I’m going to be honest — Joke Lanz a.k.a. Sudden Infant freaks me out a little bit. His sonic collages are unlike anything I’ve ever heard before — chaotic amalgamations of unearthly vocals, microphone noise, distorted static, as well as various other sounds I can’t quite identify. It’s confusing, yet I can’t help but listen to bits of certain tracks over and over again. They’re fascinating, and maybe it’ll all make more sense once the Sudden Infant book comes out.
Noise in My Head: The Actionistic Music and Art of Joke Lanz, co-edited by Lasse Marhaug, will include “photos from installations, performances, and actions; visual work including drawings and paintings; poetry and manifestos; a visual discography; reproductions of concert posters and flyers; new essays by Rudolf Eb.er, Leif Elggren, Daniel Menche, Steve Underwood, Mark Wharton, and Drew Daniel; and an in-depth interview with Lanz himself.” It’ll be printed in an edition of 300 copies and will be released sometime in October, the month most closely associated with noise.