. But he also runs the best Noise-Art-Label on the planet called Human Ignorance (click here) well known for its beautiful designed, carefully chosen and deeply personal, challenging and always touching releases.

Gates was already featured on my blog with his groundbreaking HNW-composition Release (click here to read) in 2011. A review of his latest Zionist release entitled Hagalaz is in the works for 2012, because it is one of the best HNW releases this year. So don't miss this great composition, if you are a true HNW-enthusiast ! And please take a look at Joseph Gates' blog  !

The HNW-Questionary consists of 32 phrases to be completed in a playful, insightful, poetic, prolific and philosophical manner. The featured artist decides, which phrases he wants to accomplish. It is the task for the reader to perceive the voids and to think about the subtle interactions between Being and Nothingness, which are also important ingredients of the HNW-Artform. But, it is always important to see and hear, what someone is saying and what he is not saying.

The idea of the whole feature is to help the few real HNW-Artists to show and establish themselves as leading artists and to give them an encyclopedic space for their aesthetic and artistic convictions, conceptions and beliefs. It is a space to publish serious, original and important thoughts and ideas for the future of HNW as an important artform.

It is first of all exclusively for leading musicians, but in the future painters, writers and philosophers could also be invited to contribute to the seriousness of HNW and to the interrelatedness of HNW with other artforms. Maybe one day I will fill out this Questionary myself. I have several completed versions of it in the upper drawer of my mind. This HNW-Questionary was only conceived for the best. Consequently, my deliberately very elitist motto for this Questionary is: Light for the Best, Darkness over the Rest !

All lines in green ink are written and copyright by Joseph Gates (contact here and here  and here). All lines in italics and normal ink show you the HNW-Questionary written and copyright by me. This is the second HNW-Questionary brilliantly completed by Joseph Gates:

The HNW-Q No. 2:

[1] I discovered and invented HNW for myself, when I needed to create a sound that would provide me with solitude in my room, and push out any unwanted external influences on my personal space.

[2] The initial radicality of HNW would be preserved, if it was limited to a small run publication based out of California.

[3] HNW is a wide ranging and inclusive genre based around textural explorations within the electronic noise field, that has exploded with potential in the past ten years or so.

[4] HNW is not a secret club or fashionable trend.

[5] I embrace the acronym HNW, it is a symbol of personal progress and dedication in the face of an often uncaring world. Because it means different things to different people, it is something that endures beyond initial stereotypes and value judgements to provide an outlet for personalized and individual sonic expression.

[6] HNW is pure dedication to creating one's own personal space through sound.

[7] The sound of machines are heavily influential on the music that I make, as well as the sounds of natural phenomena.

[8] HNW helps the individual world to be revealed.

[9] Monolithic walls are nice to listen to, especially when coming out of an amplifier at full blast in the same room as you.

[10] The future of HNW would be up to the individuals who care enough to ensure that future.

[11] The death of HNW would be if it became a genre where everyone imitated exactly those who came before them.

[12] HNW should be related to the genre of expressionistic painting to understand it better.

[13] Singularity and originality in HNW are key to the creation of something worth listening to (both for yourself and others).

[14] HNW should be called Static Minimalism, because someone feels like it should be called that.

[15] HNW should not be called Static Minimalism, because someone does not feel like it should be called that.

[16] The permanent repetition of the HNW-Mantra (No ideas, no change, no dynamics, no development etc.) leads to nothing.

[17] Volume in HNW is a factor in the creation of HNW.

[18] Distortion in HNW is a factor in the creation of HNW.

[19] My Unconscious is immersed in HNW.

[20] Narratives, Analogies and Metaphors in HNW are a part of the act of creation.

[21] Time and Space in HNW are limiting aspects to the duration and location of a piece of music.

[22] HNW can create a sound that is close to absolute Nothingness.

[23] My HNW amplifies aspects of my own person that cannot be expressed in words.

[24] Minimal Music and Cosmic Drones are enjoyable to listen to.

[25] Conceptualism is the wellspring of influences that creates the most exciting new aspects of HNW.

[26] The main ingredient of brilliant HNW is personal dedication and a certain level of honesty that can be both expressed and obscured (to positive effect) through alias.

[27] The purpose and concept of my HNW is to adequately create through sound an environment that is conductive to the forces and energies that I invite into or enact in my life.

[28] The distinction between ANW/HNW is up to the observer.

[29] The philosophy of HNW can change as often as the seasons, because inherently HNW exists on a plane higher than philosophical conundrums, into the realm of the ecstatic.

[30] My first words about HNW were that I was excited to find others making sounds in the same directions that I had been exploring.

[31] My final words about HNW would be thank you for listening.

[32] The phrase I would like to add to this Questionary is that self-awareness and personal responsibility are significant goals in life to strive for.

Cordial thanks to Joseph for the HNW-Questionary
and for creating his unique soundworlds !

(Photos by SKG)