Noise annoys, as the Buzzcocks put it, but used musically it can also clear the head, elicit laughter, or scare the subconscious out of its shell. No one understands this power better than the practitioners of gabber, that most punishing of hard-core techno subgenres, with its blender pace of 200-plus beats per minute and oceans of static. No one, that is, except the makers of gabber's still unnamed weird uncle, a genre of post-rave noise music whose local innovators have gotten some play in these pages. More than anything else that could be tagged "electronica," this stuff seems to exist in a vacuum. Its fans are legion and worldwide, but its creators are ignored in the mainstream press. The sole exception is Atari Teenage Riot, whose antifascist rants provide a convenient... More >>>