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David Birchall/Odie Ji Ghast/THF Drenching – 12 March 2015


David Birchall/Odie Ji Ghast/THF Drenching Three of Manchester’s finest. Anti-guitar, anguished screams and punctured dictaphones wishing they were Jazz. For this performance ONE night only the trio features pataphysical broadcast content from Odie Ji Ghast accompanied by Drenching Birchall. Debut […]

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Inclusion Principle / Joseph Kudirka – 9 April 2015


Martin Archer – electronic keyboards, laptop, saxophones, clarinets, recorders Hervé Perez – laptop, saxophones Peter Fairclough – drums and percussion IP was formed in 2006, released it’s first eponymous CD that year, and follows up with a second release ‘The […]

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Beck Hunters – 12 February 2015

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Mick Beck (reeds and whistles) Anton Hunter (guitar, fx) Johnny Hunter (drums) Stopping off in Manchester on their UK tour to promote the debut album, The Hunt Is On (Discus 2014). – “Agressive when it needs to be, but comfortable […]

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Yeah Yeah Industrial – 8 January 2015


Ian Simpson & Shaun Blezard are Yeah Yeah Industrial. A kosmiche duo from the Northern Wastelands who have been working together and around each other for over 10 years. They have now become YYI, ambient improv/free prog soundscape improvisers. Noise Upstairs […]

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bird rat centipede 11 December 2014

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bird rat centipede is a collection of performer/composers who share a view for honest and democratic music making bird rat centipede is: Sam Andreae Rodrigo Constanzo Angela Guyton Linda Jankowska Braxton Sherouse Who bird rat centipede 11 December 2014 […]

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dfscore – 18 September 2014


We’re really excited to invite you to the first public performance using Rodrigo Constanzo’s new networked improvisation system, dfscore. The dfscore system is a dynamic score display system built to function over a local network to display a variety of […]

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errk! – 10 July 2014

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errk! are Richard Knight on mixer and samples, Rob McWhirter on guitar and Keith Jafrate on saxophone. They wander into and mostly away from structures to make dramatic abstractions that sometimes achieve significant velocities, sometimes wide open spaces. Preceding and […]

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KUBOV – 14 August 2014


KnowUsByOurVelocity (KUBOV) is a duo of violin and electronics. Incorporating minimalist textures and lush sustains as well as harrowing dissonance and distortion, their music ranges from the esoterically tingly to downright disturbing. Their eclectic sonorities are a result of the hybridisation of […]

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exFlibbeth – 12 June 2014


exFlibbeth exFlibbeth is a free improvisation quartet, the two halves of which combine the influences of the London free improv scene (Benedict Taylor and Tom Jackson), and the scene in Berlin (Manuel Miethe and Abigail Sanders). To divide them another […]

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David Birchall/Rogier Smal Duo – 8 May 2014

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David Birchall/Rogier Smal Duo Manchester/Amsterdam free guitar/drums duo. Tape out to coincide with first UK tour. David Birchall is a guitar player living in Manchester. He has made sounds solo, with Chastity Potatoe, Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura, Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra, Kalbakken, […]

About The Noise Upstairs

The Noise Upstairs is an improv collective which runs a free-improv night in Manchester.The basic premise is that anyone can turn up and join in by putting their name in the hat. Names are pulled out, ensembles formed, and hearts broken.

Upcoming Featured Artist


You can click HERE to see all the posts that include recordings. You can select the date you'd like a recording from and click the 'download' link available from within the post. We regularly record performances from our featured artists as well as the evening's "jams". Enjoy.