Previous Exhibits: Wall Of Noise wall of noise

This was Carnival De Carnitas' second to last show. By this time they had become more of a performance unit than an actual band. They had taken anti-noise to its logical conclusion, as anti-performance. Late 2004, headlining at Chicago's Czar Bar, they built a wall of amplifiers from the floor of the stage to the ceiling, and across from side to side. They finished it from on stage, plugging one tiny hole with a 10" black and white TV broadcasting a live feed from behind the wall of noise. And then, accompanied by Stel Valavanis, Adam Harris and other guest musicians, they waited for several hours while the crowd grew.

Once it was time for the openers to go on, CDC unleashed a deafening barrage of noise at the crowd. This eventually (well quickly, as the band never played live sets longer than 13 minutes) devolved into a gentle hissing with ambient skronks. Although the band can not verify this personally, audience members said that the best part was the tiny b&w image, which distorted as different throbs pulsed through the amps around it. And the fact that no matter how much they wanted to get up close to see if they could actually make out what was happening on screen, it was just too damn painful to stand in front of the wall of noise like that.

And then the whole thing was torn down so that the insanely brilliant Frontier could go on and blow everyone away.

Like most of our work from before 2000, the documentation of this show was destroyed during our five years of obscurity (1995-2000). So that picture to the left, that's a photo of Portal 3, The Henry Wing.

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