NON/EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN/MARCH SIX, 1984/ at the On Broadway, San Francisco, USA (also on bill were Rhythm and Noise/Mark Pauline) The On Broadway became a modern Cafe Voltaire as Ensturzende Neubauten, Mark Pauline and the rest of the ReSearch crowd took over to fill us with their version of the decline of the Western civilization.
Non's 'performance' was very non-eventful, he and Alex of E.N. did a duo: Boyd (Non) lay on a table with a concrete block on his stomach and Alex put bricks on top of the block, and then broke the bricks with a sledgehammer. A microphone was placed in front of the action and supposedly this microphone was treated with a delay, but because (I think) of technical difficulties this effect did not work. After Boyd and Alex completed their display of manlyhood, Alex and Boyd moved to the far back of the stage where they positioned themselves with their backs to the audience and proceeded to play an audio tape (tapes) of noise. I can't figure out if they were live mixing the tape or if they were standing there only as a further symbol of juvenility. The noise lasted for about 10 or 15 minutes, then everyone courteously clapped. WD
Typed by Cheryl Vega 6-8-95