Yesterday I went over to the Adelphi House to watch "The Beat is Law - Part 1" which was being shown as part of the Noise Exhibition. Danny a fellow student was also there showcasing some of his work as well - it was good to catch up with him however brief it may have been!
The concept of 'noise' takes over Salford venues this weekend as the University of Salford hosts a series of music events, film showings and academic debates.
Musicians including Stuart Braithwaite of cult band Mogwai will join academics from around the world to explore the entirety of noise in modern society. This includes noise pollution in the city, the depiction of deafness and tinnitus in movies and how the noise of the courtroom affects legal proceedings.
Music forms a key theme through the conference with Nicola Spelman's paper on Lou Reed's musical responses to undergoing electrotherapy and even discussion of a punk band that entered Russian politics after the fall of communism.
The Beat is the Law Part 1 is a film following the Sheffield music scene in the 80s and 90s featuring Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley. This was really interesting as it formed a major part of my first semester work covering Sheffield and its impact on bands such as The Human League.
It was really interesting to see another take on the music of this period which highlighted some of the bands I touched on in much more detail.
I still feel that this first semester will play a part in my final major project.