With his new project, Cut Hands, classically-trained William Bennet sets off on an obsessive journey to an imaginary Africa, painting a morbid and - as expected - abrasive picture using freely-interpreted African percussion and harsh, sonic exploration.
In 1980, the then 18 year old Bennet was a founding member of the legendary noise band Whitehouse. With titles like “Bloodfucking” and “A Cunt Like You”, Whitehouse was a sonic manifestation of obscenity as concept and concept as obscenity. It was gratuitously clever, and not without political motivation.
Over time, Bennet's approach grew somewhat more subtle, focusing on extralinguistics and unconscious communication. He founded the Cut Hands project in 2007, initially to further experiment with his obscure collection of Ghanaian percussion instruments in free-form workouts alongside other types of electronic sound experimentation. Eight years of recording finally culminated in 2011’s critically acclaimed release Afro Noise I. In addition to Cut Hands, Bennet has been involved with his mass hypnosis experimental project, Extralinguistic Sequencing, which premiered at the Tate Britain in late 2010.
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