Nihilist Spasm Band

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Nihilist Spasm Band

Nihilist Spasm Band

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Formed in 1965 in London Ontario the band was founded by Hugh McIntyre, John Clement, John Boyle, Bill Exley, Murray Favaro, Archie Leitch, Art Pratten, and Greg Curnoe. Leitch has since retired, Curnoe was killed in a bicycle accident in 1992, and McIntyre died of heart failure in 2004. The band members are mostly local artists. The term “Spasm” refers to their use of homemade instruments. Most of the NSB’s instruments are modifications of other instruments, or wholly invented by the members. In addition to the homemade instruments the band performs live improvised material. The range of the improvisation is such that instruments are not tuned to each other, tempos and time signatures are not imposed, and the members push the ranges of their instrumentation by engaging in constant innovation. The Nihilist Spasm Band is generally credited as “the first noise band.”

Mario Circelli

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